The Role of the NC Student Success Center
The NC Student Success Center provides support for all 58 colleges to advance, scale, and sustain student success and completion efforts. We work with colleges to align policies and practices with our mission and values to ensure access, equity, significant learning, and completion of credentials. We also represent the collective voice of North Carolina community college practitioners in state-level and national policy discussions.
NC GPS Network: College Resources
The Student Success Center maintains a library of Guided Pathways (GPS) and Networked Improvement Community (NIC) learning and sharing, organizational development, improvement science, state data, and other resources at our collaboration site in Moodle. GPS Institute I: Leading Change & Mapping Pathways (May 29-30, 2018) materials, presentations, and other resources are available in the NC GPS Network: 2018 Cohort section. Click here to access and download all materials. Note: NIC Facilitators are enrolled in the site for communication and document sharing among the 17 colleges in the cohort.
NC Guided Pathways to Success (NC GPS) Plan 2018-2019
A three-part approach to implementing Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) within the NC Community College System, the Center's NC GPS Plan 2018-2019 is designed to help colleges advance their student success efforts, including professional and organizational development in improvement science and GPS practices, coaching, and technical assistance in a two-year project. In addition to successive cohorts of colleges that will receive intensive coaching and support through institutes and facilitation of improvement science, opportunities will be provided to all 58 colleges and to professional associations/organizations within the NCCCS. Details and webinar slides are available here.
2018 Cohort Colleges Announced
The NC Student Success Center is pleased to announce that 17 colleges have been selected to participate in the 2018 Cohort of the NC Guided Pathways to Success (NC GPS) Network. The selected colleges include:
- Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
- Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute
- Carteret Community College
- Central Carolina Community College
- Cleveland Community College
- Davidson County Community College
- Durham Technical Community College
- Gaston College
- Halifax Community College
- Haywood Community College
- Lenoir Community College
- Mitchell Community College
- Nash Community College
- Piedmont Community College
- Pitt Community College
- Roanoke-Chowan Community College
- Wilkes Community College
Selection for the 2018 Cohort was determined by a seven-member committee who reviewed applications with specific consideration given to responses to the application focus questions, which demonstrated commitment to student success, understanding of the benefits of participation, and willingness to dedicate time, effort, and resources. The year-long project includes a series of four institutes and related technical assistance, professional development, and shared learning among the college teams. Pending continuation funding for the Center, additional cohorts will be added to the NC GPS Network. Congratulations to the 2018 Cohort colleges!
Student Success & Equity Framework
Our work to promote greater learning and student completion of credentials is informed by the Guided Pathways framework developed by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The Center's NC Guided Pathways to Success (NC GPS) Plan also builds on and extends the important work of Success NC, Completion by Design, Student Success Learning Institutes, Achieving the Dream, and other state and college efforts to dramatically increase student learning and completion of credentials. The Center's work also prioritizes helping colleges achieve equitable outcomes for underserved (minority and low-income) students through collaboration and alignment with the NCCCS Minority Male Success Initiative (MMSI) and other state and college efforts. Read the 2017 MMSI Data Report for more information.
Our Funding and the National Network
The Center is funded entirely by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John M. Belk Endowment, and the Kresge Foundation. We are part of a 15-state Student Success Center Network, coordinated by Jobs for the Future, that works collectively to advance the national completion agenda. Read more about our collective work here.
NC GPS Assessment and College Services Project
NC community colleges are currently implementing a variety of essential practices that support student persistence, ensure learning, and promote completion. To further this work at the 58 colleges, the NC Student Success Center received additional funding for the NC GPS Scale of Adoption Self-Assessment project. The project will identify exemplary practices already in progress and establish priorities for providing additional resources and support to colleges. Under the direction of the Center of Applied Research (CFAR) at Central Piedmont Community College, NC GPS Network cohort colleges will pilot the project through August 2018. Other colleges will be invited to participate in September 2018.