Categories and Key Word Examples

Curricular – Assessments of credit bearing programs and policies (academic policies, credit recovery courses, early performance feedback, campus connections)
Co-Curricular – Reports focusing on non-credit bearing programs and policies (advising, honors, residence life, SDPS programs)
Equity and Access –  Assessments of programs/policies intentionally aimed to increase equity in student outcomes and access to CSU (rams against hunger, financial aid, net cost analysis)
Reports on programs that are considered a high impact practice in the national literature (learning communities, UG research, first year seminars)
High-impact Practices – Reports on programs that are considered a high impact practice in the national literature (learning communities, UG research, first year seminars)
Pre-Admit Characteristics – Reports that explore the attributes students arrive at CSU with and the correlates with success at CSU (students recommended for support, pre-admit characteristics, HS GPA vs Index)
Student Success – Reports in the student success category focus on metrics like graduation and retention rates in order to compare these rates across different programs or support activities. Metrics might also include credit accumulation and GPA or probation rates.

Search Research Briefs

Community for Excellence

The Community for Excellence (C4E) creates an asset-based approach to equitable learning experiences for students from their first semester to their last.

Student Diversity Programs and Services (SDPS)

These reports produced for the Cultural Centers assist with their program review process by providing the demographics, persistence, graduation, and GPA of students that participate in their programs.

Fostering Success Program

The Fostering Success Program (FSP) is a donor funded program that provides scholarships, academic support, and other resources to students from independent backgrounds. This report describes the participants of FSP and assesses their student success outcomes, i.e., persistence rates, four-

Academic Advancement Center

The Academic Advancement Center is committed to centering the needs and experiences of institutionally minoritized students by creating opportunities to access higher education. A FA22 assessment report examines the association between AAC participation and student success outcomes among a sample

Major-Changing Patterns & Student Success

An October 2022 report provides a comprehensive descriptive picture of major-changing patterns at CSU and the association between major changing and student success outcomes. The report focuses on first-time, full-time undergraduate summer and fall starts in cohorts FA12 – FA17

Qualitative Study on Why Students Leave CSU

In the fall of 2021, IRP&E contracted with the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRISS) to conduct a qualitative study to understand why undergraduate students leave CSU before graduating and what types of supports or policies CSU can

High School Graduate GPA Inflation

Though there was little data at the state level on high school GPAs/grade inflation, several recent national studies conducted by ACT, Inc.[1] and National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) [2] explore high school grade inflation.  Where possible, we compare these national studies to

Summer Session and Student Success

These reports describe the association between summer session enrollment and student success (measured by persistence, graduation, GPA) among first-time, full-time (FTFT) cohorts at CSU.  Overall, summer enrollment appears to be a positive academic behavior in terms of persistence and graduation, especially for

Financial Aid Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CSU received $43 million for direct student payments from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Students were required to apply for funds and must have had

ENcourage Engineering Summer Math Program

The ENcourage Engineering Math Program is a summer program intended to help incoming engineering students who did not test “calculus ready” through the math placement tool to improve pre-calculus math skills. Students in the college have higher success rates when calculus