In an era of intense focus on how to scale reforms across a state’s colleges, Student Success Centers sit in a key place of leverage. To meet the goals of connections, collaboration, coherence, and the scale of evidence-based practices, the Centers engage in a variety of activities and initiatives:
- Convening and engagement: Bring colleges together around reform; develop faculty leadership; create in-state networks and communities of practice; advance cross-sector alignment and collaboration; attend national convenings.
- Student success strategy alignment and coherence: Map and align institutional, state, and national student success initiatives relevant to the state and its community colleges; create an umbrella framework and marshal necessary resources to accelerate the completion agenda.
- Data use to guide priorities and investments: Improve data usage through work, including establishing coherent metrics across initiatives, sharing data, improving transparency, and increasing institutional research capacity.
- Research and knowledge management: Organize and synthesize evidence on models and their performance from in-state and national sources and make that information easily accessible to college innovators; map and make visible institutional strategies and their outcomes; develop newsletters, policy briefs, and overviews of individual or multi-college initiatives.
- Policy development and advocacy: Help specify and sharpen agendas for system and legislative changes that promote completion; identify and coordinate policy research needs; deepen state-level capacity for reform through mobilization of evidence and college voices; assist institutions with assessments of needed policy changes at the institution, system, and state levels in light of their completion goals and strategies.