Initiatives and Priorities

Graduation Initiative 2025

Graduation Initiative Website

SF State's current graduation initiative includes:

  • Increasing our six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen from 51 to 69 percent
  • Increasing our four-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen  from 18 to 33 percent
  • Increasing our four-year graduation rate for transfer students from 76 to 86 percent
  • Increasing our two-year graduation rate for transfer students 37 to 49 percent
  • Eliminating the achievement gap

The strategic measures proposed in the Graduation Initiative 2025 are designed to support students through the entire pipeline—from applying to the CSU through to graduation. Some of the methods on the path to achieving these objectives include:​​

  • Ensuring first-time freshmen are prepared for college. The CSU works closely with its K-12, community and business partners throughout California to prepare more students for the rigors of college—and on the path toward a lifetime of success.
  • Ensuring transfer students entering the university are academically prepared. The Associate Degree for Transfer program, a collaboration with the California Community Colleges, helps streamline the transfer process for tens of thousands of students annually.
  • Ensuring technology is part of every CSU student’s learning environment. Effective use of technology has been shown to improve retention in courses with the highest failure rates.
  • Ensuring student outcomes are improved and clear pathways to degrees are established through the expansion of electronic academic advising tools.
  • Ensuring student success is supported with the hiring of more tenure-track faculty and more support and counseling staff.

Graduation Initiative 2025 is the CSU’s commitment to remove the obstacles to student success, enabling our students to experience transformation for themselves and a lasting impact on California

Affordable Instructional Materials

Affordable Instructional Materials Website

SF State is part of the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions initiative started in 2010. SF State's Affordable Instructional Materials program aids faculty in replacing costly textbooks with lower cost alternatives by using high-quality open educational resources (OER), library resources, digital or customized textbooks, and/or faculty-authored materials. Every dollar counts for many students. If students cannot afford the assigned class materials, they may try to learn without them.

Early Assessment Program

Early Assessment Program Website

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU). The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.

The goal of the EAP program is to have California high school graduates enter the CSU fully prepared to begin college-level study. See for more information.