The Provost's Message - December 13, 2016

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December 13, 2016
Provost Lynn Mahoney

In a strangely paradoxical fashion, our first semester seems to have been both awfully long and over very quickly. The many, many hours of planning paid off well—for most of our students, the transition to semesters went very smoothly. I know that this is the result of a lot of hard work by faculty, staff and administrators. Please know that it is deeply appreciated.

Application numbers are one of the key measures of a university’s success and by this measure we are emerging as a CSU leader—a reflection, I think, of our efforts to strengthen our university and improve our services to students. Once again, we have seen an increase in undergraduate applications, an increase that well exceeds the system average. Freshmen applications increased over 6% while the CSU average showed no increase. Transfer applications increased over 5%, compared to an almost negligible increase across the CSU. In fact, several CSUs saw declines in applications. Our surge in popularity means that we need new, more refined admissions’ tools to manage our enrollment ensuring that we do not admit more students than we can serve. We are emerging as a CSU leader. And, again, our success here rests on the strength of your work.

So, as we head into the holidays, I wish you all good health, time with loved ones, and some rest! No university faculty, staff or administration has better earned it.

Center for Effective Teaching and Learning

As we all gear up toward our Grad 2025 goals, CETL is offering programs specifically for faculty on how they can help improve student success in the classroom. The Course Redesign for Student Success Program encourages faculty to try small changes in their Spring 2017 course, reflect on these techniques with a cohort of colleagues, then implement bigger changes in their Fall 2018 courses. Participants in this program will also get access to a Moodle template that will help organize their course structure to help facilitate student learning.

Feedback from the first cohort’s participants has been extremely positive. Faculty have found the online program helpful for providing them with alternate strategies for engaging with students, giving them tools to check student’s understanding of the material, and report increased confidence as instructors.

Another CETL program that can help ensure students to timely degree is CETL’s Hybrid Development Program. Through this program, faculty develop a 50 percent face-to-face/50 percent online course. Faculty who complete this program can teach 2 sections of the same class in one traditional two meetings-per-week time block. This allows departments to offer double the amount of class seats to students during one “traditional” class time. Through this program, faculty regularly meet with CETL instructional designers to ensure a high-quality hybrid course.

CETL will continue offering a Tips for Surviving the Semester Transition workshop to help ease the transition to semesters. Congratulations to all faculty as you survived your first semester at Cal State LA! But if you are still looking for helpful tips for your Spring course, join the workshop to hear how to prevent course drift, and experience a less stressful semester. Faculty can RSVP here.

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The Honors College at Cal State LA is an interdisciplinary program that offers high achieving students an opportunity to participate in a scholarly community dedicated to inquiry and discovery, creative and critical thinking, and the creation of knowledge. If you are interested in teaching for the Honors College, please complete this application.

For more information about the program, please visit our website and if you have any questions, send the Honors College an email or call us at 323-343-5969.
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