News and Information


VOL. 1, NO. 1, OCTOBER
2005



Impact


A recent
study by the Chancellor’s office showed that Cal State L.A. has an
enormous impact on the Los Angeles region. Annual spending related
to the campus ($314 million) generates a total impact of $598
million on the regional economy. This impact sustains more than
9,000 jobs in the region, and generates nearly $30 million per
year in tax revenue. Even greater—more than $1.5 billion of the
earnings by CSULA alumni are attributable to their CSU degrees.
Cal State L.A., along with other CSU campuses, is highly engaged
in communicating this impact through ongoing meetings with
industry leaders, legislators and the media.


Our
involvements are highlighted in University Reports. Go to

www.calstate.edu/impact
for the full report.



Construction Update


We realize that the great amount of construction underway can be
stressful at times. On the other hand, there is no doubt that our
campus is undergoing a great renaissance. Everyone who has come
here lately—including L.A.’s mayor—say they are astonished at the
great changes, and remark that the University has made them
justifiably proud.


Here is an
update on campus projects:

Los Angeles
Regional Crime Lab:

All of the steel structure is now in place, meaning that larger
work crews will now be on hand to further even more rapid
progress.



University-Student Union:

We have said goodbye to the seismically unsound building, and can
expect to see excavation for in-ground plumbing and electrical
work as the initial steps, followed by steel and foundation work.


Science
Complex, Wing A:

In-ground infrastructure work— plumbing electrical and creation of
a foundation—is in progress.


Science
Complex, Wing B:


Finalizing
design criteria and documents which will become the standards for
receiving and evaluating contractors’ proposals.


Welcome
Center:

Electrical and foundation work are underway. Although paving of
the road is slated to begin soon, construction of the Center will
still cause some traffic delays.


Golden Eagle:

A bronze sculpture of our mascot, created by nationally
established artist Ken Bjorge, is slated for installation during
Homecoming Festivities in February. The beautiful sculpture, just
over six feet high with a wingspan of seven feet and one of only
five originals, will be centrally located on the walkway in front
of the Golden Eagle building. This gift to the campus is made
possible through donors’ gifts to The CSULA Foundation.


Greenlee
Plaza:

Within the next few months, we will be presenting a design concept
to significantly beautify this area of campus. Now that the new
student parking structure is in use, a revitalized Greenlee Plaza
will create a pleasing welcome for students and visitors.


Enrollment Support

On Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a “Preview Day” for high
school and community college students will be held on campus. The
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology will also
have an open house on that same day. You’re invited to be a part
of the day’s activities, and share your pride in this University
with prospective students. For more information, contact the
Office of Outreach and Recruitment at ext. 3-3178.



Enhancing Learning


The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) has become
The Center for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning
(CIETL), more accurately reflecting its Educational Support
Services’ mission and complementing its other services. CIETL now
encompasses two new components: e-learning and distance learning,
in support of enhancing the learning experience for students.


As we begin this
academic year, we should all be proud of the many CSULA
accomplishments achieved in 2004-2005, especially those highlighted in
the recent “A Year in Review” issue of Cal State L.A. TODAY. It was a
challenging yet rewarding academic year, but thanks to your commitment
and dedication to this University, we have progressed in realizing our
strategic goals.


I am pleased to
begin this academic quarter by
launching a regular communication on issues
of concern to the campus community. This first issue covers the CSU
Impact Report, the new Graduation Initiative, as well as Cal State
L.A.’s Faculty Retreat, construction updates, and legislative news.


I look forward to
conveying campus progress in the coming year that will advance our
mission to serve the educational needs of our great city and
state—through diversity, access and excellence.


Wishing you an
academic year of enrichment and success.



James M. Rosser




Graduation Initiative

As directed by the
May CSU Board of Trustees Resolution, we are strongly focused on
fulfilling the final element of a three-part systemwide Graduation
Initiative to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency with which our
students earn the baccalaureate degree. The recommended process drew
heavily upon CSU Academic Senate recommendations. Led by Undergraduate
Studies, we will facilitate student progress toward graduation
following 22 strong practices and will file periodic progress reports.
For details on the 22 specifics of the May CSU Graduation Initiative,
go to

www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/codedmemos/AA-2005-21.pdf


The previous two
steps of the Graduation Initiative involved implementation of the
Early Assessment Program www.calstate.edu/eap and the Lower Division
Transfer Patterns Project

www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/ldtp.shtml
.


Community Connection





Students at
Pasadena City College, East Los Angeles College and Los Angeles City
College are now able to electronically transmit their transcripts to
Cal State L.A. This gives transfer students timely feedback about work
in-progress and/or completed at their community colleges; streamlining
transfers, advising and timely degree completion. This innovative
approach is being handled by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.


Legislative Notes





The Governor has
signed Senate Bill 724, legislation that will allow the California
State University to offer independent education doctorate degrees, the
Ed.D., to take effect in January. We will be working closely with the
California Postsecondary Education Commission in developing these
programs to complement existing joint doctorates with UCLA and UCI.

The 23
universities of the CSU work closely together and with the
Chancellor’s Office to advocate so that the CSU serves California’s
changing needs. Keep up with state and federal initiatives at

www.calstate.edu/GA
.



Faculty Retreat


“Strengthening the
University: Issues and Strategies to Improve Scholarship, Teaching and
Learning” is a topic that every faculty member cares deeply about.
That is why it is the focus for this year’s faculty retreat, on
Friday, November 4, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., at The Westin Pasadena.


Keynoter Mary
Burgan, past general secretary of the American Association of
University Professors, will base her talk on her upcoming book,
Whatever Happened to the Faculty? Choices in the Reform of Higher
Education
. The retreat includes interactive sessions pertaining to the
strengthening of degree programs and facilitating faculty growth. To
register, contact the Academic Senate Office at ext. 3-3750 by today,
October 28.



Advisement




Faculty academic
advisement training in the Colleges began during Summer Quarter with
Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, and now includes
Business and Economics and Natural and Social Sciences, before moving
to Arts and Letters, and eventually, Health and Human Services. This
incremental roll-out ensures that program and plan templates run
accurately and with proper coding. This allows for trouble-shooting
scenarios specific to departments, majors, options, requirements and
course lists. This powerful tool will streamline the process,
benefiting students and faculty advisors.


Realizing the
importance of advisement in relation to successful academic outcomes,
the Provost and the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate
developed a task force to examine the state of advisement with the
University. Faculty focus groups were conducted, 1,000 Winter Quarter
2005 students were surveyed, and a session on how GET/SA might assist
were included in the task force's in-depth review. Based on analysis
of its extensive data, the group presented five areas of
recommendations, including creating a coordinated and integrated
academic advising system; developing more rigorous policies and
procedures; ongoing training for faculty and staff involved in
advising; initiating an accountability, recognition and evaluation
program; and providing more resources in support of academic advising.
To view the report, go to

www.calstatela.edu/univ/advise/atr.pdf


Engineering Success


For the second consecutive year, our College of Engineering, Computer
Science, and Technology was the academic host of the 17th Annual Hispanic
Engineering National Achievement Awards Corporation Conference, where
Carlos Gutiérrez, professor of chemistry, was honored as Educator of
the Year, and four students were given scholarships in recognition of
their academic dedication. The conference, broadcast live by NASA, was
viewed by more than 600,000.


This year, the CSU
launched a communications campaign to focus attention on the great
impact the CSU has on the state of California. Cal State L.A. is
co-sponsoring a meeting today at San Jose State, where the CSU is
showcasing the significant contribution that engineers, computer
scientists and technologists make in building economic success for
California. To find out more about the CSU’s economic impact on the
state, log onto

www.calstate.edu/impact


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