California State University system reports increase in number of graduates – CBS Los Angeles


LONG RANGE (CBSLA) – The system at California State University, headquartered in Long Beach, has announced that the number of its graduates has reached an all-time high, despite challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and early from 2021.

Twenty-three different universities make up the CSU system, stretching from San Diego north to Humboldt.

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132,167 diplomas were awarded for the 2020-21 school year, a significant jump – nearly 25,000 – from the figures taken in 2015, when the CSU system began working on increasing graduation rates in their countries. universities. According to the report, the overall four-year graduation rate has increased to 33%, from 19% since the start of the graduation initiative in 2015. The six-year graduation rate has increased from 57% to 63%.

Despite these rising numbers, CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro has responded to the need to close “equity gaps” or graduation rates that continue to lag among “historically underserved” groups.

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“This has always been a top priority, and indeed, we have a moral imperative to do better for our students,” said Castro. A system-wide plan has been implemented to help address these gaps.

The plan includes many steps, such as:

  • a re-enrollment drive to bring underserved students back to CSU campuses this spring;
  • launch ‘digital degree planners’ to ensure students have a clear understanding of their ‘path to graduation’; and
  • a targeted goal to improve student performance in courses with the highest number of failures and the highest number of underserved students.

Additionally, Castro has asked each university to develop their own more personalized plans to tackle this issue head-on.

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