Tip #6: Student Support Services

What are Student Support Services?


Student support services include prevention, assistance, transition and follow-up services for students. Student support services professionals provide direct services for all students, especially those who are experiencing problems that create barriers to access and success. Direct services are provided by means such as education, counseling, consultation, advisement and individual assessment. In addition, student support services personnel provide in-service training, orientation, community collaboration and carry out student service program management.

Why are Student Support Services important?

Student support services are a vital part of academic program success. These services can help students navigate the college system and support students’ access to and success with academic courses. These services are often able to help students overcome a number of obstacles that stand in the way of pursuing and completing stated educational goals.


The following are some of the student support services available at Sacramento City College:

  • Sources

    The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).


    Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).


    Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).


    Study Guides and Strategies, http://www.studygs.net/index.htm.


    Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center, http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/index.html