Unbounded Learning

Enhance student success through continuous learning innovations.

  • Academic Support Programs: SJSU’s diverse student population has different needs for its academic support. In order to offer each community unique support, programs have been started for veterans, first-generation students, former foster youths, AB540 students, African Americans, Latino/as, and Asian Americans.
  • Research on Academic Success: SJSU is in the middle of extensive research to better understand how to support its students. This includes a qualitative study that involved fall 2013 and fall 2014 entering freshmen and historically underrepresented minority (URM) transfer students, as well as a big data analytics study of GPA, retention and graduation rates.
  • Strengthening Institutions: SJSU has received a $2.3M “Strengthening Institutions” grant from the Department of Education. This will develop a foundation to provide support for high-need freshmen. This includes 1) block scheduling, 2) student learning communities, 3) peer mentors, and 4) a faculty mentor program.
  • Statway: SJSU became the first CSU campus to pilot Statway, an innovative way of teaching statistics developed by the Carnegie Foundation. This program gives students in certain majors a pathway to complete two semesters of remedial math and their statistics requirement in two semesters. Students do this through a process called “productive persistence” that has proved to be very successful.
  • Math and English Early Start: In 2014, all students placed into remedial English were required to participate in Early Start, a program where underprepared students attend school the summer before the semester starts in order to bring them up to a university writing level. SJSU implemented a one-week, fully online math and English course in August 2014. Also beginning to be offered: two versions of a flipped mathematics course where students can complete the class content online and come to class for proctored exams. Through these methods, SJSU hopes to determine which method of instruction fosters more success with students, while helping them conquer the issue of overcrowded classrooms and successfully graduate.
  • Industry Innovation Days: The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering has begun hosting several industry days a semester. These days are located at the company’s site and include interactions with alumni, team building and communication exercises, and problem-solving competitions. Many of the events are open to students from a variety of colleges and majors, highlighting the overlap of issues such as creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Conservatory of Arts, Innovation and Technology (CAIT): The College of Humanities and the Arts is establishing a Conservatory of Arts, Innovation and Technology. The conservatory will stimulate creative thinking in all academic disciplines through the lens of the arts and the practice of experiential learning. The conservatory will offer workshops and learning modules that explore the creative process across the curricula, including those elements that inform entrepreneurship, innovation and technology infusion across the disciplines.
  • College of Applied Sciences and the Arts International Experience Requirement: The College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) initiated a requirement for all students in the college to participate in an international experience prior to graduation. The goal of CASA’s international experience requirement is to introduce students to an international perspective of their respective disciplines in order to prepare them to live and work in an increasingly globalized world.
  • GE Pathways: Academic Affairs is building optional general education pathways in creativity, global engagement and sustainability. The pathways will create more integrated teaching and learning opportunities for faculty members and students.
  • Writing Resources:The Writing Center offers resources to help students become better writers, from one-on-one tutoring sessions to various writing workshops. In addition, the center offers online resources, informational classroom visits, and "Homegrown Handouts" created by writing specialists. The university also has created new positions for directors of the writing program and writing across the curriculum.  SJSU has an AANAPISI grant, which supports a model of systematic and active engagement in writing to improve the writing skills of Asian American, Generation 1.5, and other underrepresented minority (URM) students.