Our Strategic Goals
The Center’s objectives directly impact four of the eight themes in the University’s strategic plan. Overall, the Center carries out the University’s commitment to excellence, access, and integration with the greater Sacramento community.
A central goal of the Center is to improve teaching and learning
in the molecular sciences. This goal will be realized through
the on-going implementation of modern molecular biology methods
in a variety of upper division courses in the Departments of
Chemistry and Biology, as well as by supporting faculty efforts
to improve and expand their teaching in the molecular sciences.
By engaging students in activities involving modern
instrumentation in the Center’s collaborative, interdisciplinary
research facility, we will enhance students’ education and
career options in the molecular sciences.
and creative achievement.
A major focus of the Center is to improve faculty research
efforts in the molecular sciences. By sharing resources and
knowledge among participating faculty and by aggressively
pursuing external funding, The Center will increase individual
faculty efforts to establish and maintain competitive and
productive research programs. Because all the Center faculty
research involves extensive collaboration and involvement of
CSUS students, this focus also impacts the strategic goal of
teaching and learning.
engagement and impact.
It is well recognized that large numbers of CSUS graduates will
establish their careers within the Sacramento community. The
Center’s goal of educating students in the molecular sciences is
critical in light of the burgeoning biotechnology industry in
the greater Sacramento area. The Center will also impact the
community by establishing recognition as a community resource
for molecular biology education. The Center will achieve this
goal through outreach efforts to community colleges and area
middle and high schools.
- Pluralism. The Center’s role in enhancing pluralism at CSUS is manifested both by the diversity of the students involved in our programs, as well as by the collaborative, multi-disciplinary nature of our teaching and research activities. In particular, the Center is committed to increasing the entry of under-represented students into careers in the molecular and biomedical sciences. The Center already has a long history of collaboration with the Science Education Equity Program in promoting access and success for these students in biology and Chemistry.