The Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL)* is a national research laboratory under the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University. We help community colleges surface and assess challenges to equity-centered institutional effectiveness, as well as develop problem-solving strategies and solutions.


CCEAL has developed rigorously validated tools for assessing institutional efforts and outcomes relevant to underserved students. We administer the Institutional Assessment Package (IAP), a comprehensive assessment package for examining factors that influence student success in community colleges. Each instrument has been subjected to extensive psychometric testing for face validity, content validity, structural validity, and reliability.
The IAP is the only community college-centered instrument package in the nation with widespread distribution that focuses on factors influencing success for underserved students. In particular, the CCSM differs greatly from other national assessments due to its concentration on campus climate and non-cognitive outcomes. With a focus on equity-centered institutional effectiveness, IAP results directly inform institutional planning, practices, and professional development. The IAP has been featured in media outlets such as Diverse Issues in Higher Education, C-SPAN, and KPBS.
More than 150 institutions have employed CCEAL instruments and services to better understand challenges facing underserved students, and to design institutional interventions focused on redressing disproportionate outcomes. We are honored to partner with community colleges dedicated to student success, and are proud of the progress being made towards closing equity and achievement gaps.