Developed by the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC), Irvine Valley College (IVC) Classified Senate embarked on IEBC’s Caring Campus nationwide initiative in the Fall of 2019. Caring Campus acknowledges the central role that Classified professionals play in making students feel welcome on campus and helping them stay on their educational paths. Additionally, it shows the pivotal role that administrators play in supporting classified professionals in student engagement work.
IVC is one of twenty colleges that participated in a national Caring Campus cohort funded by the Ascendium Education Group. Additionally, IVC is honored to be selected as one of a few community colleges amongst this cohort of four-year universities. Our Classified professionals, representing departments from across the campus, have participated in multiple initiative activities from the IEBC-led coaching sessions discussing and developing thoughtful behavioral commitments to participating in on-campus and virtual IVC Cares student success events.
Caring Campus is key to the success of the college’s Guided Pathways efforts. Our liaison leadership represents a mix of both, the Guided Pathways administration and faculty and the IVC Classified Senate. The Guided Pathways facilitator is a central Caring Campus liaison between IEBC and the campus while the IVC Classified Senate President is the lead Classified coordinator and co-liaison to assist in the rollout of the program. Since our beginning in the Fall of 2019, IVC Classified Senate developed a Classified Senate Caring Campus Committee, which develops and implements our college-wide Caring Campus efforts; and, a college-wide Classified Completion Team that is integrated into the college Guided Pathways efforts.