The 2017-18 Support Budget plan includes $75 million for Graduation Initiative 2025—CSU’s signature endeavor. In 2009, the CSU set out to improve six-year completion rates and halve achievement gaps for first-time freshmen by 2015. With state support, the CSU was able to make modest investments in tenure-track hiring, increase course taking opportunities, enhance advising and education plans, improve academic and student support, and leverage data for campus decision making. Building on the success of Graduation Initiative 2009, the CSU decided, in consultation with campus leaders and other key stakeholders, to raise the bar even higher.
Graduation Initiative 2025 is focused on aggressive goals for both freshman and transfer students. By more than doubling the four-year rate from 19 percent to 40 percent systemwide and raising the six-year rate from 52 percent to 70 percent for freshmen, in combination with two- and four-year graduation rate goals for transfer students, the CSU will contribute its share of the bachelor’s degrees needed in California by 2030. The CSU is also committed to fully eliminating achievement gaps for underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students. The $75 million request represents the first year of a multi-year investment that is needed in order to achieve the CSU’s new transformational graduation and student success goals.
With $75 million distributed across the CSU based upon an allocation model which considers the student populations of each campus, these resources will allow campuses to prioritize the investments they make to improve time to degree, eliminate student achievement gaps, and ensure every student has access to the tools, resources and guidance needed to achieve. Below are the five priority areas for Graduation Initiative 2025: