Research and Community Impact

CSU students are encouraged to apply the knowledge gained in ​the classroom to find solutions to real-world problems through involvement in applied research and service learning. Under the guidance of world-renowned faculty who are experts in their fields, students develop leadership skills while impacting their communities.

Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities

CSU research, scholarship and creative activity positively impact student success and faculty excellence by providing opportunities to investigate and solve the issues facing California’s diverse communities, the nation and the world.

​Local Government

2017-18 Hi​​g​hli​​​ghts

  • ​The CSU received nearly $648 million in external funding, an increase of $58 million over the prior year.
  • The CSU launched a systemwide community of more than 150 researchers to pursue answers to California’s climate change challenges.
  • Ten multi-campus affinity groups focus on topics including agriculture, biotechnology, desert, coast and ocean, human health, social sciences and water.
  • All 23 CSU campuses were connected by the new STEM NET affinity group, which better enables faculty to share best practices in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and produce scholarship and advancements that power California’s future.

Stay up-to-date on new research developments at: calstate.edu/research

Community Engagement

The establishment of the CSU Center for Community Engagement (CCE) in 1998—the first of its kind in the nation—has paved the way for many firsts, including the institutionalization of service learning across all 23 CSU campuses and the establishment of California’s Call to Service Initiative. Today, CCE actively advances the CSU’s commitment to inclusivity, equity and student success through high-quality community programs and scholarship.

In 2017-18​​:

  • CCE partnered with more than 5,500 community organizations and made available nearly 3,500 service-learning courses for more than 67,500 students who contributed 1.5 million hours of service to their communities.
  • CSU campuses and CCE raised $6 million to support community engagement, a return on investment of $6 for every dollar invested by the state.

Graduate ​​​Studies​

  • In fall 2018, the CSU enrolled 52,848 postbaccalaureate/ graduate students.
  • 19,933 master’s degrees were awarded in 2017-18.
  • ​Doctor of audiology, doctor of education, doctor of nursing, doctor of philosophy and doctor of physical therapy programs serve 2,168 doctoral students from diverse backgrounds, preparing them for top leadership roles.​