California State University, Los Angeles, founded in 1947 by action of the California State Legislature, is a comprehensive University that offers programs of higher education in numerous academic and professional fields. The University is organized into six Colleges that house more than 60 academic schools, departments and divisions creating a learning center that attracts students from all areas of the United States and from many countries. About one quarter of the campus’ more than 20,000 students are engaged in postbaccalaureate study in programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees; teaching, service, and specialist credentials; certificates; and other types of programs that prepare them for professional and academic advancement.
The campus reflecting L.A.
Near the edge of the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park, Cal State L.A. occupies 175 acres on a hilltop that affords views of Pasadena and the mountains to the north, the San Gabriel Valley to the east, metropolitan Los Angeles to the west, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island to the south. Ample parking facilities are available and public transportation to and from campus is excellent. The Cal State L.A. Transit Center makes the University accessible from more than 35 regional communities.
The campus site was once one of California’s 36 original adobes, built in 1776 by Franciscan missionaries and destroyed by fire in 1908. Around the 1850s, it was settled by the family of Juan Batista Batz, a Basque rancher from northern Spain as part of a Spanish land grant. Known as the Rancho Rosa Castilla, it was named, according to local historians, for the wild rose that grew near the home. The name of the main drive through the campus harkens back to this historic heritage.
Up to the minute and new in 2009, the University-Student Union hosts services dedicated to students. It is home of the Alumni Center, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) offices, along with clubs and organizations. You will also find an expansive fitness center, theatre, and meeting rooms that connect to those of The Golden Eagle via a third floor bridge. The Golden Eagle includes a food court, a bookstore and major conference facilities. Also in 2009, La Kretz Hall, the first building in the Wallis Annenberg Integrated Sciences Complex, was dedicated, with the second building currently underway. The year also saw the dedication of the Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science High School (Stern MASS) on campus.
The Mission of the University
The University is committed to free scholarly inquiry, to high-quality teaching, and to academic excellence in undergraduate, graduate, postbaccalaureate, and extended education programs. This commitment underlies educational programs that include strong emphasis on research, scholarship, creative activity, and community service. A highly qualified faculty, together with University administrators, staff, alumni and the support of the community, is the University’s keystone and the basis for the excellence of its programs.
A comprehensive university, California State University, Los Angeles offers a range of liberal arts and professional programs designed to encourage student excellence and achievement. Recognizing its commitment to teaching, research, scholarship, creative activities, and service, the University offers an excellent library, computer labs and other services in support of the acquisition of knowledge.
The University is committed to providing a balanced and well-rounded educational experience, including co-curricular activities that contribute to enrichment, leadership development, and institutional pride. Student organizations, residence life, artistic and multicultural events, intercollegiate athletics, and intramurals are all a significant part of this experience.
The close proximity of the University to the major metropolitan center of Los Angeles enables it to foster strong networks with alumni, business, scientific, educational, cultural, and governmental constituencies.
California State University, Los Angeles is committed to fostering collegial and interdisciplinary relationships among faculty, administration, students, and staff. The principles of academic freedom and professional ethics are the responsibility of the entire academic community.
Members of the Cal State L.A. faculty are well recognized for their academic and teaching excellence, through high levels of scholarship, research, mentoring, and creative accomplishments. Virtually all of Cal State L.A.’s faculty members have earned the highest degrees in their field, most often a Ph.D., from leading universities. Cal State L.A. professors have been acknowledged as outstanding professors within the CSU system and at the state and national levels and have received numerous grants and awards, including several Fulbright grants in 2008-2009.
The greatest commitment of Cal State L.A. faculty is to teaching. Faculty members regularly involve students, particularly undergraduates, in research and creative activities, mentoring them through academic and career advisement. Various campus programs and University committees, on which students also serve, further develop supportive ties between faculty and students.
The Academic Year/Quarter System
Cal State L.A. operates year-round on the quarter system. Four quarters, each 11 weeks in duration, comprise the academic year. The summer quarter is a regular academic quarter, equal in all respects to the other three quarters. Students may maintain normal academic progress by full-time attendance during any three quarters of each year. Classes are scheduled weekdays from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and on Saturdays to serve the needs of full-time, part-time, and working students.
University Assessment Activities
Through the participation of students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, and other community stakeholders, Cal State L. A. regularly assesses the effectiveness and ongoing improvements of University activities and programs to ensure it meets its mission, goals and objectives. The University evaluates and measures student learning in order to identify what students know, understand, appreciate, and can demonstrate following a learning experience. The program review process evaluates general education and degree programs, and assessment results are used for improvement.
Since 1954, California State University, Los Angeles has been fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001. The University’s credential programs are approved by the California Committee on Accreditation. Professional degree programs offered, and the national societies and associations that accredit these programs are listed below:
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 897-5700; (800) 498-2071
AACSB–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
600 Emerson Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63141-6762
American Chemical Society (ACS)
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-4589; (800) 227-5558
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
California Committee on Accreditation (COA)
1900 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814
[B.S. degrees in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering]
Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190
National League for Nursing (NLN)
61 Broadway, 33rd Floor,
New York, NY 10006
California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
400 R Street, Suite 4030, Sacramento, CA 94244 (916)
Nutritional Science Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP) (undergraduate and graduate)
American Dietetic Association (ADA)
216 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(312) 899-0040, Ext. 4876
Association for Behavior Analysis: International 213 West Hall, Western Michigan University
1201 Oliver Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5052
Public Administration (graduate)
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
1120 G Street, Suite 730, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
1835 Rohlwing Road, Suite E, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
School Counseling and Student Personnel Services
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
5999 Stevenson Ave., 4th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22304-3300
(703) 823-9800, Ext. 301; (800) 347-6647 Ext. 301
Social Work (BA accredited; MSW accredited)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
Speech-Language Pathology (graduate)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 897-5700; (800) 498-2071
Cal State L.A. holds membership in a number of national and regional organizations concerned with the advancement of higher education. They include the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Association of American Colleges, Council of Graduate Schools, National Collegiate Honors Council, Western Association of Graduate Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Women graduates are qualified for membership in the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Library supports Cal State L.A.’s academic programs through collections, technology, services and instruction that facilitate student and faculty access to a broad range of recorded knowledge and information resources. The Library provides well-organized and effective access to both local and remote sources. Electronic resources are accessible to CSULA students, wherever their location, through the Internet. The Library provides access to knowledge resources and information appropriate to each College’s departments and programs, along with needed instruction and support. The Library offers user-oriented assistance in selecting, locating, and using resources. Its instructional program fosters life-long learning and develops competency in the use of resources and research methodologies. The Library is located at the center of the campus in two interconnected buildings—Library North and the Palmer Wing. A comprehensive guide to the Library’s collections and online databases can be viewed at: http://www.calstatela.edu/library.
The Library’s collections of more than one million volumes include significant current and retrospective books that support all of the University’s academic programs. Over 18,000 ebooks may be accessed via the Library’s website. The Library’s holdings also include over 1,500 current subscriptions to journals, serials, and newspapers, plus access to over 26,000 journal titles online. Over 125 searchable electronic databases are available to on-campus and distance education students.
The Library also houses significant collections containing films, videos, sound recordings, art images, archives, rare books, and a complete collection of Cal State L.A. master’s degree theses. The Library is an official depository for U.S. government and California state publications.
The Reference Center, located on the first floor of Library North, assists patrons with reference and research questions. It features individual assistance on the use of the Library’s website and databases. Other services include, a music and media center, interlibrary borrowing of materials, over 120 selfservice networked computer workstations, self-service photocopying, and group study rooms. Electronic reserves are accessible from the Library’s website.
Access to the book collections of all libraries within the CSU system is provided through CSU Union Catalog, a state-of-the-art, common user interface to extensive CSU information resources. Students, faculty, and staff may request books from any CSU library, thus gaining access to 23 campus collections that contain over 3.9 million titles and 12 million volumes.
Cal State L.A. faculty and students may also use other collections. This can be done by direct automated borrowing from all CSU’s or requesting interlibrary loans to supplement our own collection. In addition, East Los Angeles College, Pasadena City College, Glendale Community College, L.A. Trade Tech College, and Rio Hondo College all have mutual use agreements which allow on-site borrowing.
Information literacy, fostered by curricular policy on the CSULA campus, is designed to create life-long learners. Information literate individuals have the ability to: formulate a research question or problem; determine their information requirements; locate and retrieve information effectively; organize, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information critically; and are able to communicate and present information in a coherent fashion. In addition, information literate individuals understand the ethical, legal, and socio-political issues in the retrieval, use and presentation of information. The acquisition of information literacy skills occurs progressively and reflects both general and disciplinary information needs.
The Library and the entire world of information are undergoing enormous change. Research skills have become increasingly centered on the use of digital resources and specialized online databases. The goal of Library instruction is to develop information literacy, while providing an understanding of the University Library’s collections and services. Each academic unit and program has a librarian assigned to assist in developing collections and services to meet the needs of the faculty and students. The Library faculty provide classes, workshops, tours and tutorials.
Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services (ITS) is responsible for advancing the institutional mission to provide efficient, and effective, high quality service to students, faculty, and staff through technology. ITS ensures that campus technology initiatives complement and reinforce the initiatives within the Integrated Technology Strategy at the system level and are in alignment with both system and campus goals and priorities. ITS provides planning, guidance, training, development, implementation, and stewardship of technology resources. The division collaborates with other campus divisions to provide a wide range of services in four major technology areas:
- CMS and Enterprise Systems supports application integration, data warehousing, Oracle, PeopleSoft applications, and auxiliary systems as well as coordinating implementation, management, upgrades, and training for the CSU Common Management Systems (CMS). This unit is also responsible for identity management, portal and Web services, and media technology.
- IT Infrastructure Services provides services ranging from technical architecture and design, to configuration and support in the areas of data networking (LAN/WAN), servers, computer operations, e-mail, wireless networks, and desktop services. IT Infrastructure Services plans, builds, and manages a flexible infrastructure to accommodate changes in technology and the changing campus expectations and requirements.
- In addition, the unit supports students, faculty, and staff in the use campus computing baseline resources to increase personal productivity and informs the campus community about new and changing technology. This unit delivers the technology used in instruction and research, and ensures that the appropriate computing and information services are available for the academic community. The unit maintains the campus software archive; distributes site-licensed software, distributes email and GET accounts; manages telecommunications operations; installs and maintains the equipment available in Computer Classrooms, all student Open Access Labs (OAL), Technologically Enhanced Classrooms (TEC), and Media Enhanced Classrooms (MEC); and supervises the ITS Help Desk. The unit is also responsible for the ITS Training Program which offers a variety of software workshops to CSULA students each quarter.
- IT Security and Compliance administers the campus Information Security Program, which includes working with the campus community to protect the privacy of students, faculty, staff, and confidential University information. This unit ensures that technology and information security adhere to federal and state statutory regulations and requirements, as well as CSU and University policies and procedures; develops IT guidelines and standards; audits IT procedures for security compliance; sponsors campus security awareness events; identifies and mitigates risks to the campus; and responds to information security incidents.
- Financial and Support Services provides the financial planning and procurement support for the division. The unit also manages the campus IT Procurement approval process ensuring that all software and equipment purchases, and technology service orders comply with all state and federal laws and regulations, and University and CSU standards.
Information Security Assurance
Today, identity theft and fraud are common crimes. They occur quickly, indiscriminately, and may go undetected. While technology helps protect confidential information, it cannot replace attentive, cautious behavior when using computers, laptops, electronic storage devices, and print materials in file cabinets, on desks and at printers and copiers.
Information security assurance is an institutional priority for Cal State L.A. Everyone on campus is responsible for protecting confidential information in every format: electronic or printed. Ongoing and vigilant efforts by the entire campus community to help safeguard University information, resources, reputation, and integrity are vital.
For more on Information Security, please call (323) 343-2600 or go to www.calstatela.edu/its/policies/.
The California State University International Programs
Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of The California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 15,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.
International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or special study center abroad. The International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 70 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 20 countries, the International Programs also offers a wide selection of study locales and learning environments.
|Queensland University of Technology
|University of Queensland
|University of Western Sydney
||The universities of the Province of Quebec including:
|Université de Montreal
|Université du Québec system
|Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Montreal
||Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Santiago)
||Peking University (Beijing)
||Denmark’s International Study Program (international education affiliate of the University of Copenhagen)
||Institut des Etudes Françaises pour Étudiants Étrangers, L’Académie d’Aix-Marseille (Aix-en- Provence) Universités de Paris III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, Institut Catholique de Paris, Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, and Université Evry.
||University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg
||University of Ghana, Legon
||Tel Aviv University
|The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
|University of Haifa
||CSU Study Center (Florence)
||Universitá degli Studi di Firenze
||La Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
||Waseda University (Tokyo)
||Yonsei University (Seoul)
||Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios
||Superiores de Monterrey, Queretaro Campus
||Lincoln University (Christchurch)
||Massey University [Palmerston North]
||University of KwaZulu Natal
||The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
||Universidad Complutense de Madrid
||Universidad de Granada
||National Taiwan University (Taipei)
||National Tsing Hua University
|University of Wales Swansea
International Programs pays all tuition and administrative costs for participating California resident students to a similar extent that such funds would be expended to support similar costs in California. Participants are responsible for all state university fee and program fees, personal costs, such as transportation, room and board, and living expenses. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students.
To qualify for admission to the International Programs, students must have upper division or graduate standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure. Students at the sophomore level, however, may participate in the intensive language acquisition programs in France, Germany, and Mexico. California community colleges transfer students are eligible to apply directly from their community colleges. Students must also possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program for which they apply. Some programs also have language study and/or other course work prerequisites.
For additional information and application materials contact International Programs and Services in Student Affairs 115, (323) 343-3170; www.calstatela.edu/univ/intlstu; or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4210. Visit us on the World Wide Web at www.calstate.edu/ip/
National Student Exchange
Cal State L.A. is a member of the National Student Exchange (NSE), a consortium of state universities located throughout the United States and its territories. The National Student Exchange gives our eligible students access to the resources of nearly 190 member colleges and universities in 48 states, 3 U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and 6 Canadian provinces. The campuses range in size from some of the largest research universities in the country to some of the best, small liberal arts colleges; 21 Hispanic serving institutions; 15 Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and a number of ethnically mixed campuses. Since its beginning in 1968, NSE has placed more than 85,000 students for exchange. There are two tuition payment plans utilized by NSE. Cal State L.A. student utilize one of two payment plans. Plan A participants pay the in-state (resident) tuition/fees to your host campus. Students who participate on Plan B pay their normal tuition/fees to CSULA. Additionally, financial aid may be used while participating in the NSE. Students may participate in the program for a single term or a full academic year. Some benefits of NSE include: living in a different area, access to courses not offered at CSULA, as well as exploration of graduate school and employment opportunities, all while developing self-confidence and independence.
More information, including the NSE directory, catalogs from member universities, videos, and application materials may be obtained from International Programs and Services, Administration 127, (323) 343-3170; for a list of NSE universities, go to: www.calstatela.edu/univ/intlstu.
The Division of Extended Education administers Extension programs, Special Sessions, Professional Development, Open University and the English Language program (ELP).
Credit and noncredit extension courses are provided at various locations for the academic, professional, and cultural enrichment of persons who do not wish to take college courses in residence. Students may take extension courses without matriculating at Cal State L.A. provided that they meet course prerequisites. Extension credit offerings are equivalent in level and quality to regular University courses, and many courses may be applied to degree and credential requirements. Extension courses do not satisfy the University’s residence requirement for graduation. Schedules are flexible, but they generally parallel the University’s quarter calendar. For more information about extension courses, call (323) 343-4919 or 343-5964.
Special Sessions provides degree-oriented courses and programs to persons who are unable to spend time in residence on the campus in existing programs. Courses are often conducted in nontraditional periods, sometimes at off-campus locations. The academic standards of special sessions are identical to those of comparable University programs. Examples include: interim sessions between regular terms; programs offered at remote locations; and programs for specific groups for which state support is inappropriate. Special sessions are not offered at times or places that supplant or limit offerings of state-supported programs. Degree credit earned through special sessions applies toward residence requirements. For further information, call (323) 343-4919.
The University works closely with community, business, and professional organizations to satisfy the educational needs of the geographic area it serves. In doing so, the University conducts a variety of professional development courses, often on site and often at atypical hours. Many courses are offered in response to requests by government agencies, business groups, and professional associations. Others are offered by Cal State L.A. on its own initiative. All courses can be customized to suit the customer’s requirements. For more information, call (323) 343-4916.
Open University permits non-matriculated students to register concurrently with matriculated students in regular classes. Up to 36 units earned through Open University may be applied to a bachelor’s degree at Cal State L.A., and up to 13 units may be applied to a master’s degree.
Registration for Open University takes place in the Division of Extended Education. The registration process is separate from that for matriculated students. It begins the first day of each quarter and continues for three weeks. There is no preregistration. Students who register through Open University must obtain the signature of the instructor and the stamp of the department/division/school for each class they choose. Students may not take courses that require direct supervision or that by their nature require a one-to-one relationship with an instructor, such as directed study, independent study, research, field work, cooperative education, thesis courses, etc. Students who register for 500-level courses must obtain a letter of approval from the department/division/school chair or director. Ongoing, matriculated students may not enroll in Open University. For more information, call (323) 343-4953.
English Language Program
The English Language Program (ELP) provides intensive English language instruction to students and professionals whose first language is not English. The program is open to persons with student, business or tourist visas, to residents and to regularly enrolled students who wish to improve in specific language areas. ELP is a non-credit program and offers intensive classes in English language skills (reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking) along with college skills, TOEFL preparation, Business English and computer usage. Students who wish to apply may visit the ELP office located in the Golden Eagle, Room 211, or call (323) 343- 4840. ELP is authorized to issue the INS Form I-20 needed to acquire the student visa.
Reserve Officer Training Programs
Air Force ROTC
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) offers two, three, and four-year programs leading to a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. The AFROTC program is open to almost all students pursuing baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Classes consist of one hour of academics and two hours of leadership laboratory per week for freshmen and sophomores and three hours of academics and two hours of leadership laboratory per week for juniors and seniors. AFROTC offers numerous scholarship opportunities, but scholarships are not required to participate in the program. AFROTC offers a variety of one to four-year scholarships valued up to 100% annual tuition, along with a nontaxable monthly stipend. Air Force ROTC is offered on the campuses of the University of Southern California, California State University - San Bernardino, and Harvey Mudd College. You do not need to be a student at any of these colleges to get involved. For more information contact the Department of Aerospace Studies at (213) 740-2670 or visit www.usc.edu/afrotc/. No military commitment is incurred until entering the junior year of the program or receipt of a scholarship after freshman year.
The Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (AROTC) program is available to qualified Cal State L.A. students via the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) program. Students must follow Cal State L.A. dual registration procedures. Students are encouraged to contact UCLA ROTC for instructions on how to cross-enroll into a UCLA course.
AROTC offers interested students an opportunity to enroll in courses focused on leadership, military tactics and law, orienteering, rappelling, first aid, and national security. Participants must be physically qualified and be full-time undergraduate or graduate students. Students may take one Army ROTC course per quarter at UCLA while pursuing a regular college degree at Cal State L.A. Academic credits earned in the program normally may be counted as electives within regular college degree requirements. Completion of a regular degree and AROTC class requirements may lead to a commission as an Officer in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Upon graduation, Officers serve in supervisory-level positions in Military Intelligence, Law, Aviation, Communications, Engineering, Finance, Nursing, and more!
Two, three, and four-year AROTC scholarships cover (a) full tuition or housing up to $10,000, (b) $900 allowance for books and fees, and (c) a monthly allowance up to $500 while the student is enrolled in school. Veterans are eligible to receive the monthly allowance as well as G.I. Bill benefits. U.S. citizenship is required for scholarship acceptance. Permanent resident students may participate in classroom and outdoor training but are ineligible for benefits until naturalized.
For further information, contact the Department of Military Science at UCLA, (310) 825-7381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA)
LACHSA is a public high school for students within Los Angeles County that has operated since September 1985 on the Cal State L.A. campus. Designed for students with special talents in the visual and performing arts and open by audition only, the high school offers a full curriculum of academic subjects as well as opportunities for specialization in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Students are encouraged to enroll in the College Credit Program through which they may earn high school and college credit concurrently in specially designed courses. LACHSA students may also apply to take regular University courses. Operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the school is tuition free and open to ninth through twelfth graders. For the most current LACHSA information visit the LACHSA Website at: http://artshigh.org/.
Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School (Stern MASS)
Stern MASS is unique public charter high school collaboration between the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools (a charter management organization) and California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) granted this charter and is responsible for holding the school accountable for its performance.
Stern MASS is designed to prepare students from East Los Angeles to be successful in four-year colleges and to be able to pursue advanced degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Stern MASS uses a mastery learning approach that supports students in achieving at high levels. In 2009, the $13 million Stern MASS building housing 22 classrooms, four science labs, a multipurpose room, library and a CSULA professional development center was dedicated at its 34,000-square-foot campus at CSULA, that will ultimately serve 500 students from grades 9 to 12.
The CSULA Alumni Association
The mission statement of the CSULA Alumni Association is:
To advance the welfare of CSULA by providing leadership and service that strengthens the connections among students, alumni and friends and enhances the value of their affiliation with the University.
The CSULA Alumni Association is a self-supporting nonprofit, dues-paying membership organization whose goals include engaging alumni, students and the campus community with the University.
The Association plays an important role on the campus to advocate for alumni interests. Cal State L.A.’s more than 200,000 graduates remain a vital and active catalyst in the University’s growth and visibility. Alumni volunteers are active on campus committees and are in a unique position to provide advice and counsel to the University community.
The Association plans and implements programs and events for alumni, students and the University community. Perhaps the most visible program is the Alumni Awards Gala, which is held in the Luckman Fine Arts Complex and honors distinguished alumni, faculty, students and friends of Cal State L.A. Past award winners include; tennis professional Billie Jean King ‘79, Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling ’56, President of the San Francisco Zoo Manuel Mollinedo ’70 ’73 ’77, and Diane Watson ’67, U.S. Congress 33rd District.
To join the Alumni Association, please visit us online at http://alumni.calstatela.edu or at the new Alumni Center in the University-Student Union, room 102. You may also contact us at (323) 343-ALUM (2586) or email at email@example.com.
Robert L. Douglass Speech-Language Clinic and Cal State L.A. Hearing Clinic
The Robert L. Douglass Speech-Language Clinic and the Cal State L.A. Hearing Clinic are housed on campus with the Department of Communication Disorders in the College of Health and Human Services. These clinics provide training facilities that offer diagnostic and rehabilitative services. The primary objective of the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics is to serve the University’s instructional programs by providing clinical training and research opportunities within each of the areas and across disciplines. This is accomplished by providing experiences for students that range from observation of the varied clinical activities to the provision of direct services to clients at the level of the students’ clinical competence. Students learn under the supervision of experienced and appropriately credentialed faculty. The services are available to the public, both children and adults, and to members of the Cal State L.A. community.
Research, Scholarship and Supporting Services
Faculty members engage in research, scholarship, training, and special projects as an integral part of their academic discipline and professional development. Both undergraduate and graduate students participate, as research assistants or independent investigators under faculty guidance, in research that is basic to their learning experience. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the Office of Research and Development provide stimulus, coordination, support, and direction to these research efforts. Additional services are provided by University Auxiliary Services, Inc. Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Academic Technology Support, and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library.
Cal State L.A. University Auxiliary Services, Inc.
Cal State L.A. University Auxiliary Services, Inc. (UAS) is a recognized organization of the California State University system and is a nonprofitt corporation, dedicated to benefiting the welfare of California State University students, faculty, staff and alumni. The primary mission of UAS is to help develop and administer contracts and grants; operate and manage University related commercial enterprises; manage and support externally funded projects including research, workshops, and conferences, and to provide contributions that aid and supplement the University’s educational mission. Working together, the University community and UAS endeavor to ensure Cal State L.A.’s continued success.
The main operations of UAS include the following services to the University community: contracts and grants administration; bookstore contract management; operation and management of campus food services; and child care services.
UAS also manages the 103,000 square-foot Golden Eagle building. Opened in 2003, the building - two adjoining structures separated by a promenade - houses food services, including a food court with seating for approximately 750, kitchen and catering operations, a 600-seat banquet and conference center, the University Club restaurant, the 25,000 square-foot two-story University Bookstore, as well as UAS administrative offices, the University’s Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP), the Golden Eagle Service Center, classrooms and meeting spaces for the CSULA Extended Education Division and the Pat Brown Institute.
The policy-making responsibility for the UAS is vested in its board of directors, whose members represent a cross-section of the campus community and local service area.
For more information, visit the UAS website at www.universityauxiliaryservices.org.
The University Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble College Stores, Inc., and under the auspices of the University Auxiliary Services, Inc., is located on the first and second floors in the east structure of the Golden Eagle Building. Textbooks, course packs, general books, software, study aids, Cal State L.A. clothing, school supplies, and gift items are available. Also located within the Bookstore is a convenience store that offers a selection of grab & go food, beverage and sundry items.
Joseph A. Bailey II, M.D.
Endowed Chair in American Communities
The endowed chair in American Communities is housed in the College of Arts and Letters. Funding was made possible by private donations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a naming gift from Joseph A. Bailey II, M.D., a retired orthopedic surgeon. Sub-funds of the endowed chair are established for the study of the African American Experience and the Jewish American Experience.
The individual who is selected to fill this chair explores the question “What does it mean to be an American?” through teaching, research and the sharing of insights. The chair studies the process of transition from traditional cultures to American communities, examining the impact of that process on the evolution of American culture and values. The full range of humanities disciplines provide the lens through which to explore the ways that this identity is embodied or reflected in American cultural expressions.
Matthew J. Guglielmo
Endowed Chair in Mental Retardation
The Endowed Chair in Mental Retardation, housed in the Division of Special Education and Counseling, Charter College of Education, was established to honor Matthew J. Guglielmo, former vice president of The Broadway Department Stores, and was made possible by contributions from the The Broadway and friends of Mr. Guglielmo.
Mr. Guglielmo has dedicated a major part of his life to focusing public attention on problems of the developmentally disabled. The chair continues to support excellence in teaching, significant research in the study of mental retardation, and collaboration between Cal State L.A. and community agencies and institutions that serve mentally retarded persons and their families.
Northrop Grumman Engineering Endowed Chair
The Northrop Grumman Engineering Endowed Chair was established in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology to bring distinguished engineers and engineering educators in the field of design and manufacturing to the College for a one- to two-year period. Funding was made possible through a generous lead gift from the Northrop Grumman Corporation and additional matching support received from other smaller companies throughout the Southern California business community.
The individual selected to fill the chair works with the College faculty and administration to provide leadership in improving the quality of Cal State L.A.’s engineering, computer sciences and technology programs, enhance the College’s manufacturing curriculum, and assist the College in fostering strong relationships with key contacts in industry and government to strengthen our research and external support
Presidentially Chartered Centers, Institutes and Bureaus at California State University, Los Angeles
A presidentially chartered center, institute, or bureau is an entity chartered by the President of the University to further the mission of the campus. The following descriptions explain the focus of each.
Applied Gerontology Institute
The institute’s purpose is to improve the quality of care and delivery of services to older persons through the interdisciplinary education and training of professionals, paraprofessionals, family members, community agency personnel, and volunteers. Of special interest is the development and promotion of programs to serve culturally diverse groups. The Institute emphasizes the development of partnerships between the University and the community that promote the well being of older persons and improve service delivery. An additional goal is to seek financial support in the form of scholarships for students planning to enter health and human service careers with a specialization in aging.
The Institute coordinates a multidisciplinary program to earn a certificate in Applied Gerontology designed to assist individuals interested in increasing their knowledge, understanding, skills, and effectiveness with older populations, especially the multiethnic and multiracial elderly. The program is designed not only for individuals interested in careers in gerontology but also those who are seeking a career change and those already in the field seeking to enhance their opportunities for advancement. Educational opportunities in developing expertise in community-based health and welfare programs as they relate to policy development have also been implemented.
Asian and Asian American Institute
The purpose of the institute is to identify issues and coordinate activities leading to the understanding and betterment of Asians and Asian Americans at Cal State L.A. Although it functions primarily as a campus resource and as a bridge between the University and its surrounding communities, the Institute promotes and supports programs that encourage Asian and Asian American research. It works closely with the Asian and Asian American Studies programs and other ethnic studies programs on and off campus.
Asian Pacific Business Institute
Housed in the College of Business and Economics at Cal State L.A., the Asian Pacific Business Institute aims to support and foster cooperative relationships between the college and local business organizations. The growing importance of Asian economies has been one of the most significant global economic developments since the early 1980s. Increased economic interdependence between Asian countries and the U.S. leads to a variety of problems and issues concerning international business, but it also creates many opportunities. The Asian Pacific Business Institute seeks to provide support for both the business community and the University to identify, exploit, and benefit from those opportunities. The institute serves a wide range of audiences by developing, organizing, and promoting activities that can benefit students, faculty, and the business community. Through its activities, the institute can help advance the University’s educational and public service missions, as well as contribute to economic development in Los Angeles. In addition, its activities can promote understanding and interaction among people from different parts of the world. The institute provides a wide range of expertise, services, and information that can benefit students, faculty, and the business community. Examples include executive training programs, business seminars, research, and exchange and internship programs.
Bureau of Business and Economic Research
The College of Business and Economics maintains a research bureau to encourage, facilitate, and communicate faculty and student research. The bureau’s primary objective is to relay information about research opportunities and ongoing research efforts to faculty members and students. In addition, it assists in the preparation of research proposals, coordinates research efforts, and provides research advising services for M.S. and M.B.A. degree candidates.
California Forensic Science Institute
The California Forensic Science Institute, housed in the College of Health and Human Services, serves as the academic, research and development arm of the Regional Crime Laboratory, which will be a joint effort of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the California Department of Justice. The CFSI research program will bridge the gap between scientific advances and crime laboratory utilization, and in addition, the institute will offer in-service training courses for current criminal justice system professionals.
Center for Excellence in Early Intervention
Housed in the Division of Special Education and Counseling, the Center was founded to create a model program for training early intervention professionals. Its objectives include developing, demonstrating, and evaluating the best practices in early intervention service delivery to young children with special needs and their families; providing early intervention training to professionals, paraprofessionals, and parents; developing and evaluating early intervention training and service delivery materials for dissemination to special educators, child development specialists, speech clinicians, allied health professionals, social workers, psychologists, physicians, and parents; and developing and operating a media and material library about early intervention.
Center for Japanese Studies
The Center serves Cal State L.A. and the community as a source to aid faculty, students, and the general public in broadening and deepening their knowledge of Japan, its people, and culture. The center promotes Japanese research and academic studies and supports educational and cultural programs, seminars, guest lectures, and conferences. The office maintains a collection of basic bibliographies and essential reference materials.
Center for Korean-American and Korean Studies
The Center is a depository of historical and cultural materials about Korea and Korean-Americans. Major objectives of the center are to promote, coordinate, and conduct research activities about various aspects of Korean culture and tradition, including oral histories; to compile, document, and produce curriculum materials about Korean folklore, art, music, and social activities; to develop extended education programs about the Korean community’s activities and programs for students, teachers, and the general public; to develop and produce curriculum materials and courses about Korean-American and Korean culture, tradition, and life; and to sponsor seminars, symposia, and exhibits about Korean culture and tradition.
Center for Multicultural Education
The Center’s specific goals and objectives are to provide in-service training for faculty and staff, and pre-service training to students about issues related to cultural pluralism, diversity, and multicultural education. The center can also provide assistance to faculty seeking a greater degree of infusion of multiculturalism into their curriculum. The Center provides technical assistance to college districts, and offers a Saturday morning field experience for Cal State L.A. students who tutor students from the community who are at educational risk.
Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
The mission of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics is to provide a forum for parties interested in poetry and poetics. The Center sponsors activities and events which promote the presentation of the full diversity of poetic voices from the whole range of cultural backgrounds and in all poetic genres. The Center promotes the appreciation and understanding of contemporary poetry and poetics in all of its forms and it encourages research in poetry and poetics. By creating a forum for dialogue, research, celebration, production, and presentation of poetry and poetics, the Center serves as the vehicle to bring together scholars, students, poets, the community, and other interested parties for the study, creation, preservation, and promotion of poetry.
Center for Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing
The Center for Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing (CSARS) was established with partial funding from NASA to function as a test-bed for public access to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing information. The center conducts educational, research and outreach activities focusing on Southern California. In addition to its regular university activities, short courses on GIS and other computer applications for novice and intermediate users are presented. As a part of its mission, CSARS provides training to Cal State L.A. faculty and to educators from kindergarten through doctoral-granting institutions. The Center also provides a variety of state-of-the-art GIS services ranging from data collection to database development and analysis. Currently, CSARS houses on its dedicated server a large downloadable, multisector, digital database of Los Angeles County and is developing additional data sets for neighboring counties. With its integrated, comprehensive census, immigration and business database, the center is well positioned to provide high quality economic baseline research, urban transportation studies, demographic analyses, and market research services at different geographic scales. These include census tract, block group, ZIP code, municipal and political districts, special planning areas and transportation zones.
Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities
The Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities is a university-wide, interdisciplinary center housed in the College of Arts and Letters. It is dedicated to providing support for scholars, teachers, and students who investigate gender and sexuality, particularly as they are exemplified in the diverse communities represented at Cal State L.A. and its surrounding area. Among the center’s goals are to provide an institutional base of support for feminist, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender scholarship, to support the revitalization of the Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum, to offer campus networking events that support interdisciplinary investigation, to sponsor events and conferences including visiting scholars, artists, and public figures, and to support the provision of mentoring for students.
Center for Technology Education
Operated by the Department of Technology, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, the Center provides support and assistance for teachers, public agencies, business, and industry, including professional support and consulting, in-service activities, conferences and workshops, and disseminates professional information through an electronic bulletin communications network. Professional services offered in technology education and technical training include course, curriculum, and program development in advanced technologies such as robotics, computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), desktop publishing, and fluid power. Assistance in problem solving for teachers of students with special needs also is provided.
Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute
The institute’s purpose is to promote effective prevention of, and intervention in, child abuse and domestic violence by providing interdisciplinary educational training and policy development programs, and state-of-the-art resources for students, professionals, and the community. The institute promotes interdisciplinary cooperation between the University and community agencies by identifying the University as a focal point and resource within the community, county, and state, and internationally to provide professional education and research in child abuse and domestic violence. A broad scope of interdisciplinary educational training, research, and field placement opportunities and programs is available to prepare individuals to provide effective multidisciplinary health and human services to maltreated children and their families.
Chinese Studies Center
The Center endeavors to promote understanding of, and interest in, China by sponsoring conferences, seminars, guest lectures, exhibits, concerts, and other Chinese cultural activities. It maintains a small library of basic reference materials about China. These materials are available to faculty, staff, and students. The center also serves the Chinese communities in Los Angeles and assists Cal State L.A. students of Chinese descent, and helps promote research and teaching in Chinese studies.
Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs
The Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, named for former California Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown (1959-1967), is a nonpartisan center for applied public policy focusing on community development and youth empowerment. Located on the Cal State L.A. campus since 1987, the Pat Brown Institute (PBI) has a number of distinguished programs that assist the University in carrying out its urban mission while creating more inclusive and empowered communities in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. They include the Applied Policy Research Program, the PBI Publication Program featuring the institute’s annual policy journal, California Politics & Policy, the Community Education Program annually anchored by a California Policy Issues Conference, the PBI Training Program on community service and community policing for law enforcement agencies and officers, the Public Policy Internship Program, and the Youth Violence Prevention/Leadership Development Program anchored by the award-winning Gang Violence Bridging Project. The institute works in program collaboration and partnership with university faculty and students, community organizations, K-12 institutions, colleges, elected officials, and the private sector.
Faculty Development Center
The mission of the Faculty Development Center is to support faculty in all their professional endeavors so that they may achieve excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. The Center seeks to foster a culture on campus that values all faculty contributions to the University and community. To maintain a high quality of teaching and learning in the classroom and online, the Faculty Development Center promotes the exchange of pedagogical ideas among faculty members and helps them develop and deliver high quality instructional materials. In order to assist tenure-track faculty in their progress toward tenure the center provides opportunities for faculty to collaborate and/or share their research with colleagues.
The activities, resources and assistance available through the Faculty Development Center include the following: workshops; orientation sessions for new tenure-track faculty and for adjunct faculty; mentoring; templates for instructional materials; a webpage http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/aa/fdc/) with links to internal and external resources and a calendar of events that is updated weekly; a library of resources, including books, CDs, and DVDs that support the mission of the Center; confidential assessment/evaluation of faculty performance in class, along with recommendations for improvement; brown bags for faculty to share their research and expertise (or their concerns and difficulties) with their peers; information on research and publication opportunities; and opportunities for faculty to socialize and get support from peers.
eLearning Programs and Support
eLearning Programs and Support at California State University, Los Angeles supports faculty in the application of appropriate pedagogical and computer-based educational technologies, including tools for both classroom and distance learning. To accomplish this mission, eLPS: provides a campus resource for instructional technology integration, instructional design for distance learning, and instruction for technologies that support these efforts; offers workshops and one-on-one tutorials that address pedagogy and technology integration planning, course redesign and development, and technical skill-building; provides support for the campus learning management system and other web-supplemented course offerings; and researches and disseminates new instructional technologies and teaching strategies to enhance learning outcomes through the integration of technology in instruction. The eLPS staff works closely with the faculty and staff in the CSULA Faculty Development Center.
Institute of Entrepreneurship
This institute, operated by the College of Business and Economics, provides programs and seminars and conducts research for small businesses in the product and service sectors. The programs, seminars, and courses are designed to provide the necessary training individuals need to succeed in small businesses. Research is conducted to provide insight into potential problems of small businesses and to suggest solutions. Publications for entrepreneurs are made available. The institute functions as a clearinghouse for information relative to small businesses. Other institute activities include assistance in advising students who are enrolled in the Entrepreneurship option of the B.S. degree in Business Administration and making available an information bank to both students and professionals.
Institute for Executive Leadership
The Institute for Executive Leadership assists administrators in Southern California and Pacific Rim nations such as China to meet the needs of society for high-quality leadership in public service and an efficient and ethical government. More specifically, the institute provides opportunities for public administrators to further their training and education in such areas as management technologies, communication and administrative ethics. The Institute for Executive Leadership has a three-fold strategy to achieve its mission: 1) Provide training workshops and seminars to upgrade and update administrative skills, and other educational opportunities for exchanging administrative experiences among officials from different government agencies at home and abroad; 2) Assist other governments in setting up training programs for public servants through offering professional advice; and 3) Create opportunities for faculty in public administration to lecture in other countries to help fledgling public administration programs at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Institute of Nursing
The Institute’s primary purpose is to provide a vehicle for closer collaboration between the University and community agencies that provide health care. The institute emphasizes development of joint ventures and/or partnerships that lead to cost-benefit modes of health care delivery to a culturally diverse society. The institute’s primary goals are to improve the quality of nursing education, to develop effective strategies for recruitment and retention of nursing students, to help meet the staffing needs of nursing services, to improve the quality of nursing practice, and to facilitate collaboration in the areas of research, teaching, and grant writing.
Institute of Retail Management
The Institute of Retail Management prepares college students for management level careers in major retail companies. For those who have an entrepreneurial inclination, it provides the expertise to open and operate their own retail business. The institute raises funds for retailing scholarships and cooperates closely with the Career and Development Center to increase retail recruitment on campus, as well as to create retail internships. The institute sponsors a Retailer of the Year Award Luncheon, one of the nation’s major retailing events, at which a senior retail executive is honored for outstanding contributions to the retail industry. The institute administers the nationally acclaimed Institute of Retail Management College Incentive Program, a retail-jobs training program for Los Angeles innercity high college students, many of whom are awarded retailing scholarships and go on to college. The Institute’s Advisory Council consists of executives of major retail and retail-related companies.
Pacific Contemporary Music Center
The Pacific Contemporary Music Center encourages the performance and promotes the awareness of contemporary musical compositions by composers from the Pacific Rim countries. The center sponsors contemporary music festivals and encourages other countries, universities, and organizations to join in sponsoring such festivals to present the members’ compositions; encourages the mass media in participating countries to broadcast the members’ music by providing copies of sound recordings; maintains a library of members’ published and unpublished scores, sound recordings, performance documentation, and biographies; sends scores anywhere in the world for a period no longer than one month; publishes an annual catalog of the library holdings; sponsors and encourages contemporary seminars; and encourages research.
Pacific Rim Institute
A consortium created by Cal State L.A. and a group of Asian and U.S. firms to increase exchanges and improve communication and understanding between their corporate cultures, the institute seeks to provide managers in both U.S. and Pacific Asian business communities the knowledge and skills needed for managing the challenge of cultural differences. It also endeavors to increase their effectiveness in working together in each other’s environment. These goals are accomplished through the presentation of seminars, forums, and briefings.
Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies
The center provides a structure within which teachers, scholars, and performing artists can teach choral music; explore and encourage composition of new repertoire; foster research and scholarly publication of emerging topics pertinent to choral study. The center’s activities include co-sponsorship of an international conference on Gregorian chant, presentation of a collection of scholarly articles, and an international choral composition contest.
California Desert Studies Consortium
The California Desert Studies Consortium consists of seven Southern California campuses of The California State University which, together with the National Park Service, operate the Desert Studies Center in the eastern Mojave Desert. Participating campuses include Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, and San Bernardino. The purpose of the center is to provide a field facility in the Mojave Desert to develop desert studies educational programs and research activities.
Established in 1976, the center serves students in the areas of anthropology, astronomy, biology, engineering, geography, and geology and provides a substantial support base for environmental and ecological studies that have immediate implications for effective management of desert resources. The central location allows accessibility to all parts of the desert region. Lodging and laboratory/storage space are offered in support of field-oriented courses. The center also provides a site for independent study courses and research of desert phenomena by individual students and faculty.
The Desert Studies Consortium is administered by the CSU Fullerton campus. Cal State L.A.’s representatives to the consortium are Dr. Alan Muchlinski, associate dean, Graduate Studies and Research and Dr. Barry Hibbs, associate professor of Geological Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Muchlinski at (323) 343-3820.
Ocean Studies Institute (OSI)
Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study in the coastal environment are provided by the Ocean Studies Institute (OSI), which comprises eight State University campuses: Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino, and San Marcos. The OSI is administered by the Long Beach campus. The OSI operates out of the docks and laboratory facilities of the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI), Fish Harbor, Terminal Island in the Los Angeles - Long Beach Harbor.
The OSI participates in training managers and scientists and educating the public by coordinating and facilitating marine educational and research activities. In addition, the institute serves as an educational and research liaison among regions, states, and nations.
Seagoing research laboratory and instructional facilities are provided aboard the R. V. Yellowfin, an oceangoing research vessel. The Yellowfin is the property of the institute, and its use is scheduled through the office of the SCMI at (310) 519-3172.
Several courses within the departments of Biological Sciences, Geological Sciences, and Psychology and the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, among others, utilize the Yellowfin and other Consortium facilities. These courses are announced in the Schedule of Classes each quarter. In addition, the eight campuses offer an intensive course of study each fall at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Santa Catalina Island. Courses cover topics in marine biology and ecology, specialty areas, and a culminating research experience. Credits apply to graduation at the student’s home campus.
Cal State L.A.’s representatives to the consortium are Dr. James Henderson, Dean, College of Natural and Social Sciences, and Dr. Elizabeth Torres, professor of Biological Sciences. For additional information, contact Dr. Henderson at (323) 343-2000 or Dr. Torres at (323) 343-2179