Fall Faculty Day 2006

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Fall Faculty Day 2006

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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 Governor’s 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 graduation.

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:

• The nearly completed Crime Lab for use by students and faculty of the College of Health and Human Services and the other Colleges.

• The hydrogen fuel cell project of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.

• The Charter College of Education’s response to K-12 needs of the Los Angeles Basin and developing the new independent doctorate.

• 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.

• The College of Business and Economics can build for the future with its accreditation secured.

• The Integrated Sciences Complex is now being completed for the Colleges of Natural and Social Sciences and Health and Human Services.

• 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 creativity.

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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