In the Fall of 2011, Chapman Faculty Keith Howard, Margie Curwen, and Anaida Colon-Muniz entered into an agreement with the Anaheim Union High School District to conduct a mixed-methods evaluation study of their Anaheim High School Independent Learning Center (ILC). The ILC was established under the guidance of Dr. Diane Donnelly-Toscano, Project Director of Innovative Programs in the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD). The ILC is a technology-supported, site-integrated, independent study program aimed at helping recent dropouts get back on track to graduation. It operates as a school within a school on the Anaheim High School campus, providing a blended alternative that is neither a traditional onsite school nor an entirely online program.
In 2013, Chapman completed its second year of a three year collaborative study of the ILC to evaluate its effectiveness and to provide data to support improving and maintaining the successes observed.