January 17, 2017
Provost Lynn Mahoney
Welcome to our first spring semester. I hope that all enjoyed their holidays and started the new year well. I also hope that faculty found their longer winter term break productive and restful, recognizing that accomplishing both simultaneously is a challenge!
I want to start by acknowledging the incredible efforts of our faculty to submit their grades on time last month. A record 99% of grades were submitted by the deadline which had been extended by one day to Thursday morning. Students who worked hard all semester anxiously await their grades (and those who worked less hard may await them with even greater anxiety). The timely submission of grades rewards students who toiled away and allows all students to better plan for the following semester. On their behalf, thank you!
Last fall, we launched our Graduation 2025 initiative—we submitted a required brief plan to the CSU and held a leadership kickoff event with over one hundred faculty, staff, students and administrators. This spring, the Graduation 2025 consultative group (formed as part of the implementation of our 2016 Strategic Plan) will work with departments and people across the university to identify programs and plans that align with the Student Success goals of the Strategic Plan, as well as draft a longer, more comprehensive university 2025 plan to submit to the CSU later in spring. Facilitating our students’ success is not a one-time initiative. We will continue to infuse all we do with plans to strengthen undergraduate and graduate student learning, remove unintended obstacles to graduation, and provide our students with the best learning experience possible. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions or questions!
Best of luck with the start of the semester!
The campus now has an institutional site license to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education online version is published every weekday and is the leading source of news and commentary about events, people and issues shaping higher education.
Current Cal State LA faculty, staff and students may access the Chronicle in one of two ways:
- On-campus: Connect directly to the Chronicle website at www.chronicle.com (no need to login).
- Anywhere (including off-campus): Create a personal account using your Cal State LA email address. Once your account is created, you will be able to have access from any computer and at any location in the world as well as from any mobile device including via Chronicle’s iPad edition.
More information is available at: http://web.calstatela.edu/library/dbs/~c40.htm
Questions or requests for help to the Chronicle can be sent to Holly Yu, Library Electronic Resources Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 3-4993.
As you may recall, the end of the fall term was also a busy one as we were in the midst of hosting job candidates for various leadership positions. The searches concluded successfully with the hiring of Dr. Octavio Villalpando as the Vice Provost for Diversity & Engaged Learning and Chief Diversity Officer for Academic and Student Life, Dr. Michael Caldwell as the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and the naming of Dr. Cheryl Ney as the Dean of the Charter College of Education.
Please welcome the new members to our Cal State LA family and congratulate Dr. Ney on her new appointment.
Thank you to all who participated in the open forums and submitted your feedback via online.
The new year brought with it new names for two offices.
The Office of Research and Academic Personnel going forward will be two separate offices. The Office of Faculty Affairs is under the leadership of Dr. Michael Caldwell and the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities is under the leadership of Dr. Scott R. Bowman.
The Office of Resource, Planning, and Management simplified its name to the Office of Planning and Budget and it continues under the leadership of Dr. Amy Bippus.
Contact the Office of the Provost with your comments and submissions.