We're an emerging national model for how a public comprehensive university can boost graduation rates through thoughtful, comprehensive efforts to keep students connected to their education and empowered on their way to a degree. We're committed to internships, faculty-student collaborative research, service in the community and a vibrant co-curricular life — high-impact experiences that make a world of difference in students' academic journey.
Philip Janowicz, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, discusses the SI Program.
Cal State Fullerton's Supplemental Instruction program, known as SI, includes "proven and promising practices" such as "flipped" classrooms and peer-led team learning. SI involves a team of dedicated students, faculty, staff and administrators who are committed to strengthening student success in key gateway courses. SI also is effectively and directly addressing Cal State Fullerton's strategic plan goals of improving student persistence, increasing graduation rates University-wide, and narrowing the achievement gap for underrepresented students.
During the 2014-15 academic year, 280 course sections were supported by supplemental instruction, compared to 224 course sections in 2013-14. Since the institutionalization of the program in 2013, more than 9,000 students have had access to supplemental instruction.
Tools such as the Student Success Dashboard, created and innovated by a cross-divisional collaboration between Academic Affairs and IT, were piloted by a select group of faculty members and department chairs. The results achieved to date have been impressive. Thanks to the interventions guided by the effective use of the Student Success Dashboard, hundreds of students who would otherwise have seen their graduation delayed, were able to earn their degrees last year. The dashboard also allowed us to identify some graduation policies and practices that needed to be changed to remove artificial barriers to the timely graduation of our students. The use of the tool has been so successful that we recently hired nine graduation specialists whose main responsibility will be to use the tools to minimize the number of students whose graduation dates are unnecessarily deferred.
The intentionality with which we are pursuing these efforts has again resulted in our emergence as a system-wide leader in this arena — our faculty recently received nearly 30 percent of the $1.9 million distributed by the Chancellor's Office through a competitive process for course redesign efforts. That 30 percent figure becomes even more impressive when you stop to consider that our student body makes up less than 10 percent of the entire CSU population.
CSUF has been noted as a "model campus" for its explicit goal to cut in half the achievement gap between underrepresented students and their non-underrepresented peers.
Our graduation rate rose to 62 percent in 2015 — the highest in CSUF history.
The Pathways to Success program lets students focus some of their general education courses in six specialized areas: global studies; sustainability; food, health and well-being; power and politics; ethics and leadership; and science, technology and society. The program was launched in fall 2014; by fall 2015, nearly 2,000 students had participated.
CSUF is one of only 110 institutions to be named with distinction to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll — for the seventh consecutive year.
1.4 million hours of service performed by Cal State Fullerton students each year
During the 2014-15 academic year, students completed 1,315,760 hours of course-related service — high-impact practices such as academic internships, fieldwork, practica and other activities that bring to life real-world applications to compliment students' studies.