1. To improve the six-year graduation rates of undergraduate students at Cal State Northridge.
2. To increase retention of freshmen students at Cal State Northridge.
3. To increase endowments to support student services at Cal State Northridge.
Project Director’s Note
In October 2010, California State University, Northridge was awarded a five-year, federally supported grant aimed at increasingsupport services and academic success of low-income and disadvantaged undergraduate students. The Department of Education Title V grant provides funding to increase the capacity of Cal State Northridge to serve its students by institutionalizing effective pedagogies and support services. The five-year objectives of this project are aligned with Cal State Northridge’s five-year goals of increasing the six-year graduation rate and the freshman retention rate.
To meet these goals, Cal State Northridge has decided to implement a three-prong Activity. Under the first Component of the Activity, the university will strengthen student academic support by (a) expanding the Discipline-Based Freshman Connection Program; (b) offering the Peer Learning Facilitators Program; (c) expanding the Community Service-Learning Program; and (d) expanding the Math Pre-Remediation Program.
Under the second component of the project, the university will strengthen student support services by: (a) expanding the Peer Mentorship Program; (b) expanding the Faculty Mentorship Program; (c) launching the Career Pathways Program; and (d) conducting outreach to local high schools.
Finally, under the third component of the project, Cal State Northridge will enhance faculty development through the Faculty Learning Community Program and implementation of the Faculty-to-Faculty Mentorship Program.
Through this grant, Cal State Northridge will be able to substantially change the way it educates thousands of its students. The effort, focused on improving retention and graduation rates, will affect all areas of the university. By the end of the grant period, this project will have affected 21,582 university students, 300 staff and faculty, and 4,200 high school students.
The Title V Team is looking forward to working with students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the community in implementing the strategies of the project.
The five-year project was launched in the fall 2010 in the College of Health and Human Development and was be led by Dr. Lou Rubino, who is a Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and the Director of the Health Administration Program. During the second year of the grant, the activities were expanded into the College of Business & Economics. During the third year of the grant, the College of Science and Mathematics will join the project followed by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. Finally, during the fifth year of the grant, the College of Engineering & Computer Science will be integrated into the project.