Inside CSULB

Wednesday Message

July 3, 2012

This Wednesday Message is being sent today due to the July Fourth holiday. We wish you and your families a safe and happy Independence Day.

Admissions Changes

For Fall 2013, CSULB will implement changes to admissions practices to emphasize major-specific criteria.

This change follows a long process of discussion and consultation. Last fall the campus Enrollment Advisory Committee met on a double schedule to discuss admissions practices and issues. At the end of the semester, the committee unanimously approved forwarding a change proposal for wider discussion.

The proposal was presented and discussed in every academic college chairs’ group and in the Academic Senate. Heads of two of our closest educational partners, President Oakley of Long Beach City College and Superintendent Steinhauser of Long Beach Unified School District, were consulted and both approved of the plan. Three public hearings were conducted at Orange Coast Community College, Long Beach City College and CSULB and were attended by leaders from several community colleges and school districts. Discussions were covered in the local media.

This spring, the proposal was approved by the Chancellor’s Office without modifications. In fact, the Chancellor’s Office has asked CSULB representatives to present the plan to several other campuses as a model.

The values of CSULB informed thinking about admissions changes from the start. CSULB remains strongly committed to “Graduating students with highly valued degrees.” CSULB also remains strongly committed to access, diversity, quality, and the local community.

Events Planned for CSULB Staff in July

Save these Dates! CSULB Staff Council is organizing several events for staff Tuesday, July 24 – Thursday, July 26. Events include a lunch hour scavenger hunt on campus, a game night in the Student Union and a yogurt social. Look for additional details this month.

IRB Applications Must be Submitted via IRBNet

As you know, the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) recently adopted the industry leading IRBNet suite of tools, bringing electronic protocol management, online submissions and many other important features to the CSULB research community.

Beginning this month,ORSP is only accepting electronic protocol submissions via IRBNet. As of July 2 all protocols (including revisions and renewals) must be submitted electronically via IRBNet, and all review decision letters will be issued electronically via IRBNet. ORSP will no longer accept paper copies of protocols.

ORSP and the CSULB research community have long recognized the need to reduce manual and paper-based procedures, streamline protocol submission and review processes, and leverage today’s best technologies throughout the research lifecycle.

As an important step toward these objectives, ORSP’s adoption of IRBNet now brings the CSULB community a robust set of electronic tools supporting the management, submission, review and oversight of our research protocols. Some of IRBNet’s many features include:

  • Electronic document management
  • Web-based protocol sharing and collaboration
  • Automatic notifications
  • Electronic submissions and reviews, and
  • Important audit capabilities including electronic revision histories, electronic signatures and event tracking.

ORSP has carefully chosen IRBNet not only for the important capabilities that it provides, but also because IRBNet is secure, web-based, and extremely intuitive and easy to use. You may access IRBNet from virtually any computer using a web browser by visiting

For additional information, please contact Mary Walker ( at (562) 985-5314.

Did You Know?

Work by CSULB alumnus Andre Woodward was featured on the May cover of Sculpture magazine. In addition, Woodward, who received his MFA from CSULB in 2009, was featured in an interview in Sculpture.  His work can also be seen at the Orange County Great Park until October.


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