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California State University Expected to Launch Bold Graduation Initiative at Board of Trustees Meeting


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CSU Expected to Launch Bold Graduation Initiative

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(January 22, 2010) –California State University officials are expected to announce a long-term graduation goal at the Board of Trustees meeting on January 27 that will bring the system’s rates in line with those of similar universities nationwide. The graduation initiative involves all 23 CSU campuses, and is expected to raise six-year graduation rates, as well as cut in half the existing gap in degree attainment by CSU's underrepresented students.

The CSU's graduation initiative will also include targets for transfer students, as well as incoming freshman, with the overall goal of increasing graduation rates as a system by 8 percent by 2016. Each campus will work on an individual plan with specific measures designed to reach their own graduation rate goal. Campuses already in the top quartile for graduation rates have committed to increasing an additional 6 percent, as well as cutting in half their achievement gaps. 

The item will be heard as part of the Committee on Education Policy scheduled for Wednesday, January 27 beginning at 8 a.m. with the item expected to be heard at approximately 9 a.m.

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