CSU Priorities 2017
CSU Priorities for 2017-18

The California State University (CSU) consistently provides an outstanding return on federal investment in its students, institutions and research. With 23 campuses and approximately 484,000 students, the CSU is the largest public four-year university system in the nation, providing access and success for unprecedented numbers of underserved and low-income students. Every year, 110,000 new CSU graduates enter the workforce across all economic sectors.​

Below are the CSU system's priorities for 2017-18.

Improve College A​ccess and Completion Through Aid to Students

The CSU remains one of the nation’s best bargains. Significant state and institutional grants provide vital support to our low-income students. Federal financial aid programs remain critical to these students, including over 221,000 who ​rely on need-based Pell Grants. Nearly 58,000 Pell recipients earn CSU bachelor’s degrees each year.

  • Enhance the Pell Grant program by providing cost-of-living increases in the maximum grant; retaining any surplus funds for future needs or program improvements; and ensuring eligibility for part-time students
  • Invest in the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)​ and Work-Study​ with a focus on student need​​​​​
  • Prioritize resources for institutions serving the greatest number of students with need
  • Support programs that minimize college debt burden and promote philanthropy

Prepare Students for College

The CSU is an innovative collaborator working to improve student readiness and measure the performance of CSU trained teachers. The federal government is a vital partner.

  • Provide robust funding for effective pipeline programs like GEAR UP and TRIO and expand pre-K investments
  • Maintain a strong federal partnership with colleges and universities to transform the preparation of America’s teachers and school leaders

Foster Degree Completion for California’s Diverse Population

The CSU provides more than half of all undergraduate degrees granted to California’s Latino, African American and Native American students and is a leader in transitioning veterans and other special groups to the workforce. Federal capacity-building programs and targeted grants help bridge the completion gap.

Educate Students for Tomorrow’s Workforce

Every year, 110,000 new CSU graduates drive California’s and America’s economy in the information technology, life sciences, agriculture, business, education, public administration, entertainment and multimedia industries. Targeted federal programs help propel their success.

  • Support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, including funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation and Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship programs
  • Invest in USDA Hispanic-serving Institutions Education Grants Program

Solve Societal Problems Through Applied Research

In laboratories, at field sites and through programs at the CSU, students, faculty and collaborating scientists advance California’s capacity to address key issues of significance to our state and nation. Federal investments are vital to continued progress.

Enhance Campus Infrastructure, Health and Safety

State-of-the-art facilities and innovative programs help make campuses vibrant and secure for all.

  • Promote policies that advance campus safety and aid students experiencing food insecurity and housing displacement
  • Fund Department of Justice programs that provide grants to assist campuses with addressing sexual violence
  • Support investments in infrastructure and assets that provide campuses opportunities to partner with their communities, improve facilities, and promote job training and strategic economic growth, including in connection with federal maritime responsibilities ​