California State University - Bakersfield, CA
Grant Type: Individual Development Grant
California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is located in Bakersfield, CA. The California State University system has identified a serious and growing system-wide problem in graduation rates, particularly among Hispanics. There is strong evidence that this problem will be exacerbated with the expected tidal wave of demographic changes, recent enrollment surge, and losses in state funding tied to the severe, unexpected economic downturn. California State University, Bakersfield was founded to provide accessible high quality public education to one of the most challenging service areas in America – the southern San Joaquin valley of California. This valley has historically had the lowest levels of education aspiration and attainment in California.
Over the life of the grant California State University, Bakersfield proposes a project that will address significant current obstacles to California State University, Bakersfield achieving its goal of student success. The following project has one Activity which consists of two strategies:
Project Activity: Achieving Academic Excelencia at California State University, Bakersfield as an Hispanic-Serving University: Building a Foundation of Excellence and Clear Pathway to Degree Completion for all Students
Strategy One: Giving students an excellent running start by developing a supportive and effective first year learning environment (FYE) for all students, including: strengthening of existing FYE programs and services; integrating these programs and services into an improved, cohesive FYE; faculty and staff development to achieve excellence in producing more learning in CSUB; curriculum development to embed established benchmarks of student learning excellence; and establishing a “One Stop Center” to make all needed student services more accessible as well as effective.
Strategy Two: Strengthening capability to remove roadblocks along the pathway to degree completion for Hispanics students by: establishing communities of practice for cross-functional collaboration to address obstacles requiring university-wide cooperation and solutions; strengthening the Teaching and Learning Center; and developing a culture of evidence in which continuous evidence-based evaluation informs planning and resource allocation.