The faculty of Cal State Northridge continues the tradition of hosting important symposiums to challenge the question of what the future of public education should look like, particularly that of the CSU. Cal State Northridge is one of the largest public universities in California, serving a large population with a diverse curriculum that has contributed to the community, state and nation, particularly in preparing effective teachers. In these dynamic changing times, we believe that Cal State Northridge can serve an important role in these discussions. Circumstances motivate us to be proactive in hosting the necessary dialogue of determining a vision of public higher education for the next 50 years.

As host to these discussions, we have posted a full transcript of our past events. We do not necessarily support nor indorse any of these points of view, but rather encourage open discussions.

Upcoming Events:

“The planning for a possible September/October 2014 event is in consideration.”

Past Events:

September 30 – October 1, 2013 – “Higher Education in the Brave New World: How Students Learn in the Context of How Professors Teach”

This symposium’s theme centered on best delivery and learning models that would service the needs of students and community in the future. In what way will the university need to prepare students to meet their dynamic fast changing future? What might that future look like?

The symposium was a Southern California, regionally focused event that hopes to create a partnership to help frame how we meet the educational demands of the future. That partnership should include voices from: UC, CSU, CCC, K-12, Business, Alumni, Students, and the Legislature.

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October 11, 2012 - “Funding the Future of the CSU: Part II”
Location: LAX Marriott Hotel

This symposium was a continuation of work done at the April 2 and 3, 2012 event held on this same topic. (See below.) The event was co-sponsored by the Academic Senate of the CSU, the CSU Alumni Council, the CSU Academic Council and the California State Student Association.

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"Executive Summary" Download

"White Paper" compiled by Maureen Rubin Download

"Full Transcript" Download

April 2 and 3, 2012 - Funding the Future of the CSU
Location: California State University Northridge

A seminar bringing together Public Higher Education Experts to help formulate a plan for funding the future of public higher education and specifically the CSU.

On April 2 and 3 of 2012 the Cal State Northridge faculty will host a forum centered around the dilemma regarding funding obligations (or the lack thereof) that are re-defining who and what public higher education is how it will be in the future. Policies on the issue of funding seem to be adrift and a vision for planning for the future is in many ways missing.

The endeavor is ambitious as we are inviting acknowledged experts and representatives from the CSU campuses, the Community Colleges and the UC.--researchers, business leaders, policymakers and educators—to help turnaround the current stalemate on public higher education funding by envisioning a new innovative model that could carry us through for the next 50 years.

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April 22, 2011 - CSU, The Next 50 Years
Valley Performing Arts Center – Kurland Hall

Keynote Speakers: CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and California State Senator Alex Padilla
California State University, Northridge

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January 18, 2011 - The Times They Are a-Changin'
USU, Northridge Center

Featuring representatives from Campus Administration, Faculty and the CFA
California State University, Northridge

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