After graduating from Greendale Community College, The Study Group went their separate ways until they were surprisingly reunited. When Abed Nadir learned Jeff Winger had unexpectedly returned to school he reassembled the group, sans Pierce, to join a new "Save Greendale Committee" that was being formed. Although that organization was actually fake, once Jeff accepted a job as a Law professor and the others re-enrolled, a real committee was eventually formed. It consisted of Jeff Winger, Britta Perry, Annie Edison, Abed Nadir, Shirley Bennett, and Criminology professor Buzz Hickey. Later members included a returning Ian Duncan and Ben Chang. Troy Barnes was in the committee for less than a month, but left due to other comittments. The "Save Greendale Committee" was first seen in the Season Five episode "Repilot".
Although together the Study Group managed to survive four years at Greendale and graduate, once outside of the academic world they struggled to find their place in it. Jeff's law firm went under, Britta was a bartender having abandoned her dream of becoming a Psychologist, Troy and Abed were unemployed, Annie was in a dead end job as a pharmaceutical rep, due to a lawsuit Pierce was barred from stepping foot on the Greendale campus, and Shirley had separated from her husband again. In dire financial straights, Jeff teamed up with Alan Connor, an ex-colleague from his old law firm, to help in a lawsuit being leveled against his alma mater. He reluctantly returned to Greendale to find information to help with the case. Jeff tricked Dean Pelton into letting him have access to school records by pretending to form a "Save Greendale Committee".
News of his return reached Abed who contacted the rest of the study group, except Pierce who couldn't legally attend, for an impromptu reunion. Jeff changed his mind about the lawsuit after being reminded by his friends (and also a hologram of Pierce) about what made Greendale so great. He accepted a teaching position at school and the rest of the study group decided to re-enroll ("Repilot"). Not long afterwards, a grading scandal rocked the campus and caused unrest between the teaching staff and the students. Dean Pelton decided that to keep the peace an actual "Save Greendale Committee" needed to be formed made up of teachers and students. Jeff insisted that his officemate and key figure in the scandal Buzz Hickey be a part of this new organization. Britta, Annie, Abed, Troy and Shirley joined as well. Jeff's first action at the inaugural assembly was to bar Dean Pelton from attending any of their meetings ("Introduction to Teaching").
One of the first items on the committees agenda was catching a campus miscreant known as the "Ass Crack Bandit". Psychology Professor Ian Duncan, just recently returned after a leave of absence, officially joined the committee to help. Eventually a shocking suspect is uncovered, Star-Burns who had faked his death years ago. While the committee takes credit for his capture and confession, Jeff gets Star-Burns to admit he isn't the bandit. Any further investigation was halted with the news of a Pierce's death and the real bandit escaped ("Basic Intergluteal Numismatics"). This led to Troy unofficially "resigning" from the committee in order to follow what could be lucrative instructions in Pierces will ("Cooperative Polygraphy"). His empty seat on the committee is eventually filled by Ben Chang.
Over the following months, the committee dealt with more mundane matters such as rehanging a board in the cafeteria and staging a mid-term dance ("Analysis of Cork-Based Networking"). They also helped remove all the bones from the football field and decided to give the teachers a 10 minute head start at the job fair ("Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality"). Other school problems they resolved included adding grass to the soccer field, helping to institute beta testing for a new social media app called "MeowMeowBeenz" ("App Development and Condiments") and turning the Women's restroom urinals into planters ("VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing"). Pelton would later ask the committee to put on their agenda getting the school some insurance ("Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons").