The Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS):
Fostering College Completion through Effective Governance

NEW: GISS for governing boards for state systems coming soon.

The Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS) is a national initiative that provides education for community and technical college trustees and presidents to assist them in data-informed governance to promote student success, equity and completion and career readiness. A robust and unique governance leadership model, GISS provides college leaders with insights, guidance and engagement to promote policies and accountability measures to increase student success.

The GISS emphasizes effective governance and data-informed decision through three core components: data collection and reviewinstitutes and ongoing engagement.

GISS helps college trustees and presidents to develop a governing culture grounded in verifiable evidence.  College leaders increase their understanding of institutional policies leading to improved student outcomes and collaborate with state association leaders and key stakeholders to assure statewide impact. 

We invite you to explore our website and encourage you to contact us to bring the GISS to your state! 

GISS Group

Testimony of GISS Impact from a President Participant


The GISS Experience


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For more information, please contact:

Narcisa A. Polonio, Ed.D.,
Executive Vice President for Research,
Education and Board Leadership Services
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 202-276-1983) or

Norma Goldstein, Ph.D.,
GISS Project Coordinator
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 202-775-6488).

1101 17th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20036
United States

Tel 202.775.4667
Fax 202.223.1297

For more information contact Norma Goldstein, Ph.D., GISS Project Coordinator (ngoldstein@acct.org ; 202-775-6488) or
Narcisa A. Polonio, Ed.D., Executive Vice President for Research, Education and Board Leadership Services (npolonio@acct.org ; 202-276-1983)