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academic affairs
Vol V  Issue 1 | OCTOBER 2013


Bottlenecks are anything that limit a student’s ability to make progress toward a degree and graduate in a timely manner. To begin to solve these problems, the CSU create eAcademies for CSU faculty who have successfully redesigned their courses to improve student success and to share and mentor their course redesign strategies with other CSU faculty. Nearly 150 faculty have participated. In addition, 77 awards were made to 19 campuses for redesigning bottleneck courses and improving student success and access. Of the 77 funded proposals, 19 will result in completely redesigned fully online courses. All 23 universities will participate in eAdvising for undergraduate students. And planning is underway to build a collection of virtual STEM labs for faculty to adopt for their hybrid lab classes. The CSU also made available 33 fully online courses for CSU students across the system in its new Online Concurrent Enrollment program. See the article in this newsletter for more on it.  more >>

With the governor signing AB 386 into law, the CSU will be developing more online courses for students throughout the system. The measure allows CSU students to take online courses offered at other CSUs, which is an extension of the Online Concurrent Enrollment program already begun by the system in fall 2013. The Chancellor's Office will create an accessible online database with a streamlined process for enrollment. The new AB 386 cross-enrollment program will be up and running beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year.


Dr. Ephraim P. SmithThere is reason to be optimistic as  this new academic year is underway. As you already know, the CSU received increased funding in its General Fund budget and will not have to raise tuition for the first time in many years. While the budget is far below our actual needs, it does reflect an investment in CSU students, faculty and staff by Governor Brown. Some of the funding increases are targeted to innovative uses of technology for student success initiatives such as the article above on bottlenecks and concurrent enrollment below. Chancellor White has allocated $7.2 million to augment these student success efforts.  
There also are many new academic faces and changes at our institutions. Former Fresno Provost Bill Covino is now the new president at Cal State L.A.; former Sacramento Provost Joe Sheley is now the permanent president at CSU Stanislaus, after having served a year as the interim president; and Willie Hagan is now the permanent president at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Former Sonoma Provost and U.S. Department of Education official Eduardo Ochoa is now the permanent president of Monterey Bay, and Long Beach Provost Don Para is the university’s interim president. Julio Blanco is the new provost at Monterey Bay, Gayle Hutchinson is the new provost at Channel Islands and José Cruz is the new provost at Fullerton. Andrew Hoff is the interim provost at Fresno; Gary Reichard is the interim provost at Dominguez Hills; and David Dowell is the interim provost at Long Beach. Welcome everyone.


Moving quickly during the summer months, the CSU is now providing access to 33 fully online courses to give place-bound students options to take courses at other CSU institutions and assist them in making timely progress toward graduation. These online courses, a part of the new Online Concurrent Enrollment program, were selected because of their demonstrated student success. A new website was created for students to sign up for the classes. Nearly 200 students have signed up, and many new courses will be available in the spring and winter 2014.

Paul Anka receiving doctoral hood

2013 Honorary Degrees

What do Paul Anka and Merle Haggard have in common besides great singing voices? They each received an honorary degree from a CSU institution this year. Anka received his Doctor of Fine Arts from Cal Poly Pomona and Haggard received his Doctor of Fine Arts from CSU Bakersfield. They joined 455 other individuals who have received honorary degrees from the CSU since the first honorary degree was awarded in 1963 to President John Kennedy. website >>


Student Commercials Compete for Airtime

Through a partnership with Toyota of San Bernardino, CSU San Bernardino Communication Studies students were offered the chance to compete as marketing teams to create a 30-second commercial, with monetary prizes being awarded and the opportunity for the winning commercial to be aired on television and radio. The dealership worked with the communications department to have students take a more interactive approach. Students were required to write a script, create storyboards and film the commercial, while also utilizing public relations and marketing to pitch their final product. The CSUSB students' work was so outstanding that the dealership plans to make the contest an annual event. The winning commercial can be seen at “Toyota Combined” along with a 30-second video of behind-the-scenes footage.

Course Adopts a New Technology Initiative

CSU Northridge has launched the myCSUNtablet initiative. Participating students can purchase or use their own iPads in designated course sections. The initiative will give students an enhanced learning experience where they will have immediate access to e-texts, apps and other e-learning materials at a lower cost than traditional textbooks and material used in courses. The program also will be evaluated regularly to monitor the impact of the implementation of tablets on student learning, while also encouraging faculty to meet for period discussions about their successes and challenges.

CSU summer arts

CSU Summer Arts

CSU Summer Arts celebrated another memorable summer on the CSU Monterey Bay campus, with more than 350 attendees choosing from 17 courses offered. To culminate the two-week long experience, all courses had a final public showing for faculty, staff and community members. To learn more about this year’s impactful summer, visit  public affairs or facebook for more amazing photography from the summer experience.

Taking University Research Beyond the Milky Way     

San Diego State’s astronomy department will be making history in the CSU system with plans to build a $1.5 million 50-inch telescope, to be named the Phillips Claud Telescope, after the SDSU alumnus and amateur astronomer who left $670,000 from his estate. With strong support from additional investors such as The Brenda and Dave Rickey Foundation that provided $100,000 to acquire the raw glass that forms the telescope’s mirrors, the Phillips Claud Telescope will reside at the Mount Laguna Observatory and give faculty and students the opportunity to use new technology to expand research projects. The SDSU astronomy department is the only department of its kind in the California State University system. full story >>

Urban Freight Research

The METRANS Transportation Center, a joint partnership of Cal State Long Beach and the University of Southern California, will establish an international Center of Excellence in urban freight research. Through a $3.7 million grant from the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation, the new center will be called “Metrofreight” and will study ways to make the transportation, handling and storage of goods in city centers more efficient, while also focusing on research priorities including traffic congestion, air quality and emissions in areas close to major ports.  more >>

Student Achievement Measure

The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) is a joint effort of six higher education associations to enhance transparency and provide the public with a comprehensive measure of college student progress and completion. Most CSU campuses are participating. It allows universities to deliver a more complete picture of student progress along the path to earning a college degree. website >>

Questions, ideas or comments about editorial content, e-mail Colleen Bentley.
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