The Foundation has championed and supported the California Community Colleges Student Success Initiative—a widespread reform effort led by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to promote student success and completion from inception to implementation.
In 2009, the Foundation brought together five philanthropic partners to support the launch of the California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force, 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. This work culminated in the Student Success Initiative, a set of 22 recommendations designed to dramatically increase completion and transfer rates. These recommendations were adopted by the Board of Governors in 2012 and have become guiding policy for our system.
In 2012, the Foundation named Student Success as our flagship initiative and now operates and supports a number of Student Success aligned projects that aim to increase the number of students who obtain certificates or degrees or transfer to a university.