Student Success

                          Archaeological Field Methods take part in a Learn by Doing activity near the Pacific Ocean.

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In higher education, student success is commonly defined as persistence in a bachelor’s degree program, leading to a timely completion of that program. For first-time freshmen, timely graduation would be in four to six years after admission to the university. The equivalent for new transfer students would be two to four years.

Defined this way, Cal Poly students are among the most successful in the California State University (CSU), yet all groups of students do not graduate at the same rate. There are achievement gaps between first-generation and non-first-generation students, between under-represented minority (URM) and non-URM students, as well as between students receiving and not receiving Pell Grants. Underlying all of these differences is an achievement gap between men and women.

The CSU Graduation Initiative has set ambitious goals for all 23 campuses to achieve by the year 2025. These goals address the achievement gaps as well as the four- and six-year graduation rates; Cal Poly’s goals are indicated below.

           94.1%. Percentage of first-time freshmen who started in Fall 2017 and who were still enrolled Fall 2018. Click to see persistence and graduation rates (2001-2018).           

           82.2%. Percentage of first-time freshmen enrolled in Fall 2012 who graduated in six years. Click to review more persistence and graduation rates (2001-18).           

           91.2% Percentage of transfer students enrolled in Fall 2014 who graduated in four years. Click to review more persistence and graduation rates (2003-18).           

           5.7%. Achievement gap between Pell Grant and non-Pell Grant recipients enrolled in Fall 2013 who graduated in six years. Click to review additional Pell Grant achievement gap data between 2008-2013.           

           52.6%. Percentage of first-time freshmen from Fall 2014 who graduated in four years. Click to see persistence and graduation rates (2001-18).           

           36.4%. Percentage of transfer students enrolled in Fall 2014 who graduated in two years. Click to review more persistence and graduation rates (2003-18).           

           57.9%. Achievement gap between underrepresented (URM) and non-URM students enrolled in Fall 2013 who graduated in six years. Click to review additional URM achievement gap data between 2008-2013.           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Reference:

Institutional Research at California Polytechnic State University (2019). 2018 Fact Book. Retrieved from https://ir.calpoly.edu/https%3A//ir.calpoly.edu/2018-factbook.

CSU Student Success Dashboard (unknown). Equity Gaps Dashboard. Retrieved from https://csusuccess.dashboards.calstate.edu/public/student-diversity.

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