Eleven campuses still graduated less than 20 percent of students who entered as freshmen four years ago.
Some Cal State campuses report a doubling or more in summer enrollment with Pell Grants' revival. But time limits remain.
With a 23 percent four-year graduation rate among full-time students, the Cal State system is trying to get more students to finish on time.
California state universities replace remedial English composition with a new model that takes two semesters and offers academic credit for both.
State grants allow campuses to shorten credential process from 5 1/2 to 4 years.
The universities are opening satellite campuses in urban centers.