It is my pleasure to welcome you to this official introduction to CSU Bakersfield, its academic programs and its campus community. Academic years 2007-08 and 2008-09 will be years four and five under our new vision which was adopted in 2004-05:
“By 2014-15 CSU Bakersfield will be the leading campus in the CSU system in terms of faculty and academic excellence and diversity, quality of the student experience, and community engagement. Realization of our vision will be advanced by recruitment, development and promotion of excellent and diverse staff within an organizational culture committed to excellence in all areas.”
The vision emphasizes the role of our outstanding faculty as scholars and educators who are dedicated to actively engaging our students in the classroom and laboratory, and in research and other creative activities that stimulate, challenge and support them in their intellectual growth and development. Also, it reflects our commitment to assuring that our diverse student body experiences campus programs and services that advance their academic achievement and facilitate their personal development within the context of a vibrant campus life.
Our students are also major players in the University’s commitment to community engagement. They provide thousands of hours of volunteer service to schools, nonprofit organizations, and civic groups. Such service-learning activities complement their intellectual and personal development. CSU Bakersfield graduates are leaders in diverse segments of our society – in all levels of government, in K-12 schools and higher education, in health care and other professions, in non-profit organizations, and in corporate executive officers, to name a few. Our alumni network is local, national, and global.
We take great pride in the University’s rich history and its accomplishments in serving its students and its community as one of the major educational and cultural resources of this region which also enhances its quality of life and supports its economic development. We are defining and creating a dynamic future through “partnerships for excellence.”
Learn more by visiting us at www.csub.edu. As you do so, I hope you will be inspired to become a member of the CSU Bakersfield community as a student, faculty member, staff member, or supporter. CSUB is “your” University.
Horace Mitchell, Ph.D.