Student Success ... aligned, accelerated

The WTCS Student Success Center is a statewide organization that supports the efforts of the16 technical colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) as they develop student-centered pathways and increase student completion rates.

A college working to improve completion rates can end up with a sea of initiatives, programs, and reforms that affect every aspect of its operations. But these efforts can be fragmented and are typically available only to some students.

While small-scale efforts and individual initiatives may help a small number of students, they are not enough to have a significant impact on completion. Truly improving outcomes requires broad-scale, institution-wide change.

A Student Success Center creates a guiding framework within which colleges can align, integrate and evaluate their work supporting student success. This approach, grounded in developing student-centered pathways, focuses on broad-scale change that affects the daily experience of every student.

Through the work of the WTCS Student Success Center, technical colleges throughout Wisconsin can learn from – and build on – outstanding work at peer institutions. The colleges have access to shared resources, opportunities to learn from one another, and support to scale proven practices. The Center, part of a national network, fosters connections between colleges across the state so they can collectively meet completion goals.

The primary objectives of the WTCS Student Success Center include:

  • refining its data infrastructure and dissemination to best drive student-focused, data-based decisions;
  • establishing a community of practice to broaden and accelerate the use of proven, high-impact student success strategies;
  • aligning state and national completion initiatives; and
  • leveraging the knowledge and experience available through the JFF Student Success Center Network.

The WTCS Student Success Center is generously funded by Ascendium Education Group.

Technical assistance is provided by Jobs for the Future.



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OVERVIEW - WTCS Student Success Center 11/19/18 PDF File