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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


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

The data was
compiled from 2005 to 2009 and revealed in a


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

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

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.

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. 




for more information about Proposition 30, and to share the link
with others.

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

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.

suggestions and comments from the participants are available on

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


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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