Student Leader Andrew Janz named to CSU panel

California State University, Stanislaus Associated Students, Inc. Vice President Andrew Janz is one of two students in the CSU system who has been appointed by the California State Student Association (CSSA) to serve on a committee that will help structure the future of higher education.

Janz, a graduate student from Visalia working on his Master's Degree in Public Administration, will join Nasmi Kansari of CSU Channel Islands as representatives on the steering committee of the CSU systemwide strategic planning initiative called "Cornerstones." The CSSA is a statewide organization that represents students in the CSU system.

"Having a CSU Stanislaus student on this committee is a real tribute to our University, since this panel will be involved in a national roundtable effort to come up with recommendations for reframing higher education for the future," CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani said. "The committee will focus on strategic areas that are central to the California State University's capacity for enhancing student access and success, as well as academic quality in the next decade."

Janz said he is eagerly looking forward to bringing all of the entities together at CSU Stanislaus to provide important input to the committee as it seeks to provide recommendations that will impact the future of higher education in the United States. He noted that student involvement on the committee demonstrates the CSU's commitment to shared governance and will allow student issues to be addressed directly.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students to directly impact and shape the future of the CSU in a positive manner," Janz said. "This appointment comes with great responsibility and allows students to be directly involved in the strategic process for the California State University system."

Janz will engage students, faculty, administration, staff, and the community in extensive discussions involving a series of questions for input on forging a strategic blueprint for the CSU system in the coming decade. Plans call for a system-wide discussion of the topic to occur in April 2007 as preparation for a series of public sessions to be held in the fall prior to having a final plan in place by May 2008.

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