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Walmart Foundation AIHEC HACU NAFEO Student Success Collaborative. California State University, Fullerton Presented by Dr. Kandy Mink Salas Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.
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Student Success Collaborative
Cal State Fullerton is located in Southern California, approximately 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles and situated in northern Orange County. Neighboring communities include Anaheim, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Brea, La Habra, Buena Park, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana.
Cal State Fullerton is one of the 23 campuses in the California State University system, the largest system of senior higher education in the country, enrolling 412,000 annually.
Cal State Fullerton is ranked first in California and fifth in the nation in awarding degrees to Hispanic students.Campus Profile
Hispanic = 31.3%, Native American = .5%, White = 30.4%, International = 3.6%, unknown/declined = 9.1%Cal State Fullerton Campus demographics
6-year graduation rates for all students, across the 1999 to 2003 cohorts, range from 48% (F99) to 52% (F03)
6-year graduation rates for Hispanic students, across the 1999 to 2003 cohorts, range from 44% (F01) to 46% (F03)Retention and graduation rates
Supplemental Instruction – Upper division students are placed in math, biology, chemistry and other general education courses, and serve as “master students”, providing tutoring and study group leadership. This peer-led model, adopted from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, has proven to be effective in helping students pass core courses, with SI participants doing significantly better than those who did not participate in the program.
Freshman Programs – Freshman learning communities model program serving approximately 500 incoming freshmen each year. Cohort model focuses on college transition and includes linked courses and community building activities. Program will add a residential component in 2011.
Project MISS – Mathematics Intensive Summer Session – Aims to provide college bound women with intensive training in math; 76% Latino.
McNair ScholarsAcademic support and interventions
Integrated Academic Advising – A major effort is underway to integrate general education advising and major advising to allow for a smooth transition from first year to senior year with fewer advising lapses
Comprehensive New Student Orientation – Mandatory for first year students and transfer students (transfer students have the option to participate online). Focus on academic advising as well as campus services and programs.
Early Warning Systems – This system, currently used in Athletics, Educational Opportunity Program, and Guardian Scholars, includes mid-semester updates from faculty to dedicated advisors. Students in academic difficultly are identified and interventions implemented.
Faculty and Staff Development – Focus on advising best practices
Titan Degree Audit – Automated self-service software program that students can access to monitor their academic progressAdvising support and interventions
Student Support Services (TRIO) – Provides grant aid and advising support to low income students
Educational Opportunity Program – Provides grant aid and mandatory advising for low income students
AB 540 Task Force – Campus-wide task force addressing needs (advising, financial, policy) of undocumented students on campus
University Learning Center – tutoring, supplemental instructions, study groups, success workshops
Future Scholars and HEEF Scholars (Hispanic Education Endowment Fund – Orange County based) – Scholarship programsBuilding on student services
Orientación Familiar – Spanish language orientation for parents and families of first year students. Program is 4 years old, has served 632 families, and will be expanding to include parents of graduate students
Chicano/a Resource Center – Academic and student services focus
Student Leadership Institute
Women’s Cultural Resource Center
Guardian ScholarsStrengthening campus community
Continue to work toward California State University system goals of 1) 6% increase in 6-year grad rates by August 2015 and 2) cutting in half the existing gap in degree attainment by under-represented minority students.
More in-depth, perhaps qualitative research on the reasons Latino students are leaving campus
Continued work with faculty development efforts on engaging pedagogy and accommodating various learning stylesContinuing challenges
Financial constraints continue to be a high concern for lower income, often first generation students. The pursuit of scholarships and grants continues to be a high priority for the University, as is advocacy on behalf of existing federal and state aid programs.
In light of budget reductions, collaboration across campus departments and divisions is critical, as is increased collaboration across educational sectors. This requires focused leadership at all levels of the organization.Continuing challenges