California State University, Long Beach remained a national model for higher education in 2011-12.
We awarded more than 9,000 degrees, making the class of 2012 among the largest in CSULB history. We received 54,086 applications from first-time freshmen for Fall 2012 – a 10 percent increase from 2011. Our student loan indebtedness remained among the lowest in the nation, bringing national recognition from U.S.News and World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
As a result of our graduation success, low comparative tuition and fees, and our very low student loan indebtedness, our university was invited, with only six other public universities, to meet with President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. We met in the Roosevelt Room of the West Wing to advise the President about new policies that could reward campuses such as ours while also putting federal pressure on other institutions that do not prioritize graduating students, remaining affordable, and keeping students out of debt.
It is our collaborative spirit that drives our university forward for the benefit of tens of thousands of students each year. Our faculty and staff are the reason that we remain a national leader, consistently ranking among the best public universities in the nation.
I hope you will enjoy reading the many additional university achievements and individual accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students.
President F. King Alexander
At CSULB, as is the case in most any large organization, no one person can accomplish anything of significance alone. Throughout 2011-12 our outstanding faculty and dedicated staff worked together to help our university continue to produce high quality in instruction, research and creative activity, a commitment to service, and great experiences for students in the classroom, on campus and in the greater community.
Working together, the campus community had another year of distinguished accomplishment and recognition, despite significant budget challenges:
These are just a few of our many achievements. Every day we transformed lives, whether it was in the classroom where knowledge was transferred; in labs and studios where research and creative work was underway; in offices where academic support helped students advance toward graduation; or at our Commencement ceremonies where more than 9,000 degrees were conferred.
This annual report seeks to highlight some of those transformative moments. I hope you will enjoy looking back on our achievements.
Donald J. Para, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs