Community College Research Initiatives

Transformative Change Initiative

The Transformative Change Initiative (TCI) is dedicated to assisting community colleges scale-up innovations that improve student outcomes and program, organization, and system performance. TCI defines transformative change as follows: Raising the individual, organizational, and system performance of community colleges to unprecedented levels without sacrificing their historic commitment to access and equity. TCI is funded by Lumina Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Achieving the Dream is also a critical partner in this initiative.

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Guiding principles

TCI endorses the use of guiding principles that support the scaling of transformative change. These principles are not intended to dictate action, but rather enable informed decision making about the innovation and reform.

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Strategy briefs

The Strategies for Transformative Change brief series provides summaries of strategies employed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) consortia.

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Scaling stories

We present four stories about transformative changes scaled in aerospace, healthcare, and STEM Education by community college consortia funded by the Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training grant.

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