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February 10, 2021 — Seven Community Colleges Selected for Caring Campus Initiative 

The Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) has selected seven colleges to participate in the 2021 Caring Campus – Faculty Initiative. Colleges around the country have been participating in Caring Campus-Staff work. This 2021 group will be focusing on Caring Campus and faculty. The expansion of Caring Campus has been made possible with the generous support of Ascendium Education Group. Read more here.

Webinar — December 10, 2020

The “Professional Classified Staff Front and Center in Improving Student Success” one-hour webinar was presented December 10, 2020.
The importance of classified professional staff is critically important in student success. Almost 500 people attended this one-hour IEBC presentation live to learn about Caring Campus, The panel featured a college president and professional staff from three different colleges, sharing their roles and experiences demonstrating how the human connection changes culture and is key to retaining students and improving student success.  Access the PowerPoint and the Webinar here.

October 14, 2020 – The Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) establishes a Caring Campus Racial Equity Advisory Council in the context of racial equity issues in higher education. The purpose of the Council is to provide a forum for national experts to advise IEBC on how to ensure racial equity issues are appropriately integrated in, and addressed by, Caring Campus work, its implementation and follow-up activities. Read more here.

September 21, 2020 – Napa Valley College is one of 18 California community colleges selected to work with the Institute for Evidence-
Based Change (IEBC)
to incorporate the Caring Campus initiative into its student success efforts this year. Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education, Napa Valley College and IEBC are committed to implementing the college-specific Caring Campus approach to student success. Read more here.

September 1, 2020 – New Partnership Seeks to Accelerate Expansion of IEBC ‘Caring Campus’ Nationwide. The Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), have formed a new partnership committed to the expansion of Caring Campus as a practical and effective strategy for increasing student success. Read more here.

June 26, 2020 – What Does it Mean to Be a Caring Campus During the COVID-19 Pandemic? When students drop out or stop out, everybody loses – the students, the college, and the community. Working differently to support the students they serve and championship of this work by college leadership changes this. How? Read it here.

June 25, 2020 Webinar – Supporting Community College Professional Staff. The PowerPoint presentation and Webinar are available here. In this one-hour webinar, IEBC leadership and special guest addressed issues that professional staff face while providing virtual student services and presented practical ways for college leadership to support professional staff in their work to support students. The webinar is based on IEBC Guide Two in the series Providing Student Support Services in Extraordinary Times.

June 5, 2020 – IEBC issues “Our Commitment” IEBC issues a statement addressing the recent events occurring around the country and pledges to work with colleges, government, private sectors, colleagues and partners to ensure America’s educational system is an engine of equity and does everything possible to fulfill the dreams of all students. IEBC commits to do this work today and every day. Read the full statement here.

March 2020 – Responding to Coronavirus With the impact of the Coronavirus, IEBC shifts Caring Campus work to a virtual environment, adapting face-to-face coaching and facilitation sessions to virtual delivery; reaching out to our partners to coordinate supportive responses to educators; and working with our Caring Campus colleges to meet their needs and timelines. Read more in IEBC Response: Coronavirus.

February 2020 – The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) is expanding its partnership with the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC), implementing the ‘Caring Campus’ Initiative in California with an additional $500,000. The new funding will support the addition of 18 new community colleges to the program, as well as providing ongoing support to the 18 original participating colleges, empowering one-third of all California community colleges to be ‘Caring Campuses.’

November 22, 2019 – Riverside, Calif. The Community College League of California (CCLC) convention included IEBC Vice President Jordan Horowitz; Barstow College President Eva Bagg and Southwestern College Professional Development Coordinator Janelle Williams Melendrez on Caring Campus California: Improving Student Connectedness to Improve Student Success.

November 20, 2019 – San Diego, Calif.  Ascendium awards new $2 million grant to the Institute for Evidence-Based Change supporting its ‘Caring Campus Initiative.’  Ascendium Education Group is one of the nation’s leading higher education philanthropies.

November 6 & October 16, 2019 – Yakima Valley College, Washington.  IEBC Jordan Horowitz led workshops on Leading and Lagging Indicators, and Data Use Demystified.

September 30, 2019 – In New Orleans at the AACC Guided Pathways Conference, IEBC President Brad Phillips and Odessa College President Gregory Williams spoke on Caring Campus and Guided Pathways and put this keynoted group to work at a morning plenary.

Fall 2019 – Yakima Valley College, WA shares with KIMA Action News why Caring Campus is important to student success.  The college is one of ten nationwide selected for participation as part of a major grant from Ascendium Education Group.

Nationwide 2019 – Ten community colleges across the U.S. are hard at work with the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) to incorporate the ‘Caring Campus Initiative’ into their student success efforts for the fall 2019 semester.  Supported by IEBC coaching and guidance, staff teams engage in work developing specific behavioral commitments that help staff better connect with, and support, students to help them reach their educational goals.  Read the news release.

Funded through a $1 million grant from Ascendium Education Group, one of the nation’s leading higher education philanthropies, the objective of IEBC’s Caring Campus program is to increase student retention and success in community colleges by creating and cultivating Caring Campus environments through the intentional inclusion of all staff in student success efforts.

San Bernardino Valley College, June 3, 2019 – Great turnout from classified professional staff who make Caring Campus such a success. IEBC President/CEO Brad Phillips gave the Caring Campus keynote, followed by meeting with dedicated supervisors at San Bernardino Valley College.

San Antonio, Texas – IEBC vice president Jordan Horowitz presented his popular workshop on the Partnership of Concurrent Enrollment and Data at the National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) conference. Reactions to his workshop earlier this year included… “I can’t believe I got so excited about analytics. Absolutely riveting”

January 17, 2019,  California does not have to start from scratch. The California Governor has proposed a new education data system, but it does not need to start from scratch, writes Brad Phillips in EdSource, pointing out that the system can build on what we’ve already learned and must be both useful and easy to use.

December 2018, & January 2019, Caring Campus California is well underway with great participation by classified staff throughout California’s colleges in the San Diego/Imperial and Inland Empire regions. Hundreds of  engaged and enthusiastic participants are focusing on their specific engagements and impact on student success.

November 5, 2018 IEBC vice president Jordan Horowitz presented his popular workshop on the Partnership of Concurrent Enrollment and Data at the National Conference of the National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

October & November, 2018, kickoffs of San Diego and Imperial Counties districts/colleges, the California Caring Campus initiative welcomed 80 representatives from 16 colleges and districts and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office for an intensive overview of this new approach to the involvement of classified staff and student success. Read more about Caring Campus.

October 29, 2018 San Diego and Imperial Counties districts/colleges Caring Campus initiative welcomed 80 representatives and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office for an intensive overview of this new approach to the involvement of classified staff and student success.

October 24, 2018 Hawaii ART Data Institute. IEBC president Bad Phillips enjoyed presenting workshops in Hawaii recently with dedicated educators. Data use is growing in Hawaii.

October 17, 2018 In Baltimore, Maryland, IEBC President Brad Phillips, a longtime data coach for Achieving the Dream (ATD) colleges, joined the ATD Data Coaches working retreat.

October 3, 2018 The California RP Group’s “Strengthening Student Success” conference included Brad Phillips of IEBC and Ken Sherwood of Contra Costa on “Effectively Using Data to Improve Student Success: A Practical Approach.”

September 7, 2018 IEBC President Brad Phillips gave the keynote address at the Victor Valley College “All College Day.”

September 7, 2018 Brad Phillips conducted the World Café workshop on “The Caring College,” a new approach to student engagement.

September 5 to 7, 2018 Achieving the Dream (ATD) Data and Analytics Summit. Brad Phillips of IEBC and Don Woods of Odessa College, Texas, co-presented Why it’s Better to Lead Than Lag: How Leading Indicators Can Drive Institutional Change at the ATD Plenary Session. The presentation focused on the leading indicators that were used to drive change at award-winning Odessa College. The summit was at the University of Maryland. Also, the very popular IEBC workshop, “Telling Your Story with Data” was presented by Brad Phillips.

August 21, 2018 IEBC’s Brad Phillips gave the keynote address at Delta College’s Learning Days all-staff convocation. He introduced Bright Spots and praised the college’s wonderful reception and dedicated and caring faculty, staff and administrators.

August 18, 2018 IEBC’s Brad Philips and Jordan Horowitz presented a professional development workshop at the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) at Claremont Graduate University on “Increasing the usefulness of Formative Evaluation: Integrating Leading and Lagging Indicators.

June 21, 2018 National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)/IEBC webinar on Continuous Improvement Continuously: Engaging Your Partnership in Achieving its Goals

May 14, 2018 Leading & Lagging Indicators for Concurrent Enrollment at the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) conference. Read what one participant said, “The BEST part…” and see the presentation yourself.

Webinar May 1, 2018 Five Evidence-Based Tips for Making Data Useful, Usable and Actionable, a 90-minute special webinar designed to help educators strategically focus use of data to help students succeed. Contact IEBC if you would like to participate when it is offered again.

It’s Here! – From Harvard Education Press: Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges: A New Model for Educators by Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz.  Check it out at Harvard Education Press, read what readers are saying or preview a chapter.

April 24, 2018 Institute for Educational Leadership webinar Data-Informed Leadership: Improving Student Success By Doing More With Less with Jordan Horowitz, Vice President of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change.

March 27, 2018 Designed specifically for K-12 schools, this IO Education webinar featured Jordan Horowitz, Vice President for the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) addressing IEBC’s framework on driving student success through data, process and culture. View the PowerPoint slides.

February 28, 2018, IEBC webinar: Faculty Engagement in Guided Pathways.

February 5-7, 2018 Customized Workshops in Hawaii. Working with Academic Review Teams, IEBC President/CEO Brad Phillips is presenting customized workshops on Data Use 101 and Leading and Lagging Indicators.

January 31, 2018 AACC Workforce Development Institute. The 2018 AACC Workforce Development Institute in New Orleans, LA, included a panel on Data Driven Success which included IEBC President/CEO Brad Phillips presentation on the use of leading indicators to drive change.

January 26, 2018 Southern Institutional Research Group. The Southern California Community Colleges Institutional Research Group welcomed IEBC Vice President Jordan Horowitz to discuss Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges.

December 1, 2017, IEBC Vice President Jordan Horowitz, authored Data Use Principles for Education Leaders on Education Policy Fellowship Program’s alumni blog.  Read the full blog here.  http://epfp.site-ym.com/blogpost/601267/287527/Data-Use-Principles-for-Education-Leaders

October and November found IEBC’s team throughout California at a number of colleges with data use engagement work as well as substantive student success initiatives involving intersegmental collaboration and curriculum alignment.

October 8, Washington D.C. The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) had a half-day pre-conference Program Evaluation Workshop with a full panel that included IEBC’s Jordan Horowitz whose presentation incorporated leading and lagging indicators.

Vision for Success is an important and candid report from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors that lays out a strategic vision. Its goals and commitments make it clear: the focus on getting every student to his or her defined objective.  IEBC looks forward to supporting this work at all levels. Read more about the Vision for Success, including this excellent commentary from EdSource, Now for the Hard Part.

September 15, Alamo Colleges, Texas. The IEBC Curriculum to Career Choices (CtCC) team will be working with the Alamo Colleges’ faculty to align student learning outcomes with career competencies. This effort is part of the Curriculum to Career Choices (CtCC) work that supports Smart Pathways of study for colleges engaged in Pathways work.

September 15, Ed Trust—West Convening, John Watson and Janine Bocciardi of IEBC’s Analytics group, are panelists in a forum on managing the A-G process and will discuss workable approaches to alignment and data quality problems.

August 3, U.S. Department of Education’s NCES STATS-DC Conference – John Watson and Mary Kay Patton, of IEBC’s Analytics section; Anita Huang, Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education and Tim Norris, Washington Education Research and Data Center, presented a conference session on “Sustainable Cross-Sector Reporting Systems—The All-Important Last Mile.

August 1, Little Rock, Arkansas, Working Students Success Workshops in Arkansas – IEBC President Brad Phillips facilitated workshops on Telling Your Story with Data and Leading/Lagging Indicators at the Achieving the Dream’s Working Students Success Network.

July 27, Victor Valley College, California – Management Session facilitated by IEBC President/CEO Brad Phillips

June 28, APLU Conference in San Diego, California – John Watson, IEBC director of information technology and analytics, participated in conversations around longitudinal metrics, research questions and the challenges of incorporating unstructured data into a database.

June 27, 2017, Honolulu – Jordan Horowitz, IEBC vice president, presented two workshops at the Hawai’i State Public Charter School Commission Education Summit 2017.  He presented “Psychology of Data Use” and “Leading and Lagging Indicators and Academic Plans,” which were well received by administrators, staff and faculty.

June 7, 2017, Heroes for Hire college programs in West Virginia had IEBC workshops with Brad Phillips as part of the IEBC support and assistance to guide their use of data in supporting these very important college programs for our veterans.

May 10, 2017, “State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS): Moving from Silos to Sustainable Reporting” were center stage for this webinar presentation. Participants from around the country represented different state systems, and departments of education.

April 19, Seattle, Washington, Working Students Success Network. Brad Phillips presented the high demand workshop on “Telling Your Story with Data.”  Click here for more information on this and other IEBC workshops.

April 18, Sacramento, California Foster Youth Summit. Jordan Horowitz workshop on identifying and using “Leading Indicators for Foster Youth Education.”

April 12, 2017, 11 am-12 pm PDT, ZogoTech hosted a well-attended one hour free webinar with IEBC’s Brad Phillips presenting, “It’s Better to Lead than Lag”

April 7, IEBC one-hour webinar: Curriculum to Career Choices with SmartPathways

April 4, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Western Regional Conference, Missoula, Montana.  Jordan Horowitz workshop: “Beyond Graduation: Leading and Lagging Indicators for Concurrent Enrollment.”  Read more about leading and lagging indicators.

March 2, San Diego, CA 2017 IO Education User Conference workshop with IEBC’s Brad Phillips and John Watson addressing finding the right classroom and school indicators that lead to local goals.

February 28-March 1, Hawaii Brad Phillips and Jordan Horowitz continue IEBC data use and academic planning support services with workshops and coaching. Read more about IEBC in Hawaii.

February 21-24, San Francisco, CA,  Achieving the Dream conference included a workshop by Brad Phillips of IEBC and Javarro Russell of ETS:“Developing Student Learning Outcomes that are Culturally Competent.”   Learn about integrating cultural competencies through workshops in your area.

February 2-4, Tempe, Arizona, American Association of Community Colleges, Pathways Institute #4,  IEBC Director of CtCC (Curriculum to Career Choices) SmartPathways Marianne Wokeck and Manager of Strategic Partnerships John Yopp presented a Pre-Institute Work Session on Scaffolding Student Learning Outcomes through Pathways and an Institute session panel that focused on aligning academic learning experiences to employer expectations.

January 26-27, Costa Mesa, California: Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative “Regional Guided Pathways” two-day workshop. Brad Phillips panel presentation: “Linking Academic Learning Outcomes With Employer-Based Competencies: Increasing Data Use.” Dr. Phillips joined facilitator Randy Beach, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges; and panelists Jarek Janio of Santa Ana College and Shannon Mills/Tadael Emiru of Cosumnes River College.

January 23-25 Linked Learning Convention, Oakland, CA

At the Work-Based Learning (WBL) session, IEBC’s John Watson and April Eldahaby reported on the pilot project, its findings and implications. Participants learned what types of WBL experiences can be collected and recorded and the benefits of setting up a localized tracking system early on to gain valuable information.

At the Measuring Success: Leading and Lagging Indicators for Linked Learning session with IEBC’s Jordan Horowitz, participants learned that big goals like graduation rates and transition to college don’t give us information in time to act but leading indicators like attendance and persistence are actionable and lead to success of our lagging indicators. This localized interactive workshop put this beneficial process to work.

January 12, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania: Continuing on to Lehigh Carbon Community College, Dr. Phillips delivered a keynote address and conducted data use workshops at their Spring 2017 Convocation.

January 10, Cleveland, Wisconsin: Brad Phillips, IEBC president/CEO, was the keynote speaker at Lakeshore Technical College followed by data use workshops.

Data Use Action The topic of data use has continued to be of high interest with our data use workshops continuing to draw very positive evaluations. It’s one thing to feel, and be, inundated with data and multiple sources of information and quite another to be data-savvy and know how to cut through hundreds or thousands of data documents to glean the really important information that will help you collaborate to move your students towards success. IEBC is glad to be the change agent that helps individuals and organizations go from petrified or overwhelmed to solid-data-users making changes that benefit students.

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IOEducation  This is such a good read In IOEducation by Jordan Horowitz, IEBC vice president: “Why it is Better to Lead Than Lag: Leading and Lagging Indicators for Education.”  Leading indicators provide the right people with the right information at the right time. Those lagging indicators may not be very helpful in deciding what to do about adjustments that improve outcomes.

Contracts, contracts We appreciate all the fine partners we work with. New and continuing contracts recently confirmed include include work with:

  • California Community College Chancellor’s Office
  • Ascendium
  • Southwestern Community College District
  • Victor Valley Community College District
  • SRI International as the data partner in support of SRI’s continued work on evaluation of the California Linked Learning District Initiative
  • Southwestern Community College and Sweetwater Union High School District to provide support and facilitation as they work to align high school exit expectations with college entrance expectations for English and math. This initiative, known as the South County Education Collaborative, is designed to improve student preparedness to succeed in college, increase college-going rates and improve college completion rates
  • Hawaii for phase two of our work with the Hawai’i Data eXchange Partnership, a continuation of the unlocking of the state longitudinal data system (SLDS) to enable telling the full story of a student’s academic progress
  • Coachella Valley Economic Partnership to provide student data reporting support services to ensure the CVEP has the information they need to engage in district and regional continuous improvement among the CVEP K-12 districts and postsecondary institutions and support regional efforts to improve student success.

Did you catch this article in Medium?  Hiding in Plain Sight: Solutions to College Relevance — read Brad Phillips’ Medium article here.

More news can be found in Good Reads and IEBC In the News