Graduation Initiative

Graduation Initiative 2025

In 2015, the California State University (CSU) launched Graduation Initiative 2025(opens in new window), its ambitious plan to increase graduation rates, eliminate equity gaps in degree completion and meet California’s workforce needs.

Advancing Equity Project

Driven by the urgency of closing academic equity gaps faced by our low income, first generation, and Latinx, African-American, and Native American students, and in alignment with CSU system-wide priorities and guidance from President Hutchinson, the Graduation Initiative Advisory Team has launched an ambitious plan to make rapid and measurable progress on this challenge.  Launched in 2021, the Advancing Equity Project is action-oriented, data-driven, and spans all divisions of the University.  Campus leadership is investing critical time and resources to support the project, and Action and Inquiry Teams of faculty and staff are leading targeted efforts for immediate and long-term impact on equitable student success.

Major accomplishments in 2021-22 are available here.

For 2022-23, the Advancing Equity Project is focused on equitable student retention in alignment with the campus Enrollment Continuum agenda. Six objectives in the service of two measurable goals are the focus of this year's Advancing Equity Project 2022-23.

The full Advancing Equity Action Plan for 2022-23 is available here. (PDF)

Retention Goals and Plan

  • Guiding Principles
    Four shared principles will guide this work. Action and Inquiry Teams will:
    • Be guided by both data and consultation with advocates for and representatives of Latinx, African American, Native American, low-income, and first-generation student populations.
    • Use a cultural asset framework.
    • Build sense of belonging into all strategies.
    • Cultivate mentoring mindset for all employees.

For more information, contact Advancing Equity Project Co-Leads: