The Provost's Message - September 28, 2016

The Provost's Message Title

September 28, 2016
Provost Lynn Mahoney

Last week, as you likely saw, the CSU made headlines throughout the nation when it unveiled an ambitious plan to increase its four-year graduation rate for freshmen from 19% to 40% by 2025. Students who can reasonably achieve their goals in four years will save themselves the cost of continued attendance and begin their careers or graduate education sooner. And, most importantly, their graduation makes room for new CSU students. Last year, Cal State LA denied admission to hundreds of CSU eligible students. Simply adding more students is not a solution. Graduating more students in four years, though, allows for the admission of new students without increasing our already high total enrollment. 

Like many of our sister universities, Cal State LA’s four-year graduation lags well behind comparable universities in other states. I know that we can do better than the 6% of Fall 2011 freshmen who graduated by 2015—it seems likely that this figure will grow to 8% for the Fall 2012 class. Given the dedication and expertise of our faculty and staff, I am confident that we can do much better still. Enabling our students’ success and providing access for new Cal State LA students are priorities I know that we all share. Please keep an eye on this space over the next months as we identify and implement Graduation 2025 initiatives.

Leadership Searches Updates


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 associate vice president for Faculty Affairs. Search committees have been formed and have begun to work to identify strong candidates. All members of the university community will have an opportunity to meet every finalist at a university forum. We will post information on our website as it becomes available. Please keep these tentative dates to meet the candidates in mind, though, as you plan your semester:

  • November 7-10         Finalists for Vice Provost for Diversity & Engaged Learning
  • November 14-17       Finalists for Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs
  • December 6-9           Finalists for Dean of the Charter College of Education


Faculty Happy Hour

Please join us to celebrate our successful conversion to semesters and the passing of 10th week at our Faculty Happy Hour. It takes place on Thursday, October 27 from 5-7 pm in Golden Eagle Ballrooms 2 and 3. Electronic invitations were sent yesterday. Please contact the Office of the Provost if you didn't receive your invitation. 


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