Fresno State's Strategic Priorities: Priority One


Enhance teaching and learning through best practices, innovative programs, and high impact experiences that attract talented and diverse students and contribute to retention, extraordinary learning, the development of the whole student, and lifelong success.


We measure progress and success by employing the metrics provided by the California State University Office of the Chancellor relevant to graduation rates, GPA, and retention. Additionally, student satisfaction measures are developed and assessed.


Graduation Initiative 2025 Goal

Graduation Rates FY16/17

Achievement Gap

Supporting student success means helping to ensure that equity gaps between underserved students and peers are closed, with a goal of 0% achievement gap.

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Priority One Themes

  1. Access to classes.
  2. Curriculum and course redesign.
  3. Co-curricular and student support services promoting engagement and a sense of belonging.

Priority One Highlights

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

First in the nation to receive four AASCU awards

First in the nation to receive four AASCU awards, which recognize institutions for excellent and innovative approaches to student success. The University most recently earned the 2017 AASCU award for Student Success and College Completion.

Washington Monthly

Among Nation's Top 25 Universities

Fresno State was ranked No. 24 in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine. This was the third straight year the University placed in the top 25.

Increased access to classes

Increased access to classes

All new students are guaranteed a full 15-unit course load each semester.

New faculty positions

57 New faculty hired and started fall 2018

Academic Advisor ratio 1:1000 students

Improved Academic Advisor Ratio 1:669 Students

9% over last year

Launched general education course redesign

Launched General Education Course Redesign

Financial Aid Awarded has grown to $250 Million in 17/18

Financial Aid awarded has grown to $250 Million in 2017/18

Commitment to ensuring all content is closed captioned

Commitment to Ensuring All Content is Closed Captioned

Record number of student cupboard visitors

Record Number of Student Cupboard Visitors

The cupboard has had 141,578 total visits and 11,329 unique visitors since launching in 2014.

Clothing closet

Opened the Clothing Closet

2,500 students have utilized the Clothing Closet since it opened on April 1, 2016. The Clothing Closet provides students with the proper professional clothing attire needed for an interview, career fair and first job.

Student Centers

Established New Student Centers

Cross Cultural and Gender Center, Dream Success Center, University Advising Center, Money Management Center, Career Development Center, Veterans Resource Center, Office of Black Student Success

Launched HireFresnoState

5,371 Jobs Posted on HireFresnoState in 2017/18

HireFresnoState is designed to help students find jobs, internships, and career opportunities. Easily create and manage your online career profile to access part-time, full-time, on-campus jobs, paid internships or your first career position.


DISCOVERe Mobile Technology Program

12,000 students learning through mobile technology — a role traditionally filled by textbooks — lowering costs and providing new avenues for collaboration. Learn more at



Degree Progress Reports
Bulldog Connect
My Degree Plan

Leadership programs

Leadership Programs

Leadership programs hit an all-time high in 2017/18.
Leadership on demand (886 participants)
Emerging Leaders Retreat (144 attendees)

STEM Fields infograph

Increasing Diversity in STEM

Fresno State and UC Merced teamed up to train and mentor underrepresented minority doctoral students in STEM fields.

Online degree completion program

Online Degree Completion

The online degree completion program for former students is planned for launch in 2019.

Excellence in diversity

Excellence in Diversity

Fresno State received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.

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