CSU Transforming Students’ Lives
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CSU Transforming Students’ Lives and Our Communities through Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity



CSU Transforming Students’ Lives

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 49,000 faculty and staff and 474,600 students. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Recognized as an engine of economic and social mobility for California, the CSU awards more than 105,000 degrees every year.

Through research, scholarship, and creative activity students gain opportunities for deep learning that promote their path to graduation and give them real-world skills that enable them to better compete in today's job market. Through work in the field and in labs, clinics and studios, CSU faculty and students advance California's prosperity.

In 2014-15, the CSU received $567 million in external funding for research with more than 9,000 CSU faculty providing insight and solutions to complex regional and national challenges and opportunities. Research funding enables the CSU to recruit and retain top-tier scholars who, with their students, stimulate innovation and economic growth.

Campus partnerships, special centers and institutes, and CSU-wide initiatives strengthen the CSU's research impact. These collaborations benefit not only CSU faculty, staff and students but also the local, regional, and state economy. Examples include:

The Agricultural Research Institute (ARI), a comprehensive applied agricultural and environmental research program joining the CSU's four colleges of agriculture, and the state's agriculture and natural resources industries and allied business communities. ARI fosters the development and evaluation of new and promising technologies that have the potential for improving food safety, environmental stewardship, economic performance, and long-term sustainability of California's agriculture industry.

Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) leverages the expertise of about 250
researchers from throughout the CSU to help solve the state's complex water issues. WRPI has a number of programs aimed at educating California's future water professionals, expanding industry/university partnerships, and advancing water technology.

The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) supports developing a professional biotechnology workforce by mobilizing and supporting collaborative CSU student and faculty research, innovating educational practices, and responding to and anticipating the needs of the life science industry.

The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) integrates systemwide resources and promotes campus collaborations to advance our knowledge of California's natural coastal and marine resources and the processes that affect them.

The Social Science Research and Instructional Council (SSRIC) is a collaboration of 22 CSU campuses supported by the CSU Chancellor's Office that assists learning, teaching, and research in the social sciences through access to archival database resources as well as an online repository of teaching materials, a student research symposium, and workshops for faculty.

The Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)—now in its fiftieth year—is a consortium of marine science researchers, faculty and staff from CSU campuses in East Bay, Fresno, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco, San José, and Stanislaus. MLML currently has nine faculty members in residence and offers a curriculum for approximately 100 CSU students—both graduate and undergraduate. MLML's research capacity includes a 60,000 square foot laboratory, several research vessels, and a dive program.

The CSU Desert Studies Consortium is a collection of seven campuses—Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Northridge, Pomona, and San Bernardino—and operates the CSU Desert Studies Center (DSC), located in the Mojave National Preserve in southeastern California. The DSC serves as a premier location and resource for research and education in geology, hydrology, and biology—among many other topic areas—of California's desert and the American West.

The California State University Institute for Palliative Care is preparing the next generation of palliative care practitioners, educators, advocates, and leaders while also educating the community about its benefits in increasing longevity, improving patient and family satisfaction with care, and reducing healthcare costs. The institute has grown to include 28 online programs and more than 30 courses at its home base of CSU San Marcos. It has also expanded its reach and now has centers at a total of seven CSU campuses across California.

Undergraduate research opportunities are among the many hallmarks distinguishing a CSU education, which enhances instruction and inspires students to pursue high-demand careers. The research and scholarly activities afforded through these centers and initiatives enables students to explore their interests, expand their skills and apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world settings.

To become a partner in providing research opportunities to students or to learn more about the impact of CSU research visit https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/research