College Policies
Student Success and Support Program (SSSP)

The Student Success and Support Program replaces the Seymour-Campbell Matriculation Act of 1986 and recognizes that student success is the responsibility of the institution and the student, and supported by well-coordinated student and instructional services to foster academic success. The purpose of SSSP is to increase California community college student access and success through the implementation of core matriculation services, including assessment and course placement, orientation, counseling/advising, and other educational planning services, with the goal of providing students with the support services necessary to assist them to achieve their educational goal and complete their identified course of study.

All students who plan to complete a certificate or associate degree, a university transfer program, or who are undecided but considering one of the aforementioned goals must actively participate in SSSP requirements and use the services noted below as part of the enrollment steps to register at College of San Mateo. Also, all students who participate in the College of San Mateo financial aid program, and veterans who plan to receive GI benefits while attending the College must comply with the enrollment steps and actively participate in SSSP services.

Students who participate in the SSSP services of assessment, orientation, and engage in academic planning with a counselor and maintain a comprehensive student educational plan receive higher registration priority than students who do not participate in SSSP.

Student Success and Support Program Services:

  1. Assessment and Course Placement Services - Provided by the College Assessment Center, measures students' abilities in english, reading, mathematics, learning and study skills. Assessment results are used to determine course selection, honors eligibility and referral to specialized support services.
  2. Orientation Services - Available for new and returning students through the Counseling Support Services office. Services include programs that assist students with their student educational plan.
  3. Counseling Services - Provided by the Office of Counseling, Advising and Matriculation through Counseling Support Services, or for students affiliated with a special program such as Extended Opportunity Program (EOPS) or the Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS). Counseling services are available to all students who participate in the SSSP and complete assessment and orientation.
  4. Student Education Plan (SEP) - Students are provided assistance to develop a comprehensive SEP that includes required courses and resource referrals needed to meet an educational goal.
  5. Follow-up Services and Programs - Students receive continued support, and assistance to define course of study and development of comprehensive SEP by the end of the third term but no later than completion of 15 units of degree applicable coursework. Other services and programs include, but are not limited to, counseling services, career services, transfer services, financial aid, EOPS, DSPS, Multicultural Center, veteran's support services, student success and counseling workshops, Learning Center and tutorial services, SMCCCD Transcript Evaluation Service.
  6. Intervention Activities and Support - Students who fall out of good academic standing or are otherwise experiencing academic difficulty or are determined to be at-risk students are provided support through Orientation Services programs.

More information about the CSM Student Success and Program Report is available on PRIE's Institutional Planning Documents page.