SDSU STUDENT AFFAIRS 2006-2007 Annual Report

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Engaging Students Most In Need:
“At Risk” Students

Student Affairs, in collaboration with Academic Affairs, created targeted strategies to provide support services and programming that enhances retention.

New for the academic year was the Student Affairs Access Initiative, which is a program that has developed a “college-going culture curriculum” to assist middle school students and families in San Diego.

Student participants in the Guardian Scholars Program meet with Student Affairs staff.

SDSU Guardian Scholars Program for former foster care youth was conceived during the academic year. The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) collaborated with The Alex Smith Foundation to begin a dialogue and to develop procedures with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to identify former foster care youth eligible for the program. The first class of Guardian Scholars arrived in fall 2007. The program is a comprehensive system of support to help meet the academic, social, career, emotional and financial needs of former foster youth as they pursue higher education at SDSU.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS) provided more than 3,000 low-income students with a 50 percent discount for the New Student Orientation in 2006. In combination with the Compact for Success, the OFAS implemented the Compact Scholarship Program. Of the 203 Compact Scholars in the fall 2006 cohort, 89 students were eligible for the need-based four-year scholarship. More than $115,000 was distributed.

EOP continued to expand access and support services for low-income students. EOP received and processed 4,588 completed applications and accepted 1,096 new incoming students for fall 2007.

The EOP Center for Academic Achievement and Training (CAAT) provided 4,994 tutoring appointments during the 2006/2007 academic year. These tutoring appointments amassed a total of 6,626 individual contact hours, plus an additional 570 visitations by EOP students using the computer lab. This was an increase of 10 percent in tutorial appointments and a 25 percent increase in CAAT visitations, compared to spring 2006. EOP also laid the groundwork to develop a special EOP learning community in the residence halls for fall 2007, identifying a potential 120 incoming freshmen.

Students gather in formation to spell out the "EOP" initials

EOP’s Summer Bridge Program, an intensive academic summer transitional program offered to incoming EOP students, was the most successful in its 22-year history.

Student Disability Services (SDS) was awarded a $260,181 Student Support Services grant to help 300 at-risk undergraduate students with disabilities who are first-generation and/or low-income students.

New campus signage points the way to wheelchair-accessible routes.

SDS also sponsored, in collaboration with many groups across campus, a community forum on architectural accessibility. Members of the disabled community were able to provide input to a consulting firm that surveyed the campus to identify existing barriers.

Career Services partnered with the Division of Undergraduate Studies, Academic Advising, and Counseling & Psychological Services to create a new workshop for undeclared students called “A Major Decision.” Career Services also provided support and advising for undeclared students at all orientation sessions for both students and parents over the summer.

Student Testing, Assessment and Research developed a longitudinal database for the inaugural (fall 2006) Compact for Success cohort. Compact for Success is a continuing collaborative effort between the Sweetwater Union High School District and San Diego State University designed to maximize each high school student’s achievements and to prepare them to pursue post-secondary education and careers.

banners for e-CHUG and e-TOKE

Following the successful implementation of the e-CHUG (an electronic alcohol assessment/intervention tool), Counseling & Psychological Services (C&PS) introduced the e-TOKE in 2006, an electronic marijuana assessment/ intervention tool. During the past academic year, nearly 1,600 students completed the
e-CHUG, and nearly 500 students completed the e-TOKE. An international version of the e-CHUG and e-TOKE was developed by SDSU and piloted in Australia and Canada. The most recent developments include a high school version of the e-CHUG.

C&PS also developed a comprehensive program to promote mental health and reduce depression and suicide risk. Funding was secured with a grant from the Aztec Parents Association to support this program, enabling the hiring of a research specialist to provide leadership.

Student Health Services provided wellness workshops for most incoming freshmen.