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Graduation Initiative at Cal Poly Pomona

Current Programs

Myth-Busters

Lots of things are said in casual conversation and in advising sessions about Cal Poly Pomona. Some are true; some are not. We will tackle one of these each month and prove that it is true or show why it's not. To read the "myths" that we have reviewed so far, or to submit one of your own, visit this page.

Early warning system to address at-risk student behavior

National research has shown that students are more likely to graduate if they are continuously enrolled and successfully complete a minimum number of courses each year, in particular completing critical gateway and GE courses in a timely manner, with a consistently healthy GPA. Early identification of indicators that do not support student success will provide opportunities for communication and guidance to avoid students becoming at-risk academically.

The objectives of this project are to determine the leading indicators of student success for CPP undergraduates; establish a way to measure and track these indicators; create a system to communicate this information to students and to share with faculty and staff advisors to support academic advising; and to identify best practices for intervention to facilitate more successful behavior.  Enrollment Services obtained a Kellogg Legacy Endowment Grant to partially fund these activities, and the Graduation Initiative is supporting this effort.

For more information, contact Teshia Roby at teshiaroby@csupomona.edu or (909) 869-4854.

Learning communities

Learning communities improve student success, particularly among underrepresented students, by increasing student engagement with the university community and improving students’ understanding of academic expectations. Faculty and staff are invited to join this project. A call from the Academic Senate for a faculty coordinator and college representatives was issued in late September. The Graduation Initiative Steering Committee will also appoint staff representatives from both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

Faculty and staff are invited to join this project. A call from the Academic Senate for a faculty coordinator and college representatives will be issued in late September. The Graduation Initiative Steering Committee will also appoint staff representatives from both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

For more information, contact Teshia Roby at teshiaroby@csupomona.edu or (909) 869-4854.

Enriching courses to improve student success

Students’ time to degree is delayed when they must repeat a course multiple times before achieving the necessary grade to continue. The solution is not simply to award the grade needed, but to boost students’ performance so they achieve the desired learning outcomes in their first attempt. The Enriching Courses Project provides support to departments to enrich high enrollment courses, particularly those identified as “bottleneck” courses, in which a significant number of registered students do not meet the learning outcomes of the course.

Departments are invited to submit proposals funded through a Kellogg Legacy Endowment Grant administered by the Graduation Initiative Steering Committee. An RFP (PDF) will be issued in early October.

For more information, contact Teshia Roby at teshiaroby@csupomona.edu or (909) 869-4854.

Bronco Activity Record (MyBAR) for student engagement

MyBAR is a system to record co-curricular student activities in a central data system. It will be possible to accurately document student activities, study the impact that they have on academic performance, and use this information in student advising. Two benefits of the system under development include the ability for students to look at their own record and to learn about all the campus organizations in one place. The dean of students obtained a Kellogg Legacy Endowment Grant to partially fund these activities, and the Graduation Initiative is supporting this effort.

For more information, contact Dora Lee at doralee@csupomona.edu or (909) 869-3601.

Design of advising models

Advising is an integral part of helping students maximize their academic success. Faculty are often asked to advise students in their departments with little training or guidance. Even seasoned advisors are not experts in all of the changing policies and support services that relate to student success. The Graduation Initiative launched a yearlong discussion with the campus community to better understand the status of advising at Cal Poly Pomona. The discussions resulted in recommendations to improve this important service. As a continuation of the campuswide discussion, the design and implementation of advising models for the campus and colleges will be addressed. Input and approval among faculty, staff advisors and student representatives will be sought.

For more information, contact Claudia Pinter-Lucke at clpinterluck@csupomona.edu or at (909) 869-3328.

Resource roundup

Underrepresented minority (URM) students at Cal Poly Pomona are not graduating at the same rate as our non-URMs. Many underrepresented minority students may not be aware of campus resources that can assist them in being successful students. During two-hour quarterly events, students will be provided with exposure to various campus resources that can offer academic support and campus engagement. Each session will include:

  • An opening keynote with tips on navigating campus life.
  • Short introductions to related campus resources.
  • A Q&A session.
  • Networking opportunities, and more.

For more information, contact Teshia Roby at teshiaroby@csupomona.edu or (909) 869-4854.

U-Direct interactive graduation roadmaps

U-Direct leverages existing degree audit data to create interactive roadmaps to define a clear path to graduation. Once implemented, students will be able to create customized roadmaps, create what-if scenarios and share plans and comments directly with advisors, which will help them stay on track to meet their educational goals. The creation of individualized term-by-term plans also provides the university with aggregate data needed to gauge course demand and improve course availability.  Development and piloting of the U-Direct interactive graduation roadmaps will continue throughout the 2013 – 2014 academic year.

For more information, contact Claudia Pinter-Lucke at clpinterluck@csupomona.edu or at (909) 869-3328.

Student Success Data Dashboard

The goal of the Student Success Data Dashboard is to measure and track student success to inform campus decision making. The Data Dashboard provides flexible drill-down data retrieval for targeted student populations. The intent is to balance the need for detail analysis and easy access to overview information, and to provide focus on measuring current academic success while predicting future student success.

The Data Dashboard offers the ability to select specific populations using rich criteria such as:

  • First-time freshmen or transfers
  • Academic college, department, major, option
  • Gender, ethnicity
  • Entry characteristics: Remediation requirements, eligibility index, high school GPA, transfer GPA

The Dashboard also builds automatic reports that highlight and contrast predefined populations such as:

  •  Underrepresented minority (URM) students and Non-URM students
  •  Gender
  •  Ethnic group
  •  Economic status
  •  Remediation requirements
  •  Parental college achievement

For more information, contact Lisa Rotunni at lmrotunni@csupomona.edu or (909) 869-2474.