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Planning, Research, Innovation and Effectiveness (PRIE)

Innovation & Effectiveness


PRIE identifies innovative programs and practices that provide the college opportunities  to impact student learning, success, and completion.  We conduct research and review opportunities with external constituencies that further the strategic goals and priorities of CSM. PRIE serves as the thought leader and advisor to the President by identifying opportunities for innovation across campus. We make recommendations to appropriate college stakeholders about the viability of potential innovation opportunities.  Once recommendations are made, PRIE works collaboratively with college stakeholders to prioritize and incubate innovative programs and initiatives.

Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI)

Recently enacted State legislation established a new system of indicators and goals that is intended to encourage improvement in institutional effectiveness at California Community Colleges. Pursuant to Education Code section 84754.6, the CCCCO Board of Governors (BOG) adopted a goals framework at its March 16, 2015 meeting to measure the ongoing condition of a community college’s operational environment. This statute also requires that, as a condition of receipt of Student Success and Support Program funds, each college develop, adopt and post a goals framework that addresses, at a minimum, the following four areas: student performance and outcomes, accreditation status, fiscal viability, and programmatic compliance with state and federal guidelines. 

As an outgrowth of this legislation, IEPI is a collaborative effort initiated at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to help colleges and districts improve their fiscal and operational effectiveness and promote student success, while also reducing accreditation sanctions and audit findings.The catalyst for this effort has been the student success movement and the implementation of evidence-based strategies shown to improve educational outcomes for students whether their goal is earning a degree or certificate, career advancement or transfer.

A common Statewide “Framework of Indicators” has been developed with input from internal and external stakeholders to help establish college institutional effectiveness goals.The framework focuses on accreditation, fiscal viability, student performance, and compliance with state and federal guidelines.

College and District IEPI Goals

Other IEPI Resources

Student Learning Outcomes

The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) assessment cycle is an institutional process by which faculty and staff systematically address how our students are learning, where we can help them learn better, act on what they find out, and communicate the results to the college and community.

The Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) describe the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that students should develop through any sustained experience with the college – whether courses, degree or certificate programs, pre-transfer general education pattern, or academic and support services.