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CSU Update

Dear Colleagues,
Provided below is another update from the CSU Chancellor’s Office for your information.

CSU Makes Progress on Graduation Initiative and Scores High on Teacher Preparation

The CSU is on track to meet or exceed its goal of raising six-year graduation rates from 46 percent to 54 percent by 2015—a goal set by the Graduation Initiative passed by CSU’s Board of Trustees in January 2010. Although overall graduation rates are increasing for all students, the gap between underrepresented minorities and non-underrepresented minorities continues to persist. Therefore, greater emphasis needs to be focused on closing this gap in order to also meet the initiative’s additional goal of cutting the gap in half.

In investigating successes with improving graduation rates and efforts to close the achievement gap, the Graduation Initiative’s leadership team reported to the CSU Board of Trustees this week that the keys to improving student success include data-driven decision making, presidential leadership, academic preparation and engagement with campus academic and social life.
The trustees also were presented with an evaluation of the effectiveness of CSU teacher preparation, which showed that students from low-performing schools taught by CSU first-year teachers performed higher than those taught by non-CSU teachers and that the first-year teachers’ principals gave the teachers high scores for their subject knowledge and teaching skills.

In addition, the trustees received a report highlighting the CSU’s commitment to ensuring safe learning environments free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment and bullying for all students through its policies, campus services and programs, and housing license agreements.

New San Diego State President Named, Northridge President to Retire

The CSU Board of Trustees has named Elliot Hirshman, provost and senior vice president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as president of San Diego State University.

Hirshman has served as provost and senior vice president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 2008 where he was responsible for all aspects of the academic program. Previously, Hirshman served as chief research officer at George Washington University from 2005 to 2008, where he also served as chair, Department of Psychology from 2002 to 2005. He was also chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Denver (2000 to 2002), special assistant to the provost, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1998 to 1999), and an American Council on Education Fellow.
Hirshman received his bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Yale University, and his master's degree and PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He was also a post-doctoral fellow at New York University on a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship.
Hirshman succeeds President Stephen L. Weber who has served as president since 1996.
In related presidential news, Dr. Jolene Koester, president of CSU Northridge announced she is retiring from her position effective the end of the year. Koester has led Northridge since 2000.

Updated: 05/18/2011
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