Student Support (Re)defined


Study designed to understand how, in an environment of extreme scarcity, community colleges can deliver support both inside and outside the classroom to improve success for all students. 

Student Support (Re)defined in Action!

California community colleges are practically and meaningfully using study findings to address SSSP and Equity Plan requirements, strengthen student success, and advance institutional effectiveness.

As part of the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI), the RP Group conducted Student Support (Re)defined in Action workshops focused on applying research-based support strategies to boost student success.

Visit the Student Support (Re)defined in Action page for IEPI workshop resources and Student Support (Re)defined in CCCs for specific examples of California community colleges integrating study findings into policy and practice (spring 2015 - spring 2016).

Contact Dr. Darla Cooper for a presentation of the Student Support (Re)defined research or customized technical assistance to assist your college in using findings for action.


Student Perspectives Research

Read a brief description about our study findings and ways you can use the research on your own campus.

Project Description – Summer 2014

Find out what almost 900 students from 13 California community colleges said they think supports their educational success.

Research Report | Research Brief

Explore specific ideas, offered by students in our study, for strengthening their success.

10 Ways Faculty Can Support Student Success | 10 Ways Everyone Can Support Student Success

Download two posters with graphics describing (1) the six success factors and (2) how students in our study perceive support. Posters can be enlarged to any size.

Six Success Factors Poster | Support from the Student Perspective Poster 


Student Support (Re)defined’s Mission

The nationwide push to increase community college completions and California’s own Student Success Act has many practitioners seeking the most effective ways to help students achieve their educational goals. Student Support (Re)defined aimed to understand how community colleges can feasibly deliver support both inside and outside the classroom to improve success for all students.

For additional information on Student Support (Re)defined, see Project FAQs or contact Dr. Darla Cooper, Project Director.