Firetail, a strategy consulting firm, has identified California State University, Fresno and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo as part of the "Class of 2030" with the potential to become globally renowned in the next decade or two.

These CSU campuses join an elite group of 20 universities within the Class of 2030 who the firm calls "rising stars," meaning they have a proven institutional growth record and are located in strong higher education ecosystems.

According to
Firetail's report, Fresno State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, along with the other elite universities, are characterized by their balance of long-term vision with short-term execution; strong management and culture; clear view of the changing world and their role in it; and focus on innovation and new partnerships, among other characteristics.

These universities are "globally aware and outward-looking, but take into account their local and social context," said Andy Martin, director of Firetail, speaking in an interview with
Times Higher Education. "They are quickly improving and if traditional players don't respond they will keep on rising straight to the top."