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The Education Facility Clearinghouse

The Education Facility Clearinghouse program (EFC) was awarded to the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University by the U. S. Department of Education on October 1, 2013. The EFC was originally established in 1998 and will continue to address the following:

Education Facility Clearinghouse Priority

To collect and disseminate research and other information on effective practices regarding the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of safe, healthy, and high-performing facilities for Pre-K through higher education in order to:

  1. Help education stakeholders increase their use of education facilities to turn around low-performing schools and close academic achievement gaps;
  2. Increase understanding of how education facilities affect community health and safety and student achievement;
  3. Identify potential cost-saving opportunities through procurement, energy efficiency, and preventative maintenance;
  4. Increase the use of education facilities and outdoor spaces such as instructional tools and community centers (e.g., outdoor classrooms, school gardens, school-based health centers); and,
  5. Increase capacity to identify hazards and conduct vulnerability assessments, and, through facility design, increase safety against hazards.

Education Facility Clearinghouse Requirements

  1. Establish and maintain a dedicated, easily-accessible Website that will include electronic resources (e.g., links to published articles and research) about the planning, desgn, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of safe, healthy, and high-performing facilities for Pre-K through higher education.
  2. Track and compile best practices at the state, local educational agency (LEA), and school levels and a plan to develop resources that support the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of safe, healthy, and high-performing facilities for Pre-K through higher education.
  3. Develop and conduct at least two training programs per year for individuals in leadership positions (such as business or operations managers) in Pre-K through higher education or LEAs, who are responsible for the construction and or maintenance of Pre-K through higher education facilities.
  4. Provide technical assistance, including on-site technical assistance to elementary schools, secondary schools, or LEAs, about issues related to the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of education facilities. The technical assistance may be provided in the form of electronic or telephone assistance when requested by these schools, LEAs, or the U. S. Department of Education. On-site technical assistance visits will be conducted upon request by, or based on input from, the U.S. Department of Education, Pre-K through higher education facilities, or local education agencies (LEAs) and must be completed using appropriate EFC staff or contractors.