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ERIC Number: ED541975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 52
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Securing the Future: Retention Models in Community Colleges--Study of Community College Structures for Student Success (SCCSSS)
College Board Advocacy & Policy Center
The Study of Community College Structures for Student Success (SCCSSS) was launched in 2010 with three goals at its center: (1) To explore a set of promising institutional practices and organizational structures identified through theory and research as having the potential to support community college student success; (2) To present a synthesized overview, or matrix, of these promising practices and structures as a tool for community college leaders and practitioners; and (3) To collect national empirical data on the practices and structures that community colleges currently have in place to improve key student success outcomes, including student retention, successful transfer, and degree or certificate completion. The SCCSSS investigation began with an exploration of the research and practice-oriented literature, augmented by findings from focus groups and interviews with community college leaders and practitioners. A survey, developed from the results of this initial exploration, was then conducted, with the participation of community colleges nationwide. This early phase of the study produced two of the project's central resources: (1) A matrix of promising institutional practices and organizational structures that can be used to facilitate campus discussions, professional development, and institutional planning; and (2) Results from a nationwide survey of community college leaders that provide an accurate, research-based view of how and to what extent the practices and structures in the matrix are currently in place at community colleges across the country. This report first discusses the national context for this work and reviews the key elements in the set of promising practices and organizational structures that were the foundation for the SCCSSS national survey. Next, it reports the survey results to explore the extent to which community colleges have these practices and structures in place. The matrix of promising institutional practices and organizational structures for community colleges, along with other key resources, to serve as a practical tool generated by the SCCSSS effort are included in the appendix. A bibliography and a list of resources are included. (Contains 18 figures and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: College Board Advocacy & Policy Center