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President Nelsen lays out four imperatives in Fall Address

2016 Fall Address President Robert S. Nelsen, in his Fall Address to the campus community, laid out a sweeping vision for “Transforming Lives and the Sacramento Region, One Student at a Time.”

Nelsen, speaking to about 900 faculty, staff, and students on Aug. 25, focused on four imperatives for 2016-17: reducing time to degree; increasing campus diversity, inclusion, and equity; increasing philanthropic gifts; and better collaborating with the surrounding community and region.

Foremost on the President’s agenda is the new Graduation Imperative, which emphasizes “Finish in Four” and has a goal of a 30 percent four-year graduation rate for freshmen (currently 8 percent) and a 38 percent two-year graduation rate for transfer students (currently 26 percent). Citing the Mechanical Engineering program as a model, he challenged each college to create programs in which a student can graduate in five years with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The President concluded with an impassioned call for an end to violence, bigotry, and hate in our society: “Let’s do everything we can to understand each other. Let’s be stronger today than we were yesterday. Let’s be Hornets and let the Hornet Nation be a beacon of light for the region, for our students, for our community.”
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