Community College Research Initiatives

Coaching for Change

CCRI is pleased to be named a national partner for the Student Success Center Network (SSCN) led by Jobs for the Future (JFF) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and others. The Coaching for Change (C4C) initiative enables CCRI researchers to work directly with Student Success Centers (SSCs) to help them design and implement coaching that strategically utilizes applied research, technical assistance, professional development, and various collaborative knowledge-sharing strategies such as communities of practice and networked improvement communities to improve student success.

Resources and Tools

Coaching for Change (C4C) materials for student success centers.


Getting Started
Getting Started: A webinar on how coaches can facilitate institutional change. Provides sample action plans, tips, and emphasizes the need for evidence to determine if change is happening.

College Engagement
College Engagement: A webinar for colleges using coaches for institutional change and the coaches. Provides do’s and don’ts around coaching-for-change and mock schedules for site visits.

Reflection on Initial Lessons
Initial Lessons: A webinar providing space and techniques for individual and group reflection on coaching efforts.

Reflective Questions Tools

Reflective Questions Tools
Reflective questions for coaches and community colleges on Evidence-based coaching for change.


Lessons Learned from the Network Coaching Pilot
CCRI presents lessons learned from the Assessment, Research, and Coaching Pilot for the Student Success Center Network on what the Centers are doing with coaching to support guided pathways implementation.

Evidence-based Coaching for Change Brief
This brief provides theories, perspectives and insights into evidence-based coaching for 2-year colleges to implement, continuously improve, and sustain coaching that focuses on improving performance and results in more equitable outcomes for students.

Equity-Minded Change Leadership
There are many ways to think about change leadership and many theories to describe how it should work. Many promote the notion that leaders who readily adapt to new circumstances are most successful in changing their organizations, but this is only part of the necessary skill set. This brief discusses equity-minded change leadership that identifies institutional and systemic causes of inequities in student outcomes to bring about real change.

Other Coaching Resources

Guided Pathways Resource Center
AACC provides resources and tools for the full guided pathways model, toolkits for institutes, leaders, engagement and coaching.

What Are We Learning About Guided Pathways
In spring 2018, this practitioner packet looks at what implementing guided pathways entails, along with promising evidence from early adopters since guided pathways reforms were first introduced in 2015.

SSCN Guided Pathways Coaching Pilot
Webinar on coaching pilot and CCRI findings with a focus on three Student Success Centers.