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Division of Academic Affairs

Message from the Provost

Brian Jersky

I recently attended the Academic Council meeting in San Francisco with other provosts from throughout the CSU system. It was good to have an opportunity to discuss some issues and get updates on a wide variety of topics concerning all of the campuses as we approach the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

On a positive note, I am pleased to announce that Long Beach now has the third highest, three-year moving average for total research grants in the CSU system. For the three-year period from 2014-16, the campus averaged $41 million a year in research funding behind only San Diego State ($120 million) and San Jose State ($53 million). What is particularly impressive is how the university has moved up in the rankings over the last couple of years. We were in fourth place during the three-year period from 2013-15, and before that we were in fifth place in 2012-14. I want to extend my thanks and congratulations to the faculty and students who have made this growth possible.

There were several discussions on issues concerning Graduation Initiative (GI) 2025. First and foremost, officials talked about how funds from the student tuition increase should be used exclusively for student success in terms of the GI 2025. Still, in general, the additional funds will provide additional faculty hiring, additional course sections and other GI-related needs. One theme that came forward during GI 2025 discussions was co-curricular implementation, and attendees also touched on the topic of developmental education.

There was a discussion on tenure-track density, which I hope to be able to touch on more in the near future. Those in attendance also talked about how well the CSU was represented in Washington, D.C. recently with system representatives focused on discussions on year-round Pell Grants and protecting DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students and staff.

Back on campus, the Wellness Week activities seemed to take over the campus last week. Kudos to all of the students, staff and faculty who organized the event. It was really inspirational.

Speaking of inspirational, I also wanted to single out last week’s “Rising Scholars” event, which featured formerly incarcerated individuals who are either successful or succeeding students around campus. These students presented their stories to a packed, standing-room-only auditorium. It was so incredible to hear how these individuals had turned around their lives and how education provided a path for that turnaround for each of them.

At a recent extended cabinet meeting, campus officials discussed the crucial issue of long-term strategic planning for the university. I ask each of you to please look out for ways to contribute you own point of view or thoughts to this very important topic.

In closing, let me touch on a couple of reminders for items whose deadlines are quickly approaching. First, if you haven’t done so already, let me encourage you all to participate in the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, which will help the university better understand student engagement from your perspective. Faculty should have received a couple of reminders over the last week or so with a final reminder due to be sent on Thursday.

Finally, a reminder for faculty to provide their input on how the CSU’s General Education Breadth Requirements can be revised to achieve better clarity, ensure equitable treatment and opportunities for all students, and streamline students’ path to graduation. Contact your academic senators by May 12 so that the campus can get its responses to the Chancellor’s Office by its due date of June 16.

Applications for Professors Around the World,
Faculty Incentive Grants Program, Due April 15

The Office of the Provost, in conjunction with the Office of International Education and Global Engagement, is once again pleased to sponsor “Professors Around the World” (PAW) – a CSULB global faculty incentive grants program. Learn more.

Finalists for Vice Provost for Academic Programs,
Dean of Graduate Studies Announced; Begin Visits

The search committee for the position of Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of Graduate Studies has announced the selection of three finalists, who will be on campus for interviews and open forums beginning Thursday. Learn more.

ORSP Spring 2017 Newsletter Available Online

The Spring 2017 newsletter from the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects is now available online.

Not Alone @ The Beach Program Looking for
Faculty to Take Part in Series of Focus Groups

Officials with the Not Alone @ The Beach Program are looking for a diverse and representative group of faculty to take part in a series of focus groups to provide input on issues that will help strengthen the services provided to students who are survivors of sexual assault. Learn more.

10 Graduate, Undergraduate Students to Compete
at Annual CSU Statewide Student Research Contest

Ten graduate and undergraduate students will represent the university at the 31st annual CSU Statewide Student Research Competition, which will take place April 28-29 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Learn more.

Volunteers Needed for Commencement 2017

Staff are invited to participate in the university’s 2017 Commencement Exercises, May 23-26. Your participation is critical to making this day special for our graduates and their families. Learn more.

Changes in Campus Parking for
2017 Commencement Ceremonies

With the university welcoming more than 10,000 students and tens of thousands of their family and friends for Commencement 2017, May 23-27, University Police and Parking Services are notifying faculty and staff of parking changes that will be in effect for graduation. Learn more.

Green Generation Mixer, Sustainable Project
Showcase Set for Thursday at Japanese Garden

The Sustainability Task Force, Office of Planning and Sustainability, and Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden invite faculty to attend the 6th annual Green Generation Mixer and Sustainability Project Showcase tomorrow (Thursday, April 20) at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. Learn more.

International Student Association to Celebrate
50 Years at International Dinner Gala on April 28

The International Student Association invites members of the campus community to celebrate its 50 years at the university on Friday, April 28, at the 50th annual International Dinner Gala. Learn more.

‘Before I Die I Want to…’ Wall
Will be on Campus April 25-27

The CSU Institute for Palliative Care Long Beach, several CSULB departments (Health Care Administration, Gerontology, and Nursing), and three community partners (Palliative Care at Long Beach Memorial, Alzheimer’s Orange County, and St Joseph’s Health) are sponsoring a “Before I die I want to….” wall at CSULB April 25-27. Learn more.

National Sustainability Expert to Speak
on ‘Waste Diversion/Recycling’ on May 4

The national manager of sustainability for Staples Business Advantage, Ken Perdue, will speak on campus Thursday, May 4, at 11 a.m. in the Barrett Athletic Administration Building. Learn more.

Registration Open for Jewels of the Night,
Campus’ Biggest Fundraiser for Student-Athletes

Jewels of the Night, the university’s largest single fundraising activity for student-athlete scholarships, is set for Saturday, May 6. The annual event features local restaurants, live music and exciting auction items with all proceeds benefiting 49er student-athletes. Learn more.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
to Present Annual Symposium on May 8 in USU

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program will present its 4th annual Spring Research Symposium on Monday, May 8, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Beach Ballrooms of the University Student Union. Learn more.

Tenured, Tenure-Track Faculty Eligible to Attend
2017 Summer Scholarly Writing Institute June 6-8

The Summer Scholarly Writing Institute is scheduled for June 6-8 in the Karl Anatol Center. This event is open to tenure-track and tenured faculty, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more.