February 4, 2010
In January 2010 the Chancellor’s Office launched an initiative to increase graduation rates of CSU students. CSULB graduation rates have been improving for more than a decade.
From a position of below CSU averages in the early 1990s, CSULB’s decade of increase now places our campus fourth in the most recent compilation of figures, virtually tied with Chico but behind San Diego and San Luis Obispo.
CSULB’s graduation rates compare well to the latest available national data (from 2007). Campus rates for 2007 were above the average of 75 similar public Master’s institutions and CSULB increases since then are estimated to place the university among the top 10 percent of these institutions not only in overall graduation rate but also in rates for underrepresented students, for Latinos, African-Americans, and white students. For Asian and Asian-American students, increases are estimated to place the university among the top 20 percent.*
CSULB’s response to the Chancellor’s initiative builds on student success initiatives we already have in place.
The CSU Graduation Initiative and our strategic planning goals call on us to increase our six-year graduation rate to 58 percent by 2012 and to reduce achievement gaps for low-income and underrepresented minority students.
Five task forces have been formed to support ongoing programs and identify new strategies and initiatives while sustaining the quality and value of our degrees. Vice Provost David Dowell and Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies Lynn Mahoney are leading this initiative.
*Comparisons are drawn from College Results Online, a compilation of federal graduation rates data and include most recent 2007 data on seventy-five public master’s institutions from across the nation with student related expenditures per total full time equivalent students of $7-9,000 per student -- similar to CSULB’s $8,069-- and percentage of Pell students of 30% or more -- similar to CSULB’s 33%.