Finishing in Four Years

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Finishing in Four Years

Above: Cal State Fullerton commencement 2021.

How colleges are pushing students to graduate sooner


Graduating students in four years, or six years at the latest, is the goal at many public universities nationwide. This series examines strategies that helped two campuses to make significant progress especially for Black and Latino students. Finishing college on time lowers tuition and living costs, reduces debt and prepares students for job demands. And, the longer it takes, the less likely students will earn a degree.

Part 1May 11, 2022

How a Florida public university helps more students get to graduation

Improvements include closing gaps for Latino and Black students.

Part 2May 16, 2022

A Texas university helps students across the finish line

Latinos and Blacks lead at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Part 3May 18, 2022

California State University faces a tight deadline to bring all 23 campuses up to graduation goals.

Q & A with CSU’s Jeff Gold, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success.

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