Oct. 28, 1996 Vol. I, No. 6


News and Briefs

High Enrollments Force Early Closure for Spring Applications

Cal State Northridge closed its application filing period several months earlier than normal this month for undergraduates seeking to enroll for the spring semester because an enrollment surge this fall outstripped budget resources.

The spring applications period, which opened Aug. 1 as usual, was closed Monday, Oct. 14. University officials said they were trying to avoid a repeat of problems during the late 1980s when all-time high campus enrollments left students complaining of class shortages.

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson said projections showed CSUN's 1996-97 enrollments, if left unchecked, hitting 19,200 full-time equivalent students (FTES)--nearly 3 percent above the university's Cal State system target of 18,680.

The campus had received about 3,200 undergraduate and graduate applications for the spring as of Oct. 13. The university is still accepting graduate applications. But undergraduate applications received after the deadline will be shifted to the fall 1997 semester.

Lorraine Newlon, director of articulation, admissions and records, said the university had received a handful of letters complaining about the closure. But she added, "There hasn't been a big hullabaloo in comparison to all the other things going on here."

Wilson to Host 1996 Fall Community Forum

Cal State Northridge President Blenda J. Wilson will host the university's 1996 Fall Community Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union.

The two sessions, one starting at 11:30 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m., are an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to express their views to the president and engage in a candid dialogue about activities at the university. If university community members have specific issues they want addressed at the forum, the president's office asked that they be notified in advance so the president will be prepared to respond to those concerns.

CSUN Community Loses Long-Time Professor, Current Student

The Cal State Northridge community lost two of its members this month, with the deaths of former long-time professor Ray L. Jones and political science major Charles Mann.

Jones, 79, who began at CSUN in 1958 and headed the campus' National Center on Deafness from 1972 to 1985, died Friday, Oct. 11 at his Northridge home. Contributions for a memorial can be sent to Louise Jones, 9746 Rathburn Avenue, Northridge, CA 91325.

Mann, 20, was struck Oct. 3 by a hit-and-run driver while rollerblading along Valley Circle Boulevard in West Hills. He subsequently lapsed into a coma and died Thursday, Oct. 10. Donations may be made to a memorial fund care of the Cal State Northridge Foundation.

Staff Representative Sought for President's Budget Board

Nominations for a staff representative to serve for two years on the President's Budget Advisory Board, which reviews the university's support budget data each year, are being sought by CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson.

Nominations should be sent to the President's Office, at mail drop 8230, by Monday, Nov. 25. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The board's duties include making recommendations aimed at keeping budget allocations consistent with CSUN's institutional mission and purpose.

Report Says Test Scores Are Flat for American Students

American students are scoring at slightly higher levels in math and science, but reading and writing scores have remained virtually the same over the past decade, according to a recent report by the National Assessment Governing Board and the federal government.

The results from the "Nation's Report Card" were based on a national representative sample of students ages 9, 13 and 17 who were tested in writing, science, math and reading. The report found science scores have been improving in recent years.

The report said math scores, stable during the 1980s, now are rising slightly. But it found that reading scores had changed only slightly since the early 1970s, and found mixed results ranging from slight to major declines in writing skills depending on the age group.

October 28, 1996