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CSUB Students Pledge To Graduate in Timely Manner - Sign ‘California Promise’

Joined by California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell, CSUB students today committed to completing their degree in a timely manner by signing the California Promise Pledge, an initiative that is part of the University’s overall student success efforts. The students are the first CSUB cohort to participate in this program that also has the backing of the state Legislature through Senate Bill 412, which was passed into law in September 2016.

The California Promise Program is available to both first-year students who are interested and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in four years as well as transfer students who have completed an Associate Degree for Transfer from any California Community College and plan to complete their bachelor’s degrees in that major in two years.

“This is an important initiative to encourage students to complete their degrees in a timely manner so they can receive the benefits of being college graduates earlier,” President Mitchell said. “This will allow them to pursue career options or enroll in graduate or professional programs sooner.”

Under the California Promise Program, students who commit to enter either the four-year or two-year pledge are given priority registration and a dedicated pledge advisor to support on-time degree completion. Students continuing in the program must meet with their advisors as prescribed, develop a degree completion plan, maintain good academic standing each semester, and complete 30 semester units within each academic year, including summer and winter sessions.

In Fall 2016 semester, 36 CSUB students signed the pledge and an increasing number are opting into the program in the 2017-18 academic year. Dr. Vandana Kohli, Associate Dean of Undergraduate/Graduate Studies, feels the California Promise Pledge Program will be a huge success at CSUB since it galvanizes all academic support units to work together to promote timely degree completion.

The California Promise Program is part of a California State University system-wide effort to increase graduation rates while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.  Under Graduation Initiative 2025, the CSU system is projected to graduate an additional 500,000 students by 2025 – positioning the CSU to meet its share of California’s projected future workforce needs.
More information contact California Promise Pledge Coordinator, Evangelina Median in the Office Academic Programs or visit the following website here.

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