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SUCCESS Scholars

About the Program:

The heart of the SUCCESS Scholars program at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) is a team of academic coaches who serve as advisors to the students in the program. This team provides a holistic, case management style of advising, supporting the whole student and connecting them to the college’s web of resources as needed to support their success.

Students are identified as SUCCESS eligible at admission to the college. They are then invited to meet with a SUCCESS coach to register for their first semester. Students learn about SUCCESS in these initial meetings and, unless they opt out, stay with that advisor moving forward. By capturing students at entry, advisors provide timely support and resources to aid in students’ transition to college. All SUCCESS students at QCC are supported by the program for a defined period of time. The length of time varies according to students earned credits and their academic success. If they achieve these metrics, students are transitioned to a faculty advisor outside of SUCCESS but will continue to be offered support and programming until they reach graduation.

SUCCESS also supports the Brothers and Keepers program for male-identifying students of color at QCC. Students who participate receive mentoring and support focused on their personal and educational growth.

Student Eligibility

SUCCESS at QCC prioritizes first time and part time students, but otherwise all students are eligible if they fit the legislative language.

  • First-time students
  • Continuing students
  • Part-time students
  • Full-time students

Cohort Focus Population

In line with the legislative intent to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable student populations, the following student populations are actively recruited for SUCCESS at QCC:

  • Economically disadvantaged students
  • First-generation college students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Minoritized students (i.e., Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American)
  • LGBTQIA+ students (if self-identified)

Support Services

The following supports are available to SUCCESS students at QCC:


Academic Advising

Career Advising

Field trips to four-year colleges

Case Management

Community Events




Student Planning

Financial Aid Assistance

Transfer Advising

Support Network

The advising component of SUCCESS at QCC is supported by an associate director of advising, a SUCCESS Scholars coordinator, and several academic coaches. Scholars are further supported by an enrollment coach who focuses on financial aid support, access navigators who provide executive function coaching, as well as staff within our Center for Career and Transfer Services. Brothers and Keepers is overseen by a program coordinator.

SUCCESS receives funding through the Massachusetts legislature and is supported by the 15 state community colleges, the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC), the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), and the SUCCESS Leadership and Coordinating Committees.