VOL. 1, NO. 3, FALL 2006
The University has begun the process for re-accreditation
through WASC – the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
This begins a
process of self-evaluation, looking at our capacity for supporting
and achieving educational excellence. This will involve all
divisions of the University in
information-gathering and analysis in a comparative assessment of WASC standards. During the past year, the campus was asked to identify areas that were most important to assuring educational achievement.
Guided by that input, faculty, staff administrators and
students will engage, over the next several years, in gathering evidence, formulating actions for improvement, and reporting to WASC. All areas of the campus have an important role to play in this undertaking that supports our mission as a learning-centered institution.
Congratulations to the College of Business and Economics for the successful renewal of its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.
College of Education also is to be congratulated on its full
performance-oriented standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Terry L. Allison, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters
Mary Falvey, Dean of the Charter College of Education
Alice K. Kawakami, University Librarian
Keith Moo-Young, Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
Arlie Stops, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Affairs
Thank you to the faculty, department chairs, deans and staff for your efforts that enabled achievement of the University’s enrollment expectations for Summer and Fall ’06. One outcome of this extraordinary effort has been the “Delivering Results” document, designed not only to support enrollment goals but to address operational weaknesses and overall services delivery quality that have impacted enrollment. The ad hoc “Delivering Results” team will continue to address and improve the University’s enrollment management efforts. “Delivering Results” may be downloaded from Public Folders under VPSA.
Hobson’s Enrollment Management Technology, a major software acquisition recently installed in Student Affairs, is designed to enhance communications between the University and prospective freshmen, transfers, graduates and international students, as well as high school and community college counselors. Since implementation in October, more than 15,000 contacts have been entered into the system and 25,000 emails sent out. The decision to acquire the Hobson’s technology was made upon the recommendation of the “Delivering Results” task force. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research has begun an evaluation of Hobson's International for possible use.
Prospective students receive emails from the University throughout the application process, with tailored information pertaining to interests, majors, services and relevant news, such as campus events and scholarship deadlines. Students can also provide survey feedback or send RSVPs to events.
One of the CSU Board of Trustees 22 Initiatives to facilitate graduation includes visits to campuses by peers from other CSUs to provide feedback on the efforts being made to facilitate graduation and implement the Initiatives. We recently hosted five CSU colleagues, who came to hear of our efforts, as well as provide input about best practices on other campuses. Information-sharing sessions focused on academic advising, student support services, orientation, the Introduction to Higher Education course, roadmaps, two-year schedules, grad checks and degree audits, and a pilot introduction to higher education course that is being offered by the College of Natural and Social Sciences this year. The Peer Review Team provided an exit interview and report at the end of its day on campus.
1-D Boosts Science Complex, Facilities, More!
With the successful passage of Proposition 1-D by California's voters Nov. 7, Cal State L.A. will receive an unprecedented $72 million for major facilities projects, including $50.5 million to support the construction of Wing B of the Integrated Sciences Complex. With its state-of-the-art multidisciplinary laboratories and lecture spaces, this complex will foster innovative integration across many disciplines. The University will also receive $15.1 million to build a Corporation Yard and Public Safety/Parking facilities, replacing existing “temporary” facilities. The new Corporation Yard will support the University's Facilities Services Operations; Facilities Planning and Construction; Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety; and Shipping and Receiving. The Public Safety/Parking building construction will also be partially supported by non-state parking funds. In addition to benefiting from these important projects, the University will also receive $6.5 million to upgrade facilities, including enhancing energy efficiency and accessibility.
The next generation of student research opportunities within the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology looks toward developing the most technologically advanced hydrogen producing/dispensing station in North America, which will rely largely on power provided by local wind farms to produce this clean energy. Construction will begin on the eastern edge of the campus upon completion of a permit process. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $2.2 million, with $1.6 million already committed through major gifts from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Ahmanson Foundation, the California Air Resources Board and the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Shared-use High School Facilities to be Built
The CSU Board of Trustees recently took actions to strengthen a Cal State L.A. shared-use partnership with a high school of the arts and to establish such a partnership with a high school focused on math and the sciences. The actions will allow the University and the high schools to share the approved facilities, thereby increasing opportunities for reciprocal exchange and access to labs, studios, classrooms and other facilities.
The Los Angeles County Office of Education has received approval from the CSU Board of Trustees to build an approximately 45,000-square-foot facility at Cal State L.A. to serve the roughly 600 students of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). LACHSA has leased space from CSULA since 1986. The new facility is slated for completion in July 2010.
The second action by the CSU Board of Trustees will bring the Math and Science Charter High School to Cal State L.A. under the auspices of the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools. The Alliance will build a 500-student-capacity, 30,000-square-foot facility with 23 classrooms, office space, a library and multi-purpose room. Until this facility is completed in the fall of 2008, the Alliance is operating in temporary quarters it opened this fall, serving 200 ninth-grade students. www.laalliance.org
Philanthropist and arts collector Lloyd Cotsen has made a five-year $200,000 grant to our archaeology program in support of extensive opportunities for international fieldwork and travel to national conferences for five to ten students each year. The gift formalizes a collaboration between Cal State L.A. and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, to strengthen and further the quality and status of archaeology in Southern California. Cal State L.A. Trustee Professor Barry Munitz, a former Chancellor of the CSU and who shepherded the discussions that led to the grant, credited Cotsen’s “insightful generosity.”
Alumna Leana S. Wen was among 32 U.S. students chosen from 896 nominees for graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. Winners of the highly acclaimed award were selected based on high academic achievement, personal integrity and leadership potential. Now a fourth-year student at the School of Medicine at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Wen entered Cal State L.A. through the Early Entrance Program as a 13-year-old from Temple City. She earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in biochemistry in 2001. At Oxford she will pursue a master's degree in global health science.
In early November, Cal State L.A. hosted Chancellor Charles B. Reed and the CSU Forum on Criminal Justice, bringing together leading experts, prominent alumni, and colleagues from throughout the CSU to discuss how the CSU can better serve the state’s evolving needs in this field. A combination of our strong programs in criminal justice and the nearly completed facility – newly designated by the Joint Powers Authority as the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center – made this campus a natural choice for the Forum, along with the fact that the CSU produces 89 percent of California’s total graduates in this field. www.calstate.edu/pa/news/2006/crime.shtml
Congratulations, Golden Eagles
Congratulations are in order for our Golden Eagles teams on many fronts: The Women’s Cross Country team can be proud to end the season with a finish of #4 in the nation at the recent NCAA Division II Championship in Florida. Women’s Volleyball again had a very strong season, making it to the NCAA Regional Semi-Finals. Congratulations, too, to Men’s Soccer that won the CCAA Southern Division Title and was defeated only after a shootout that followed two overtimes for the NCAA Far West Regional Title. Our Golden Eagles earned a great number of individual athletic honors as well. Great playing!