Integrating SSSP, Equity, and BSI Plans


Our college system has a number of initiatives in place that are intended to increase our ability to support success for all students. The Student Success and Support Program (SSSP), Student Equity Plans, and Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) have provided millions of dollars of funding to help colleges remove obstacles and enhance support services that help students reach their educational and career goals.

Fulfilling the Promise

If these initiatives are to fulfill their promise to students, they must operate in an integrated way. Why do BSI, Student Equity, and SSSP need to be integrated? All three initiatives have the ultimate goal of increasing student success. And there is strong potential for overlap, between and among the three initiatives.

The First Step

Successful integration starts with an integrated plan. College stakeholders working in each of the three initiatives, along with instructional and student services faculties, need to work together to design a plan to integrate these services with a clear focus on student success.

A Step-by-Step Process


Below is a step-by-step process designed to help you integrate your BSI, Student Equity, and SSSP planning. It is intended for you to use and adapt based on your specific situation and needs.

1. Develop Your Approach
Task StepRelated ASK Resources

Assess current effectiveness

Develop a lens you can use to assess the effectiveness of your current BSI, Equity and SSSP initiatives.

2. Determine Your Planning Needs
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Align the plan with Guided Pathways

Consider the results of your college’s Guided Pathways Self-Assessment: How might your integrated plan align with the needs your college identified in your Guided Pathways Self-Assessment?

  • Guided Pathways Self-Assessment (coming soon)

Determine current planning structure

An important first step is to understand how your college is currently implanting BSI, Equity, and SSSP.

Identify your planning needs

Use collaborative inquiry to identify your specific planning needs. With this as your starting point, you can determine how your current approach supports your needs.

Identify your goals

Determine your plan goals and objectives, and the necessary structure and resources required to meet the goals.

Determine plan evaluation

Consider how often the plan goals will be evaluated and what the mechanism for evaluation will be.

Determine how evaluation results will be used

Now identify how the evaluation results will be used and what happens if your college set standards are not met.

Determine resource allocation

Plan for how resources will be allocated to achieve the plan.

  • Suggest or contribute a resource (coming soon)
3. Develop Your Plan
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Identify data sources

Determine the data sources you can use to confirm plan goals and measure plan effectiveness.

Design evaluation approach

With your data sources identified, you can determine your approach to using the data to plan outcomes.

  • The Art and Heart of Data Disaggregation: Exploring Students’ Complex Identities (coming soon)
  • Using Disproportionate Impact Methods to Identify Equity Gaps (coming soon)
  • Multivariate Disproportionate Impact (coming soon)
  • Working with Small Samples (coming soon)
  • Equity in Program Review (coming soon)
  • Course Success by Instructor and Ethnicity (coming soon)

Plan for the unknown

To make sure your plan is as strong as possible, you will want anticipate how you will react to changes that might affect implementation, such as sudden opportunities and challenges.