HSU, CSU System Graduation Rates Reach All-time Highs - Humboldt State Now

HSU, CSU System Graduation Rates Reach All-time Highs

Efforts to support students through the Graduation Initiative 2025 have led to record levels of student achievement at Humboldt State University.

A report released by the California State University system on Oct. 17 shows that Humboldt State has made good progress on five out of the six key measures for the initiative. Another measure shows limited improvement.
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Commencement 2018.

Statewide in the CSU system, graduation rates for first-time freshmen and transfer students reached all-time highs and equity gaps between students from historically underserved communities and other students narrowed.

“Ensuring the success of every student continues to be foundational to the work underway at every California State University campus,” says CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “I am extremely proud of the remarkable efforts and commitment from students, faculty and staff to achieve these gains. The CSU continues to be the key to a bright future for California and for those who earn high-quality college degrees here. These data demonstrate that sustained investment in the CSU is producing good results, and with additional financial support from the state, we can maintain this positive trajectory for students.”

The preliminary data released for Humboldt State show that since the launch of Graduation Initiative 2025:
· The four-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen has increased from 14.5 percent in 2015 to 21.9 percent in 2018 (a 51 percent increase). That is an all-time high for HSU.
· The six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen has increased from 45.6 percent in 2015 to 51.8 percent in 2018 (a 14 percent increase).
· The two-year graduation rate for transfer students has increased from 26.3 percent in 2015 to 37.8 percent in 2018 (a 44 percent increase).
· The four-year graduation rate for transfer students has increased from 68.5 percent in 2015 to 75.4 percent in 2018 (a 10 percent increase).

Additionally, the 2018 graduation rates indicate some progress on closing persistent equity gaps at Humboldt State:
· The graduation rate gap between Pell-eligible students and their peers narrowed from 13.4 percent in 2017 to 10.3 percent in 2018 (a 23 percent decrease).
· However, the six-year graduation rate gap between underrepresented students of color and their peers increased from 10.6 percent in 2017 to 13.7 percent in 2018 (a 29 percent increase). While the graduation rates for underrepresented students of color increased at HSU, graduation rates for other students increased at an even higher rate, increasing the gap.

The preliminary data released for the whole CSU system shows that since the launch of Graduation Initiative 2025:
· The four-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen has increased from 19.2 percent in 2015 to 25.4 percent in 2018 (a 32 percent increase).
· The six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen has increased from 57 percent in 2015 to 61.1 percent in 2018 (a 7 percent increase).
· The two-year graduation rate for transfer students has increased from 30.5 percent in 2015 to 37.6 percent in 2018 (a 23 percent increase).
· The four-year graduation rate for transfer students has increased from 72.9 percent in 2015 to 77 percent in 2018 (a 6 percent increase).

Additionally, the 2018 graduation rates indicate that the CSU system has begun to close persistent equity gaps:
· The six-year graduation rate gap between underrepresented students of color and their peers narrowed from 12.2 percent in 2017 to 10.5 percent in 2018 (a 14 percent decrease).
· The graduation rate gap between Pell-eligible students and their peers narrowed from 10.6 percent in 2017 to 9.5 percent in 2018 (a 10 percent decrease).

In 2018, CSU students earned a total of 105,431 bachelor’s degrees, representing an all-time high. The equity gaps are smaller than the previous year while the system is also enrolling a greater percentage of underrepresented and Pell eligible students.

The CSU has prioritized student success, investing in additional faculty, advisors and course sections, and allocating resources to proven student and academic support programs. Last year, CSU campuses added 4,300 new course sections opening 90,000 additional seats for students.

Graduation Initiative 2025 is a CSU initiative to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be successful and graduate according to their personal goals, positively impacting their future and producing additional graduates to power California and the nation.

For more information about Graduation Initiative 2025, visit the CSU website. A fact sheet is available here (pdf).

About the California State University

The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 50,800 faculty and staff and 484,000 students. Half of the CSU’s students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research, and producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 110,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU system and the CSU has 3.4 million alumni.