Expanding Opportunities

I am pleased to report that your 12-year-old University was recently recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the nation’s number one “fastest-growing” public institution. But we are not done yet. We are actively pursuing public-private partnerships that will enable us to grow our enrollment by approximately 400 new students per year.

CI also earned recognition as one of the top universities nationwide for its “Bang for the Buck” in Washington Monthly’s 2014 College Rankings as well as being named one of the nation’s top universities for Hispanic students by BestColleges.com, an independent, research-based college-planning website for students and families. CI ranked 19th on the website's list of the “Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students.” These annual rankings highlight public-minded universities that are providing students the best value and service for their money.

To continue to meet the growing demand of a CI education, we recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for our third phase of student housing. The brand new, four-story Santa Rosa Village will accommodate 600 freshmen, helping to alleviate overcrowding in our current student housing.

We also look forward to expanding opportunities for students through undergraduate research, providing internships with leading businesses and professionals, and making a positive contribution in our local communities through community service. These prospects will enable all of our students to learn through experience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” At the center of our plans for CI’s next decade are our students, each one an ‘acorn’ that is nurtured and will thrive for everyone’s benefit for many years to come. No matter how many students we have, placing each one at the center of the learning experience remains our mission.

On behalf of the entire CI community, I wish you a safe and delightful holiday season!

Sincerely yours,

Richard R. Rush

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