Student Engagement and Academic Initiatives and Partnerships

Student Engagement and Academic Initiatives and Partnerships

Our office connects CSU students to high-quality educational experiences-with community partners and faculty via service learning, with the California Community Colleges and other institutions to promote meaningful and purposeful transfer curricula, and among faculty at sister campuses within the CSU-all to foster deeper learning and improved completion rates.

We maintain a teaching commons for the free exchange of ideas and research, with additional material available at the links below.


Engagement Opportunities

To subscribe to updates on the opportunities below, join our listserv through the GE and Student Engagement teaching commons.

CSU Academic & Student Success Programs

Chancellor Timothy White has committed ongoing funds for High-Impact Practices that deepen learning and improve graduation rates for all students.  Any CSU campus may apply.

Ongoing deadlines with annual proposal and reporting cycles.

Linked Learning Pathways to the Baccalaureate

California Community Colleges are invited to apply Linked Learning principles to Career and Technical Education, to improve liberal learning and preparation for transfer to the CSU.  Funding from the James Irvine Foundation.

See the 2014 Request for Expressions of Interest.

CSU STEM Collaboratives

From April 2014 to February 2017, at least eight CSU campuses will expand intensive summer-through-first-year-programs to actively engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Request for Proposals to be released spring 2014 with proposals due the following fall.


CSU STEM departments, institutes or Colleges can apply to host a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member for one year, typically July-July. VISTA members help implement, enhance, and increase the number of High Impact Practices offered.

Details at the CSU STEM VISTA home page.

Summer Institute:  Increasing Student Success in STEM Disciplines

Hosted by the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning, this two-day conference in July 2014 is an opportunity for campus teams to focus on pedagogy and high-impact practices in some of our most challenging disciplines, and to prepare responses for VISTA and STEM Collaboratives listed above.

See details at the Institute for Teaching and Learning.