Launching the Future University with CSUAdvantage

(Oct. 3, 2002) As sweeping changes remake the workplace, both in California and globally, the California State University is realigning its programs to better match the needs of that changing world.

The CSU has a long history of combining academics with practical experience to provide its students with the skills to succeed in their chosen careers. As we enter the 21st century, that mission, with its stress upon students actively learning in a "real world" hands-on program, takes on new importance.

To help in the process of redesign, the California State University is seeking the vision and experiences of the entire California community. To do so, it has launched a new project known as "CSUAdvantage."

This new initiative seeks the advice and observations of CSU students, faculty, staff, and friends, as well as California employers, about how the CSU can better connect its classroom lessons with "real world" requirements. A new, interactive web site,, has been created to propose the questions, showcase ideas, and serve as a forum for collecting new ideas.

Participants from around the state are invited to visit the virtual discussion group and to join in the debate, sharing their unique ideas and outlooks. The discussion will be live and ongoing until Thanksgiving. The CSU will then assemble the comments into a report that will serve as the basis for reshaping programs across the university.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 400,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. 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. See for more information.

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Last Updated: 3 October 2002

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