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Trustees celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program that provides a pipeline from the communities the California State University serves to the faculty the CSU hires.

Graduates, lecturers and others with a strong interest in teaching at the CSU receive CDIP loans to support their doctoral study. The program works by lowering initial financial barriers, forging connections to current CSU faculty and offering loan forgiveness to those who obtain teaching positions in the CSU.

Since 1987, CDIP has awarded loans to 1,965 recipients of whom 1,154 have completed their doctorates to date. The CSU has hired 646 CDIP participants as faculty and another 42 in different campus roles. Of academic hires from the CDIP program, 62 percent are faculty of color – reflecting the diversity of our state.

“The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program advances the CSU mission of access and success beyond the borders of our campuses,” said Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser, a founder and constant advocate of the program. “Faculty are the voice of the university to our students and the community – if that voice reflects the broad opportunities provided by the CSU, then our university message rings true.”

For recipients hired into full-time instructional faculty positions, the CSU cancels CDIP loans at a rate of 20 percent of principal plus interest per year. Part-time faculty may qualify for a 10 percent annual reduction.

Over the program’s history, all 23 CSU campuses have sponsored and hired CDIP recipients. Cal State L.A. leads the way with 176 participants sponsored and Sacramento State with 68 recipients hired.

CDIP works closely to identify and support future doctoral candidates with an interest in becoming CSU faculty. This includes collaborating with the California Pre-Doctoral Program – a program that serves CSU students with doctoral aspirations who experience economic and educational disadvantages.

The CDIP Community Commons provides a resource for anyone interested in a CSU faculty position – specifically addressing the teaching, research and service components of faculty life.

As CDIP doctoral candidates progress through their study, they also have an opportunity for “mini-grants” from the CSU. These grants can provide necessary research tools and partnership opportunities, and allow students to present research at professional conferences.

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