The Provost's Message

The Provost's Message Title

MAY 15, 2019

Many of you have shared that Commencement is your favorite time of the year, and I could not agree more. These celebrations of our students’ accomplishments and the pride of their families and friends arise from the dedication of our faculty, staff, and administrators. As always, I thank you for all that you do every day for our students.

Title: Balloons and grads - Description: Many students in their commencement robes look up to see and feel balloons that were released from the celling at the end of their commencement ceremony

Title: Section header in Block - Description: 33rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition

On April 26-27, 2019, eleven students from Cal State LA competed at the 33rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition in Fullerton, CA. We are pleased to announce that we had a Cal State LA student walk away with a second place win!

Congratulations to Yesenia Mendoza for her presentation and for placing 2nd in the Behavioral and Social Sciences session (Graduate division).

We applaud and thank all of the students who participated at this year’s CSU Student Research Competition. It is an outstanding accomplishment to compete at such an event. We would also like to thank the advisors who worked with these students. We greatly appreciate your mentorship.

Below are the names of each student delegate and faculty advisor:

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Minna Suomi - Dr. Jessica M. Dennis
Yesenia Mendoza - Dr. Elaine Wittenberg

Biological and Agricultural Sciences
Ekinadoese Salami - Dr. Jing Zhao

Oscar Armando Gil Rodriguez - Dr. Allison Mattheis

Engineering and Computer Sciences
Abraham Rav-Noy and Jovanny Santana - Dr. Arman Pazouki
Joseph Iorio - Dr. He Shen
Justin Moon - Dr. Arturo Pacheco-Vega

Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
Violet Perez - Dr. Jing Zhao

Humanities and Letters
Nancy Flores - Dr. Enrique Ochoa

Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Roberto Alexander Tejada Arevalo - Dr. Susan Terebey

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Please join me in expressing appreciation to Trinh K. Pham, Ph.D. for her six years of service to the Honors College. Under her leadership, the Honors College and the Early Entrance Program have thrived. Dr. Pham and the program were recently featured in the Los Angeles Times.   Dr. Pham has been a deeply valued member of the Provost’s leadership team and will be sorely missed. Dr. Rennie Schoepflin will serve as the interim director effective August 19, 2019.

Title: Rectangular section header - Description: New Strategic Plan from Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) is pleased to share the new IE 2019 – 2024 Strategic Plan. Development of IE’s Strategic Plan was a cross-divisional collaboration among faculty, staff, ITS, the Deans’ Council, and with feedback from the President’s Cabinet.

The new plan aligns with IE’s mission to provide high-quality data, analytical tools, strategic analysis, and partnership-based education and collaboration to foster a University culture of data-informed decision making. The plan is a roadmap for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to achieve its goals in three priority areas:

  • Ensure data quality through collaboration
  • Empower campus constituents
  • Deliver actionable data and insights

The one-page Strategic Plan Summary includes the goals for each priority area.

Please continue submitting a Service Request Form with your data needs. You may also email us at or call us at 323-343-2730.

All of us in the Institutional Effectiveness office are committed to achieving the objectives and goals in our plan over the next five years. Effectively partnering and engaging with you, our campus stakeholders, will be key to our success. Our office is here to meet your needs and help everyone across the University make data-informed, evidence-based decisions.

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The University congratulates faculty, staff, students, and alumni  affiliated with the MBRS-RISE and MARC programs on their 40th Anniversary, dozens of who returned to the area to participate in the celebration, April 26-27, 2019.

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Lynn Mahoney
Provost Mahoney

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