Using research to implement organizational change
CUE’s theory of change uses action-research to transform the cognitive, structural, and institutional frameworks used in higher education. These efforts cut across the spectrum. From individual institutions like Whittier College or Loyola Marymount University, to state systems of higher education like the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the University of Wisconsin, to our strategic alliance with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), we are working with educational leaders to ensure that equity is embedded within higher education institutions and policy.
Since its inception, CUE has been at the forefront of issues confronting higher education practitioners, especially in the state of California. In recent years, our Student Equity Plan Institutes have held large success, bringing community colleges together from across California to create strategic state-funded plans centered on advancing student equity. These efforts involve helping practitioners develop equity-minded frameworks for seeing disproportionate impact in terms of their own institutional responsibility, as opposed to students own deficiencies. It requires that practitioners do inquiry on their practices, policies, and structures prior to making assumptions and recommendations on what is impacting student success.