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Weekly Wednesday Message
February 5, 2014

Did You Know?

Men's Success InitiativeSince 2005, CSULB has supported a Men’s Success Initiative aimed at African American and Latino male college success and at a recent CSU system-wide provosts’ meeting, CSULB was highlighted for high retention of African American students. The program was also featured in the news last fall for its retention efforts.

Chancellor White Unveils his Vision for the CSU

Last week, Chancellor Timothy P. White pledged a renewed focus on student achievement and degree completion in his inaugural State of the CSU address.  He outlined seven areas critical to student success that will be supported by an investment of $50 million:

  • Hire more highly-qualified tenure-track faculty to reverse the declining ratio of tenured and tenure-track faculty to lecturers;

  • Enhance student advising by hiring more advisors on campuses and expanding e-advising technologies;

  • Expand funding for the bottleneck solutions initiative to support more online concurrent enrollment courses;

  • Help incoming freshmen attain college readiness and support underserved students by expanding the Early Start program;

  • Ramp up high-impact practices, including service learning, undergraduate participation in applied research, internships, study abroad and first-year student learning communities;

  • Expand data collection and data-driven decision making to improve program quality and implement programs that advance student success;

  • Improve access for and degree completion of SB 1440 transfer students within two years through a variety of campus and system-level strategies, including admission preference.

Chancellor White’s priorities are all highly consonant with CSULB‘s current direction. We have increased tenure track hiring and expect to increase further next year. (Interesting fact: of our current active tenure-track faculty, 40% have been hired in the last ten years!)

We have increased the number of advisors markedly in recent years. We have focused a great deal of effort on eliminating bottlenecks. We have actively used the Early Start program with success. We have encouraged high impact practices in many courses. We are already the system leader in use of data to drive decisions. Our new admissions plan is fully consistent with SB1440 access.

CSULB’s future at the moment appears very bright. Having protected our core mission well during difficult years, with anticipated positive leadership from a new president, with improving budget outlook, with the outstanding faculty, staff and students we enjoy, there is every reason to expect continued rising excellence at CSULB.

New Summer Student Research Assistant Program

Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, invites applications for the Summer Student Research Assistant Program.

This new program provides financial support to eligible undergraduates and graduates to undertake research and other scholarly and academic activities during the 2014 summer intersession months.

Research assistants are compensated on the basis of time devoted to their research but are encouraged to undertake full-time research for a period of eight consecutive weeks. Maximum award amounts are $2,560 for undergraduate and $3,200 for graduate students.

The application deadline is Friday, March 14. Additional information, including how to apply, is available online.

Addressing Gender Equity and Sexual Assault

CSULB is committed to maintaining a safe educational and working environment free of discrimination, harassment or retaliation. In keeping with this commitment, CSULB prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression in educational programs, services or activities.

CSULB employees are required to immediately report any complaints of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation (including sexual harassment) to Larisa Hamada, the Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity & Diversity, at Larisa.Hamada@csulb.edu or (562) 985-8256.

All complaints related to sexual assault involving an employee or student are to be reported immediately to Larisa Hamada (Larisa.Hamada@csulb.edu/(562) 985-8256) and the University Police at 562-985-4101.

Definitions of Title IX, sexual harassment, and sexual assault and contact information for CSULB administrators who oversee Title IX are available online.

In addition, the Title IX website includes a video that explains Title IX, provides definitions about sexual assault and sexual harassment, and offers tips to prevent sexual assault.

Save the Date: University Achievement Awards

The University Achievement Awards and Celebration of Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity will be held on Thursday, April 17 at the Pointe in the Pyramid.

The event honors faculty, staff and students for excellence in teaching, advising, research, scholarly and creative activity and service. It also showcases faculty and student research, publications and creative activities.

The list of 2014 award recipients and information for faculty and students who want to display their research, scholarly and creative work at the event will be available in the coming weeks.

Campus Policy Establishes Pedestrian-only Zones

Effective January 1, CSULB implemented a Coasting Device Policy to encourage the use of alternative transportation while ensuring pedestrian areas are safe for everyone.

The policy allows roller skates, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and other coasting devices, excluding bicycles, in areas on campus that are not designated as pedestrian-only zones.

Additional information about the policy is available online.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration February 13

The campus community is invited to attend the 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday, February 13 from 12 to 1 pm in the University Student Union (USU) BEACH Auditorium, located on the first floor.

A community drum and information fair will kick off the celebration on the USU North Lawn from 11:30 am to noon.

For additional information, please contact Valerie Bordeaux at Valerie.Bordeaux@csulb.edu.

Funding Available for Ethics Research

Proposals are being accepted for ethics research stipends. These $2,000 stipends, provided by the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, are designed to support faculty ethics research and contributions to the discipline.

Applications must be submitted to Dr. Brenda Freshman via e-mail or campus mail (HHS2-118) by March 14.

To submit an item for the Wednesday Message, email it to Linda.Fontes@csulb.edu by Monday at 5 pm.

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