The SSERC: Actionable Research for Student Success

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 provide data, research, and evaluation support to the UCSC campus.

The SSERC also manages "Slug Success," the adviser case management, early alert, and data analytics systems that are part of the student success initiatives.

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. 

Check the events page for upcoming presentations, brown bag discussions, and other ways of engaging with the SSERC.

For additional information, contact Samara "Sam" Foster, Managing Director, at 831.459.5451 or or contact Rebecca London, Faculty Director, at 831-459-5376 or

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.