Student Success in the Majors

Chancellor Office Funding to Support Graduation Initiative 2025


Curricular complexity can pose a significant barrier to student success. The goal of any curricular redesign should be to maintain high standards while also assuring that curricular decisions increase the likelihood that students will graduate in four years, if first-time students, or two years for transfer students.

This initiative supports faculty in targeted reflection on and redesign of their curriculum in order to support student success. Possible options--based on promising practices at other CSUs and beyond--are listed below, but programs could propose other strategies that will serve the same goal of streamlining degree requirements.

Grants of $5,000 to $7,000 will be awarded to departments to support faculty in making curricular revisions that will be implemented in 2017-2018. The result of the grant should be a proposed curricular change(s) that is approved by the College and submitted to the Office of Academic Planning.

Grant proposals, completed on the provided template, will need the College Dean or designee’s endorsement by Friday October 28th 2016.

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Some possible options for outcomes include but are not limited to

  1. Streamlining or altering prerequisites
  2. Streamlining or eliminating Concentrations or Emphases
    The Chancellor’s Office is requiring all concentrations to share 50% or more common courses for all subprograms, which include concentrations, options, and emphases. (EO-1071)
  3. Reduction of the total units required for the major
  4. Redesign of courses to meet SF Studies requirements
    Meet these requirements in major courses instead of additional courses
  5. Changes to the sequence of courses in the major
  6. Redesign of service courses in collaboration with the department that either provides or uses the course



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