“The truth is that teamwork is at the heart of great achievement”

– John C. Maxwell

collaboration & Shared Vision

Action Network Teams

Action Network Teams (ANTs) are the backbone of GIA’s collective impact model. ANTs bring together the Inland higher education network, regional educators that combine expertise to work toward a vision of student success. ANTs are composed of staff and faculty from regional K-12 districts, community colleges, four-year colleges, and institutional leaders in education management. The higher education network and GIA work together to determine why specific strategies will help student populations enroll in higher education and achieve degree conferral. As a result of the network’s concerted efforts to help Inland students, ANTs gives GIA guidance on how to pursue our Innovation Awards campaign.

Action Network Team Focus Areas


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Works to significantly increase degree and certificate completion by reaching equity in education for all ethnic and gender groups. By undertaking outreach campaigns to close the equity gap, this team helps historically unrepresented groups enroll in college, succeed economically, and ultimately catalyze economic change in the region.

College & Career Readiness

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Strategize methods to prepare students for college by collecting data on student segments and launching awareness campaigns, helping students access information and resources from college ambassadors, and providing supplemental education to reduce remediation at matriculation in subjects like math. 

Financial Aid

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Data shows when students are aware of financial aid resources, student enrollment in college increases. However, many students are unaware of the financial resources available to them. ANTs strategize how to spread awareness of and encourage students to apply for financial aid.

University Transfer

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Students often begin their collegiate education at community colleges, although many times, students stop attending class or drop out altogether. Transfer ANTs strategize methods to eliminate barriers that impede student access to a four-year college. This team undertakes outreach campaigns to communicate best practices and educational resources to keep students enrolled and attending community college, and prepare them to transfer to four-year colleges.


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Combining knowledge and resources to unify data systems across the educational management cottage industry and educational institutions. The data ANT helps assess student outcomes at a regional level by tracking changes in common metrics in the short-term and long-term.

Adult & Professional Education

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The Inland empire and national economy are transforming at a rapid pace due to the creation of new technologies that alter how we do business. The Adult and Professional Education ANT recognizes that automation is driving adult and professional learners back into classrooms to learn new skills required to succeed in an evolving economy. This team works to help adult and professional learners succeed in STEM and humanities courses.