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Posted June 18, 2020

Introducing the East Bay College Agile Network

Partnership to recreate advising process funded through gift from the Koret Foundation

The East Bay College Agile Network will help streamline advising and remove barriers to student success.
Garvin Tso

Cal State East Bay is on a mission to generate a more educated, diverse East Bay with graduates prepared to meet the regional economy’s challenges. 

And thanks to a $350,000 gift from the Koret Foundation, the university is developing a model network, entitled the East Bay College Agile Network, often referred to as “East Bay CAN,” to help with the transformation. The collaboration between CSUEB and the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District seeks to leverage and strengthen existing relationships and initiatives across the two systems to remove barriers to student success. 

The partnership aims to increase transfer rates among the three East Bay Hispanic-serving institutions and increase degree completion and advanced equity for historically underserved students.  

Currently, the three colleges use different systems to advise students on pathways to graduation, which can sometimes cause confusion or delays for students looking to transfer or complete programs.

East Bay CAN will look into providing technology that would create a unified dashboard of progress toward degree completion at Cal State East Bay, whether students are enrolled at the university, Chabot College or Las Positas College. 

The new system would create coordinated academic transfer and financial counseling across the institutions and allow students to remain on their “home” campus while still using the resources. It would also create shared analytics across campuses to equip advisors with the information needed to provide support and intervene when students veer off track. 

In addition to the tech, the university plans to invest in advisors across the institutions to guide students in setting goals and proactively engage them in achieving key milestones toward those goals.