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The Student Success Initiative
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Accelerating Student Success in the California Community Colleges


The Foundation’s Student Success Flagship Initiative champions and supports the California Community Colleges Board of Governors’ Student Success Initiative—a widespread effort to promote student success in the Community College system.

As the official non-profit supporting and enhancing the California Community College system, the Foundation is working closely with the systemwide Chancellor’s Office to move the Student Success Initiative forward. The Foundation's goal is to help the Board of Governors carry the banner of Student Success, leverage existing and identify new partnerships, and make significant progress in the implementation of key Student Success Initiative recommendations.

Student Success Initiative - Area of Focus 1: Technology

Technology Innovations
As an initial area of focus, the Foundation is supporting the development and widespread use of student-centered technology and ensuring that students have access to the skills and tools that help them succeed in higher education. The Foundation will also work to increase awareness around the need for, and benefits of, technology tools, promote incentives to help overcome institutional barriers to the adoption of new technology tools, and serve as a champion for student-centered technology that shifts from an institution-oriented to a student-oriented approach.

Student Awareness
Complementing our technology-oriented initiative, the Foundation will create and launch a statewide student awareness campaign to increase students' understanding of the actions and behaviors that lead to their eventual success.

About Student Success
Launched in 2011 by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors in partnership with the statewide Chancellor’s Office, the Student Success Initiative is based on a set of 22 recommendations put forth in the Student Success Task Force Report, which was compiled by an independent group of academic and administrative practitioners, researchers, and educational policy leaders involved in a 12-month study of best practices in higher education systems throughout the nation. These recommendations now serve as a guiding policy for the system.


  Recommendations Overview  

The Student Success Task Force recommendations include 8 areas of focus with 22 recommendations to improve educational and career outcomes for Community College students.

Areas of Focus

  1.  Increase college and career readiness
  2. Strengthen support for entering students
  3. Incentivize successful student behaviors
  4. Align course offerings to meet student needs
  5. Improve education of basic skills students
  6. Revitalize and re-envision professional development
  7. Enable efficient statewide leadership and increase coordination among colleges
  8. Align resources with student success recommendations

  Latest News  

California Community Colleges launch new statewide center to increase
student success
March 10, 2014

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges are proud to announce the launch of the California Student Success Center, which will act as a hub of support for projects around the state that improve college completion rates and promote student success in the California Community College system. 

The Student Success Center’s launch is funded through a two-year, $500,000 grant provided by The Kresge Foundation, a private foundation that works to create opportunities for low-income individuals and improve communities nationwide, and in partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF), a nonprofit group that seeks to help Americans succeed in today’s economy.

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Foundation Included in Third Round of California Education Policy Fund Grants to Support Student Success
Thurs, September 11, 2013

The Foundation was one of 10 organizations to receive a grant from the California Education Policy Fund (CEPF). In total, CEPF awarded this cohort of nonprofits $2.52 million in grant funding in an effort to continue supporting education reform in California.

This two-year, $100,000 grant will supplement the $300,000 grant awarded to the Foundation from CEPF in September of 2012. This specific funding will support the Foundation’s endeavor to expand the use of technology tools and better align data standards between K-12 districts and the California Community College system.

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Foundation expands support of student success initiatives
Thurs, September 13, 2012

The Foundation for California Community Colleges has recently been selected to receive an educational policy grant from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ California Education Policy Fund, established in 2011 with a leadership gift from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to support the project “Accelerating Student Success in the California Community Colleges.”

This three-year, $300,000 grant will provide general operating support to help the Foundation advance system-wide student success activities, including innovative student-oriented technology advancements.

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