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CCC Education Planning Initiative Steering CommitteeWith governance now in place, the California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI) is beginning to tackle the question of technology to support a systemwide student services portal.


The Educational Planning Tool and Degree Audit System (EPT/DAS) pilot college members met at the CCC Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento on June 26 to discuss how both a Request for Information (RFI) and a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an EPT/DAS were coming together. An RFP is scheduled to be released during the first week of August.

Five vendors responded to an RFI that was sent out on June 6 with a deadline of July 7. This information has given the EPI Steering Committee valuable information for the final composition of the RFP.

The EPI Student Services Portal Steering Committee (SSPSC) met in Sacramento on June 27 to begin planning and prioritization of the anticipated “portlets” and applications that will comprise the systemwide student services portal.

“We’ve cleared one of the more challenging hurdles of the EPI, which was establishing the governance structure (with the EPI Steering Committee, the EPT/DAS pilot colleges and the SSPSC), represented by collaborative stakeholders from across the system,” said EPI Statewide Program Manager Carlo Santos. “We are now moving full speed ahead with identifying work groups to do the nitty-gritty work we have all been patiently waiting to accomplish.”

In other EPI news, Robyn Tornay and Rick Snodgrass have been hired as EPI program managers. In addition, all EPI Steering Committee members have recently been added to a Basecamp instance for better document sharing and collaboration capability.

The next CCCConfer-hosted meeting related to the EPT/DAS is scheduled for July 23, and the next CCCConfer-hosted SSPSC meeting is scheduled for July 24.

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.