Monday, September 25, 2017

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SDSU students outside of Love Library. (Photo: Alan Decker) SDSU students outside of Love Library. (Photo: Alan Decker)
 


Student Success Central

The new Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement is headquarters for student achievement at SDSU.
By Coleen L. Geraghty
 

“Our renewed emphasis on student engagement and achievement clearly reflects our dedication to student success and our commitment to enabling our students to achieve at their utmost potential.”

U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual ranking of the top national universities. San Diego State University continues to climb in these rankings. This year, SDSU was ranked No. 140 among universities nationwide, up 25 spots from 2012.

One reason for the ascent is SDSU’s attention to student success, a primary goal of the university’s five-year strategic plan, Building on Excellence. Now, in an effort to consolidate student success initiatives across the university, the Division of Undergraduate Studies has been reorganized and renamed the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement.

Norah Shultz, associate vice president for the division, previously served as senior associate dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State University Abington.

“The division’s new name signifies that student achievement is central to the SDSU mission,” Shultz said. “We are working closely and collaboratively with faculty, who are pivotal to student achievement.”

Shultz said student success teams of five to six members will also be established in each college to assess and improve retention and time-to-graduation for all students. The teams will tailor their recommendations their individual colleges, she said.

New programs

The reorganized Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement includes four focus areas: Undergraduate Studies; Weber Honors College and Honor Societies; Educational Effectiveness; and High Impact Practices.

Within these areas are several new programs, including the home to the Provost’s Undergraduate Mentoring Program, through which faculty and staff volunteers help new students navigate the campus.

The newly created Educational Effectiveness subdivision is responsible for assessment, program evaluation, the Center for Teaching and Learning and university accreditation.

The subdivision for High Impact Practices includes international engagement, service and community learning, internship coordination, national fellowship and scholarship coordination plus the Center for Regional Sustainability, including the Sage Project and the Common Experience.

“Our renewed emphasis on student engagement and achievement clearly reflects our dedication to student success and our commitment to enabling our students to achieve at their utmost potential,” said SDSU Provost and Senior Vice President Chukuka S. Enwemeka.