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CSU Stanislaus: University grows with Valley

CSU Stanislaus: University grows with Valley

CSU Stanislaus boasts one of the highest retention rates among the 23 CSU campuses.

POSTED February 26, 2013 5:24 p.m.

It was named one of the top 10 public universities in the West Coast Master’s category by U.S. News & World Report magazine as well as a best buy in higher education for the past seven years. Its commitment to excellence and ongoing population has attracted a diverse student body and communities into an interconnected world.   California State University Stanislaus …

Once known as Stanislaus State College in 1957, the first classes opened in September 1960 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds with 719 students its first year. The college moved to its permanent campus in 1965 and was awarded university status and renamed California State University, Stanislaus in 1985.  Over the years the population of students has grown to a student body of 9,246 which includes 7,921 undergraduate students and 1,325 graduate students.

Ron Noble, a former CSUS alumnus and current Dean of Students, has worked at his alma mater for over 30 years and has witnessed firsthand the changes in student growth.

“The real big change this campus has faced is the increase in population,” said Noble.  “When I graduated in the late 70s the population was under 3,000 students.”

Diversity is strong at CSU Stanislaus where Hispanic students make up 39 percent of the undergraduate student body, Asian 11 percent and African Americans three percent. CSU Stanislaus also boasts one of the highest retention rates among the 23 CSU campuses.

“Aside from a noticeable change in population growth, we have also expanded in programs,” said Noble.

CSU Stanislaus offers over 80 students clubs ranging from rock climbing to dance, along with 12 national honor society chapters. The various clubs and organizations range from political, pre-professional, social, cultural and religious.

“Student clubs and organizations have brought the community closer to our campus,” said Noble.  “In past years, the campus had a reputation of being apart from community members.  We have changed that notion by involving them more in our affairs.”

Along with the positive gains, has come also come adversity. In the past few years, CSUS has implemented multiple increases in tuition rates for freshmen and incoming students.  Since 2008, a tuition has gone up 63 percent, from $2,520 in 2006 to $5,472 in 2012.

“Funding has become more difficult for our university,” said Noble.  “The real big cuts and changes in terms of funding have come in the last six years.  Students are paying higher fees than they were before but compared to other universities in the nation, our numbers are significantly lower.  The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum.”

CSU Stanislaus continues to emphasize quality and excellence in education and to respond to the needs of its diverse student population, throughout the budgetary difficulties. Through a strong commitment to diversity and educational equity, CSU Stanislaus helps all students reach their full potential.

In June 2012, CSUS welcomed Joseph Sheley to serve as interim president for the university in place of Hamid Shirvani who left after serving seven years to become chancellor of the North Dakota University system.

“Sheley has been a great asset to our university,” added Noble.  “The faculty and students are excited to see how he handles the budget issues that are present in our university.”

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