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CSUF: Maintaining 'A Spirit of Confidence'

Jan. 23, 2014

Editor’s note: This is a column by Cal State Fullerton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jose Cruz.

Outside, the sun had set on an unusually cold day in Baltimore. Inside, the conference attendees – provosts from public universities across the nation – were rising from their tables and making their way to a much-deserved reception.

A colleague approached me to comment on the presentation I had given earlier that day: “Cal State Fullerton's plan is quite ambitious. Can you really count on the faculty to drive the work forward?”

My fellow provost was referring to CSUF's five-year strategic plan. The plan, developed through a universitywide process, expresses our university's intent to “become a model public comprehensive university, nationally recognized for exceptional programs that prepare our diverse student body for academic and professional success.”

It's an intent that's guided by four goals in the areas of excellence in curricular and co-curricular programs, student success, recruitment of high quality and diverse faculty and staff, and the diversification of revenue streams.

“They always have and always will,” I answered.

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