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Campus hosts event to boost student success


Student Success Day

Student Academic Success Day promoted the importance of retention and graduation. (Sacramento State/Cindy Ruiz)

Sacramento State hosted Student Academic Success Day on Monday, Oct. 7, to promote the importance of graduation with a theme of “My Degree, My Future.”

The event brought the entire campus together to explore best practices in student retention. It featured a talk by Watson Scott Swail, president and chief executive officer of the Educational Policy Institute, as well as more than 10 student workshops designed to promote success in higher education.

The event dovetailed with the California State University Chancellor’s dual charge of closing the achievement gap among underrepresented students and elevating the graduation rate. Student Academic Success Day was designed to be a call for excellence and an affirmation of the progress the institution has made in changing the lives of its students.

Marcellene L. Watson-Derbigny, who oversees Sac State’s student retention and academic success, says a $250,000 grant from the Chancellor’s Office will help accelerate and coordinate the campus campaign to facilitate student success. The campaign includes academic advising beyond the first year of college; peer and faculty advising; tutoring, mentorship and supplemental instruction; disability testing; transfer learning communities; first generation and educational opportunity program expansion; and other interventions for educational equity student groups.

Faculty and staff from various campus departments and programs assisted with college information sessions, answered questions during the Student Success Information Fair and attended plenary sessions with students. For more information about the event, visit For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Alan Miller