Initiatives in Academic Affairs
In October 2009 Chancellor Charles B. Reed convened California State University executives to launch a Graduation Initiative involving all 23 CSU campuses with the aim of improving graduation rates and closing the achievement gaps among students. In January 2010, the CSU Graduation Initiative was presented to the CSU Board of Trustees. The initiative is expected to raise six-year graduation rates by eight percentage points by 2015 (from the current 46 percent to 54 percent), plus cut in half the existing gap in degree attainment by CSU’s underrepresented students. The Initiative’s team members have visited campuses to review and discuss campus plans.
In May 2010 the California State University Board of Trustees adopted an Early Start policy designed to help students become better prepared in mathematics and English when they enter the CSU as incoming freshmen so that they do not have to take remedial courses. Tied to the Early Start program is the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in which 11th grade students take a test to determine if they are “CSU ready” in math and English. If not, they have the senior year to get up to speed or the summer before their freshman year to reach college-level.
Transfer students are a significant segment of the undergraduate population of the California State University. The Student Transfer Agreement Reform Act (SB 1440) signed into law on September 29, 2010, enables the California Community Colleges and California State University to collaborate on the creation of Associate of Arts Degree (AA) program for transfer to a CSU campus. A community college student who has earned the AA transfer degree will be granted priority admission to the CSU into a similar baccalaureate (BA) degree program with a guarantee of junior standing as long as the student meets all prescribed admission requirements.
Affordable Learning Solutions
The CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative improves the choice, affordability and accessibility of educational content for CSU faculty and students through innovative delivery of open educational resources, library resources, and commercial publishers’ resources. CSU students typically pay about $1,000 per year for their course materials. By reducing these expenses, the CSU can provide better access to a quality CSU education