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Cal State Los Angeles The Graduation Initiative. Update for the Town Hall May 6, 2011 Dr. Cheryl Ney, Associate VP, Academic Affairs. Graduation Initiative Team ‘10-’11. Alfredo Gonzalez , Dean, Undergraduate Studies Ashish Vaidya , Provost /VP, Academic Affairs

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Cal state los angeles the graduation initiative

Cal State Los AngelesThe Graduation Initiative

Update for the Town Hall

May 6, 2011

Dr. Cheryl Ney, Associate VP, Academic Affairs


Graduation initiative team 10 11
Graduation Initiative Team ‘10-’11

  • Alfredo Gonzalez, Dean, Undergraduate Studies

  • Ashish Vaidya, Provost /VP, Academic Affairs

  • Becky Hopkins, Director of EOP

  • Bill Chang, Director, ITS-CMS

  • Bryant Alexander, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Letters

  • Cheryl Ney, AVP, Academic Affairs

  • Costello Brown, Special Assistant to the Provost

  • Dale C. Weaver, Professor, Social Work

  • Eleanor Ferguson-Marshalleck, Associate Dean, College and Health & Human Services

  • Gaithri Fernando, Associate Professor, Psychology

  • Holly Menzies, Associate Professor, Special Education; Campus Assessment Coordinator

  • James P. Henderson, Dean, College of Natural and Social Sciences

  • Joan Woosley, University Registrar/Director of Enrollment Services

  • Keith H. Moo-Young, Dean, College of Engineering, Computer Science & Technology

  • Mae Santos, Interim Assistant Vice President, Administration and Finance

  • Marcia Ann Murota, Director, University Academic Advisement Center

  • Mark Robinson, Associate Director, Institutional Research

  • Nancy Hunt, Chair, Academic Senate; Professor, Special Education

  • Rita Ledesma, member, Academic Senate Executive Committee; Professor, Social Work

  • Robert Desharnais, Professor, Biological Sciences

  • Stephen Pollard, Professor, Economics and Statistics

  • Steve Classen, Vice Chair, Academic Senate; Professor, TV, Film and Media Studies

  • Tamie Nguyen, Director, Financial Aid

  • Tony Ross, VP for Student Affairs

  • Valerie Talavera-Bustillos, Associate Professor, Chicano Studies

  • Vincent Lopez, Director of Admissions and Recruitment

  • Wayne Tikkanen, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Program Review and GE Coordinator


  • The Graduation Initiative at Cal State Los Angeles

  • Strategic Initiative #1: Student Success: Closing the Achievement Gap. Cal State LA will pursue student success by:

    • Providing access to and delivering highly-valued academic and co-curricular experiences

    • Retaining and graduating students in a timely manner with special emphasis on closing the achievement gap

    • Supporting students’ post collegiate aspirations

  • CSU system wide initiative

  • Campus effort affirmed by WASC Commission and Educational Effectiveness Review team


Retention and graduation rates 2003 freshmen headcount 1373 61 urm
Retention and Graduation Rates2003 Freshmen (Headcount: 1373, 61% URM)


Retention and graduation rates 2003 transfers headcount 1592 50 urm
Retention and Graduation Rates2003 Transfers (Headcount: 1592, 50%URM)




Focused themes of the graduation initiative plan
Focused Themes of the Graduation Initiative Plan

  • Assessment of Student Learning

  • Comprehensive, Integrated and Proactive Advisement

  • Enhance Campus-Student Communication

  • Academic and Social Support






What can you do
What can you do?

  • Deliberately and explicitly align your own/office/unit/ department/divisional activities with the four themes of the graduation initiative (as appropriate).

  • Develop a mechanism for divisional representative(s) to communicate information from and to the Graduation Initiative Team throughout the division

  • Seek out collaborations across campus, as appropriate, to improve efforts.

  • Seek out resources to inform efforts, especially best practices nationally.

  • Assist students in engaging with faculty, peers and departmental, college and institutional activities that promote student success.


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