SDSU graduation rate reaches all-time high at 74.1 percent
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The graduation rate at San Diego State University has reached an all-time high of 74.1 percent, compared to 68.5 percent last year, school officials reported Wednesday.
The figures conform to the national standard of graduating within six years, so the nearly three-quarters of students who received diplomas represented freshmen who entered SDSU in fall 2010.
The rate for underrepresented students also rose, to 69 percent.
According to a report earlier this year from Education Trust, SDSU is one of 26 universities in the U.S. to have increased graduation rates for all students while also closing the achievement gap.
"Our record high graduation rates represent a significant step forward for our university,” SDSU President Elliot Hirshman said. "I am very proud of the innovative work our faculty and staff are pursuing to support student achievement, as well as the determined efforts of our students to reach their academic goals.”
SDSU credited initiatives that include increasing the number of academic advisers and tenure track faculty, decreasing class size, investing in programs to recruit and retain underrepresented students, and investing in commuter student success programs and infrastructure.
"All of the resources and programming for our diverse students at SDSU are inclusive and provide a sense of belonging,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Rivera. "When students feel accepted and welcomed, they have the capacity to grow academically and personally.”
Graduation rates have steadily improved for students who entered SDSU in the new millennium, going from 57.3 percent for those starting in Fall 2000 and 56.1 percent for Fall 2001 to the new record level.
SDSU also reported that around 90 percent of last year’s freshman and new transfer students enrolled in classes this semester, a key indicator of student progress and continuity.