Ten years ago, San Diego State University set out to tackle one of education’s biggest problems – the achievement gap. Students from underrepresented minority groups were graduating or continuing their progress toward graduation at a significantly lower rate than other students. So university leaders took action.
Through a university-wide effort, SDSU is now being acknowledged as a model. The Education Trust’s report on public higher education systems in its Access to Success Initiative recognizes SDSU for its success in raising graduation rates and closing the achievement gap among underrepresented minority students.
So how did SDSU achieve these lofty goals in such a relatively short timeframe? Starting from the top leadership and filtering down through every division, dozens of programs have been developed or enhanced to foster student success. These are ten programs or initiatives that have played an important part.