|Chancellor Charles B. Reed|
Welcome to a new academic year at the California State University. I hope that you all had an enjoyable summer term and are joining us with renewed energy and enthusiasm for the academic year ahead.
Those of you who are returning, as well as many of you who are new to the CSU, already know that the CSU is one of the most amazing institutions in the country. It's remarkable not just because we're the largest university system or the most diverse (which we are) but because of the work each one of you does every day.
From the faculty and lecturers who are helping our students learn and discover new ideas; to the researchers who are finding ways to make our water safer, our businesses more competitive, and our schools more effective; to the architects, builders and landscapers who design and maintain our facilities; to the experts in the financial aid and admissions offices; to the office managers and staff; to the custodians and skilled crafts workers … All of your contributions, and those of your many colleagues, add up to create a university system that is more accomplished than any other university in the world.
The CSU has an impact of more than four dollars for every dollar that the state invests in it – a claim that very few other public entities can make. We also prepare more graduates – 82,000 this past year – who go on to succeed in California's leading industries than any other California college or university. That's why we say that the California State University is the university that is “Working for California.”
I was very pleased that this year's budget provided us the funding to give pay raises to our employees – the very people who give our university system its margin of excellence. I hope that we can get these raises to everyone as soon as possible through the bargaining process.
One final note: I know that most of us have spent the last several days looking for ways we can help the victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the Gulf Coast region. In an effort to assist college students displaced by that disaster, the CSU this fall will admit students from Gulf Coast area colleges, as well as California students who had planned to attend a college in that region. Individually, perhaps the best way we can help is to contribute to nationally recognized organizations such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army. I also know that our campuses have set up a variety of aid drives, and I thank all of you for your generosity in supporting those efforts.
You may learn more about the CSU, its impact, and our Hurricane Katrina assistance efforts at our Web site, www.calstate.edu. If you would like to receive regular weekly updates on CSU news by e-mail, I invite you to sign up for the CSU Leader newsletter at www.calstate.edu/csuleader/.
Thank you for all that you do for the California State University. I wish you all the best for a fulfilling academic year ahead.
Charles B. Reed
The California State University