In early spring 2010, the California State University announced a long-term initiative to increase the system’s graduation rates and help underrepresented students complete college. The initiative involves all 23 CSU campuses and is expected to raise six-year graduation rates by eight percent by 2016 and cut the achievement gap—the existing gap in degree attainment by underrepresented students—in half.
In February, President F. King Alexander launched the Highly Valued Degree Initiative at CSULB. He asked the campus to join the CSU’s efforts to boost graduation rates while raising the value of CSULB degrees. With leadership from Academic Affairs, task forces were established to focus on curriculum pathways, support services, advising, faculty development, and research and evaluation.
A number of Student Services managers and professionals were selected to serve on the Support Services Task Force. Among the initiatives the task force identified for implementation during 2010-11 are:
Measurable outcomes and the use of data are key components of the HVDI and will be used to provide ongoing feedback and direction to the project.
Visit CSULB's student success website for more information about the highly valued degree initiative and other efforts to boost graduation rates.