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Welcome to Fall 2012
With the fall quarter upon us, we will again begin an exciting cycle of enriching experiences, ongoing innovation and new accomplishments. This year, we welcome the largest freshman class in Cal State L.A.’s history, which provides us the opportunity to examine and refine the manner with which we approach such a larger influx of eager young minds to support their academic success.

The beginning of fall quarter also encourages us to look back at recent successes, and the 2011-2012 academic year was abundantly full of accomplishments that shine a spotlight on many programs.

CSULA faculty, staff and students continue to be a source of inspiration and pride for the University, such as master’s student Toni Gonzalez, an archaeology major who recently garnered the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Congratulations are also in order for biology student Mark LeBlanc, who discovered a new species of Skogsbergia ostracod (a crustacean) while participating in the COAST work-study program under the guidance of biology Professor Elizabeth Torres.

Also deserving of recognition are the renowned faculty and staff in the engineering and science related disciplines, and those working within the MORE programs. Their knowledge and staunch dedication to helping students achieve at the highest level have earned Cal State L.A. a ranking among the top 50 baccalaureate institutions of origin that produce Hispanic science and engineering doctorate recipients.

The data was compiled from 2005 to 2009 and revealed in a report by the National Science Foundation entitled, Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, 2011. This is most impressive considering there are more than 2,400 institutions of origin that grant baccalaureate degrees in these fields.

In addition, Washington Monthly Magazine has placed CSULA 11th out of 682 nationally in its annual ranking of universities that offer master’s degrees. Each campus is rated on its contribution to the public good in three broad categories: “Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and Service (encouraging students to give back to their country.”

Proposition 30
This year, the CSU will continue to face budgetary challenges, particularly if Proposition 30 fails to generate the attention and the votes needed to pass during the fast-approaching November election. 

The Board of Trustees voted to endorse Proposition 30 in the hope of avoiding an additional $250 million trigger cut to the CSU. The vote reflects the Board’s efforts toward seeking fiscal stability in funding levels for 2012-2013, and beyond. By addressing the state’s funding gap now, it is believed that the CSU budget would be less likely to be cut and possibly better budget support in future years.

Although the fate of Proposition 30 is uncertain, CSULA has structured its budget on an assumption that there will be additional trigger cuts to the CSU’s budget, and has managed resources to avoid layoffs. 


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Cal State L.A. receives $300,000 to help nurses earn higher degrees
For its leadership in helping create California’s highly educated and diverse nursing workforce, the University was chosen to receive a two-year, $300,000 grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its new program, Academic Progression in Nursing.

California was one of nine states chosen for grants, and Cal State L.A. was the only university in the state chosen to receive the funding. The program creates strong partnerships between community colleges and universities, and the development of a seamless, uninterrupted and timely progression from the associate to the bachelor’s degree. The University will focus on implementation of this collaborative model of nursing by partnering with seven community colleges in the region.

CSULA, CSU communities offer ideas to manage budgets
In May, during the Systemwide Budget Advisory Committee meeting, students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to suggest ideas to reduce costs and raise revenues to manage the CSU’s current and potential budget reductions. Participants submitted questions, concerns and ideas during the meeting, which was projected live, via webcast, at multiple locations on each CSU campus.

To solicit more feedback from the CSU community, in June a follow-up meeting, viewed by approximately 750 people, resulted in more than 150 questions and suggestions. The submissions included increasing tuition for super seniors or students taking more than 18 units, garnering more industry investment in the CSU, offering more Cal State online courses, and increasing employees’ share of healthcare costs. Some of the suggestions raised are already under consideration, such as shared administrative services, increasing the number of nonresident students, tiered tuition, and the rental of campus facilities.

Questions, suggestions and comments from the participants are available on the Budget Strategies website in the “captioning” sections.

Ethan Lipton/Ali Modarres Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Established through donations by two Cal State L.A. alumni and named in honor of the professors who changed their lives, the Ethan Lipton/Ali Modarres Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created to acknowledge the importance of life-changing teaching practices and to encourage inspirational teaching and mentoring. The fellowship provides support for a promising CSULA faculty member to further develop his/her skills in helping students reach their potential.

Ethan Lipton is a technology professor in CSULA’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology. Professor Ali Modarres is the Chair of the Department of Geosciences and Environment in the College of Natural and Social Sciences.

CSU and faculty union reach agreement
After months of negotiations, the California State University reached a two-year agreement on a successor contract with the California Faculty Association (CFA), pending ratification during the September 18-19 Board of Trustees meeting.

The agreement calls for no retroactive salary increases for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 with opportunities to re-open salary and benefits negotiations during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. The contract also outlines changes to the evaluation and appointments process for three-year temporary faculty appointments, as well as an increased reimbursement rate to the CSU for leave time taken for union duties. Other provisions include a discretionary campus-based equity program that targets specific faculty classifications and a systemwide online evaluation process.

Trustees continue search for new Chancellor
As you know, Chancellor Charles B. Reed has announced his retirement following a 14-year tenure with the CSU. The Board of Trustees began the search for a new chancellor this summer with the formation of the Special Committee for the Selection of the Chancellor. The final candidates are expected to be announced in October.

The Office of the Chancellor has provided the opportunity for input or to ask questions of the selection committee. In addition, the CSU has a webpage that provides information on the selection process. Chancellor Reed will remain in his post until a successor is named. 

Three new trustees appointed to Board
The Governor has appointed Lupe Garcia, Hugo Morales and James “Larry” Norton to the CSU Board of Trustees.

Morales has been executive director at Radio Bilingüe Inc. since 1980, Garcia has served in multiple positions at Gap Inc. since 1999, and Norton was most recently principal at Norton and Associates from 1980 to 2007.


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