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Provost Message - August 31, 2016

Did You Know?

This year’s freshman class is made up of about 4,200 diverse students. Thirty-nine percent are Latino, 27 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander, 6 percent are African American and 20 percent are Caucasian.

Ninety-six percent are from California and a little more than half were local high school students. One percent came to The Beach from another state and 3 percent came from outside the U.S.

About 18 percent have chosen majors within the College of Health and Human Services, approximately 17 percent chose College of Liberal Arts majors and 15 percent are undeclared. Fourteen percent plan to study engineering, 12 percent business, 11 percent science and math, 10 percent the arts and about 2 percent want to study education. Preliminary data shows that 28 percent will likely be required to take at least one remedial course.

We are proud to welcome this freshmen class and all new students to campus and extend our best wishes for an outstanding year to all students.

CSULB Ranks Fifth in Producing Minority Graduates

CSULB is the fifth highest producer of minority graduates in the nation, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. CSULB also ranked sixth in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanics and ninth in the number awarded to Asian Americans.

Writing Kaffeeklatsch

The Writing Across the Curriculum Program (WAC) and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) Program will be holding informal gatherings for instructors interested in talking about how they teach writing on campus, challenges they have with assignments and teaching writing, and ideas on how they can integrate more writing into their classes without diverging from the content they need to deliver. Gatherings will take place throughout the year. Learn more.

Discounted Knott’s Berry Farm Tickets Support Student Scholarships

Faculty and staff can attend a private party at Knott’s Berry Farm to raise money for students attending programs within the Center for International Trade and Transportation.

“Transportation Night” will be on Friday, September 16 beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 1 a.m. Saturday. The park will be closed to the public. Tickets are $40 per person and include parking. Tickets are limited.

The event raises money for the Los Angeles Transportation Club’s Scholarship Endowment, supporting students in Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) programs.

Tickets can be purchased online.

How is Ethics Taught and Assessed?

Faculty are asked to help document ethics training across the curriculum and determine resource needs by completing a brief survey from the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership.

Faculty who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $150 gift certificate from Amazon.  The survey closes September 15.

Please contact with any questions. 

Nominate a Distinguished Alum

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni awards – the highest honor given by the Alumni Association.

It honors successful alumni who are making a profound difference in our communities, their chosen fields of expertise, and their alma mater. Some past recipients have included California Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Peter Gravett, Body Glove President Russ Lesser, Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter, Lindora President Cynthia Stamper Graff, and 3-time Olympian gold medalist Misty May-Treanor.

The criteria, selection process, and nomination application are available online. The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 7. Recipients will be honored at the Alumni Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 4, 2017.