California State University, Long Beach
CSU, the easy way to boost graduation rates is the wrong way

To the editor: There are easy ways to attain the California State University system's stated goal of more graduates: increase pass rates in classes, reduce breadth requirements for a degree and make more classes available online. ("Cal State chancellor sets goals for improved graduation rates," Jan. 27) Then there is the right way, which promotes what the real goal of the CSU system should be: to produce more and better-educated graduates. This can be done by reducing class size, preparing students for college more effectively in high school and upgrading facilities. The easy ways have the added benefit of reducing costs. The right way costs money in the short term, but in...