Trustees For Student Success


Student Success Institute


To expand participation in the GISS initiative to additional states, ACCT and SSI at the Univeristy of Texas at Austin are developing a new and condensed model on governance for completion and student success.

The Student Success Institute provides community college leaders with tools and information to understand how to build their college’s capacity to gather, present and use meaningful data to create policy that results in student success.

Trustees and presidents from the state’s community colleges will meet in person for a day and a half, giving the college’s leadership team the opportunity to reflect and draw support, information and resources from peers and experts. Board members will understand how to thoroughly review student success data and learn to work closely and effectively with their presidents to shift policies toward a completion agenda. Participants will leave the institute ready to formulate commitments and next steps for their institutions. 

GISS - Nebraska

November 11-12, 2012

In partnership with the Nebraska Community College Association, the GISS conducted an institute on November 11-12 in Norfolk, Nebraska.  The one day and half convening was held at Northeast Community College with the participation of 42 trustees and presidents from five community colleges in Nebraska.  During the convening participants prepared to take action to further their student success and completion agenda.


Presentations, handouts, and other materials presented at the GISS - Nebraska are available to GISS attendees. To access the resources, please log in first and then click here.

GISS- New Jersey

 April 15, 2013

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCC), in partnership with ACCT, and SSI at the University of Texas at Austin, invite trustees and presidents in New Jersey to participate in the GISS, scheduled for April 15, 2013, at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ.

The Institute will draw from the vast experience working with Achieving the Dream (ATD) coaches and the lessons they have learned from working with over 185 community and technical colleges. The GISS-NJ curriculum will incorporate some of the early lessons learned from ATD colleges in New Jersey (Atlantic Cape Community College, Cumberland County College, Passaic County Community College, and Raritan Valley Community College).

GISS - California

October 31-November 2, 2013

The Long Beach Community College District, the Community College League of California, ACCT, and SSI at University of Texas at Austin appreciate the desire of trustees and presidents in California to participate in the GISS, scheduled for Thursday, October 31, 2013, through Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA.

The GISS-California will provide trustees and CEOs (chancellors/superintendent-presidents) with the insights, guidance, endorsement and engagement to promote policies and create accountability measures to increase student success and completion in their campuses and states. It will propel trustees to influence their colleagues and key stakeholders in the student success and completion conversation. This exciting and unique institute offers a great opportunity for trustees and CEOs to carve out quality time to work together to develop an institutional agenda and skills necessary to achieve the needed increases in student attainment and completion.  GISS CA.Powerpoint


Setting the Stage for Student Success

On July 24, 2013, the Association of Community College Trustees met with community college trustees and presidents from the state of Michigan during the 2013 Michigan Community College Association Trustee Institute in Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Acme, MI.

The agenda included: Effective Governance in the 22nd Century; The Board’s Role in Ensuring Student Success and Completion; and Strategies for Board Engagement in Student Success and Completion.

Click here to view the presentation from the event.