Student Success Initiatives

Goal: San Diego State University will continue to focus on Student Success by emphasizing high-impact practices that produce transformational educational experiences and by fostering an institutional culture that recognizes and rewards student achievement.

Student Success is at the heart of San Diego State University’s mission. Everything in which the university is engaged – research, teaching, internationalization, faculty and staff activities, diversity initiatives, campus life, facilities and outreach services – is intended to enable our diverse student population to achieve at the highest levels. Maintaining a university-wide commitment for our diverse community to ensure student academic achievement and personal well-being is highly valued and essential to student success.

  • Increase tenured/tenure-track faculty and staff levels to meet critical and strategic needs by investing significant resources over three years.
  • Create Writing and Math Centers by investing in faculty, graduate assistants and support staff resources, with each Center directed by a tenured/tenure-track faculty member.
  • Invest funds to increase the four-year graduation rates of all students and eliminate the achievement gaps of underrepresented students.
  • Invest funds to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students through targeted recruitment and outreach to inform students of exceptional programmatic and co-curricular opportunities.
  • Invest in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and staff through targeted activities.
  • Promote commuter student success based on results of an in-progress needs-assessment by the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, with relevant support and resources, and in association with the established Commuter Student Lounge of the Aztec Student Union.
  • Provide focused interventions for at-risk local first-time freshmen in order to increase continuation rates and 4- and 6-year graduation rates.
  • Provide diverse educational experiences for all students by leveraging our campus’s rich diversity.
  • Provide funding to continue the “Aztec Nights” program in support of student well-being.
  • Convene a cross-divisional task force to review, assess, and implement additional support for programs addressing the negative academic and personal consequences of abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Convene a broad-based task force of faculty and staff to evaluate approaches to integrating learning-analytics and the student information system to allow timely interventions that promote student success at course and curricular scales.
  • Invest funds to staff an LGBT Center, develop programs, and fund related academic initiatives.
  • Establish a University Honors College with a goal of 1,200-1,400 students from diverse backgrounds through funding of an Associate Director and additional honors courses.
  • Support the Honors College fundraising goal of a ten million dollar endowment for student scholarships and faculty stipends.
  • Strengthen internship and mentoring programs to foster students’ professional development by working collaboratively with our alumni to create a network that supports life-long success for all alumni.
  • Increase the rate of undergraduate student participation in approved international experiences to 30% within five years by providing funds for support services.
  • Expand opportunities for undergraduate scholarship through innovative courses, experiences, and engagement.
  • Support the university’s entrepreneurial centers to enhance students’ entrepreneurial initiatives.
  • Increase institutional commitment to design, development, assessment, and promotion of high-quality courses, programs and degrees through funding for Instructional Technology Services course designers and faculty-assigned time for participation in the Curriculum Design Institute.