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CSU San Marcos:WASC Interim Report (Fall 2012)

by ALO CSUSM

VI. Concluding Statement

Concluding Statement

Instructions:  Reflect on how the institutional responses to the issues raised by the Commission have had an impact upon the institution, including future steps to be taken.

The Commission recommendations provided focus and forward momentum relative to academic planning, assessment of learning, and graduation and retention.

In responding to the recommendations, CSUSM has added structures (e.g. First Year Council, Graduation Initiative Task Force, LAMP, PASS,SOAR: First stop shop for all things student!, etc.), created critical new roles (e.g. Director of Academic, Assessment, Student Academic Success Coordinator), focused on vulnerable student populations (e.g. First Year Experience, increased Proficiency Services, ACE Scholars Program, etc.), and formalized policies ( e.g. Program Review Policy and Guidelines).

The accumulated effect of these related efforts has enlivened and expanded the conversations relative to planning, delivery of services and instruction to students, and the collective efforts to assure a quality educational experience at CSUSM.

In addition to the future steps delineated in Section IV, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Institutional Planning and Analysis have forged a strategic partnership in which the work of each entity is magnified by the work of all toward the common purpose of students’ success.  Future efforts to coordinate, communicate, and collaborate will fuel the next stages of service to students.