Eight CSU campuses are among 52 four-year public universities succeeding at improving graduation rates and reducing achievement gaps for African American students, according to a report released March 24 by Education Trust, a national nonprofit aimed at promoting academic achievement, particularly for low-income and students of color.

The eight CSU campuses—San Diego, Chico, Pomona, Fullerton, Long Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Northridge—achieved a combined 7.6 percent reduction in the achievement gap between white and black students from 2003 to 2013.

Over that same time span, the campuses saw an average 16.4 percent increase in graduation rates for black students—nearly double the 8.9 percent increase in overall graduation rates.

San Diego State was ranked first out of all 52 institutions, with black student graduation rates increasing by 30 percent in the 10 year span. Chico State, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Fullerton are also listed in the top 10.

The report, titled Rising Tide II: Do Black Students Benefit as Grad Rates Increase?, is the second of two Education Trust research papers looking at the graduation rates of traditionally underserved minority students. It examined a total of 232 institutions with a minimum of 30 first-time, full-time black students and 30 first-time, full-time white students that improved graduation rates from 2003 to 2013.

Some of the strategies employed by the CSU to increase student success for African American students include expanding transitional programs to foster success among first-time freshmen, expanding cohort-based learning communities, and increasing advisors and technology. The CSU’s systemwide African American Initiative—a partnership between CSU campuses and leaders in the African American Community—also produces events throughout the year dedicated to increasing the number of black students who attend and graduate from college.