|Provost Lynn Mahoney|
|With all the exciting things going on in our colleges and units and given the changes and improvements we are engaged in as part of conversion and enrollment growth, the time is ripe for creating an avenue for regular communications within the Division of Academic Affairs. The Provost's Message provides an opportunity for all of us to share critical or exciting news and information––I hope that you will take advantage of it to showcase some of your highlights as we use it to ensure that we regularly communicate with all of you.|
With the dust settling on the opening of our last fall quarter, I want to thank all who worked so hard to make certain that our new and continuing students had access to courses and were able to register for a full schedule. I know that this took considerable effort to schedule the courses, hire and train new faculty, and find appropriate rooms. Our enrollment data demonstrate that you did a marvelous job with class scheduling. As President Covino discussed recently with the Academic Senate and with Department Chairs, the university is hard at work making sure that other issues related to enrollment growth, particularly parking, are addressed as well.
As universities across the country struggle to attract students and face dwindling resources as enrollments decline, Cal State LA is very lucky to increasingly be seen as a destination campus––we are no longer that hidden jewel of the CSU. Our number of new students has grown, our graduation rates continue to improve and even the numbers of prospective students and parents touring campus have increased. I am deeply grateful for all that you do every day to make Cal State LA a great university.
Vice Provost Amy Bippus
|As you may know, Summer 2016 will be abbreviated to a six week term as we transition from the June ending of the quarter system and the August beginning of the semester system. So many important activities occur on this campus in summer––new student orientation sessions, Summer Bridge, Early Start, special community outreach programs––in addition to our regular schedule of classes for continuing students. All of this is going to make for a very vibrant campus scene this summer.|
Given the condensed schedule in Summer 2016, we are focusing on making the most efficient use of our classrooms to accommodate all of these classes and activities. In some cases, we are asking programs to alter their typical meeting patterns to make maximum use of our classrooms throughout the day and throughout the week (and especially Fridays). In scheduling courses, we will need to prioritize those that our seniors need in order to graduate ahead of the conversion to semesters. We encourage departments to explore online and hybrid course formats, where pedagogically appropriate, as these innovative and popular formats have a fringe benefit of using less classroom time. Faculty members may consider participating in CETL's Hybrid Course Design Program with an eye toward their summer 2016 courses.
I will keep you posted about further Summer 2016 planning issues in this and other venues. As always, I appreciate the collaborative spirit of the campus community during this exciting time of growth and transition.