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Weekly Wednesday Message

February 1, 2012


CLA Dean Finalists on Campus in February

The first finalist in the College of Liberal Arts Dean search will be on campus February 6 and 7. A total of five candidates will visit CSULB in February.

Finalists and the dates of their open forums are available below. Please note the change in date, time and location for Dr. Alexander's open forum.  For additional information on the candidates, please visit the CLA Dean Search website.

Candidate Open Forum

Dr. Peter Nwosu

  • Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs & Professor of Communication, Tennessee State University


February 7
9 -10:30 am
Faculty Center for Professional Development

Dr. Bryant Alexander

  • Professor of Communication Studies
    CSU Los Angeles

February 8

4-5:30 pm
Faculty Center for Professional Development

Dr. Brett Walker

  • Chair, Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and Regents Professor of History, Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Currently on sabbatical leave at the University of Minnesota as a Research Specialist & Visiting Professor in the Colleges of Science and Engineering and Liberal Arts
February 14
10 -11:30 am
Anatol Center

Dr. Sachiko Matsunaga

  • Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures & Professor of Japanese, CSU Los Angeles
Wednesday, February 15
3:30 - 5 pm
Anatol Center

Dr. David Wallace

  • Chair, Department of Writing and Rhetoric & Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, University of Central Florida
February 21
9 -10:30 am
Anatol Center

Evacuation Drill Next Wednesday

On Wednesday, February 8 the University will be conducting a building evacuation drill from approximately 1:30 pm to about 1:45 pm. We will also be conducting a test of the Emergency Notification System (ENS) at that time. Please take a moment to ensure that your contact information is current in MyCSULB.

More information on the Emergency Notification System is available online. For assistance with updating your contact information in MyCSULB, please contact the Technology Help Desk or (562) 985-4959.

Community Service Award Applications are Being Accepted

Applications are being accepted for the Community Service Award, which is designed to recognize and encourage service by members of the CSULB family to the community within which they live. The award is open to CSULB faculty, staff, students and alumni.

For qualification, a wide range of service activities are eligible, including political, religious, and social activism. In all cases, sustained involvement and especially significant results are considered. Special attention will be given to noteworthy accomplishments within the past 12 months. Preference will be given to unpaid volunteer service which is not part of one's normal and expected occupational duties.

Self-nominations are encouraged and awardees may reapply five years after receiving an award.

The award is sponsored by the Academic Senate, the Staff Council, the Alumni Association, and the Associated Students. Information about the award and the application deadline of February 17, 2012 is available on the Staff Council website.

Changes to Admissions Guidelines for 2013-14

CSULB is considering changes to admissions guidelines for 2013-14 to emphasize major-specific criteria. CSULB remains strongly committed to “Graduating students with highly valued degrees.” CSULB also remains strongly committed to access, diversity, quality, and the local community.

In Fall 2011, the campus Enrollment Advisory Committee discussed current CSULB enrollment guidelines extensively and agreed to forward for wider consideration a proposal for changes. Spring 2012 discussions have begun with deans, associate deans, college department chairs and faculty councils and the Academic Senate. Since admissions impact feeder institutions, discussions have also begun with community colleges and public schools and there will be three public hearings.

CSULB’s growing reputation for academic quality and positive student experience has generated tremendous interest among highly qualified students. This reputation, combined with demography and changes in the admission marketplace, prompted an unprecedented 76,600 undergraduate applications for Fall 2012. At the same time, severe budget reductions have threatened academic programs and services. Reductions have affected K-12 and community college feeder institutions, impacting preparation of applicants. CSULB has focused more attention on factors affecting degree completion, as part of a national emphasis.

High school and community college counselors have expressed the view that current CSULB admissions practices do not send clear messages to students that appropriate preparation for majors is important. Lack of preparation reduces retention, and degree completion and increases time to degree (especially in science, engineering). Current admissions practices do not provide tools to well-manage the numbers of students per major for efficient resource use. Given budget constraints, CSULB is pressed to resolve these issues.

In revising admissions guidelines, CSULB hopes and expects to increase degree completion and shorten time to degree, use scarce campus resources more efficiently, better manage the numbers of students to help both high-demand and lower-demand departments, continue to provide access to local students, maintain and enhance campus diversity, improve guidance to applicants and counselors, and improve the preparation of students in challenging fields such as engineering and sciences.

CSULB is proposing to:

  • Emphasize major-specific criteria for admission. Major-specific criteria must be established in consultation with academic departments and colleges. With major-specific criteria, CSULB can create tools to manage the numbers of students per department, use scarce resources more efficiently, continue to provide access to local students with at least a reasonable chance of degree completion, improve guidance to applicants and counselors about needed preparation, improve preparation of students in challenging fields such as engineering and sciences, reduce unneeded course-taking, and better manage course availability to students.
  • Continue to admit local freshmen and transfer applicants who have a reasonable or better likelihood of degree completion in their chosen major, consistent with local access and the Long Beach College Promise. CSULB will work with Long Beach City College to provide a safety net for underprepared local students. Changes will increase admissions from non-local schools and somewhat reduce discrepancies in admissions criteria between local and non-local applicants.
  • Expand outreach to targeted communities based on low socioeconomic status and historically low rates of college going to preserve and enhance diversity of the student body. Students will be encouraged to submit applications and materials for a holistic admissions review. A limited number will be admitted based on potential for degree completion, community involvement/leadership, overcoming significant hardship (and CSU and CSULB minimum criteria).

More information and a way to provide comments are available online.

Did You Know?

CSULB continues to make gains in the mid-career earnings potential of its graduates compared to other state universities across the country, according to the most recent College Salary Report released by

With a mid-career median salary of $82,900,CSULB ranked 53rd among the 416 state universities listed in the 2011-12 salary report, placing it ahead of such notable institutions as Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, Arizona State University and Washington State University.

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