Academic Affairs

Initiatives in Academic and Student Affairs

Servicing Displaced and Food Insecure Students in the CSU

The CSU is committed to ensuring the success of all students. This February 2016, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White announced that he is extending ongoing research to better understand and address the housing and food security needs of college students across the 23-campus system. The CSU is the first public university system in the nation to conduct extensive research on these issued with the aim of developing systematic solutions that will enable students to succeed and graduate. Our goal is to establish a system wide policy, conduct continuing research, implement the best practice models, and increase advocacy participation. By commissioning further study into these issues, White affirmed his commitment to the principal of achieving excellence through inclusivity. "It is our share responsibility to chart the course that closes the achievement gap and to empower student success by combining quality education with opportunity."
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Task Force on the Advancement of Ethnic Studies

In March 2014, the Task Force on the Advancement of Ethnic Studies was created to institute changes to CSU Ethnic Studies programs and guide the growth and development of Ethnic Studies by providing adequate funding and support.

Ethnic Studies is important to the mission of the CSU to "prepare students for an international, multicultural society" and "promote an understanding and appreciation of the peoples, natural environment, cultures, economies, and diversity of the world". Ethnic Studies offers students the opportunity to study the historical development and social significance of race and ethnicity in the United States, and to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for success in an increasingly diverse environment.

The work of the Ethnic Studies Task Force focuses on the portfolio of CSU programs under the broad rubric of ethnic studies:

African American Studies/Africana Studies/Pan African Studies/Black Studies
Asian American Studies
Chicano Studies/Latina-Latino Studies
Native American Studies/American Indian Studies/Indigenous Peoples Studies
Ethnic Studies
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Graduation Initiative

In October 2009 Chancellor Charles B. Reed convened California State University executives to launch a Graduation Initiative involving all 23 CSU campuses with the aim of improving graduation rates and closing the achievement gaps among students. In January 2010, the CSU Graduation Initiative was presented to the CSU Board of Trustees. The initiative is expected to raise six-year graduation rates by eight percentage points by 2015 (from the current 46 percent to 54 percent), plus cut in half the existing gap in degree attainment by CSU’s underrepresented students. The Initiative’s team members have visited campuses to review and discuss campus plans.
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Early Start

In May 2010 the California State University Board of Trustees adopted an Early Start policy designed to help students become better prepared in mathematics and English when they enter the CSU as incoming freshmen so that they do not have to take remedial courses. Tied to the Early Start program is the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in which 11th grade students take a test to determine if they are “CSU ready” in math and English. If not, they have the senior year to get up to speed or the summer before their freshman year to reach college-level.
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SB 1440

Transfer students are a significant segment of the undergraduate population of the California State University. The Student Transfer Agreement Reform Act (SB 1440) signed into law on September 29, 2010, enables the California Community Colleges and California State University to collaborate on the creation of Associate of Arts Degree (AA) program for transfer to a CSU campus. A community college student who has earned the AA transfer degree will be granted priority admission to the CSU into a similar baccalaureate (BA) degree program with a guarantee of junior standing as long as the student meets all prescribed admission requirements.
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Affordable Learning Solutions

The CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative improves the choice, affordability and accessibility of educational content for CSU faculty and students through innovative delivery of open educational resources, library resources, and commercial publishers’ resources. CSU students typically pay about $1,000 per year for their course materials. By reducing these expenses, the CSU can provide better access to a quality CSU education.
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