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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

Advancing Equity On Campus with Talent from Inside the CSU

Dr. Karyn Scissum Gunn participated in the Academy as a team member in 2020-21 and as a team lead in 2019-20. At the time, she was associate vice president for academic operations/student success at Cal State Fullerton. She has since advanced in her own career and now serves as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at CSU Long Beach. In our recent video interview, Dr. Scissum Gunn describes the vision of the Academy and her takeaways from it. 

Supporting Men of Color in the CSU: How Miguel Jimenez and Stanislaus State University Used the CSU Student Success Network to Create Change

During 2020-21, Miguel Jimenez, program coordinator of the Male Success Initiative at California State University, Stanislaus, worked with a team from his campus to develop a stronger institutional approach to engage and support Men of Color on campus. As part of this process, the team participated in several events by the CSU Student Success Network (Network) to examine student data, develop action plans, and implement changes on campus. 

“I Had to Surpass”: Administrative Barriers that First-generation College Students of Color Face

By Keena P. Walters 

We define administrative barriers as nonacademic processes and protocols that students must complete to succeed in the university. We share our findings with specific recommendations and actions to remove administrative barriers that can increase student success, such as providing clearer communication about requirements and deadlines and improving access to financial assistance.

Student Success
Network Calendar

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11

11:00am

Virtual From Evidence to Practice Series: Session 1

Your power in middle leadership: a call for evidence based practices for equity

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

10:00am
Virtual Student Success Network Conference

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13

10:00am
Virtual Student Success Network Conference

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

10:00am
Virtual Student Success Network Conference

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

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.