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.

High-Impact Practices Leadership Retreats

October 15-16, 2015, Sonoma State University
November 9-10, 2015, Cal Poly Pomona
Offered in Support of Student Success and Completion Funding

Click Here for Details and Registration

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.

Extended Early Start

A handful of CSU campuses are testing the benefits of maintaining student cohorts from the CSU’s “Early Start” program (summer remediation) into fall of the freshman year.  Evidence suggests this could improve persistence and student success, especially for the historically underserved.

Email program lead Dawn Digrius for details.

Preparing to Scale High-Impact Practices

During the 2014-15 academic year, 8 CSU campuses tested expansion of a model developed at CSU Fullerton to bring High Impact Practices to more students by improving cross-divisional faculty and staff development, electronic record keeping, and assessment toward developing recommendations for systemwide adoption.

See the project website.

Campus As a Living Lab

As part of the system’s ongoing (and pioneering) commitment to sustainability, recurring allocations from CO divisions of Academic Affairs and Business & Finance support embedding service and research based educational experiences into on campus coursework

See the related page at the CSU’s sustainability web site.

Linked Learning Pathways to the Baccalaureate

California Community Colleges are working with the CSU 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 July 2014 announcement of awardees.

CSU STEM Collaboratives

Eight CSU campuses have created 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.

See details at the CSU STEM web page.


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.