California State University, Fresno
Vision for California State University, Fresno
We will become New California’s premier engaged university, nationally recognized for our teaching, learning, transformational scholarship, and dynamic leadership which engages faculty, students, staff, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration benefiting the region and society as a whole.
To realize this vision, the university will adopt the following priorities:
Develop an engaged and diverse student learning community with graduates who value lifelong learning, possess a broad general education, communicate effectively, are mathematically literate, appreciate the fine arts, are committed to the principles of tolerance and freedom, and are concerned about the welfare of others and society.
Recruit and retain high quality, diverse faculty, dedicated to teaching, research, creative activity and service, and are recognized for their active involvement in the application of knowledge.
Recruit and retain high quality, diverse staff and administrators dedicated to the support of the academic mission of the university.
Engage in high quality research, with particular emphasis on applications that support the region.
Build upon existing academic programs and create new academic programs to help transform and develop the region.
Support and develop high quality graduate programs appropriate to the needs of the region, and achieve the Carnegie classification of "Doctoral/Research University-Intensive" (for Carnegie classification information see www.carnegiefoundation.org).
Play a major role in transforming our region by employing the university’s resources for the solution of problems and improvement of the lives and livelihoods of its citizens.
Establish partnerships and alliances that serve the region and work with educational institutions to improve the commitment, quality and value of education.
Establish a positive and productive working environment for the entire university community, which values the individual; supports teamwork and cooperation; requires honesty, integrity and civility; and inspires enthusiasm and pride.
Commit to continuous improvement by planning, implementing, and evaluating new strategies and improving the university’s operational and technological infrastructure to enhance instruction; support scholarship, research, creative activity and service; and facilitate the delivery of support services for students, staff, faculty and alumni.
Search effectively for resources from a wide range of sources to support all members of the university community in their quest for innovation and excellence.
Demonstrate and communicate the quality of the university’s programs, students, faculty, staff and alumni and its many and diverse centers of excellence.
California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to offer high quality educational opportunities to qualified students at the bachelor's and master's levels, and in certain applied disciplines at the doctoral level. The current enrollment is approximately 20,000 students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and world. California State University, Fresno promotes student learning and community engagement through faculty scholarship and service learning opportunities in collaboration with community organizations, education, industry, business and government. The university was one of the first US Colleges and Universities to be selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its new Community Engagement Classification.
Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 600,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campus is within easy driving distance of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, the Monterey Peninsula, Lake Tahoe, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.