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CSCU Student Success Center

The CSCU Student Success Center is focused on fostering the implementation of Guided Pathways practices across the CSCU system, which will help more students earn credentials that lead to good jobs.

About the Student Success Center

Founded in Fall 2014, the Center aims to foster a collaborative process in which faculty, staff, students, and administrators work together to develop a culture of academic and personal success for CSCU students.

The Center is one of 16 such centers nationwide. The centers in this network are designed to be collaborative at two levels: Across the country the centers work together and with national experts to consider ideas that can improve student retention and completion. Within each state each center works with its colleges to create a coherent, statewide strategy that helps institutions integrate their varied student success efforts, learn from one another, and maximize resources.

Student success efforts in CSCU are focused on Guided Pathways, a movement that helps more students efficiently complete credentials, transfer, and attain jobs with value in the labor market.

Student Success Center Network

CSCU Guided Pathways

Equity Council

Group Charge: The CSCU Equity Council will develop and recommend policies and practices to ensure the values of equity and inclusion are embedded throughout the culture of our colleges and universities by addressing systemic forms of oppression. The work will include collaboration with councils, workgroups, and other stakeholders to cultivate equitable policies and practices that guide faculty, staff, and administrators. In addition, this council will leverage resources for training and professional learning opportunities for campus stakeholders and will work with subject matter experts to promote an inclusive, responsive, and anti-racist culture. The CSCU Equity Council reports and makes recommendations to the CSCU SuccessCenter Advisory Council.

View the Signed Charge (pdf)


First Last Title Campus
Kimberly James Council Chair
Interim Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion; Director of Student Access, Retention, & Engagement
Tunxis Community College
Kellie Byrd-Danso Council Chair
Dean of Students; Chief Student Affairs Officer
Norwalk Community College
Myrna Garcia-Bowen Council Chair
Director, Transfer and Academic Articulations
Central Connecticut State University
Michelle Jones Advising Lead Quinebaug Valley Community College
Tamika Davis AVP Recruitment, Admissions, and Community Outreach Connecticut State Community College
Kerry Beckford Interim Associate Director of Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of English Tunxis Community College
Josiah Ricardo Professor Sociology; Program Coordinator, Social Service; Social Work Studies Transfer Pathways Coordinator Capital Community College
Joseph Navarra Counselor/Coordinator, Disability Services Manchester Community College
Michelle Brown Dean of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Western Connecticut State University
Ricardo Perez Professor of Anthropology Eastern Connecticut State University
Paula Rice Director/Title IX Coordinator - Office of Diversity & Equity Programs Southern Connecticut State University
Silas Shannon Accountant Charter Oak State College