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Weekly Wednesday Message
December 11, 2013

Did You Know?

College of Education Dean Marquita Grenot-Scheyer and Special Education Assistant Professor Tina Arora have been tapped to serve on editorial boards in recent weeks.

Dr. Grenot-Scheyer has been appointed to the Standing Editorial Board for Oxford Bibliographies in Education, which offers authoritative research guides that combine the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia.

Dr. Arora (Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling) has been invited to serve on the editorial board for the journal Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, the journal associated with the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Physical, Health, and Multiple Disabilities.

Congratulations to them both.

Number of Student Applications Hits New Record

CSULB received more than 83,000 applications from prospective freshmen and transfer students for Fall 2014, surpassing last yearís record of 82,026 applications.

About 56,900 of the applications came from potential first-time freshmen and the remaining 26,600 came from hopeful transfer students.

Applications are up almost 2 percent from last year and 18 percent from three years ago. In addition, CSULB received more applications than any of the 22 other campuses in the CSU.

CSULB is†so popular because we provide a great student-centered experience and a high quality education. We really are delivering on our promise to "graduate students with highly valued degrees."

COTA Dean Search: Final Open Forum, Feedback Invited

Tomorrow is the open forum for Dr. Cedric Adderley, the final candidate in the College of the Arts Dean search. Faculty and staff are encouraged to provide feedback on the finalists by Friday, December 13 at 9 am.

Cedric Adderley, D.M.A.
Dean of the College, Capital University, Columbus Ohio
Open Forum: Thursday, December 12, 3 pm in the Faculty Center for Professional Development (LIB-507)

For information on each of the candidates, please visit the COTA Dean Search website.

Helpful Resources in Planning Next Semester

Here are a few helpful resources and policies to assist you in planning for the Spring semester.

Calendars: The Academic Calendar is available online as a pdf. Additional important dates are available on the Academic Affairs Calendar.

Syllabus Policy : All faculty are required to provide students with a syllabus (Senate Policy 04-05). The policy outlines how the syllabus should be distributed and what should be included.

Attendance Policy : Guidelines on student attendance and class participation.

Cheating and Plagiarism Policy : Information on how to address allegations of student cheating and plagiarism.

Class Cancellation Form : An absence from class should be reported on this form and submitted to the Department Chair.

Office Hours Policy : Senate Policy 02-10 calls for instructional faculty members to hold one office hour for every class taught and includes information on holding office hours.

Additional policies can be found on the Academic Senate website. Other helpful resources are available in the Faculty Handbook.

Give ATS Your Opinion on Campus Software

Academic Technology Services (ATS) is seeking input from all faculty regarding software products for which you would like to see the campus purchase site licenses.

Please provide your input via an online survey. This survey includes questions about two products, Mathematica and MATLAB, which support numeric computation and analysis and have capabilities to provide visualization of results. However, if you donít use either product, answer just two questions and then add your suggestions for the acquisition of other software.

The survey will be available from December 6 through January 31, 2014.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Holiday Closure

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be closed from December 24 - January 1. It will reopen January 2.

To submit an item for the Wednesday Message, email it to Linda.Fontes@csulb.edu by Monday at 5 pm.

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Current Dates and Deadlines

12/25-1/1: Winter Break

1/7-1/9: Scholarly Writing Institute

1/29: Deadline to submit abstracts for the Womenís Research Colloquium