FAQs: Request for Graduation Initiative 2025 (GI2025) Funding

General Questions

What is Graduation Initiative 2025?

GI 2025 is the California State University (CSU) system’s ambitious multi-year initiative to increase graduation rates and eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps for all students.  For more information, go here.

How much money is available for GI2025 in 2019-20?

 We estimate we will have the following Graduation Initiative 2025 funding pools available for allocation in 2019-20: 

  • Anticipated Base (Ongoing) Funding Available: $300,000 - $500,000

Estimate $300,000 - $500,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 after covering State and CSU earmarks and existing multi-year funding commitments, pending availability of funds:

    • Anticipate at least ⅓ of 2019-20 allocation will be earmarked for tenure-track faculty hires (note: requests for new tenure-track faculty hires are not part of this call)
    • Estimate $250,000 will be carved off the top for learning communities - Investing in learning communities annually is an existing multi-year commitment as we expect we will need in excess of $1 million to fully build out learning communities in all three colleges. This amount builds on the $280,000 set aside in 2018-19. While learning communities are being built out over the next several years, much of the base funding will be allocated out via one-time allocations, with the understanding that ongoing resources will be needed to support the success of learning communities over time. How funding for learning communities will be allocated in the short and long term will be determined by the Academic Deans in collaboration with the Vice Provost and the Integrated Curriculum Committee (ICC). (note: requests related to learning communities are not part of this call)
  • Anticipated One-Time Funding Available: $500,000

Estimate $500,000 in remaining one-time funding from 2018-19 GI 2025 resources will be available for allocation in 2019-20, pending availability of funds

  • Additional One-Time Funding Earmarked for Student Employment in 2019-20: $600,000

Estimate $600,000 in one-time funding will be earmarked to continue to expand student employment opportunities on campus in 2019-20.

Are there any limits to GI2025 eligibility?

Graduation Initiative 2025 funding is a component of our Operating Fund (HM500) budget and is only available for state-supported functions.  If you have questions about possible submissions, please contact budgetplanning@humboldt.edu

What about the campus' other plans like the Strategic Plan or the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, do they fit into this process?

Yes! In fact, those are appropriate places to start. The campus has already prioritized those activities by including them in these plans so please feel free to use them as the basis for your requests. They also have objectives and outcomes that fit easily into the rubric.

What are the submission deadlines?

  •  Department proposals due to Major Budget Unit (MBU)/College: February 15, 2019
  • MBU/College prioritized proposals due to Division: February 22, 2019
  • Division prioritized proposals due to budgetplanning@humboldt.edu: March 1, 2019 at 11:59pm

Why is there such a tight timeline for requests?

The timeline supports the campus’ needs to 1) perform a condensed pilot of the Integrated Assessment, Planning, and Budget (IAPB) framework under development and 2) allow us to communicate the results to the campus prior to the end of the spring semester.

What if I miss the deadline - is there an exception process?

No. The timelines are intentionally set to ensure the process completes in time for the president to announce to campus before end of spring semester. 

If I have an idea, where do I submit it?

Proposals must first be submitted to your department, after which they will enter the review process illustrated here

How will requests be prioritized?

Proposals will flow through the campus organizational structure and be reviewed and prioritized at each level of the organization. Once prioritized at the division level, proposals will be combined for evaluation (rubric analysis will be conducted by the Student Success Alliance (SSA)) and student feedback (presentation at the March 11 Associated Students Board Meeting), culminating in the President’s Cabinet prioritizing proposals for funding and submitting to the University Resources & Planning Committee (URPC) for review and recommendation. Ultimately, the President will make the decision on which proposals will be funded as part of the approved 2019-20 Budget.

What is the role of the MBU and Division in prioritizing requests?

 Each level of the organization holds a different perspective and contributes critical information as proposals are reviewed and prioritized to move forward for consideration. The departments, as subject matter experts, are the most knowledgeable about their specific needs and resource capabilities when preparing the original proposals. The MBU lead can then review all of the submitted department requests collectively, and based on their knowledge of the goals of the MBU, can decide which proposals to prioritize and promote to the division level. Similarly, the division lead will be able to see all of the MBU level prioritized proposals collectively and will make a recommendation on what moves forward for SSA consideration, based on the overall goals of the division.

Can I pre-score my request?

Yes! Requestors are strongly encouraged to self-score using the same rubric the Student Success Alliance (SSA) will be using.  MBU and Divisional leaders can use this same rubric to assist in their review process. This helps to ensure you have provided the appropriate details to support your request.  Please note: your self-score results may not be the same as the SSA scoring results. You can find the scoring rubric here.

How will smaller requests, such as a one-time low-cost software purchase, be scored against larger, more complicated initiatives?

All requests will be scored using the same rubric, providing equal opportunity to demonstrate alignment and preparedness for GI2025 goals.

If I have an idea, can I submit directly to the SSA for review?

No.  Proposals must be submitted and later prioritized at each appropriate level: (1) department level, (2) MBU level and (3) Division level, as illustrated here.

What if my proposal doesn’t get advanced to the next level?

Consult with leadership at the level where the decision was made.

My proposal made it to SSA for review but didn’t get funded - how do I appeal?

There is no appeal process. However, you can review your score as well as all other scored proposals.  You can resubmit in a future GI2025 request cycle. 

What are the definitions of Division, MBU and Department?

Division: An organizational unit comprised of various Major Budget Units (MBUs). The University has six divisions: President, Academic Affairs, Administrative Affairs, Student Affairs, University Advancement, and University Wide.

Major Budget Unit (MBU): A reporting mechanism that signifies a major unit, such as a college, within a divisional structure and includes one or more departments. It allows for tracking and reporting at a more summarized level than the department level. (e.g. Facilities Management, College of Professional Studies, Information Technology Services)

Department: Represents a meaningful activity or function within the campus organizational structures. Identifies the “Who”: Who is being charged or responsible for the transaction? (e.g. Biology, Learning Center, Registrar’s Office). Departments roll up to Major Budget Units (MBUs), which roll up to Divisions.

How has GI2025 money been invested to-date?

Dashboards highlighting the exciting investments HSU is making with ongoing and one-time GI 2025 funding are available at https://hsu.openbook.questica.com/. This also reflects investments related to the Strategic Enrollment Management plan, including items such as the design and implementation of both a basic needs campaign and the HSU Learning Community infrastructure.


Request Form FAQ's

What are the six pillars of GI2025?

Academic Preparation: The CSU will provide all students the opportunity and support needed to complete 30 college-level semester units before the beginning of their second academic year. For more information, go here.
Enrollment Management: The CSU will ensure students are able to enroll in the courses they need, when they need them.
Student Engagement & Wellbeing: The CSU will continue to address the well-being of all CSU students while fostering a strong sense of belongingness on campus.
Financial Support: The CSU will ensure that financial need does not impede student success.
Data-Driven Decision Making: The CSU will use evidence and data to identify and advance the most successful academic support programs.
Removing Academic Barriers: The CSU will identify and remove unnecessary administrative barriers.

What is Racial Equity?

Equity work at Humboldt State University (HSU) recognizes the historical and systemic disparities in opportunities and outcomes and provides resources necessary to rectify those disparities. Racial equity at HSU will be achieved when one’s racial identity no longer predicts, in a statistical sense, how one fares. Racial equity is one part of racial justice and works to eliminate policies, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race.  For more information, check out the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website here.

What is Income Equity?

Providing access and opportunity for students who come from low-income (PELL eligible) families.  

What is Collective Impact?

The Collective Impact model believes no one single institution, policy, or governmental agency can solve an increasingly complex social problem on its own. How does your proposed initiative connect with other work already in motion, such as an extension of the RAMP program or expanding on planned basic needs initiatives?  

Five Key Elements to Collective Impact:

  1. Common Agenda
  2. Measuring Results (Data Informed)
  3. Mutually Reinforcing Activities
  4. Continuous Communication
  5. Back Bone Organization/Network Manager

For more information, check out the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website here.

How do I find the data I need to support my needs analysis?

Sources can vary, depending on your request.  Look internally for your own assessments: what data do you have, such as from current practices, results or plans that backs up the need for your request?  What existing initiatives, such as the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) plan, the campus Strategic Plan or your college strategic plan, such as the CNRS Strategic Plan, are the foundation for your request?   The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) website is an excellent source of data and Academic Program review dashboards. For data about rooms and other facilities data, check out Facilities Management’s FacilitiesLink system. Alternatively, what comparative data do you have from other institutions that demonstrate long-term positive impact over a defined timeline and how you are applying those results to your plans? 

What are outcomes and objectives?

Outcomes are a related statement of fact that is a result of actions or steps taken. What does success look like?  
Objectives are a related statement of commands (to ourselves), directives or action statements. How will we accomplish?

Some helpful hints on building effective outcomes and objectives:

DO: Keep it simple, relevant and manageable and DO keep resources in mind.
DON’T: Create more than 3 objectives per goal or per outcome and DON’T try to assess everything, every year.

What is an assessment plan?

The work of assessment endeavors to answer a simple question: Is what we’re doing working?  Assessing how well you met your outcomes and objective requires measurements, otherwise you’re just guessing. Consider these questions when forming your assessment plan.   

  1. What is being measured?
  2. Why choose that measure versus another one?
  3. How will it be measured?
  4. Who will be doing the measuring?
  5. On what timeline will measurement occur?

For more information on assessment, check out the Office of Institutional Effectiveness website here.

Do I have to complete the financial template in order to submit my request?

Yes. Completing the Financial Plan template will help ensure your request considers a variety of potential expense areas and provides additional background to support your request. If you have questions about completing this form, your area budget analyst can help you.  Or contact the University Budget Office at budgetplanning@humboldt.edu.

Where do I find the estimated costs for things listed in the financial template?

Your area budget analyst can help you.  Alternatively, check with the folks you usually consult with for these types of costs, e.g. your Key Advisor for telephone and network costs, Facilities Management for space renovation costs, etc.  Facilities estimates will be given priority attention; requests should be submitted through their regular Service Request website.

How much money can I request?

Ask for just what you need to make your project successful.  Please do not over or underestimate.