Office of the President
Welcome to Fall 2010
With each new academic year, we begin an exciting cycle of enriching experiences, productive partnerships, and ongoing innovation. As we begin a new Fall Quarter, it is also an opportunity to look back. In total, it was a remarkable year. Despite many challenges, much has been accomplished.
Here are a few highlights:
- We look forward to the October 1 official return and arrival of Ashish Vaidya as the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- The Charter College of Education was awarded a five-year, $8.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help strengthen teacher preparation and student achievement through a Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency Program.
- As partner in a new research institute established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Cal State L.A.’s team with the Cooperative Institute on Marine Ecosystems and Climate will conduct projects exploring how predicted changes in sea surface salinity might affect latitudinal species distributions and alter the behavior of key predators in coastal communities. The project is part of a comprehensive investigation of climate and its impacts on Pacific Ocean communities.
WASC seeks campus input
California State University, Los Angeles will host a review team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) on October 6, 7, and 8, 2010, in this the final step in the process of re-accreditation for the University, The Educational Effectiveness Review (EER). I encourage the entire campus community to review the EER materials and become familiar with the re-accreditation process, in preparation to participate in it.
Open meetings with members of the review team will be held Thursday, October 7, with faculty, staff, and students as follows in the University-Student Union:
Staff - 11 to 11:50 am, Room 308A
Tenured/tenure-track faculty - 1:30 to 2:20 pm, Room 308A
Lecturers/other non tenure-track faculty - 1:30 to 2:20 pm, Room 308B
Students - 3:20 to 4:10 pm, Room 308B
Understanding that not everyone who may wish to participate can attend these meetings, the WASC team is providing a confidential e-mail address so that persons from the University’s community can communicate with the team regarding their experience with the institution. The comments are sent directly to a secure, password-protected e-mail address that allows only authorized WASC team members to have access. This email address will be closed at the end of the visit.
To communicate with the WASC team, please address your e-mail to:
Campus footprint expanded
In November 2009, the CSU Board of Trustees approved a campus master plan revision and an amendment to the 2009-2010 non-state capital outlay program allowing the campus to go forward with the acquisition of two parcels of land totaling 0.83 acres adjacent to campus that were owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
One parcel (0.44 acres) includes a two-story building with a high-bay multi-use room, classrooms, conference rooms, offices and support space. The second parcel (0.39 acres) includes a two-level parking structure with a total of 61 parking spaces. This well-maintained property is now undergoing seismic and accessibility upgrades and will enable the campus to fulfill immediate needs for versatile space suitable to house undergraduate and graduate programs in television, film, and media studies. The cost of the acquisition was $2,350,000. It was estimated that for the University to have built comparable facilities would have cost more than three times the purchase price. Upgrades are expected to cost approximately $936,000.
Signage is now in place for this new Television, Film and Media Studies Center and it appears likely that in 2011, the undergraduate and graduate programs in Television, Film and Media Studies and the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Television, Film and Theatre (TVFT) will move to this new home.
Other campus improvements
- The University broke ground on a Sustainable Hydrogen Facility, and also founded a Center for Energy and Sustainability through a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. An additional three-year, $1.7 million grant from the NSF has been awarded to Cal State L.A. to create a core facility to support research activities for the new Center.
- Wing B of the Wallis Annenberg Integrated Sciences Complex is nearing completion, and will feature the Lloyd N. Ferguson Courtyard, honoring this emeritus chemistry faculty member’s well-regarded national scientific contributions. Dr. Ferguson, who taught here from 1965-1986 and is the namesake of an outstanding annual science lecture series, authored more than 50 journal articles and seven chemistry textbooks. Among many honors, he was National Science Foundation fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; and he served as chairman of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Education and on the National Cancer Institute’s chemotherapy advisory committee.
- Very soon, the Department of Public Safety will have a permanent home that will allow its members to better serve to protect our campus community. Its vacated “temporary” bungalow C will be razed, allowing work to progress on the new Corporation Yard.
- The L.A. County Office of Education has acquired funding to proceed with the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) building at the north end of campus. The groundbreaking for this shared use facility is expected in the early part of 2011.
The Honors College, Fall 2011
Thanks to the many faculty and staff involved in its planning, we are now in a position to establish The Honors College, which will welcome its first cohort in Fall 2011.
The College will provide an academically challenging and socially supportive environment that will inspire students to become creative and critical thinkers as well as leaders. The Honors College will offer the resources of a major public university combined with the best features of a liberal arts college. Exceptional faculty and interdisciplinary courses will foster the intellectual curiosity of all students, as well as provide rigorous preparation for an advanced degree in graduate or professional school.
The mission of the Honors College is one of inclusive excellence. By building upon Cal State L.A.’s hallmark foundation of diversity with excellence, the Honors College will become a crucial means for helping address the achievement gap, thereby contributing toward the ongoing excellence of this University.
Self-Support Summer Session meets goal
The Division of Extended Education ran 391 sections of classes through self-support this past summer, most of which were intended to assist students to make progress toward the completion of their degrees. This made it possible for 254 faculty members to teach an average of 1-1/2 classes each to earn a total of $1.8 million in summer salary. The self-support summer enrollment of 1,728 FTES allowed the campus to meet its required academic year enrollment reduction, as mandated by the CSU Office of the Chancellor.
The Division of Student Affairs received record admission applications from first-time freshmen and transfers for Fall Quarter 2010. In order to manage enrollment within current budget constraints while preserving the highest quality academic experience, Cal State L.A. has declared campus impaction. Impaction requires that priority admission consideration is given to first-time freshmen and upper division transfers from school districts and community colleges located within the CSULA local service area.
ARRA final funding supports CSU
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) approved by Congress last year, created the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF). During the 2008-09 and 2009-10 fiscal years, the CSU received a total of $716.5 million from this one-time source. The federal Department of Education recently approved California’s application for the final installment of SFSF monies. Under the federal formula, the CSU receives a final installment of $106 million; Cal State L.A.’s portion of this is $5,258,800. It is expected that this will allow the University to accept 366 additional students for the Winter and Spring quarters. The previous round of ARRA funding supported 14 science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) projects at Cal State L.A.
The Governor’s budget proposal is still pending. There is no immediate information that a budget agreement is near. The Governor’s proposal is favorable to the CSU with $305 million intended to replace the ARRA funds used last year and to restore half of the base reduction. In addition, he is proposing an additional allocation for enrollment growth. We are optimistic; however, we cannot yet be certain of the outcome of budget negotiations until a formal agreement is reached by the legislature.
Have a good quarter
Again, I extend a warm welcome to all as we head into the Fall Quarter, with best wishes and thanks for all that you do in support of student success at Cal State L.A.