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The Michigan Center for Student Success provides state-level support to Michigan’s 28 community colleges by serving as a hub connecting leadership, administrators, faculty, and staff in their emerging and ongoing efforts to improve student outcomes, emphasizing linkages between practice, research, and policy.


Key Center Functions

We use several strategies to achieve our vision - collaboration, research, coherence, equity, and policy.  Our current initiativesevents, and collaboration with key partners and major funders shape the activities of the Center.

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Bring colleges together around student success reforms; faculty leadership; in-state communities of practice; cross-sector alignment; and national partnerships. The MCSS hosts the annual Student Success Summit, Regional Faculty Conversations, and the Michigan Student Success Network in addition to collaboration and convening in support of our initiatives.  MCSS is also a member of the Postsecondary State Network and the Student Success Center Network managed by Jobs for the Future.

Organize and synthesize evidence from in-state and national sources and make that information easily accessible to college innovators; map and make visible institutional strategies and their outcomes.  The MCSS has partnered with researchers to analyze skills builders, transfer patterns among community college students, co-requisite remediation in English, and guided pathways.  

Sharpen agendas for system and legislative changes that promote completion; identify and coordinate policy research needs; deepen state-level capacity for reform; assist institutions with assessments of needed policy changes at the institution, system, and state levels.

Focus on identifying equity issues and use data to understand equity gaps among students; understand and address student's non-academic needs and connect students with public benefits.

Map and align institutional, state, and national student success initiatives relevant to the state and its community colleges; create an umbrella framework and marshal necessary resources to accelerate the completion agenda.