Counseling & Psychological Services
CAPS announced the 2013-2014 doctoral interns for a 12 month, full-time internship in its American Psychological Associated accredited doctoral internship program. Current interns are Alexandra Thurstron, M.S., PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium; Andrea Bailey, M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary; and Shena Young, M.Ed., M.S., Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
In February, CAPS was informed it had met the criteria for full accreditation by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. In its review, the board was appreciative of CAPS’ diverse staff, significant and innovative outreach efforts, strong training program, major role in consulting with various constituencies, staff dedication to servicing students, responsiveness to student crises day and night, and highly regarded internship site.
In fall 2013, CSULB Veterans Services became one of just 94 colleges and universities in the nation to join forces with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to host a VetSuccess on Campus program. This partnership placed a VA counselor in the CSULB Veterans Services office to provide transition support services, referrals for VA medical and mental health services, assistance in applying for other VA benefits and more. As the number of student-veterans pursuing degrees at The Beach continues to increase, Veteran Services is proud to build strong partnerships with those supporting the success of veterans. Learn more about CSULB Veterans Services at www.csulb.edu/veterans.
Testing, Evaluation & Assessment
Testing, Evaluation & Assessment has opened its first on-demand testing and assessment center in LA-5, room 173. The center has 28 computer stations for students to take on-demand tests by computer or paper/pencil, as well as three computer monitor stations for test proctors and administrators. In addition, the center will soon be acquiring a large screen television for webinars and Student Support Services Program instructional workshops. The schedule for tests and assessment sessions will be displayed on the testing office website later this spring/summer and disseminated to faculty, staff and students. For questions or comments, please send inquiries to email@example.com.
Living Well @ The Beach:
Health & Safety Week
In October, staff from the Student Health Center, Student Recreation & Wellness Center, Student Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, Disabled Student Services, Project OCEAN, Club Sports, Student Life & Development, University Student Union, and various student organizations collaborated with staff in the Division of Administration and Finance and Academic Affairs for the first health and safety week, “Living Well @ The Beach.” It was a great success with approximately 1,000 people attending the information fair, including Chancellor Timothy White. Hundreds of people attended the active shooter presentations, the “Take Back the Night Rally,” the Farmer’s Market, seminars and lectures.
University Outreach and School Relations
In October, the Office of UOSR hosted close to 400 local and surrounding area high school and community college counselors for the annual CSULB Counselors’ Conference. Fifty-five academic departments and student support service representatives participated in the “Academic and Student Support Service Fair.”
In February, the Greater Long Beach California Student Opportunity & Access Program, in partnership with USOR, initiated an outreach campaign to local high schools and families to promote California’s new Middle Class Scholarship program that begins in the 2014-2015 academic year. Undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 and who attend the California State University or the University of California may be eligible for assistance through this new program.
Partners for Success/Student Transition and Retention Services
For the past 25 years, the Partners program has assisted in the retention and graduation of first-generation and at-risk students through the individual mentoring relationships and support of experienced Partners faculty. Now, the Partners program and STAR have implemented the Sophomore Strategic Intervention Initiative, designed to address the critical needs of at-risk second year, unaffiliated students (sophomores) on first or second semester academic probation.
The SSII goals are for at-risk sophomores to successfully pass their courses, increase their GPA and clear probation, avoiding disqualification and persisting to graduation.
During 2013-2014, 36 knowledgeable and dedicated Partners faculty representing 22 different academic departments are focused on helping their students’ academic performance through mentoring, resource referrals, as well as major, career and personal advising. Through solid collaborations with STARS, the University Center for Undergraduate Advising, the Career Development Center, Student Life & Development and other campus programs, there is a concerted passion to help students succeed inside and outside of the classroom on their road to graduation at CSULB.
Educational Equity Services Programs and Partnerships
Educational Equity Services at CSULB has had active TRiO grants for more than 40 years. In 2012-2013, EES received the 9th largest amount of TRiO/College Assistance Migrant Program funding in the nation while serving more than 3,300 students annually. TRiO and CAMP are federally funded, helping low-income, first-generation students and individuals with disabilities enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in our nation’s economic and social life.
The Educational Opportunity Center and Educational Talent Search programs participated as two of the 16 partners in the Long Beach Latino Student Success Partner Development Institute focusing on Latino student college completion. EOC also partnered with many community agencies such as the Dream Center LB, LB Job Corps, LB Housing Authority and several adult schools.
EES is heading the Financial Literacy Committee to promote a new online tool for students designed to increase student financial fitness and literacy. Using “Financial Literacy 101,” students complete a one and one-half hour module to learn and assess financial attitudes, personal economic tendencies, budgeting, credit and self-efficacy. Each personalized account has access to 60+ modules of financial information to impact students' financial decisions for the rest of their lives. It has already shown great success in the TRiO-Student Support Services pilot in 2012-2013, increasing student and parent financial literacy. The Financial Literacy Initiative is looking for more partners.
For information about piloting this in your class or program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.csulb.edu/financial_fitness.
College Assistance Migrant Program
CAMP received two $50,000 grants to implement Pursuing Academics through Higher Education Studies @ The Beach. They hosted 100 high school students from Los Angeles County Office of Education and Riverside County Office of Education Migrant Education Programs for one week at CSULB. For over 10 years, CAMP has received a $20,000 grant from LACOE to have two CSULB CAMP students intern at the LACOE Office of Migrant Education.
Upward Bound hosted 140 high school students for a five week on-campus Summer Bridge Program in partnership with Jet Propulsion Laboratories. UB students explored how scientists are going to overcome the challenges of sending humans to Mars. Utilizing physiology, biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy, students investigated technology in the public works sector through presentations on water, power, habitable space, atmospheric engineering, public health, and personal fitness. Students also debated the costs and benefits of space exploration, presented research across multiple hard science and social science disciplines on how to create a new society, and explored the process of transition and change.