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SFS Mission Statement

The Office of Student and Faculty Success (SFS) enriches the lives of our diverse campus and community by providing innovative and collaborative services to engage students, faculty, and staff in their academic and professional endeavors and promote life-long learning. Go through Our Values for more inspiration.


SFS Initiatives



Students on track to graduate in four years (who started as freshmen) or two years (who started as transfers) may be eligible to participate in the California Promise ProgramAlso, the MyGPS site has resources to help all students plan their path to graduation. 

MyGPS is a suite of technology tools to facilitate course planning and registration, and financial and time management resources.

 Be involved Be involved in student success! There is a lot going on at SJSU as we strive to enhance the experience and success for our students. Here are some of the many opportunities for faculty and staff to get engaged in our student success initiatives or learn more about ways to support our students.


Excellence in Engaged Learning (ExcEL) Through our Excellence in Engaged Learning, faculty in residences are working on developing sustainable ways to track, assess, and scale SJSU's efforts in community engaged learning, engaging undergraduates in RCA, global/international experiences, utilizing peer educators, and internships for academic credit.
 Learning Communities
Learning Communities San Jose State University learning communities (block schedules) are assigned course schedules that allow students to share two classes with other students in their majors.
project succeed Project Succeed is a campus-wide initiative, led by Dr. Pat Backer and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Its focus is to improve the 5-year graduation and retention rates and close the equity gap for Under-Represented Minorities (URMs) across all majors at SJSU.
 Spartan Connect Spartan Connect(an upgrade of GradesFirst formerly used at SJSU) allows faculty, academic advisors, and support services staff to utilize data and technology.


SFS Units


Academic Advising & Retention Services (AARS) provides academic advising for General Education requirements, probation students and undeclared students, coordinates frosh and transfers strategic initiatives to improve retention and graduation (high unit seniors, assigned undeclared, etc.). On-line advising hub.


The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) supports the educational mission of the University by providing opportunities for growth and renewal for faculty in all realms of their professional lives and throughout the stages of their careers, and strives to create a campus culture that values intellectual inquiry and scholarly and creative engagement in its many forms.


The Center for Community Learning & Leadership (CCLL) provides the support faculty need to integrate these high impact practices into their curriculum. 


CommUniverCity is a consortium between the University, several San Jose neighborhoods surrounding campus, and the City of San Jose's office. Students and faculty engage in service learning and community engaged learning projects as integral parts of their class.


The Early Start program gives students an opportunity to sharpen their mathematics and writing skills in the summer before the start of their freshman year.


The mission of E-Campus is to advance the effective use of current and emerging technologies to cultivate excellence in teaching and to foster significant student learning.  eCampus envisions and promotes a pervasive learning environment where opportunities for acquiring and accessing knowledge as well as participating in a community of scholarship are ever present.  

Peer Connect

Peer Connections provides a variety of academic support  through its mentoring, tutoring and workshops. Programs provided focus on holistic student development as well as content knowledge acquisition. Peer Connections serves all undergraduate students with priority emphasis on  transitional students. Our peer educators can be found in two locations: SSC 600, and the main lobby of Clark Hall. 


Student-Athlete Success Services provides academic planning and study skills education for every student athlete at San Jose State University. This unit also promotes student-athlete academic achievement and personal accountability. Further, they work to ensure that all student-athletes graduate and maintain NCAA eligibility with regard to GPA, hours passed, percent degree, and Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Supported Instruction

The  Office of Supported Instruction aims to provide academic support to our students entering their first year of Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Written Communication courses and to prepare the students for success in college-level studies.

TRIO Aspire

TRIO ASPIRE Program is a federally funded project provides traditionally underrepresented students with equal access to educational opportunities. These include students who are low-income or first-generation college students or registered with a disability that hinders academic performance. 

trio McNair

TRIO McNair Scholar Program is a federally funded program encourages low-income individuals who are first-generation college students and/or underrepresented in graduate education, to pursue doctoral study.