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Hailing progress, Nelsen declares 2017 ‘the year of Sac State’

CERN student participants In his Spring Address to the campus community, President Robert S. Nelsen shared an optimistic progress report on four imperatives he introduced last fall: reduced time to degree; increased philanthropic giving; greater diversity, inclusion, and equity; and enhanced community involvement and collaboration. His theme was “The Year of Us.”

“I am deadly serious when I say that we must make this ‘the year of us,’ the year of Sac State,” the president told faculty, staff, students, and friends of the University on Jan. 19. “We must do right by and for our students. We must help them graduate as quickly as possible with the best education possible. We must create an inclusive environment where everyone belongs. … We cannot stop transforming lives.”

Among the milestones, Nelsen cited hundreds of additional classes; the new KEYS to Degree Toolkit and Smart Planner as parts of Sac State’s “Finish in Four” and “Through in Two” graduation campaigns; accomplishments in fundraising and inclusive campus dialogue; and community engagement efforts such as the new Sacramento State Workforce Advisory Council.

Nelsen said his biggest worries are “finances and our budget,” warning of a potential $7 million cut in the University’s budget. “I remain optimistic that the Legislature will be more forthcoming with funds,” he said, adding that University officials will continue encouraging legislators to fully fund the CSU system.
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