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University of California P-20 Intersegmental Alliances
University of California P-20 Intersegmental Alliances are state- and University-funded efforts at each UC campus designed to raise student achievement levels generally and to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workplace by increasing the capacity of P-20 institutions to address barriers to educational equity. P-20 alliances seek to raise effectiveness by connecting measurable goals through more than one age period, although different alliances may target different phases of their P-20 educational systems. They build on and often coordinate efforts of academic preparation programs (thereby reducing competition among programs with similar goals) and engage the full range of student populations, achievement levels, and family circumstances.
UC P-20 Intersegmental Alliances reach schools and educators in more than 25 California counties. Alliances include P-20 educators (including higher education partners), business leaders, federal, state, and private funders, and community organizations, as well as families and youth. In many cases, these alliances also collaborate with other state partnership efforts such as the Alliance of Regional Collaborations to Heighten Educational Success (ARCHES), the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), and the California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) in the CSU. UC's P-20 Alliance work is grounded in the long-standing University land grant mission and reaffirmed by The Regents in the Policy Affirming Engagement in the Preschool through Postsecondary Education System as Fundamental to the University of California Mission as a Land Grant Institution (January 2005).
Theory of Action
The theory of action supporting P-20 alliances is based on research showing how institutional changes at a site or system can develop, stabilize, and connect with those at other sites or systems. This relationship can be shown as a continuum from site-based to system-based collaborations. The conditions in local circumstances dictate whether a P-20 Alliance employs site-based or system-based collaborations or a combination of both.
Site-based collaborations bring together representatives of a university, community colleges, community groups, and non-profit organizations with local educators to improve education at a specific site, school, or set of schools. Mutually defined goals are established at the site, and partners make resources available to that site. Their product is a model, the principles of which can be adapted to other sites or used to "go to scale" through other educational systems. University-assisted charter schools at Berkeley and San Diego, and partner school professional development at UCLA, are examples of site-based P-20 collaborations.
System-based collaborations bring together councils of heads of relevant organizations, such as a university, community college, county office of education, district, businesses, and non-profit organizations to work at multiple sites. These councils design plans for improving education for students in a set of schools, district, county, or region. The council instructs or guides educators in implementing multi-site plans. UC Merced's research and evaluation support for three P-16 councils and UC Riverside's regional collaborative work are examples of system-based collaborations. Other UC P-20 Intersegmental Alliances combine site- and system-based approaches. These include the Santa Ana Partnership at UCI and the Monterey Bay Educational Consortium at UC Santa Cruz.
Current investments in UC P-20 Intersegmental Alliances
Building P-20 alliances for long-term outcomes can be a daunting task, especially in tight budgetary times, and collaborations have been difficult to sustain in some instances. Nevertheless, UC's P-20 alliances have attracted support from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, US Departments of Energy and Education (including GEAR UP funding), and the California Ed Fund as well as from the Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, College Board, McConnell Foundation, and Kellogg Foundation.
Funders value three common features of UC's P-20 alliances: their pursuing improved student learning with strategies that reflect distinctive regional needs, resources, and challenges; their engaging as partners; and faculty playing key roles in attracting and sustaining funding and teaching service learning classes for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Governance and accountability
UC's P-20 Intersegmental Alliances are part of the Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships (SAPEP) portfolio administered by UCOP in its Education Partnerships department. P-20 Alliances operate within guidelines aligned with the SAPEP Accountability Framework.
Campuses are responsible for participating in and/or leading local P-20 alliances and for the provision of direct services, if applicable. The Office of the President provides strategy and leadership support to the campuses; serves as a clearinghouse of information on policy, resources and research; supports P-20 leaders in conducting systemwide meetings and conferences to share best practices and align models and measures; conducts analyses on P-20 data; and collects and synthesizes annual performance reports that comply with SAPEP accountability.