Founded in 2016, The Regional Learning Collaborative (RLC) connects researchers and practice leaders across the education pipeline -- elementary, middle, high school, technical training, community college, university, and career segments -- to articulate and align systems to support successful transitions for all students, particularly low-income, first-generation populations, and students of color.
Over 90 Partners from 12 institutions andeducation-focused organizations leverage their shared vision, thestrength of their diversity, and their knowledge and skills in rigorous, data-driven support of student success. Core Partners include cabinet level leaders from anchor school district and regional 2-year and 4-year colleges, leaders of regional college attainment organizations, and regional education-focused civic and community leaders.

External partners, such as state and national experts and funding partners, provide support and thought partnership. The Core Support Team engages RLC Partners’ deep knowledge and commitment to the region, in transparent, innovative, evidence-based, and results-based collaboration, to reengineer the pipeline for effective student transitions and degree completion.

The RLC Core Support Team (CST) leads and facilitates the RLC. The CST is comprised of faculty, staff, and graduate researchers at the Claremont Evaluation Center of Claremont Graduate University (CGU).

Core Regional Partners

Over 90 RLC Regional Partners representing cross-segmental education pipeline institutions and education-focused organizations:

State and National Partners

The work of this collaborative is further strengthened by a team of experts from organizations that guide and support postsecondary education and training, data science, and policy and practices to drive change in education and workforce systems.

FUNDERS

Various aspects of the work of the RLC are funded by organizations whose goals include continuously improving evidence-based strategic plans for postsecondary student success.  Current and past funders include:

CORE SUPPORT TEAM

The Regional Learning Collaborative of leaders and practitioners is supported by the RLC Core Support Team (CST) which is made up of faculty, staff, students, and consultants within the Claremont Evaluation Center of Claremont Graduate University (CGU).
The CEC’s mission is to provide rigorous strategic planning, applied inquiry, and evaluation services that support and strengthen organizations to contribute to the betterment of society.

These established scholar-practitioners bring decades of experience and expertise in Applied Research, Evaluation, Education and Education Reform. Additionally, current and former M.A. and Ph.D. students in Organizational Psychology, Education, and Evaluation programs at CGU contribute expertise to the work of the RLC.

Our Core support Approach

Evidence-
based rigor

Engage all stakeholders in rigorous, evidence-based practices.

Data Switzerland

Trusted as being neutrally data-driven with a single agenda: student success.

Accountability

Strategic planning and implementation, monitoring and developmental evaluation, ongoing feedback.

Student-
centered

Decisions reflect student voice and keep students at the center.

Relationships

Collaboration, transparency, and diverse perspectives mobilize powerful action.

Meet The Core Support Team

NAZANIN
ZARGAPOUR

M.P.P., Ph.D.

Founding Executive Director

SUSAN
WARREN

Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Higher Education

BETH
HIGBEE

Ph.D.

Program Manager, Pk-12, PA3 Lead

Elyse
Postlewaite

M.A.

Assistant Director of Research, Dual Enrollment Lead, High School College Prep

Tori
Morrison

M.A.

Research & Evaluation Lead

ELOISA
RAMOS

Research & Evaluation team

Nagisa
Sunako

Research & Evaluation team

Min Hsuan
Chen

M.A.

Peer mentoring team; Research & Evaluation team

Meet The Core Support Team

NAZANIN
ZARGAPOUR

M.P.P., Ph.D.

Founding Executive Director

SUSAN
WARREN

Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Higher Education

BETH
HIGBEE

Ph.D.

Program Manager, Pk-12, PA3 Lead

Elyse
Postlewaite

M.A.

Assistant Director of Research, Dual Enrollment Lead, High School College Prep

Tori
Morrison

M.A.

Research & Evaluation Lead

Nagisa
Sunako

Research & Evaluation team

Min Hsuan
Chen

M.A.

Peer mentoring team; Research & Evaluation team