CSU Graduation Rates Rise Despite Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic does not appear to have affected California State University completion rates so far. Data published last week shows CSU graduations for entering freshmen up 27.5% from last year, for a total of 31%.

Transfer students demonstrated improvements too. The two-year graduation rate for transfer students rose from 40.4% to to 44%.

It’s an encouraging sign. The increase was achieved despite the abrupt closure of CSU’s 23 campuses, which forced students to complete their degrees virtually. The four-year graduation rate for transfer students increased from 77.5% to 79%.

These achievements come five years after the CSU system adopted the Graduation Initiative 2025 goal to increase graduation rates. The four-year graduation target for first-time students is 40%. The six-year goal is 70%.

“The record achievements of CSU students is a testament to their persistence and flexibility in navigating the pivot to virtual instruction and support made necessary by the ongoing pandemic,” CSU Chancellor Timothy White said (EdSource). “It is also a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff who overcame unprecedented challenges to advance the university’s mission.”

Let’s hope this good news holds steady.