President's Monthly Campus Update

Staff Development
" ...Realization of our vision will be advanced by recruitment, development and promotion of excellent and diverse staff within an organizational culture committed to excellence in all areas."

In support of this component of our vision, I have allocated a total of $100,000 for our Staff Development Initiative (SDI) which will promote and fund selected staff training and development activities. All staff members should have discussions with your supervisors regarding your development goals and how they might be supported through this funding source.

In addition, the Office of Human Resources is taking an active role in partnering with oncampus departments and the CSU Systemwide Training Office to provide staff training and professional development opportunities. On March 20th, the Office of Human Resources and the Department of Enrollment Management offered campus-wide training entitled, "Creating a Friendly and Helpful Environment." The program was designed for individuals who have made a personal commitment to deliver quality service to our students, faculty, staff and the community - our customers. It was geared to help develop skills to take good service to the level of service excellence. Response to the training opportunity was so overwhelming that a second session was added in the afternoon. Both sessions were at capacity, with a total of almost 100 staff in attendance. This training will be offered again in the Fall, and will be extended to student assistants.

Also, the Office of Human Resources has partnered with the CSU Systemwide Training Office to sponsor a campus-wide training workshop for new and experienced supervisors, titled "How to Excel as a Manager or Supervisor." This training will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2006 from 8:30 - 4:00 p.m. at CSUB. This intensive workshop is designed for supervisors (new and experienced) who want to grow their management skills to tackle any challenging workplace situation with confidence. The session will cover such topics as how to handle key management challenges with ease, including how to establish credibility and authority; how to motivate employees to give 110 percent; how to handle attitude problems and rule-breakers; how to curb absenteeism and tardiness; how to give constructive feedback in a way that produces positive change; how to organize your department to boost efficiency and effectiveness; how to conduct effective performance appraisals; and how to build on your unique strengths to develop a confident, professional leadership style. The registration fee for CSU Bakersfield employees is $139. Registration is available online at Please obtain approval from your appropriate Administrator to attend these workshops. SDI funds can be used for the payment of this registration fee.

Doctoral Program at CSUB
In order to address the increasing regional needs for educational doctorates, the CSU will begin offering independent educational doctorate programs in 2007. The first seven campuses to offer the doctorate will be Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, and San Francisco. CSUB is slated to admit its first cohort in 2008, along with East Bay, Los Angeles, Northridge, San Jose, and Stanislaus. The remaining campuses will implement programs in subsequent years as they complete their planning processes.

To facilitate the planning process, CSU Long Beach President Emeritus Robert Maxson will guide a system-wide effort for all campuses that will include program development strategies and support. The short timeline for planning and implementation of the program includes simultaneous development, review, and approval of a program proposal utilizing traditional campus processes as well as a faculty/community consultation group. This local approval will be followed by a review and approval by the Chancellor's Office Academic Program Planning Committee that will hand the proposal to the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) for final approval. Once approved by CPEC, the Chancellor notifies the campus of final approval, a new program code is awarded, WASC approval is obtained, and the first cohort of students is admitted.

Title 5 regulations will determine the parameters of the program. The purpose of the CSU Ed.D, is " address the urgent need for well-prepared administrators to lead public schools and community college reform efforts in California." The Ed.D. program at CSUB will be developed by a leadership team comprised of CSUB faculty, K-12 educational leaders, and community college administrators working together to design a program to meet the needs of working professionals. In accordance with SB 724, the team will be substantially involved in program design, candidate recruitment and admissions, and teaching, as well as assessment and evaluation. Central concepts of the curriculum and program design will utilize the work of the CSU Presidents Task Force on Education Leadership Programs and the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.

Two New Deans Appointed
Dr. Julio Blanco will be joining CSUB on August 14th as the new Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Craig Kelsey will become Dean of the Extended University Division on June 1st. He is a department chair in the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. More information about these two new deans is available in memos to the campus which also were issued today.

Endowed Chair in Gerontological Nursing
A masters of science graduate in nursing has established an endowed chair in gerontological nursing. Audrey Cochran, who was the second graduate of CSUB's M.S. in nursing program, established the chair as a memorial to her late husband, Robert Cochran, and mother-in-law, Edith Cochran. The intent of the donor is for the chair to place additional emphasis on teaching the latest advances in healthcare for the elderly. This is a most welcomed gift and matches our vision for excellence in teaching. It is timely in view of the increasing need for nurses locally and nationally. When fully funded, it will be supported by an endowment of $500,000. If you wish to be a part of this tribute and enhancement of our nursing program, please contact the University Advancement Office at 654-2136.

Preparing for People Soft - Student Module
Much planning is needed prior to implementation of the Student Module in People Soft. Recent activities included more than 30 staff and administrators in Admissions, Registration, Advising, Financial Aid, Institutional Research, Administrative Computing, Extended University, Academic Programs, and Humanities and Social Sciences gathering to begin "process mapping" which depicts the current procedures used in their operations. This is a necessary "first step" before we can broaden the discussion to "best practices" at the campus level. Over the next several months and into next year, we will have various venues for you to share your ideas on creating a more integrated approach to enrollment services.

Retirement of Leo Cromien
On April 3rd from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Tejon Plaza, the campus will celebrate the retirement of Leo Cromien after eight years of service as director of food services. An employee of Sodexho, Leo has been an integral part of the CSUB campus since 1998. His inviting demeanor and ready smile will be missed as he retires to the Midwest. The entire campus is invited to his celebration.

University Council & the President's Campus Forum
The next University Council meeting will be on Friday, April 21, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

The next President's Campus Forum, focusing on academic planning, will be on April 11, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

I look forward to seeing you around campus or at an upcoming University or community event.