Enhanced Time to Degree Initiative

  • UC Davis students

In our vision for UC Davis as the University of the 21st Century, students come first. UC Davis has set a goal of increasing the four-year graduation rate from 55 to 75 percent. This will save our students and their families money and provide access for more students who want a UC Davis education. Learn more. This effort includes:

  • We are improving student-advisor ratios, strengthening advisor training, and upgrading technology to help students choose the right pathway, stay on track, and know where they stand on the path to graduation from the time they arrive on campus. 
  • Three of our four colleges now provide mandatory advising for first-year students and soon all four colleges will.  
  • Within each department, we are providing clear pathways to four-year graduation by removing obstacles and ensuring that courses are synchronized, are offered when they need to be offered, and that students can take them when they need them. 
  • We are enforcing essential prerequisites and eliminating unnecessary ones so students take courses in the appropriate order and enroll in them in a timely manner. 
  • We are creating clearer transfer pathways between community colleges and our campus for twenty majors to ensure courses taken on both campuses enable a four-year-degree path. 
  • We are creating small student communities led by skilled mentors to help first-year students connect with one another and develop a solid foundation for their time on campus. 
  • We are bringing in innovative technology tools to improve student learning, especially in core STEM courses. 
  • A new swipe card analytics project tracks which services are used by students and helps to identify which are most effective in helping with retention, time to graduation and overall student success. 
  • We are increasing opportunities for our students to interact directly with the faculty. 
  • We have doubled the number of First Year Seminars, each with fewer than 20 students, so our students can benefit from direct interactions with the faculty, something they may find difficult to do in larger, 3 or 4-credit-hour courses.