By Greg Avetisyan |Assistant Sports Editor|
CSU Chancellor Timothy White announced during his State of the CSU address that he plans to invest an additional $50 million into CSU campuses to help the education system.
The investment will be used to help improve students’ overall college experience.
“Our state needs one million more college graduates by 2025 to enable the health of the economy. This need is enormous, and we must intensify our efforts to do our part to meet that need,” said White.
Some students at CSUSB remain optimistic that this is a step in the right direction.
“I’m happy to hear something is being done to try and help the students for once. I guess time will tell how much the school system can improve but its exciting,” said student Robert Ruiz.
The investment targets key areas in the education system that White believes will help students reach their goals.
One focus is to increase the amount of student advising. White said how important it is to have a strong advising system for students as this is a “make or break issue.”
The goal is to not only increase the amount of advising but also increase the quality of it by bringing in more professionals.
“If we don’t have good advising or help, we just give up on the school system,” said student John Kasey.
White said during his address at Cal State Long Beach that he would also like to also create more applied learning opportunities which includes more internships, study abroad programs and service learning.
These high impact practices have a major affect on today’s students.
“Internships and study abroad programs are always exciting for the school and students,” said student Jose Hurtado.
White hopes to improve student preparation before college by instituting programs that help incoming freshmen get ready for the college system.
“We must invest more to help incoming first-year students attain college readiness before arriving on campus,” said White.
As the seventh Chancellor of CSU, White has gained support from his colleagues in the Cal State system.
“Chancellor White’s ambitious vision is grounded in the realities of California and the needs of current and future generations. We look forward to working with the CSU and California Community College systems to help accomplish our shared goals,” said Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California.
CSU is the largest system of higher education in the country with 23 campuses, and over 437,00 students that continue to grow according to calstate.edu.
According to White, the goals that have been set require a strong sense of team work and commitment from all the CSU campuses.
“Achieving our ambitious goals will require a solid and sustained commitment of the people of the CSU system– and it will also require investment by our public and private partners across California. But it will be done with our eyes on the collective goal: a strong, successful, and prosperous future – for our students, our communities, our state, and our nation,” said White.
The planned investment’s goal is to provide the brightest future possible for students.