Statement on Chancellor Timothy White’s State of the California State University & Graduation Initiative 2025 Goals

January 28th, 2015

State should follow CSU lead in articulating goals

Chancellor White and the California State University (CSU) system should be commended for articulating clear goals to improve college graduation rates, time to degree, and closing the gaps between students of color and their peers. Our Governor and state policymakers should follow the CSU’s lead and set overarching goals and expectations for all three segments of public higher education that ensure we increase college going rates, improve college graduation and finally close the gaps between different ethnic groups on both of these measures.

Current graduation rates are unacceptable and the persistent racial gaps in higher education are particularly disturbing in a state as diverse as California. The new goals set forward by Chancellor White – to improve graduation rates, improve transfer success, and close equity gaps- should inspire the leaders of every single CSU campus to put forward meaningful plans that meet these goals because at the end of the day, the change has to happen on the ground.