Robert Gabriner

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Dr. Robert Gabriner is a professor and former director of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Department at San Francisco State University.

In addition, Gabriner was Director of the Center for Student Success, providing leadership for the Center, which is the research and evaluation organization of the Research and Planning Group. The Center for Student Success has produced twelve major research system-level studies for the California Community Colleges.

He served as former President and current member on the Executive Board for the Research and Planning Group of the California Community Colleges. He provides leadership for the Research and Planning Group, which participates in many system-level initiatives with other statewide professional organizations of the California Community Colleges.

In 2005 and 2006, Dr. Gabriner served as Coordinator of the statewide environmental scanning project for the California Community Colleges Strategic Planning Initiative. He also was involved as Coordinator of the California Community College Accountability System project, providing coordination for the research and development of the accountability measures used in the system-level accountability framework adopted by the Legislature and Governor as the system level accountability program for all 109 California Community Colleges.

As a leader in development of the Community College Reform Act of 1988 [AB 1725], Dr. Gabriner participated in formulation and writing of signature legislation for the California community colleges for college-level shared governance; professional development; college equity planning and additional base funding for the 109 colleges.

Dr. Gabriner has held positions in community college administration, including Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement for City College of San Francisco. He was involved in oversight of all college development programs, the CCSF Foundation, college-wide research and planning operations, including program review system, strategic planning, planning and resource allocation, instructional and student service program development, grants development and post-awards grants implementation.

He also held a position as Dean of Institutional Research, Planning and Grants for City College of San Francisco. As Dean, he was in charge of oversight of all college-wide research and planning operations, including a program review system, strategic planning, coordination of planning and resource allocation, instructional and student service program development as well as grants development and post-award implementation.

Publications and Presentations

  • Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges, July 2007 (second edition).

  • AB 1417 Performance Framework for the California Community Colleges, a Report to the Legislature, March 2005.

  • Analysis of Factors Affecting the Environment of the California Community Colleges, July 2005.

  • "Development and Use of Decision Support Systems to Promote a Culture of Inquiry." Research and Planning Group conference, 2004.

  • We Could Do That! A User's Guide to Diversity Practices in the California Community Colleges