California State University
Enhancing student experience and improving graduation rates at the largest four-year public university in the U.S.
The California State University (CSU) created economies of scale across 23 campuses serving more than 485,000 students and nearly 56,000 faculty and staff by virtualizing administrative services, scheduling and registration, HR and financial systems. These initiatives supported Graduation Initiative 2025 and raised degree completion rates by 60%.
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The Unisys Approach
One in every 20 Americans with a college degree is a graduate of the California State University system. When CSU needed to virtualize student, financial and administrative services for its vast student body as part of its Graduation Initiative 2025, it engaged Unisys.
California State University’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education that meets the ever-changing needs of the state. In 2019, CSU faced declining funding and rising demand for education from a growing, diversifying population. Half of its incoming students came from underserved communities, and nearly one-third were the first in their families to attend college.
Across the 23 campuses in the CSU system and a federated CIO organizational structure, the Chancellor’s Office is responsible for the school's ERP system and its performance, reliability and security in support of over 485,000 students, nearly 56,000 faculty and staff, hundreds of buildings, and dozens of off-campus sites.
Hybrid cloud helps CSU transform, expand services
With Unisys as its trusted partner, CSU migrated to the cloud, improving the student experience while reducing IT infrastructure costs by more than 33%. See how we helped CSU on their cloud journey.
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