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Student Affairs

How Student Affairs Supports Students’ Academic Success

Through strong academic collaborations, to programs and services that focus on academic achievement and personal growth, Student Affairs seeks to provide enriching experiences both inside and outside the classroom that will help students reach their full potential. Some highlights below:

Helping Students Succeed

  • Image: In 2005, @State — SDSU’s first official student online newsletter — was launched. Connecting students with information on programs and services offered by Student Affairs and Associated students and connecting them with campus news and involvement opportunities, @State also provides positive tips for academic success.
  • SDSU was a top producer of Fulbright Scholars in 2010-2011. Fulbright grants fund international educational exchange experiences for scholars and others.
  • In 2010, SDSU was ranked 11th in the nation for bachelor’s degrees conferred to ethnic minorities and 6th in the nation for degrees conferred to Hispanics.
  • Counseling & Psychological Services’ Bounce Back Retention Program is a resiliency-based academic skills program for students on academic probation. Participants have higher GPAs and are more likely to be removed from academic probation.
  • A record number of 961 EOP students applied for graduation in 2010. Seven of these were Guardian Scholars, former foster-care youth who receive special help with needed resources such as health services, career planning, disability services or financial aid.
  • Image: Compact for Success imageCompact for Success offers guaranteed SDSU admission for Sweetwater District students upon successful completion of required benchmarks, and it provides support to Compact Scholars and other SUHSD students so they can be successful at SDSU.

Academic Collaborations Across Campus

Student Affairs’ mission is to support the academic success and personal growth of each SDSU student. The division works to forge thoughtful and strategic collaborations across the university to provide SDSU students with a variety of educational opportunities:

  • Summer Reading Program: In collaboration with Undergraduate Studies, Student Affairs helped to establish the Summer Reading Program in 2004 (now known as One Book, One San Diego). It involves continuing students, new and transfer students, faculty and staff in a common literary experience, as everyone reads the same book. The experience allows the entire campus community to share in the orientation of its newest members as they transition into university life.
  • Helping students with developmental needs: Student Affairs and Academic Affairs collaborated to develop the 2009 Summer Program for incoming freshmen with remedial needs, who are most at risk of attrition.

The Master of Arts Program — Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs

Photo: Students and instructor
In 2010, more than 50 students were enrolled in the program as it entered its tenth year.

The program prepares graduates to work in the field of Student Affairs/ Student Services at two-year and four-year postsecondary institutions. Participants train to lead organizations that will support students’ holistic development and encourage engagement in their academic community.  [Learn more.]

Did You Know?

Photo: Casa Azteca studentsStudent Affairs has created a unique outreach collaboration with Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, a low-income border community in San Diego. The collaboration has resulted in a facility called "Casa Azteca" located in San Ysidro. Casa Azteca provides commuter students living in the area with many of the same services and programs available to students living on campus — right in the students’ own neighborhood. The convenience and availability of more intensive services has resulted in improved academic success rates for the San Ysidro commuter student population.