CSU Leader: News and Information for California State University Leaders
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 10, No. 24, December 7, 2011

The Bucks Start Here

The Bucks Start Here

In an effort to convince state lawmakers to reinvest in higher education, thousands of CSU students are sending their “bucks” to Sacramento.

The Bucks Start HereThe “bucks” are actually mock $650 million bills, which represent this year’s unprecedented cuts to the CSU. A student’s hand-written story about how cuts to higher education have impacted his or her life is on each one. Students at all 23 CSU campuses are dropping them into a big clear box that is traveling from campus to campus, making its way to Sacramento, where it will be delivered to Governor Brown during the California State Student Association’s advocacy day in March.

It’s part of the Bucks Start Here campaign, launched this November by the CSSA, which represents the CSU’s 412,000 students. More.

Another Year of Record-Setting Applications

The CSU received a record number of undergraduate applications for the third year in a row. Through CSU Mentor, potential first-time freshmen and transfer students submitted 665,860 applications for fall 2012—surpassing last year's 611,225. Campuses are also still accepting applications for graduate programs, including the Doctor of Nursing Practice. More.

Making a Global Impact

Making a Global ImpactThis year, the announcement of 30 Fulbright awardees and the system's first official Rhodes Scholar is proof that the CSU is producing some of the world's most prestigious scholars.

Cal State Long Beach grad Stephanie Bryson received one of only 32 Rhodes Scholarships awarded throughout the United States, becoming the first official Rhodes Scholar in the CSU system. Read more about her story here.

In addition, 14 recent graduates from East Bay, Fresno, Long Beach, Humboldt, San Diego and San Francisco received esteemed Fulbright U.S. student awards. With nine coming from San Diego State, the campus was recently highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s top Fulbright producing research institutions, ranking 37th in the nation and tying for third among California colleges and universities.

A number of Fulbright faculty scholars also hail from the CSU. This year, 16 faculty members from 10 campuses were awarded with Fulbrights—with Cal State L.A., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Fullerton, and San José State recognized as top producers. More.

CSUs Among State's Safest Campuses

CSU San Marcos is recognized as safest four year university in the state.CSU campuses constitute 21 of the 46 colleges and universities with the highest safety ratings in the state. The campuses were recently lauded in StateUniversity.com’s 2011 safest schools list, which ranks college and university safety based on a scale that accounts for both crime severity and frequency. Eight CSUs are included in the top 20, with CSU San Marcos recognized as the safest four-year university in California.


CSULB President Meets with US President

Cal State Long Beach President F. King Alexander was among 10 university presidents and chancellors invited to a White House meeting with President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss affordability in higher education. More.

Alcatraz Exhibit Honors Native American History

From 1969 to 71, a San Francisco State University student led an American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island, with the intention of turning the landmark into an Indian university or cultural center. More than 40 years later, students, faculty and alumni from San Francisco State and CSU East Bay have created a permanent American Indian cultural center at Alcatraz. The center honors the occupation, which forged a national movement in social justice.

CSULB, SDSU Get Grants for Military Language Training

Cal State Long Beach and San Diego State both received a U.S. Department of Defense grant for language training programs in Arabic and Persian Farsi, which will help meet the language and cultural needs of military units in California.

Cal Poly Pomona Partnership to Boost STEM Transfers

Cal Poly Pomona’s biology and geology departments have been awarded a $1.4 million grant to improve pathways for Pasadena City College students who are interested in continuing their environmental science studies at Cal Poly Pomona. More.

CSU Stanislaus Biologists Educate on Endangered Species

Nearly 20 years of research was featured in the recent opening of the region’s San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex Visitor Center. The exhibit aims to increase public understanding about native and endangered plants and animals in the area. More.

Sac State Connects with South Korean University

Sacramento State and Chinju National University of Education in South Korea signed an agreement to cultivate new international academic opportunities and explore program partnerships. More.

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