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CSU Chancellor and U.S. Secretary Discuss Education, Federal Stimulus

(March 19, 2009) - California State University Chancellor Reed recently spoke with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about preparing California’s workforce and increasing number of nation’s college graduates on a television program called Education News Parents Can Use.

The segment, titled American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): Keeping Teachers Teaching and Students Learning, focused on the recently passed federal stimulus and what the funding will mean for education in the U.S. 

Topics included:

  • Key educational components of the ARRA
  • Averting teacher and administrator layoffs and generating jobs
  • Competitiveness in the global economy
  • Making college affordable, and facilitating student success
  • Monitoring ARRA funds at the federal, state and local level

As part of the conversation, Chancellor Reed outlined the CSU’s contributions to California’s workforce, and efforts to welcome students from underserved communities. The chancellor and secretary also discussed President Obama’s initiative aimed at helping America claim the highest college-graduation rate in the world by 2020. Watch the interview.

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The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 89,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.