Graduation Initiative 2025

The 2017-18 Support Budget plan includes $75 million for Graduation Initiative 2025—​CSU’s signature endeavor. In 2009, the CSU set out to improve six-year completion rates and halve achievement gaps for first-time freshmen by 2015. With state support, the CSU was able to make modest investments in tenure-track hiring, increase course taking opportunities, enhance advising and education plans, improve academic and student support, and leverage data for campus decision making. Building on the success of Graduation Initiative 2009, the CSU decided, in consultation with campus leaders and other key stakeholders, to raise the bar even higher.

Graduation Initiative 2025 is focused on aggressive goals for both freshman and transfer students. By more than doubling the four-year rate from 19 percent to 40 percent systemwide and raising the six-year rate from 52 percent to 70 percent for freshmen, in combination with two- and four-year graduation rate goals for transfer students, the CSU will contribute its share of the bachelor’s degrees needed in California by 2030. The CSU is also committed to fully eliminating achievement gaps for underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students. The $75 million request represents the first year of a multi-year investment that is needed in order to achieve the CSU’s new transformational graduation and student success goals.

With $75 million distributed across the CSU based upon an allocation model which considers the student populations of each campus, these resources will allow campuses to prioritize the investments they make to improve time to degree, eliminate student achievement gaps, and ensure every student has access to the tools, resources and guidance needed to achieve. Below are the five priority areas for Graduation Initiative 2025:

  • Tenure-Track Faculty Hiring: Campuses will continue to prioritize the hiring of tenure-track faculty and to improve the ratio of tenure and tenure-track faculty to lecturers, as well as improve student/faculty ratios. These funds will enable campuses to hire more tenured and tenure-track faculty systemwide. This increase will provide opportunities to offer more sections of high-demand courses.
  • Improved Course Taking Opportunities: Campuses will develop infrastructure to accurately predict student demand for course sections, will organize the schedule of classes to prioritize the delivery of courses required for degree completion and will strategically allocate campus resources to align with demand throughout the college year.
  • Enhanced Advising and Education Plans: Through the hiring of more professional staff advisors and investing in the use of technology to provide clear and accurate education plans, the CSU has prioritized this critical component of academic and student success. Investing in advising will improve opportunities for students to focus on specific academic and career goals, improving both student services and institutional efficiency.
  • Academic and Student Support: By identifying and supporting academic and student services and programs which have systemic, campus-wide impact, campuses will scale-up a range of successful strategies to improve retention and completion.
  • Actively Leveraging Data: Campuses will continue investment in improving student information systems and the use of available data to facilitate more strategic and intentional campus decision-making.