The economic impact of the California State University is unparalleled. The CSU provides jobs, prepares the future workforce, and creates innovative products and services for the state that will build and sustain its economy. Moreover, the research undertaken by the CSU's faculty and staff is solving critical problems for California. The CSU is central to California's economy, and directly or indirectly impacts everyone in the state.
The California State University (CSU) trains the majority of California's leaders and policymakers. Approximately 64 percent of Californians with master's degrees in public administration studied at the CSU, as well as 35 percent of those with bachelor's degrees. In addition, 49 percent of Californians with bachelor's degrees in city, urban, community, and regional planning studied at the CSU.
CSU graduates impact state and federal policy through their leadership in government and nonprofit organizations. For example, Cal Poly alumna Hilda L. Solis served as U.S. Secretary of Labor and was a member of the President's Cabinet, and Sheryl Chalupa, who serves as president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of South Central California, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from CSU Bakersfield.
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