Governing Documents2018-10-16T13:17:52+00:00

GOVERNING DOCUMENTS

2018/2019

Constitution
Policies
Policy Agenda
Strategic Plan

CONSTITUTION

POLICY AGENDA

The 2018/2019 CSSA Board of Directors has identified three key areas that will inform our work of pursuing forward-thinking higher education policies. We will pursue strategies that ensure an affordable, equitable, and holistic educational experience that promotes student success and well-being.

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MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT KAGIANAS

Since its establishment in 1959, the Cal State Student Association (CSSA) has been a stalwart force in higher education advocacy and student representation at the CSU system, state, and federal level. As a student-led advocacy organization, we are driven by and exist because of the collective needs and interests of more than 480,000 students. Consisting of student leaders from the 23 California State University (CSU) campus, we lead change through our values of educational equity, servant leadership, and exceptional stewardship.

This year, the CSSA Board of Directors has identified three key areas that will inform our work of pursuing forward-thinking higher education policies and strategies. As you will see, ensuring an affordable, equitable, and holistic educational experience that promotes student success and well-being is the priority for our students.

We are mission-driven to elevate the needs of students, and hope to share your ally-ship in doing so.

Mia Kagianas
2018/2019 CSSA President

STRATEGIC PLAN

The purpose of Strategic Plan 2018 is to pursue the mission of improving the lives of CSU students by advocating for student needs and engaging students in systemwide, state, and federal higher education policy making, while being guided by values that compel us to lead compassionately, responsibly, and transparently.

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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Greetings,

Thank you for taking interest in the Cal State Student Association (CSSA)–the nonpartisan, nonprofit association that serves as the single recognized voice of the over 480,000 California State University (CSU) students. It is my pleasure to present CSSA’s Strategic Plan 2018: Educate. Empower. Influence. This document represents years of hard work and the collective efforts of student leaders and professional staff to produce a vision for the organization that will guide the strategic activities of the organization for years to come in serving California State University (CSU) students.

The political landscape of higher education is constantly evolving, often producing significant changes in policy that directly impact the CSU student experience. Additionally, the composition of the CSSA Board of Directors is also constantly evolving with the ebbs and flows of student leadership at the campus level. As a result, a strategic plan that provides strong, broad direction for the future with the flexibility for the CSSA Board of Directors to adapt to the unpredictable changes in CSU system policy and public higher education policy from year-to-year is critical to CSSA being able to fulfill its mission to improve the lives of CSU students.

The ultimate purpose of Strategic Plan 2018 is to pursue the mission of improving the lives of CSU students by advocating for student needs and engaging students in systemwide, state, and federal higher education policy making, while being guided by values that compel us to lead compassionately, responsibly, and transparently. In the years to come, the organization aspires to Educate by serving as the leading resource on issues affecting CSU students, to Empower by elevating the student voice and providing opportunities for students to take an active role in higher education advocacy, and to Influence by proactively leading policy change in higher education. We believe that by developing and executing strategies that support these aspirations, we will improve the lives of CSU students and do it with empathy and care for the communities we serve and to which we belong.

In service,

C. Rob Shorette II, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Cal State Student Association

ASPIRATIONS

The Cal State Student Association will implement the 2018 strategic plan and pursue its mission to improve the lives of California State University students by educating, empowering, and influencing.

The Cal State Student Association will serve as the leading resource on issues affecting California State University students.

The Cal State Student Association will pursue its mission and achieve its aspiration to EDUCATE by pursuing the following strategic goals:

  1. Equip system, state, and national stakeholders with information to make sound, student-centered policy decisions.
  2. Equip students with the tools to advocate for themselves using evidence-driven approaches.
  3. Promote opportunities for CSSA student leaders and professional staff to serve as experts on CSU student issues.

The Cal State Student Association will elevate and strengthen the student voice in higher education policy discussions, and provide opportunities for students to take an active role in higher education advocacy.

The Cal State Student Association will pursue its mission and achieve its aspiration to EMPOWER by pursuing the following strategic goals:

  1. Identify and secure opportunities for students to contribute to influential higher education policy bodies.
  2. Strategically partner with stakeholders in order to broaden the organization’s reach and amplify the student voice.
  3. Promote inclusion by highlighting the important role of diversity and the unique experiences of students from different backgrounds.
  4. Ensure that CSSA student leaders possess the support, knowledge, skills, and confidence to effectively execute the business of the board, and are equipped with the tools to engage students on their local campuses in CSSA’s efforts.

The Cal State Student Association will proactively lead change in higher education policy to ensure that systems that influence outcomes for CSU students are supporting the holistic needs of students.

The Cal State Student Association will pursue its mission and achieve its aspiration to INFLUENCE by pursuing the following strategic goals:

  1. Leverage student perspectives to bring critical issues facing students to the forefront of policy making.
  2. Innovate student-centered solutions to systemic issues and strategize the best approach to integrate those solutions into policy change.
  3. Amplify the voices of other advocates and build coalitions across stakeholder groups to advance CSSA policy priorities.