I have learned at least as much, if not more, than the colleagues to whom I was supposed to provide assistance.

Maureen Chenoweth

It’s no accident that two of the three pillars of IEPI (“Participate. Collaborate. Innovate.”) are dedicated to involvement and cooperation. The entire initiative is founded on a grassroots level, empowering faculty, staff and administration to identify and execute solutions from within the California Community Colleges system.

This “no ivory towers” approach ensures that outcomes are informed by real, relevant information, provided by the professionals working on the front lines.

“Not only are we collaborating with our institutions across our system, but we also are collaborating as a team, with each other,” says Foothill College’s Maureen Chenoweth. “Any effort that makes our system stronger, will also make our individual colleges more effective.”

Chenoweth, who has thus far participated in both a Partnership Resource Team (PRT) and an IEPI workshop, sees the hands-on nature of IEPI as a key component to its success.

“We see the same issues that we deal with at our home colleges, but with a new perspective.”

Chenoweth sees the “Indicators” aspect of IEPI as a valuable tool for tracking project success, but believes that the overall initiative is bigger than the numbers.

“[The Indicators] are beneficial, and a necessary starting point… But much of what we do as educators is less strictly defined by data,” says Chenoweth.

“[The benefit] of the PRT is to meet in person and listen to and address the other aspects that are not strictly tied to the benchmark statistics.”