As California steadily emerges from the most devastating global pandemic in more than a century, I look to our state’s future with great optimism. And I wholeheartedly believe that the California State University—the nation’s largest, most diverse and most consequential university—can serve as an inflection point: one that will lead a turn toward healing, reconciliation, recovery and prosperity.
Despite the challenges of the past year and a half, the CSU and its students are thriving, thanks in large part to the state’s renewed, generous and forward-thinking support. Almost 133,000 students earned degrees in 2020-21—a record high. Graduation rates are also at all-time highs for students from all backgrounds. As supported by Washington Monthly’s recent rankings, the CSU continues to be the nation’s most powerful driver of socioeconomic ascent, as we work to prepare California’s future workforce for its most in-demand fields.
But we can, and must, do more for California’s students—our state’s future leaders. I believe the Trustees’ budget plan represents a vital and effective path forward. It is one that will help us:
On behalf of the entire CSU community, including our more than four million global alumni, please accept my deepest appreciation and gratitude for your belief in our mission and for your visionary support and leadership through one of the most challenging times in our state’s and university’s history. I am extraordinarily proud of how the collective CSU community stepped up to deliver on your investment. And I hope that the remarkable successes of our talented and diverse students inspire continued partnership and investment, as together we transform our students’ lives and communities and drive California’s recovery and sustained economic vitality.
Joseph I. CastroChancellorThe California State University