The Provost's Message - March 2, 2016

The Provost's Message

Provost Lynn Mahoney

As the quarter winds down and fatigue sweeps across campus, there is no better way to get reenergized than to pause to acknowledge the contributions of our faculty. It was my honor recently to introduce this year’s recipient of the President’s Distinguished Professor Award, Andrea Zetlin, Professor of Special Education and Counseling. Andrea has been on the Cal State LA faculty since 1989 and embodies the university’s key commitments to teaching , to scholarship, and to Engagement, Service, and the Public Good. She has devoted her life to preparing teachers to work with students with disabilities. Andrea coordinated the Multicultural/Multilingual Special Education program and created the C. Lamar Mayer Learning Center. The Learning Center serves more than 200 young students from our local communities and serves as a critical teacher preparation tool for our credential students. Andrea’s research on youth in foster care prompted changes in state and federal legislation. I would like to say that her commitment to our students and community is unparalleled, but at Cal State LA this commitment is common to many of our faculty. I offer congratulations to Andrea for this well-deserved recognition and thanks to our entire faculty who work so hard to enable our students’ success.

The strategic planning process is now in full swing. I’m especially grateful to the following groups for participating in strategic planning workshops over the past few weeks: Academic Affairs division, the Cal State LA Alumni Association Board, College of Professional and Global Education, our department chairs, all-staff meeting attendees, students from the Honors College and the Student Union, College of Arts & Letters, and College of Natural and Social Sciences. THANK YOU to everyone who attended a workshop and shared your vision for our future!

In the coming weeks, we will be holding workshops for the remaining Colleges and Divisions, as well as additional groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners.

Be sure to check the Strategic Planning website to learn about and RSVP for an upcoming workshop, and to read about the emerging themes that will inform the plan’s development. If you are not able to attend your College or Division workshop, be sure to RSVP for the next university-wide workshop on March 17, or go to the Strategic Planning website to offer your direct input via the web form.

As I’ve said before, it’s very important that this process is inclusive and highly collaborative, so I hope you will find the time to participate. If you have any questions about the process or how to get involved, please contact my office.

Did you know?

According to the 2014 Cooperative Institutional Research Survey of new freshmen, which of the following did Cal State Los Angeles incoming freshmen rate themselves highest on (i.e., rating themselves as “Above Average” or in the “Highest 10%”)?

a. Drive to achieve
b. Spirituality
c. Writing ability
d. Popularity

Find the answer at the end of this message.

From the Office of Undergraduate Studies

Michelle Hawley, Ph.D., Dean of  Undergraduate Studies

Starting May 2nd students will begin to register for the Summer 2016 quarter and for the Fall 2016 semester!

Join us for the Winter 2016 Advisors’ Institute for updates on this critical registration period.

Topics to be covered include the following:
• the new Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards
• a new Tuition and Fees Calculator
• IAP updates
• Spring Quarter
• Registration Information Fair
• Graduation Application updates

Please join us for lunch and learn how the advisement community can prepare to answer conversion questions from students!
Thursday, March 10, 2016
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Golden Eagle Ballroom 1

RSVP by Tuesday, March 8th - Register Here





Answer to the "did you know?" question: Drive to achieve (72.5%)
You can find more interesting facts in the 2014 CIRP Freshman Survey

Contact the Office of the Provost with your comments and submissions here.