CSU Bakersfield Celebrates the Future Class of 2020 and 2022

California State University, Bakersfield will welcome a new cohort of students into the California Promise Degree Pledge Program on Monday, February 11, 2019 during a pinning ceremony. This Program assists first-year and transfer students in fulfilling their degree requirements in four or two years, respectively.

To enroll in the program, students sign a pledge to complete 30 semester units of coursework per year, maintain a status of “Good Standing” (minimum GPA of 2.0), and follow their chosen degree plan. In return, students receive priority registration and a dedicated pledge advisor to support them through on-time degree completion.

The California Promise Program is one strategy among many that are part of the California State University’s ambitious Graduation Initiative 2025. Through this initiative, the CSU will ensure that all students have the opportunity to graduate in a timely manner according to their personal goals, positively impacting their future and producing the graduates needed to power California and the nation.

CSU Bakersfield is one of the leaders across the CSU in enrolling new students into the California Promise Program, and the program is proving effective,” said Interim Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Debra Jackson. “95% of transfer students who signed a 2-year pledge in Fall 2016 graduated two years later.

Increasing the graduation rate improves the lives of our students by reducing the expenses and debt load incurred by extra years of coursework while simultaneously accelerating the time graduates are in the workforce contributing to their own financial well-being and providing a boost to the state and national economy.

The California Promise Program, proposed by Senator Glazer, was signed into law on September 21, 2016. This legislation added sections 67430-67435 of Division 5 of Title 3 to the California Code of Education.

For more information about the California Pledge Program, visit http://www.csub.edu/academicprograms/pledge/index.html or contact CSU Bakersfield’s Office of Academic Programs at (661) 654-3420.

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