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Graduation Initiative


The Chico Graduation Initiative Team was formed in December 2007 and has consistently convened professional staff, faculty and administrators from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs focused on student success.  The Graduation Initiative Team communicates regularly with the California State University’s Chancellor’s Office, particularly regarding graduation targets and the sharing of best practices across the CSU system.

The Graduation Initiative Team is the primary body on campus tracking graduation rates of various student populations and reporting on campus progress.  In 2007, the Chancellor’s Office set specific targets for each campus regarding overall graduation rates and reducing graduation gaps based on baseline conditions in 2005-06.  The Chancellor’s Office defined the 2009 entering cohort of full-time, first-time freshman as the cohort to be tracked across the CSU system.  Chico’s targets from the Chancellor’s Office were to increase 6-year graduation rates from 56% to 60% and to halve the graduation gap between Under Represented Minorities (URMs) and non-Under represented Minorities (non-URMs) from 21% to 10%.  Chico State met these targets.  Our overall 6-year graduation rate target was 60%, actual was 64%.  The gap between URMs and non-URMs was reduced from 21% to 10%, meeting the target of reducing the gap by half.

Outcomes and new targets.

In addition to a tracking and reporting function, the Graduation Initiative Team has deliberated and made recommendations in such areas as:

  • Factors influencing overall and differential graduation rates on our campus;
  • Steps the university can take to increase graduation rates while maintaining the quality of our degrees and the Chico Experience;
  • Current practices at the university, college and department level that either facilitate or hinder progress to degree, and;
  • Identifying High Impact Practices that enhance student engagement, learning and well-being and that contribute to student success.
student at the graduating ceremony walking down the stage