Student Experience

Student Experience

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The Office of Success and Completion’s primary purpose is to ensure that all Houston Community College (HCC) students have the opportunity to successfully achieve their goals. It ensures that institutional initiatives are integrated throughout the entire system, thereby providing equitable access and opportunity for success to all students.

The Office of Success and Completion provides learning support programs that enrich the student experience as well resources that support student success in the following areas:


  • Ensure students successfully achieve their educational, personal, and career goals
  • Promote equitable access and opportunity for success to all students.
  • Provide learning support programs that enrich the student experience as well as resources that support student success 
  • Support HCC efforts to build a culture of evidence and inquiry
  • Guide the work of the Achieving the Dream Council

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a process for assessing learning gained outside a traditional academic environment. This could be learning acquired through military service, work experience, employer training programs, independent study, non-credit evaluating what a student already knows at the college derived from these experiences for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education or training.

Service Learning

Integrates meaningful community service with instruction for the purpose of: 

  • Encouraging reflection to enrich learning experience
  • Teaching civic responsibility
  • Strengthening communities


Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) is a regional consortium of higher-education institutions in partnership with Complete College America that includes all branches of the University of Houston—Main, Downtown, Clear Lake and Victoria—as well as Texas Southern University, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, Wharton College, Victoria College, and Houston Community College. The goal of Houston GPS is to increase college completion across the greater Houston region. To achieve this, consortium partners are working to ensure that students are able to seamlessly transfer to participating four-year institutions from two-year colleges without loss of credit and with junior standing in the major. Additional information can be found at the University of Houston host site.

Texas Pathways serves as an upstream companion to Houston GPS by identifying and developing clearly mapped pathways from high school to college and career. HCC is one of 12 two-year colleges from across the state leading this work in support of the Texas Higher Education Strategic Plan, 60X30TX, which calls for at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25 to 34 to have a certificate or degree by 2030. Additional information is available from the Texas Success Center.

A strategically aligned initiative just underway is Gateways to Completion (G2C). Designed to create and implement an evidence-based plan for improving teaching, learning and success in historically high-failure rate courses, G2C is a cohort-based, faculty-led planning and assessment process for institutional improvement. For additional information, please visit the G2C website.

Key Programs

Contact Us

Maryam Esmalifalak

3100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002