2023-2024 SEM Program: Supporting the Student Journey


If your college is looking for ways to strengthen its strategic enrollment management efforts, this program is for you! As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our approach to serving students throughout their educational journey continues to evolve presenting both challenges and opportunities. Along with these challenges and opportunities, innovations in education offer additional ways of responding to our students’ needs. The 2023-24 SEM Program seeks to build a structured community of practice where these challenges and opportunities are both examined and addressed.

SEM Program participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply a holistic approach to SEM that focuses on the student journey with an emphasis on retention and completion.
  • Examine data to inform your SEM strategies
  • Engage with other colleges on promising practices.
  • Develop and implement a SEM initiative at your college.
  • Work with a designated team of coaches who will support and provide guidance throughout the SEM program.
  • Access a wide-range of resources through the CCCCO’s Vision Resource Center.

Expected Engagement

This unique opportunity provides colleges with one year of continual engagement and support as they develop and implement a SEM project of their choice. The 2023-24 cohort will include 15 college teams of 10 people composed of cross-disciplinary groups of faculty, support staff, and administrators.

College teams are expected to participate in the following five activities:

  1. In-person SEM Academy, June 2 - 3, 2023 in Southern California
  2. In-person Mid-Point Convening, January 19, 2024 in Northern California
  3. Final Convening, May 17, 2024, in person or virtual
  4. Scheduled monthly phone calls with the college team and SEM coaches
  5. Face-to-face campus visits with the college team and SEM coaches, once in the fall and once in the spring

Application to Participate

If your college would like to participate in the 2023-24 SEM Program: Supporting the Student Journey, you will need to identify a cross-functional team composed of representatives from all constituent groups on campus, i.e., instructional and non-instructional faculty, support services staff, and administrators. You will then submit the online application linked below and provide details on the SEM project your college wishes to focus on for the year, as well as the composition of your college SEM project team.

Applications will be reviewed by the SEM Program leadership team. Colleges will be pre-selected according to relevance of the project, detail and thoroughness of the application, and the composition of their college’s SEM project team. Once pre-selected, the college team will meet with members from the SEM leadership team in March 2023 to discuss their proposed project, including the expected outcomes, conditions for developing and implementing the project, and support for it by the college leadership.

Once accepted into the SEM Program, colleges will spend time at the SEM Academy from June 2-3, 2023 with a designated team of SEM coaches and work to clarify the project goals, key activities, and a detailed implementation plan for the year.

Steps for Submitting an Application to Participate

  1. Preview the SEM Application Worksheet and review sample SEM topics and projects before submitting your application
  2. Submit your application between January 23 - February 21, 2023

SEM Resources

SEM Resources can be found in the CoP Strategic Enrollment Management section of the Vision Resource Center. To access the Vision Resource Center, a login is required and can be easily set up for all community college faculty, staff and administrators.

If you have any questions about the SEM Program, please contact Michelle White (mwhite@rpgroup.org) or Michelle Barton (mbarton@rpgroup.org).