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Thursday, November 11, 2004
Chico Enterprise-Record 11-11-04
CSU graduates record number
A record 82,672 students graduated last year from the 23 campuses in the California State University system, an 8 percent increase over last year and the largest year-over-year jump in 30 years, CSU officials said Wednesday.
Some 65,743 students received bachelor's degrees from a CSU campus in the 2003-04 academic year, up from 61,712 in 2002-03, the numbers show. An additional 16,860 students received graduate degrees, up from 14,990, and 69 -- up from 53 -- received doctoral degrees through partnerships with University of California and private universities.
The graduation increases had been more modest in previous years. For instance, CSU campuses granted only about 800 more degrees in 2002-03 than in 2002-01.
California State University, Hayward granted 3,622 degrees last year -- 2,396 undergraduate degrees and 1,226 graduate degrees, according to a campus-by-campus breakdown.
Officials say the increases show that a systemwide push to graduate students faster is paying off. Now, it takes the average student about 51/2 years to obtain a CSU undergraduate degree.
Programs that streamline community college transfers and efforts to encourage students to declare majors earlier are beginning to show results, a university spokeswoman said.
But steep fee increases during the past two years may be hitting home, as well, inspiring students to take more classes each term in order to graduate and hit the job market quicker.
"With the increasing fees, students start to think, 'Maybe I better get serious,'" said CSU spokeswoman Colleen Bentley-Adler.
Currently enrolled students may be progressing faster toward degrees than earlier students, Bentley-Adler said, because they appear to be taking more classes each term
The latest data also show increases in the numbers of women and minorities
graduating from CSU. The number of degrees granted to women increased
by more than 3,700 over the previous year, and the number granted to minorities,
including blacks, Latinos, Asians and Filipinos, jumped by 1,860.
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