November 15, 2004

Campus, CSU set records

A record number of students graduated from the California State University system in 2003-04 academic year, including Sacramento State’s largest-ever graduating class of 5,520.

At the system level, there were increases in both the numbers of bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The CSU system awarded 65,743 bachelor’s degrees in 2003-04, an increase of more than 4,000 students from 2002-03. The record 16,860 master’s degrees awarded represent an increase of 1,870. Sacramento State’s numbers show a record 4,557 in bachelor’s degrees in 2003. The number of master’s degree awarded was 963, down from the previous year’s 1,024 and short of the record 1,226 set in 1998.

Overall, the number of bachelor and master’s degrees granted by the CSU’s 23 campuses rose by nearly 8 percent to 82,672, the largest increase in three decades.

The rise in total degrees granted also reflects an increase of 1,860 in degrees awarded to identified ethnic minority students as well as an increase of more than 3,700 in degrees earned by women. The increase in degrees awarded was seen across all ethnic groups.

The Chancellor’s Office suggests that the large number of graduates demonstrates that efforts to help students move quickly to graduation are beginning to take effect. In 2003, the CSU Board of Trustees launched its Graduation Initiative with the three-pronged goal of increasing the preparation of high school students entering the CSU, improving the process of transferring from a community college to a CSU campus, and helping students already at a CSU campus graduate by providing a straightforward path to graduation.

Currently enrolled students may be progressing faster than the 2003-04 degree holders because they appear to be taking 12 units per term, whereas their predecessors were below that mark.

For more information on degrees granted by the CSU, visit www.calstate.edu/as/stat_reports/cy_degrees.shtml. For more on degree awarded at Sacramento State visit the institutional studies page at www.oir.csus.edu.

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