Our Mission

As an independent research center serving admissions and enrollment specialists, the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice (CERPP) is committed to fostering equity and expertise in college access, admission, and outcomes.

Our Work

Established in 2007 at the University of Southern California, the Center became a part of the USC Rossier School of Education in 2010. Rooted in the belief that the educational attainment goals of the nation will be more fully realized as college admission, student financial aid, and degree completion processes become better informed, more expertly practiced, and more equitable, the Center has accomplished the following:

  • Certified over 100 leaders in enrollment management over the past five years with its Leadership in Enrollment Management certificate program.
  • Deployed 37 college graduates as near-peer advisers in 36 high need Los Angeles area schools as our USC College Advising Corps last year (2016-17). Advisers met individually with over 9,000 students, resulting in over 14,000 college acceptances.
  • Conducted research into non-academic factors in college admissions, test-optional enrollment policies, and institutional efforts to promote better retention and college completion efforts to help guide national policy and practice.
  • Convene our annual CERPP conference, a highly respected and thought-provoking event on college enrollment for the nation’s leading policymakers, practitioners, and scholars.

Center Progress Report

Please see below a brief overview of the Center’s on-going projects and accomplishments, some of which are new initiatives. Most recently, the center has grown significantly with the expansion of our grant-funded college advising program, the USC College Advising Corps. We hope you will find our directions exciting and full of potential.

You can view and download our latest progress report below: