Undergraduate Education Program

San Francisco State University

Jennifer Summit
San Francisco, CA
December 2015

The W. M. Keck Foundation grant is to develop a structured approach to student academic coursework at the lower division, in students’ first and second years, where attrition is unacceptably high.  Lower division enrollment is concentrated in large, prerequisite courses with little connection between them or individual contact between students and faculty.  A team of faculty and administrators at San Francisco State University will reorganize these courses into coherent pathways that incorporate personal career exploration and pre-major advising.  Since these courses potentially count toward multiple majors in cognate fields, this project aims to better integrate them to allow students to progress toward their degrees while investigating academic options in the context of larger career goals.  With this important balance of structure, guidance, and progress, the team expects to strengthen retention of lower division students while also helping them to make well-informed choices about their academic and career paths.

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