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.
SFSU Metro Students Strongly Outperform Peers
Using survey data from the National Survey of Student Engagement, Metro students were statistically significantly more engaged than a matched comparison group on many measures including:
- Twice as likely to report having a faculty mentor
- Having received academic advising
- Feeling more supported academically and able to cope with non-academic responsibilities(work, family, etc.)
- Feeling capable of solving real-world problems and of contributing to the welfare of their communities;
- Working outside of class in groups with other students.
A Snapshot of CCSF Metro Students
Metro’s four academies serve a diverse group of students. Nine out of ten require remediation in English and/or math. Almost eight out of ten Metro students are ethnically underrepresented, compared to about four out of ten among CCSF students overall.
CCSF Metro Student Outcomes:
Less Attrition, More Graduation & Faster Transfer
Thanks to the hard work of Institutional Research and the Metro data team, we are now able to better assess how Metro students are doing. To understand the impact of the program, Institutional Research has identified a comparison group that is matched on the following variables: placement level, income, race/ethnicity, transfer units completed, ESL status, and age. After transferring to SF State, the average time to graduation for Metro students is two years, versus the typical three years (“Graduation and Attrition among New CCC Transfer Students,” SF State 2013).