California State University, Chico is a comprehensive university principally serving Northern California, our state and nation through excellence in instruction, research, creative activity, and public service.
Excellence. A word both elusive and inspiring. Webster's defines it as "the state, quality, or condition of excelling; a surpassing feature or virtue." Synonyms include superiority, incomparability, distinction, prominence, merit, and value. Besides quality, a word equally ambiguous and ambitious, no word may be more invoked as a goal and purpose of higher education than excellence.
We use the word 'excellence' very intentionally at CSU, Chico. With it, we declare a commitment to high-quality learning environments and excellence in instruction, research, creative activity, and public service. We aspire to be a community of learning and excellence, to enroll a high-quality student population, and to achieve academic excellence.
But we do more than throw around a few buzzwords. We define "excellence" precisely and purposefully, we determine how it will be measured, and we report on our performance in this regard.