President Soraya M. Coley updated the Academic Senate on May 4 in an address – live streamed to the campus – on semester conversion, admissions and enrollment, organizational changes and the status of a number of construction projects impacting the campus.
Coley commended the Semester Conversion Steering Committee and subcommittees, the Office of the Provost, faculty, staff and the Academic Senate for their work in preparing for the conversion to semesters in fall 2018. The president noted that the faculty and staff have been working hard on planning and converting curriculum, as well as designing a new infrastructure to ensure a successful conversion to the semester calendar.
“I especially want to thank the Senate,” she said. “When you think about the number of courses and ways of streamlining the process, and really helping to make sure we are on track – it’s just incredible.”
To put their efforts into perspective, President Coley cited a few of the Senate’s significant contributions to semester conversion in 2015-16:
- Review of 345 GE courses, 74 of which have been approved to date
- Review of about 150 majors, options and minors, 26 of which have been approved to date
- Developing the academic and summer calendars for semesters
- Finalizing master’s degree structure under the semester system
- Developing a definition of class-time modules and the final exam schedule for a semester calendar
Enrollment and Admissions
Coley called for a greater focus on admissions and enrollment because they have a direct impact on the university budget and planning, college operations and the ability to hire faculty.
As an example, Coley noted that the university enrolled more transfer students than in years past, which led to a higher demand for upper-division major courses and a lower demand for GE courses.
To optimize success, the president indicated that this fall, there will be a number of opportunities for the campus to learn more about enrollment, data and strategies and the implications for college and department budgets.
University Leadership and Structure
President Coley also took the opportunity to summarize the status of new leadership for the university. The president noted that:
- Lea Jarnagin, associate vice president for student affairs at Cal State Fullerton, has been named the new vice president for student affairs, effective July 5. The president thanked Acting Vice President Kathy Street for her efforts throughout the year, and stated that Street will resume her role as associate vice president for enrollment management, which is moving to the Division of Academic Affairs in July.
- The university will announce a new vice president for administrative affairs in the next few weeks.
- Theresa Mendoza from the CSU Chancellor’s Office has joined the cabinet as the administrator-in-charge for University Advancement through the end of June.
- To better focus on the development of faculty and staff, the Division of Administrative Affairs will realign its resources to create a unit for talent development and employee engagement.
- Institutional risk management will be formalized and integrated within administrative affairs.
- University Police and Parking Services & Transportation Services will formally move to administrative affairs in July.
Facilities & Construction
President Coley then turned to a discussion of the ongoing plans for the development of a parking and transportation strategy for the campus as groundbreaking and construction of the new Student Services Building. The project is expected to begin in mid-June. In addition, Parking Structure II will open in the summer.
Finally, the university is exploring its options regarding the former Lanterman property, which was transferred to the CSU in July 2015. The university has not officially accepted the property and has asked for a one-year extension to determine how the site can benefit the campus’ academic mission while maintaining its historical legacy.
Video of the State of the University Address, as well as the following Q&A session, is available online.