News and Information


VOL. 1, NO. 3, FALL
2006



Accreditation


The University has begun the process for re-accreditation

through WASC – the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

This begins a
process of self-evaluation, looking at our capacity for  supporting
and achieving educational excellence. This will involve all
divisions of the University in

information-gathering and analysis in a comparative assessment of
WASC standards. During the past year, the campus was asked to
identify areas that were most important to assuring educational
achievement. 

Guided by that
input, faculty, staff administrators and

students will
engage, over the next several years, in gathering evidence,
formulating actions for improvement, and reporting to WASC.  All
areas of the campus have an important role to play in this 
undertaking that supports our mission as a learning-centered
institution.

 

Congratulations to
the College of Business and Economics for the successful renewal of
its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools
of Business (AACSB), which represents the highest standard of
achievement for business schools, worldwide.

 

The Charter
College of Education also is to be congratulated on its full
reaccreditation under 

performance-oriented standards of the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

 


Welcome



Terry L. Allison, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters

 

Mary Falvey, Dean
of the Charter College of Education

 

Alice K. Kawakami,
University Librarian

 

Keith Moo-Young,
Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

 

Arlie Stops,
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Affairs


Enrollment Support

Thank you to the faculty, department chairs, deans and staff for your
efforts that enabled achievement of the University’s enrollment
expectations for Summer and Fall ’06.  One outcome of this extraordinary
effort has been the “Delivering Results” document, designed not only to
support enrollment goals but to address operational weaknesses and
overall services delivery quality that have impacted enrollment.  The ad
hoc “Delivering Results” team will continue to address and improve the
University’s enrollment management efforts.  “Delivering Results” may be
downloaded from Public Folders under

VPSA
.

 

Communication Improved

Hobson’s Enrollment Management Technology, a major software acquisition
recently installed in Student Affairs, is designed to enhance
communications between the University and prospective freshmen,
transfers, graduates and international students, as well as high school
and community college counselors. Since implementation in October, more
than 15,000 contacts have been entered into the system and 25,000 emails
sent out. The decision to acquire the Hobson’s technology was made upon
the recommendation of the “Delivering Results” task force.  The Office
of Graduate Studies and Research has begun an evaluation of Hobson's
International for possible use.


 


Prospective students receive emails from the University throughout the
application process, with tailored information pertaining to interests,
majors, services and relevant news, such as campus events and
scholarship deadlines. Students can also provide survey feedback or send
RSVPs to events.

Best
Practices


One of the CSU Board of Trustees 22 Initiatives to facilitate graduation
includes visits to campuses by peers from other CSUs to provide feedback
on the efforts being made to facilitate graduation and implement the
Initiatives.  We recently hosted five CSU colleagues, who came to hear
of our efforts, as well as provide input about best practices on other
campuses. Information-sharing sessions focused on academic advising,
student support services, orientation, the Introduction to Higher
Education course, roadmaps, two-year schedules, grad checks and degree
audits, and a pilot introduction to higher education course that is
being offered by the College of Natural and Social Sciences this year.
The Peer Review Team provided an exit interview and report at the end of
its day on campus.

Prop
1-D Boosts Science Complex, Facilities, More!


With the successful passage of Proposition 1-D by California's voters
Nov. 7, Cal State L.A. will receive an unprecedented $72 million for
major facilities projects, including $50.5 million to support the
construction of Wing B of the Integrated Sciences Complex. With its
state-of-the-art multidisciplinary laboratories and lecture spaces, this
complex will foster innovative integration across many disciplines. The
University will also receive $15.1 million to build a Corporation Yard
and Public Safety/Parking facilities, replacing existing “temporary”
facilities. The new Corporation Yard will support the University's
Facilities Services Operations; Facilities Planning and Construction;
Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety; and Shipping and
Receiving. The Public Safety/Parking building construction will also be
partially supported by non-state parking funds. In addition to
benefiting from these important projects, the University will also
receive $6.5 million to upgrade facilities, including enhancing energy
efficiency and accessibility.


Re-energized Learning

The next generation of student research opportunities within the College
of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology looks toward developing
the most technologically advanced hydrogen producing/dispensing station
in North America, which will rely largely on power provided by local
wind farms to produce this clean energy. Construction will begin on the
eastern edge of the campus upon completion of a permit process. The
total cost of the project is estimated to be $2.2 million, with $1.6
million already committed through major gifts from the South Coast Air
Quality Management District, the Ahmanson Foundation, the California Air
Resources Board and the Automobile Club of Southern California.

 


Shared-use High School Facilities to be Built


The CSU Board of Trustees recently took actions to strengthen a Cal
State L.A. shared-use partnership with a high school of the arts and to
establish such a partnership with a high school focused on math and the
sciences. The actions will allow the University and the high schools to
share the approved facilities, thereby increasing opportunities for
reciprocal exchange and access to labs, studios, classrooms and other
facilities. 

 


The Los Angeles County Office of Education has received approval from
the CSU Board of Trustees to build an approximately 45,000-square-foot
facility at Cal State L.A. to serve the roughly 600 students of the Los
Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). LACHSA has leased
space from CSULA since 1986. The new facility is slated for completion
in July 2010.

 


The second action by the CSU Board of Trustees will bring the Math and
Science Charter High School to Cal State L.A. under the auspices of the
Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools. The Alliance will build a
500-student-capacity, 30,000-square-foot facility with 23 classrooms,
office space, a library and multi-purpose room. Until this facility is
completed in the fall of 2008, the Alliance is operating in temporary
quarters it opened this fall, serving 200 ninth-grade students.

www.laalliance.org

 


Major Gift



Philanthropist and arts collector Lloyd Cotsen has made a five-year
$200,000 grant to our archaeology program in support of extensive
opportunities for international fieldwork and travel to national
conferences for five to ten students each year. The gift formalizes a
collaboration between Cal State L.A. and the Cotsen Institute of
Archaeology at UCLA, to strengthen and further the quality and status of
archaeology in Southern California.  Cal State L.A. Trustee Professor
Barry Munitz, a former Chancellor of the CSU and who shepherded the
discussions that led to the grant, credited Cotsen’s “insightful
generosity.”

 

Rhodes Alumna

Alumna Leana S. Wen was among 32 U.S. students chosen from 896 nominees
for graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. Winners of
the highly acclaimed award were selected based on high academic
achievement, personal integrity and leadership potential.  Now a
fourth-year student at the School of Medicine at Washington University,
St. Louis, MO, Wen entered Cal State L.A. through the Early Entrance
Program as a 13-year-old from Temple City. She earned a bachelor's
degree, summa cum laude, in biochemistry in 2001. At Oxford she will
pursue a master's degree in global health science.

CSU
Forum


In early November, Cal State L.A. hosted Chancellor Charles B. Reed and
the CSU Forum on Criminal Justice, bringing together leading experts,
prominent alumni, and colleagues from throughout the CSU to discuss how
the CSU can better serve the state’s evolving needs in this field. A
combination of our strong programs in criminal justice and the nearly
completed facility – newly designated by the Joint Powers Authority as
the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center – made this campus a natural
choice for the Forum, along with the fact that the CSU produces 89
percent of California’s total graduates in this field. 


www.calstate.edu/pa/news/2006/crime.shtml


Congratulations, Golden Eagles


Congratulations are in order for our Golden Eagles teams on many
fronts:  The Women’s Cross Country team can be proud to end the season
with a finish of #4 in the nation at the recent NCAA Division II
Championship in Florida.  Women’s Volleyball again had a very strong
season, making it to the NCAA Regional Semi-Finals.  Congratulations,
too, to Men’s Soccer that won the CCAA Southern Division Title and was
defeated only after a shootout that followed two overtimes for the NCAA
Far West Regional Title.  Our Golden Eagles earned a great number of
individual athletic honors as well. Great playing!

 


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