San Francisco State Receives $3.9 Million for Academic Advising

San Francisco State Receives $3.9 Million for Academic Advising

San Francisco State University has announced a $3.9 million grant from the Stupski Foundation to strengthen academic advising on campus through the use of predictive analytics.

In alignment with the goals of the California State University Graduation 2025 Initiative, the university will use the funds to hire more advisors and staff members over the next three years and maximize use of the Educational Advisory Board predictive analytics system, a technology platform that provides real-time indicators of student success and challenges to faculty advisors. The hiring of additional advisors is expected to significantly reduce the university's student-to-advisor ratio, especially for first-year students; the university has identified first-year student retention and persistence into sophomore year as a priority.

"The university is grateful for the Stupski Foundation's generosity, which will further support our use of predictive analytics for proactive advising," said Lori Beth Way, the university's dean of undergraduate education and academic planning. "We're excited to be part of this partnership that will strengthen our advising capacity, especially for first-year students."

"SF State Strengthens Academic Advising With $3.9M Grant From the Stupski Foundation." San Francisco State University Press Release 03/09/2020.