President’s Message: A model for regionally-engaged learning in the 21st century
On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, we wish you a happy new year. The past year has presented a number of challenges that, with your help, we have overcome with the passage of Proposition 30. We are so thankful, because it assures access for literally thousands of students seeking admission, not only to our campus but to every campus in the California State University system. The future budget still remains uncertain; however, fortunately, we can count on some certainty for the balance of this academic year.
Despite the unknowns ahead, this has been an exciting year for your University. We have refined and reaffirmed our institutional values in our campuswide strategic planning process. As a result, we have come together as a community and reached consensus on a revised mission statement and our shared commitments, to not only our students but also to the larger region we serve and the entire state. We have published these commitments widely, because we want you and our students — including those who plan to come here in the future — to have a clear understanding of what California State University, East Bay values and expects. You will find our eight shared commitments and our expectations for our graduates described in our institutional learning outcomes online at www.csueastbay.edu/about/strategic-planning/.
This issue of Cal State East Bay Magazine contains representative examples of how we are living up to our commitments. In my comments at the Investiture Ceremony in the fall, I called for our university community to be a model for regionally-engaged learning in the 21st century. The new reality for regional universities requires us to redefine our role in contributing to our region. As I ended my Investiture comments, I called upon the campus community to “invoke our legacy as Pioneers.” My call is for us to “be the University of choice for our students, the University engaged with our regional community — indeed, the University that serves as the intellectual, social, cultural and economic heart of the East Bay.”
Within the pages of this edition of the magazine, you will learn about exciting examples of the kinds of community service Cal State East Bay already brings to improving the quality of life in our neighboring communities.
We all agree that our children are our future. We have dedicated this issue to how Cal State East Bay is “Serving our Communities’ Children.” We recognize that public dollars dedicated to meeting the needs of our children are dwindling. In keeping with our commitment to community and regional partnerships that support student engagement and learning, the following stories will show how this University is meeting our commitment to the region and communities we serve.
We sincerely hope that you will be inspired by the work of our alumni, faculty and students in addressing community needs, ranging from neighborhood school clean-up and helping at-risk teens make positive choices, to work on health issues such as childhood obesity and autism, just to cite a few examples.
Cal State East Bay is truly on its way to becoming a 21st century model for a regionally engaged university.
Leroy M. Morishita