CSULB received a record number of applications from potential undergraduate students for the fall 2008 semester, according to President F. King Alexander. The fall undergraduate application period ended on Nov. 30 and the number of electronic applications received was 60,389, including 48,497 from first-time freshmen. Paper applications increased the final number to about 60,400. It is the first time the number of undergraduate applications surpassed the 60,000 mark, and the total outdid the count for fall 2007 by more than 3,500 applicants.
“Cal State Long Beach consistently ranks among the top universities in the nation in the number of applications it receives from undergraduate students, especially those students who are going to be first-time freshmen,” Alexander pointed out. “In an environment where outcomes are often difficult to measure, it is reassuring to know that our university continues to be among the most desirable institutions in the country for high school seniors.”
Just a few years ago, the number of undergraduate applications submitted for fall 2005 enrollment at CSULB was hovering at around 50,000, which was still the most among other CSU campuses at that time. Since then, university officials have seen an increase of more than 20 percent in those applications, including a jump in first-time freshmen of about 38,500 for fall 2005 to 48,500 for fall 2008.
“The only drawback to receiving these large number of applications is the fact that we’re only going to be able to enroll about 4,000 new freshmen for the fall 2008 semester,” Alexander noted.
For the last two years, Cal State Long Beach has set new enrollment records. For fall 2007, the campus enrolled the largest number of students in its 58-year history with 36,870 students in its overall headcount. CSULB’s previous high was 35,574 students in fall 2006.
This past year, the university also experienced its most successful year in retaining current students at all educational levels. In fact, CSULB had 1,400 more continuing students in fall 2007 than it had a year ago.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), through its Office of Naval Research, awarded an additional $4.7 million to Cal State Long Beach to support a Strategic Mobility 21 multi-year Joint Logistics Concepts Demonstration. Strategic Mobility 21 is the largest federally funded applied research program on the campus.
Administered through the CSULB Foundation in collaboration with the Colleges of Engineering, Business Administration and other campus departments, the program is in transition to become a Department of Defense program of record with a permanent link to the CSULB campus research community. The program founder and managing director is Lawrence G. Mallon with the CSULB Foundation.
Recognizing the strong support of the California Congressional delegation for university research, education and training efforts, CSULB President F. King Alexander singled out Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), ranking member of the Committee on Appropriations, as well as Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
Alexander said these lawmakers recognize the statewide logistics educational and workforce development opportunities and military force deployment and distribution components of the project, while serving as the prime movers behind the defense appropriations request that culminated in the contract award.
“Strategic Mobility 21 is the first successful spinoff program of the campus’ Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technology (CCDoTT) in both agile port technology and logistics training and certification and degree programs,” Alexander noted.
“This program embodies the quintessential community outreach capabilities of CSULB’s applied research as a ‘university without boundaries,’” he added. “It combines the global logistics and port and distribution system domain capabilities of Cal State Long Beach applied to important regional, statewide and national issues of trade-related container traffic growth, major disaster response and interagency collaboration and coordination. It also looks at issues of community quality of life, congestion mitigation, security and air quality improvement.”
Alexander also recognized Mayor Terry Caldwell and Councilman Mike Rothschild of the Victorville City Council for providing CSULB the unique opportunity of working with the city, authority and Sterling International in a public-private partnership.