Project ALAS

Aligning Learning and Academic Success (ALAS)

Project ALAS is a partnership among CSU Channel Islands, Oxnard College, Ventura College, and Santa Barbara City College. ALAS constitutes an expansion of CSUCI’s ongoing efforts to build a regional approach to providing meaningful access to higher education for an underserved Latinx population. The Project’s initiatives focus on “pipeline” initiatives: access, retention and transfer using high impact practices (HIP). This regional network focuses on improving the transfer process from 2-year to 4-year institutions. This network initiated an annual Transfer Success Summit and cross-institutional faculty fellows program. Areas of focus include aligning high impact teaching and learning practices, policies and systems to “one degree”.

ALAS partners have several activities that are highlighted so far: the long-lasting relationships across campuses; writing equity conference, groups of cross-discipline faculty from partner institutions working together to improve student success and student transfer and the growing attention paid to counseling and advising. These strategies and others help to build a framework for partners to focus on transfer success.

Alignment to Grad Initiative 2025 Goals

  • Increase the 2-year and 4-year graduation rates for transfer students.
  • Eliminate the achievement gap for historically underrepresented and low-income students.

Alignment to CSUCI’s Strategic Initiatives

1. Educational Excellence

  • 1.2 Increase opportunities for students to engage with the regional community

  • 1.3 Expand opportunities for students to become catalysts for social progress

  • 1.4. Ensure that all students experience multiple high-impact learning opportunities

  • 1.6 Expand on-campus employment opportunities

  • 1.7 Increase co-curricular engagement to strengthen the community, achieve academic goals

  • 1.10 Provide increased support for faculty development

2. Student Success

  • 2.1 Increase academic support for students in the first-year

  • 2.5 Examine and remove administrative barriers that impede timely degree completion

  • 2.12 Seek opportunities for enhanced collaboration with community college partners

Veronica Montoya

ALAS Transfer Success Activity Director

Rosean Moreno

Transfer Success & HIP Pathways Lead

Lucero Segundo

ALAS & Adelante Analyst

Dr. Julia Balen

Regional Transfer Success Academy Activity Director

Home Department: English

Dennis Downey

RTS Fellow Faculty Lead

Home Department: Sociology

Jaime Hannans

RTS Fellow Faculty Lead

Home Department: Nursing

Jennie Luna

RTS Fellow Faculty Lead

Home Department: Chicana/o Studies

Kassidee Sattler

ALAS Articulation

Regional Transfer Success (RTS) Fellows

Oxnard College, Ventura College, Moorpark College and Santa Barbara City College

Project ALAS Deans Advisory Committee

Oxnard College

Moorpark College

Ventura College

CSUCI (lead)