Provost Cruz’s Monthly Report – October 2014
Update on Selected Internal & External Meetings, Conferences, Communications
Welcome to the October 2014 edition of Provost Cruz’s Monthly Report. The objective of this report is to keep you informed about the Provost’s activities and perspectives on the various strategic and operational issues facing the Division of Academic Affairs and the University at large.
To view past monthly reports, announcements, op-eds, remarks, and emails to the campus community, please visit Provost Cruz’s blog, http://provostblog.fullerton.edu/.
- Held Conversations with the Provost meetings with newly tenured and promoted faculty for the 2014-15 academic year on October 2, 7, and 22 and with department chairs for the 2014-15 academic year on October 10 and 24.
- Attended Senate Executive Committee meetings on October 7 and 28. At the October 7 meeting, continued on the topic of outcomes-based funding for the state of California, discussing the importance of ensuring the University is ahead in the conversation regarding this funding model. At the October 28 meeting, provided an update and received input on the search for a permanent director for the Faculty Development Center with the goal of having the appointment begin in fall 2015.
- Convened an Operational Council of Deans (COD) meeting on October 8 to discuss University Extended Education activities, the Irvine Branch Campus Re-Envisioning project, Academic Programs’ Catalog and Curriculum Management System Roll-Out, and the College of Education’s effort to launch a campus-wide conversation on Common Core Standards. Approved COD meeting minutes can be viewed on the Academic Affairs webpage.
- Attended Planning, Resource, and Budget Committee (PRBC) meetings on October 10 and 24. At the October 10 meeting, Deputy Provost Shari McMahan presented the Re-Envisioning the Irvine Branch Campus project. At the October 24 meeting, Interim University Librarian Scott Hewitt presented an update on the Library of the Future (LOFT) project and on earthquake damage to the library.
- Attended Academic Senate meetings on October 16 and 30.
- Participated in the Academic Affairs/Academic Senate Fall Retreat on October 17. The retreat focused on the topic of student writing, including developing writing outcomes, resources, and articulation as well as writing in graduate programs.
- Convened a Strategic Council of Deans (COD) meeting on October 22 to discuss support for contingent faculty and enrollment management. The chair of the Academic Senate continues to be a special guest at all COD meetings. Approved COD meeting minutes can be viewed on the Academic Affairs webpage.
- Met with Harpreet Bath, president of the Associated Students Incorporated, on October 8 and with Dr. Sean Walker, chair of the Academic Senate, on October 28.
- Attended the President’s Advisory Board (PAB) meeting on October 28.
- Had lunch with the Associate Deans on October 31 to discuss important University-wide issues including outcomes-based funding, academic plans, and enrollment management, among others.
Executive Searches and Appointments
- Participated in neutral site interviews for the Dean for the College of the Arts search on October 2 and 3. Participated in on-campus interviews for the search for a Dean for the College of the Arts from October 28-30.
- Participated in the system-wide search advisory committee meeting for the position of CSU Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs on October 23.
- Participated in the search committee kick-off meeting for the Dean of Communications search on October 24.
Meetings and Events
- Have held several one-on-one meetings with new faculty members and new department chairs to welcome them to their new positions and to learn more about them, their professional trajectories, and their career expectations. These meetings will continue throughout the academic year.
- Attended a CSU Academic Council meeting at the Chancellor’s Office on October 1. Academic Council meetings bring together provosts and vice presidents for academic affairs from across the CSU campuses to discuss current and upcoming issues pertaining to the academic mission of the CSU system. Topics of discussion included the systemwide Graduation Initiative, course bottlenecks and student success, employee training and student training, the campus climate survey, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) questionnaire and risk assessment.
- Met with Mr. J. Adalberto Quijada, director of the Santa Ana district office for the U.S. Small Business Administration, on October 7 to discuss partnership opportunities.
- Served as a guest speaker during Dr. Martha Webber’s English 405: Writing for Social Action course on October 13. Spoke with students about advocating for social change and shared experiences from my work at The Education Trust.
- Participated in the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 Executive Leadership Summit with President Mildred García, Vice President Berenecea Eanes, and Senate Chair Sean Walker in Long Beach, CA on October 15. Topics of discussion included the Student Success Dashboard and the national context behind the CSU’s Graduation Initiative.
- Hosted a farewell reception for Dr. Edward Sullivan, Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Analytical Studies, on October 16. Dr. Sullivan was appointed as the new Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Research and Resources of the California State University, effective October 20.
- Attended The Education Trust Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 20. The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for students at all levels and aims to close achievement and opportunity gaps within the country’s educational system.
- Hosted the annual Presidential Enrollment Management Advisory Group (PEMAG) meeting on October 24 at the Fullerton Marriott. This meeting brings together representatives from nearby educational institutions and community leaders to discuss enrollment issues and their internal and external impacts to the campus.
- Participated in the campus-wide Inaugural “Titans Reach Higher” Town Hall meeting on October 27.
- Attended Academic Program’s Student Success Team Kick-Off meeting on October 31. Topics of discussion included an overview of “Advising @ CSUF” and review of assessment data, examples of current student success team efforts within the College of Health and Human Development, and success team expectations and timelines.