In an effort to better prepare and assist students, the CSU has established a plan to remove obstacles to receiving a baccalaureate degree.
The California State University launched its Graduation Initiative 2025 in January 2015 with a clear goal: to increase graduation rates for our 475,000 students across all 23 campuses.
To meet the workforce demands of California’s innovation economy in the years and decades to come, Graduation Initiative 2025 will add 100,000 more baccalaureate degree-educated citizens to California over the next 10 years. This would bring the total number of expected CSU graduates between 2015 and 2025 alone to more than one million.
As of September 20, 2016, Graduation Initiative 2025 established a series of ambitious objectives, including:
The Graduation Initiative 2025 follows the success of the first Graduation Initiative, launched in 2009, which surpassed its primary goal of increasing the graduation rate for first-time incoming CSU freshmen from 46 percent to 54 percent with an achieved rate of 57 percent.
Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed. At the California State University, we know that education, unlike almost anything else, has the potential to lift individuals, families and entire communities.
CSU students are the embodiment of talent, excellence and perseverance. While most students naturally need to meet the rigors of an academic career to succeed, many CSU students must also overcome challenges outside the classroom that can affect their success. For example, over half of baccalaureate students rely on need-based Pell grants, and one in three students are the first in their families to attend college.
The strategic measures proposed in the Graduation Initiative 2025 are designed to support students through the entire pipeline—from applying to the CSU through to graduation. Some of the methods on the path to achieving these objectives include:
Graduation Initiative 2025 is the CSU’s commitment to remove the obstacles to student success, enabling our students to experience transformation for themselves and a lasting impact on California.