There’s an emerging trend in the national college completion movement: a group of small but powerful Student Success Centers is creating statewide impact by organizing their states' community colleges around common action to accelerate efforts to improve persistence and completion. Student Success Centers are statewide intermediary organizations that provide faculty and staff with venues to share and learn, aggregate technical assistance efforts, and help colleges collaborate. The Centers build a cohesive approach to policy advocacy across their state’s community colleges so that resources are spent efficiently and reforms help as many students as possible earn postsecondary credentials.
Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Policy team manages the Student Success Center Network, providing technical assistance and creating connective tissue between the existing Centers. Since the first Center was established in 2010, JFF now manages a robust network of 13 Centers, serving over half of the nation’s community college students. Support for the SSC Network is provided by The Kresge Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as local funders such as the Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation.
As of June 2016, 13 states, pictured below, currently belong to JFF’s Student Success Center Network.
, New Jersey
, New York
*, North Carolina
*Student Sucess Centers in these states were recently launched and are in the process of developing their websites.
As part of this work, JFF developed the Student Success Center Toolkit
, which provides advice and resources for those seeking to launch a Center in their state.