What Is IEPI?
The Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) is a collaborative effort* to help colleges and districts improve their fiscal and operational effectiveness and promote student success, while also reducing accreditation sanctions and audit findings. An important focus of the grant funded program is to draw on expertise and innovation from colleges and districts in advancing best practices and avoiding potential pitfalls. The catalyst for this effort has been the student success movement and the implementation of evidence-based strategies shown to improve educational outcomes for students whether their goal is earning a degree or certificate, career advancement or transfer.
There Are Three Components of the IEPI:
- 1. Framework of Indicators
A framework of indicators has been developed with input from internal and external stakeholders to help establish college institutional effectiveness goals. The framework focuses on accreditation, fiscal viability, student performance, and compliance with state and federal guidelines.
- 2. Partnership Resource Teams
The state has invested resources to make partnership resource teams available to colleges and districts that express interest in receiving support on self-identified issues. Team members are selected from a pool of subject matter experts and are committed to making at least three visits to a college or district to help them develop an innovation and effectiveness plan. Grants of up to $150,000 in seed money will be available to expedite plan implementation.
- 3. Professional Development
The California Community Colleges system is in a period of transformational change
focused on increasing the percentage of students who successfully complete their
educational objectives. A third component of the initiative is to provide professional
development opportunities to help colleges and districts achieve this goal. This effort
will include an online clearinghouse that comprises hundreds of professional
development activities, augmented with regional workshops and trainings on
pertinent topics. In collaboration with program partners, the Chancellor’s Office
will also disseminate effective practices proven to increase student success and help
institutions operate more effectively.