The Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice (CERPP) at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles analyzes enrollment issues through the critical perspectives of social science researchers, policymakers, and college and university practitioners. The center is 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 teaching, research, and service activities of the center are devoted to these ends. In a phrase, the center is devoted to the social benefit of college admission and enrollment policies and practices in the United States and internationally.
In the fall of 2013, the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice partnered with the College Advising Corps to launch the Southern California College Advising Corps (SCCAC). The Corps places recent college graduates in high schools to serve as full-time College Advisers. These College Advisers become mentors within the school setting, and are often the key resource for students to persist in their education beyond high school. The goal of the program is to raise the number of California students who attend and complete college by encouraging and assisting high school students with their college searches, college applications, financial aid, and making the transition to post-secondary education.