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Cal State Innovate promotes innovative activities across the 23 campuses in collaboration with the California State University Chancellor’s Office. Under the direction of Chief Innovation Officer Michael Berman, Cal State Innovate enables the development and diffusion of new and effective strategies and technology to promote better student outcomes, improve the student experience, and create greater administrative efficiencies


Many CSU campuses lack the resources to explore cutting-edge technology in any systematic way. Coordinating work in these areas across campuses, and finding strategies to support “deep dive” pilots with communications to the entire system can help accelerate the speed of innovation, encourage good investments, and help us find out what doesn’t work faster so we don’t waste excess time and effort.

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Over the span of two weeks, I got the chance to demo Cal State Ready, a custom Alexa skill for prospective students, across the state at the 2019 CSU Counselor Conferences. Cal State Ready is intended to be a virtual high school counselor’s assistant, providing info to students on how to prepare, apply, and pay…

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