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.
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 campusstudents, faculty, administration and
staff. The success of CSUS and the success of its students are inseparable.
The ultimate goal of the Universitys 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.