The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) acknowledged California State University, Northridge (CSUN) as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.
The APLU recognizes institutions that focus their efforts to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, excellence in technology transfer, leadership in talent and workforce development, establishing strong government-university-industry partnerships, and fostering community and “place” development through public service, engagement and outreach.
A working group comprised of several CSUN associates, found that the university was directly responsible for a $2 billion economic impact and created more than 11,700 jobs. The institution has provided several features that produce engagement with the Los Angeles community. This includes a finalized plan for a five-story, 150 room business-class Hyatt Hotel on campus; a Performing Arts Center; and creating an on-campus business incubator in partnership with the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator.
CSUN was also named as a 2018 Social Mobility Innovator (SMI). The SMI ranks four-year U.S. colleges and universities, and “measures the extent to which a college or university educates more economically disadvantaged students at lower tuition, so they can graduate and obtain good paying jobs”. With an enrollment around 36,000 undergraduate students, the state school was ranked in the top 20 on the SMI list for 2017.
According to Business Wire, the Education Opportunity Programs at CSUN, “provide nearly 10 percent of its student population with critical access and retention services”. The services include the likes of transition, academic and financial support.
CSUN is a proud member of the LAEDC, and is advancing our mission within Los Angeles County.