The Ohio Student Success Center is a statewide organization that supports Ohio’s community colleges’ efforts to develop student-centered pathways and increase student completion rates. The Center provides the focus and coordination for all colleges to benefit from the various student success and completion initiatives previously and currently being implemented. We work to assist the colleges in their adoption of data driven approaches and evidence-based practices, leading to the increased number of students persisting and progressing towards the completion of a certificate, degree, or transfer.
- To support the Colleges as they Reform Developmental Education
- To build Institutional Capacity for Data-Driven Decision-Making
- To leverage the evidence-based practices that have emerged from the various initiatives currently and formerly in place in Ohio’s community colleges.
Key Center Functions
The Ohio Student Success Center is a leading member of the Jobs for the Future Student Success Center Network. As it leading member, the Ohio Student Success Center has embraced the JFF Student Success Center Strategy and Framework. To find out more about the JFF Student Success Center Network, click here.
The Need for Student Success Centers
Community colleges working to improve completion rates can end up with a sea of initiatives, programs, and reforms that affect every aspect of their operations. But these efforts often are disjointed, and they typically are available to only some students. Find out more at Jobs for the Future.
While small-scale efforts and individual initiatives may help small numbers of students, they are not enough to move the needle on completion. Truly improving outcomes requires large-scale institution-wide change.
A Student Success Center creates a coherent, statewide framework for action, or a lens through which its colleges evaluate, align, and integrate their work in various student success initiatives. The strategy, grounded in developing student-centered pathways, focuses on broad-scale change that affects the daily experience of every community college student.
Through the Center’s work, colleges across the state can learn from—and build on—outstanding work at their neighboring and peer institutions. They have access to shared resources, opportunities to learn from one another, and support to scale effective practices statewide. The Center connects the dots between colleges across the state so they can collectively meet their state’s completion goals.
Who Centers Serve
The 13 Student Success Centers serve 49 percent of U.S. public community colleges. These colleges enroll:
- 58 percent of U.S. community college students
- 67 percent of students of color at U.S. community colleges
- 55 percent of Pell Grant recipients at U.S. community colleges
In addition, 56 percent of U.S. associate degree recipients are in states with Centers.
Source: 2013–14 IPEDS data
What Centers Do
Centers help colleges plan strategically and implement effectively. To support colleges and their students, Centers:
- Create a statewide framework of action, or a lens through which colleges focus their work and integrate their student success efforts.
- Unify efforts across the state so colleges can collectively meet their state’s completion goals.
- Provide strategic guidance to the state’s colleges.
- Identify effective policies and practices and then provide support (technical assistance, professional development) to help scale them statewide.
- Build partnerships with K–12 and four-year institutions.
- Create time and space for faculty and staff to connect and to discuss strategy and implementation.
- Identify problems common to multiple colleges and help colleges work together to address them.
- Develop economies of scale in training, professional development, and technical assistance.
- Encourage engagement at every level of the college (administration, faculty, and staff), particularly with regard to overcoming barriers to change.
Connect policy and practice
- Represent the collective voice of practitioners in state-level policy discussions.
- Identify and pursue state and system policy changes that support the institutional changes necessary to increase student completion.
Improve data capacity
- Improve data sharing among community colleges and with K–12 and four-year institutions.
- Establish common data metrics throughout the state.
- Support deeper use of education and labor market data by practitioners and policymakers.
Promote research and knowledge development
- Support research projects with colleges (and often with university partners) to evaluate the impact of interventions and identify obstacles to student success.
- Give colleges strategic guidance that builds on lessons learned in the field, including innovative and effective policies and practices.
- Provide access to additional resources through the Student Success Center Network.
Student Success Center Resources & Opportunities
Ohio Community Colleges can find timely resources and updates on this webpage that pertain to Student Success Center grant opportunities, news, and updates.