Impacts from the Middle Leadership Academy

An interview with Jennifer McCune, Director of Enrollment Services, California State University, Bakersfield

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.

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.


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).


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.

LGBTQIA2S+ Student Success Symposium

Inspired by conversations at our 2022 CSU Student Success Network Conference and ongoing conversations in the CSU, the Network is excited to announce a two-day, in-person LGBTQIA2S+ Student Success Symposium, March 7-8, 2024 in Sacramento, for LGBTQIA2S+ focused student services professionals, researchers, faculty, and students from across the CSU. Like our annual conference, this symposium will be a space for cross-system conversations where participants will share knowledge and practices related to advancing LGBTQIA2S+ student equity and well-being.

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.

Applications close today! We are seeking dedicated individuals from #CSU campuses to join our Advisory Board. If you or someone you know are passionate about advancing equitable opportunities and enhancing #StudentSuccess, apply here:

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Applications for our Middle Leadership Academy will become available August 1, 2024. Those who are interested in joining can learn how to apply here:

Today is the last day to apply! We are seeking dedicated individuals from #CSU campuses to join our Advisory Board. If you or someone you know are passionate about advancing equitable opportunities and enhancing #StudentSuccess, apply here by June 14:

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