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New York State is committed to dramatically increasing the completion and success of its students. The Student Success Center serves as a critical intermediary to provide leadership for the coordination and identification of the best strategies for scale-up, the fusing of resources to maximize impact, and the implementation of evidence-based national strategies to help more students graduate.


In 2016, New York State received a Jobs for the Future (JFF) Student Success Center (SSC) national designation, joining a thriving national network of 16 centers. JFF is a national organization seeking to “drive change in the American workforce and education systems to promote economic advancement for all.”

The NYS Student Success Center (NYSSSC), hosted by SUNY in partnership with key stakeholders, focuses on proven and evidence-based practices of student success initiatives. The Center prioritizes, promotes and disseminates innovative student success practices, research and policy across the state and nationally.

NYSSSC, as part of the JFF Student Success Center Network was originally launched with support from the Kresge Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to provide the infrastructure for establishing a centralized network that focuses in on “what works” and coordinates resources to positively impact New York State’s public higher education student experience and college completion.

The Center’s work is also focused on identifying the best state and national practices that have been identified by the JFF Policy Leadership Trust and the work of other policy leaders committed to advancing student success.



  • Johanna Duncan-Poitier, SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Office of Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline
  • Jennifer Miller, Executive Director, NYS Student Success Center & SUNY Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community College Support
  • Alma Kanic-Franco, Assistant Director, NYS Student Success Center and SUNY Project Manager

Advisory Board

  • Michael Baston, President, Rockland Community College; Chair of the Coaching Academy, and member of JFF Policy Leadership Trust
  • Kimberley Collins, Associate Vice President, Academic Services & PI, SUNY Guided Pathways Institutes, Monroe Community College
  • Deb Moeckel, Assistant Provost for Assessment and Community College Education, SUNY
  • Randy VanWagoner, President, Mohawk Valley Community College and member of JFF’s Policy Leadership Trust
  • Andrea Wade, Provost, Monroe Community College

JFF Team

  • Andrea Juncos, Associate Director, Jobs for the Future (JFF)
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