Centers help colleges plan strategically and implement effectively. To support colleges and their students, Centers:
- Create a statewide framework of action, or a lens through which colleges focus their work and integrate their student success efforts.
- Unify efforts across the state so colleges can collectively meet their state’s completion goals.
- Provide strategic guidance to the state’s colleges.
- Identify effective policies and practices and then provide support (technical assistance, professional development) to help scale them statewide.
- Build partnerships with K–12 and four-year institutions.
- Create time and space for faculty and staff to connect and to discuss strategy and implementation.
- Identify problems common to multiple colleges and help colleges work together to address them.
- Develop economies of scale in training, professional development, and technical assistance.
- Encourage engagement at every level of the college (administration, faculty, and staff), particularly with regard to overcoming barriers to change.
Connect policy and practice
- Represent the collective voice of practitioners in state-level policy discussions.
- Identify and pursue state and system policy changes that support the institutional changes necessary to increase student completion.
Improve data capacity
- Improve data sharing among community colleges and with K–12 and four-year institutions.
- Establish common data metrics throughout the state.
- Support deeper use of education and labor market data by practitioners and policymakers.
Promote research and knowledge development
- Support research projects with colleges (and often with university partners) to evaluate the impact of interventions and identify obstacles to student success.
- Give colleges strategic guidance that builds on lessons learned in the field, including innovative and effective policies and practices.
- Provide access to additional resources through the Student Success Center Network.