About CIPE

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CIPE provides unparalleled performance and customer service to help institutions drive successful outcomes for students-particularly those who have been historically underserved and builds rapport, creates learning communities, and finds common denominators between academic goals and institutional cultures. CIPE bridges organizational growth and capacity building through information sharing, data transparency, and relationship building.

Since 2015, Dr. Thompson and her team have honed their skill in creating partner communities, building consensus to articulate a shared learning agenda, and skillfully building relationships with site-facing supports and support providers. CIPE's purposeful and uniquely accomplished team is staffed by experts with the skill, knowledge, and ability to perform with precision at both the macro and micro levels. They develop unique operational service delivery frameworks for guidance, planning, strategy, and resources for partners to deploy as a part of change management. CIPE's service deliverable supports constructs of holistic student success initiatives to serve students effectively and efficiently. The team's technical assistance enables partner institutions to build capacity by better understanding the practice of data utilization for decision-making and deploying efficiency in all-encompassing student success support.

Dr. Kathy Thompson is the Director of the Center for Innovative in Postsecondary Education. She has over 30 years of combined experience in postsecondary administration and teaching, workforce and economic development, and social work. She has a "no holds barred" approach to overcoming barriers, institutional memory, and resistance to change, and is motivated to eliminate equity disparities in education, particularly for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students and students from low-income backgrounds.


Dr. Kathy Thompson
804 - 240 -6617 (cell)