A Roadmap for Our Future

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Dr. Jinny Rhee

When we started this strategic planning process in Fall 2021, we had only the CSULB BEACH 2030 plan to guide us. It didn’t take long for College of Engineering faculty and staff to begin enthusiastically offering their ideas, suggestions, and feedback on areas that resonated. The discussions were kicked off during the Convocation Retreat, and continued during stakeholder meetings throughout the academic year. We elected an Action Plan Task Force to undertake analyses and form recommendations.

The COE Action Plan report that follows is the result of countless hours of research, deliberation, and consolidation. The central question we asked: What strategic directions can we set today to create the coveted graduates of tomorrow? By working together on the recommendations in this report as a college, we will increase our impact and strategy, build alignment to Beach 2030, communicate broadly to stakeholders, and guide our fundraising efforts and resource allocation.

We live in a rapidly changing world. Technology is transforming the field of engineering, the way engineering is taught, and the way work is done. The College of Engineering must expand its educational offerings and research into new high-growth and high-interest areas. We need to embrace new ways of doing things as best practices in engineering pedagogy and student support evolve, and the need for interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships emerges. We need to create a culture where we nurture talent, capitalize on strengths, and include all. And we need to practice future-thinking to be ready for what the future may bring.

Sincere thanks to those who served on the Action Plan Task Force, as well as the team who started the ball rolling by soliciting feedback during the Convocation Retreat. As we implement these Action Plans, we will access their progress regularly, mark milestones as they are achieved, and respond to evolving needs.

Dr. Jinny Rhee
Dean, CSULB College of Engineering