Graduation Initiative 2025
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Graduation Initiative 2025 Approved


CSU Doubles Down by Increasing Student Completion Rates and Eliminating the Achievement Gap

Graduation Initiative 2025

​​​​Today, the CSU's Board of Trustees reviewed and approved Graduation Initiative 2025. The systemwide initiative aims to increase graduation rates and eliminate the achievement gap for our 475,000 students across 23 campuses by reducing barriers to completing their degree while maintaining academic rigor and quality.

The goals presented and approved today by the Board of Trustees are ambitious, challenging and realistic. The 6-year rate for freshmen is 57 percent and the new target goal would increase that rate to 70 percent. The 4-year rate for freshmen is 19 percent and the new goal would increase those rates to 40 percent. For transfer students, the 4-year rate is currently 73 percent and the new target goal would be 85 percent; the 2-year goal is being raised from 31 percent to 45 percent.

Graduation Initiative 2025 will add 100,000 more people with baccalaureate degrees to the California workforce over the next 10 years, bringing the total number of expected CSU graduates between 2015 and 2025 to more than one million.

In order to eliminate the achievement gap, the CSU plans to increase efforts to reduce course bottlenecks, increase hands-on advising, boost the number of online services and resources for students and increase hiring of faculty and academic advisors.

Cost cutting and redirecting financial resources are not enough to grow quality degree programs that improve graduation rates. The CSU receives about $2,000 less per student from the state than it did 10 years ago when we had lower costs and served less students.

Today, 57 percent of all first–time freshmen graduate in six years or less and 72.9 percent of community college transfers graduate in four years or less.

The CSU produces half of the bachelor's degree recipients in the state. The university is committed to improving graduation rates and has made closing the completion gap for underserved students its top priority.

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