Cal State leader lays out plan to speed graduation

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Updated: 1/30/2014 10:11 am

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California State University's chancellor has announced a $50 million plan to improve the 23-campus system by increasing graduation rates, hiring more tenure-track faculty and advisers and boosting the number of online courses.

The Los Angeles Times reports Timothy P. White announced the ambitious agenda Wednesday in his first "state of the university" address to the Board of Trustees in Long Beach.

The project aims over the next decade to increase graduation rates by 10 percent for undergraduates and 5 percent for those who transfer from community colleges.

White told the Times in an interview after his address that funding for the proposals would come from state funds, as well as philanthropic and corporate interests.

Cal State is the largest system of higher education in the nation, serving 440,000 students.

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