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Weekly Wednesday Message

December 5, 2012

Provost's Taskforce on Curricular Policy

CSULB’s academic purpose is to “graduate students with highly valued degrees.” An integral part of this student success initiative is to reduce the excess units and time to degree for our students without sacrificing degree quality.

As part of the CSU graduation initiative, the Chancellor’s Office recently redoubled its efforts to limit undergraduate degrees to a maximum of 120 units and to ensure that students graduate without far exceeding the 120 units. Recent changes in financial aid that limit the number of semesters students can receive aid make it imperative that we review our curricular structures to ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to complete their degrees and even explore minors and other courses in a timely fashion.

The faculty, staff and administration need to work together to create curricular policies and processes that ensure that the curricula we create do not inadvertently require students to take extra units. To that end, I am working in collaboration with the Academic Senate to create a Task Force on Curriculum Policy.

The Task Force will explore best practices in curricular policy by addressing the following questions:

  1. How do we best balance the development of general education skills and mastery of the discipline? How does this balance differ between colleges or programs?
  2. How do we allow for and control the pursuit of multiple degree objectives?
  3. How do we account for hidden prerequisites, requirements or proficiencies?
  4. How can the sequencing and scheduling of courses support timely graduation?

A memo with the composition and timeline for the Curricular Policy Task Force is available online.

Faculty Nominations for Task Force

The Academic Senate office is soliciting nominations for faculty who are interested in serving on the Curricular Policy Task Force. It is expected that the Task Force will commence its meetings early in the spring semester and complete its work by the end of the Spring 2013 semester.

Faculty who are interested in serving on the Task Force are encouraged to submit their nominations via email to Aracely Montes in the Academic Senate Office, no later than Noon, Monday, December 10th. Self-nominations are acceptable.

Please include:

  • Name
  • Department
  • Statement of Interest (brief)
  • Experience with academic advising (one paragraph)

The Senate Executive Committee will review the nominations and make recommendations to the Provost by Tuesday, December 11.


Student Research Competition to be Held February 22

The 25th Annual CSULB Student Research Competition will take place on Friday, February 22, 2013. Graduate and undergraduate researchers and artists will compete for honors and cash prizes in the following disciplinary categories:

  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Education
  • Business, Economics, and Public Administration

Ten CSULB competitors will be selected to represent our campus at the statewide event, which Cal Poly Pomona will be hosting on May 10 and 11, 2013.

Please encourage competitive students to participate in the competition. Additional information, including how students can enter the competition, is available online.


Spring 2013 Student Academic Travel Funds

The deadline for students to apply for academic travel funding is May 3, 2013. A total of $5,200 is available to assist selected students in enhancing their educational experience through travel to professional conferences and academic events.

Additional information and the application are available online. Notification of awards will take place via email beginning May 17, 2013.


Holiday Art Sale Starts Sunday

Student and faculty-produced artworks – including pottery, ceramics, paintings, illustrations, jewelry and printmaking pieces – will be available for purchase at the 45th Annual Holiday Art Sale, December 9-13 in the Student Art Galleries between FA2 and FA3.

A significant percentage of the proceeds support student scholarships, supplies and travel. Sale hours are:

  • Sunday, December 9, 4 – 7 pm
  • Monday, December 10 – Thursday, December 13, 10 am – 5 pm, with extended hours until 7 pm on Wednesday, December 12.

For more information, contact

Did You Know?

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