CSU Leader
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 11, No. 18, September 13, 2012

Giving Students a Back to School Welcome

Giving Students a Back to School Welcome

For many CSU campuses, the fall term has already kicked into high gear. At the beginning of the new school year, each of the 23 CSU campuses typically hosts a unique event to welcome incoming and returning students. The events bring a wave of school spirit that resonates throughout the entire campus, with university and Greek organizations participating to promote social interaction. Food vendors give students a taste of what they can nosh on throughout the year, and the campus offers a variety of services and resources to bolster student success.

Fun and exciting welcome back activities for fall 2012 can be found here.

Producing STEM Professionals through MESA

MESAThe CSU is committed to helping California fill the urgent need for qualified technical professionals in the science, mathematics and engineering fields. Working with academic development programs such as Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), the CSU is able to successfully support students by providing hands-on education.

MESA partners with the CSU, California Community Colleges, University of California and K-12 institutions to serve approximately 22,000 educationally disadvantaged students. More.

CSU Helps Unemployed Teachers Finish Credentials

CSU Helps Unemployed Teachers Finish Credentials The CSU is leading an effort to help teachers affected by layoffs receive an opportunity to complete the state credentialing process.

In partnership with the Long Beach and Sacramento Unified School Districts and with funding from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Alternative Induction Pathway (AIP) program focuses on the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) knowledge, as well as exemplary teaching practices for beginning teachers who are unemployed due to budget cuts. Participants are paired with a credentialed “mentor” to teach in a classroom collaboratively. More.


SF State Improves Teaching Biology

San Francisco State is teaching community college instructors how to apply the rigor of scientific research to their teaching through a partnership with biology faculty. More.

Cal Poly Honored for Preparing Aerospace and Defense Workers

The job readiness of Cal Poly SLO graduates has landed the school atop the rankings in Aviation Week’s workforce study of “go-to” universities for preparing highly skilled aerospace and defense workers. More.

CSUMB Practices “High Tech @ Low Rental Fees”

In its third year, CSU Monterey Bay’s “High Tech @ Low Rental Fees” program lets students rent the latest technology by the day, week, month or semester at CSUMB’s virtual TechRent store. More.

NSF-funded Program Trains CSULA Grad Students

The IMPACT LA Summer Camp provided an opportunity for Cal State L.A. graduate students to teach and develop hands-on lessons for local middle-school students to spark their interest in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. More.

Voices and Views

Featured Blog: Full of Possibility

Take a tour of Cal State Fullerton’s Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center with the latest Voices & Views photo essay.

CSUF Clayes Performing Arts Center


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