The Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS) is a national initiative that provides education for community and technical college trustees and presidents to assist them in data-informed governance to promote student success, equity and completion and career readiness. A robust and unique governance leadership model, GISS provides college leaders with insights, guidance and engagement to promote policies and accountability measures to increase student success.

The GISS emphasizes effective governance and data-informed decision through three core components: data collection and review, institutes and ongoing engagement.

GISS helps college trustees and presidents to develop a governing culture grounded in verifiable evidence. College leaders increase their understanding of institutional policies leading to improved student outcomes and collaborate with state association leaders and key stakeholders to assure statewide impact.