Graduation Initiative 2025
Graduation Initiative 2025

Graduation Initiative 2025 is the California State University’s ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. Through this initiative the CSU will ensure that all students have the opportunity to graduate in a timely manner according to their personal goals, positively impacting their future and producing the graduates needed to power California and the nation.

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October 17-18, 2018

To achie​ve this the CSU is addressing:​​​​

Graduation Initiative 2025 Goals: How Are We Doing?

The CSU continues to make significant progress to meet our ambitious targets for student success. See the most recent graduation rates, as of January 2018.

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Initiative 2025 Factsheet

Partner with Us: Actionable Data​

Data-driven decision making is at the heart of the Graduation Initiative 2025. To that end, the CSU has created innovative tools for high schools, community colleges and faith-based groups to learn more about their students' readiness for college.

View the Data Tools​

Closing the Achievement Gap

The CSU educates the most ethnically, economically and academically diverse student body in the nation, and Graduation Initiative 2025 will help ensure that equity gaps between underserved students and their peers are closed.

Learn How We're Closing the Gap​​​​

In the Headlines​

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Public Universities Do Best When It Comes to Diversity
Wall Street Journal
State schools in major cities bring in a racially and socioeconomically diverse student body, according to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings. (sub​scriber access only)

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Moving Away from Non-Credit Developmental Education to Support Student Retention and Success
The EvoLLLution
James Minor, senior strategist for Academic Success and Inclusive Excellence at the CSU, talks about the system’s recent decision to eliminate remedial perquisites in favor of more effective models.

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California Today: A 'Seismic Change' at Cal State
New York Times
Every year, more than a third of all freshman enrolled in California State University are required to take remedial classes in math or English...​

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Cal State will no longer require placement exams and remedial classes for freshmen
Los Angeles Times
Cal State plans to drop placement exams in math and English as ​well as the noncredit remedial courses ...​

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CSU Graduation Initiative 2025

Removing obstacles and supportin​​g innovation to increase student success.

Graduation Initiative 2025 Spotlight



Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium

The Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium is scheduled for October 17-18, 2019 in Sacramento, California. The Symposium features workshops, keynote speakers and Grad Talks to engage participants with national higher education thought-leaders on degree completion and student success.

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