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Infusion of state funds aims to ease bottlenecks on grads’ path

Nursing The path to a diploma will get a little easier for Sacramento State students, thanks to new funding for the University to improve the flow of students through so-called bottleneck courses.

Sac State has received $555,982 from the California State University system to help upgrade technology and change the instructional approach in classes required for all students. The grant will help relieve the demand for these courses and thus improve graduation rates.

The CSU has determined that, system-wide, 13 percent of students – about 225,000 – need to retake some prerequisite courses. That means many first-time freshmen have to wait a semester or more to get into these courses.

Sac State’s share of the system-wide funding represents a $365,823 increase from last year. The funds will be divided among 52 faculty members, some of whom will study proven practices already developed to help improve pass rates in the courses, while others will work on promising practices that show possibilities for relieving the bottlenecks.
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