Student Success

This page is dedicated to those who continue to make an impact on community college student success throughout the State of New Jersey. Faculty, students and other administrators were asked a simple yet complex question, what does student success mean to you?


sophia“Since I have ambitious career objectives, succeeding in college means moving closer to accomplishing my goals of becoming a physician in pediatric hematology-oncology, complemented with a Ph.D. in public health focusing on health services administration. I aspire to contribute to the discovery of new and improved treatments for cancer through biomedical research, to help medically underserved communities and to bring sustainable healthcare to poverty stricken communities. Thus, a successful college experience involves taking full advantage of all academic and professional opportunities available to me while being a servant leader in my community, and building an invaluable network of friends and contacts.”

Sofia C. Medina
Essex County College

friedman“Student success is at the core of the community college mission. As we shift the emphasis from access to success, it becomes increasingly important to develop strategies that enable students to achieve their goals and to realize their dreams. Our mission demands that we pursue those strategies with the understanding that our students’ successes serve the interests of our economy and our communities.”

Dr. Guy Generals
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mercer County Community College



“Student success is demonstrated when students are inspired to accomplish whatever goals they have set for themselves. Whether the goal is to earn a degree or certificate, achieve a better academic record to help them with their educational and/or career attainment, obtain personal, professional or social skills, or develop leadership qualities that will benefit them for life, students succeed when their institutions provide them with the opportunities to achieve these goals.”



Dr. Bette M. Simmons
Vice President of Student Development & Enrollment Management
County College of Morris

friedman“Student success has been linked in many conversations to program completion and appropriate preparation for job attainment. I would expand the definition and add that students are successful if they develop the ability to think critically and broaden their ability to make good life choices based on what they learn in their time with us. We provide much more than just a series of credit-bearing classes; we connect students to their academic and career interests and prepare the ground for them to be able to realize what they have dreamed about. We also re-train unemployed and displaced residents for meaningful opportunities in a rapidly changing economy. A great community college catalyzes economic well-being, lifelong learning, citizenship, and democratic participation – essentially student success in its myriad forms.”

Dr. Eric Friedman
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Hudson County Community College