Academic Programs and Instruction
CSULB saw many new programs and initiatives created to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff in 2010-11. In addition, more than 60 faculty were awarded tenure and promotion.
New and Enhanced Academic Programs and Initiatives
- In fall, the College of Business Administration launched an innovative Saturday MBA program that allows students to gain an integrated analytical perspective of all business disciplines.
- Planning for new doctoral programs in Nursing Practice and Physical Therapy began. It is anticipated that those programs will admit students in 2012, pending approvals.
- The College of Engineering and the College of Continuing and Professional Education established electrical engineering and mechanical engineering programs in the Lancaster area, offering students unprecedented access to industry professionals, real-world engineering projects, and internships with local companies.
- The new $4.3 million Nursing Building was dedicated and the new $105 million Hall of Science was completed.
Beginning this fall, students and faculty are benefitting from the164,000-square-foot Hall of Science's:
- 31 state-of-the-art research labs
- 29 teaching labs
- Rooftop botanical gardens and astronomy platform, and
- Four new lecture halls.
A research lab, a computer lab, a lecture hall, and fifty-five seats in Lecture Hall 102 were named, raising $680,000 in a campaign to support research and technology.
Academic Support and Advising
- The Beach Learning Community (BLC) program was expanded in Fall 2010 to include all new freshmen requiring a semester of developmental writing and two semesters of developmental math. These students received extra academic support and advising, as well as carefully constructed course schedules.
Preliminary results suggest that the program is having a positive effect. These students currently have higher first-year GPAs and a larger percentage are in good academic standing than freshmen from Fall 2009 with similar test scores. These students will continue to receive mandatory advising again this year along with Fall 2011 freshmen.
- The University Center for Undergraduate Advising had contact with students 61,000 times and advised 25,200 students in person in 2010-11.
- In Summer 2011, changes were implemented in the Summer Orientation, Advising & Registration program. Approximately 4,000 freshmen and close to 3,000 new transfer students were advised and registered by a team of over 60 advisors including faculty, professional staff and student advisors from Student Services, Academic Affairs and the colleges.
- The Library and Academic Technology Services implemented Desire2Learn as the new BeachBoard, offering more tools to support teaching and learning, including a Library application that provides immediate access to research tools and services.
- BeachMail, the new student email system, was implemented by the Division of Administration and Finance last December. About 14,000 students opened campus email accounts since then. Implementation of a new voice mail system and Microsoft Exchange as the new faculty and staff email also began and is continuing in phases throughout the 2011-12 academic year.