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

ASSP organizes the CSU’s multiple efforts to define, track, and assess the effectiveness of High-Impact Practices (“HIPs”). Participating CSU programs join a networked learning community of evaluation, assessment, and continuous improvement.

Get a copy of the fall ASSP webinars or Contact Ken O’Donnell for details.

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.

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.

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.