New California Community Colleges Embrace Caring Campus


Long Beach, Calif. – Five new California community colleges will participate in the Fall 2023 cohort of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) Caring Campus partnership.


First-time participants joining Caring Campus this fall are:

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  • College of Alameda
  • Cuesta College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Moorpark College
  • Porterville College

Funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to expand the implementation of Caring Campus in California, more than half of the largest state community college system in the U.S. of 116 colleges are ‘Caring Campuses.’

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.


Majority of California Community Colleges Involved in Caring Campus


Under the CCCCO-IEBC partnership, colleges selected agree to fully participate in Caring Campus, a coaching-based approach ensuring all staff play a role in supporting every student’s academic success. The first group of 18 colleges began work in 2018. Others have joined the effort since then with more than 70 California colleges now involved.

“Research has demonstrated how important the human connection is,” said IEBC President/CEO Brad Phillips. “Caring Campus supports colleges from being merely transactional to relationship-based. It supports faculty, staff, and administrators to better leverage their expertise in ways that help them better connect and support students to achieve their goals. Best of all, outcome data is showing that this approach is successful.

The CCCCO effort is focused on the unsung heroes – the staff ­­– whose interaction with students can set the stage for successful enrollment, persistence, and completion. It is particularly important for students from historically underserved populations, students less familiar with college, non-majority students, students from low-income households, and first-generation students to feel welcome and that they belong in college.

About the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC)
The Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping education stakeholders — community colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, employers, and others — use coaching, collaboration, and data to make informed decisions and craft solutions that improve practice and dramatically increase student success. With our focus on these two areas – Caring Campus and Data Use – we partner with our clients to successfully implement customized evidence-based solutions to today’s most pressing issues, including our engagement to address inequities and ensure that all students are able to fulfill their dreams. Our work in all areas reflects this commitment. Learn more about IEBC at