CSU Hospitality and Tourism: Working to Keep California America's Destination for Play
With its world-class attractions, parks, restaurants and hotels, California is America’s number one travel destination. The California State University supplies the leaders of the industries that keep California tourism unsurpassed.
In fact, the CSU conferred 64 percent of the tourism degrees earned in the state last year. With practice-focused programs and the state’s only Leisure and Recreation degree, the CSU strengthens an industry that has always worked for California. The tourism industry plays a vital role in California’s economy. Despite the current economic slump, the California Tourism Board reports that travel spending in the state supported 881,000 jobs and generated $87.7 billion last year alone.
And the future still looks bright for hospitality graduates: the industry continues to grow. Last year, hospitality and recreation were California’s fourth and sixth fastest growing industries by employment. Full Story.
A Pledge for "One Million More"
Earlier this year, the Public Policy Institute of California issued a report estimating that by 2025, the state will be one million baccalaureate degrees short of meeting the economic productivity demands for our workforce.
In response to that report, the Campaign for College Opportunity launched a “One Million More College Graduates by 2025” pledge to garner the support of influential Californians in closing that gap and urging the next Governor of California to promote policies that ensure access to higher education and promote student success.
The pledge effort runs from June through November and has been endorsed by all three of the state's leaders in public higher education; California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott and University of California President Mark Yudof.
For more information and to view or sign the pledge for One Million More College Graduates by 2025, please visit:
CSU Welcomes New Chief Law Enforcement Officer
Nate Johnson was recently sworn in as the CSU's Chief Law Enforcement Officer. Johnson comes to the Chancellor's Office from Sonoma State where he served as the University's Chief of Police for 11 years. During his final three-plus years in that position, he concurrently served as the System-wide Police Coordinator.
Entering the field of law enforcement as a special institutional police officer in 1980, Johnson brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience to his new role. Full Story.