Institutional Context

Since its beginnings in 1889, California State University, Chico has provided generations of students with unique educational experiences built upon an inclusive learning community of faculty, staff and students who live, work, and study within a rural Northern California setting. Today, CSU, Chico is a comprehensive university serving not only the local region, but also the state, the nation, and the world, through instruction, research, and public service.

Our Recent Past

In fall 1993, newly-arrived President Manuel A. Esteban commissioned the Task Force on the Future of CSU, Chico to plan a course of action for the coming years. On October 9, 1995, in response to the Task Force's report, he issued the Strategic Plan for the Future that included a vision statement, a mission statement, and five strategic priorities that were to guide our future.

Since 1995, Chico has moved forward in the directions established by its Strategic Plan. In his 2001 Convocation speech, after highlighting the accomplishments within each of the institution's strategic priorities, President Esteban concluded that "...this plan has served us very well," and noted that it "...represented then and it represents today a collective vision, which still animates our present and serves as a valuable guide to our future."

Our Future

With the arrival of President Paul J. Zingg in 2004, Chico begins a new era that will preserve the core strengths built up during the Esteban years while at the same time work to stimulate and drive progress that will impel forward movement and change. In his inaugural address President Zingg noted that CSU, Chico "is an extraordinary community, defined by physical beauty, a shared sense of history and identity, and a strong commitment to civic values and virtues." He related: "Above the doors of Kendall Hall is the inscription "Today Decides Tomorrow." We take these words to heart as we focus with optimism and hope on the future while building on the best of the past." He then invited campus members and constituencies to a broad conversation on the matters of our identity, values, goals, and priorities.