Chancellor White Shares Vision for Future of CSU
February 5, 2014
Calling the state of the California State University, “strong, proud, and aspirational,” Chancellor Timothy P. White celebrated the successes of the university, committed to invest $50 million in student achievement, and affirmed that the CSU adds to the public good during his inaugural “State of the CSU” speech.
White noted the CSU’s tremendous impact in California, producing nearly half of the state’s baccalaureate degrees and 35 percent of its master’s degrees and lauded the CSU’s innovative programs for underserved populations. The CSU leads the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to first generation students and grants the greatest number of degrees in California to Latino and African-American students.
White stressed the need for the CSU to intensify its efforts to help meet the state’s demand of one million more graduates by 2025, and pledged to work with stakeholders to improve graduation rates by 10 percent for incoming freshmen students and by 5 percent for community college transfer students. White’s $50 million investment will target hiring more tenure-track faculty, upgrading technology, and infrastructure improvements, among others. He said the CSU must revitalize its core mission to meet the state’s current and future needs, and enlisted the support of policymakers, business and community organizations, students, faculty, staff, alumni, the Board of Trustees and the public. More information.