Community College Research Initiatives

Guiding Principles

TCI endorses the use of guiding principles that support the scaling of transformative change. These principles are not intended to dictate action, but rather enable informed decision making about the innovation and reform. They reflect theory about scaling, but they also reflect the input of community college educators and partners who are currently implementing reforms. Using a principle-driven approach puts individuals who know the complexity of their settings and understand the diverse student populations who enroll in their programs in the driver’s seat for sustaining and scaling reform. Guiding principles create a blueprint for scaling innovation that results in more equitable outcomes for diverse learners, including enhanced education, economic and social impact.

Transformative Leadership

Scaling of transformative change will occur when leaders envision, encourage, and support innovation that supports all learners.
Transformative Leadership Principle

Equity and Outcomes

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Guiding Principle for Equity and Outcomes Brief

Adoption and Adaptation

Scaling of transformative change will occur when adoption and adaptation honor and influence the cultures of the settings involved.
Adoption and Adaptation Principle

Data Utilization

Scaling of transformative change will occur when data collected through ongoing and responsive evaluation is used strategically.
Data Utilization Principle

Policy Change

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Policy Change Principle

Storytelling

Scaling of transformative change will occur when storytelling is used to facilitate learning about innovation and transformative change.
Storytelling Brief Principle

Capacity Building

When organizational capacity for change is strategically planned, developed, and continuously implemented, transformative change is scaled.
Capacity Building Principle

Intentional Communications

Scaling of transformative change will occur when intentional communications are led by individuals with deep knowledge of their settings.
Intentional Communications Principle

Partnerships and Networking

Scaling of transformative change will occur when individuals engage in partnerships and networking to gain access to expertise, professional development, and other vital resources.
Partnerships and Networking Principle

Spread and Endurance

Scaling of transformative change will occur when innovations are chosen for scaling that show the potential to spread and endure.
Spread and Endurance Principle