A Student Success Center is a statewide organization that supports community colleges’ efforts to develop student-centered pathways and increase student completion rates. Working with its colleges, each Center creates a coherent, statewide strategy that helps colleges integrate their varied student success efforts, learn from one another, and maximize resources. Centers also represent the collective voice of practitioners in state-level policy discussions. Fourteen Centers are part of the national Student Success Center Network.
The Student Success Center Network provides opportunities for Centers to learn from one another’s experiences. It also shares information about innovations at institutions nationwide so more colleges can implement and scale promising practices. Jobs for the Future (JFF) manages the Network and provides support to Center staff.
The 14 Student Success Centers serve 50 percent of U.S. public community colleges. These colleges enroll:
- 60 percent of U.S. community college students
- 68 percent of students of color at U.S. community colleges
- 56 percent of Pell Grant recipients at U.S. community colleges
In addition, 58 percent of U.S. associate degree recipients are in states with Centers.
Source: 2013–14 IPEDS data
JFF has also developed a Student Success Center Toolkit, which provides guidance and resources for Network members, as well as those seeking to launch a Center in their state.