CSU students find new academic programs and expanded facilities in Fall 2006

(August 28, 2006)— This fall, the more than 400,000 students who have enrolled in the 23 campuses of the California State University system will find a host of new academic programs, new and expanded facilities, and improved student life on CSU campuses throughout California. For example:

New M.A. Degree in Social Work at CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU Dominguez Hills will be offering a new Master’s Program in social work where the key goal will be to immerse the students in the cultures of the local communities to learn specific influential factors and how to communicate more effectively when working in the area. The curriculum will focus on ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status in south Los Angeles County. rhudson@csudh.edu

Substance Free Housing at CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Monterey Bay will reward students who pledge to abstain from alcohol on campus by again offering them the choice of living in substance-free housing. Students who wish to live and study in a clean and quiet environment will have the option of living in designated substance-free residence halls. Tobacco, drugs and alcohol are prohibited in these facilities and students living in these areas also agree to abstain from their use while at home. Joan_Weiner@csumb.edu

New Facilities at San Diego State
San Diego State expanded its classrooms and support space by more than 200,000 square feet with the opening of three new buildings, the College of Arts and Letters, the Calpulli Center and BioScience Center. The buildings, respectively, feature high-technology classrooms, upgraded health and wellness facilities, and scientific research laboratories. foster@mail.sdsu.edu

New Political Science and Performing Arts majors at CSU Channel Islands
Furthering its commitment to providing students with an interdisciplinary education, CSU Channel Islands has introduced two new majors for their fall semester. A political science major and a major in performing arts have been added bringing the total number of majors offered at the newest of the CSU’s to sixteen. Peggy.Hinz@csuci.edu

Student Outreach
In 2006-07, the CSU will continue its system-wide campaign to reach underrepresented students and their families by visiting middle and high schools, offering classes to educate parents of middle school students on how to help their children get to college, and creating college awareness with the How To Get To College poster. Chancellor Charles B. Reed and CSU presidents will continue the Super Sunday program at African American churches in Northern and Southern California to spark interest among families, neighbors and friends in helping youngsters, especially males, to seek a college education and the rewards that it can bring. cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: August 28, 2006

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