CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium | Viewing Party

Participate Virtually in the 2018 CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium | October 17 & 18


Join faculty, staff, and students to watch the livestream of the speakers and sessions at the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium this Wednesday and Thursday, October 17th and 18th.  Coffee and refreshments will be provided both days, and lunch will be provided on Thursday.  Please RSVP here by Tuesday, October 16th at 4 pm for the time(s) you plan to attend.

Learn about how the CSU can continue to improve student success, support faculty innovation and enhance quality instruction. This year’s symposium features live Q&A sessions and interactive content.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018
​1:00 p.m.Welcome and Opening Remarks
James T. Minor, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Senior Strategist
President Adela de la Torre, San Diego State University 
Chancellor Timothy P. White
​1:30 p.m."Creating a Student-Centered University through Data and Analytics"

Timothy M. Renick, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost and Professor of Religious Studies, Georgia State University
​2:30 p.m.​Break
2:45 p.m."Grad Talks"

Jim Larimore, Chief Officer, ACT Center for Equity in Learning
Ryan J. Smith, Executive Director, The Education Trust–West
Goldie Blumenstyk, Senior Writer, Chronicle of Higher Education
Soraya Coley, President, California State Polytechnic University
​4:15 p.m.​"Leadership and Innovation in the California State University"
Loren J. Blanchard, Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs 
​4:30 p.m.​Faculty Innovation & Leadership Awards Reception

This inaugural award recognizes outstanding faculty implementing innovative practices and those who have demonstrated leadership at the department, college or university level to improve student success.


Thursday, October 18, 2018
​8:30 a.m.Welcome
Jeff Gold, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Success & Strategic Initiatives 
Adam Day, Chairman, CSU Board of Trustees
9:00 a.m. - 
10:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions #1

"Five Things Students Want Faculty and Administrators to Know About Student Success"


Farhonda Alizada, California State University San Marcos
Kaira Bradley, California State University, Sacramento
Jacob Howard, Student of Civil Engineering and African American Studies, California State University Fullerton
Erick Macias-Chavez, San Jose State University

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions #2

"Actually Achieving Equity"

Frank Harris, Professor, Postsecondary Education in the College of Education, San Diego State University
J. Luke Wood, Dean's Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education, San Diego State University

The CSU established a goal to completely eliminate equity gaps in student outcomes. Doing so will require intentional action and a heightened awareness of the cultural and operational factors that often impede student progress.Professors Harris and Wood, nationally recognized thought leaders and practitioners, will cover six domains of institutional equity that campuses must address to eliminate gaps.Using the results of national studies, they will offer a framework for engaging faculty and staff in equity-minded professional development and institutional responses to common barriers that thwart equity efforts.

​11:30 a.m.​Lunch
12:00 p.m."True Student Success: An Expansive Notion of Quality, Completion and Outcomes"
Jamienne S. Studley, President and CEO of WASC Senior College and University Commission
​12:45 p.m.​Closing Remarks