California State University Channel Islands was the first of the 23 campuses in the California State University system to participate in a planning process that will help lead to the next CSU strategic plan.

More than 100 CSUCI faculty, students, staff, and community members participated in the half-day planning discussion titled "Access to Excellence." The discussions are being held at campuses system-wide to identify strategic priorities to meet challenges the CSU system and individual campuses might encounter during the next 10 years.

"Access to Excellence" succeeds the Cornerstones project, which established philosophical guidelines for the CSU to operate under and was developed nearly 10 years ago.

"This project will be an action plan rather than a theoretical document," said Theodore Lucas, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and co-chair of the campus Access to Excellence Committee.

The development of the strategic plan will be overseen by a steering committee composed of 47 members. Nasim Khansari, a CSUCI sophomore and Associated Students Inc. Senator, has been elected to serve as the statewide student representative for the steering committee. Other committee members include CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, several members of the CSU Board of Trustees and several campus presidents.