Cruz: Developing CSUF’s First-Ever Academic Master Plan

The new year is always a time of reflection and contemplation, a time to consider the events of the past 12 months and think about how to hew more closely to our deepest values in the year ahead. As provost, I find my thoughts inevitably turning to the moments in 2015 that touched closest to home and the emotions these moments stirred:

• Pride in our faculty and students for the many well-deserved awards and honors bestowed upon them for their roles as researchers, teachers, learners and citizens.

• Awe at the hard work of our CSUF family when we saw our graduation rate improve by 6.6 percentage points and our achievement gap narrow 25 percent.

• Heaviness for the loss of several beloved Titans, including alumna Tin Nguyen, who was killed in the San Bernardino shooting, and sadness for fellow university campuses that have been struck by violence across the nation and around the globe.

• Appreciation for the dedication of our campus community to fostering inclusive, healing dialogue and engaging in continued endeavors to strengthen our ability to serve our students, our communities and each other.

• And, as always, deep gratitude for the indefatigable efforts of our faculty, students, staff and administrators who consistently go above and beyond for the sake of fulfilling our mission and bettering our university, our region and our world.

Looking back on 2015, I am humbled and gratified by our university’s accomplishments during this most recent installment of a storied narrative that began 58 years ago amid 238 acres of orange groves and has resulted in one of the most diverse and dynamic public comprehensive universities in the country.

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