GANAS (Gaining Access ‘N Academic Success)

GANAS - CSU East Bay
Academic Level
Issue Area
Key Personnel
Program Focus
First Year Support,
Learning Community


The overall mission of GANAS is to increase the number of Latino transfer students who persist and graduate from Cal State East Bay with baccalaureate degrees. The program aims to help its participants: 1. Make a smooth transition from the 2-yr college to a 4-yr university 2. Develop a network of support 3. Succeed academically 4. Reduce time to degree 5. Contribute to the Latino community, regionally and statewide, building on Cal State East Bay's status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Program Description

GANAS is an access and retention program that aims to smooth the process of transition for Latino community college transfer students and increase baccalaureate degree attainment for program participants. Once students successfully transfer to CSUEB, they participate in a 1-year cohort-based learning community that is paired with a success seminar, intrusive academic counseling, and peer mentoring. Their cohort model establishes a sense of familia among its members and builds their academic and social support networks. By completing the required GANAS courses, students fulfill their upper division GE requirements. The courses focus on themes related to Latino identity, use innovative pedagogy, and 3 of the 4 courses are taught by Latino professors. During the program’s investigative phase, Latino faculty and staff met over a 2-year period to study disparities in Latino students’ retention and graduation rates and conducted literature reviews on promising practices. Beyond the 1st year there is continued advising, grad school exploration, and community support


Program goals and how they have been addressed in the first 5 years:

  • GANAS' 1-year persistence rate is 96%. For non-ganas transfer students it is 86%.
  • The graduation rates of transfer students who take part in GANAS is 78% in 3 years, compared to 66% for overall transfer students.
  • 4-year graduation rate: 90%
  • 5-year graduation rate: 91%
  • GANAS students graduated faster (in 1 or 2 years) and had a .097 point higher GPA than their counterparts.