Chico State President gives State of the University speech

As of now, Hutchinson said the 2019 graduation rates are at a high.

Posted: Feb 3, 2020 7:19 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson addressed the campus and community on Feb. 3 with her State of the University speech.

Hutchinson spoke on many topics including enrollment changes, the 2025 graduation initiative and meeting the basic needs of students with campus-programs like The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry and The Center for Healthy Communities.

Looking at the Graduation Initiative of 2025, the goal is for 74% of freshmen to graduate in six years and 41% to graduate in four.

As of now, Hutchinson said the 2019 rates are at a high with 67% graduating in six years and 33% in four.

International enrollment is also up for the Chico university. 411 students from 50 countries enrolled in the 2020 Spring semester. The last time it was this high was 2016 with 415 students.

Highlighted was the work of Professor Matt Thomas' as his two classes of 700 students previously had a failure rate of 17% but with connecting with students over e-mail and in-class games during lectures, the rate had dropped to 3%.

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