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Student Success Task Force Final Report - Dec. 29, 2011 (PDF)

Read the Draft Recommendations of the California Community Colleges
Student Success Task Force - (revised 12-1-11) (PDF)

Student Success Task Force Draft Recommendations Overview (PDF)

Memo from Student Success Task Force chair on draft recommendations - Nov. 14, 2011 (PDF)



Student Success:
  1. “The Heart of Student Success: Teaching, Learning, and College Completion”
    Kay McClenney, Director, Center for Community College Student Engagement

  2. "Completion by Design Concept Paper -- September 2010"
    An initiative of the postsecondary success team
    Hilary Pennington, Director of Education, Postsecondary Success, and Special Initiatives
    Mark David Milliron, Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
College Readiness:
  1. "Redefining College Readiness -- Volume 3, 2009"
    David T. Conley, by the Educational Policy Improvement Center
    Prepared for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, March 2007

  2. "Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Agenda for Higher Education"
    Jacqueline E. King, American Council on Education, January 2011
Closing the Achievement Gap:
  1. "The Equity Scorecard: A Collaborative Approach to Assess and Respond to Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Student Outcomes"
    Frank Harris III, Estela Mara Bensimon
    NEW DIRECTIONS FOR STUDENT SERVICES, no. 120, Winter 2007 © Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Published online in Wiley InterScience (

  2. "Divided We Fail: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California Community Colleges"
    Colleen Moore and Nancy Schulock
    Excelencia! in Education (, Oct, 2010
Community College Student Enrollments:
  1. "The 2011-12 Budget: Prioritizing Course Enrollment At the Community Colleges"
    Mac Taylor, Legislative Analyst, Janurary 2011
    Legislative Analyst Office -- State of California (

Basic Skills and Student Learning:

This literature review of effective basic skills practices will provide background for discussions at the Task Force’s March meeting. Here's a list of effective practices as summarized in the brochure version:

More information on specific practices can be found in the body of the full version:

  1. Taking Student Success Seriously in the College Classroom
    Question for consideration: What legislation and policy needs to be considered to sustain and scale such classroom practices on a statewide level?
  2. CCRC Brief: Student Progression Through Developmental Sequences in Community Colleges
    Question for consideration: What factors does Bailey cite for the failure of so many students to move through basic skills sequences?
  3. CCRC Working Paper: Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students Referred to Developmental Education
    Question for consideration: What definition(s) of “acceleration” is used in this brief? What are other uses of the term “acceleration” when applied to basic skills instruction?
  4. Learning Better Together: The Impact of Learning Communities on the Persistence of Low-Income Students by: Cathy McHugh Engstrom and Vincent Tinto