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In an era of intense focus on how to scale reforms across a state’s colleges, Jobs for the Future (JFF) Student Success Centers sit in a key place of leverage.

Overviews on the role of JFF in supporting Centers:

JFF connects Center’s to key services to support reform efforts. Click here for a list of all the Network Services available to all JFF Centers across the nation.

Centers help colleges plan strategically and implement effectively. To support colleges and their students, Centers:

  • Provide coherence
    • 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.

    Convene

    • 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.
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