CSU Bakersfield President's Monthly Campus Update Horace Mitchell, Ph.D.


Campus Safety
As we have experienced over this past week, no community is 100% safe from violence and its aftermath. As is our practice, we are reviewing procedures and preparedness to minimize the impact of crisis situations. Please see the home page of our University website for updated campus safety information.

Computer Engineering Degree
Beginning Fall 2011, CSUB will offer a bachelor of science in computer engineering. This is our first four-year engineering program and is in addition to our long-standing pre-engineering program. Using existing classrooms, labs, and hardware from the computer science program, the degree will focus on computing systems hardware and electrical components. The degree is funded by a $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Strengthening Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, allocated at $737,000 annually for five years. This is an important degree program for the University and our community. Congratulations to Julio Blanco, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics on being awarded this grant.

Agri-business will be added as a concentration within our bachelor's degree in business administration. We are seeking funding for this program.

First Cohort of the Ed.D. Program set for January 2011
We have entered into a collaborative relationship with CSU Fresno to offer the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. The program is geared to provide advanced education for K-12 and community college leaders, and to improve teacher preparation. Under the arrangement, CSU Fresno will offer its Ed.D. program at CSUB beginning in January 2011. After two years it will become a joint program. CSUB's independent Ed.D. program will be offered two years later. Applications for the second cohort are now being accepted. For further information, please contact Curt Guaglianone, Special Assistant to the Provost, at 654-2478 or via email at curtg@csub.edu.

Governor Authorizes CSU to Offer Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Physical Therapy
With his signing of AB 867, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger authorized the CSU to offer two doctoral programs. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a pilot program limited to three campuses through July 1, 2018. The three campuses will work collaboratively with multiple campuses throughout the system. The CSU Division of Academic Affairs will guide interested campuses through the planning process.

AB2382 authorized the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Unlike the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the DPT is not a pilot program. There are no limitations on the number of campuses that can offer the degree, nor a time limit for implementation.

We do not anticipate the ability to offer these doctoral degrees at CSUB for some time in the future. For further information on the doctoral programs on other campuses, contact Dr. Christine Mallon, CSU Dean, Academic Programs and Policy, at (562) 951-4672 or cmallon@calstate.edu.

University Council
The next University Council meeting will be held on November 19, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

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