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Division of Academic Affairs

Message from the Provost

Brian Jersky

Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year! I hope you have had a productive, enjoyable summer.

You are invited to the first event of the year -  

Convocation on Friday, August 25

Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Breakfast: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Program: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Parking is available in Lot 12, PS3, and Lot 3.

We have 38 new tenure-track faculty members starting this fall. I hope you will join President Conoley and me at Convocation to greet this new cohort, reconnect with colleagues, reflect on the past year and focus on the year ahead. 

Soon we will welcome 4,200 freshmen and 3,850 transfer students to campus. Our total projected headcount is 37,000. The number of full-time equivalent students is expected to be 31,000 – with 26,500 continuing students returning this fall.

My first year on campus has reaffirmed my initial impressions of The Beach. This year I was fortunate to spend time with faculty and staff who are passionate about educating and helping our students.  I developed a deeper understanding of the critical projects and programs that create educational pathways.  This university, with our dedicated, talented and smart faculty and staff, continues to rise above expectations. I am looking to increasing our forward educational momentum this academic year as we build on the excellent foundation you have already established. 


Urgent: Advice on Kaspersky Lab Antivirus and Related Products

The Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Department of Technology (CDT) recently issued a joint communique (Bulletin #: P-09-17), requiring all State departments and agencies to immediately stop the use of Kaspersky Lab antivirus and related products and suspend the procurement of Kaspersky Lab products until further notice. Learn more.

Office of Public Affairs Offering Fall Public Knowledge Media Training

The Office of Public Affairs will be offering a media training course during the fall 2017 semester for interested faculty members and graduate students. Learn more.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

We invite you to join the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), a continuing program in which first and second-year students serve as research assistants, supporting faculty in research, scholarly and creative work. If you have any questions, please contact us at Learn more.

Getting Around Campus

With many students returning to campus, parking and new construction will be a challenge. Physical Planning and Facilities Management will continue to work on projects designed to make it easier to get around campus as well as upgrading existing infrastructure. You can learn about these efforts as well as tips for navigating campus at Physical Planning and Facilities Management Customer Service at 5-4357 or the Campus Maps site. Learn more

Set Students Up For Success

Make sure your students have the correct course materials on the first day of class. We encourage faculty to visit before the semester begins to check the course material information on display for students. Learn more.

Next Message

The next Provost’s Message will be published on Wednesday, September 13. Items for the upcoming message should be submitted by Friday, September 8, to

Upcoming Events
End of Summer Session
First Day of Work for Faculty
First Day of Classes
Leadership Fellows Program Information Session
Leadership Fellows Program Information Session