Jan 29, 2014
The following was provided by the CSU Chancellor’s Office.
In a 30-minute address during the California State University’s January Board of Trustees meeting, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White laid out an ambitious, system-wide plan to enhance the university’s efforts to serve students and meet the state’s workforce needs.
“I will work with faculty, staff, leadership, students and trustees to further invigorate a focus on student achievement and degree completion,” said White. “The CSU will invest an additional $50 million in seven key areas designed directly to advance student achievement and high quality degree completion. With this laser focus, we will channel our energies into doing more of what it is that we do well.”
The seven areas include:
In addition to the investment, White pledged to increase collaborative efforts with state and national policymakers; colleagues in K-12, the California Community Colleges and the University of California; business and community organizations; Trustees; and faculty, staff, students, alumni and all Californians to accomplish these goals.
Earlier this month, White traveled to Washington D.C. to join President Obama, the First Lady and a select group of leaders to discuss ways to improve college opportunities. White also joined UC President Janet Napolitano and California Community Colleges Chancellor Bryce W. Harris at the recent UC Regents meeting and shared some of the efforts that are leading to greater collaboration, while committing to increase those efforts between California’s three systems of higher education.
The Public Policy Institute of California forecasts that the state will need an additional one million college graduates to meet the workforce demands of 2025. With nearly three million alumni including more than 100,000 graduates in 2013 the CSU is uniquely positioned help meet California’s workforce needs.
“We are the California State University, a public good worthy of investment, and we produce the graduates that are needed to lead and change this state.”