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Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost provides oversight of Cal State LA’s eight colleges and the University Library and works in collaboration with divisions across campus to ensure student success. As chief academic officer, the provost has administrative responsibility for the University's teachings and research.

Jose A. Gomez Provost and Executive Vice President

About the Provost

Jose A. Gomez is provost and executive vice president at Cal State LA. He assumed the role of Cal State LA's chief academic officer on July 1, 2019, in addition to his duties as executive vice president and chief operating officer. A first-generation college student, Gomez is a proud product of the communities served by Cal State LA.

#1 for Upward Mobility

Transforming Lives and Communities

Cal State LA is ranked number one in the nation for the upward and economic mobility of our graduates. That means we're the best university in the U.S. at helping our students earn their degrees and propel up the economic ladder. Learn more about how a Cal State LA degree transforms lives and communities from studies by the Equality of Opportunity Project, now Opportunity Insights, and the Third Way.


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Four Cal State LA students earn prestigious Casanova pre-doctoral scholarships

Four Cal State LA students received Sally Casanova pre-doctoral scholar awards, which are granted each year to support the doctoral aspirations of students across the CSU.

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Incarcerated students earn Cal State LA degrees at first-of-its-kind commencement in a California state prison

Twenty-five incarcerated men received bachelor’s degrees during a ceremony at California State Prison, Los Angeles County in Lancaster, marking the culmination of a unique and powerful journey.

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Cal State LA continues remarkable climb in U.S. News & World Report rankings

For the eighth consecutive year, Cal State LA has continued to soar as one of the nation’s top regional universities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Initiatives and Priorities

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Faculty Recruitment

As announced last fall, our University is planning to hire a historic number of full-time, tenure-track faculty this year.
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Cal State LA remains committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus where all students feel a sense of belonging.
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Student Success

Cal State LA continues to support our students' success through academic, advising, and support programs.
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Graduation Initiative 2025

Cal State LA has made great strides as part of GI 2025, an ambitious CSU initiative to increase graduation rates, eliminate equity gaps in degree completion, and meet California's workforce needs.

Effective Teaching and Learning

The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) promotes teaching as an area of practice and scholarship for all faculty, in fulfillment of professional growth and the larger university mission.

Faculty Distinction

Choi Chatterjee History John M. Kennedy Music Krishna Foster Chemistry and Biochemistry Simona Montanari Child and Family Studies Katherine Roberts Criminal Justice and Criminalistics Walter Zelman Public HealthNikola R. Alenkin Social Work