The LBSU Academic Senate proposed to add concentrations to the general education pathway. The concentrations are designed to make the general education program more cohesive, according to Norbert Schurer, the LBSU Academic Senate chair.
The ethnic studies departments across California State University campuses continue to fight against an executive order that they believe will negatively affect ethnic studies departments at CSUs. Executive Order 1100-Revised was issued last year by CSU Chancellor Timothy White. There were recent protests on the CSUN campus where students voiced their opposition to this order, raising concerns about the executive order decreasing the incentive to take ethnic studies classes. “Being a minority Asian myself, it saddens me to know that ethnic studies is continuing to be shoved away since it allows others to learn about the history and culture about people of color throughout U.S. history,” said Cindy Kim, senior majoring in international and Chinese studies. Kim added that the department is already seeing low enrollment, so she believes adding these alternative classes is going to put Ethnic Studies in an even more critical state. According to Craig Stone, American Indian Studies Program Director and professor, three of the Ethnic Studies units at Long Beach State have 50 percent fewer tenure-track faculty than in the last decade. Another student, Joy Suh, a senior majoring in communication studies, brought up her concerns as an individual who immigrated to the U.S. “I
Proposal to change College of Business Administration to College of Business College of Business Administration Dean Michael Solt presented a request to change the name of Long Beach State’s “College of Business Administration” to “College of Business” at the Academic Senate meeting on Thursday. “As economies and societies continue to change, so do business schools,” Solt said. “[New topics] that [aren’t] really part of business administration, things like global business, entrepreneurship, financial innovation, all sorts of options and futures and strategies and leadership [are not encompassed by “business administration].” In the California State University system, 12 universities use the name “college of business,” not “college of business administration.” New courses in the realm of business, such as entrepreneurial finance, supply chain management, finance, human relations, business analytics, data privacy and cybersecurity are among some of the topics that Solt believes fall under “business” and not “business administration.” This was the first reading of the proposal, and no changes have yet been approved. The name “College of Continuing and Professional Education” deemed outdated Associate Vice President for International Education Jeet Joshee proposed to change the name “College of Continuing and Professional Education” to “College of Professional and International Education.” Joshee said
Prospective Long Beach State students may face a new set of graduation requirements due to ongoing revisions of the current general education policy. Members of the Academic Senate voted to create a third committee Thursday to revise the General Education and Campus-Specific Graduation Requirements policy after some members voiced concerns of inequity in the initial committees. The Curriculum and Educational Policies Council and an ad hoc committee are currently revising the GEGR policy. The university has had 18 months to rewrite this policy, but because of some objections from the different colleges on campus, they’re now working on a time constraint. To help streamline this process, Brian Jersky, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, who is also a voting senator, proposed the creation of an additional ad hoc committee. The committee will be tasked with reading over and proposing revisions to the GEGR document created by the CEPC and initial ad hoc committee. “As we’ve talked about, time is really of the essence in this process,” Jersky said. “I certainly realize that this will require a quick and concentrated work, but I think it’s feasible in order to expedite the process.” The ad hoc committee was passed, without
Changes to general education requirements may be on the horizon within the next academic year following a revision order from the California State University system. Members of the Academic Senate gathered Thursday to discuss executive order 1100 administered by CSU Chancellor Timothy White to reevaluate general education policies. Dispersed in August, the order intends to “clarify requirements, ensure equitable opportunities for student success and streamline graduation requirements.” The most dramatic change will affect upper division categories. Currently, there are five categories and the new order will only allow three of those, B, C and D, according to Norbert Schürer, chair of the academic senate. The senate also questioned whether certain campus specific requirements should be reconsidered. Provost Brian Jersky offered additional background during the meeting, pointing out that the university currently has over 700 different general education courses. “In general, students find that our GE universe doesn’t have coherence,” Jersky said. “Students are often not sure what the point of it is.” It remains unclear if the executive order will result in a reduction of courses required or if the categories deemed unnecessary by Chancellor White will simply be reallocated to Cal State Long Beach’s campus specific requirements or capstones.