The Provost's Message - March 16, 2016

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Provost Lynn Mahoney

In my last message I highlighted the research and teaching commitment of our faculty. This commitment extends, as well, to efforts to reduce the cost of college courses for students. The CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions saved students across the system more than $5,000,000 in instructional material costs in 2014. I am thrilled to announce that Cal State LA was recognized as number one in the CSU for saving students money on textbooks last year. Cal State LA’s Program for Affordable Learning Materials (PALM) saved our students $1 million dollars in 2014.

Faculty members contributed to this effort by replacing print textbooks with alternate electronic materials. Examples include, Dr. Elizabeth Torres (Biology) who replaced a print textbook with an open source e-book, Dr. Martin Adamian (Political Science) who used free online sources in case law and the U.S. Constitution, and Dr. Swan Ngin (Anthropology) who used electronic copies of textbooks that students could access for free via the Library website. These efforts were enabled by the assistance of library faculty and staff. Special thanks go to library faculty member Romelia Salinas, who coordinates the program, and Monika Chavez, the PALM assistant. While we read daily about the prohibitive cost of higher education and its impact on access, it is worth noting that from admission to the costs of instructional materials, Cal State LA remains a model of access.

GO (Greater Outcomes) East LA falls within this model of access and serves as an example of how Cal State LA supports student success. GO East LA was launched in 2014 as one of President Covino’s P-20 cradle to career initiatives to increase student graduation and degree attainment in the East Los Angeles region. In partnership with LAUSD East, LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia’s office, and East Los Angeles (ELAC) Community College, GO East LA recognizes that a student’s path to success starts before they arrive on campus. This year the program will present 1,200 college admission certificates to all kindergarten students in the pipeline.

GO East LA is guided by the belief that the degree to which it can advance a college going culture, support student preparation, and make college campuses feel more comfortable for students and their families will lead to a successful transition to college and will help students complete their degrees and certificates.

GO East LA 2014-15 Highlights:
•Enrolled 64 Garfield High School graduates defined as GO East LA students at Cal State LA in Fall 2015
•Enrolled 443 ELAC transfer students as GO East LA students at Cal State LA in Fall 2015
•Sponsored several events to promote college success among the 507 GO East LA students including a parent academy- college is a family affair; several workshops on succeeding in college and individual support and advise sessions for students
•Conducted parent academies for parents with middle school-aged children and high school seniors
•Conducted leadership visits to all 15 elementary schools

Read more about GO East LA.

Special thanks to Bianca Guzman, GO East LA Initiative Director and Taffany Lim, Senior Director of the Center for Engagement, Service and the Public Good for the work they do to support student success.

Did you know?

According to the 2014 Cooperative Institutional Research Survey of new freshmen, how many Cal State Los Angeles incoming freshmen intend to pursue an advanced degree (i.e. Masters or above)?

a. 34%
c. 74%
d. 94%

Find the answer below.






Answer: Seventy-four percent (74%) of Cal State LA's incoming freshmen intend to  pursue an advanced degree.
You can find more interesting facts in the 2014 CIRP Freshman Survey

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