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ERIC Number: EJ1102252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Highly Valued Degrees at California State University, Long Beach
Dowell, David A.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v48 n2 p24-31 2016
In 2014, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) received the national award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) for Excellence and Innovation in Student Success and Completion, recognizing record high graduation rates with a diverse student population, significantly above comparable institutions. Moreover, these high rates were obtained for cohorts who entered the university during the Great Recession, which triggered major higher education budget cuts. CSULB launched an institution-wide effort to boost completion branded as the "Highly Valued Degree Initiative" (HVDI), with the name intended to reflect the university's commitment to maintain degree quality while improving retention and completion overall and for all student ethnic, gender, income, and major subgroups. Detailed in this article is a broad set of strategies used by CSULB to accomplish those gains in the graduation rate. Lessons learned from implementing this initiative are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
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