Shasta College: Taking Innovation for Postsecondary Attainment to SCAILE

Shasta College is proud to announce SCAILE, a new initiative to expand postsecondary attainment through partnerships at the local, state and national levels. 

SCAILE (Shasta College Attainment and Innovation Lab for Equity) is a project that has evolved from the work of North State Together, the Lumina Talent Hub and the Innovation Awards at Shasta College and will allow us to support innovation, attainment and equity in our backyard and beyond. 

The goal of SCAILE is to create a place where policy, practice, inquiry and applied research are integrated to foster innovation in educational attainment and the reduction of equity gaps with a spotlight on the changing dynamics of rural communities.  

We believe that if we expand learning systems that are tied to community priorities and include student success strategies that are relevant to local stakeholders, then we will be able to provide more opportunities for postsecondary attainment that lead to positive economic outcomes for individuals and their communities. 

We think of SCAILE as a Strategy Lab and its goal will be to meaningfully support practitioners, stakeholders and researchers/scholars working to unite communities in pursuit of increased post-secondary attainment and the elimination of equity gaps in who pursues college, thrives once enrolled, and completes a credential. Our results will be measured by policy changes, expanded partnerships and in student terms such as:

  • Increased: Postsecondary enrollment, persistence, attainment and corresponding economic outcomes
  • Decreased: Equity gaps, regional attainment gaps

SCAILE will sustain itself through the Innovation Awards that we have received, grants and partnerships. Current projects/partnerships include: Lumina Talent Hub, North State Together Postsecondary Task Force, Institute for Higher Education Policy Degrees When Due Project and a partnership with the CCC Foundation to support adult learners through Credit for Prior Learning and other engagement strategies. 

What we would like from you?

Do you have an idea to enhance the goals of Innovation, Attainment and Equity that can impact students at the classroom, college, county or regional level? Or, would you like to learn more? We would love to hear from you. Please reach out to Kate Mahar, Dean of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives and Director of SCAILE. (