The record contribution from the Eisners' family foundation will help launch CSUN's teacher-training program, one of the college's most-impressive recent developments. Just last month, the Northridge campus was named one of four universities nationwide to share a $20 million Carnegie Corp. grant for innovation in teacher training.
Since Jolene Koester became the university's president last year, CSUN has steadily improved its curriculum and its facilities through aggressive fund-raising. It's also seen its student body grow to a record-high 31,681.
Unlike other Valley institutions that have suffered through a combination of infighting and NIMBYism, CSUN has focused on growth and development, showing what's possible with good leadership and effort.
After just 44 years of existence, CSUN has become the premiere cultural and educational institution in the San Fernando Valley. As such, it has an important role in bringing the community together and work-ing toward its overall betterment.
Under Koester's leadership, CSUN seems keenly aware of that role. In April, the Los Angeles board of education approved plans to create an 800-student high school on the university campus, which will help relieve LAUSD overcrowding while giving teaching students practical, hands-on experience.
That's the sort of cooperation that will be needed for CSUN to spread its successes throughout the rest of the Valley.
(Reprinted with permission)
@csun | May 28, 2002 issue
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