Speech Delivered by Provost Herman D. Lujan at Fall Faculty
Day on September 18, 2006
Cal State L.A. is at the threshold of opportunity. That is both
exciting and challenging. With a GovernorÂs Compact, a multi-year
funding agreement with the CSU, we have the chance to stabilize
our fragile budget. We now have Compact funding that we can
allocate effectively in consultation with the Senate and its
standing committees. We can also use the Compact agreement as an
incentive to increase enrollment, to meet our targets, and to
manage class size to meet demand.
While we face these changes, we can still sustain continuity
with the past. We can revisit Cornerstones for ideas, sharpen our
WASC assessment focus, and update our Strategic Plan in line with
the Compact and the Board of Trustees 22 initiatives to facilitate
We can build for the future by using the report Delivering
Results, a document created by the Ad Hoc Enrollment Management
Task Force, which contains strategies for managing enrollment. We
can take advantage of the graduate funding differential and lay
the groundwork to offer doctorates in Education and eventually in
Forensics or other fields of study.
In consort with the faculty leadership we are building a
strategic plan for aligning these opportunities with the mission
and strengths of the University. To do this, we must work together
as a community of teacher scholars and turn these opportunities
into activities that give substance to their promise and turn
innovation into accomplishment.
Examples of these opportunities include:
Â The nearly completed Crime Lab for use by students and
faculty of the College of Health and Human Services and the other
Â The hydrogen fuel cell project of the College of Engineering,
Computer Science, and Technology.
Â The Charter College of EducationÂs response to K-12 needs of
the Los Angeles Basin and developing the new independent
Â The Charter College of Education and the College of Natural
and Social Sciences also face the challenge of developing the Math
and Science High School to foster creativity and competence in
these fields that are critical to our current and future
educational and economic well-being.
Â The College of Business and Economics can build for the
future with its accreditation secured.
Â The Integrated Sciences Complex is now being completed for
the Colleges of Natural and Social Sciences and Health and Human
Â The planned Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and
Theater provides the basis for aligning these professional fields
with the growth and economic impact studies of the entertainment
industry. The industry is important to the growth of the L.A.
Basin and, notably, is also of interest to the Chancellor.
Using our strengths in these and other fields of opportunity
and the talent of our faculty, we can create the kind of
excitement that is at the heart of academic innovation and
And speaking of innovation, we should all become informed about
issues and changes in the coming election, including Proposition
1D. Funding to complete Wing B of the Integrated Sciences Complex
and to help us be a competent partner in shaping the
bio-technology corridor in the LA Basin hangs in the balance of
that proposition. Please remember to vote your choice this fall
and be informed of the effects of your choice.
In all of this it is good to remember that what we do, we do
well and we do it for our students, in the classrooms, in the
labs, in the library and on the internet. That attribute is at the
essence of the true teacher scholar.
To move forward, our challenge is to find the common ground of
excellence, use it to set priorities and move the University we
all cherish to a new tomorrow.
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