January 26, 2023
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
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  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
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  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
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  • 11:14 am Once a Toro, Always a Toro Program Seeks to Break Barriers in Reenrollment 
  • 11:10 am How A Toro Studied 6,000 Miles From Home 
  • 11:01 am What Prop 31 Means for Tobacco and Vape Businesses
  • 10:57 am One-on-One with President Parham

CSUDH’s celebration event for returning Toros. Photo courtesy of CSUDH’s Communications and Marketing 

By Maya Garibay, News Editor

Around 3500 California State University, Dominguez Hills students that had unenrolled within the last five years received a message from the Once a Toro, Always a Toro program. For the past four years, the number of returning students has remained between 128-193 until the initiative prompted a huge leap. This year 390 former Toros returned.

The program supplements the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025, which looks to double graduation rates and address equity gaps. The initiative also examines working students and low-income population students to determine how their completion rates differ. 

Once a Toro, Always a Toro, reimagined the returning student process to make re-enrollment more accessible by simplifying reentry forms and procedures, waiving the application fee, and offering flexible courses and financial resources. 

In Oct. 2021, CSUDH surveyed a group of previously enrolled students to understand why they left, why they haven’t returned and what the university could do to draw them back in. The Toro Reengagement Program director, Dr. Sabrina Sanders, said they found that 48% were first-generation students. 

Many were proud to pursue their education and didn’t want to leave school but felt they had no other option. Some dealt with overwhelming circumstances that had driven them away from college, and others had lost their jobs, moved or just needed a break. 

In terms of reapplying, many found the process overcomplicated, and others required that little push. 

Kameron Swint, a human services major who initially transferred to CSUDH at the peak of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions in 2020, found it difficult to balance the transition while dealing with personal issues. He needed to refresh and focus on himself.  Thanks to the support from this program, Swint returned last semester. 

“They started reaching out and figuring out what I can do to re-enroll,” he said. “I think coming back was a smoother process than transferring just because everything was in person and there were plenty of people available to reach out to.” 

Swint explains that since his reenrollment, he has been working towards becoming more familiar with the campus resources now that COVID-19 restrictions have loosened. 

According to the Strada Education Network, the number one reason for pausing one’s educational endeavors was due to difficulties balancing work and school life, followed by financial pressures and other personal struggles. Sanders said that although there are several reasons students may not complete school, the pandemic’s effects saw more students drop out than ever. 

She says even with the influx of returning students this year, they focus on evaluating the wins, challenges, and lessons learned to improve even more next year. In addition, they will continue to hold discussions across campus about how to make the reenrollment process more equitable and attainable. Despite that, there are still issues regarding reenrollment they are working on addressing. 

“What does this mean for some of these students that walked away mid-semester and got all F’s and maybe lost their academic standing? How about these students that don’t live in the area?”

Sanders says these are the questions being asked regarding reenrollment issues that the program is working on addressing. Trying to figure out what were students’ last academic standing before they unenrolled and whether or not that will be an obstacle for them when they return is one of them. 

“How do we get them their classes and advise them to complete those courses? What about the students that are executives and running their own businesses? They may not have time, Sanders explained. “Should [those students] be taking business 101 when they [already] have a ton of experience? Again, [we’re] rethinking credit for prior learning.” 

The following steps for the program are to keep the momentum going, ensure there’s a centralized point of contact, review the academic policies that serve as barriers to student success, and visit the financial aid policy for those that have stepped away from college without their degrees. 

The Once a Toro, Always a Toro program has allowed students ready and eager to return, to reintegrate smoothly back into their college education and hopes to do so for many more. 

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