Graduation Targets

As a system the CSU commits to raising our graduation rate and halving our achievement gap as follows:

CSU Graduation RatesBaseline2015Increase
Overall 46% 54% 8%
URM 41% 51% 10%
Non-URM 48% 55% 7%

The information in the charts above and below is based on data provided by The Education Trust which utilizes IPEDS data.

Campus Graduation Rate Improvement Targets

This bar graph below reflects the baseline full-time-freshman graduation rates on each CSU campus, the top quartile graduation rates at peer campuses, and the percentage points of improvement needed for each CSU campus to join the top quartile.

graph about baseline full-time-freshman graduation rates

A few campuses are already within the top quartile of national six-year graduation rates for full time freshman. Those campuses have committed to increasing their graduation rates by six percentage points such that every campus in the CSU has something at stake in this campaign. Campuses dealing with higher targets will have to aggressively work on retention efforts in order to lift graduation rates.

Most CSU campuses have significant achievement gaps to close as they seek to improve their six year graduation rates. The bar graph chart below provides a breakdown of campus targets for halving the achievement gap. The darker blue bars represent the percentage point increase needed in non-URM six year graduation rates, and the lighter blue lines depict the improvement required in URM graduation rates in order to halve the achievement gap.

Campus Graduation Rate Improvement Targets Graph

While the chart shows that most campuses face significant challenges in improving URM graduation rates, Monterey Bay, Dominguez Hills, and Stanislaus do not show any achievement gaps. They are already graduating an impressive ratio of underrepresented students. A few others have very slight achievement gaps and are in similar situations.

System Graduation Rate Improvement Targets

The graph below offers a depiction of how reaching our goals will look. The blue line represents projected increases in overall six-year freshman graduation rates (by 8%); the red line represents an increase by 10% in the graduation rates of URMs in that same six-year cohort; and the green line represents an increase of 7% in non-URM graduates in the same grouping.

Our Goals Graph

If all 23 campuses reach their goals, the CSU will have achieved an 8% point increase in six-year graduation rates for 2015. That means thousands of more individuals will be graduating from the CSU than would have been predicted.


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