This program is to help the college, and not judge them… It’s a great learning experience for both the receiving college and the officials visiting the college.

Bill McGinnis

A Partnership Resource Team is about more than just a team of visiting experts recommending changes. It’s a give-and-take between education professionals with diverse knowledge and skills. 

IEPI’s primary intent is not to identify a college’s weaknesses, but to harness its strengths.

Butte-Glenn Community College District Trustee Bill McGinnis believes this approach is crucial in fostering collaboration – as opposed to competition – between partner institutions.

“No one uses the information gained from the visits to take any adverse action,” McGinnis explains. “This program is to help the college, and not judge them.”

McGinnis, who serves on the IEPI Advisory Committee and the Technical Assistance Workgroup, says he is energized by the initiative because it goes above and beyond the realm of theory, and provides real, tangible support.

“The free assistance that is offered to the college to solve issues is a great opportunity,” says McGinnis. “The funding to jump-start a college response is also very helpful.

“I think it’s a great learning experience for both the receiving college and the officials visiting the college.”