The Provost's Message - October 18, 2016

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October 18, 2016
Provost Lynn Mahoney


As many know, the California State University system has pledged to make dramatic increases in its graduation rates by 2025, in particular improving the two-year graduation rate for transfer students and the four-year rate for freshmen. Degree attainment is one of our state’s pressing social justice issues and no university is better poised to meet this challenge than Cal State LA. 

On October 10, a group of more than 140 Cal State LA faculty, staff, students, and administrators gathered to discuss just how best we can meet our ambitious goals. Speakers included Dr. Lande Ajose, Director of California Competes and Senior Vice President of the Post-Secondary and Transition to Work Division of The Opportunity Institute. The work of Dr. Ajose and her team clearly demonstrates the pressing need to close the graduation gap and to increase the number of degrees earned in California. Vice Provost Amy Bippus provided an update on our successes to date and opportunities to improve our students’ success. Table discussions yielded valuable information on the areas we can and must address, including academic advising, curriculum & class scheduling, learning support, engaged teaching, enrollment services & financial aid, and student life. It was a vibrant discussion that very clearly demonstrated why Cal State LA continues to serve as a model of access, quality and attainment. 

I encourage you to take a look at the material presented: Mind the Gap: Delivering on California's Promise for Higher Education from Dr. Ajose and her team and How are We Doing? Celebrating our Successes and Identifying Opportunities by Vice Provost Amy Bippus.



WASC Updates


We will launch the WASC Reaccreditation process next month under the leadership of Dean Karin Elliott Brown. The Steering Committee is in the process of being formed and calls will go out by the end of the month for faculty representatives for the five Essay Writing Teams. Once the WASC teams have been formed and the reaccreditation process firmly launched, we will send out a call for faculty, staff and student representatives for the five Strategic Planning Consultative Groups: Engagement, Service, and the Public Good,An Inclusive CampusGraduation 2025Student Life, and A Great Place to Work. There will be plenty of opportunities for participation—keep your eyes out for future emails and updates.



Leadership Searches Update


We are in the midst of searches for three critical positions: dean of the Charter College of Education, vice provost for Diversity & Engaged Learning and Chief Diversity Officer for Academic and Student Life, and associate vice president for Faculty Affairs. All members of the university community will have an opportunity to meet every finalist at a university forum. Please put a hold on the tentative dates listed below, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., to meet the candidates. We will post information on our website as it becomes available.


  •          November 7, 9, 15 & 16     Finalists for Vice Provost for Diversity & Engaged Learning
  • November 14, 17 & 28       Finalists for Assoc. Vice President for Faculty Affairs
  •  December 6, 8, 12 & 14     Finalists for Dean of the Charter College of Education



Faculty Happy Hour




Thank you to all who did RSVP to our Faculty Happy Hour in celebration of our successful conversion to semesters and the passing of 10th week. There's still time to let us know if you're attending.  It takes place on Thursday, October 27 from 5-7 pm in Golden Eagle Ballrooms 2 and 3.  Please contact the Office of the Provost if you didn't receive your invitation.


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