CSU launches fully online program to increase enrollment opportunities

The California State University system has introduced yet another program meant to help increase the number of students graduating in a timely manner. The new CSU Fully Online program will enable full-time students to take one free online course at another Cal State each term — a semester or a quarter depending on the host campus. Moving toward digital courses is nothing new for the university system. According to the CSU, more than 118,000 students took at least one of the 5,200 available online courses in the fall 2017 semester. This online approach is the newest facet of the Graduation Initiative 2025, a six-year $450 million plan to increase timely graduation rates. Through the initiative, the university system aims to improve course-taking opportunities. The focus on online classes is intended to increase availability of courses, some of which may get filled up quickly at certain universities, and thus keep students on track for graduation. Nathan Evans, interim assistant vice chancellor of Student Academic Services for the CSU Office of the Chancellor, explained in a press release the importance of tapping into online course availability to help students graduate in a timely manner. “As we press forward with our Graduation Initiative

By | 2018-07-16T15:38:45-07:00 Jul 16, 2018 | 3:37 pm|Categories: CSU, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

CSULB doubles down on students doing ‘more in four’

Cal State Long Beach is climbing the ladder to elite school status as timely graduation rates continue to rise. But some students argue they actually suffer from the fast-paced movement in-and-out of college. The university system has shifted attention on its Graduation Initiative 2025, a $75 million plan to increase graduation rates while eliminating achievement gaps. This means getting freshmen out with degrees in four years, and transfers out in two. Though the shift in focus to timely graduation aims to benefit students in the long run, it serves as a double-edged sword for those who seek additional educational enrichment from their college experience. This includes students who wish to change or add majors, such as psychology major Marhonda Green. Toward the end of her second year, Green decided that she wanted to minor in criminal justice and forensic studies, but she was denied the double minor because it would extend her college career by a year. She was only allowed to move forward with one minor. “I understand them wanting to guide us, but it’s like you have no choice,” Green said. “It’s like, ‘You have to graduate in four years. You have to get it together.’ I’m like,

By | 2018-05-19T20:50:40-07:00 May 19, 2018 | 5:30 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News|Tags: , , , , , |

President Conoley addresses budget deficit

An $11 million Cal State Long Beach budget deficit may result in an increased availability of online classes, a delay in new renovation projects and a “strategic chilling” of the number of tenure-track hires, according to President Jane Close Conoley. The university is developing ways to mitigate the shortage for the 2018-2019 school year. Conoley sat down with the Daily 49er Thursday, where she explained that the university had learned the severity of the budget shortfall last week from Provost Brian Jersky and Chief Financial Officer Scott Apel. Originally, the university predicted a worst-case budget shortage of $7 to $8 million for the 2018-2019 school year if Gov. Jerry Brown allocated the $92.1 million to the Cal State University system after the May Revision. According to Conoley, the current deficit is a combined result of Brown’s proposed funds to the Cal State system and a lower amount of revenue from tuition costs over the 2017-2018 school year. While no definite plan for handling the debt is in place, Conoley said the university is in the process of finding solutions to bridge the gap. Due to an excess of graduating students during the 2016-2017 school year, the school is missing $5

CSULB President Conoley speaks to families of Long Beach about preparing for college

Cal State Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley Sunday took the stage at a local church Sunday to deliver an emotional call to action — earn a college degree despite financial roadblocks.   “A college degree can unblock life changing and transformative opportunities for you, your family, your whole community,” Conoley said. “It’s never too early to prepare to go to college and it is never too late to return.” The 13th annual Super Sunday is a statewide event in which leaders from each California State University campus visit churches in low-income areas to encourage high school students to pursue higher education. The event took place at 10 a.m. Sunday with approximately 40 people attending the event at Second Samoan Congregational Church UCC and had a few specific differences from its previous years. This Super Sunday expanded its outreach to over 100 different churches to discuss Graduation Initiative 2025, an initiative which promises to increase graduation rates and limit both financial and achievement gaps.   Conoley suggested enrolling as a transfer rather than a freshman student could be better a better option for lower income families. She advocated the importance of obtaining a degree and prompted her captive audience to

Board of Trustees meeting discusses tuition hike for CSU students

Trailing the announcement of a potential increase in tuition last November, the Cal State University Board of Trustees met Tuesday to discuss the issue again in more concrete terms. Going into the 2018-2019 academic and fiscal year, the board is requiring a state investment of $263 million and an additional $19.9 million in tuition revenue for their plan of five areas of investment, according to the Committee of Trustees’ minutes from the meeting. These areas of funding include the second year of Graduation Initiative 2025, compensation increases for all employee groups, enrollment growth of 1 percent, investment in critical infrastructure and mandatory cost increases for health care, minimum wage and retirement for faculty. Despite the state budget plan promising continued investment in higher education systems, only about $92.1 million is being allocated to the Cal State system. This will leave a $171 million gap that the board has two plans to close, the primary of which is an increase in tuition for students beginning fall 2018. The price hike would affect undergraduate students, with an increase of $228 per student, bringing annual tuition to $5,970 and creating about $69.8 million in new revenue to support the system’s operating budget. Though

Governor Brown’s proposed final budget plan is not enough to fund Cal State system

Just hours after California Governor Jerry Brown released his budget plan on Jan. 10, members of the Cal State system were quick to criticize. Brown’s plan offered to allocate $92.1 million toward the California State University system, an amount that many in the university system agree is unsustainable. “If lawmakers truly believe in the goal to make college available to every eligible high school graduate or community college transfer student living in their districts, they will need to devise a more robust funding plan and renew the state’s commitment to fully funding public higher education, keeping it affordable and accessible to all qualified students,” campus president Jane Close Conoley said in a press release. For 2018-19, the operating budget increases for the university system requires $263 million from the general fund and $19.9 million from student enrollment. Brown's current proposed budget, which contributes to the Cal State general fund, falls short by $170.9 million. The operating budget includes: $75 million for Graduation Initiative 2025 $122.1 million for compensation for faculty and staff $39.9 million for a 1 percent increase in funded enrollment $15 million in academic facilities and infrastructure needs $30.9 mil. for mandatory costs, which include benefits packages for

CSU Board of Trustees talk of another potential tuition increase

For several hours Tuesday afternoon, a 25-member board of trustees sat at the round tables in the Cal State University Chancellor’s Office to deliberate on an operating budget plan, which could potentially be hinged upon yet another tuition hike. After an announcement that the budget’s plan needed additional funding, board members were quick to express their frustration. “We have a $6.4 billion operating budget, and we're planning on new revenue between 1.5 and 1.8 percent,” Vice Chair Adam Day said. “That's fiscally irresponsible...Anyone else would be out of business and bankrupt…This is offering students hollow promises that we can't fulfill.” The projected lack of funding from the state suggested one possible short-term solution to fill the budget request: a tuition increase for fall 2018. Student board member Emily Hinton said she was disappointed with the budget proposal. “This is our minimum budget,” Hinton said. “And if we don’t get it, there is a tuition increase and if we don’t have a tuition increase, we cut the graduation initiative when we have all identified the graduation initiative as our priority.” Ryan Storm, assistant vice chancellor for budget, suggested preparing for the possibility that the budget request would not be fully funded

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