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Weekly Wednesday Message
June 25, 2014

Did You Know?

CSULB is among the top 10 universities with the largest number of new transfer students, according to U.S. News and World Report. CSULB had 3,940 new transfer students enrolled and a 36.7 percent new transfer acceptance rate for fall 2012.


Nationally, the average was 481 newly enrolled transfer students during fall 2012, according to data collected from more than 1,193 schools by U.S. News last spring.

Governor Brown Signs 2014-15 State Budget

In his budget message, Governor Jerry Brown notes that the CSU:

  • Is the largest and most diverse university system in the country.
  • Plays a critical role in preparing the workforce of California, awarding approximately 101,000 degrees in 2012-13.
  • Grants more than one-half of the state’s bachelor’s degrees and one-third of the state’s master’s degrees.
  • Prepares more graduates in business, engineering, agriculture, communications, health, and public administration than any other institution of higher education.
  • Produces more than one-half of California’s teachers.

The budget, which was signed on June 20, continues a multi-year funding plan for higher education with a 5-percent increase, $142.2 million, for the CSU. This amount is $95 million less than the CSU requested.
The plan expects UC and CSU to decrease the time it takes students to complete a degree, increase the number who complete programs, and improve the rate of transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities.


The plan freezes resident tuition through 2016-17 to avoid contributing to higher student debt and tuition levels, includes a moratorium on new student success fees, and directs the CSU Chancellor’s Office to examine its fee policy.


The budget includes $50 million to promote innovative programs at the campus level that result in more bachelor’s degrees, improved four-year completion rates, and more effective transfers between the community colleges and the universities.


In an important change, the budget shifts debt service for capital improvement into the CSU’s main budget. New capital expenditures remain subject to legislative review and there are limits on the amount of the CSU’s budget that can be spent on capital projects. The budget includes a trigger mechanism to provide up to $50 million to the General Fund for deferred maintenance or other one-time priorities if state revenues are high enough.


The budget directs universities to prepare three-year sustainability plans. It includes an increase of $442,000 to the General Fund to support Fellows programs at CSU Sacramento’s Center for California Studies.


At the campus level, we are now waiting for the Chancellor’s Office to release plans for the Governor’s appropriation to the CSU. It remains unknown at this time what final allocations will be for compensation, faculty hiring, campus projects, capital projects and other budget categories.  Read the Governor's budget summary.

New Associate Dean Named for College of the Arts

Following a highly competitive national search, Margaret Black has been appointed Associate Dean of the College of the Arts, beginning August.


Margaret is a member of the CSULB Graphic Design faculty currently serving as Graduate Advisor and Associate Director for the School of Art. She earned a BFA in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California, a BFA in Communication Design from Otis/Parsons Art Institute, and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University School of Art. She is an award winning graphic designer and creative director and the proprietor of Black Design.


Margaret brings to this position extensive experience in communications, project management, advising and advising oversight, graduate admissions and supervision, curriculum development and process, enrollment management and planning, and policy and procedure development.


We look forward to the partnership of Margaret and incoming COTA Dean Cyrus Parker-Jeannette leading COTA into its next chapter.

Faculty Mentors Needed for Partners for Success

Faculty are invited to submit applications to serve as Partners for Success mentors for the 2014-2015 academic year, providing individualized counseling and mentoring to second-year students on academic probation.   

The application deadline is July 9.

Now entering its 26th year, the Partners for Success Faculty Mentoring Students Program has led to increased student success.  If you would like further information on the Partners program and mentor responsibilities, as well as an application, please contact Carol Menard Fulthorp at Carol.Menard@csulb.edu.

Design the 2014-15 Staff Days T-shirt

Staff are invited to submit designs for CSULB’s Staff Days T-shirt now through June 30.

The design must:

  • Include the words “Staff Days of Summer 2014”
  • Be a single location imprint on the front of the T-shirt only
  • Be only one or two colors of ink
  • Have a summer or beach theme
  • Include LBSU or CSULB

Designs don’t have to be professional or complete – they can be just a sketch or idea.

Submissions are due to Kristin Bonetati at the Bookstore by Monday, June 30 at
5 pm. Submissions can be emailed to kristin.bonetati@csulb.edu, faxed to extension 5-8139 or dropped off in person at the Bookstore.

Staff Days will be held August 5 to 7. Preorder your Staff Days T-shirt from July 3 - 11 by emailing kristin.bonetati@csulb.edu. Although some inventory will be for sale during Staff Week, pre-ordering guarantees you will receive a T-shirt.

Departmental Copier Program Reduces Prices

For the second year in a row, the Departmental Copier Program has reduced its prices. The cost of black & white copies/prints printed on a departmental copier has gone from $0.0475 to $0.04 per impression. Last year the price of color copies/prints went down by $0.15.


The Departmental Copier Program (DCP) aims to eliminate as many individual printers as possible and relocate all campus printing to a shared multifunctional copier in each department. By increasing the volume to these shared copiers, the printing/copying cost for departments decreases across campus. In addition, the campus reduces its carbon footprint and encourages a rethinking of non-sustainable business practices.


The Financial Management Green Team and the Copier Program encourage all to continue eliminating individual printers and instead share multifunctional copiers so that prices – and our carbon footprint – can be reduced further in the future. We will continue to evaluate prices on an annual basis.


If you are interested in networking to print to a DCP copier, please contact the DCP office at extension 5-5329 or copierprogram@csulb.edu. To dispose/survey out your printer, please contact the Property Office at extension 5-4889 or property@csulb.edu. There is a sustainable thank-you gift for every staff/faculty member who turns in a printer that will not be replaced and /or requests to be networked to a DCP copier.


The new copier report form will be available on the DCP website after September 1.

 

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Current Dates and Deadlines

Jun 30Deadline for Staff Days T-shirt design

Aug 5-7: Staff Days

Aug 22: Convocation and Reception for President Conoley

Sep 30: Faculty Supper Club