We walk the talk.
Diversity and excellence on one path, in
California State University, Los Angeles
At Cal State L.A., two complementary
concepts–diversity with excellence–fuse into one bedrock
value, providing a strategic foundation for everything we do.
Those whom we hire share that value. It permeates our
assessments for retention, tenure and promotion of faculty. It
frames our partnerships and outreach efforts. It guides our
academic programs and support services.
Here, diversity with excellence shapes
* Our student enrollment is about 55 percent Hispanic, 22 percent
Asian American/Pacific Islander, 15 percent white, and 8
percent African American. Students of color have been in the
majority since 1972.
Since 1979, 43.5 percent of our new tenure-track
have been individuals of diversity, and 47 percent have been
* Cal State L.A. established the nation’s first
department in 1968.
* From 1975 to 1999, 184 African Americans with baccalaureate
degrees from Cal State L.A. earned Ph.D.s, making Cal State L.A.
the top undergraduate origin of African Americans with
doctorates west of the Mississippi River.
ABET, which accredits engineering education programs, bestowed
its 2007 President’s Award for Diversity to Cal State L.A. for
the excellence of its outreach and support programs in
Cal State L.A. was selected as one of America’s top colleges and universities that exemplify diversity by
Minority Access, Inc. The University was honored at the Seventh National Role Models Conference at the Bellagio Resort, Las Vegas, Sept. 17-20, 2006.
Diversity with excellence. Our legacy. Our
mission. Our future.
James M. Rosser,
American Council on Education Annual Meeting,
“For the past 37 years, Cal State L.A. has been one of the most diverse comprehensive universities in the country. That is partly a function of where we are–centered in the dynamic megalopolis of Los Angeles, perhaps the most demographically diverse region in the country.
Cal State L.A., we seek to understand the challenges and the
opportunities amid those dynamics, and to champion diversity
with excellence as an institutional value. In short, we see an
opportunity to serve as a springboard to inclusiveness and
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