Our Curriculum

Our equity-focused curriculum asks all participants to tackle and improve student success issues by understanding and embracing the diversity of today’s students, valuing their individual experiences and needs, and thinking through strategies that shift our institutions to being student-ready and student-focused - all efforts leading to closing equity gaps. Our curriculum is designed to provide the tools and environment necessary to critically examine issues that affect the success of historically underrepresented students by exposing participants to system and campus data, contextualized within national research studies on student success in higher education. The key components of our curriculum are: Active engagement with the Student Success Dashboard; participation in eight virtual sessions featuring innovative speakers and introducing concrete, replicable ideas on how to turn insight into action; and the requirement to embark on a Data Action Project. Dr. Hempel-Lamer and Dr. Alvarez facilitate the program, ensuring critical conversations within the learning community.


Program Structure

The Certificate Program in Student Success Analytics follows a carefully-crafted structure that focuses on equity and data-inspired decision-making and maximizes collaborative, solution-oriented engagement. Top leaders, administrators, faculty innovators, and forward-thinkers are invited to each of the sessions to share their expertise and practical, hands-on strategies that result in positive and effective change for historically marginalized students and aid in closing equity gaps.

We expect that teams view our webinars as a group and add a second hour of team time to discuss how the webinar content relates to their campus-specific data and applies to the student success landscape at their institution(s).

Our seven highly engaging virtual sessions are:

Kick-Off Session - Student Success: A Story With Data

Webinar 1 - Who Gets to Graduate? Equity-Minded Data Literacy

Webinar 2 - Becoming a Student-Ready Institution: Shifting the Paradigm

Webinar 3 - Transformative Assessment: Changing Culture by Measuring Impact

Webinar 4 - Navigating Transitions: The Journey Toward Timely Degree Completion

Webinar 5 - Overcoming Barriers: A Holistic Approach to Student Success

Closing Session - Celebrating the Learning Community: Turning Insights Into Action

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Student Success Dashboard

The CSU Student Success Dashboard, developed by the CSU Office of the Chancellor, is an easy-to-navigate, visually engaging set of data pages, and is the main source material for the Certificate Program in Student Success Analytics. The Dashboard, which has undergone extensive user testing and has innovative features, showcases data at the system and campus level. The data covers a wide range of information that intentionally spotlights equity gaps by subpopulation, including first generation, Pell-receiving status, ethnic/racial identification and gender, as well as by student entry point. This powerful tool allows cross-divisional teams to ask deep, critical questions about changes that can be made to transition their campus into being student-ready. For more information on this important resource or how to get a Dashboard for your own campus, we encourage you to explore our Dashboard website.


Guest Presenters

Heather Adams

Senior Program Manager

Senior Program Manager

Aspen Institute

José M. Aguilar-Hernández

Associate Professor, Ethnic & Women’s Studies

Associate Professor, Ethnic & Women’s Studies

Cal Poly Pomona

Lande Ajose

Vice President and Senior Fellow

Vice President and Senior Fellow

Public Policy Institute of California

Priscilla Bravo Arias

Assistant Professor, Microbiology

Assistant Professor, Microbiology

Long Beach City College

Reggie Blaylock

Presidential Associate, Community, Campus Partnerships and Student Experience

Presidential Associate, Community, Campus Partnerships and Student Experience

Cal Poly Pomona

Shannon Brady

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Wake Forest University

Desdemona Cardoza

Provost Emeritus

Provost Emeritus

Cal State LA

Rebecca Covarrubias

Associate Professor, Psychology

Associate Professor, Psychology

UC Santa Cruz

José Luis Cruz

President

President

Northern Arizona University

Erin DeSantis

Associate Director for Student Success Analytics

Associate Director for Student Success Analytics, Dept. of Institutional Research & Analytics

Cal State Long Beach

Andy Feinstein

President

President

University of Northern Colorado

William Franklin

Vice President, Student Affairs

Vice President, Student Affairs

CSU Dominguez Hills

Bonnie Gasior

Professor, RGRLL

Professor, Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literatures

Cal State Long Beach

James Graham

Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction

Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction

Cal State San Bernardino

Frank Harris

Professor, Postsecondary Education

Professor of Postsecondary Education in the College of Education

San Diego State

Ignacio Hernández

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Fresno State

Sukhwant Jhaj

Vice Provost for Academic Innovation & Student Achievement

Vice Provost for Academic Innovation & Student Achievement

Arizona State University

Michal Kurlaender

Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in Education, and Chancellor’s Fellow

Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in Education, and Chancellor’s Fellow

University of California, Davis

María C. Ledesma

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

San José State

Alex Madva

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Cal Poly Pomona

Beth Manke

Interim Dean for Student Success

Interim Dean for Student Success

Cal State Long Beach

La’Tonya Rease Miles

Dean of Student Affairs

Dean of Student Affairs

Menlo College

Victor Rios

MacArthur Foundation Chair, Professor, Sociology

MacArthur Foundation Chair, Professor, Sociology

UC Santa Barbara

Michael Scott Robertson

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Long Beach City College

Judy Sakaki

President

President

Sonoma State

Ji Son

Professor, Psychology

Cal State Los Angeles

David Wilson

President

President

Morgan State University

Maria Estela Zarate

Professor & Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership

Professor & Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership

Cal State Fullerton

Elizabeth Zavala-Aceves

Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

Cal State Fullerton

Guest Presenters

Heather Adams

Senior Program Manager

Aspen Institute

Jose Hernandez
José M. Aguilar-Hernández

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Cal Poly Pomona

Lande Ajose

Vice President and Senior Fellow

Public Policy Institute of California

Priscilla Bravo Arias

Assistant Professor, Microbiology

Long Beach City College

Reggie Blaylock

Interim Presidential Associate for Student Affairs

Interim Presidential Associate for Student Affairs Partnerships

Cal Poly Pomona

Shannon Brady

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Wake Forest University

Desdemona Cardoza

Provost Emeritus

Provost Emeritus

Cal State Los Angeles

Rebecca Covarrubias

Associate Professor, Psychology

Associate Professor, Psychology

UC Santa Cruz

José Luis Cruz

Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost

Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost

The City University of New York

Erin DeSantis

Associate Director for Student...

Associate Director for Student Success Analytics

Cal State Long Beach

Andy Feinstein

President

President

University of Northern Colorado

William Franklin

Vice President, Student Affairs

Vice President, Student Affairs

CSU Dominguez Hills

Bonnie Gasior

Professor

Professor

Cal State Long Beach

James Graham

Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction

Coordinator

CSU San Bernardino

Frank Harris

Professor, Postsecondary Educationy

Professor

San Diego State

Ignacio Hernández

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Associate Professor

Fresno State

Sukhwant Jhaj

Vice Provost for Academic Innovation & Student Achievement

Vice Provost

Arizona State University

Michal Kurlaender

Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in Education, and Chancellor’s Fellow

Professor

University of California, Davis

María C. Ledesma

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Associate Professor

San José State

Alex Madva

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Associate Professor

Cal Poly Pomona

Beth Manke

Interim Dean for Student Success

Interim Dean for Student Success

Cal State Long Beach

La’Tonya Rease Miles

Dean of Student Affairs

Dean

Menlo College

Judy Sakaki

President

President

Sonoma State

Ji Son

Professor, Psychology

Professor

Cal State Los Angeles

David Wilson

President

President

Morgan State University

Elizabeth Zavala-Aceves

Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

Associate Vice President

CSU Fullerton

Maria Estela Zarate

Professor & Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership

Professor & Program Coordinator

CSU Fullerton

  

The Data Action Project

Each campus team is guided through the development of a data action project in which they collaboratively develop college-, department-, or program-specific approaches aligned with their equity goals and strategic initiatives. We encourage projects that have the potential of reaching a significant number of students, with a particular focus on closing equity gaps for historically underserved students. Data Action Project plans are shared out during the closing session of the program. All participants commit to disseminating their data action project outcomes to their respective college, department, or program; the results will also be discussed, analyzed, and shared throughout the CSU system and beyond.

The most recent top three data action projects (as determined by a 2021 Learning Community vote) are featured below.



Certificate of Completion


Upon successful participation in the program, each program participant receives a Certificate of Completion to acknowledge their commitment to achieving success for historically underrepresented students and closing equity gaps on their campus.


Interested in Becoming Part of Our Program?


If you are interested in joining this team-based program, please submit the information below and we will gladly assist you. Don’t have a team? No problem! You can also join as an individual participant and we will connect you to a team on our end.