The nationwide push to increase community college completions and California’s Basic Skills Initiative, Student Success and Support Program (SSSP), and Student Equity planning have many practitioners seeking the most effective ways to help all students attain their educational goals.
Student Support (Re)defined (2011-2014) aimed to understand how community colleges can feasibly deliver support both inside and outside the classroom to improve success for all students, with a particular focus on African-American and Latino learners. In phone surveys and focus groups, the RP Group asked nearly 900 students from 13 California Community Colleges what supports their educational success.
Ultimately, we learned that student voices are a powerful motivator for change. The project sparked a movement across our system, with institutions using the findings to facilitate dialog about student-centered support among people, programs, and divisions. Colleges are using this student perspectives research to engage in Guided Pathways and equity planning and pursue actions designed to meaningfully strengthen student success and attainment across the institution.
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