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Student Success Initiative - The Student Success Task Force has examined best practices and effective models to improve educational achievement in California. The task force produced a final report that was adopted by the board of governors and presented to the Legislature. Senate Bill 1456 (Lowenthal), the Student Success Act of 2012, will make important services more accessible to students.


Illinois joined the Complete College America Network and Governor Pat Quinn endorsed the Goal of 60x25—60% of adults with a postsecondary credential by the year 2025.



  • Complete College Tennessee Act (CCTA) Summary - At the heart of the CCTA is a new Public Agenda for higher education which establishes the direct link between the state’s economic development and its educational system.
  • The Public Agenda - Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s statewide master plan for higher education


Making the Case

Community College Approaches

Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges - Promising Practices

  • Developmental Education (Alamo Community Colleges: Developmental Education Improvement Plan * North Central State College: Tutor Resource Center * Northampton Community College: Parallel Courses * Zane State College: College Student Inventory Review)
  • Retention-Support Services (Broward College: Holistic Advising * Norwalk Community College: Student Success Center * Tallahassee Community College: Individual Learning Plans) 
  • Use of Evidence (Brazosport College: Expansion of Learning Frameworks Course * Danville Community College: Student Success Course * Southwest Texas Junior College: Building IR Capacity)
  • Broad Engagement (Brazosport College: Student Success Summit * Durham Technical Community College: Communities of Learning, Inquiry, and Practice * Patrick Henry Community College: Cooperative Learning Professional Development)

  • Committed Leadership (The Alamo Colleges: Developmental Education Improvement Plan * Broward College: “Finish What You Start” Campaign * Zane State College: Coordinated Team)

  • Curriculum-Instruction (Cuyahoga Community College: Paired Math Course * Houston Community College: Learning Communities * Patrick Henry Community College: Active Cooperative Learning)

  • Equity (Capital Community College: Black & Latino Male Resource Center * Guildford Technical Community College: SOAR * Hillsborough Community College: Black, Brown, and College Bound)

  • First-Year Experience (El Paso Community College: College readiness Initiative and PREP *Northern Virginia Community College: FYE Program, *Yakima Valley Community College: Mandatory New Student Orientation)

  • Systemic Institutional Improvement (Mountain Empire Community College, Cooperative Learning Professional Development for Faculty * Valencia Community College: Expansion of Supplemental Learning)

Virginia Community Colleges

Miami Dade College 

Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award (Achieving the Dream Honors)

Harper College: completion as a focused priority across campus

Baton Rouge Community College

Broward College: Student progression over time

Snead State Community College

Tallahassee Community College, FL

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