About the Community Opportunity Matters Journal Opportunity Matters Archive


A community of practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly (Wenger, 2006)

The purpose of this community of practice is to generate knowledge and evidence about practices that best serve our students. Through our Community of Practice, we seek to learn together utilizing shared research, evaluation, and data to increase equity and educational opportunity leading to college success for low-income, first generation students and individuals with disabilities.

Research, Evaluation, and Data Use Community of Practice was launched during 2015 COE Annual Conference. Community members see research, evaluation, and evidence-supported practices as crucial to improving the success of college access and success programs. Members also believe that knowledge, strategies, and practices that are developed in the many successful programs around the country should be documented and shared with the larger community of college access and success professionals. Finally, this community hopes to learn about share effective, innovative methods for evaluating the success of each individual program. Overall, this community of practice functions as a place to facilitate the sharing of ideas, to network, and to connect institutions in service of better supporting our students’ academic access and success.

This is a one of COE-sponsored on-line communities. For more information about this community, please click here.

To join the community, please click here.

Opportunity Matters Occasional Paper Series is created by the Research, Evaluation, and Data Use Community of Practice.