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San Diego State University

Annual Report

Community Engagement

Highlights from the 2010-2011 Annual Report,
Division of Student Affairs, San Diego State University

The Division of Student Affairs realizes it takes a village to help students succeed. The Division partners with employers and other community members for business development opportunities; local school districts to provide early outreach; and with both on-campus and off-campus community leaders to help students understand the role of citizenship and community engagement.

Relationships with Employers and Business Development Opportunities

In October 2010, SDSU Career Services, in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the College of Sciences, offered the first campus wide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Career Month. STEM events gave students opportunities to learn about STEM occupations and meet professionals in those fields.

The month also included a focus on graduate school by including a STEM emphasis at the annual Graduate and Professional School Day. The department also created the STEM Passport programs, in which students were taken off campus to discover new insights, such as developing their eligibility for security clearances.

During the spring of 2011, SDSU celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. The event included a panel of five SDSU alumni Returned Volunteers, with 250 campus and community guests. For the past three years, SDSU ranked among the top two CSU schools for recruiting Peace Corps volunteers and among the top 25 nationally in its ranking category. The Peace Corps has an active recruiting office within SDSU Career Services.

SDSU Career Services actively engages with partners at the local, regional and national levels to ensure student success. In 2010/2011, Career Services worked with the following groups:

  • SDSU Alumni Association
  • SDSU Career Services Employer Advisory Board
  • SDSU Aztec Parents Association
  • The Casa Azteca Program
  • San Diego Chamber of Commerce (San Diego Military Affairs Advisory Council and the Education and Workforce Development Committee)
  • The VetSuccess program
  • San Diego Peace Corps Association
  • Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges & Employers (MPACE)
  • National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE)
  • American Association of University Women
  • National Career Center Benchmarking groups 

Each year, $50,000 in federal work study funds are allocated to “Job Location and Development (JLD)” by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. In 2010/2011 JLD at SDSU located or developed 773 jobs for SDSU students that resulted in just over $3.5 million in total earnings.

Partnerships with School Districts

This past year was the most successful for the Compact for Success.  The program received a $10,000 grant from the Aztec Parent Fund, which allowed it to expand to nine schools in three districts for a total of more than 650 sixth graders involved.

photo: middle school students visit SDSU

The Compact for Success enhanced and expanded efforts with the Chula Vista Elementary School District  through the Kids2College Program. It was also expanded to include the San Ysidro School District and Memorial Preparatory Middle School in the San Diego Unified School District.

EOP hosted “College Expo,” a collaborative effort among the post-secondary institutions in San Diego County to expose K-12 students and community college students to the options of higher education. Additionally, EOP is represented on Cal-SOAP, a K-12 access program for historically disadvantaged students. They made 4,461 contacts with high schools including EOP application and financial aid workshops; 4,826 contacts with middle schools, including campus tours and presentations; and 554 contacts with elementary schools, including campus tours and presentations.

Engaging the University and San Diego Communities

The Division of Student Affairs and its departments take great pride in being partners in the San Diego community.  Just a few of the events and programs in which the division had a lead role include:

  • San Diego Gay Pride Parade
  • The 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
  • César Chávez events, both on campus and in the community
  • Partnerships with schools and other universities

The 13th annual Family Weekend was once again a popular event for SDSU families. Approximately 520 families (almost 2,000 individuals) participated in the weekend events and activities.

photo: Parents and their daughter enjoy Family Weekend

The fifth annual Aztec Parents Partnership Award was presented to former President Stephen L. Weber in recognition of his 15 years of service to SDSU and to recognize his retirement from the university. The award is given to formally recognize faculty and/or staff across campus who work collaboratively with Student Affairs and the Aztec Parents Association to support student success.

Over the last few years, prescription drugs became the second-most abused drugs among college-aged people, behind marijuana. Because of this disturbing and deadly trend, Counseling & Psychological Services teamed up with University Police for an on-campus Oxycontin Training for staff and faculty in Student Affairs. Information was presented related to the abuse and treatment of this highly addictive drug that has been dubbed “Hillbilly Heroin.”

The SDSU Ambassadors, housed in the office of New Student and Parent Programs, continue to serve as the official student representatives, tour guides, and orientation leaders of the university. They serve SDSU and the surrounding community through various avenues, including university events and community service. During the academic year, the Ambassadors volunteered over 1,700 hours to the community, gave weekly campus tours to more than 21,000 guests, and assisted almost 5,000 incoming students and 3,600 parents during New Student Orientation.

SDSU has a higher percentage of students without medical insurance than the national average at comparable universities. At 17 percent, this is more than double the norm. To address this disparity, Student Health Services hosted a “Community Medical Providers Reception” inviting approximately 50 community medical providers to connect with the university.  The purpose was to encourage outside providers to pledge to offer low fees for SDSU students without medical insurance.

Membership in university-recognized student organizations continued to increase during the 2010/2011 academic year. Student Life & Leadership worked in collaboration with Information Systems Management to develop and implement an online registration system for student organizations and online approval procedures. Student organization membership rosters are now collected online, allowing administrators to track organization grade point averages and the effects of student involvement on academic success. Once a second phase is completed next year, a co-curricular transcript will provide students with a certified record of their out-of-class activities and learning.

Each year, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships allocates a portion of Federal Work Study funds to provide community service opportunities to eligible students to work as reading or math tutors in select elementary schools. A total of 37 reading tutors in the America Reads program and 80 math tutors in the America Counts program earned a combined $272,985 in Federal Work Study dollars. Additionally, 17 SDSU students worked as college advisors in the Compact for Success program.

The Office of Educational Opportunity and Ethnic Affairs (EOP) made thousands of contacts in the community, including 727 with community colleges and 1,199 in the San Diego community.

photo: EOP students on campus

Travel Discounts

photo: parents and their son attending Family Weekend

The Aztec Parents Association partners with several local hotels and transportation companies to arrange discounts for out-of-area parents and families when attending SDSU events.

Speed Networking

photo: students and professionals at a networking event

SDSU Career Services, via a grant from the Aztec Parents Association, offered a full year of college-based Speed Networking with Professionals for SDSU students. In its second year, the networking training teamed up nearly 1,050 students with 210 professionals.

Top 10 employers

The top 10 employers recruiting on the SDSU campus during the academic year were:

  • KPMG
  • Apple
  • Peace Corps
  • PWC
  • Life Technology
  • Ernst & Young
  • Hoover
  • Black & Decker
  • US Marines
  • Deloitte

Community Service

Student Life & Leadership tracked over 10,000 hours of community service provided to the San Diego area by students in registered student organizations. The largest producer of student-related service activities continues to be the fraternity and sorority community.

SDSU Diversity Conference

photo: two students attending the conference

SDSU’s fourth annual Diversity Conference took place in late spring 2011 with more than 300 students, faculty, staff, and community members participating. The theme, “Diversity – An Integrated Approach,” explored the complex issues surrounding diversity in today’s world. The conference included comedy, spoken word and cultural performances, in addition to workshops and keynote speakers.