CSU Leader
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Vol. 10, No. 3, Feb 4, 2011

CSU's Push for Accessibility and Efficiency

Students with disabilities in the California State University system have a graduation rate comparable to the entire student population. This success rate is due in part to the wide range of services provided for the roughly 10,000 students with disabilities enrolled in the CSU.

Students with print disabilities such as visual impairments and dyslexia often need hard-copy textbooks converted into electronic text, or e-text. Depending on the disability, there are a variety of formats including audio and e-text (includes Braille and Daisy files). Campus student disability centers are responsible for converting the textbooks into the appropriate e-text format.

The Center for Accessible Media (CAM) at the CSU Chancellor’s Office delivers electronic textbooks to students with print disabilities throughout California. By sharing resources in a centralized location, CAM streamlines the process campus disability centers must go through to provide students with accessible course materials. Full Story.

Research Changes Lives

Research Changes Lives

CSU faculty and student co-researchers are making breakthroughs in the lab that could lead to major long-term impacts on the medical community. Research developments at campuses such as Cal State Fullerton and Sacramento State could eventually contribute to the next cure for diseases like HIV and Alzheimer's. Student researchers play a major contribution in these developments.

Faculty researchers are mentoring students in their labs, sparking their interest in science as they see the potential their research has to save lives. At the same time, through the mentorship and training received from faculty, the students realize their own potential in scientific study and practice.
Full Story.

Super Sunday Takes CSU to the Pulpit

This month, CSU leaders - including the chancellor, trustees and presidents - will connect with congregations at African American churches throughout the state, informing students and their families about what it takes to get to college. No matter the denomination, the message is clear: the gifts bestowed through higher education are life-altering. Visit the CSU Super Sunday website for more information on this year's schedule and speakers.

SDSU Presidential Search Committee Holds First Meeting; Cal Poly President Has First Day on the Job

The CSU Board of Trustees started the search for a new president of San Diego State University to succeed Stephen Weber, who is retiring after serving as president of the university since 1996.

Jeffrey D. Armstrong spent his first official day as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s new president Feb. 1, meeting with students, faculty, staff and members of the local media. Armstrong spoke of his belief that student success is the most important part of his job and the goal that will most guide his decisions as president.

CSUs Share Warhol's Photographic Legacy

CSUs Share Warhol's Photographic Legacy

Exhibitions at Cal State Fullerton and Cal State San Bernardino gave a glimpse into the pop art icon's photographic practice. When the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts made an unprecedented gift in honor of its 20th anniversary, those campuses along with CSU Long Beach, Northridge and Los Angeles were among only 16 educational institutions in California selected to receive a curated selection of original Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints by Warhol.


CSUDH Making a Global Impact

Cal State Dominguez Hills is hosting 20 Central American health care professionals for a program led by Georgetown University and U.S. development agencies. The program offers scholarships for individuals in economically disadvantaged countries to come to the United States and learn best practices in their field, which they can take back to improve their communities.
Press Release.

Performing Arts Center to Bolster Culture Throughout the Valley

The grand opening of the Valley Performing Arts Center on Jan. 30 established CSU Northridge as a hub for culture and performing arts in the San Fernando Valley. Check out the vibrant and diverse performance program the VPAC has in store for the university community.

Sac State Nursing Students Address Community Health Needs

Sacramento State nursing students in a specialized community health class are lending a hand to underserved communities. The students are given public health assignments which include working at entities such as schools and public health agencies, and holding immunization clinics.
Full Story.

Grant Brings More Hands-on Learning to Cal Poly

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo mechanical engineering students focusing on heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration will receive real-world experience in a newly renovated lab, thanks to a $250,000 gift from Critchfield Mechanical, Inc. Press Release.

CSU Voices and Views blog

Featured Blog:
Plastic Soup

San Diego State Marine Ecology/ Ecotoxicology Ph.D. student Chelsea M. Rochman shares her research into the effects of plastic in the ocean.

SDSU Marine Ecology/Ecotoxicology Ph.D. student Chelsea M. Rochman


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