The Provost's Message - November 3, 2016

The Provost's Message
November 3, 2016
Provost Lynn Mahoney

Our two big university-wide initiatives this year—WASC Reaccreditation and Graduation 2025—in many ways succinctly represent our mission to enable the success of our students and our faculty by developing strong academic programs that lead to degrees for undergraduate and graduate students. At our recent kickoff for Graduation 2025, we highlighted the need for those degrees and affirmed our commitment to student success. Next, we turn our attention to a key part of the strength of our academic programs by celebrating faculty success in research. Research at a comprehensive urban university takes many forms, from the traditional monograph to nationally funded grants, from regionally acclaimed performances to applied innovations adopted by industry, from peer-reviewed articles to exhibitions and competitions—the list is endless. Faculty are invited to join me on Wednesday, November 9, at the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Annual Reception, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Golden Eagle Ballroom to learn more about the variety of faculty research at Cal State LA and to celebrate our faculty’s achievements.
Thank you to all who were able to attend the Faculty Happy Hour last week. It's been a busy semester for all of us and I continue to be energized by your commitment to Cal State LA.

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We have successfully identified the WASC Reaccreditation Steering Committee—thank you to all who submitted nominations. Please keep an eye out for calls for faculty representatives to serve on the flowing essay writing teams:

Degree Programs: Meaning, Quality, and Integrity of Degrees
Educational Quality- Student learning, Core Competencies and Standards of Performance at Graduation
Student success, student learning retention, and graduation
Quality Assurance and Improvement; Program Review; Assessment; Use of Data and Evidence
Sustainability: Financial Viability; Preparing for the Changing Higher Education Environment

Nominations for these teams are due to the Senate Office by Monday, November 21. An email solicitation will be sent to faculty shortly.

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The final candidates for two out of the three current leadership searches have been identified by the respective search committee. You can find the finalist's name and open forum dates for the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and the Vice Provost for Diversity & Engaged Learning and Chief Diversity Officer for Academic & Student Life on the Leadership Searches page.

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This semester we’re launching a new effort to track the number of hours we all spend volunteering. The program, I Serve LA—Make It Count, will provide us with an accurate accounting of the University’s contributions to the public good. We know anecdotally the many ways these hours of service benefit our city and region. With I Serve LA—Make It Count, we’ll be able to pair anecdote with data.

Students, faculty and staff can now log service hours through the I Serve LA Tracker on the website or through Cal State LA’s GETmobile app. Service activities both on and off campus count toward the total for the academic year. Our program guidelines identify service that qualifies. The Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good has also created community service award levels to help keep the campus motivated and make tracking more fun.
Contact the Office of the Provost with your comments and submissions here.