“Through faculty and staff engagement and empowerment, focused on articulating and smoothing curriculum transitions, the Bridge Method supports academic curriculum alignment as a catalyst to both prevent and solve challenging educational problems with the goal of increasing student academic success and institutional success.”
The Bridge Method – Creating successful educational transitions.
The problems to solve, focus on results that matter
The Bridge Method is aimed at advancing strategies that help to both prevent and solve problems that schools are facing today. The Bridge Method is not just about curriculum alignment, but rather is about supporting schools and educators as they establish learning-oriented practices that will lead to improvements in student learning and better outcomes on measures that are important to students, community colleges, and society as a whole. Our work is big picture and systemic because an integrated approach can connect and streamline your multiple efforts.
When we solve these problems together . . .
Students Win – Students win when curriculum alignment reduces the need to take remedial courses and contributes to success on the first attempt in college credit-bearing courses. Student term-to-term retention increases, timely completion rates rise, and more students transfer to 4-year institutions to complete degrees and enter careers successfully.
Colleges Win – Student success is expressed in terms of measurements that matter to colleges – higher retention rates, lower remediation rates, higher completion and transfer to 4 year institution rates. As results improve, institutional effectiveness goals are met, an important part of many accreditation processes.
Communities Win – When students and colleges succeed, entire communities are the ultimate winners. Per capita income rises, employers have a skilled workforce, and economic development plans are more fully realized.
How does the Bridge Method work?
The Bridge Method is a curriculum creation/revision and alignment program designed to empower and engage instructors in the processes of
- incorporating standards into their curriculum using a quality syllabus format, and
- collaborating to map and gap standards coverage across a set of courses.
Design features in the Bridge Method mean that you can expect to:
- Establish student learning as the primary goal
- Focus on faculty engagement/empowerment — the primary driver of improvement
- Focus on “boundary-spanning” leading to introduction of system wide partnerships
- Develop a platform for colleges to innovate and operationalize best practices
- Intentionally use technology, CourseCreate/Pathways, as an accelerator and as support for continuous updating
- Emphasize the use of evidence and data to support new programs, accreditation, and contribute to institutional effectiveness strategic plans.
This leads to schools that can:
- Redesign courses, especially developmental education in math and English
- Create effective guided pathways
- Create a model to enhance academic advising and intrusive counseling
- Develop early college programs that work – AP Programs, Dual Enrollment and/or Credit, Transfer Credit, and Fifth Year are examples.
- Develop partnerships across the K-12 and community college boundary
- Develop a systems approach to change
EPIC is a nonprofit consulting group that strives to help educators better equip students for success. While most improvement models and programs present one-size-fits-all solutions, ignoring complexity and culture, we fully embrace them. Our work is always tuned and adapted specifically to each learning community, building on the strengths and skills that are already there, augmented with outside support, mentoring, and training to ensure we’re creating something that’s not only realistic, actionable, and accountable, but sustainable.
We can support your efforts to create aligned curriculum and systems by helping you secure funding for your curriculum alignment efforts, design your curriculum alignment program, and facilitate conversations around alignment goals, actions, and outcomes.