Letter from the Provost

University Reports Winter 2014

Conversion-Plus! – Aligning Semester Conversion with Student Success

As part of the semester conversion process at California State University, Los Angeles, we are afforded the opportunity to transform the curriculum to better reflect the distinctive mission of the university, evolving disciplinary concerns, and emerging best practices for teaching and learning, while at the same time addressing important student success needs and alignment with our Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs). 

Faculty have been heavily engaged in this effort.  Examples of Conversion-Plus! plans include the following:

- The Department of Art is developing hybrid capstone courses as well as hybrid and online offerings of such popular foundation courses as 101A and B.  The Department plans to establish more internships in galleries and museums, local k-12 schools, and in the design, fashion and textile industries so that students will be better prepared for future employment assignments.

- The Department of Biological Sciences is addressing curricular bottlenecks in its undergraduate Biology program by reducing the number of lab courses in the upper-division core from five to two.  Department plans also include much greater use of instructional technology to engage students in large-lecture courses, an intensive professional writing lab, civic engagement across the curriculum, and collaborative project-based lab experiences.

- The Department of Communication Studies is revisiting its Senior Capstone with an eye toward requiring community engagement and/or an internship.  The department is also exploring the possibility of consolidating the two Options in the MA, and reducing the number of courses in certain options.

- The School of Nursing is making timely progress in converting and revising their many programs.   To meet national accreditation standards requiring content on aging, the School is collaborating with the Gerontology program to update their undergraduate and graduate courses.

These are just some of the many examples of how faculty are working hard to re-envision the curriculum to better support our students and achieve the promise of a working towards a transformational University.