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Weekly Wednesday Message

November 14, 2012

New Data on Student Success Shows Higher Graduation Rate

Additional data from Institutional Research and Assessment shows that the six-year graduation rate for the 2006 freshmen cohort was even higher than previously thought – 56.6 percent. This is the highest graduation rate in the history of the campus. It is a 3.3 percent increase over the 2005 cohort’s graduation rate and is the highest one-year gain since 2002.

If a typical proportion of students who are still enrolled earn degrees, the total graduation rate for the 2006 cohort will be 65 percent.

Thanks go to all who have worked hard to help make this possible. More information about our student success efforts is available on the Planning and Budget website.


New Grants and Contracts Reporting System

Final Data Warehouse Trainings for the Semester

All faculty who need to have access to financial reporting on grants and contracts and who have not already attended a Data Warehouse training are strongly encouraged to attend one of the final three workshops scheduled for this semester:

  • Friday, November 16 from 1 - 3 pm
  • Monday, November 26 from 10 am - Noon
  • Thursday, November 29 from 1 - 3 pm

Additional workshops will be scheduled next semester pending demand on an “as needed basis.”


Revised Curricular Process Guidelines

In response to a discussion at a recent Academic Senate meeting, please see the revised Curricular Process Guidelines. This document replaces the Curricular Process Guidelines dated May 22, 2012.


Alumni Grants Program Deadline is December 7

Applications are now available for the 22nd Annual Alumni Grants Program. The deadline is Friday, December 7. The Grants Program provides funding to university departments and programs. Allocations range from $1,500 to $7,500, with a total of up to $50,000 to be awarded. More than $675,000 has been awarded to campus departments and programs in the last 21 years.

The application and guidelines are available online. For questions, please contact either Elva Hermosillo at x 5-7159 or; or Gay Arakawa at x 5-7880 or

Safe Zone Ally Training Available to
Support LGBTQ Campus Community

Faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are invited to participate in a training program to help them better understand lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) issues and be part of a university-wide network of support.

The Safe Zone Ally Training will be held Friday, November 30th from 8:15 am – 12:30 pm. RSVP to Sharon Cruz by Friday, November 23. Space is limited.

After training, faculty and staff will serve as allies who use their knowledge and skills to foster a supportive and safe atmosphere for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. Everyone who completes the training will receive a CSULB Safe Zone Ally sticker to display.

Did You Know?

Dr. Masako Douglas (Asian and Asian-American Studies) is being honored by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese in recognition of her innovative teaching, advocacy and leadership in Japanese education and her service to the profession.


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