green stripe

About the Student Success Council

The SSC is comprised of leaders across the UHCC system, including administrators, faculty, and staff, focused on coordination, alignment, and scaling of common action for student success. The SCC plays a critical role in policy development and implementing student success initiatives outlined in the UHCC Strategic Plan. The work is carried out by task force groups and ad hoc committees comprised of both campus and system representatives.

In 2015, supported by the Kresge Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UHCC received a Student Success Center grant which allowed the SSC to expand its work and access planning assistance and technical expertise. Hawaii's SSC joins a nationwide network of Student Success Centers designed to provide the vision and support for the state's community colleges as they work on a collective student success agenda. The Centers are supported by Jobs for the Future (JFF), a non-profit organization that provides technical support in implementing initiatives to increase student success outcomes.

Our Mission

The mission of the UHCC Student Success Council (SSC) is to create statewide impact by organizing the seven community colleges around a unified agenda to maximize and scale efforts for student success.


  • Convene learning opportunities for college leaders to support innovation
  • Map and align initiatives to create coherence
  • Use data to guide priorities and strengthen data capacity to support innovation
  • Provide research and knowledge via professional development opportunities
  • Identify and pursue system policy changes that support large-scale institutional change

The SSC Steering Committee

The SSC Steering Committee helps to set the agenda, provide direction and prioritize initiatives for student success based on UHCC Strategic Directions. This board works closely with the UHCC Director of Student Success and the Student Success Council in driving and implementing success initiatives.

Steering Committee Members:

Cathy BioDirector of Student SuccessOVPCC
Suzette RobinsonDirector of Academic ProgramsOVPCC
Sam GiordanengoFacultyHaw CC
Katy HoVice Chancellor for Academic AffairsHonCC
Brenda IvelisseVice Chancellor for Student AffairsKapCC
Pearl IboshiIRAOUH Sys
Kristine Korey-SmithAcademic SupportUHMC
Peter QuigleyAssociate Vice President of Academic AffairsOVPCC