We’ve nestled a university in one of the richest agricultural valleys on the planet at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and in the middle of California halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Now that sounds idyllic, peaceful, and kind of earthy, but Bold?
Actually, Bold runs deep in this region where trailblazers have been fixtures going back to our agrarian roots. Freedom and opportunity to succeed are standard equipment, along with the courage to be distinctive.
Knowing and understanding the landscape here is for more than farmers, it’s become a critical part of how students grow from high-impact practices in one of the most culturally diverse regions in the country. We call it a living laboratory.
This is indeed a fertile place to boldly equip and empower our students for success, all without the halo of a major metropolitan area.
With this promise comes clear strategies that demonstrate a university and community working as one, and in President Joseph Castro’s recent State of the University Address, he gives you a glimpse of each, beginning with a reminder of what Bold means to us:
to Student Success
Boldly equipping students goes deeper than meets the eye.
Learning by Serving
It’s touching every corner, every sector of this community—over 1 million hours worth last year alone—greater success well beyond the traditional classroom for students and a whole region.
The Community Mobile Health Project provides students with high-impact clinical experience in the underserved rural areas of Fresno County, helping hundreds in just a few months.
The Teacher Residency Program, recently having received the Christa McAuliffe Award for improving P-12 learning outcomes, enables students to learn and teach in their hometown.
The Autism Center at Fresno State trains students to apply leading research and principle-based behavior therapy to help children with autism.
Building a K-16 Educational Pipeline
Filling it shows how powerful partnerships can be in this Valley where word is bond.
Academics and Athletics
The term “Student Athlete” says it all. This alignment of academics and athletics creates tremendous velocity in building a culture that optimizes student success.