Message from the Chancellor
The California State University was founded on a mission to provide California’s students access to a high-quality education. Our predecessors understood that an educated population would make California one of the most successful economies in the world.
Now, 50 years later, the CSU is a national leader in providing affordable,accessible and high-quality education to hundreds of thousands of students. The CSU graduates 95,000 students into the workforce each year and has 2.6 million alumni providing leadership to every major industry in the state and the nation. Our achievements over the past half century have been remarkable.
Much of our success is grounded in our partnerships. We have formed alliances with the major industry groups in California. It is imperative for us to work closely with business leaders to understand the demands of the marketplace so that our students graduate prepared for the 21st century workforce.
We have also formed strong collaborations with community groups to increase our outreach to underserved populations. We have comprehensive programs to help African American, Latino, Native American and Asian students prepare for college. Moreover, we have redoubled our efforts to make sure these students—and all students—succeed in their academic careers. We have implemented an “Early Start” program and a “Graduation Initiative,” both of which will help students be better prepared to take on the academic rigor of our universities and graduate within four years.
Our greatest partnerships, however, are those we have with our donors. Your strong ties to our 23 campuses have enabled us to have tremendous success in the most challenging of economic times. We have profiled three outstanding contributors to the California State University in the pages that follow as a few examples of the many great donor stories we have to tell. Their commitment exemplifies the belief and the potential in the California State University’s greatest asset—its students.
Your continued support will help students open doors in ways they never thought possible. It is an investment that will pay dividends well into the future because you are helping to develop the future engineers, artists, nurses and scientists who will lead California.
The support of our donors is crucial to our success. My deep appreciation goes to all of those who took the time and made the commitment to help us fulfill our critical mission of educating California’s students.