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Closing the Achievement Gap

Closing the Achievement Gap for Under-represented Minority Students: CSULB's Highly Valued Degree Initiative endeavors to cut the existing achievement gap in degree attainment by under-represented minority (URM) students by half by 2016. Currently, the 6-year within-college URM graduation rate is ~12% lower than that of non-URM students. Comprising about 35% of all undergraduate engineering students, URM student success is critical to engineering student success. A year-to-year retention rate of ~80% and a 6.4% increase in achievement gap indicate that efforts are needed after the first year. Strategies for improving URM student success in the College of Engineering are being examined in light of data that implore the need to adopt a decentralized model wherein each department will be tasked with the responsibility of decreasing the URM achievement gap. Senior leadership is fully committed to improving the success and graduation rate of URM students.

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