Mission, Vision, Goals Statements

Mission Statement 

The College of Arts and Letters is committed to

  • Offering graduate, undergraduate, and credential programs that meet and exceed accreditation and disciplinary standards and that foster student mastery of their chosen field
  • Serving a student population that reflects the diversity of Los Angeles and the new global community
  • Providing  students with an education in the arts and humanities that allows  them to develop their basic skills and their appreciation of the way the arts and humanities can illuminate human experience
  • Preparing educators, visual and performing artists, scholars, and other professionals for successful careers
  • Creating original work in the arts and humanities that contributes to the education of our students and to the general advancement of human understanding
  • Engaging with the community and industry in shared study, discussion, performance, and professional training in the fields of arts and letters
  • Providing opportunities for cultural enrichment through artistic and humanistic events, activities, and performances for the extended campus community
  • Providing opportunities for interdisciplinary study across departments and colleges.

Vision Statement

We envision a college with accredited and endowed undergraduate and graduate programs that are nationally recognized as first-choice destinations for students and faculty.  The College of Arts and Letters (CSULA) will be at the forefront of interdisciplinary studies in the humanities in the California State University System; a college known for creating original work and knowledge; a college with a high placement rate of students in their chosen professions, graduate schools, and credential programs; a college in which students become lifelong learners capable of advancing new fields and technologies; a college that offers critical and creative activities that challenge the mind  while instilling a sense of cultural and political responsibility to local communities as well as sensitivity to change in a global society.


Goals, 2008/09-2012/13 (Please note that after each draft College goal there is a parenthetic statement that links the draft College goal to the draft university strategic goals.)

  1. Create greater incentives for departmental collaborations and interdisciplinarity (Goal 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 4.1, 4.3, 4.6)
  • Foster collaboration between departments within the College of A&L (and across “arts” and “letters).
  • Foster collaboration between departments in differing colleges and centers for global (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean) studies
  • Initiate conversations with Natural and Social Sciences faculty and administration regarding the possible relocation of the organizational homes of History and Area Studies to Arts and Letters to encourage more interdisciplinary interactions.
  • Invite scholars/teachers from Universities around LA (connected to the School of Arts and Letters) for talks; meet and greet, in the company of students for interdisciplinary conversations (an added and alternative construction to the “Powerful Visions” format).
  • Create new tenure-track faculty positions in interdisciplinary humanities
  1. Develop faculty opportunities for creative activity, research, curriculum development and innovative teaching (Goal 4.6, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3)
  • Implement a model with more departmental freedom for scheduling faculty workload in order to lower workload and, as a result, increase our ability to recruit more highly qualified faculty and graduate students
  • Increase the proportion of tenure-track faculty in the College of Arts and Letters
  • Create more opportunities to showcase faculty creative activity and research
  • Increase support for faculty to develop innovative curriculum and improve teaching
  1. Build community between current and past students (Goal 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1)
  • Increase networking opportunities for students (e.g., creation of e-mail, face book, online/virtual communities)
  • Create more opportunities for shared insights, tips, strategies towards progress and success (within the program and areas of chosen professions/activities)
  1. Increase Outreach and Community Engagement (Goal 3.1, 3.6, 4.7, 5.1, 5.5)
  • Expand after school programs, workshops, Master classes, tutoring
  • Extend more invitations to lectures, exhibits, performances
  • Focus on building bridges with the communities in our service area
  • More widely publicize students showcases (performance, art, music, writing)
  • Increase public marketing for programs
  • Improve Public Relations area of Communication Studies
  1. Expand the community of individuals, foundations, and corporations who support the College of Arts and Letters (Goals 6.1, 6.2, 4.4)
  • Build a college alumni database by discipline
  • Launch more annual A&L Alumni Reunions (e.g., by Department)
  • Create more opportunities to celebrate alumni accomplishments
  • Explore the possibility of creating a public fundraising campaign
  • Seek opportunities to engage corporations, foundations, and community agencies in mutually beneficial ways
  1. Revitalize and establish more community spaces; make better use of space (Goal 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 4.8,
  • Make the Music Courtyard more inviting (more tables, umbrellas, better evening lighting, etc. establishing a space that is more relaxing, “meet and greet”)
  • Upgrade the Fine Arts Gallery and Courtyard
  • Transform an existing space to A&L faculty lounge
  • Provide dedicated lounge rooms for students in each department
  • Centralize Humanities in a cluster of buildings
  • Improve the classroom environment
  • Extend the number of private faculty offices to ensure student confidentiality
  • Work with the Library to develop exhibit space that would feature, in part, Arts and Letters
  1. Build exemplary, distinctive graduate programs (Goal 1.1, 1,3, 1.6)
  • Obtain more funding for Graduate Students
  • Offer more graduate fellowships and fee waivers
  • Offer more Teaching Assistantships upon acceptance of well-qualified graduate students.
  • Increase the library’s holdings in Arts and Letters, including increasing journal subscriptions
  1. Improve equipment and software as a means to support program quality, student attainment of educational and career goals, and creation of original work (Goal 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.8, 5.1, 5.2, 5.5, 6.3)
  1. Assess all programs; seek external accreditation for all programs where this is possible  (Goal 1.4, 1.5, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.2, 4.7, 5.25.3, 5.5, 6.1, 6.4)


Last Update:  October 20, 2009