Following through on the California State University's
commitment to accept students who were displaced by Hurricane
Katrina, CSU campuses have currently admitted a total of 388
students and enrolled 177 - a number that is projected to grow
in the coming days.
Campuses are also standing by to host evacuees. At San
Jose State, 30 people are living at the Spartan Village
Complex. San Diego State is prepared to shelter 600
individuals. Additionally, Cal Maritime's Golden Bear training
ship is on standby for deployment if needed.
For more information on campus efforts to offer
hurricane aid, see the CSU's hurricane relief
Board to Focus on Graduation
At the CSU's Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 20 and
21 in Long Beach, the board will hear an update on the CSU's
graduation initiative. The initiative calls for the CSU to
(1) increase high school students' academic preparation
for college through the Early Assessment Program; (2) improve
the community college transfer process through the Lower
Division Transfer Patterns project; and (3) identify a clear
path to the degree for matriculated students through campus
actions to facilitate graduation.
Test results for the 2005 Early Assessment Program are
expected soon. Students, parents, and teachers will use the
results to make course selections for students in the 12th
grade that will prepare them better to take college-level
English and mathematics. More information on the EAP program
and test results of the previous year are available here.
The Lower Division Transfer Patterns project provides
efficient class patterns for community college students who
wish to transfer to the CSU. The project will speed the
graduation of community college students, helping them avoid
taking excess units that are unnecessary for transfer. The CSU
faculty has created systemwide patterns of classes for 30
majors and is working to develop patterns for an additional 17
majors. Project information is available here.
Campus actions to facilitate graduation include helping
students choose an efficient pathway to the degree.
Other items before the board include:
- Recognition of the 12 student winners of the 2005/06
William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding
- A report on revenue and expenditure assumptions for
fiscal year 2006/07 as well as an overview of 2005/06
- A new policy to take efficiency and sustainability to
a higher level.
The full board agenda is available here.