Key Center Functions

Postsecondary State Policy

Strengthening State Policies to Advance Postsecondary Success and Careers

Advising states and community college systems on developing accelerated pathways through community college and strengthening policies to help more students graduate with a high-value credential.

Michael Lawrence Collins
Vice President, Building Educational Pathways
617.728.4446 x190
mcollins@jff.org
@mikejff

Key Center Functions

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.