The provost is proud to report here on planning and initiatives related to the academic mission of Sonoma State. These initiatives represent the various departments within the Division of Academic Affairs working in concert with diverse stakeholders across the university. The following projects are aimed at furthering the universities strategic priorities, while adhering to the core values all Seawolves share.
Academic Affairs Call to Action
On June 5, 2020 the Provost’s Leadership Council announced a call to action in response to the anti-Black, racist violence in our country. As a result of the call to action, we have created a report that catalogues specific, detailed actions that each school is taking to address this issue.
Strategic Enrollment Management Plan
This Strategic Enrollment Management Plan is the first of its kind for Sonoma State University and represents a new phase of the University’s development as a campus. Under President Judy Sakaki’s leadership, Sonoma State has begun to shift its enrollment patterns and strategies, focusing more intentionally on serving our local six-county service region and building transfer pathways from regional community colleges. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, we are committed to increasing our service to Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and Asian and Pacific Islander populations, as well as low-income communities.
General Purpose Classroom Refresh Initiative
The General Purpose Classroom Refresh Initiative began in the Office of the Provost in 2018 with the recognition by faculty, staff, students, and administrators that many of our classrooms were in poor condition and needed technology upgrades to ensure the highest quality teaching and learning possible. The General Purpose Classroom Refresh Initiative began in the Office of the Provost in 2018 with the recognition by faculty, staff, students, and administrators that many of our classrooms were in poor condition and needed technology upgrades to ensure the highest quality teaching and learning possible.
Strategic Budgeting for Academic Affairs
In alignment with President Sakaki's charge to the President's Budget Advisory Committee, the Division of Academic Affairs has compiled a report detailing efforts of the division to align the budget with university strategic priorities.
New Scheduling Modules
In December 2019, the Academic Senate approved a new set of course scheduling modules to be implemented for Fall 2020. These modules offer maximum flexibility for faculty and academic departments while providing students with a standardized set of meeting times and at least 10 minutes to move between classes with greater ease. The new modules have been designed to have minimal impact to faculty in terms of pedagogy, course enrollment targets, and course meeting patterns. All courses will now start on the hour or half hour.
These modules were designed in a collaborative and consultative manner as a partnership between APARC and the Office of the Provost. APARC consulted with Deans, Department Chairs, and faculty in a variety of departments and was presented at the Academic Senate in several phases of development. The new scheduling modules will lead to better course planning and will better address student demand.
Graduation Initiative 2025
One of 23 universities in the California State University (CSU) system, Sonoma State University is proud to fulfill CSU’s ambitious initiative “Graduation Initiative 2025”, aimed at increasing graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating equity gaps.
» See how Sonoma State is achieving its Graduation Initiative 2025 goals.
Early Start Initiative
In addition to adopting CSU’s Grad Initiative 2025, Sonoma State has also embraced CSU’s “Early Start Initiative,” which mandates that all incoming CSU students get the help they need in English and math before their first semester at college.
Accreditation is academia’s quality assurance system. In the U.S., private, non-profit accrediting organizations take on the herculean effort of accrediting schools and universities by evaluating their overall faculty, resources, curriculum, competency, and credibility. Sonoma State University is proud to be an accredited institution since 1969.