What are current trends in higher education and how is CSUSM addressing them?
Given that our state's economy will demand one million more college graduates by 2025 than can likely be supplied by all higher education sectors, we know that now, more than ever, one of our core missions is to continue raising the educational attainment rate of the region. In fact, we believe that anyone who has the drive and desire to attain a college degree in our region should have a place at our institution. In 2006, we began establishing guaranteed admission agreements with 10 regional school districts to ensure students are prepared for college and supported throughout their entire educational journey.
CSUSM is the only university in the state with a program of this magnitude, creating a college-bound culture for some 200,000 students from across our region.
We have also placed a particular focus on serving educationally at-risk students. Within the CSU system, we have the highest per-capita numbers of student populations often excluded or overlooked by higher education
This includes veterans, former foster youth and Native Americans. For the last two years, 52 percent of our graduating classes were the first in their families to obtain a four-year degree.
We are very proud that not only do the vast majority of our students come to CSUSM from our region but that after graduation some 85 percent of them remain here, equipped with profession-ready skills, creative talents, global awareness and homegrown commitment to help power the regional economy.
Where do you see CSUSM's growth?
We know that the San Diego region will continue to have workforce needs in multiple areas including the life sciences, healthcare and information and communication technologies. To meet these demands, we continue to survey key stakeholders in multiple business and nonprofit sectors to learn about their expectations and create innovative degree and certificate programs that allow students to graduate career-ready and prepared to meet critical workforce needs.
New and planned programs include a professional science master's in cybersecurity and biotechnology, master's degrees in public health and health information management, and stackable certificates (potentially leading to master's degrees) in international business, business intelligence, and tourism and hospitality.
Furthermore, the CSU Institute for Palliative Care, established at CSUSM in 2012 as the first state-wide initiative focused on palliative care in the country, is another way we are focusing on emerging trends and continuing our commitment to community engagement. In just three short years, the Institute has already educated more than 600 healthcare professionals, launched 15 online programs and integrated palliative care content into nearly 30 of our classes. The model is now spreading to other CSUs across the state.
Cal State San Marcos is celebrating its 25th anniversary. For many years, the University was North County's best-kept secret. Not anymore, the secret is out, CSUSM is THE place. At 13,000 students, CSUSM is considered nationally as a large university and regionally, it is a high-demand, first-choice institution.
CSUSM is the place where dedicated and talented faculty facilitate the success of students, our region's future leaders and change-makers. It's where area businesses and organizations partner to foster economic growth and create real-world learning experiences for the sake of stronger communities.
it's a place with a track record of accomplishments. CSUSM has been recognized recently for best practices as a model employer, as a diverse and military-friendly campus, and as a community-engaged institution