Find out here what’s going on; scroll down for past events and scroll way down for a look at some published articles.

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.

December 17, 2020

Incorporating Racial Equity into Caring Campus  This one-hour webinar discussion covered implicit bias, asset-based thinking, and equity- mindedness.  Speakers shared their perspectives and experiences in implementing Caring Campus through a racial equity lens. The webinar was based on Guide Three. Read Guide Three here.  Access the PowerPoint file here and the Webinar here.

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) has established 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.  Read more here.

June 26, 2020

Drake State is one of 10 community colleges across the U.S. selected for the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) Caring Campus Initiative. “We’re thrilled to have been selected by the IEBC to participate in this innovative and intentional approach to student engagement,” said Dr. Nicole Bell, interim dean of Student Services. “It’s exciting to see the impact it can have on our students and their academic success.”  Read the full article here.

June 25, 2020

Webinar – Supporting Community College Professional Staff.  In this one-hour webinar, IEBC leadership and special guests will address issues that professional staff face while providing virtual student services and will present 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. Register now!

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.

Community College Leaders share their excitement about IEBC’s latest initiative, Caring Campus.

November 22, 2019

Riverside, Calif.  At the Community College League of California (CCLC) convention Caring Campus California panel brought Caring Campus work to life with IEBC Vice President Jordan Horowitz, Barstow President Eva Bagg and Southwestern College Professional Development Director Janelle Williams Melendrez.

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.  Read the news release.

November 6, 2019

Yakima Valley College, Washington.  IEBC Vice President Jordan Horowitz led a workshop on Leading and Lagging Indicators.

October 16, 2019

Yakima Valley College, Washington.  IEBC Vice President Jordan Horowitz led a Data Use Demystified workshop.

October 12, 2019

Mountwest Community & Technical College.  MCTC Among Ten Schools Selected for Caring Campus Initiative.  Read more in the Carter County News.

October 1, 2019

Irvine Valley College joins Caring Campus Initiative launch across the U.S.  Read more in the Orange County Business Council Newsletter.

September 23, 2019

Irvine Valley College joins Caring Campus Initiative launch across the U.S.  Read more in the Irvine Chamber of Commerce News.

September 16, 2019

Eastern Gateway Community College is Launching the Caring Campus Initiative. Read the full article in Community College Daily.

September 15, 2019

Eastern Gateway Community College joins Caring Campus Initiative launch. Read more about Caring Campus.

September 11, 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.

September 11, 2019

Eastern Gateway picked for Caring Campus program. Read what The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio, reports.

August 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.

July 2019

IEBC interviewed three educators who shared their thoughts on the importance of involving classified staff in Caring Campus.

Dr. Eva Bagg started her education career as an anthropology instructor and institutional researcher. She currently serves as the president of Barstow Community College. Read the complete interview here.

Dr. Kindred Murillo, President/Superintendent of Southwestern College, has made creating a more equitable and inclusive campus among her highest priorities. Read the complete interview here.

Judy Rodriguez, Administrative Secretary and Classified Senate President of San Bernardino Valley College, vividly remembers stepping onto the campus nine years ago when she was first hired. She was new to the college experience, and she can relate to how new students feel. Read the complete interview here.

Great turnout from classified professional staff at 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.

February 21, 2019

Ascendium Education Group, one of the nation’s leading higher education philanthropies, has awarded a one million dollar grant to the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) for the Caring Campus Initiative with the goal of increasing student retention and success in community colleges around the United States. Read the full news release.

January 17, 2019, The system can build on what we’ve already learned

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, NACEP – 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) national conference. Reactions from a workshop earlier this year included… “I can’t believe I got so excited about analytics. Absolutely riveting” … “For my role on campus, this was the most helpful and interesting presentation of the entire conference.”

October and November, 2018, Kickoffs

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 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, Achieving the Dream (ATD)

In Baltimore, Maryland, IEBC President Brad Phillips, a longtime data coach for ATD colleges, joined the ATD Data Coaches working retreat.

October 10, 2018, Introductory Regional Caring Campus Webinar

Creating a Caring Campus. This Caring Campus California webinar introduced the Caring Campus initiative for San Diego and Imperial Counties community colleges and Inland Empire colleges. View the introductory webinar.

October 3 to 5, 2018, Strengthening Student Success Conference, in Orange County

On Wednesday, October 3, Brad Phillips of IEBC and Ken Sherwood of Contra Costa College will present a session on “Effectively Using Data to Improve Student Success: A Practical Approach.” The workshop presentation is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

September/October, 2018

In a new partnership with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and IEBC, regional implementation of Caring Campuses prepares to heighten implementation of the Vision for Success and increase classified staff student engagement recognizing that colleges need to involve classified staff more intentionally if the Vision for Success is to be realized.

September 7, 2018, Victor Valley College’s All College Day

IEBC President Brad Phillips keynoted Victor Valley College’s “All College Day.”

Also on Sept. 7, 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 & 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, Learning Days at Delta College in Michigan

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, Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC)

IEBC’s Brad Philips and Jordan Horowitz presented a professional development workshop at the Claremont Evaluation Center 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

IEBC joined The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships for a joint public webinar introducing the concept of the continuous program improvement cycle and its importance in creating a culture of inquiry and improvement for concurrent enrollment partnerships.

May 15, 2018, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)

Feedback from a participant in this NACEP Midwest Conference where IEBC Vice President Jordan Horowitz presented on Leading and Lagging Indicators:

“The BEST part of the program was Jordan Horowitz. WOW. He was fascinating. Absolutely fantastic and probably one of THE best conference sessions I’ve ever attended. He held my attention even though the session was about a dry subject and taught me new, critical things. He also gave me great information to follow up on.”  You can view the presentation here.

The May IEBC Webinar Five Evidence-Based Tips for Making Data Useful, Usable and Actionable was a deep dive into strategies that can be put to work right now. Contact IEBC if you would like to participate when it is offered again.

From the American Education Research Association (AERA) announcements:

Webinar on Data-informed Leadership In partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership, Jordan Horowitz, Vice President of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change conducted a webinar based on IEBC’s data use model. “Data-informed leadership” focused on “Improving student success by doing more with less.”

March 4, 2018, IO Education Webinar

IO Education offered a March webinar designed specifically for K-12 schools and featuring Jordan Horowitz, Vice President for IEBC addressing the organization’s framework on driving student success through data, process and culture.

February 28, 2018, IEBC Webinar

One-hour free webinar: Faculty Engagement in Guided Pathways.

February 23, 2018, Victor Valley’s Spring Convocation

As the keynote speaker at Victor Valley’s Spring Convocation, IEBC Vice President Jordan Horowitz introduced the IEBC Bright Spots strategy for achieving student success.

Customized Workshops in Hawaii

Working with Academic Review Teams, IEBC president/CEO Brad Phillips will be presenting customized workshops on Data Use 101 and Leading and Lagging Indicators.

AACC Workforce Development Institute

The 2018 AACC Workforce Development Institute in New Orleans, LA, reflects the reality that community college workforce and economic development efforts require collaboration and cooperation across policies, practices, initiatives, and partners. A panel on Data Driven Success includes IEBC President Brad Phillips on the use of leading indicators to drive change. Catch this panel on January 31.

Southern Institutional Research Group

The Southern California Community College Institutional Research Group meeting at Long Beach City College recently welcomed IEBC vice president Jordan Horowitz to discuss Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges. His tips included how to effectively introduce data into meetings that generate interest and comprehension.

Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Career Tech Vision 2017

December 6 to 9, 2017, Nashiville, TN.   Attendees at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Career Tech Vision 2017 conference can reap the benefits of a presentation by IEBC’s Dr. John Yopp and Dr. Marianne Wokeck, on “Curriculum to Career Choices: Ensuring Pathway Students Learn and Progress.”  Learn more about this Curriculum to Career Choices (CtCC) work that supports Smart Pathways of study.

Education Policy Fellowship Program’s Alumni Blog

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.

Claremont Graduate University/Claremont Evaluation Center Presentation

October 26, 2017, a CGU/CEC Alumni presentation: “Leading & Lagging Indicators In Evaluation.” IEBC’s Brad Phillips and Jordan Horowitz returned to CGU to speak about the use of leading and lagging indicators in evaluation and the new book, Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges.

Achieving the Dream Coaches Meeting

October 19, 2017, Tampa, FL, was attended by IEBC Board Chairman Bill Piland and IEBC President/CEO Brad Phillips.

College and Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) Symposium

October, 2017, Berkeley, CA. IEBC Vice President Jordan Horowitz attended the College and Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) symposium held at the University of California, Berkeley.

Creating Data Faculty Can Use

September 14, 2017, Ashley A. Smith of Inside Higher Ed interviewed IEBC’s President/CEO Brad Phillips and Vice President Jordan Horowitz about their new book, Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges: A new Model for Educators published by Harvard Education Press. In the article, Smith discusses with Phillips and Horowitz the amount and quality of the data available to community colleges.

Read the entire Q&A session in Creating Data Faculty Can Use.

National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)

October 8, 2017, Washington D.C. IEBC’s Jordan Horowitz presents in the pre-conference Program Evaluation Workshop with representatives from the University of Utah, Northwest Atlantic Community College and J. Sargent Reynolds Community College. Concurrent and dual enrollment programs allow students to earn college credits while in high school. The workshop focus is on regular program evaluations to inform program improvement.

Ed Trust—West Convening

September 15, San Diego, CA, IEBC’s John Watson and Janine Bocciardi are panelists in a forum on managing the A-G process and related course information.

Alamo Colleges, Texas, Curriculum to Career Choices

September 15, 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.

Moving the Needle on Community College Student Success

August 30, 2017, from The Blog of Harvard Education Press, by IEBC President/CEO Brad Phillips and Vice President Jordan Horowitz. Read it here.

U.S. Department of Education’s NCES STATS-DC Conference

August 3, Washington DC, NCES STATS-DC Data Conference.  IEBC’s John Watson and Mary Kay Patton will be joined by Anita Huang, Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education and Tim Norris, Washington Education Research and Data Center to present a conference session on “Sustainable Cross-Sector Reporting Systems—The All-Important Last Mile, at the U.S. Department of Education’s 2017 National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) STATS-DC Data Conference.

Working Students Success Workshops in Arkansas

August 1, find IEBC President Brad Phillips facilitating workshops on Telling Your Story with Data and Leading/Lagging Indicators at the Achieving the Dream’s Working Students Success Network.

APLU Conference in San Diego, California

June 28, at the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU), discussions around the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) designation process were a focus. 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.

Management Session at Victor Valley College, California

July 27 found IEBC President Brad Phillips at Victor Valley facilitating their management retreat.

Important and Candid Report from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors

July 18, 2017, Vision for Success is an important and candid report from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Read more about the Vision for Success, including this excellent commentary from EdSource, Now for the Hard Part.

Big Data Alone Won’t Help Students

Big Data Alone Won’t Help Students by Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz in the Chronicle of Higher Education, points out that the information that comes out of big-data systems must be usable, useful, and actionable by educators who know how to make sense of it.  This article was first published in the Chronicle of Higher Education Special Report on the Digital Campus, April 2017, highlighting the work top innovators are undertaking and where it is leading.

Hawai’i State Public Charter School Commission Education Summit 2017

June 27, 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” to administrators, staff and faculty.

Working Students Success Network

April 19, IEBC’s Brad Phillips presented a workshop on “Telling Your Story with Data” for the Working Students Success Network (WSSN) in Seattle, Washington. WSSN is made up of 19 colleges from around the country.

California Foster Youth Summit

April 18, the California Foster Youth Summit in Sacramento includes a workshop by Jordan Horowitz on using the IEBC model for identifying and using “Leading Indicators for Foster Youth Education.”

National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

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

Data Use and Coaching in Hawaii

February 28-March 1, IEBC’s Brad Phillips and Jordan Horowitz continue IEBC data use and academic planning support services. The workshops and coaching are designed to ensure the required plans have measurable leading indicators, providing progress markers for the big goals of high school graduation and college and career readiness. Read more about IEBC in Hawaii.

IO Education User Conference

March 2, San Diego, CA, The IO Education User Conference hosts a workshop session by their IEBC partner. IEBC’s Brad Phillips and John Watson will address finding the right classroom and school indicators that lead to the goals established by each district’s Local Control Accountability Board and included in the local district plan (the LCAP).

Achieving the Dream

February 21-24 in San Francisco, California, this week’s annual conference of Achieving the Dream’s Network colleges is joined by more than 2,000 thought-leaders, policy-makers, investors, and practitioners dedicated to helping more community college students succeed. Brad Phillips of IEBC and Javarro Russell of ETS present a pre-conference workshop “Developing Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) That are Culturally Competent” recognizing that today’s educators must develop student learning outcomes, assignments and assessments that reflect an increasingly diverse student body.
Want to learn more about integrating cultural competencies through workshops in your area?

Pathways Institute #4

February 2-4, Tempe, AZ Pathways Institute #4, American Association of Community Colleges, 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 identified by faculty to career-specific requirements and the expectations of employers.

Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative

The Regional Guided Pathways workshop January 26-27, Costa Mesa, CA, part of the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative, included IEBC President/CEO Brad Phillips on the Friday panel presentation speaking on “Linking Academic Learning Outcomes With Employer-Based Competencies: Increasing Data Use.”

IEBC on Work-Based Learning and Leading and Lagging Indicators at the Linked Learning Convention

The January 23-25 Linked Learning Convention in Oakland, CA included a Work-Based Learning (WBL) breakout session with IEBC’s John Watson and April Eldahaby who reported on the pilot project and presented the benefits of setting up an early tracking system.
The Measuring Success: Leading and Lagging Indicators for Linked Learning session was presented by IEBC’s Jordan Horowitz who then led a localized interactive workshop that put this beneficial process to work.

Lehigh Carbon Community College

IEBC President Brad Phillips, at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania on January 12, presenting a keynote address on “Data Use and Courageous Conversations” followed by working sessions on high impact research-based practices and high impact practices focused on improving student success, retention and persistence.

Lakeshore Technical College

IEBC President Brad Phillips at Lakeshore Technical College, Wisconsin on January 10, with a keynote address on Demystifying Data, followed by workshops on “The Psychology of Data Use” and “How To Tell Your Story With Data.”

PromiseNet 2016 in Washington, DC

IEBC President Brad Phillips and Vice President Jordan Horowitz were panelist/presenters on College Retention, Persistence, and Completion:  Powerful Practices for College Success and in the Promise Program Evaluation Lab.

National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)

In a conference presentation titled “Beyond Graduation Rates: Leading and Lagging Indicators for Concurrent Enrollment,” Jordan Horowitz, Institute for Evidence-Based Change vice president, presented a unique data use model that includes the latest research on human judgment, decision-making and organizational habits and the problem of focusing on lagging indicators such as graduation rates.  Read more about leading and lagging indicators.

California Association of Work Experience Educators (CAWEE)

John Watson, IEBC senior director, and April Eldahaby, project director, co-presented on Work-based Learning Data Collection: Review of the Linked Learning Work-based Learning Pilot Project.

IEBC & IO Education Form Partnership

IO Education has announced it is partnering with the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) and Dellicker Strategies to enhance its collaboration with school districts.  IO Education uses expert analysis to best leverage student data to improve educational outcomes.  “Everything we do revolves around helping educators get the most out of the data that is available to them,” said Doug Mesecar, vice president of strategic partnerships at IO Education. Learn more about the IEBC & IO partnership.

Achieving the Dream Data & Analytics Summit

IEBC President/CEO Brad Phillips presented “Building a Culture of Evidence and Inquiry” in plenary session, and spoke on “Leading and Lagging Indicators” in an additional workshop session.

2016 NCES STATS – DC Data Conference…

included a team presentation on Cross-Sector Data Integration, describing  how to unlock statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS). As they exist, most of these data are not useful, usable nor actionable. The data must be unlocked to have it tell the full story of a student’s academic progress.  Read more about Cross-Sector Data Integration.

Career Pathway Data Advisory Committee at Mathematica

IEBC Vice President Jordan Horowitz joined the Career Pathway Data Advisory Committee at Mathematica Policy Research meeting. An invited member of the committee, Jordan brought lessons learned from IEBC’s work-based-learning data pilot project with Linked Learning in California to inform and improve work-based-learning efforts nationally.

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