Student Academic Pathways Project (SAPP)

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The Student Academic Pathways Project (SAPP), sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP), organized nine faculty members from different colleges to analyze student transcripts as a means of exploring the ways SF State students progress (or don't) through their degrees. Participating faculty members presented their findings at a poster session in the Cesar Chavez Student Center on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The findings, outlined in more detail below, discussed the effect of probation status on graduation, the positive effect of taking Ethnic Studies courses on graduation rates, the effect of changing majors and more.

The Impact of the Golden Four on Graduation

Failing a "Golden Four" (quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, written communication, and oral communication) course correlates with a decreased likelihood of graduating.

Failing a golden four course correlates with decreased likelihood of graduating.

Download the full "Impact of the Golden Four on Graduation" poster

Ethnic Studies Course Completion and Graduation Rates

For non-Ethnic Studies majors, completing an Ethnic Studies course significantly increased their likelihood of graduating.

Completing ethnic studies courses correlates with likelihood of graduating.

Download the full "Ethnic Studies has a Positive Impact on Graduation Rates" poster

No Credit (NC) Grades Have a Negative Impact on Graduation Rates

Students who earn two or more NC grades are much less likely to graduate within six years compared to those earning one or no NC grades.

Earning no credit grades correlates with a decreased likelihood of graduating.Download the full "How do NC Grades Impact Graduation Rates?" poster.

Stepping Up to the Major

Students who complete a lower division course in their major are more likely to persist and graduate.
Completing a major course in the lower division correlates with graduating.Download the full "Stepping Up to the Major" poster.

Academic Probation and Graduation Rates

Students who experience one or more semesters on probation are less likely to graduate.

Students that experience academic probation are less likely to graduate.

Download the full "Probation and Graduation Rates Among Undergraduates at SF State" poster.

The Impact of Remedial Courses on Graduation Rates

Students who need additional support in english and math (i.e., double remediated) are less likely to graduate.

Students who need double remediation are less likely to graduate.Download the full "I have to take a remedial course - Does that mean I"m not going to make it at college?" poster.

Students Entering with a Declared Major Who Change Majors are More Likely to Graduate

Students who change their major at least once are more likely to graduate.

Students who change majors are more likely to graduate.Download the full "Student Major Change" poster.

Participants:

  • Kimberley Altura
  • Chris Bettinger
  • Alison Cerezo
  • Juanita Darling
  • Jane Dewitt
  • Nancy C Gerber
  • Eric Hsu
  • Jenny Lederer
  • Theresa Roeder
  • Robert Saltzman
  • Sophia Simon-Ortiz
  • Sutee Sujitparapitaya
  • Jennifer Summit
  • Lori Beth Way