Caring Campus California

The Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) created Caring Campus based on research that shows students who feel more connected to their college are more likely to be retained, persist from semester to semester, and complete their academic goals.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) embraced the power of Caring Campus to support Guided Pathways statewide and the Vision for Success with funding for IEBC’s Caring Campus work with 18 colleges in 2018 and an additional 18 colleges in 2020.

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For 2021-2023, the CCCCO has expanded its IEBC Caring Campus support with funding for an additional 30 colleges. The new funding will empower almost two-thirds of all California community colleges to be Caring Campuses over the next two years. The objective of IEBC’s Caring Campus program is to increase student retention and success in community colleges by creating and cultivating caring environments through the intentional inclusion of all staff in student success efforts.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with IEBC’s Caring Campus program, integrating classified professional colleagues into student success strategies at 30 additional California Community Colleges,” said California Community Colleges Executive Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Support Marty Alvarado. “Investing in this targeted support for our classified colleagues benefits all students and continues to be an important strategy for advancing the Vision for Success and Guided Pathways.”

Vision for Success

Vision for Success is an important and candid report from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Click below to read more.

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How Caring Campus California Fortifies the Vision for Success

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Vision for Success

Vision for Success is an important and candid report from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Click below to read more.

Featured Article

How Caring Campus California Fortifies the Vision for Success

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Caring Campus and Guided Pathways

The Institute for Evidence-Based Change’s Caring Campus initiative provides support for Guided Pathways implementation by including staff in student success efforts and faculty connectedness in the classroom.

What Educators Are Saying

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Eva Bagg, president of Barstow Community College

When Eva Bagg learned about IEBC’s latest initiative, Caring Campus, she knew it would be a good fit for the college’s culture. Once the work was underway, Dr. Bagg received enthusiastic reviews. “(Staff) loved the homework – everyone is tired of committees and not getting things done. The framework was so structured you really can’t help but come out with behavioral changes.”

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Kindred Murillo, Former President of Southwestern College

Kindred Murillo told IEBC the introduction of the Caring Campus directly benefits Southwestern College’s educational goals and objectives. “It provides the tools to our classified staff to be able to really achieve the actionable behaviors we’re asking for. So often, we (as educators) say we have goals. This program actually provides the tools and the coaching to help employees be and do – and I do mean DO – what their intent is,” said Dr. Murillo.

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Why IEBC’s Program has caught on

Daniel Walden, President, Victor Valley College discusses the role of leadership in integrating Caring Campus into the culture of the college. He explains how once it caught on, it spread like wildfire. He tells how Caring Campus is integrated into strategic planning, professional development and the Governing Board’s own agendas.

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Why Sacramento City College Brought Caring Campus to its institution

Michael Gutierrez, President, Sacramento City College welcomes the approach of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) because it builds on what is already happening and is easily interwoven with other work like Guided Pathways. President Gutierrez explains how Caring Campus is transforming Sacramento City College.

California colleges participating in caring campus 2018 – 2022


  1. Barstow College
  2. Cañada College
  3. Cerritos College
  4. Chaffey College
  5. College of the Canyons
  6. College of the Desert
  7. College of the Redwoods
  8. Compton College
  9. Contra Costa College
  10. Crafton Hills College
  11. Cuyamaca College
  12. Cypress College
  13. Diablo Valley College
  14. Evergreen Valley College
  15. Folsom Lake College
  16. Gavilan Community College
  17. Grossmont College
  18. Imperial Valley College
  19. Irvine Valley College
  20. Las Positas College
  21. Los Angeles Trade-Tech College
  22. Los Angeles Valley College
  23. Los Angeles Pierce College
  24. Los Angeles Southwest College
  25. Los Medanos College
  26. Madera Community College
  27. Mendocino College
  28. MiraCosta College
  29. Miramar College
  30. Mission College
  31. Moreno Valley College
  32. Mt. San Jacinto College
  33. Napa Valley College
  34. Norco College
  35. Oxnard College
  36. Palomar College
  37. Reedley College
  38. Riverside College
  39. Sierra College
  40. Sacramento City College
  41. Saddleback College
  42. San Bernardino Valley College
  43. San Diego City College
  44. San Diego Mesa College
  45. San Jose City College
  46. Skyline Community College
  47. Southwestern College
  48. Ventura College
  49. Victor Valley College
  50. West Los Angeles College
  51. West Valley College
  52. Yuba College

California Community Colleges Caring Campus in Action

Irvine Valley College Celebrating Classified Staff and Caring Campus

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“On March 22, Irvine Valley College held a contactless caring drive-thru for our IVC Classified Professionals. The event drew Classified from their off-site home office locations and those who remain on the campus supporting our remote operations. The drive thru was so greatly appreciated by our Classified as they saw their fellow colleagues and our Caring Campus team, meet our new president and vice president of student services for the first time (both hired remotely at start of the pandemic), receive swag bags and materials for our virtual professional development days (happening this week), receive recognition of our Caring Campus team’s great work with a presentation of the IEBC Caring Campus plaque, and some received their employee service pins for the year. It was a great day filled with so much care, love and excitement for our Classified Professionals.

From all of us at Irvine Valley college to your IEBC Caring Campus team, thank you so much for providing the coaching sessions and support for this outstanding program we have incorporated at our campus.”

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Mendocino College and the Caring Campus Initiative

Read the latest Mendo Cares newsletter, here.

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Skyline College: CARING CAMPUS

Developing a culture of meaningful connections with students.

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Sacramento City College

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San Diego City College and Caring Campus

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