AVP Corner

Photo of Willie the Wildcat and studentsEffective November 2, the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office was aligned with Enrollment Management Services (EMS).  This reorganization will build upon the long-standing collaboration between the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office (FASO), Academic Advising Programs (AAP), the Office of Admissions (ADMS), and the Office of the Registrar (REGS). Together we will work closely and purposefully, aligning missions and goals, to support the success of our students. 

EMS units are focusing on a number of e-advising initiatives which will be beneficial to the entire campus community. With a number of new staff and FASO joining EMS, our team moves forward with efforts to improve campus processes and services with broad campus collaboration.

The Chancellor's Office, recognizing the need to invest in leveraging technology to support academic advising, and course planning and scheduling, funded student success initiatives at Chico State and other CSU campuses.

For 2015-16, Chico State will receive $150,000 to assist with specific e-advising projects:

  • Smart Planner maintenance and ongoing development ($50,000)
  • Hobson's AgileGrad/Advisor ($65,000), an e-advising tool that is being rolled out to campus
  • Ad Astra Platinum Analytics ($35,000), to inform course schedule building

These funds are in addition to $20,000 from the Chancellor's Office to support the transition of articulation data into the new ASSIST Next Generation system; $76,500 for an Action Research Proposal for planning and implementing intervention strategies to reduce second- to third-year student attrition; and $127,000 in base funding to hire two new academic advisors to support campus wide advising efforts.

In addition, Ad Astra was recently upgraded, the Wildcat Activity Center is now fully functioning, our campus hosted another successful Chico Preview Day on October 24, and our Orientation program continues to serve record numbers.

We welcome feedback and suggestions regarding any of the processes and systems in Enrollment Management Services. Please contact me at any time.

Barbara Fortin
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Services