SDSU STUDENT AFFAIRS 2006-2007 Annual Report

Skip repeated menu and go directly to page content.

Student Affairs 2006/2007 Initiatives

Transfer Student Resources

In collaboration with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs placed a greater emphasis on improving services for our incoming transfer students. Key among the changes was a reform of the transfer student orientation process. The Office of New Student and Parent Programs made changes to the transfer version of New Student Orientation to make it more relevant and different from the freshman version. The program was condensed, and transfer students received a preliminary degree evaluation at orientation, showing them how their classes transferred from the community
college. They also had, for the first time, the opportunity to register for classes the following day. Students were taken to computer labs at the end of the day for assistance in creating their wish list of classes.

photo of transfer students and their parents getting to know SDSU faculty and staff.

In the summer of 2006, the first Transfer Student Reception was held. In the summer of 2007, it was expanded and renamed as the Transfer Student and Family Receptions. The receptions were well attended and positively rated by students, families, deans and faculty who attended.

In an effort to help students learn to make positive choices and take personal responsibility, several Executive Orders were implemented during the year. E.O. 1006 (formerly 969) establishes greater accountability in monitoring student organizations and student academic conduct. The first provision of E.O. 1006 was to determine policies, procedures and advising in recognizing student organizations. Last year we saw an increase by 10 percent in student group recognition. The second provision of E.O. 1006 mandates that faculty refer students to Student Rights and Responsibilities for all academic misconduct/dishonesty issues, providing one central campus repository.

Student Involvement

Offices throughout the division played crucial roles in improving student involvement opportunities. Examples include:

Family Pact

Student Health Services (SHS) introduced Family Pact, a state sponsored family planning program, last year on campus, and it enrolled 5,561 students in its first year.

Web Accessibility

Student Affairs took a lead role in complying with the Chancellor’s Executive Order 926 (EO 926), the CSU Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations, which requires the CSU to comply with federal 508 accessibility requirements. Keith Parks, in Communications Services, is the Student Affairs expert on the requirements of this directive.

Study Abroad

The International Student Center (ISC) increased study abroad participation to a record 1,505 SDSU students, placing SDSU as second in the nation for study abroad in its Carnegie classification.graphic representing 1500 SDSU students studying abroad, and a similar number if international students coming to SDSU.

The ISC also increased its international recruitment last year, which translated to a 49 percent increase in undergraduate applications, and a 33 percent increase in graduate applications. Admissions for undergraduates increased by 50 percent, while graduate admissions increased 14 percent. The average ISC undergraduate student had a 3.28 GPA, while graduates averaged 3.54. Almost 1,500 international students representing approximately 80 countries and speaking 50 languages attended SDSU during the 2006/2007 academic year.

Weekend Alternative Activities

Aztec Nights provides substance-free weekend activities for residence hall students as an alternative to activities that involve the consumption of alcohol. The program was cited last year as key to student connection and retention. Aztec Nights is among only a few university programs designed to provide students with no-cost weekend activities. Just a few of the events included a Halloween bash, Vegas Nights, and salsa dancing. The Aztec Parents Fund provided a $20,000 grant to support Aztec Nights.