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UCSC Educational Partnership CenterOur mission is to create college-boundcommunities that improve studentlearning and increase college-goingrates among students from low-incomeand traditionally non-college-goingfamilies in collaboration with school,college, business, andcommunity partners.2

Creating College-Bound Communities Across theMonterey Bay and Silicon Valley/San Jose Regions Central unit for all UCSC-related studentacademic preparation serviceshttp://epc.ucsc.edu/ Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara counties 102 K-12 schools 43 staff and 75 undergraduate academic interns Data-driven integrated service delivery modelusing research-based practices Collaborative approach built on regionalpartnerships3

Best Practices to Support Faculty Research andEngagement in College-Going and Student SuccessUse current theory, research, and policy to design andenrich academic content of college-going and completionservices2. Develop project evaluation that advances research, practice,and policy investments for college access and success3. Link students to cutting-edge faculty research and labfacilities, college majors, and careers4. Collaborate on grants, projects, programs, and publications5. Improve campus cultural competency for student success1.4

Best Practice #1: EPC Faculty Director Works withEPC ED, Staff, and Faculty Strategic vision and planning Grant opportunities for sustainability and growth – GEAR UP Leverage projects and collaborations Link educational partnership research with UC P-20 leaders Strengthen research basis of regional partnerships - S4C UCOP Faculty Engagement Council Link college-going with student success – H.S.I. Research presentations, articles, and EPC book5

P-20 Partnerships for College-Goingand Student Success Bridging Multiple Worlds Alliance www.bridgingworlds.ucsc.edu Network of research-practice-policy partnerships with lowincome, immigrant, and ethnic minority youth building pathwaysto college and careers without giving up ties to families andcultural communities Aligning P-20 models (Cooper, 2011; Hurtado et al., 2012; Oakes,2003): EPC GEAR UP; EPC, H.S.I., and Student Success Tools for P-20 alliances: EPC Integrated Logic Model Project Longitudinal data tools: Cal-PASS Plus pilot - EPC, Student Success Engaging culturally diverse families – EPC, H.S.I.6

EPC Staff Learn About and Use UCSCFaculty Research to Design and Guide Services Educational Resiliency among 1st-Generation Students onPathways to Graduation - Margarita Azmitia (Psychology) Bridging Multiple Worlds: Brokers and Gatekeepers on Pathwaysto College and Careers - Catherine Cooper (Psychology) Resources and Challenges in Developing a College-Going Culture- Rodney Ogawa (Education)7

Best Practice #2: Faculty Serve as External Evaluatorson EPC Grant-funded Projects Kip Tellez and Eduardo Mosqueda (Education), Co-Directors,CRECE - Center for Research in Collaborative Evaluationhttp://crece.sites.ucsc.edu/ CRECE goal: To enhance educational experiences and academicachievement of children and youth traditionally underserved inU.S. schools8

CRECE Faculty as EPC External Evaluators Formative evaluation of services forcontinual improvement Summative evaluation of overall programeffectiveness and relative impact ofindividual activities on college-going,persistence, and success Focus groups Student and parent surveys, includingAttitudes Towards College Inventory Student-level achievement data9

CRECE External Evaluation has enhanced: Understanding students’ school and college aspirations (ATCI) Contributing to instruction, student performance, andpreparing for college admission, enrollment, and success Understanding challenges and opportunities of internal andexternal staff Convening school and district partners to understand students,program analyses, sustainability, and long-term planning10

Best Practice #3: Students Gain Exposure toCutting-Edge Faculty Research and Lab Facilities,College Majors, and Careers UCSC Genome Project - David Haussler, BiomolecularEngineering: Sequencing, Genome Browser Data, and GeneIsolation labs Autonomous Robot Labs - Engineering faculty Video Game Design -Center for Games and Playable Media faculty Exposure to college majors and career pathways11

Best Practice #4: EPC Collaborating with Facultyon Grants, Projects, and Programs Partnership with Dan Press and Environmental Studies faculty onUSDA Higher Education Challenge Grant (HEC) STEM faculty partner with EPC programs like MESA to fulfill NSFgrant proposals Broader Impact service mpacts/partners/index.html Partnership with School of Engineering on the Girls inEngineering Program https://gie.soe.ucsc.edu/12

Best Practice #5: Faculty Collaboration to Improve CampusCultural Competency for College-Going and StudentSuccess Student sense of belonging: Welcome, orientation, andprobation letters – Rebecca Covarrubias (Psychology) Student success in gatekeeper course into Biology major – JohnTampkun (Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology) andRebecca Covarrubias (Psychology) Family engagement to and through UCSC: EPC and H.S.I. familyconferences – Covarrubias and Cooper13

Lessons Learned: Faculty Engagement in Effective Practicesin College-Going and Student Success Initiatives Link staff and faculty interests in dialogue and collaboration Strategic planning and grant writing are contexts to developshared P-20 models (and logic models) of family engagement,student college-going and success, and institutional change “Everyone gets to be smart”: Link insights across generations,including undergraduates, graduate students and young 1stgeneration staff coming through programs on pathways tograduate school and faculty roles Sustain faculty engagement with individual and group efforts14

Contact InformationMaria [email protected](831) 459-1811Catherine [email protected](831) 459-415715

Student success in gatekeeper course into Biology major – John Tampkun (Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology) and Rebecca Covarrubias (Psychology) Family engagement to and through UCSC: EPC