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New Plan Seeks To Improve Dismal Cal State University Graduation Rates

LOS ANGELES ( — There's a new plan to improve the graduation rates at Cal State campuses.

State Senator and former CSU trustee Steve Glazer is pushing a bill that would freeze tuition and prioritize registration and academic advising.

"It's a tragedy that so few CSU students are able to graduate within four years," Glazer said in a statement. "This legislation, with financial incentives and program efficiencies, will allow CSU students to break through the logjam that has left too many students with graduation roadblocks and high debt."

According to the Campaign for College Opportunity, CSU students and their families pay up to $26,000 per year in tuition, books and living expenses for every extra year in college.

In the Los Angeles-Orange County area, CSU Dominguez Hills has the worst 4-year graduation rate at 4 percent, followed by CSU Los Angeles at 5 percent. Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly Pomona have the best graduation rates at 18 percent each, according to Glazer.

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