Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network

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Partnering higher education and communities to improve the places we live.

EPIC is an award-winning university-community partnership program that works at a large scale to advance the needs of communities while training the next generation workforce and leadership.  EPIC is radically simple, working within administrative structures of universities and communities to achieve tremendous outcomes for all involved. The partnership is defined over a fixed amount of time, in a way that advances the needs of both communities and students. An EPIC partnership fosters community innovation and leverages the largely untapped expertise concentrated in a university towards real community issues, all while giving students the applied learning experiences they crave. The EPIC model is highly adaptable to different administrative structures and content areas.

The EPIC-Network (EPIC-N) is the collection of institutions that have successfully adopted this new model for community innovation and change. Real change happens in our local communities; by adopting the EPIC Model, colleges and universities around the world can become a more active part in catalyzing that change. 


The 2019 EPIC-N Conference is coming soon! Learn more.

April 7-10, 2019 - Tampa, FL (USA)


Know the Model

Learn about the EPIC Model


Become EPIC

Learn how to start a program in your community

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Who’s in the Network

Learn more about our members across the world

Perhaps the most comprehensive effort...to infuse sustainability into its curricula and community outreach...
— The New York Times