The Student Success Evaluation and Research Center (SSERC) engages in collaborative research with faculty, students, and staff to better understand, assess, and support student success at UCSC and to contribute more broadly to higher education scholarship.

We believe that effective student success efforts and outcomes depend on fostering a culture of rigorous, research-based analysis connected to improving practice. We aim to make our research highly visible to maintain the focus of the administration and the campus on student success best practices particular to UCSC and beyond. 

Research Reports


Implementation of 'Summer Academy: First Year' at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Rebecca London & Brandon Balzer Carr

September 28, 2015


Learning Support Services at the University of California, Santa Cruz:Studentsā€™ Experiences and Educational Outcomes

Brandon Balzer Carr & Rebecca London

October 15, 2015

SSERC & SSC Campus News

  • In an effort to be consistent with the UCSC brand, we are renaming the SSC Campus web-based advising and analytics tool "Slug Success." The name change is very timely as the pilot is expanding both in terms of the number of users participating and the number of system functionalities now being us

  • Conduct research to improveĀ student success!

  • We are thrilled to announce the appointment of the SSERC's inaugural Faculty Director, Rebecca London. Rebecca will be joining Samara Foster, Managing Director, and Amy Hyler-Essig, Senior Systems Analyst, in the SSERC. Rebecca will provide the primary academic leadership for the center.
  • Since launching the first phase of the live SSC Campus production site pilot, the implementation team has been working steadily to increase site functionalities and expland access to more users. Below are the highlights of progress made to date and some near future plans:

  • Dates have been set and registration is open for SSC Campus Demos.