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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. View a list of our 2022-23 Equity in Action grant recipients here.

FEATURED PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA

“Because of you, I graduated”: An interview about basic needs services with Danielle Muñoz at CSU Long Beach

Danielle Muñoz became director of the Basic Needs Department at California State University, Long Beach in August 2022, after having created a basic needs center at Sacramento State University, where she worked for over six years. In November, Kalifa Madden, communications manager for the Network, interviewed Danielle about the challenges students face in meeting their basic needs and the services that CSU Long Beach provides to support these students.

Supporting First-Generation College Students Series: Equity by Definition?

There is no universal definition of a first-generation college student. A 2018 study used eight different definitions of first-generation to analyze the college-related activities of over 7000 students: researchers found that between 22- to 77-percent of students in the sample could be considered first-generation depending on the definition used. As established by the Higher Education Act of 1965, the federal government considers a student to be first-generation if both parents do not hold a four-year degree. In contrast to the federal definition, the CSU system defines a first-generation student as one whose parents did not attend any college. [1] 

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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.

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