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Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

Fresno State's mission, as defined in the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, is to "boldly educate and empower students for success." This mission, along with our vision statement, "students prepared to become our next generation of leaders," and our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction fold into the campus Strategic Plan priorities, which state that Fresno State will implement bold, focused strategies designed to maximize success for our diverse student body.  By collaborating with community partners, we will provide a transformative educational experience that prepares students to serve and to lead in the Central Valley, the state and beyond while improving the overall graduation rate. 

Fresno State Education Initiatives

The Fresno State Food Security Project was launched in 2014 to support students who may be experiencing food insecurity or other challenges that could inhibit their academic success. Initiatives included in the Project are the Amendola Family Student Cupboard, CalFresh nutrition assistance program application assistance, and nutrition education and budgeting workshops. The Student Cupboard is a free food and hygiene pantry (including diapers) for current Fresno State students and is funded by monetary as well as food and hygiene donations. 

The Cross Cultural and Gender Center is a student support service dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Center provides educational programs and services through a social justice lens, including affinity rooms for African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander, Cross Cultural, Gender, Latino/a and LGBTQ+ and campus-wide workshops for employees and students through the President's Council for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and diversity training through the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Leading for Diversity workshops. 

Originally established at one of our sister campuses and implemented at Fresno State, Project Rebound provides support for students and potential students who were formerly incarcerated. The program focuses on reducing recidivism and victimization by helping establish pro-social pathways.

The Veterans Resource Center assists veterans, reservists, National Guard, active-duty service members and dependents to receive their educational benefits and academic and wraparound support throughout the college experience.

The Renaissance Scholars program is dedicated to being a one-stop shop offering services and referrals for current or former foster youth, unaccompanied homeless youth, orphan youth, and other independent youth attending Fresno State. 

TRIO Student Suport Services provide undergraduates (i.e. resilient first-generation students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students with disabilities) with academic support, financial aid literacy/education, and graduate school preparation support to ensure every individual's successful retention and graduation. 

The Good Samaritan Grant provides financial support to meet basic needs of students who have unanticipated financial roadblocks that can impact degree completion and well-being. 

The President's Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (PCEDI) supports acceptance and fairness at all levels of the University. The Council developed a comprehensive Diversity Plan to make sure this commitment is understood across our campus. PCEDI hosts a number of workshops throughout the academic year as well Conversations That Matter (i.e., weekly conversations that focus on issues of social justice, diversity, inclusion, and other current and relevant issues facing our campus and society). 

Initiated in 1994, with support from the National Science Foundation, the California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSULSAMP) Program is a comprehensive statewide project dedicated to increasing the graduation rate among students who have faced or face social, educational or economic barriers, attending Fresno State and the other 22 campuses within the CSU System, studying for baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 

The Educational Opportunity Program and Special Support Programs provide an array of services to support firstgeneration and economically disadvantaged college students. These services are designed to create an environment that fosters a sense of community, promotes integration into the university, encourages use of campus resources, and guides students to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals. 

The Office of Black Student Success (OBSS) is committed to providing supportive services that foster the transition and integration of Black students into the University as they achieve academic and personal success. 

The Dream Success Center is dedicated to serving our Dream students by offering services designed to foster a sense of belonging as they navigate and thrive at Fresno State. The center provides orientations, academic advising, and monitoring. 

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Students work with an Access Specialist to identify resources for their academic success, including reading/alternate media course materials, assistive technology, testing services, interpreting and captioning services, as well as note-taking services. 

Established in March 2021, the Alegria Mental Health Task Force is charged with examining current mental health services available to students from the Student Health and Counseling Center, as well as other external resources, in order to develop recommendations on how we can improve the mental health and well-being of our campus community. 

The Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) promotes academic and personal success of Fresno State students by encouraging the maintenance of healthy lifestyles and providing affordable and accessible health and psychological care. Services include medical and counseling services; Wellness Services such as the PAWdcast, a weekly conversation on health and wellness led by student peer ambassadors of wellness; and YOU, an app for tips and tools students can use for mental and physical health, friendships and finding balance. The Wellness program offers a variety of workshops and events for students to promote health and well-being.

The Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is a multidisciplinary group that works collaboratively to identify students who are facing significant personal struggles, are in distress, or are students of concern who may benefit from additional support or resources. By using a community approach to foster the well-being of every student, the Fresno State community can collectively build a strong and healthy environment.

All California State University, Fresno employees are able to participate in its Employee Fee Waiver Program. The program allows employees to continue their education or transfer the fee waiver to a dependent. The fee waiver may be used to fully waive a maximum of two (2) courses or six (6) units, whichever is greater per term. 

The Center for Faculty Excellence gives faculty access to tools and resources related to professional development and technology. With resources like Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Certificate Program, faculty are able to further their education and gain new insights that they can introduce into their classroom. 

The Health Careers Opportunity Progam (HCOP) was established to assist and support students who have the desire to become doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other health care professions. Student participants also share a goal to give back to the communities in which they grew up. 

The California Mini-Corps program provides undergraduate Liberal Studies students the opportunity to work as tutors in public school sites throughout Fresno County. The Mini-Corps Tutors work directly with certificated classroom teachers, and they provide direct instructional services to migrant students. 

The California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success (CSUCCESS) program provides first-year and transfer students a free Apple iPad bundle to help with their studies. This CSU system-wide initiative aims to improve technology equity and enhance student achievement. 

The CSU system-wide Graduation Initiative 2025 organizes system-level work to improve student success. By eliminating/minimizing equality gaps among students, GI 2025 is designed to improve degree-completion rates which will in turn lead to a diverse workforce in California. 

Across Fresno State's campus, students have the opportunity to choose from many different job options in department offices, campus centers, farm enterprises, and other locations. Students can work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours during the summers. California State University, Fresno has found that students employees are more engaged with campus activities, excel in their academic endeavors, and have a higher graduation rate.