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CSU Prepares Ever More Graduates for California’s Economy

Oct. 13, 2006 -- The California State University continues to increase the number of graduates earning degrees in a range of fields crucial to California’s developing economy, according to recently released statistics. The overall number of students receiving CSU degrees during the 2005-06 academic year was 87,680 students, a 4.4 percent increase, or 3,692 students, over 2004-05.

The bulk of the increase was in bachelor degrees, going from 66,768 to 69,350, with master’s degrees also climbing from 17,167 to 18,269. A small increase, from 53 to 61, in joint doctorates awarded will be dwarfed in the future as the newly approved doctoral programs in educational leadership roll out on the campuses, beginning in 2007.

Of the 69,350 bachelor’s degrees awarded in 2005-06, nearly 60 percent, or 41,512, were awarded to women, continuing the enrollment trend of previous years. Women likewise earned 11,596 of the master’s degrees granted, or more than 63 percent. This reflects a nationwide trend in the increasing dominance of women students in higher education.

The ethnicity of bachelor and master’s degree earners increased largely across the board in almost all ethnic categories, with the largest increases being in the numbers of Asian Americans and Latinos graduating. Ethnic groups currently make up an increasing majority of students in the CSU, mirroring demographics of the state at large.

Nearly a third of all degrees granted were earned by students between 25 and 29 years old, reflecting the prevalence of the older student in the university system.

At the bachelor’s level, the largest major by far is business and management, with more than one out of five graduating students earning their degree in this field. At the master’s level, business and management continues to be a strong field, with more than one out of eight graduating students taking their degree here. However, the overwhelmingly popular master’s degree of CSU students remains education, with nearly a third earning their degrees here. This is not surprising, considering CSU’s historic and continuing role in preparing teachers and educational leaders for California’s schools.

The full statistical report, with additional details, can be found here.

For more information on the impact CSU has on California through its highly-trained graduates and through other avenues, see Impact Report.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

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Last Updated: October 13, 2006

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