Supporting Student Success Initiatives

We provide subject matter expertise and thought partnership to the Chancellor’s Office on policy and practice changes that advance the Vision for Success, such as:

  • Facilitating projects to support Guided Pathways implementation
  • Implementing credit for prior learning and other strategies to improve adult learner completion
  • Collecting and analyzing data to evaluate programs (such as Equitable Placement/AB705)

We develop tools to support the Chancellor’s Office and guide external stakeholders in their implementation of Vision-related policy reforms. Examples of our work include:

Guided Pathways Playbook 2.0

The “Guided Pathways Playbook” is a series of briefs that provides colleges with actionable, student-centered, and equity-focused strategies to achieve the Vision for Success through Guided Pathways. The strategies and resources are drawn from presentations at institutes and webinars of the California Guided Pathways 2.0 project, shared in briefs over the course of the project (2021-2023).

To help amplify the key takeaways and resources from the Guided Pathways 2.0 project, we are developing short, digestible, and actionable briefs of previous institutes and webinars.

Institute Insights Briefs

  • Institute #1 “Guided Pathways to what? For whom?”
    • Brief Release Date: April 2022
    • Description: A key student-centered, equity-focused practice in Guided Pathways is ensuring that a diverse range of students explore, choose, plan, and complete high-opportunity programs of study–those that enable students to secure a family-supporting career directly after completion or transfer with junior standing in a major field of interest. This brief provides colleges with strategies to examine enrollment and completion patterns in high-opportunity programs, incorporate career information in program maps, onboard and support students to succeed, and foster partnerships with key industries. 
  • Institute #2 “Connecting Students to Their Program of Study”
    • Brief Release Date: September 2022
    • Description: “Connecting Students to Their Program of Study and the Greater Campus Community” highlights equity-focused practices colleges can consider to help students explore, connect to, plan for and gain momentum in their program path and field of interest. The brief amplifies strategies and resources shared by national student success experts and leaders in the California community colleges at the April 2022 institute of the Guided Pathways 2.0 project.

Webinar Insights Briefs

  • “Strategies for Building Student Engagement, Connection & Belonging”
    • Presenter(s): Dr. Linda Garcia, Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)
    • Brief Release Date: April 2022
    • Description: This brief amplifies strategies to increase student engagement in metamajors. As presented in a March 2021 webinar featuring Dr. Linda Garcia of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, a student’s sense of belonging on-campus is core to their success —and makes the difference between staying in college and leaving.
  • “Building a Big Tent for Leading Change”
    • Presenter(s): Dr. Alison Kadlec, founding partner at Sova and featured MiraCosta College and Norco College
    • Brief Release Date: December 2022
    • Description: The “Building a Big Tent for Leading Change” brief provides practical examples of how colleges can lead change at an institutional level by building a broad-based coalition of support, and features leaders’ experience at Norco College and Miracosta College.
  • “Leading Holistic Student Support Reform”
    • Presenter(s): Suzanne M. Lyons at Phase Two Advisory
    • Brief Release Date: December 2022
    • Description: The “Leading Holistic Student Support Reform” brief elevates promising practices and strategies from community colleges across the nation designing and implementing equity-focused and student-centered Student Success Teams (SST) on their campuses.