CSULB Cultural Competence

Dear Campus Community,

At Long Beach State we are guided by a laser focus on our students’ success. Student success is measured in a number of ways. Important and fairly easy metrics are persistence across years of study and graduation rates.

A bit more complex to measure, but of great significance, is an evaluation of the environment and opportunities we offer to students to support and accelerate learning. This evaluation might catalogue (as examples) the number of high impact educational experiences available to students inside of and outside of classrooms and/or the physical learning environments/ equipment that support learning.

Of greatest value, of course, and most challenging to measure, are student learning outcomes. Does a student’s experience at The Beach lead to important competencies needed in 2016 and beyond? Can we measure these at graduation and across our alums’ careers?

The recent report on the Advancement of Ethnic Studies in the CSU  is focused on the important student learning outcomes and competencies predictive of student success in a global and multicultural society. I know we can all see the vital importance of these competencies for student success across their lives in any profession they enter.

Earlier this summer, I asked that each member of the community take the time to read the report (pdf). I’d like your feedback certainly about the report but most importantly about its most critical directive. How are we doing at the Beach in promoting students’ success in excelling in our global and multicultural world?

The soon to be named President’s Commission on Inclusive Excellence will oversee this feedback process. The Commission will proactively seek feedback from existing groups in addition to analyzing survey results, disseminate the feedback, and prepare an executive summary. These results will guide our actions.

Below, please click on STUDENT, or FACULTY, or STAFF. Each group is asked to provide feedback from a particular perspective.

The timeline:

  • All feedback gathered by February 1, 2017
  • Executive Summary by March 1, 2017
  • Action plans based on feedback developed by responsible campus groups (Academic Senate, ASI, Staff Council, Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs etc.) by September 1, 2017
  • Report to the Chancellor, September 15, 2017
  • Report to community stakeholders, December 1, 2017

Our goal is to increase the University’s accomplishment in developing students who will be successful in our global multicultural world. Let’s figure this out together.

Jane Close Conoley, Ph.D.
Cal State Long Beach
Twitter: @PresConoley

Read the statement on the CSULB website and participate in the survey. http://daf.csulb.edu/projects/culturalcompetence/