SF State strengthens academic advising with $3.9M grant from the Stupski Foundation

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New funds allow SF State to hire more advisors and enhance use of predictive analytics technology that proactively identifies students in need of support

San Francisco State University announced today a $3.9 million grant from the Stupski Foundation, a nonprofit that funds Bay Area organizations that address postsecondary success and other relevant issues in the community. With this new grant, San Francisco State will strengthen its commitment to predicative analytics, allowing the University to provide a more tailored, holistic and proactive approach to academic advising for its students.

“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, dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning at SF State. “We’re excited to be part of this partnership that will strengthen our advising capacity, especially for first-year students.”

Aligning with the California State University Graduation 2025 Initiative goals, the grant will allow SF State to hire more advisors and staff members over the next three years. This will help SF State maximize its use of the Educational Advisory Board predictive analytics advising system, a technology platform that provides real-time data the University can use to identify students most in need of support. By increasing its use of predictive analytics, the University can better analyze indicators of student success and potential challenges for students on a daily basis and proactively reach out to provide just-in-time guidance to students.

By hiring more advisors, SF State will also significantly reduce its student-to-advisor ratio, especially for first-year students. This is an important endeavor for the University, as it has identified first-year retention and persistence into students’ second year of college as significant priorities. Cutting this ratio will give students more access to an advisor who can guide them early and often, offering support before they encounter challenges that would prevent them from continuing and graduating, such as failing a course or being placed on academic probation.

“San Francisco State University reflects the diversity of the Bay Area and the innovation associated with the city it calls home,” said Jennifer Nguyen, director of postsecondary success at the Stupski Foundation. “We are grateful to work with the visionary and successful leadership team at SF State to ensure that first-year students and beyond have a consistent pathway to graduation.”