In October 2009 Chancellor Charles B. Reed convened California State University executives to launch a Graduation Initiative involving all 23 CSU campuses with the aim of improving graduation rates and closing the achievement gaps among students. In January 2010, the CSU Graduation Initiative was presented to the CSU Board of Trustees. The initiative is expected to raise six-year graduation rates by eight percentage points by 2015 (from the current 46 percent to 54 percent), plus cut in half the existing gap in degree attainment by CSU’s underrepresented students.
Cal State East Bay is an active participant in the Graduation Initative. Closing the Graduation Gap with Appendices provides the outline to achieve the goals, and bi-monthly reports document progress made.
In March 2010 members of the University community were invited to apply for Federal stimulus funds for one-time projects that would enhance graduation rates.