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Academic Senate Approves Name Changes for UCES, Nursing and Health Care Administration

Published: June 15, 2009

With the school year winding down, three academic areas received approval from the Academic Senate to change the names of their respective academic units. All of the changes were approved at the Senate’s May 14 meeting.

The former University College and Extension Services will now be known as the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE), a name that reflects a nationwide trend in continuing higher education’s evolving role in professional development and education.

CCPE Dean Jeet Joshee believes the new name will help students and external partners better understand what the college has to offer and how it can help them with the vast educational resources of CSULB. “Our new name truly reflects who we are and what we do – continuing higher education, serving professionals, educators, and the workforce at a higher level,” Joshee said. “Our new name is truly driven by our new mission and vision.”

For more than 37 years, CSULB has relied on this important academic unit to provide additional access to the university and its educational resources. The CCPE continues to live up to its mission of helping individuals and organizations reach their highest potential by offering excellent educational programs.

In partnership with CSULB’s other colleges and academic departments, CCPE currently offers 12 master’s degrees and two undergraduate degrees. The college also offers university credit courses to a large number of students through its Winter Session, May Intersession and the Open University program. The college also offeres non-credit professional certificate programs. As a major outreach arm of CSULB, CCPE also works with the public sector, non-profit organizations, industries and corporate clients.

Each year, CCPE’s American Language Institute brings hundreds of international students from around the world to CSULB for English language instruction, undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through its Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT), the college works with the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as well as many goods movement industries to provide education, research, and outreach. CITT’s Master of Arts in Global Logistics and the Global Logistics Specialists programs are known nationally and internationally.

For information regarding the programs and services offered through CCPE , visit its Web site, e-mail, or call the CCPE Customer Service Center 800/963-2250.

In another name change, the Department of Nursing has become the School of Nursing. CSULB is the eighth university in the CSU system and only the 14th university in the state of California to have a School of Nursing.

“There is increased professionalization associated with school status,” said Lucy Huckabay, director of nursing. “It will provide us with increased access to federal research grants and greater opportunities for research collaboration with other institutions. It will also help us continue to attract high-caliber faculty in a market that is very competitive.”

With the school designation, it will also be easier for faculty to proactively seek opportunities to develop a professional doctoral program or a joint Ph.D. program with other doctoral degree granting institutions.

Established in 1953, CSULB’s Nursing Department has played a leading role in preparing highly qualified nurses for California. With approximately 1,400 pre-nursing, undergraduate and graduate nursing students, the school is the largest nursing program in the CSU system. An estimated 330 nursing degrees were granted at commencement last week.

CSULB’s School of Nursing is also the largest in types of programs, number of faculty and external funding sources.

Finally, CSULB’s Health Care Administration Program is now the Department of Health Care Administration. The process to acquire department status was started in 2008 under former College of Health and Human Services Dean Ron Vogel and received approval under current Acting Dean Dixie Grimmett.

“Elevating Health Care Administration from a program to a department has been many years in the making, and with its sixth tenured faculty member being hired for the fall 2009 semester, we’ve cleared the final hurdle to make that happen,” Grimmett said. “Becoming a department is very prestigious for the program, too. It will make a difference for the faculty as they compete and apply for grants, and it will help in attracting students as well.”