A student program at CSU Fullerton helps formerly incarcerated students with housing, a critical need for anyone trying to turn their lives around.
Similar programs are planned at other Cal State campuses.
Campuses overhaul courses, offer more tutoring to cut high failure rates. Nearly half of students fail or drop some classes.
Teachers in large California districts have been waiting for the Covid-19 vaccine as school staff from smaller districts were vaccinated.
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.
Some students take too many classes or the wrong classes as they prepare to transfer.
The CSU system is in line for a $35 million grant if it adopts plans to boost four-year graduation rates.
The universities are opening satellite campuses in urban centers.