The recent years of deep cuts in state support to our campus have forced us to take a hard look at how we deliver education and services to our students and how we provide value to the region we serve. Part of this examination included reaching out to the Sacramento State family—alumni, faculty, staff, students and business leaders—and studying their feedback on the future of our campus.
During this process, two points became very clear: Our campus community is ready to move forward and become a university for the 21st century. And “business as usual” is no longer an option because of the current budget realities.
As such, our new initiative to shape the future of Sacramento State is called “Redefine the Possible.”
“Redefine the Possible” reflects much of the work we have done since the culmination of Destination 2010. We are revising curriculum, enhancing how our students interact with colleges and departments and exploring ways we can not only improve, but how we can reinvent ourselves.
In this issue, you can read about some of the work we are already doing to extend the University’s reach. Faculty and alumni are earning international acclaim for their work, and more students from other nations are choosing Sacramento State to pursue their dreams.
To accompany this initiative, we also developed a set of values to help guide our work. Based on the input of the campus community, a university for the 21st century is: excellent and accessible, agile and efficient, modern and attractive, and a source of pride for the region and beyond.
Our work to create a university for the 21st century will require a major commitment to looking beyond the limitations we now perceive, and we set up these values to unleash the creativity of our students, faculty, staff and supporters.
And as alumni, you will be crucial to our new initiative.
I invite you to read more about “Redefine the Possible” and to provide feedback at csus.edu/redefinethepossible, and I look forward to working with you as we redefine the possible at Sacramento State.