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November 11, 2002

Campus on track in accountability goals

The University recently completed its campus accountability report, which showed the campus is meeting most of its performance goals for the academic year 2002-03, according to Ric Brown, interim vice president for academic affairs.

The goals, part of an accountability process established by the CSU system, include progression to degree, graduation rates, teacher credentials, relations to public schools, remediation, facilities use and university advancement. "The campus community has worked very well together to benefit our students," Brown says.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Estimated graduation rates for California community college transfers increased from 69.3 percent in 1998-99 to 74.4 percent in 2000-01, higher than the 2002-03 goal of 70 percent.
  • The number of multiple-subject teaching credentials increased from 320 in 1998-99 to 466 in 2001-02, above the 2002-03 goal of 440.
  • The number of CSUS students involved in outreach to K-12 schools grew from 156 in 1998-99 to 1,300 in 2002-03, nearly three times the 2002-03 target of 475.
  • Student enrollment on Fridays grew from 1,165 FTES in 1998-99 to 1,951 FTES in fall 2002, exceeding the 2002-3 goal of 1,570 FTES.

The enrollment goals are largely the result of a return to three-day Monday-Wednesday-Friday scheduling in fall 2002, which helped the University accommodate its rapidly increasing enrollment, says Paul Noble, associate vice president for academic affairs. "I don't know how we would have handled all that growth without the increased capacity on Friday," he says.

The CSU accountability process was instituted in 1999 and has evolved through input from individual campuses, the Alumni Council, the California State Student Association and the CSU Academic Senate. The systemwide process analyzes the CSU system's educational objectives and honors the diverse ways the campuses help meet the state's educational objectives. Outcomes are reported on a regular, cyclical basis, with systemwide performance reported annually and campus performance reported every other year.


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