About the Network

The CSU Student Success Network brings together faculty, staff, and administrators from throughout the system to connect and improve on progress for students in key areas.

Supporting Efforts to Close Opportunity Gaps

The California State University system is the largest four-year public university system in the world. But far too many students who enter the system extend their time to degree or exit without completing a degree. The obstacles to success in higher education are more pronounced for some, including low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and students of color—demographic groups that together represent a large proportion of CSU students and the state’s population. The CSU Student Success Network engages with people whose jobs focus directly on students, across campuses and roles, to test strategies to close these opportunity gaps and realize equitable outcomes. This work supports efforts across the system to achieve more equitable outcomes for students by 2025.

Collaborating Across Campuses

The Network connects faculty, student affairs staff, institutional researchers, and administrators across the California State University system. Network participation offers opportunities to collaborate with other campuses and disciplines.  

The Network is facilitated by Education Insights Center (EdInsights) at Sacramento State. EdInsights is a research and policy center devoted to student success and the public benefits of education.

Following a Successful Model

For decades, the California Community Colleges have been an experimental space for student success efforts through a range of organizations, including the Research and Planning Group of the California Community Colleges (RP). The RP Group started with institutional researchers and broadened to become a network of faculty, staff, and administrators. The CSU Student Success Network allows for a similar independent structure within the California State University system. 

Participants from 13 CSU campuses collaborated from 2014 to 2016 to assess the need for and potential impact of a student success network within system. With initial support from The Kresge Foundation and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, and with facilitation by EdInsights, they developed a strategic plan and established the CSU Student Success Network that launched in the 2016-17 academic year. 

The Network published an Annual Report of its activities in 2016-17.

Current funders of this independent community of educators include: