Behind the Scenes - Student Financial Services Supports the President's Graduation Initiatives

In this edition of Behind the Scenes, we take a look at President Nelsen's renewed focus on the graduation rates and the graduation initiative at Sacramento State.

President Nelsen emphasized the amount of work that is needed to progress: "We have important work to do as we increase freshman and transfer graduation rates, decrease the time to degree, provide the classes that our students need, and close the achievement gaps."

Currently, the obstacles appear difficult to overcome. Only eight percent of Sacramento State's incoming freshman graduate in four years. Additional pressure has come from the CSU, who have set a goal of 24 percent by May of 2025. Read more.

Message from the VP/CFO

In early January, President Nelsen appointed Vice President and CFO Mike Lee as interim provost and Vice Presdient for Academic Affairs, more.

ABA News

Several of ABA's offices are soon planning a change of scenery. Beginning the week of March 21st, Procurement & Contract Services, Accounting Services, and Accounts Payable/Travel are moving their offices from their current location, in Sequoia Hall, to their new offices in Modoc Hall.

The move is important as space currently occupied by all three offices in Sequoia Hall will be converted into much needed labs more.


Green News

Past newsletters have mentioned the many efforts made on campus to utilize renewable and alternative energy sources. One of those sources has been Bio-Compressed Natural Gas (Bio-CNG), derived from food waste. Sac State Sustainability is proud to report that 26.49 tons of food waste was diverted from landfills last semester. That waste was instead processed by Clean World, and converted to more


New Faces & Farewells

ABA welcomes, and says goodbye to the following staff professionals. Read more.

Staff Spotlight

In each issue, the FOCUS Newsletter spotlights an ABA staff member whose work deserves mention. This issue features Freddy Orozco, with several questions focused on the president's renewed emphasis on graduation rates and the graduation initiative. Read more.



Awards & Recognition

ABA has a celebrated history of recognizing its employees. In 2005, ABA began the annual Staff Peer and Leadership awards programs. These programs, occurring during the spring and winter months, respectively, became the central way for ABA to recognize its employees for outstanding service to their customers, colleagues, and campus community. Read more.

ABA Reminders

Stay up to date with many of the upcoming events and programs within ABA.

Also, a reminder to utilize the ABA Thank You Blog to recognize fellow colleagues. Read more.

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