MAINTAINING ACTIVE STATUS IN THE SAIL PROGRAM
After acceptance into the SAIL program, students are required to have a minimum of two contacts per semester The first contact must be an advising appointment with their assigned SAIL Counselor. The second contact can be met in a variety of different ways including; a second appointment with their SAIL Counselor, receiving “Credit” for a SAIL course, attending a SAIL or campus workshop or event, meeting with a faculty adviser, or completing an internship, research, or community service activity.
Failure to complete two contacts per semester will result in the termination of participation in the SAIL Program. Students will receive more information regarding maintaining active status at the mandatory New Student Orientation.
Continuing SAIL students must renew their applications at the beginning of each academic year. Students may choose to participate in the program until graduation as long as they fulfill these requirements.
The SAIL Program offers a variety of academic and advising support services to enhance student success.
Academic Advising and Counseling
The primary goal of the program’s counseling component is to enhance the personal and academic growth of students. By utilizing the SAIL Student Development Model (SSDM), SAIL delivers a clear and comprehensive program to meet the needs of students at any point in their development. Within this framework, SAIL counselors provide a full range of advising and counseling services, including:
- Short- and long-term educational planning
- Financial aid counseling
- Personal finance planning
- Career counseling
- Graduate school planning
- Personal counseling
Graduate School Preparation
SAIL offers assistance with planning for graduate studies, including researching potential graduate programs and completing graduate school applications. SAIL’s Advanced College Reading Course (USTD 99) is designed specifically for juniors and seniors who intend to pursue post-baccalaureate studies and who may need assistance in preparing for qualifying examinations such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, TEAS, CBEST and CSET.
Grant Aid & Scholarships
Contingent upon available funding, the SAIL Program offers two grants for ELIGIBLE students: the SAIL Supplemental Grant Award and the SAIL Book Grant. The SAIL Supplemental Grant, funded by the United States Department of Education, is reserved for first and second year students who are Pell Grant recipients. The Book Grant, offered in the spring and supported by campus and SAIL alumni donations, is open to all SAIL students. To be considered for either grant, SAIL students must fill out an application and prepare a short personal statement or essay. Further, level of participation in the SAIL Program and satisfactory academic progress are also taken into consideration. Additional information about the application process and the eligibility criteria for these grants may be obtained from the SAIL office.
SAIL seniors who apply to and are accepted into a graduate or certificate program following graduation may apply for the SAIL Beyond Success Graduate Scholarship, a $500 scholarship made possible by the generous donations of SAIL alumni and campus administrators, faculty, and staff. This scholarship is awarded at SAIL’s Annual Student Recognition Reception at the end of the academic year.
SAIL Listserv and SAIL’s Blackboard Community Page
When a student joins the SAIL Program, his/her CSUSB email address is added to a listserv so that participants can receive regular communication from the SAIL staff regarding important SAIL and campus information. To complement SAIL’s listserv and this website, SAIL created a Blackboard Community page reserved for SAIL participants only. Here, students can access announcements, view an integrated SAIL and campus calendar, download study skills resources, obtain scholarship and employment information and read about SAIL students’ accomplishments. Access to SAIL’s Blackboard Community Page is granted only after a student has been accepted into the SAIL program.
SAIL’s Harbor is located in UH-385 next door to SAIL’s main office. When the space is not being utilized for a SAIL class or workshop, SAIL students may study here or use the computers to access their campus email, online course components, conduct research, or type up a paper. SAIL’s computers are networked with printers managed by Testing Office (UH-351).
SAIL’s Harbor is equipped with an Accessible Workstation [provided by the Assistive Technologies & Accessibility Center (ATAC)]. This Accessible Workstation is part of a CSU initiative to improve the access to information for students with disabilities. The goal is to improve the following areas: web accessibility, instructional materials, and procurement of electronic &information technology (E&IT).
Student Development Activities
Each semester, the SAIL Program sponsors a variety of activities designed to enhance student success. The Semester Kickoff event is held on a Saturday at the beginning of fall and winter quarters. Guest speakers at the event inform students about campus resources and offer insights on student success strategies. As part of the SAIL Focus Workshop series, informational workshops on various topics are offered throughout the Semester to help SAIL students succeed academically and personally. A particularly popular event, the SAIL Study Marathon occurs on the Saturday preceding final exams. It provides SAIL students with a quiet place to study and prepare for their final exams, term papers, and end-of-the-semester projects. Students attending the event have access to computers, writing tutors, and review sessions for SAIL’s academic support classes. Refreshments are provided, and students receive blue books, scantrons, pencils and other supplies to equip them for finals week.
The DEN-Coyote Day Packs
SAIL’s main office (UH-386) is a designated location to pick up of Coyote Day Packs. The DEN (CSUSB Food Pantry) delivers emergency nourishment to SAIL and CSUSB students.