CSU Dominguez Hills

A Summary of Initiatives to Close the Achievement Gap

California State University, Dominguez Hills, has developed a comprehensive plan to increase graduation rates and better serve our students. As outlined in our report, California State University, Dominguez Hills Graduation Initiative: Closing the Achievement Gap our approach embodies sound theoretical and research based approaches that focus on high impact practices that address the needs of students to foster their success. To this end, a team has been formed to implement changes that we feel can best achieve our goal.  With support from a Title V and a Gilbert Foundation grant, which was written to achieve the same goals as the system wide graduation initiative, our plans are extremely cost effective and efficient. The full report details all of our initiatives but the following examples demonstrate the breadth our efforts.

  • University Academic Advising is being transformed into a professional advising center of excellence. Our model has not significantly increased costs but serves 100 more students weekly and over thousand more students in the summer.
  • A Developmental Education Academy is being created to increase the number of students achieving success in math and English during their first two years in college. This includes a summer bridge program to provide precollege preparation, a first-year cohort learning community, block scheduling, supplemental instruction, faculty training, tutoring, and an early warning tracking system.
  • Mandatory undeclared and freshman advising.
  • A step-by-step process to ensure that all students on academic probation are appropriately advised.
  • The development of on-line advising to maximize our reach and provide accessible advising alternatives.
  • The creation of a Transition Center that will focus on prospective student information sessions, pre-enrollment advising, and new students support advocacy.
  • The improvement of degree pathways for students
  • A process to curtail excessive credits taken by students who have not yet earned a degree.
  • Expand customer service to students and the public by increasing the training of all University personnel
  • Cross training of personnel in admissions, records and outreach to maximize efficiencies.

We believe that our initiatives and goals are measureable, meet specific timeframes and provide for accountability. Each initiatives has been carefully developed and  thoroughly examined.  Although it will be difficult to separate out direct effects because we are operationalizing many aspects of our plan at the same time, 76we will closely scrutinize the impact our initiatives are having on graduation rates over time.   In particular

 

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