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Having received responses from 13 colleges—three of which were from the same district—11 pilot colleges were chosen for the Education Planning Initiative (EPI).


They are City College of San Francisco, Crafton Hills College, El Camino College, Fresno City College, Fullerton College, Los Medanos College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Santa Barbara College, Santa Rosa College, Solano College and Victor Valley College.

In addition, a Student Services Portal Steering Committee (SSPC) has been approved by the EPI steering committee. Ten students from the Student Senate for CCC—an unprecedented number representing a keen student interest—were approved to serve on the SSPSC.

The Systemwide Student Services Portal is a platform to help increase student understanding of the importance of education planning, activities, and campus-based resources that can help keep them on track to complete their educational and career goals. The portal provides a structured checklist of activities, information, and reminders tailored to each individual student’s need.

Procurement Process Initiated

The EPI also released a Request for Information (RFI) on June 6 that was sent out to more than 10 vendors of Education Planning & Degree Audit systems. The deadline for responses to the RFI is July 7. The RFI will ultimately inform a Request for Proposal (RFP) slated for release on Aug. 1. The deadline for responses to the RFP is Sept. 2.

The RFI is part of a procurement process that will result in the purchase of an Educational Planning Tool (EPT) and/or Degree Audit System (DAS) and related support services to be deployed and used by all 112 California community colleges.

Basically, the RFI is seeking to get a better understanding of state-of-the-art EPT and DAS design and operations. Mandatory requirements that will be included in the RFP include an ability to support 112 community colleges, regardless of their Student Information Systems (SIS); significant experience developing EPT and DAS, including supporting a large customer/client base of colleges/universities; willingness to work with the CCC EPI project office in developing future enhancements to the system to meet CCC requirements; and full accessibility to students with disabilities.

An Ambitious Project

The EPI is an ambitious project with many moving parts and complexities that will require plenty of collaboration and sharing between all of its stakeholders. The EPI will message and assist students with taking positive actions and consistently provide them with the needed encouragement to be successful—a worthy goal with great promise for educators, counselors and students throughout the system.

More information about the EPI can be found at

Sandoval Chagoya is the TechEDge Executive Editor, Director of Outreach and Communications for the Online Education Initiative, and a Project Manager for the
California Community Colleges Technology Center and the California Virtual Campus.