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Dean’s Fall 2011 Update

CBA Enrollment Update, Fall 2011

For the college as a whole, we are at 90% of our target. With the assistance and understanding of our instructors and department chairs, who were willing to accommodate almost all of our students' requests, all of our students found seats that they need. This was achieved with a very efficient use of open sections: the overall fill rate in all of our undergraduate sections is over 92%. I thank the hard work of Omer Benli, department chairs, and department ASCs for making this happen.

MBA Enrollment Update, Fall 2011

The CBA’s MBA Programs are in full swing with 264 students enrolled in our three programs. There are 188 students in the Evening Program; 53 in the two Saturday MBA Cohorts and 23 in the Accelerated, Daytime MBA. In spite of being in one of the most competitive MBA markets in the world, the CBA is holding its own while providing new services and program features.

The Evening Program welcomed 43 new students who paired with the new AMBA students for a 1-day Orientation on Saturday August 27th. Professors Vicki Scherwin, Hieu Nguyen and Ingrid Martin provided an array of events that highlighted the CBA/MBA services and included group presentations of a case analysis that gave the new students a flavor of what they would be experiencing during their graduate studies. Meanwhile, the 27 new Saturday MBA students were completing their 5-day Orientation at the Long Beach Hilton where Professors Jasmine Yur-Austin, Lynn Dymally and Mark Washburn pushed the new cohort to the brink of exhaustion to complete extensive case and written assignments. Several members of the initial Saturday MBA’s 26-student cohort visited one evening of the Orientation to offer encouragement and visible proof that that it was possible to survive the stressful five days.

These enrollment figures came in higher than the forecast provided at the May 13th CBA update, and David Horne, Paul Gloeckner, Kathy Rice and Marina Freeman get kudos (and my thanks) for turning the applicants into enrolled students.

Applications for the Spring 2012 term admission to the Evening program are running well ahead of last year when there were a total of 99 interested students. Already there are 60 applicants with the application deadline still seven weeks away. We hope to dramatically increase the new students from the 19 who enrolled in Spring 2011 to 35 or 40 for Spring 2012.

Both the Saturday MBA and the AMBA Programs now include an International experience as a 3-unit course as part of their curriculum (and the fees they pay). Last year’s AMBA cohort went to Rome in June to John Cabot University with Professor Martin. Marketing ASC Raquel Porter provided staff support (built in to CCPE fees); Raquel was substituting for AMBA Program Manager Marina Freeman who was recovering from back surgery. Professor Washburn, MBA Director David Horne and Saturday MBA Program Manager Kathy Rice will be taking their group to Buenos Aires in January.

SCPD Kicks Off Passport to Success

In my last update I told you about the newly designed professional development programs that would be offered by the Student Center for Professional Development (SCPD) in the 2011-2012 academic year. Under the umbrella Passport to Success, SCPD is offering 16 professional development workshops, Beachmasters (a student run Toastmasters speaking club), Community Scholars (a community service program in which CBA students mentor Jordan High School juniors), and the capstone Corporate Mentoring Program (qualifying CBA seniors participate in a mentoring relationship with executives from the business, nonprofit and government communities).

SCPD began marketing the Passport programs over the summer and kicked it into high gear the first week of class. The response has been amazing. Over 320 students applied to become members of SCPD and participate in the Passport to Success. Over 100 students applied to participate in the Corporate Mentoring Program, a record number. Interest in Beachmasters (which is open to all CSULB students, faculty, staff and alumni) has been strong with both graduate and undergraduate students attending an open house on September 20th. And a record number of students wishing to mentor a high school student have applied to Community Scholars. This early success is very encouraging!

SCPD has a number of things in the works for this semester. Orientation will be held in two sessions on September 23rd. The Corporate Mentoring Program has its kick-off event on the 28th. We are gratified that we have a record number of executives donating their time to mentor our students. Mentor participation is up over 40% from last year. The first workshop will be held October 10th on the subject of building effective teams. October 14th is the leadership retreat which, in a change of venue, content and participation, will be held on campus and will accommodate three times as many students. Additional workshops will be held approximately every other week until the end of the semester. Finally, a Holiday Gala and silent auction is planned for the first week of December.

The positive things happening at SCPD should make all of us excited about the benefits our students will receive from the Passport. These things could not happen without the efforts of the SCPD staff and Director Howard Fletcher. Also, a tremendous effort was made by SCPD Advisory Board Members both individually and through their committee assignments. My thanks go to all of them. And finally, a special thanks to UPS which, in August, made a special grant that will enable SCPD to acquire the technology it needs to electronically extend its program offerings to a larger number of CBA students.

SCPD and Ukleja Center Directors Offer Seminars

Since 2008, Howard Fletcher and Janey Roeder have been offering an annual workshop on Aligning Your Mission, Vision, Values, and Mentors. This workshop is a partnership between the Student Center for Professional Development and Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership. It will be presented to students enrolled in SCPD’s new Passport for Success program later this semester.

This fall, Howard and Janey have been asked to present their workshop to three additional groups of emerging leaders. At Dr. Kathleen Lacey’s request, the workshop became part of the annual retreat for the Ukleja Center’s two-semester Student Leadership Institute. Twenty students enrolled in CBA 401A and B had an opportunity to explore the core values that guide their life and to create personal mission and vision statements.

The second instance came when Tim Redfern, CEO of Insulectro, invited Howard and Janey to offer the workshop to 14 middle and high school students, all children of CEOs in the Orange County chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. One of the workshop highlights was hearing one young leader share her mission, vision, and milestones for becoming a pediatrician who would open clinics in other countries to serve children and families who can’t afford medical care. As she spoke, it was clear that her mission was not the fantasy of a high school junior, but rather the achievable plan of someone pursuing her passion.

In November, Howard and Janey will partner with the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Long Beach Education Foundation to deliver the workshop to LBUSD high school seniors. Thanks to a generous donation by Damon Dunn, Tricor Corporation Co-Founder and Partner, 51 students in the Future Business Leaders Academy will be paired with 51 mentors from the business community to support the students as they complete their senior year and transition to college. In addition to funding this innovative program, Damon Dunn is the newest addition to the Ukleja Center’s William Dickson Faculty Fellows cohort. Damon will begin a 3-year teaching appointment at CSULB by engaging with our students, faculty, and community as Leader-in-Residence this semester.

HRM Job Shadow Program Enters 11th Year

The Human Resources Management Advisory Board, composed of working professionals and faculty, established the Job Shadow Program in 2001 for HRM majors and minors who are considering a career in Human Resources Management. This program represents a partnership between the University and employers in which aspiring students gain hands-on mentoring from professionals in the field of human resources management.

The Job Shadow Program brings students and HRM practitioners together to demonstrate the vital connection between academics and careers. Typically, the student spends a full day tracking the employer’s human resources professionals. Through this program students gain a new perspective on actual HR operations while developing important networking opportunities.

Since the program began, more than 900 students have participated. In many cases, these valuable experiences have led to internships and job offers from the host companies. In all cases, the students have benefited from the Job Shadow Program.

Participating employers during the past year include: The Boeing Company, United Healthcare, Wells Fargo, Los Alamitos Medical Center, Canon Business Solutions, Mattel, LA County, City of Long Beach, American Honda, Target Stores, Epson Americas, Long Beach Memorial, and the City of Norwalk.

Innovation Challenge for 2011-2012: We Need Volunteers

Forouzan Golshani, Dean of the College of Engineering, and I will kick-off the 2011-2012 Innovation Challenge with information sessions next week.

Jun Yan and Debbie McElroy are serving on the steering committee for the Innovation Challenge, and other CBA faculty members served as mentors to student teams last year, but I am asking that you consider getting involved this year. If you would like to be a mentor, or if you know of someone who might, please let me know. Entrepreneurs, investors, corporate managers, etc., can all provide assistance as mentors to student teams.

We are also looking for sponsors who can provide funds for seed funding or consulting services. We have accounting, legal, and business consulting services lined up so far, but I would like to find marketing consultants to add to the list.

Please let me know if you or someone you know might be able to assist our Innovation Challenge efforts.