President’s Message

Our Multicultural Beach

Cal State Long Beach is one of the most diverse campuses in the United States. We are proud that, like California, our campus has no ethnic group as a majority. We are home to almost 1,700 international students from 96 countries, and our diversity is also apparent in the gender and gender identities, ages, veteran […]

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Learning at The Beach

Over the past two months, I’ve enjoyed many student, staff, coach, and faculty conversations that relate to learning, which is, I guess, the bottom line of why we all hang out together.  There is also a lively national debate about how much undergrads really LEARN while pursuing their degrees (see Academically Adrift by Arum and […]

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Some Community Thoughts: What is Elite?

In response to my invitation from a previous message on what makes a university elite, many of you shared your thoughts–thank you. Your feedback was great, and I have selected a few to share with the rest of our community. I edited the comments below and withheld names (for privacy and brevity) from current students, […]

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Convocation 2014

One of the complexities all great universities face now is how to preserve the best of what they are while evolving to meet the new opportunities and demands of our times.  We are the stewards of our world’s history in science, arts, mathematics, health, business and economics, medicine, leadership, education, literature, music, and so on. […]

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What is Elite?

Based on several interactions I have had with Beach students, I have started to reflect on my understanding of the word elite and its meaning across a few categories. One thought is that some “eliteness” comes from history or even genealogy. People are born with a certain name, and that name (for example, Rockefeller) carries an elite […]

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