What Does Sustaining Momentum for Equity and Change Mean on Your CSU Campus?

In October, the theme of the Network’s 2022 CSU Student Success conference was “Sustaining Momentum for Equity and Change in the CSU”. The opening video described how CSU practitioners, faculty, administrators, and students across roles and campuses continue to share evidence, practices, and actionable research in support of equitable student success. 

An Interview with Dr. Karyn Scissum Gunn

Dr. Karyn Scissum Gunn participated in the Academy as a team member in 2020-21 and as a team lead in 2019-20. In our recent video interview, Dr. Scissum Gunn describes the vision of the Academy and her takeaways from it.

We're celebrating our fifth anniversary!

The Network commemorates our first five years of supporting middle leaders in developing campus practices and outcomes that are equitable and student-centered.

About The Network

The CSU Student Success Network fosters innovation and experimentation, decentralized collaboration, and shared responsibility within the CSU system. It also seeks to establish rigorous quality controls and an evidence base for continued progress.

Equity in Action Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce we have awarded one-time Equity in Action grants across the system. Twenty grants were awarded to campus units undertaking projects to help tackle equity gaps in a variety of ways. 

WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW

Annual Conference

The CSU Student Success Network Conference is designed by and for middle leaders and students in the CSU. Its purpose is to advance equitable student success by providing faculty, staff, administrators, and students with an annual statewide opportunity to share actionable research, evidence, and practices for use or adaptation on our own campuses. The conference builds relationships and knowledge exchange across the CSU.

Convenings

We bring people together from across institutions and roles to engage in conversations around shared problems of practice, because we learn best when we learn from one another.

Middle Leadership Academy

Forge deeper relationships with colleagues and develop skills for making change from where you sit as a member of the Middle Leadership Academy. The year-long Academy brings together campus-based teams in a collaborative and supportive environment to work on problems of practice. Together, teams identify common challenges faced by students, develop a shared vision to improve practices, and communicate about what works (and what doesn’t).

Grant Program

The Network’s Equity in Action Grant Program seeks to invest resources back into the system to identify, understand, and disrupt inequities, as well as focusing on opportunities for students to learn, engage, progress, and complete courses on time. The intention of this program is to draw faculty, staff, students, and middle level administrators to support innovative thinking, research, and evidence-based practices that lead to institutional change, which specifically address equity-related challenges.

Applied Research

Make sense of different aspects of students’ experiences in the CSU through applied research. Network research helps develop shared language and knowledge on key topics. Findings from this and all other Network activities are shared with CSU stakeholders to help bring about mutual understanding and evidence-based change.

Student Success
Network Calendar

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

THURSDAY, APRIL 13

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

FRIDAY, APRIL 14

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

SATURDAY, APRIL 15

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

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We all have power to take on issues that can positively affect student learning, engagement, progression, and success. But it’s hard to do that in isolation. We end up without the relationships and evidence we need to navigate them successfully—and we often reinvent the wheel.

At the CSU Student Success Network, we create spaces for middle leaders—students, faculty, staff, and administrators—to collaborate, experiment, and share evidence with each other. Participants come together to support system goals, such as increasing graduation rates; closing critical opportunity and outcomes gaps; and supporting equity-based inquiry and action.

Come be a part of a collaborative, cross-campus community run by middle leaders for middle leaders.