Welcome From the President
The Chancellor of the California State University system asked each
CSU President to think deeply about what makes our individual campuses
distinct from the rest. Because I believe passionately about this
outstanding university, I had a difficult time in trimming the list.
The list I ultimately came up with very probably include most of
the reasons why you decided to enroll here.
First, we are proud of the residential nature of our campus. The
university's setting in Chico, the only true classic college town
in California, sets it apart not only from other CSU campuses but
from every other college in the state as well. CSU, Chico is a picturesque
campus with creekside bridges and pathways, loads of trees, grass,
and flowers, and beautiful Mediterranean-style buildings. The beauty,
charm, and safety make it easy for us to be a community of learners.
Second, we have a deep commitment to student success and to the
training of leaders. CSU, Chico's graduation rate consistently ranks
among the highest in the CSU (your parents will particularly like
this fact), and our award-winning career planning and placement office finds our students
are among the most heavily recruited on the West Coast by top corporations.
For the sixth consecutive year, our civil engineering students won
the Mid-Pacific Region Steel Bridge competition and then finished
in the top 5% in national competition. The Orion, our student newspaper, was just named Newspaper
of the Year from the Associated Collegiate Press for the second
straight year (and fourth time in five years) and received the first
place award for general excellence from the California Newspaper
Publishers Association. Our Model United Nations team, representing
the United States, received a Distinguished Delegation award during
the annual conference in New York with 200 international delegations.
Third, we are a leader in distance and online education and the
use of new educational technologies to create high-quality learning
environments. CSU, Chico was the first campus in the CSU to try
distance education--26 years ago, in fact. We now offer more than
100 distance courses annually, with five undergraduate degree completion
programs and one master's degree via the Internet. For more than
20 years, we have also maintained satellite technology for receiving
and transmitting programs throughout the world, currently delivering
coursework live each semester to Japan. But for those not yet comfortable
with the high-tech environment, our faculty do just fine in the
traditional manner of teaching--and they have dozens of "outstanding"
awards to prove it.
As your education is our most important endeavor, our focus on
the creation of a high-quality and caring learning/academic environment
is crucial. Unlike larger, less "personal" universities,
our class sizes are small with a high degree of one-on-one time
between student and professor. In spite of the rigorous and demanding
curriculum, we consistently have one of the highest retention rates
and one of the highest graduation rates in the CSU. So we not only
want to make sure you graduate, but we also want to make sure you
learn while you're here. Our student advising program has won national
awards, and CSU, Chico professors have received the Outstanding
Adviser Award from the National Academic Advising Association for
five of the last six years. We take your education seriously and
we want you to succeed, so we make sure we're here to help if you
need advice on which classes to take or what major is best for you
or if you happen to have trouble with one of your classes.
As you can see, CSU, Chico has much to be proud of and many things
you can become involved in if you so desire. I wish you a fun and