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11/12/2019 2:13 PMMcCarthy, Michelle11/11/201911/11/2019 3:45 PMThis Veterans Day, we pause to honor those who have served and to meet a few veteran and active duty military students at the CSU.VeteransStory

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

This Veterans Day, we pause to honor those who have served and to meet a few veteran and active duty military students.

As of fall 2018, about 7,000 students who have served in the military or are currently serving are attending CSU campuses. The largest cohorts are found at San Diego State and CSU San Marcos​. There are also more than 13,000 dependents of veterans using educational benefits earned by a service member or veteran.

“Veterans are nontraditional students, so most are older than the average CSU student," says Marshall Thomas, Ed.D., director of Veterans Affairs at the CSU Chancellor's Office in Long Beach. “When compared to nonveteran peers, they are more likely to be first-generation students, have dependents to care for, work more hours per week and are more likely to report a disability.

An important part of our mission, and one we take very seriously, is to serve those who served."

To celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who are serving or have served, we asked student-veterans at four CSU campuses to tell us about their transition to civilian life and the bonds they've formed at their respective Veterans Success Centers.   


Military-connected students can find support and information at 22 of the 23 CSU campuses. Our Veterans Success Centers provide services such as outreach, advising and academic support, benefits certification and advocacy.​

STORY: MICHELLE MCCARTHY

PHOTOGRAPHY: robert bain, kellie jo brown,
Andrew duardo, jason halley,
​michael moody, robert whitehead

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11/7/2019 4:27 PMCook, Jen11/7/201911/7/2019 4:00 PMLearn about the search for the next leader of the country's largest four-year system of public higher education.ChancellorStory

​​​​​​​​​​​​In October 2019, Chancellor Timothy P. White announced his retirement at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.  

Learn more about who will serve on the search committees, get information on how to attend the six open forums, and follow updates on the search for the next leader of the California State University.


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Recruiting the Eighth Chancellor of the California State University
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11/7/2019 2:26 PMSalvador, Christianne11/7/201911/7/2019 1:55 PMA Stakeholder Advisory Committee has been appointed to assist in the confidential national search for the next California State University Chancellor, CSU Board of Trustees Chairman Adam Day announced today.ChancellorPress Release

A Stakeholder Advisory Committee has been appointed to assist in the confidential national search for the next California State University Chancellor, CSU Board of Trustees Chairman Adam Day announced today.

Members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee include:

  • Catherine Nelson, Ph.D., chair, CSU Academic Senate and professor, Sonoma State University (faculty representative)
  • Robert Keith Collins, Ph.D., vice chair, CSU Academic Senate and professor, San Francisco State University (faculty representative)
  • Michael D. Hendren, facilities management, California State University, Sacramento (staff representative)
  • Michael Wiafe, president, Cal State Student Association and student, San Diego State University (student representative)
  • Jeremy Addis-Mills, president-elect, CSU Alumni​ Council and alumnus, California State University San Marcos (alumni representative)
  • Jeffrey D. Armstrong, Ph.D., president, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D., president, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

The Advisory Committee will serve in concert with the Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor in the search to identify a successor to Timothy P. White who announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

Both committees will participate in a series of open forums as part of a listening tour beginning on Tuesday, November 12, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom at Sacramento State.

The forum at Sac State will be the first of six planned forums to gather feedback from stakeholders and interested parties as the committees search for the university's next chancellor. Feedback gathered at the forums will help guide the recruitment activities over the next several months, with the goal to appoint a new chancellor in summer 2020.

The open forums will also be livestreamed on the Chancellor's recruitment website. The website will provide information about the search, including a place for people to submit feedback regarding the next chancellor directly to the committees.

Chairman Day previously announced the trustees appointed to a Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor to conduct the search. Jean Picker Firstenberg will chair the Special Committee. Other trustees participating include Debra Farar (committee vice chair), Silas Abrego, Wenda Fong, Juan Garcia, Romey Sabalius and Peter Taylor. Chairman Day, Board Vice Chair Lillian Kimbell and Chancellor White will serve as ex-officio members of the committee. Additionally, Trustee Emerita Roberta Achtenberg will serve as senior advisor to the committee.

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About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

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11/6/2019 1:31 PMRuble, Alisia11/6/201911/6/2019 11:35 AMThe CSU’s university police K-9 officers are working hard to keep campuses and students safe.CommunityStory

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​As Matthew Bauer gets ready for work, his three dogs, a pug, a Chihuahua-dachshund mix and a Labrador retriever, lounge in their beds. But as Bauer pulls his police vest off the hanger, the Lab suddenly begins to thump his tail against the bed in anticipation.

“Glock, let's go," Bauer quietly commands. The black Lab immediately jumps to all fours, eager eyes on his owner, mouth open and panting and tail furiously wagging.

Bauer is an officer for the Cal State Fullerton University Police and Glock is his K-9 partner. Today, the pair will conduct safety patrols of the campus and perhaps get a few moments to meet and greet students and staff during breaks. And, of course, play with the 3-year-old dog's favorite toy, a squeaky​ tennis ball.

Did we mention favorite? Actually, Glock lives for his toys. He's what dog trainers might describe as a toy-driven dog, which is a temperament that detection dogs must have in order to be successfully trained. That training begins at four to six weeks old and never stops. As puppies, they are introduced to basic scent training—sniffing out hidden toys scented or paired with a specific odor. As they progress, dogs can be trained to detect dozens of different scents, from fireworks to dynamite to explosive components.

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Cal State Fullerton University Police Officer Matthew Bauer and K-9 Glock have been a team since October 2017. Follow Glock on Instagram to see him in action: @k9.glock​​.


 




​​Glock and other K-9 detection dogs across the CSU university police departments undergo continuous detection training and often obtain certifications through the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

There are more than half a dozen K-9 and handler university police teams working at campuses across the CSU and while they often act as university police ambassadors, their main task is to use their powerful noses to sweep campuses for any illegal devices or explosives.

When Glock sniffs the scent of an explosive residue, such as black powder, he will immediately indicate to his handler that he's found the scent.​ His reward is a chance to play with his toy.

Training isn't just for the canine officers, either. Handlers go through rigorous training to teach them how to handle the dogs, administer constant reinforcement and learn to pick up on the dogs' behaviors and cues. Canine and handler become so close, the handler can pick up on a slight difference in the dog's behavior that might not be obvious to the untrained eye.

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CSU San Marcos University Police Officer David Angulo says his K-9 partner, Armor, loves string cheese as a treat, but also loves to eat leaves, which is a no-no. Follow his adventures on Instagram: @k9_Armor​. Photo courtesy of Lee Choo/CSUN


 


About 75 miles south at CSU San Marcos, K-9 Officer Armor is busy performing a training exercise to sniff with his handler/partner, University Policy Officer David Angulo. Armor, an 8-year-old German shepherd, is trained to detect 20 different scents. He and Angulo have been partners for over four years. “Throughout our years together, we've had the ability to meet many political dignitaries, actors and, at times, professional athletes. He has the ability to make anyone smile when they see him walking past."

Life for a K-9 officer on a college campus is different than that of a patrol K-9 officer with a city or state agency. When they're not in training or conducting sweeps for danger, CSU K-9 handlers make a point to engage with the campus community and invite students and employees to regularly interact with the dogs.

“Becoming a K-9 handler gave me the opportunity to engage with our communities and use our K-9 partners as ambassadors," Angulo says.

When K-9 officers are off-duty, they're just like any other dog—to a certain extent. "When the vest comes off, Glock knows it's play time," says Bauer. But come Monday morning, “he just can't wait to get in that patrol car. He's the only officer I know who's more excited for Monday than Saturday." 

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11/21/2019 8:40 AMParch, Lorie11/4/201911/4/2019 12:55 PMBillions of pounds of waste end up in the planet’s oceans every year, threatening both sea life and humans. See how the CSU is helping. ResearchStory

Poisoned by Plastic

CSU faculty and students play a key role in research
to determine the future of California’s Marine Protected Areas,
including a deeper understanding of climate change’s impact on our ocean.

Too many of the plastic cups, chip bags, cigarette butts and take-out containers you see littering California’s beaches don’t stay on the sand. An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic make their way into the world’s oceans annually, the equivalent of dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minuteand 80 percent of that comes directly from littering on land.

When it comes to marine debris, microplastics—tiny pieces of plastic that measure less than five millimeters—present special challenges. Due to their size, it’s difficult to filter them out of the water supply. They’re also consumed by marine life that mistake them for food and are then passed up the food chainto other creatures and to us.

“We used to think we could have garbage go into the ocean and the vast volume of water would dilute it and it’d go away,” says Sean Anderson, Ph.D., professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management at CSU Channel Islands

“There is no ‘away’ anymore. It’s going to come back and impact us.”

– Dan Reineman, assistant professor of environmental science and resource management at CSUCI

What Is Marine Debris?

In the simplest terms, marine debris is trash that ends up in the ocean. But the nature of that refuse has changed over time. It used to be that most of the items that found their way into our oceans were biodegradable, like wood, paper or cloth. Now they’re made of metals and plastics, materials that are not easily broken down.

The amount of garbage is also increasing at an alarming rate. “We’ve looked at more than 100 beaches across the California coast and every single one of them has microplastics,” says CSU Channel Islands professor Dr. Sean Anderson. “Then our CI faculty and student teams looked at sand crabs that live up and down the coast and found every single population has ingested microplastics.”

Researchers have found the presence of microplastics in the 50 marine mammals they tested, including dolphins, seals and whales. Anderson and his colleagues have even found microplastics in air and rain, from Alaska to Florida.

So where is it all coming from? The classic sources of pollution still apply: a plastic cup blows into the ocean, dries out in the sun and is then smashed into tiny pieces by waves. But newer and more insidious types of garbage are plastic microfibers—tiny plastic "hairs" shed from our clothing—and microspheres (also called microbeads), solid particles that add grit to toothpaste and cosmetics. 

As these flow down drains from sinks and washing machines and into our water treatment plants, they’re too small to be filtered out and end up in the sea (as well as in rivers and lakes). The U.S. releases eight billion plastic microbeads into aquatic ecosystems a day and an estimated 1.4 trillion microfibers are already on the floors of the world’s oceans.

Adding to the accumulation of plastic in the ocean: lost fishing gear, which accounts for 700,000 tons a year. Even this may be related to climate change, Anderson says. “When fishermen deploy nets or lobster pots the way their dads taught them, they may be leaving them in the water too long or in areas vulnerable to new storm patterns, leading to increased loss of that equipment. When we have less predictable ocean conditions, fishermen are more likely to lose their gear.”

 
 

“Microplastics can be found anywhere, especially on our beaches,” says Victoria Dickey, a graduate student studying geological oceanography at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. “Here are a piece of foam [left] and a piece of plastic thread [right] that hide between sand particles of the same size. Both of these microplastics were found on the beach in Moss Landing and are about 0.5 mm in diameter.” Photos courtesy of Victoria Dickey


What Does This Mean for California?

A 2013 Natural Resources Defense Council report found that California taxpayers were spending almost $500 million every year to clean up and keep trash out of local waterways. Polluted beaches also have a negative effect on the state’s $140 billion tourism economy.    

Aside from the financial impact, marine debris can be directly harmful to both people and animals. Once ingested by marine animals like sharks and whales, larger pieces of plastic can block their digestive tracts while microplastics can be absorbed into their circulatory systems.

Studies on the effects of microplastics on humans are ongoing, but the prevailing theory is similar to that of secondhand smoke: “Just because you consume a microplastic or breathe secondhand smoke, it doesn’t mean you’re going to die of cancer,” Anderson explains. “But when a group of people is exposed to secondhand smoke over long periods of time, they’re at a much higher risk of getting cancer.” 

Researchers in Canada estimate that every person now consumes an average of more than 74,000 particles of plastic each year. Inhalation from the surrounding air and consumption of whole seafood (like eating a raw oyster) are thought to be the primary ways microplastics get into our bodies.

Reports find that 700,000 tons of abandoned fishing gear are left in the ocean every year. Countless animals, like this sea lion, become trapped in the lost equipment.

How Is the CSU Helping?

Dr. Sean Anderson and his CSU Channel Islands colleagues started studying microplastics about six years ago as part of their examination of the health of California’s beaches. Thanks to funding from COAST [CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology], they'll now join other CSU researchers to standardize their collective methods used to analyze marine debris. “This way, we can all speak in an apples-to-apples comparison,” says Anderson. “So when we find X levels of microfibers in Santa Monica, we’ll be able to fairly compare that to what’s found in Malibu or L.A. Harbor.”

Additionally, Misty Paig-Tran, Ph.D., assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton, received funding from COAST to study how large filter feeders such as m​anta rays and whale sharks filter particles efficiently. “I use this knowledge to build bio-inspired filters for potential uses in industry—including to [sift out] microplastic particles without clogging the filters,” Dr. Paig-Tran explains.

COAST has also funded graduate and undergraduate studies on microplastics at Humboldt State, Cal State Long Beach, CSU Monterey Bay​ and San Diego State. Of note, Chelsea Rochman, Ph.D., one of the most recognized microplastic researchers today, earned her doctorate in a joint program with SDSU and University of California, Davis.

As part of a systemwide push to decrease the waste sent to landfills, the CSU enacted a policy​ that will eliminate the use and sale of all single-use plastics at its campuses by 2023. "This policy further positions the CSU as a national leader in sustainability," says the CSU's Executive Director of Strategic Sourcing and Chief Procurement Officer, Arunkumar Casuba. "Eliminating single-use plastics across our 23 campuses will rid our landfills and oceans of thousands of pounds of waste—saving marine life and further reducing our carbon footprint."

Dr. Paig-Tran, assistant professor at Cal State Fullerton, is studying how large filter feeders such as manta rays (shown feeding above) and whale sharks filter particles efficiently so similar models can be used to filter out microplastics at sewage treatment plants. Photo courtesy of Dr. Stephen Kajiura

A model of Dr. Paig-Tran's bioinspired manta ray filter demonstrates what she calls “ricochet separation,” a new mechanism of high-efficiency filtration that doesn’t clog. Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton graduate student Raj Divi

What You Can Do

Recent efforts to reduce the use of conspicuous plastic such as straws and grocery bags are a definite step in the right direction, but more action is needed. "You can start by supporting local ballot initiatives that push for green alternatives," says CSU Channel Islands' Sean Anderson. Bring a trash bag whenever you visit the beach and pick up litter or join a beach clean-up in your area. You can also use your buying power at stores that are trying to be part of the solution.

“California is the absolute leader on this and is making great strides,” Anderson says. “But if our elected representatives don’t hear from folks, don’t read stories about marine debris, they just think it’s a bunch of scientists complaining and don’t want to do anything. If, instead, we have a bunch of kids screaming about the fact that there are plastic straws in sea turtles’ noses, then we get movement on the issue. We need more movement.” ​

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11/15/2019 9:46 AMUhlenkamp, Michael10/31/201910/31/2019 10:10 AMThis will be the first of six planned forums as part of a listening tour to gather feedback from stakeholders and interested parties as the trustees search for the university's next chancellor.ChancellorPress Release

​​​​The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor will begin the search process for the next chancellor by hosting an open forum on Tuesday, November 12, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom at Sacramento State.

This will be the first of six planned forums as part of a listening tour to gather feedback from stakeholders and interested parties as the trustees search for the university's next chancellor. This information will help guide the recruitment activities over the next several months, with the goal to appoint a new chancellor in summer 2020. Chancellor Timothy P. White announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

The open forums will also be livestreamed on the Chancellor's recruitment website​. The website will provide information about the search, including a place for people to submit feedback regarding the next chancellor directly to the committees.

The schedule for the subsequent five forums is as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 13, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room at California State University, East Bay.
  • Wednesday, November 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dumke Auditorium at the California State University Office of the Chancellor (estimated start time pending the conclusion of the Board of Trustees meeting).
  • Friday, November 22, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Services Building - multipurpose room at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
  • Tuesday, December 3, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom at California State University San Marcos.
  • Thursday, December 5 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union at California State University, Fresno.

Board of Trustees Chairman Adam Day previously announced the appointment of trustees to a Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor to conduct the confidential national search. Jean Picker Firstenberg will chair the Special Committee. Other trustees participating include Debra Farar (committee vice chair), Silas Abrego, Wenda Fong, Juan Garcia, Romey Sabalius and Peter Taylor. Chairman Day, Board Vice Chair Lillian Kimbell and Chancellor White will serve as ex-officio members of the committee. Additionally, Trustee Emerita Roberta Achtenberg will serve as a senior advisor to the committee.

An Advisory Committee, consisting of leadership from the statewide academic senate, California State Student Association, alumni council, campus presidents and staff, will also be appointed to serve in concert with the Trustees' Committee. 

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About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

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11/1/2019 10:50 AMSalvador, Christianne10/30/201910/30/2019 2:30 PM​​​On October 22, 2019, Chancellor Timothy P. White announced his plan to retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. White has led the university as the CSU Chancellor since 2012, achieving unprecedented heights for student success.ChancellorStory

​​On October 22, 2019, Chancellor Timothy P. White announced his plan to retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. White has led the university as the CSU Chancellor since 2012, achieving unprecedented heights for student success.

The Chancellor's long, varied and remarkable career in higher education has always been marked by a singular focus on student success.

Read More About Chancellor White's History and Legacy


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10/30/2019 9:32 AMRawls, Aaron10/28/201910/28/2019 3:55 PMThe creepiest holiday of the year has crawled onto the calendar. So don your most devilish duds and check out these fun-filled events at our campuses.CommunityStory
A Spook-tacular Season around the CSU

A Spook-tacular Season Around the CSU​

The creepiest holiday of the year has crawled onto the calendar. So don your most devilish duds and check out these fun-filled events at our campuses.​


 

As the days get chillier and the nights grow longer, there’s a sudden stillness in the air. Halloween is upon us with its celebration of all things creepy. Our current traditions of trick-or-treating and dressing up originated from the Celtic harvest festival Samhain. It was thought that the barrier between the living and the dead was most thin at the end of summer, and people would wear costumes to blend in with roaming ghosts or leave treats to satisfy spirits. Whether you believe in folklore or just like an excuse to wear a funny or terrifying mask, CSU campuses offer a variety of events to get you in the mood for a truly spook-tacular season​.


Performers dress in traditional Dia de los Muertos attire  

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: CAL STATE LONG BEACH​​

This annual event at CSULB, hosted by Associated Students, Inc., features the work of students who decorate the venue in traditional Día décor, including ofrendas (altars honoring deceased friends and relatives), beautifully decorated skulls, flowers, candy and more. “We often provide free arts and crafts, tacos, beans and rice and bring out traditional Mexican dancers and mariachi singers to join in on the festivities,” says Parker Chalmers, ASI Beach Pride Events coordinator. “We try to make this event as educational and entertaining as possible. Our goal is to teach students about what Día de los Muertos is, especially those who might not be aware of the tradition, while at the same time making sure students who celebrate the holiday are able to enjoy themselves, embrace their culture and fondly celebrate those they’ve lost.”

Wednesday, October 30, noon to 2 p.m., University Student Union, southwest terrace, free​​ ​​


A San Diego State baseball player dresses as Batman.

FLYING BATS​: SAN DIEGO STATE​

Who’s on first? It may just be one of your favorite superheroes or cartoon characters. The SDSU baseball team is holding its annual Halloween game, during which Aztec players and coaches dress up in full costume for a friendly scrimmage. Last year, SDSU partnered with the Down Syndrome Association, Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (DADS) and Best Buddies for the event. Notable past costumes include a sumo wrestler, Buddy the Elf, Donald Duck and a Jamaican bobsled team.

Saturday, November 2, TIME TBD, Tony Gwynn Stadium, free

A San Diego State baseball player dresses as Batman.  

Music professor Victoria Neve stands at a piano.  

WAILING SOULS: SAN FRANCISCO STATE​​

For nearly 30 years, SFSU music professor Victoria Neve and lecturer and accompanist Inara Morgenstern have been performing the "Scary Concert" the week before Halloween. Both pianists, Neve and Morgenstern play a large repertoire of pieces related to All Hallows’ Eve—what Neve describes as “scary, often very exciting pieces.” The sinister show kicks off with Henry Cowell’s “The Banshee,” played entirely on piano strings to summon the sounds of wailing spirits. This time around, Morgenstern’s daughter, professional singer and actress Ariela Morgenstern Wilson, will join the duo as narrator for the setting of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." “We usually dress as witches,” Neve says. “One year we dressed as angels, and nobody bought it for a minute.”

Scary Concert​, Wednesday, October 30, 1 to 2 p.m., Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall, free


A police officer explains the inside of a cruiser to a young boy.

WEAR ORANGE, GO GREEN: SAN JOSÉ STATE

Now in its 11th year, Safe and Green Halloween teaches families that sustainability and safety can go hand-in-hand during the Halloween season. This annual education fair brings together 600 community members from the downtown San José area for family-friendly festivities and learning. CommUniverCity spearheads the event, and more than 300 SJSU students participate, helping K-6 students to craft sustainable Halloween costumes. Students in the College of Business and the Department of Public Health teach mini-lessons on sustainability, safety, healthy eating, conservation and recycling. Festival highlights include a recycled material costume contest and an anti-litter pledge shouted out by all attendees. This year, a series of mini-fairs will take place at local schools in the underserved communities of central San José.

Safe and Green Halloween, October 25, McKinley Elementary School, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Olinder Elementary School, 3:30 p.m. to 
5 p.m.; Horace Mann Elementary School, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Grant Elementary School, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Empire Gardens Elementary School, 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.; Anne Darling Elementary School, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., free

 


A police officer explains the inside of a cruiser to a young boy.

A crowd enjoys a performance at Laxson Auditorium. 

THE HAUNTING OF LAXSON AUDITORIUM: CHICO STATE​

If you attend a performance at Laxson Auditorium at Chico State​​, you might be in the presence of a theatergoer from another realm. Legend has it that there have been sightings of an elderly woman clad in a tattered robe sitting in the balcony. “For years, people have talked about being up in the balcony and feeling the spirit and seeing something,” says Dan Goodsell, retired production coordinator for Chico Performances. Daran Goodsell, retired marketing and publicity coordinator for Chico Performances, says she has seen the spirit on many occasions, but doesn’t believe her to be threatening. She adds that nobody was harmed in the construction of the theater, which was built in 1930 and is one of the oldest buildings on campus. “I often see the curtains up there—they’ll be moving,” she shares. “Whether it’s wind or she’s looking out of the curtains, there’s movement up there.”

Laxson Auditorium, 400 West First Street, Chico


A couple dresses in traditional Dia de los Muertos attire.  

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: CSUN​

The Día de los Muertos celebration at CSUN​ is often referred to as the “Chicana/o Homecoming,” because hundreds of Chicana/o-Latina/o alumni return to the campus. In past years, it’s estimated that between 750 and 1,000 people have participated over the event’s two nights. This year will mark the 38th year the celebration is held at CSUN. “A big misconception is that Día de los Muertos is a ‘Mexican Halloween,’” explains Gabriel Gutiérrez, Ph.D., chair and professor of the Department of Chicano/a Studies at CSUN. “It is significant to those who remember loved ones who have passed in ways that combine the tangible and intangible. This includes creating an altar with photos and a selection of items that foster memories, including pan de muerto, candies made of white sugar in the form of a calavera (skull), flowers and other items. This event is how we share and pass on this knowledge between and among CSUN students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members.”

Thursday, October 31, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, November 1, 6 p.m. to midnight, Chicana/o House, free​

A couple dresses in traditional Dia de los Muertos attire.  

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11/19/2019 12:53 PMMcCarthy, Michelle10/28/201910/28/2019 12:50 PMSea level rise will literally change the face of California, inundating our favorite beaches and devastating coastal communities. The CSU is working to mitigate the damages.ResearchStory
The Ocean is rising

Bye-Bye, Beaches

Californians love the ocean. In fact, 39 percent of us live near the Pacific Ocean, the vast, endlessly complex ecosystem that hugs our state's 840 miles of shoreline. The other 61 percent would probably live there too, if we could afford it.

Those beaches, as we know them today at least, almost certainly will not last. By the end of the 21st century, more than $150 billion in property along our coast could be under water. That's because the level of the sea is rising at an alarming rate, putting these areas at risk for devastating floods.

“The California coast contains some of the most valuable property on the planet," says Ross Clark, coastal ecologist and director of Central Coast Wetlands Group (CCWG) at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), which is administered by San José State University. “Much of that development is vulnerable to flooding and storm impacts because we didn't develop our lands with a consideration for the fact that ocean levels and the edge of the coast will change over time."

That change is happening now.

Beachgoers sit under umbrellas by the water.

By 2060, the ocean may be as much as two-and-a-half feet higher than it is now. Says Moss Landing Marine Labs ecologist Ross Clark, “That's when we start to see many more homes and other coastal infrastructure being flooded monthly during high-tide events.”

So What Is Sea Level Rise, Exactly?

You probably already know that climate change makes both land and water warmer. As seawater heats, it expands, which causes oceans to swell. In addition, rising global temperatures are causing ice to melt in Greenland and Antarctica. “It's flowing down into the ocean and there's so much water that it's having an effect on our current ocean levels," Clark explains.

Waves crash on rocks by a road and homes.

“If the Greenland Ice Sheet completely melted, scientists estimate sea level would rise about 20 feet,” says Moss Landing Marine Labs ecologist Ross Clark. “If the Antarctica Ice Sheet completely melted, sea level would rise by about 200 feet. It's a problem right now and is going to become more of a problem in the next 20 to 30 years.”

What Does This Mean for California?

Sea level rise brings powerful waves ashore. That means extensive damage to natural habitats (beaches, wetlands, sand dunes), homes, schools, infrastructure (airports, roads, bridges, train tracks, water treatment plants, electric generation plants) and agriculture (crop land).

By 2100, as much as two-thirds of Southern California's beaches may experience complete erosion up to their sea cliffs. Coupled with the increase of unpredictable storms brought on by climate change, the result will be catastrophic. Most at risk are cities in lower-lying areas, such as San Francisco and Long Beach, the site of the country's second-busiest port, which moves more than $194 billion worth of goods annually. If the port were shut down due to flooding, the economic repercussions would reverberate throughout the U.S.

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Some coastal communities are already "armoring" their shoreline, meaning they're adding physical barriers from sandbags to seawalls to off-shore breakwaters to stave off erosion. But these efforts might be shortsighted.

“We're putting rock and concrete on top of our beaches and our dunes to protect what's inland of them," says Clark, but “armoring is constructed to the detriment of our natural environment." The artificial barriers can cause erosion down the coast, limit beach access, change the coastline's natural beauty and affect birds and other species that rely on the beach for food and nesting.

Also in danger is the state's fishing industry. “Sea level rise is going to impact our estuaries, creeks and rivers, which are breeding grounds for many of our commercial fish species," Clark adds. “We may lose some of those nurseries. And much of the fishing industry is located in our coastal harbors, which are vulnerable in many ways."

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“Surfing is the soul of coastal culture in California, where more than one million surfers drive a surfing industry worth billions and pump millions into local economies. Sea level rise is increasing the ocean's depth at surf breaks along our whole coast with the potential to not only drown beaches and infrastructure but waves as well. The best surfing conditions at one-third of the more than 100 California's surf breaks we surveyed could drown with only one-and-a-half feet of sea level rise; three feet threatens more than 80 percent of these California breaks.”

– Dan Reineman, Ph.D, assistant professor of environmental science and resource management at CSU Channel Islands

How Is the CSU Helping?

A lot of the current work by CSU faculty researchers and their students is focused on assessing the impact of sea level rise so we can predict, and protect, the most vulnerable places along California's coast.

For example, Clark works with a team of four MLML biologists and students to restore and enhance living shorelines such as sand dunes and wetlands. These will help protect property and beaches against sea level rise and provide habitats for natural species.

“Dunes can help buffer wave impacts to low-lying areas," he explains. “Our restoration activities are focused on making sure the dunes are able to withstand predicted waves and be high enough to resist that wave overtopping." The CSU is also working to remove invasive species such as ice plant, which restricts sand movement, so sand can adjust to changing ocean levels.

Wetlands can mitigate flooding by reducing the strength of waves and restricting how far a wave can move inland by acting as a storage space for seawater. “We're working with farmers to transition some low-lying areas that are no longer viable for farming due to sea level rise back into wetlands," Clark says. “Our students do a lot of the actual field restoration, species eradication, watering and collecting of data to document the success [of this work]."

Restoration of oyster reefs and seagrasses may also be a key to assisting with sea level rise. An experimental project in San Francisco Bay in collaboration with San Francisco State University's Estuary & Ocean Science Center showed that oyster reefs can reduce wave energy by 30 percent. The local seagrass, known as eelgrass, is being used in combination with oyster reefs to provide habitat and other ecosystem services. 

“Eelgrass beds slow the flow of water, allowing fine particles to drop out, which aids in clearing the water as well as accumulating sediment," says Katharyn Boyer, Ph.D., professor of biology at San Francisco State. “The latter can help an eelgrass bed keep pace with sea level rise. We are evaluating whether planting eelgrass on the shoreward side of oyster reefs can protect the eelgrass and thus how the two habitats together can reduce erosion and protect shores while also maximizing wildlife habitat."

Dr. Boyer was awarded funding to develop and test new designs for oyster reefs in an effort to simplify their construction, which is very difficult in shallow marine environments. That project includes the design of panels that can be added to seawalls to increase their habitat value. She and graduate student Kelly Santos are also testing methods to raise the height of wetland plant canopies to provide refuge for endangered birds and mammals during flooding. Such innovations in what are called “living shorelines" offer greener alternatives as the water rises along our coasts.

Multiple CSU campuses are researching sea level rise with funding from the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) and working to mitigate its effects, including Cal State Long Beach, CSU Channel Islands and Humboldt State.

What You Can Do

In addition to the usual lineup of Earth-friendly activities (driving less, using less electricity, reducing meat consumption, supporting the transition to renewable energy), we as Californians may need to see our oceans in a very different light. That's likely to mean moving away from our beloved beaches. “To be resilient, we're going to have to change how we do things," Clark says plainly. “Some places where we put buildings and where we live and work may no longer be viable."

That means, of course, making tough decisions: What should we protect? Do we move coastal cities inland? If so, which ones? While armoring the coast is a good thing in that it protects buildings and people, it changes the way the coast looks and can lead to thinner beaches. “If we continue to armor our coastline and protect what is in place now," he adds, “what it will look like by mid-century is not what we want."

To see how sea level rise will affect you, find your area on this interactive map​ from ClimateCentral.org and adjust the year, temperature and degree of pollution to see how our choices will play out on the land and sea.

STORY: MICHELLE MCCARTHY

PHOTOGRAPHY: Patrick Record

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11/5/2019 10:11 AMRawls, Aaron10/23/201910/23/2019 10:00 AMThe CSU Board of Trustees will begin the search for the university’s next chancellor to succeed Timothy P. White, who announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.ChancellorPress Release

​​The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees will begin the search for the university's next chancellor to succeed Timothy P. White, who announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

Adam Day, chairman of the Board of Trustees has appointed trustees to a Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor to conduct the confidential national search. Jean Picker Firstenberg will chair the Special Committee. Other trustees participating include Debra Farar (committee vice chair), Silas Abrego, Wenda Fong, Juan Garcia, Romey Sabalius and Peter Taylor. Chairman Day, Board Vice Chair Lillian Kimbell and Chancellor White will serve as ex-officio members of the committee. Additionally, Trustee Emerita Roberta Achtenberg will serve as a senior advisor to the committee.

A Stakeholder Advisory Committee, including membership from the statewide academic senate, California State Student Association, alumni council, campus presidents and staff, will also be appointed to serve in concert with the trustees' Special Committee. 

The Special Committee and the Advisory Committee will initially work together and begin the process by conducting a listening tour in November and December, including campus forums across the state. The listening tour will inform the qualities and experiences that CSU's stakeholders seek in the next chancellor, along with their hopes and aspirations for CSU in the years ahead. This information will be used to help guide the recruitment activities over the next several months, with a goal to appoint a new chancellor in summer 2020.

Campuses and dates for forums will be announced in the near future.

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About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

California State University Trustees to Begin Search for Next Chancellor
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11/5/2019 10:26 AMSalvador, Christianne10/22/201910/22/2019 10:05 AMUnder White’s tenure the CSU expanded student access and success with enrollment and graduation rates reaching all-time highs. ChancellorPress Release

​​​​​​California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White today announced his plan to retire in 2020. White has served as CSU Chancellor since 2012 and led the university's restoration and resurgence from Great Recession-era cuts to achieve unprecedented heights for student enrollment and graduation. 

The CSU Board of Trustees will begin a search for White's replacement immediately, with the goal of appointing the next chancellor by the end of the current academic year.   

“The CSU is deeply woven into the fabric of California, having created opportunities for so many people who now play critical roles in our economic, social and political life," said White. “It has been my great honor to work with our state's elected leaders, our Board of Trustees and our campus, faculty, staff and student leaders to reinvest in our university to expand access and improve academic outcomes for the future." 

When White was appointed, state support in the CSU had declined by nearly $1 billion. Since that time, the university's general fund allocation has increased from $2.3 billion to $3.6 billion, and White has been instrumental in sharing the CSU story throughout the halls of the state capitol to reinforce the transformative and life-changing opportunities afforded through public higher education. Student enrollment has increased from 436,000 to more than 480,000 students. The CSU now confers more than 125,000 degrees each year, and graduation rates for both first-time and transfer students are at all-time highs.

“Chancellor White has helped guide the CSU through a period of restoration and ensured that the state's renewed investment in the university is repaid by creating opportunity for more students and preparing more graduates for California's workforce to help power our economy," said Adam Day, chairman of the CSU Board of Trustees. “The board is grateful for his service and looks forward to working closely with Chancellor White in this final year to continue our current achievements and build for the future."   

A university-wide focus on improving student achievement has been a hallmark of White's tenure. In 2016, the CSU launched an ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. To accomplish this, the university has addressed several areas including academic preparation, enrollment management, student engagement and well-being and financial aid and is increasing the use of data to inform decision-making while steadfastly removing administrative barriers. Just three years into Graduation Initiative 2025, systemwide graduation and retention rates have reached all-time highs and project continued growth.

White has also championed diversity in all areas of the university. In an effort to better serve the most diverse group of students in the nation, White has led a remarkable change in university leadership. He has led searches for 21 campus presidents, with women earning 12 of those appointments. Of the CSU's current campus presidents, more than half are women compared to just one-third of college and university presidents across the country. The group of campus presidents is also ethnically diverse, with African American, Asian and Latinx campus leaders. Through White's commitment to Inclusive Excellence, all 23 campuses are working vigorously to create a welcoming environment where all members of the CSU's diverse campus communities can succeed in their pursuit of higher education.

In 2015, White commissioned a study of student food and housing insecurity, the first such study undertaken at any university. The quantification of the depth and breadth of these issues that impede student progress has now led to campus programs and state funding to help alleviate these concerns.

Mindful of the university's role in stewarding the state's limited financial resources, White has also led the university's efforts to maintain the planet's finite natural resources by spearheading a 23-campus commitment to sustainability. Under a university-wide sustainability policy, the CSU has integrated sustainability in all facets of the university including academics, facilities construction and operation and student life. Despite ambitious goals, by 2017 the CSU had already exceeded 2020 targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

A native of Argentina who immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of eight, White has been a leading proponent for the federal government to take action to find a permanent solution for DACA students and employees.

The embodiment of the California Master Plan for Higher Education, White attended Diablo Valley Community College, earned a bachelor's degree from Fresno State, a master's degree from Cal State East Bay (then Cal State Hayward) and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He has strived to unite all three of California's higher education systems by expanding collaborative efforts with the University of California and the California Community Colleges and fostering stronger partnerships with those segment's respective leaders.

CSU Board Chairman Day also announced today that a special committee of trustees will be appointed to lead the process to identify the next CSU chancellor. The Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the Chancellor will begin by conducting a listening tour in November and December, including forums across the state. An Advisory Committee, including leadership from the statewide academic senate, California State Student Association, alumni council, campus presidents and staff, will also be appointed to serve in concert with the Trustees' Committee. The listening tour will inform the qualities and experiences that the CSU's stakeholders seek in the next chancellor, which the committees will use to develop a profile to help guide its recruitment.

White will continue in his role as chancellor through June 30, 2020, or soon thereafter, depending on the timing of the search process and availability of the successful candidate to begin.

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About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White to Retire in 2020
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11/5/2019 10:04 AMSalvador, Christianne10/17/201910/17/2019 4:50 PMRecord number of students earn high-quality bachelor’s degrees under Graduation Initiative 2025Graduation InitiativePress Release

​​​​Preliminary, university-wide data shared by California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White indicated that four- and six-year graduation rates for first-time students and two- and four-year rates for community college transfer students continue to increase and have reached all-time highs. Chancellor White shared the information during the university's Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium in Sacramento on October 17.

“The fruits born from Graduation Initiative 2025 – namely, thousands more Californians earning high-quality degrees – are a shining example of what can be achieved when dedicated faculty, staff and administrators are committed to innovation in support of student success," said White. “However, while CSU students have greater opportunities than ever before, we can – and must – do even more."

Graduation Initiative 2025 is the CSU's university-wide plan to increase graduation rates, eliminate equity gaps in degree completion and meet California's workforce needs. The preliminary data shows:

  • The four-year graduation rate for first-time students has increased to 27.5 percent in 2019, up from 19.3 percent at the beginning of the initiative in 2015.
  • The six-year graduation rate for first-time students has increased to 62.1 percent, up from 57.3 percent in 2015.
  • The two-year graduation rate for transfer students has increased to 40.4 percent, up from 30.6 percent in 2015.  
  • The four-year graduation rate for transfer students has increased to 77.5 percent, up from 73.0 percent in 2015.

While the CSU does not expect linear gains year-to-year, the two-year transfer rate is two years ahead of the estimated trajectory for meeting the Graduation Initiative's goal of 45 percent.

CSU campuses also continue university-wide efforts to make further progress toward eliminating equity gaps, another key priority under the initiative.

The CSU has identified six areas of operational focus to achieve success measures, and each campus uses varied intentional strategies to improve student achievement. Across the CSU's 23 campuses, the university conferred a record number of bachelor's degrees in 2019 with 107,319, the second consecutive year the university has awarded more than 100,000 baccalaureate degrees.

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About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.​

Graduation Rates for First-Time and Transfer Students Reach All-Time Highs
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10/11/2019 2:59 PMBarrie, Matthew10/11/201910/11/2019 8:50 AMThree CSU campuses were awarded nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership program to recruit and prepare STEM and computer science teachers to serve students in low-income and high-need schools.Teacher PreparationStory

​​Three California State University (CSU) campuses were awarded nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program to recruit and prepare science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science teachers to serve students in low-income and high-need schools throughout the state. California State University campuses in Chico ($1,027,195), Dominguez Hills ($1,028,844) and Monterey Bay ($811,719) have received a total of $2,867,758 in funding for the program.

“Collaboration is a key component among educators," said Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, assistant vice chancellor for Educator Preparation at the CSU Chancellor's Office. “By expanding the ongoing collaborative partnerships between the CSU and high-need school districts and through development of engaging STEM and computer science programs, more students will succeed in the classroom."

The TQP program is authorized under Title II of the Higher Education Act with the purpose of improving student achievement by elevating the quality of the teacher workforce. This includes enhancing the preparation of prospective teachers and professional development of new teachers, and recruiting highly qualified individuals into the teacher workforce.

The CSU's Teacher and Educator Preparation programs prepare more of California's pre-school through grade 12 teachers than all other institutions combined. Nearly eight percent of the nation's teachers graduate from the CSU. 


CSU Campuses Receive Federal Grants to Increase STEM and Computer Science Teachers
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10/11/2019 10:42 AMKelly, Hazel10/9/201910/9/2019 8:05 AMHaving the right mindset in learning can lead to greater opportunity and success. This is especially important at the CSU, where nearly one-third of students are the first in their families to attend college.Student SuccessStory

​​​​​​​​​​Sometimes an obstacle to a student's success can start within their own mind—how they perceive their skills in a challenging subject, such as mathematics. Educators have discovered that fostering a growth mindset—or an attitude of facing challenges, knowing that abilities can be grown and improved—is a strategy that can help students overcome these obstacles.

“Research has shown that self-perception is a key factor in academic achievement and persistence," says Emily Magruder, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning at the CSU Chancellor's Office. “These principles also apply to the instructors: growth mindset is about inclusion—about the belief that all students can grow, improve and succeed." 

Learn how innovative faculty across the CSU are incorporating the concept of growth mindset into their instruction and improving student success.

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Positive Math Mindsets

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“There will always be difficult coursework, but if I go in with the mentality that I can do this if I put in a little extra work, and get help from my peers and professors, I can succeed." 
—Jose Herrera-Martinez, first-generation Sonoma State junior majoring in criminology & justice, and a Learning Community Mentor (LCM) for the GE stretch geometry course he took as a freshman


​At Sonoma State University, faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are helping students de​velop a mathematical growth mindset in year-long entry-level math courses. “Many students arrive in college with a fixed idea of what math is and believe they are not good at math," says mathematics professor Brigitte Lahme, Ph.D. “We wanted to change those beliefs. We strongly believe that all students can succeed in math and our new courses incorporate active learning pedagogy and understanding through hands-on experience to help students develop a mathematical growth mindset and strong collaboration skills."   

Introduced in fall 2017, Sonoma State mathematics faculty embedded growth learning principles into four general education math courses stretched over two semesters (aka “stretch" course), with promising student outcomes. “Our pass rates are significantly higher doing these stretch courses than they were with the prior remedial courses," says Nick Dowdall, instructor and stretch program coordinator at Sonoma State.​

This strategy is especially critical because the CSU eliminated all developmental coursework systemwide beginning in fall 2018, allowing students to earn college credit for these entry-level classes, leading them one step closer to a college degree.​

Dowdall explains that it's not enough to simply establish the idea of growth mindset and then just go on with the semester. “It has to be part of the everyday experience in the classroom. The pedagogy has to be completely wrapped around the idea of instilling a growth mindset."​

I​nstead of lecture-format classes, instructors pose problems and the students collaborate in groups to develop solutions together. The act of working together and presenting to their peers helps students feel that they're growing and doing things they never thought they could do, Dowdall says. 

Dowdall explains that growth mindset “interventions" are another key element in their stretch courses. The interventions are activities that reinforce the principles. For example, students may watch a short video on growth mindset with their group, then create a poster illustrating their takeaways from the video. Student groups then present their findings to the class and display the posters throughout the semester. 


Ambassadors for Growth​​

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​“Operating with a growth mindset has taught me to change my thoughts about failure and welcome this long process of growth. Learning to adapt and turn around your self-doubt is constant work, but it greatly benefits students." —Morgan Griffin, CSU Bakersfield​ senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in psychology


Allison Evans, Ph.D., lecturer at CSU Bakersfield, is helping to create “heroes" for growth mindset on her campus. Dr. Evans created the Heroic Ambassadors Program in 2018 to bring effective social psychological strategies that help students cope with social and academic pressures.

“There are many barriers that students face in higher education. We want to be able to support the students to reach their full potential by building their resiliency and grit skills to meet these challenges," Evans says. 

The train-the-trainer style program focuses on three key lesson plans—​including one centered on growth mindset—from Phil Zimbardo's Heroic Imagination Project. The CSUB Heroic Ambassador trainees include faculty, staff and students from a variety of disciplines and offices, with a focus on those working with at-risk groups such as migrant students, Project Rebound, first-generation students and veteran students. After the ambassadors are trained, they each hold their own workshops for students in their affiliated groups on campus.​

“The professional development program encourages faculty, staff and students to be mindful in both the interaction and treatment of our students. A growth mindset is essential to support our students' academic success," says Evans, who was awarded a Faculty Innovation & Leadership Award from the CSU Chancellor's Office in August 2019 for her work on the program and other leadership activities.

In the spring of 2019, a team of Evans' psychology students and faculty parlayed their experiences from the Heroic Ambassador Program into a symposium presentation at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) Convention. CSUB student Morgan Griffin—and a teaching assistant for one of Evans' courses—co-presented a talk titled, “Imposter Syndrome and Mindsets: Turning Around Self-Doubt."

“Just by adding the word 'yet' to the end of a negative thought about yourself or your abilities will force you to shed a positive light on a tough situation or obstacle," says Griffin, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in psychology. 

A Feeling of Belonging​

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“…It wasn't that I couldn't take on the workload of a science major as a freshman, but rather that I let myself believe that I couldn't do it…Majoring in science is no joke; it takes hard work and dedication, but success is possible if you believe in yourself." —Julia, sophomore biology major, CSULB | Watch Julia's video testimonial 

​​Kris Slowinski, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) at Cal State Long Beach, points to two key goals for growth mindset interventions with students: “Students should begin thinking about intelligence as changeable and malleable, rather than stable and fixed. And we want students to feel that they belong socially on campus. In this context, the growth mindset message is that 'if you feel like you don't belong, you are not alone' and 'if you feel this way, your experience will improve over time.'"

Dr. Slowinski explains that science and math classes are purposefully challenging for students. “They are likely to struggle with the material but this struggle is a normal and desired component of the learning process."

This Is My Story, part of the CNSM Resilience Project, features testimonial videos from science and math undergraduates detailing their challenges, successes and what they learned along the way. “The goal of this project is to show our current CNSM students that they are not alone in their struggles. It serves to remind our students that there are multiple paths toward recovery and resilience and their own path may one day serve as motivation for future students," says Valerie Bagley, CNSM coordinator of student support who leads the Resilience Project.

In addition to resources for CNSM students, the college also provides support for faculty to incorporate growth mindset in their teaching. In fall 2018, Slowinski organized a symposium on inclusive pedagogy and growth mindset which brought together faculty and staff from across the CSULB campus—about half of which were from non-STEM disciplines. Slowinski has also compiled a collection of resources on his blog Growth Mindset for STEM Success, including CSULB faculty examples of how a learning mindset can be embedded in course syllabi. 

Growth mindset is just one tool that faculty across the CSU are using to support student achievement as part of Graduation Initiative 2025​, the university-wide effort to improve graduation and retention rates for all students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. 


​​​3 Tips for Introducing a Growth Mindset

While embedding growth mindset into the curriculum should be a holistic approach, Kris Slowinski, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) at Cal State Long Beach, says there a few simple things anyone can do to begin introducing these principles into the student experience:

​​1. Understand that it's OK to fail. Tutoring sessions, supplemental instruction (SI) sessions and office hours are the perfect places for students to take risks and try a solution, even if it isn't correct. Through the struggle, the students learn exactly what they are doing wrong and this leads to improved understanding.

2. “Yet" is a powerful word. “For years, students have joked around by adding “yet" to the end of any sentence but they readily admit that it changes their outlook on what is possible," Dr. Slowinski says. “While studying particularly challenging material, they regularly say out loud: 'You don't know [the subject] YET, but you'll get there.' As cheesy as it sounds, it re-energizes the students and tends to end their frustration in a tough subject."

3. Show students they are not alone. Whether this is from course slides featuring professionals who look like them, or instructors sharing stories of their own personal struggles, there is no better way to show students they aren't alone than by sharing stories of those who have come before, Slowinski explains.


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Limitless Potential: The Power of a Growth Mindset in College
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10/7/2019 2:25 PMRawls, Aaron10/7/201910/7/2019 9:00 AMApplication season is here again! Here are a few updates to the process as well as helpful reminders to ensure your application isn’t delayed.ApplyStory

​​​​​​​​​​If you're getting ready to apply to the California State University, you're not alone: Over a 12-month period, about one million people will apply to the CSU via Cal State Apply, the portal all students must use to submit an application for admission to any CSU campus

The priority application period for the Fall 2020 semester opened on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and closes on Saturday, November 30.

As always, the enrollment team at the CSU Chancellor's Office, led by Director of Enrollment Management Services April Grommo, Ed.D., strives to make the process of applying as easy as possible for students, parents and counselors. With that in mind, here are some changes and improvements you'll see if you're applying to attend the CSU starting in Fall 2020:


For All Students:

The application fee to apply to each CSU campus is now $70. So if, for example, you decide to apply to four campuses, the total fee would be $280. First-time freshman and transfer applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver of up to four campuses per term.

Once you've completed your application, the Cal State Apply portal will tell you if you are or are not eligible for a fee waiver; just click “Check my fee waiver status." If you aren't eligible, you will be shown a checklist so you determine if you answered all relevant questions correctly.

The process for entering your college transcript is simpler. “We've done away with the step of reviewing and finalizing your transcript," explains Dr. Grommo.

Social Security number validation has been updated to allow an option for people who don't have a Social Security number.

It's easier to search and find your high school in the “High Schools Attended" section of the application. If you can't find your school even after entering additional information, you can manually enter the information.

There have been changes in impaction on both campuses and degree programs for the 2020-21 academic year. Impaction means that there are more qualified applicants for a program or campus than can be accommodated. For the most current information, visit the Impaction center on Calstate.edu.

New immunizations and screenings are required. Effective with Fall 2020, all students will be required to be current on specific immunization and screening requirements.

 

If You Will Be a First-Time Freshman:

  • If you took the ACT, your results may be sent to just one CSU campus and Cal State Apply will share your results with any other campuses you've applied to within the California State University. Please be sure to report your ACT ID.
  • If you took the SAT, you can send your results to all CSU campuses to which you applied using the CSU-wide code 3594, or you can send your results to just one campus and Cal State Apply will share it with any others to which you've applied. You are highly encouraged to report your College Board ID.
  • If you've taken college classes while in high school on your own or through a formal dual enrollment program, be sure to specify on the application that you are a graduating high school senior with college credit. Any college courses you've taken that will appear on your college transcript should be reported on the College Transcript Entry screen. You can then add the appropriate “a-g" category for each college course manually. The Cal State Apply application automatically grants a full year of high school credit for each college course.

Ready to apply? Check the Freshman Application Checklist (PDF).


If You Are Transferring to a CSU Campus:

You can now enter a second ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer) on the application. Enter the college and the ADT you received.

Ready to apply? Check the Transfer Student Application Checklist (PDF).


Reminders & Clarifications:

Don't miss the deadline to apply for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Some but not all campuses have a deadline of November 30, 2019 for EOP applicants. Even if you've submitted your application to the CSU, you can still go back into Cal State Apply to indicate that you're interested in applying for EOP if you haven't missed the campus's deadline

To check the deadline for the campus(es) you're interested in, go to EOP Admission by Term (also available as a PDF). Also, one of your recommendations must be from someone who knows your academic history, such as a teacher or counselor.

If you're a DACA, undocumented or AB540 student and you're wondering about the citizenship question on the application, you should enter “None." Under “Residency," please select “California" as your state of residency if you consider California your home.

Students have all of October and November to apply, but it's still best to get your application in early if you can. "You may need to work with your counselor or your parent or guardian to gather together the information needed to complete your application," explains Grommo.

Applying early is especially important if you want to attend a CSU campus or degree program that is impacted.

If you have questions about applying to the CSU or need help with the application itself, reach out to the Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center, which offers assistance by phone (857-304-2087), e-mail and chat. The times below are for phone and chat support; e-mail support is available 24 hours a day (all times below are PST):


October 1 to November 15, 2019

Days

Contact
Method

Start

End

M-F

Chat

6 AM

6:30 PM

M-F

Phone

6 AM

6:30 PM

Weekends

Chat

10 AM

6 PM

Weekends

Phone

10 AM

6 PM


November 16 to 22, 2019

Days

Contact
Method

Start

End

M-F

Chat

6 AM

11 PM

M-F

Phone

6 AM

9 PM

Weekends

Chat

8 AM

11 PM

Weekends

Phone

8 AM

9 PM


No​vember 23 to 29, 2019 (not including Thanksgiving)

Days

Contact
Method

Start

End

M, T, W, F

Chat

6 AM

11 PM

M, T, W, F

Phone

6 AM

11 PM

Weekends

Chat

8 AM

11 PM

Weekends

Phone

8 AM

11 PM


Thursday, November 28, 2019 (Thanksgiving)

Days

Contact
Method

Start

End

Thursday

Chat

9 AM

7 PM

Thursday

Phone

9 AM

5 PM


Saturday, November 30, 2019 - Priority Application Deadline Day

Days

Contact
Method

Start

End

Saturday

Chat

6 AM

2 AM

Saturday

Phone

6 AM

2 AM


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