News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 4, No. 37, October 18, 2005

Fall 2006 Open Enrollment Underway

The fall 2006 initial application filing period for California State University campuses opened on October 1 and will run through November 30. The CSU received 36,600 online applications during the first two weeks of the filing period. Based on last year's usage, well over 90 percent of the expected nearly 500,000 applications are anticipated to be received electronically via CSUMentor, the CSU's online resource designed to help students and their families learn about the CSU system and apply for admission.

After November 30, campuses will continue to accept applications until they reach their capacity to serve all qualified applicants. Campuses and majors that receive more applications from qualified students than can be accommodated are known as "impacted." Those impacted campuses and majors will stop accepting applications after November 30. The CSU's list of impacted campuses and majors for 2006/07 is available online here.

Complete application information is available at CSUMentor. To view the latest information on which campuses are accepting applications and which majors or programs are open, click on "Apply Online" and then "Application Filing Status Report."

Employees Urged to Stay Security-Conscious

Over the summer months, CSU campuses experienced a number of breaches of confidential data due to a variety of causes. In keeping with October's National Security Awareness Month, the CSU is redoubling its efforts to emphasize the importance of information security.

Protecting the confidential and private information of students and employees is a critical responsibility shared by every CSU faculty and staff member. CSU employees are urged to look at the files on their computers to ensure that they do not hold non-essential confidential or private information. Employees who do need such data should work with their IT departments to make certain the data is securely protected, i. e., encrypted.

Paper files can pose a security risk as well, so employees are urged to ensure that paperwork containing confidential, private or sensitive data is kept secured and/or is shredded when discarded.

Simple steps such as using difficult-to-guess passwords (or passphrases), changing passwords regularly and keeping passwords private can go a long way towards helping confidential and private information remain secure. For more information on electronic security, please see www.staysafeonline.info.

BOT To Vote on 2006/07 Budget

At its October 27 meeting in Long Beach, the CSU's Board of Trustees will vote on a proposed 2006/07 budget that will include an increase in state university fees.

Based on revenue and expenditure assumptions in line with the second year of the higher education compact with the governor, the CSU projects a 3 percent increase in the state's General Fund appropriation and a supported enrollment increase of 2.5 percent (an additional 10,000 students for the 2006/07 academic year). The budget also would provide for a 3 percent increase in the compensation pool.

Systemwide mandatory student fees would increase by 8 percent for undergraduate and certificate students, while graduate and other post-baccalaureate students would see a fee increase of 10 percent.

Nationwide, the CSU remains the least costly university among its comparable institutions, even with the proposed fee increases. In addition, a third of the new fee revenue will be set aside for financial aid. More information.

 

Harassment Training

California's new harassment training law, AB 1825, mandates that all supervisors complete a minimum of two hours of interactive training on sexual harassment. The CSU system is offering an online training course beginning this week through Workplace Answers. CSU supervisors who have not yet received a training link through Workplace Answers should contact their campus human resources or equity and diversity office.

Humboldt State is the only California state university to offer an undergraduate major in oceanography. The university's programs in marine geology, fisheries, mariculture, biology and related sciences involve undergraduates in real research at a coastal marine laboratory and on overnight cruises aboard a 90 foot ocean-going research ship.

The university's Marine Wildlife Care Center is usually used for learning, but students also participate when it becomes an official state wildlife rescue center during oil spills and other emergencies. More Humboldt State news.

 

The city of Palm Desert has once again acted to support the growing Palm Desert Campus of Cal State San Bernardino. Following an initial gift of land, the city council recently voted to give $4.5 million over three years toward construction of the final Phase I building, which will house nursing instruction and allied health sciences programs.

Together with gifts from other local cities and the Desert Healthcare District, as well as other gifts from individuals and foundations, the campus has now accounted for nearly $9 million of the $12 million cost of the construction. Community members have embraced the opportunity to offer four-year degree programs in the rapidly growing Coachella Valley area. More CSUSB news.



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