Increasing college completion through a redesign of the first two years.
Each Metro Academy (Metro) is a 'school within a school' giving students a personalized educational home over four semesters. Each Metro cohort of some 140 students takes two linked courses together each semester, building a strong learning community for academic and social support. Instead of taking a scatter pattern of disconnected courses, Metro students are part of a coherent program with a relevant and rigorous curriculum. Metro's student recruitment is focused on students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or under-represented. Student services are tied in to classes.
- Receive one-on-one support from faculty
- Develop individual education plans with an academic counselor who follows each student over time
- Receive academic advising, tutoring, access to financial aid advising and early intervention if they start falling behind.
A community college or university can host any number of Metro Academies, each with a broad career theme. Whether students take classes at the community college or university, every Metro class counts for graduation with a bachelor’s degree for all 241 majors in the Cal State University system. At the community college, Metro is a general education transfer core. Metro is the nation’s first and only long-duration learning community that is completely aligned between community college and university levels.
Persistence into fifth semester
The Metro Academy of Health at SF State is our most mature program. Metro helps students build momentum because 100% of core classes satisfy graduation requirements for associate's and bachelor's degrees—regardless of whether classes are taken at a community college or university. Metro puts students on a clear, fast track to graduation and success.