Date of Award

Summer 8-26-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Philip Pendley

Second Advisor

Alan Enomoto

Third Advisor

Jasmine Ruys


With the signing of Senate Bill 1456, the Student Success Act of 2012, California state legislation has mandated that California Community Colleges deliver services that will increase the probability of student persistence and completion. There is a need for the Instruction and Student Services sides of the house to come together in a collaborative manner to address and resolve this challenge and therefore bridge the gap between these two divisions.

Research has demonstrated that Instructional Services and Student Services in California Community Colleges work in silos when it comes to addressing the challenge of student success. The purpose of this study is to identify the gap in understanding of the definitions of student success between Instruction and Student Services in California Community Colleges. Furthermore, the study will demonstrate the need for alignment between the Instruction and Student Services in order to achieve student success and meet the mandates of the California state legislation.