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STATE FOOTPRINT: CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Increasing Graduation Rates and Meeting Graduation Initiative 2025 Through Strategic Scheduling

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When students can't enroll in the classes they need to graduate, changes must be made to ensure timely completions. California State University is a great example of a university making large strides to encourage timely graduations. Continue reading to learn where the California State University system began, changes that are being implemented, and their impact on students due to these scheduling changes. 

    1. Background
    2. Initial Average CSU Partner Statistics
    3. Key Terms
    4. Outcomes
    5. Success Stories
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Background

 

In 2016, the California State University (CSU) system launched Graduation Initiative 2025 to “increase graduation rates, eliminate equity gaps in degree completion, and meet California’s workforce needs.” A core element of this strategy centers on improving course capacity and meeting high student demand for core classes. To take advantage of the opportunity, CSU institutions partnered with Ad Astra to assist with improving course access and, ultimately, graduation rates. Redefining paths to graduation allowed CSU partners to identify bottlenecks and allocate resources, which helped lead to immediate improvements in retention and graduation rates. Additionally, the California State University Office of the Chancellor recognized that students infrequently get the courses they need to progress in their academic journey, and that investing in additional course sections can remove barriers to student success. To help with this, Ad Astra has partnered with 11 CSU institutions to support Graduation Initiative 2025 by strategically identifying and adding the courses that students need most to graduate on time.

 

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Initial Average CSU Partner Statistics

When we began working with the CSU system, we identified a few areas of improvement by analyzing some key metrics. If you are interested in learning more about these metrics, check out our key terms

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Key Terms

Definition: The percentage of unique courses offered that are balanced with student need, defined as having an enrollment ratio between 70% and 95%

Software: Align, Monitor

Service: Strategic Scheduling

 

Definition: The percentage of hours in the primetime subset of a standard week (as defined by each institution’s usage patterns) that a typical classroom is in use

Software: Astra Schedule

Service: Strategic Scheduling, Meeting Pattern Analysis

 

Definition: The rate at which students complete their degree

Software: Predict, Align, Monitor

Service: Cohort Enrollment Health

 

Definition: Overall fill rate for course offerings at census date

Software: Align, Monitor

Service: Strategic Scheduling

 

Definition: The percentage of capacity wasted by scheduling non-standard meeting patterns during primetime hours

Software: Astra Schedule

Services: Strategic Scheduling, Meeting Pattern Analysis

Definition: The percentage of unique courses offered that are difficult for students to register for because they have a high enrollment ratio, defined as having an enrollment ratio of 95% or higher

Software: Predict, Monitor

Service: Strategic Scheduling, Pathway Analysis

Definition: The percentage of unique courses offered that are an inefficient use of faculty and classroom resources because they are under-enrolled, defined as having an enrollment ratio of less than 70%  

Software: Predict, Align, Monitor

Service: Strategic Scheduling, Pathway Analysis

 

 

 

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Outcomes

By implementing strategies focused on Graduation Initiative 2025, CSU institutions added 4,300 new course sections to increase course capacity and improve degree velocity. Ad Astra’s Higher Education Scheduling Index (HESI), a database for course scheduling that tracks 50 variables related to course scheduling patterns and institutional activity, found CSU partners improved critical areas in the course schedule that led to significant impacts on individual campuses. CSU partners continue to leverage Ad Astra’s services and solutions to achieve state and institution goals. 

 

 

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Success Stories

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