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California Community Colleges Education Planning InitiativeThe California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI) celebrated a significant milestone in January with initial demonstrations of the Student Services Portal interface being developed by Unicon.

Additionally, the EPI Steering Committee is reviewing responses to a Request for Proposals for education planning and degree audit tools, in preparation for final vendor selection. Meanwhile, work groups continue gathering user requirements for the eventual portal applications and education planning tools.

The coming months will see development of a systemwide portal that uses structured pathways to guide students and integrates the interactive education planning tool and degree audit system mentioned above to help students achieve their goals.

Portal Preview

At a January workshop attended by student and faculty representatives, a team from our portal software developer, Unicon, joined us to provide a “first look” at the progress toward product implementation.

Student Services Portal Mobile App Prototype

After several months of gathering requirements, it was gratifying for the EPI team to see some of the work and ideas begin to take shape in a usable interface for the students. The examples that were shared showed how a user could access the product from a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops in a "mobile first" strategy. This means that our students, who are always on the go, will be able to carry their portals with them and access the system at their convenience.

Student Services Portal Profile Example

Another feature being developed is the use of a progressive student profile within the portal to deliver personalized information. When a student completes their profile, the portal and college will be able to provide information and services the student is looking for based on college-defined work processes and a rules-engine that continually refines the process.

Look for more exciting news to follow as we continue progress on portal development in the weeks to come.

EPT/DAS Vendor Selection Next

In the coming weeks, demonstrations of education planning and degree audit tools will take place for final vendor selection. The EPT/DAS Steering Committee members have put in countless hours and extensive effort in developing and scoring the RFPs to select qualified vendors. Now it is down to the wire and we look forward to the final reveal of vendor solutions for review.

In anticipation of the award, work on planning the pilots at our 10 participating colleges will begin in earnest in February.


Robyn Tornay is a project manager for Education Planning and Student Services at the
California Community Colleges Technology Center.