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Academic Services and Campus Life

University Opportunities for Students

Horn Center

Student Academic Support Services

CSULB believes that ALL students are capable of achieving academic success and thus provides a broad range of educational and student support services to assist them in their academic endeavors. Faculty and professional staff from all areas of the university work together to assist students in reaching their academic potential. The following programs compliment and support classroom instruction.

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center is located in Brotman Hall, Room 250. For information, call (562) 985-4151, log onto careers.csulb.edu, or stop by the office.

The Career Development Center provides resources and strategies for choosing a college major, developing career plans, finding internships and full-time jobs and making successful career transitions. Career decision-making facilitates a student's definition of his/her personal career goals and objectives based on an understanding of one's self and the world of work. The Center provides students with the most current career data and information delivery systems.

Career Planning, Selecting a Major, and Job Search

Career counselors assist students in exploring career and academic major options and in developing effective job seeking skills through one-to-one counseling and workshops. Counselors also provide assistance with résumé writing, interviewing techniques, job search techniques and other facets of the job search process including such topics as networking, accepting or rejecting a job offer, and negotiating a salary.

Once a student has carefully assessed his/her interests, skills, and values, the next step is to discover what professions might best suit them-that is, what major might lead to their desired career path. Career exploration does not entail making one, unalterable decision, but is instead a process that will open up several possible pathways. The Career Development Center provides individual counseling sessions designed to assist students along every step of the career planning process. Additionally, our Career Resource Library contains information about hundreds of career-related topics including choosing a major, internships, résumé writing, job market trends, international jobs, interviewing, job search, employers, and graduate school.

The Career Development Center has also established a program designed to assist first-year students explore careers and majors of interest - Career Exploration Program (CEP). For more information about CEP, contact our office at 562-985-4151.

The Career Development Center receives thousands of job listings every year for positions relating to majors in the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the Arts. BeachLINK provides users with the ability to search and apply for full-time and part-time jobs, internships and on-campus interview opportunities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. BeachLINK, already offering jobs made available exclusively to CSULB students and alumni, is now even more powerful than ever with the addition of the NACELink Network and CareerBuilder. With each of these additional job search engines, you can search for jobs by keyword, company, industry, city and even salary. You can also refine search results and even save your popular searches.

The Center also offers the On-Campus Interview Program for graduating seniors and graduate students. Through the OCI program, employers visit the campus each year to conduct interviews. The employment opportunities in this program are generally in the areas of accounting, banking, computer science, engineering, finance, government, general management training, insurance, retail management, sales, and marketing.

Career fairs provide excellent opportunities for students to meet representatives from the companies in their industries of choice and establish a network of contacts. Career Counselors help students research the employers beforehand and provide tips so they are prepared to engage recruiters effectively.

Internship Program

A College degree will give you a foundation of knowledge for tomorrow's work environment, but how do you successfully apply that knowledge? An important piece to completing your career puzzle is working as an intern. An internship not only provides the opportunity for practical application of knowledge, but also allows you to develop self-awareness of your strengths, weaknesses, maturity, professionalism, values and ethics.

Internships provide a bridge between classroom learning and practical, real-world experience. An internship is a period of guided work in an employment field, often related to your major, career interest, or chosen career goals. An internship is a partnership between students, employers, and educators. Internships may take place in varied settings, including large corporations, small businesses, community service agencies, and others.

The Career Development Center serves as a resource for students seeking general internship information and advising and maintains an updated listing of internships that have been approved for academic credit. You may access these listings on BeachLINK, CSULB's on-line job and internship posting board, via the Career Development Center website at careers.csulb.edu. Internships are available in the local area, across the country, and in various international locales.

Career Development Center Internship Program requires all participating students to enroll in an internship course for academic credit. These internship courses can be a valuable addition to your academic course work, by combining your internship placement with academic reflection on your experiences guided by experienced faculty. The following internship courses are available to students for elective credit (please be sure to check with your college or department for specific enrollment requirements):

• College of Business Administration: CBA 492
• College of Education: EDP 492 (open to all majors)
• College of Engineering: ENGR 492B
• College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: NCSI 492

In addition to the Career Development Center Internship Program, many academic departments offer internship courses. Students are encouraged to contact their undergraduate advisor and/ or internship advisor from the department for more information.

The Internship Program Office is located in Brotman Hall 250. Call (562) 985-5552 or email interns@careers.csulb.edu for further information.

Careers and Disabilities

Careers and Disabilities is a Career Development Center program designed to help students with disabilities meet the challenges of career planning and job placement. A student with a visual, hearing or speech impairment, a learning disability or limited mobility can learn strategies in this program that will help build bridges to meaningful employment. For information about Careers and Disabilities, call (562) 985-8468

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is located in the Academic Services Building (East Library). For information call (562) 985-7131, log onto www.csulb.edu/cce or stop by the office.

The CCE plays a critical role in helping CSULB achieve its Mission and Envisioned Future to be an outstanding teaching-intensive, research-driven university that emphasizes student engagement, scholarly and creative achievement, civic participation, and global perspectives. The CCE facilitates connections between the university and the community with community-based internships, service-learning, community-based research, and engagement initiatives to enrich campus-community experiences and strengthen community capacity. The mission of the CCE is to engage the university and community in creating a just and civil society where every member functions as an agent of social change. The CCE achieves this by serving as a facilitative partner and resource for faculty & staff, students, and community members in strengthening community capacity, building social and political capital, enriching the educational experience of students, and facilitating shared community-based research through the coordination of civic engagement, effective service learning, and community collaborations.

The CCE implements its mission through partnerships with three Alliances focusing on education, community, and students. These partnerships revolve around three key areas: Community Service Learning, Community-Based Research, and Engagement Initiatives.

Community Service Learning

Service learning is a teaching method that allows students to see and experience the relationship between theory and practice. It integrates and enhances both community service and academic instruction; engages students in responsible and challenging community service; and emphasizes active learning in different environments. Service learning is an opportunity for community groups, organizations, and agencies to develop reciprocal partnerships with CSULB faculty, staff and students in addressing significant community needs. In the process, students begin to develop an ethic of service and civic engagement.

Students participate in community service learning as an integral part of an academic course, which may or may not be related to the students' academic major or career goals. Service learning is characterized by the equal value placed upon students' learning and on service that meets a community-identified need; therefore, activities are determined collaboratively by community partners and faculty members. Students tie their service learning experiences together with their classroom learning through guided reflection activities.

Community-Based Research

The CCE works actively to serve educational institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, community agencies, and the CSULB campus community by organizing educational and training tools to aid the development and implementation of community based research across disciplines. The CCE works with faculty and community partners to support community-based research as well as develop successful approaches to establish community based research strategies through new and existing networks and partnerships by bringing together campus and community resources. Overall, the goal is to conduct community based research with the community that is both sustainable and transformational rather than research simply on the community. Such research should make significant contributions to the community as well as to a discipline or to interdisciplinary studies.

Engagement Initiatives

The CCE is a member of a growing national community that appreciates community engagement as an academically effective and socially beneficial cornerstone of education. According to the Carnegie Foundation, "Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnerships and reciprocity." The CCE actively participates in campus, system, statewide, and national movements to promote community engagement as a means for social and intellectual development. The goal is to develop awareness, understanding, and commitment to community engagement by creating a physical and virtual resource center that facilitates collaborations between faculty & staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and community partners by giving more visibility to the university in community endeavors and providing community partners with greater access to the university and its resources.

Disabled Student Services

Disabled Student Services (DSS) is located in Brotman Hall 270. Call (562) 985-5401 or visit www.csulb.edu/divisions/students2/dss/ for information.

DSS provides appropriate services and accommodations for students with disabilities, including registration assistance, note-taking, sign-language interpreting, reading, test proctoring, academic advising and scholarship information.

The High Tech Center (HTC) provides computer support services for students with disabilities and maintains a consultant relationship with faculty and staff. The HTC staff can provide one-on-one training and small group demonstration sessions for students, faculty and staff members to develop their knowledge about and skills in the use of adaptive technology and access devices. For students who have a print disability, the HTC staff will assist the student in acquiring accessible instructional materials in a format the student can use - for example, Braille, electronic text, or large print. Students who are required to take compulsory exams such as the writing proficiency exam, ELM/EPT, GRE, MSAT, LSAT, etcetera, and need accommodations for taking the exam, can arrange their accommodations at the HTC in LA 5 - 173. The Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program provides support services for students with learning disabilities. Graduate counselors within the program provide disability related support services for the academic and personal needs of students identified with learning disabilities. Staff, trained in the assessment for learning disabilities, are available to provide prospective students testing and evaluation for specific learning disabilities. The WorkAbility IV Program, in conjunction with the Career Development Center, provides career planning, placement and job search assistance. Call (562) 985-8038 for more information.

Clients of the Department of Rehabilitation may call DSS to verify the receipt of authorization for tution and parking payment at this office. DSS also assists with parking for the disabled.

It is recommended that students with disabilities attempt to modify their schedules, as necessary, to lessen the impact of a disability. Students with disabilities, however, may request to enroll in a unit load commensurate with their ability. Reduced unit load is defined as less than 12 units for undergraduates and less than 8 units for graduates. Such requests must be made to DSS prior to each semester affected. If approved, the student will be entitled to all benefits, services and activities governed by the University accorded to full-time students. Eligibility for benefits, services and activities outside the University's control will be governed by each separate external agency based upon actual unit load.

Educational Equity Services

The Office of Educational Equity Services (EES) assists in the admission and retention of first generation college students and academically and economically disadvantaged students some of whom might not otherwise be enrolled in the University. Programs currently under EES include the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and the federally sponsored TRIO programs, Educational Opportunity Center, Educational Information Services/Talent Search, Student Support Services Program, McNair Scholars Program and Upward Bound.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

The CAMP office is located at Liberal Arts 3 Room 202 and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. The telephone number is (562) 985-2006 or FAX (562) 985-2003.
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is designed to serve students who themselves or whose parents are migrant or seasonal farm workers. Work may include production, transportation, packaging or canning of crops, dairy products, poultry, livestock, cultivation or harvesting of trees (nurseries), or fish farming. The goal of CAMP is to provide outreach and recruitment services to eligible students by assisting them in completing their admissions and financial aid applications. Also offered are parent workshops on motivating their children to enroll in and graduate from college.

The ultimate aim of CAMP is to provide migrant students with the necessary support services to help them transition easily during the first year in college. The project provides a student-centered array of academic and personal support services geared toward enhancing each student's learning opportunities and quality of life. Also provided are tutoring, academic-skill building instruction; peer and faculty/staff mentoring; assistance with registration; a grant if eligible; exposure to cultural events; and academic programs not usually available to migrant youth.

Educational Opportunity Center

The Educational Opportunity Center is located at the Career Transition Center, 3447 Atlantic Avenue 2nd Floor, Long Beach California 90807 (cross streets Atlantic Avenue and East Wardlow Road). Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. The telephone number is (562) 570-3710 and fax (562) 570-3713.

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded program designed to identify and assist low income, first-generation adult participants who want to enter, re-enter or continue in a program of postsecondary education. Adults enrolled or interested in enrolling in a high school diploma or GED program are encouraged to seek services.

The mission of the EOC is to assist program participants reach their educational and career goals by providing quality information, advisement and services. EOC provides free services to individuals who meet the program criteria.

Participants are required to be at least 19 years old; a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident; reside in one of the target communities: Artesia, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Long Beach, Lynwood, Norwalk, Paramount, Willowbrook and Wilmington; attend school or receive services from a site in the target area, and have a need for one or more of the program services.

The EOC provides academic advisement, career advisement, financial aid information, postsecondary advisement, assistance in completing college admissions, testing and financial aid applications. The program also conducts college admission and financial aid workshops.

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program housed at California State University, Long Beach. Its purpose is to identify, select, and assist low-income, first-generation individuals between the ages of 12 to 27 to continue in and graduate from secondary school and enroll in a postsecondary educational program. Services offered include postsecondary admission and application assistance, financial aid information and application assistance, academic advising, career exploration and planning, cultural and college field trips.

McNAIR Scholars Program

The McNAIR Scholars Program provides academic support services, research opportunities and involvement in scholarly activities for 25 low-income, first-generation college students to increase their likelihood of enrollment and success in doctoral programs. The program consists of the Summer Research Internship, which concentrates on a research project to be conducted by the McNAIR Scholar with the guidance of his/her faculty mentor, and the Academic Year Scholarly Experience to provide continuation of the summer research project; academic support and assistance in seeking admission to graduate programs; and assistance in obtaining graduate financial aid. The Scholars' papers are collected in a publication, the CSULB McNAIR Journal.

Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program provides an intensive six-week residential summer experience for selected first-time freshmen EOP students entering for the fall semester. The program provides English and mathematics instruction, tutoring, orientation to the campus, study skills workshops and enrichment activities to prepare students for the challenges of college. Participants are required to reside in campus housing for the full six weeks and must successfully complete the program to enroll at the university.

Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound Program is a federally funded college preparatory program designed to assist first generation, low-income high school students who have the potential to pursue postsecondary education. The goal is to assist participants in their efforts to complete high school successfully and obtain a college education.

The program provides summer and weekend academic instruction, tutoring, academic, personal and career counseling, cultural activities and college application and admissions assistance.

Learning Assistance Center

Located in the Horn Center, Room 104, the Learning Assistance Center is an all-university academic support service that helps students identify and develop effective learning approaches for their courses. The LAC offers the following services:

1. Learning skills, instruction and coaching
2. Supplemental instruction for difficult courses
3. Tutoring in most subjects
4. ESL tutoring and language practice

Learning Skills

The Learning Skills program helps students strengthen a range of study skills and learning strategies. Learning Specialists meet students individually and present workshops on such topics as Reading Textbooks Critically, Listening and Notetaking Skills, Time Management, Test-Taking Strategies, Memory Techniques, Learning Styles, Preparing Research/Term Papers, and Preparing for Final Exams. Those preparing for such standardized tests as the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT may combine software or other study tools with individual learning strategy sessions.

At faculty request, Learning Skill topics can be tailored to individual courses and presented in class. Workshops are also scheduled by student organizations and other groups.

Supplemental Instruction

The LAC offers two forms of support for courses known to be historically difficult (where over 30% of enrolled students typically receive grades of D, F, or W). Supplemental Instruction (S/I) 60 is a one-unit non-baccalaureate adjunct class tied to select general education courses; students enroll in the target GE course and the SI together. SI Groups are scheduled early in the semester for students who couldn't or didn't register in an SI class or who are in other difficult courses. SI classes and groups address both the comprehension and mastery of course content and the development of study skills that students need to be successful. Sessions are led by advanced students who know the discipline well and have demonstrated the associated skills. Active participants typically perform much better (one letter grade higher) in the target course than peers who attempt it independently.

Tutorial Services

The Tutorial Services Program supports a wide range of subjects and specific courses through scheduled drop-in, online, and individual appointment tutoring. Extensive drop-in hours give students the greatest range of schedule options for help in most subjects; a modest fee is charged for unlimited help in any one subject. Individual weekly appointments are available to students in nearly all disciplines on an hourly fee-support basis. Each semester's tutoring schedule is posted online. Students in academic support programs such as EOP, SSSP, and DSS should contact program advisors regarding tutoring resources.

ESL Support Services

For students whose primary language is not English, the International Students' Conversation Lab provides extensive opportunities to develop English fluency, work on academic language or course assignments and to discuss cultural experiences. Students who need to increase their English language skills to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) may obtain weekly with ESL Specialist appointments when referred by the GWAR/WPE Advisor. These services are free to all students.

Getting Started

Students may contact the LAC receptionist (562-985-5350) to schedule appointments, inquire about walk-in hours, or seek additional information. Further information can also be obtained in person on the first floor of Academic Services or via the LAC website (www.csulb/lac).

Prebaccalaureate Advising Support Services

Prebaccalaureate Advising Support Services (PASS) is located in LA5, Room 361. The telephone number is (562)985-7895,

Prebaccalaureate Advising Support Services (PASS) provides advising as well as support to students in course placement and in developing the composition and mathematics skills needed to prepare them for the required Freshmen-level composition and mathematics courses. PASS does this by providing a combination of services.

Placement: To receive information about placement into appropriate-level courses and to maintain compliance with Executive Order 665, PASS monitors course placement by advising students into the following review/developmental courses: ASAM 1, B/ST 1, CHLS 1, ENGL 1E, ALP/ALI 145, ALP/ALI 150, MAPB 1, and/or MAPB 7 or 11. If placed into these courses, students must complete the prebaccalaureate requirement within 2 semesters.

Tracking: PASS monitors students' progress through the sequence of prebaccalarueate writing skills and mathematics courses required for entrance into Freshmen-level composition and/or mathematics courses. The goal is to be sure that students are making progress and completing the prebaccalaureate classes as stated in Executive Order 665.
Intervention: If students have difficulty in any course while enrolled in the review/developmental courses, PASS counselors can help students by recommending referrals as necessary such as tutoring, diagnostic testing, and learning skills strategies.

Partners for Success - Faculty Mentoring Students Program

The Partners for Success Office is located in the University Student Union (USU-224). The telephone number is (562) 985-7562. Interested students may apply at www.csulb.edu/partners.

For a variety of reasons, many first-generation students - students with parents who do not possess a bachelors degree - find it challenging to complete their college education. In an effort to retain and graduate these students, a program co-sponsored by Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Services is offered to pair students with faculty members who serve in the capacity of mentors. A mentor, in this case, is an experienced professor who acts as a friendly advisor, helping students become comfortable and successful in the university environment.

Student Transition and Retention Services (STARS)

A range of programs, services, and opportunities to assist new and continuing students are offered through Student Transition and Retention Services (STARS). STARS oversees Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR), which is the university-required, new student orientation workshop. It is also responsible for continuing orientation, retention programming and leadership development opportunities such as Life Guard Stations, Student Services Festival, Majors Fair, and Operation: Return to The Beach.

STARS is located in Foundation Building, Suite 160 and can be contacted at (562) 985-5515, soar@csulb.edu, or www.csulb.edu/soar.

Study Abroad Programs

The Study Abroad Office is located in the Center for International Education in Brotman Hall, Room 201.

The Study Abroad office assists CSULB students and faculty to select and prepare for an educational experience in another country. The office administers exchange programs throughout the world, coordinates the London semester program, provides advising services, maintains an overseas opportunities resource library, and sponsors special programs such as pre-departure workshops, information seminars, and speakers from off-campus.

Study abroad options include short-term programs (summer and winter), semester programs, and year-long programs. International internships, volunteer, and work experiences are also available. Students may be eligible for financial aid, loans, or scholarships to assist them with their study abroad experience.

International Student Services

International Student Services is located in the Center for International Education in Brotman Hall, Room 201.
International Student Services serves some 1,300 non-immigrant students, representing over 90 countries, by assisting them with their academic, personal, and cultural growth and development during their years at CSULB. This is accomplished through professional counseling and advising; assistance with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, paperwork processing, and documentation; student orientation activities; and assistance with registration. The ISS staff also serves as the University liaison with consulates, embassies, businesses, foundations, and community organizations concerning international students at CSULB.

In addition, the ISS staff works with international students, faculty, and members of the community to encourage and support international programs. International students are encouraged to participate in University and community programs. During the academic year, the ISS staff works with the International Student Association to plan and organize cross-cultural events such as the Annual International Dinner and Culture Show and other major events. These groups add a special dimension to student life on campus by hosting various cultural events and providing leadership training opportunities for their members.