Investing in student success for all students.
Can community colleges envision transformational change? Yes. Can they implement it successfully, system-wide? Not always.
Scaling is achieved when most students who need particular services and supports to succeed in college receive those supports. Such large-scale adoption is essential to ensuring that all community college students achieve their dreams. It requires colleges to target resources on high impact strategies and have the courage to jettison programs and practices that serve small numbers of students or have no impact on student success.
But achieving scale can be a challenge at many community colleges. Whether colleges seek to scale a pilot program targeted to a large group of students or tackle broad scale change that effects most students from the start, significant organizational disruption is likely as colleges reprioritize financial and human resources and discontinue programs and practices that are not serving the aims of the institutions and its students.