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IEBC connects evidence-based data with education stakeholders — students, faculty, administrators, policymakers, funders, and others — to support academic success and measurable improvements in education for all students.

Our three areas of focus are data use, Caring Campus/Bright Spots and college readiness and success. This section provides examples of work we have done, and are doing, in these areas to pursue our mission so that education stakeholders use data and information to make informed decisions and collaboration that improve practice and increase student success. Our coaching approach focuses on specific behaviors leading to student engagement and success.

In addition to the work described below, our book provides a context of culture. From Harvard Education Press, Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges by Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz presents a research-based model and actionable approach for using data strategically at community colleges to increase completion rates as well as other metrics linked to student success.

Data use. IEBC provides workshops and coaching on many topics grounded in our unique model for improving data use. Our work is in Hawaii, California, Idaho, Wisconsin, Texas and elsewhere providing customized workshops and coaching to address local student success issues. We also present at conferences and other audiences to introduce these concepts.

Caring Campus/Bright Spots With IEBC coaching, college faculty and staff are changing student lives with their intentional, impactful interventions. Caring Campus and Bright Spots increase faculty and staff student engagement with targeted strategies inside the classroom, outside the classroom and around the college campus that increase student connectedness. Research has demonstrated that such connectedness has a powerful impact on student retention, persistence and success.

Caring Campus highlights the power of classified professionals and harnesses this power with college and department- specific coaching. Working with faculty, the Bright Spots Advantage focuses on simple but significantly impactful behaviors demonstrated to increase the faculty and staff connection to students, thus increasing student motivation to succeed.

College readiness and success. IEBC draws upon our decades of experience with evidence-based data and collaboration to facilitate intersegmental partnerships to improve student transitions by aligning the efforts of colleges and their feeder high schools around the United States.

Examples of IEBC intersegmental alignment projects and programs, all involving in-depth collaboration, are provided in ECAP, an English Alignment project; the South County Education Collaborative and the East County Education Alliance. Read also about projects focused on aligning curriculum from K-12 to post-secondary that resulted in curricular guides to be used as resources following the alignment – ACCESS, SLATE and GC PASS.

K-12/community college partnerships provide additional examples of very localized initiatives with Take Your Parents to College and bridge projects like MoCHA (Math for Chemistry).

Education to career. With support for Pathways of Study, IEBC works with faculty to develop student learning outcomes that are linked to occupational competencies identified by industry. IEBC also provides support for work-based learning efforts to ensure appropriate metrics are identified and tracked. An example is in our Texas work.

IEBC connects evidence-based data with education stakeholders — students, faculty, administrators, policymakers, funders, and others — to support academic success and measurable improvements in education for all students.