State Policy Meeting

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
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State Policy Meeting

2017 Summer Meeting of the Postsecondary State Policy Network

The 2017 Summer State Policy Meeting is the latest in a series of semi-annual convenings of the Postsecondary State Policy (PSP) Network—a collaborative of 17 states as well as partners and funders committed to improving student success in community colleges. For more than a decade, JFF has convened the PSP Network each winter and summer to provide opportunities for peer learning within and across states about effective models and practices, as well as to share the latest field research and to encourage collaboration around developing solutions and navigating change.

This summer’s meeting occurred on Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 20, 2017, at The Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Meeting Goals:

Our goals for this summer’s meeting were the following:

  • Networking and peer support: Collaborating across states, institutions, and roles in developing solutions and navigating change.
  • Scaling guided pathways: Considering the implications to policy and practice along the following dimensions:
    • Entry points: Systems alignment for broadening access to guided pathways.
    • Funding decisions: Effective use of limited resources for supporting student success.
    • Institutional readiness: Strategies for helping community colleges be better prepared to serve students.
  • Bolstering economic mobility: Exploring the intersections between college completion and economic opportunity for students and their communities.


This meeting was attended by a diverse array of state and institutional leaders, their partners in K-12, workforce, and 4-year sectors, and national research and advocacy organizations, funders, and policymakers. Among them were leaders of Student Success Centers, state system offices, state agencies, and membership associations, as well as community college presidents, academic and student affairs administrators, faculty, researchers, and financial aid officers.


Please click here to view the agenda from the 2017 Summer Meeting.

For additional information, contact: Jennifer Giffels, Program Manager, Postsecondary State Policy Team, at