down Go Back to Our Ideas Report/Research Joining Forces: How Students Success Centers Are Accelerating Statewide Community College Improvement Efforts Policy Bulletinright At a Glance There’s an emerging trend in the national college completion movement: Student Success Centers are creating statewide impact by organizing state community colleges around common action and accelerating student completion efforts. Published oct. 01, 2013 Topics Developmental Education Students Postsecondary Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email There’s an emerging trend in the national college completion movement. A group of small but powerful Student Success Centers is creating statewide impact in states traditionally devoid of a strong centralized tradition of community college governance. Growing directly out of a decade of hard work to dramatically boost student completion rates in the community college, Student Success Centers organize a state’s community colleges around common action to accelerate their efforts to improve student persistence and completion.Student Success Centers have been created in five states to date: Arkansas, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas. Colleges in these states felt they could benefit from: more coordination and collaboration across the colleges; common data definitions that would provide comparable information; shared professional development venues; and the time and space to think, exchange, and discuss strategy and execution. In essence, the Centers were developed to “connect the dots” between the many initiatives underway in their states.