Demonstrated Excellence

Student success matters and many community colleges are innovating and leading the way in finding solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing students. “Demonstrated Excellence” is a report that provides examples of what is working now to improve student success. These leaders are not waiting for brighter budget times or “better students.” They are delivering high quality programs and services now, and they are demonstrating success. Below you’ll find individual profiles of the featured effective practices from across the state that are improving student success.


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Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network

Improving community college student success in STEM



Skyline College

The Guardian Scholars Program

Full Service Student Support for Foster Youth

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

Computer Science Department

Access and Success in Computer Science


California State University, Fullerton

Associate Degree for Transfer Enrollment

Excelling at enrolling Associate Degree for Transfer students


Sacramento State University

Full Circle

Improving graduation rates for Asian American and Pacific Islander students.

De Anza College


Maximizing student achievement for Asian American and Pacific Islander students.

CSU, Fullerton

Strategic Plan

A leader in developing a campus-wide strategy to cut achievement gaps.

Santa Rosa Junior College

Latino Student Center

Helping more Latino families access college through targeted programs.

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San Diego State University

Minority Male Collaborative

Informing strategies to increase the success rates of Black students.

Umoja Community

Umoja Programs

Statewide model program to improve the retention and success rates of Black community college students.

Building Skills Partnership

Workforce Skills Education

Helping low-wage workers gain confidence and skill for career pathways.


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CSU, Long Beach

Transfer Reform

A leader in helping students through the Associate Degree for Transfer Program.

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Moorpark College

Transfer Reform

A leader in providing and awarding Associate Degrees for Transfer.


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Mt. San Antonio College

Mountie Academic Plan

Helping students monitor degree progress using an online tool.


Long Beach City College

Predictive Placement Pilot

Using high school transcripts to place students in college courses.


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City College of San Francisco

Metro Academics

Increasing college completion through a redesign of the first two years.


Chabot College

Accelerated English

Helping move students successfully through developmental English.

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Chaffey College

Success Centers

Giving students the opportunity to acquire tools to be successful in any learning situation.

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LA Trade Technical College

L.A. Trade Bridge Academy

Increasing student success through orientation and refresher courses.

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Long Beach City College

Student Success Centers

Increasing the success of underrepresented students.

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Los Medanos College

Equity Scorecard

Creating campus experts to close the gap in student success for underrepresented students.

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Mt. San Antonio College

Mountie Academic Plan

Helping students monitor degree progress through an online tool.

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West Hills Community College

Priority Registration

Ensuring high school seniors have a spot in college.

Practices with Promise

California educators are implementing important solutions to improve college opportunity and success. Practices with Promise was a past initiative of the Campaign for College Opportunity to recognize exemplary efforts that improve college access, success, affordability and efficiency. Each of the outstanding best practices from across the state below received the honor of “Practice with Promise”.These Practices are “working solutions” that demonstrate how educators and community leaders are tackling the challenges of preparing students for college success. We were interested in projects and efforts that provide students access to college, help students make progress toward their educational goals, and make college affordable for students and families. Different best practices were recognized in each of the two years of the initiative, read more in the executive summaries below.2008 Practices with Promise2007 Practices with Promise