Student Success

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Accelerating student success in the California Community Colleges.

The Foundation's student success programs support student success throughout the California Community Colleges and beyond. 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.

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.

Current Programs

California Guided Pathways Project 
The California Guided Pathway Project is designed to substantially increase the amount of students who earn a certificate or degree at a California Community College. The project will help California community colleges implement an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success by creating structured educational experiences that support each student from point of entry to attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and careers. 

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Step:Forward
The Step:Forward campaign aims to help students understand priority registration and get the courses they need to succeed. The Step:Forward website is a valuable tool for students at all Community Colleges, helping them understand the new requirements for priority registration and take the steps needed to reach their educational goals. 

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Success Center for California Community Colleges 
The Success Center for California Community Colleges—launched in 2014 by the Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges—acts as a hub of support for projects around the state that improve college completion rates and promote student success. 

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Partner Programs

California Acceleration Project
The California Acceleration Project supports the state’s 113 community colleges to redesign their developmental English and Math curricula and increase student completion.

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California College Guidance Initiative
Housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the California College Guidance Initiative works to ensure that all 6th-12th grade students in California have access to a systematic baseline of guidance and support as they plan, prepare, and pay for college. 

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Contact Us

Melissa Conner
Chief Advancement Officer
P: 916.325.0118 ext. 117
F: 916.325.0844
E: mconner@foundationccc.org

Key Partners

  • The Kresge Foundation
  • CCCApply
  • Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
  • Community College League of California
  • The RP Group

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866.325.3222
Fax: 916.325.0844

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Supporting our Work

Help the Foundation further its mission to benefit, support, and enhance the California Community Colleges.

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 113 colleges and 72 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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