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Message from the President

This fall we began our 55th year of instruction with a record-breaking number of students attending classes. More than 70 new full-time professors joined those already here to help see that each of these 27,000 students has access to an outstanding education.

Photo of President Donald R. GerthTo accommodate these students we have taken a number of steps. We held our highly successful, first state-supported summer school that benefited 4,500 students. I expect that it will grow enormously in the next few years. We also have more night and evening programs, distance education and off-site offerings.

As our enrollment swells we will need to be attentive to helping students succeed in the classroom and in life. Retention to graduation has become a top priority for the campus—students, faculty, administration and staff. The success of CSUS and the success of its students are inseparable. The ultimate goal of the University’s retention effort is to focus on the needs of individual students and to continually improve the quality of the educational experience.

One of the ways we help prepare our students for life is through a variety of community service learning opportunities. Students learn and the community benefits. Thousands of our students contribute to the community through internships, cooperative education, volunteerism, fellowships, AmeriCorps, and service learning classes. Students provide health checks, tutoring and many other services that sometimes go unnoted as a part of the public life of the University that adds considerably to the quality of the community.

This issue of Capital University Journal will address some examples of the many ways that our students and faculty are individually contributing beyond the classroom to the success of the region.

Sincerely,

Donald R. Gerth
President


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