is a traditional mainstay of California’s economy.
The competitiveness of the state’s tourism industry is based
on California’s natural beauty and amenities, and also on
the quality of the service provided to visitors. The California
State University meets the state’s needs for professional
workers with skills in hospitality and natural resources
management. It graduates students in a variety of disciplines
that are essential to a competitive tourism industry.
Systemwide, the CSU produces 76 percent of the total degrees
in tourism and natural resources.
This includes 100 percent of the state’s degrees in such
disciplines as natural resources management and policy;
wildlife and wildlands management; and parks, recreation
and leisure studies. In other key tourism degrees, such
as hospitality services management, the CSU produces the
vast majority of graduates (160 out of the state’s 193 graduates)
in that field.
CSU offers many outstanding programs in hospitality, tourism
and natural resources management—The
Collins School of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona
is continuously ranked among the top programs in North America.
With more than 600 students pursuing a bachelor’s degree
in hotel and restaurant management, the Collins School is
the largest, oldest and best-regarded hospitality program
in California. More than 90 percent of each year’s graduating
class accepts management positions before graduation.