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About EPC

Who We Are

The Educational Partnership Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz increases access to higher education for underrepresented students across the Monterey Bay, Pajaro Valley, and Silicon Valley.  The EPC helps educationally-disadvantaged students in our region reach and succeed in college.

Our Vision

Every student will be prepared to access and succeed in college.

Our Mission

We build educational equity and create opportunities for underrepresented students in the communities we serve by forging partnerships and empowering students with knowledge, tools and support systems to access and succeed in college.

What We Do

  • We build communities that improve students’ college preparation and college-going rates
  • We support students on their individual college-going and career pathways
  • We provide tutoring, mentoring, counseling, test preparation, college awareness and enrichment, and teacher professional development
  • We offer rigorous summer enrichment programs
  • We partner with educational and community organizations to increase educational equity in college-going rates
  • We use research, data, and evaluation to design, implement, and refine our services
  • We aspire to be at the forefront of P-20 partnership development in the region, state, and nation

Who We Serve

  • EPC serves students and their families who face barriers to going to college, such as language, financial and being first in their families to attend college.
  • EPC works with underserved communities and schools, many of which are struggling to overcome lowered expectations, low test scores, and low college-going rates.
  • EPC helps students overcome educational and financial barriers to prepare for and be accepted to either two-or four-year colleges.
  • EPC offers nine programs that, together, provide services to more than 11,200 students annually.
  • EPC provides direct service support to 35 K-12 schools in 12 school districts throughout California’s central coast region--including King City, Soledad, Gonzales, the Monterey Bay region, and Pajaro Valley to Silicon Valley/San Jose.
  • EPC collaborates with teachers, counselors, administrators, and families to create a culture of high expectations and college-going for all students in our schools, educational systems, and communities.

Research, Evaluation & Innovation

The Research, Evaluation and Innovation team provides the EPC with:

  • Data Management and Analysis
  • Report and Proposal Writing
  • Professional Development

The Educational Partnership Center uses research and evaluation to develop targeted interventions to best meet the needs of students and families, schools, and the community. Our research and evaluation work helps us to:

  • Demonstrate accountability to partners, stakeholders, and policy makers
  • Improve academic preparation services
  • Seek additional funding and resources to support efforts to build college-bound communities
  • Advance knowledge about educational equity and outreach
  • Share best practices with partners

Strategic Plan 2020

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Our Vision: every student will be prepared to access and succeed in college.
Our Mission: we build educational equity and create opportunities for underrepresented students in the communities we serve by forging partnerships and empowering students with knowledge, tools and support systems to access and succeed in college.

Core Values

Transformation

We believe in the power of education to transform the lives of the students, families, and communities we serve.

Diversity

We embrace different perspectives, cultures, and experiences and recognize their value to our communities.

Educational Equity

We seek to close racial-ethnic and socio-economic gaps in college attainment by promoting systematic change and encouraging students to believe in themselves and their power to transform their communities and the future.

Advancement of Knowledge using Research

We measure and evaluate our work through evidence-based practices in order to improve and advance knowledge of educational equity.

Excellence

We have high expectations for ourselves and strive to instill these standards in the students, families and partners with whom we work.

Impact

We seek institutional and systemic change in public education to influence and advance educational equity and college attainment for all students.

Collaboration

We build partnerships with stakeholders to increase student access and success in college— a collective approach is the most powerful way to achieve the greatest impact.

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