California has always been a state of possibilities and
potential, fueled by people whose faith in the future remains
Indeed, people have always been California’s greatest
resource. We are a society of inquirers, of innovators and
idealists, who collectively recognized decades ago that a
college degree was the key to a brighter future. Our state’s
investment in the master plan for higher education transformed California because it
transformed the lives of millions of Californians; gratefully, I am one of them.
The result of that vision is an economy among the mightiest in the world. Technology
and business flourish because of our educated workforce. Agriculture, construction,
health care, financial services, manufacturing, hospitality and so much more—all benefit
from the extraordinary educational opportunities made available to Californians from all
walks of life.
That key to California’s bright future is equally valid today—but only if it remains
affordable. The California State University remains firmly committed to opening the doors
of opportunity to all qualified Californians. Such a mission, however, requires a connected
commitment from the state to provide necessary financial support. Indeed, the best way to
keep California moving forward is through a robust investment in the CSU.
With that investment, the CSU will:
Increasingly, California has become a beacon to the world. With the state’s steadfast
financial support of the CSU, we can continue to keep that ideal alive and thriving. We
stand ready to welcome the inquisitive, the innovative, the creative, the hopeful and the
dreamers who have made California a truly golden state. We ask you to join us in making
that future possible.