April 16, 2001
Participate in The Big Picture!
I would like to encourage the entire campus community - students,
faculty, staff, and alumni - to participate in "The Big Picture" at
noon on Tuesday, April 17, on the front steps of the Oviatt
This oversize group photograph will complement a similar photo
the campus family in the 1980s. The new photo will be made into a
and be available for purchase about a week later at $5 each in the
Triumphs like the selection of one of our faculty, biology
Maria Elena Zavala, for the Wang Family Excellence Award; the
the men's basketball team in reaching the NCAA championship
our 10-year reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools
Colleges; and, the end of earthquake recovery activities have given
to a real sense of pride and self-confidence at the University. For
these reasons, I look forward to posing with all of you, my friends
colleagues, for "The Big Picture" at this wonderful moment in our
Light refreshments (cookies and lemonade) will be available
know that many student groups and departmental staff have made
be part of the picture, and I hope many others will join us. The
photo is, of course, one of many events planned as part of
week festivities. My thanks to the Inaugural Committee for planning
organizing these activities.
I also hope many of you will attend the noon Thursday, April 19
inauguration, which is planned as a celebration of the entire
community. We will be joined by many distinguished guests,
Chancellor Charles B. Reed, members of the California State
Board of Trustees, CSU presidents, local and state officials
California Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg, members of the
body, faculty, staff, and alumni, and many other friends and
For further information about other inaugural-related activities,
to CSUN's home page at www.csun.edu.
University Goals and Initiatives
In recent years, university goals and initiatives have been
various arenas by different groups. In order for the university to
accomplish its major objectives, we felt those varying approaches
to be focused into a single uniform vision. As part of that, we
also looked at consolidating the two major groups on campus charged
leading the development and implementation of those goals. After
consultation, I have accepted the attached set of university goals
the establishment of a new campus entity, the University Planning
Budget Group, to guide our work in this area.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to those who worked on
project. This kind of teamwork sets the standard for how faculty
administrators can come together to accomplish meaningful results.
Goals and Initiatives / University Planning and Budget Group
At the fall meeting of the Strategic Planning Governance Group
it was proposed that the University combine the various priorities
goals laid out in four University documents: the WASC
the Accountability Performance Areas, the President's Priorities,
SPGG's University Themes and Goals. A subcommittee of SPGG was
and charged with reviewing and integrating the various goals and
priorities. This subcommittee, named the Integrated University
Group, was made up of faculty and administrators. The group met
times between January and March 2001 to develop a proposal to
the priorities and to propose a structure that would address them.
following are the results of that integration, which have been
by the President in consultation with the Cabinet.
University Goals and Initiatives
I. Student Achievement
II. Campus Environment
- Increase graduation rates (including undergraduate, graduate,
- Enhance quality of the baccalaureate degree (including review
- Enhance quality of the graduate degree and credential
review of advisement).
- Increase the level of student preparedness/decrease the need
- Focus student learning/assessment criteria in curricular and
III. Research, Scholarship, and Creative Achievement
- Develop user-friendly academic, business, and personnel
for students, staff, and visitors.
- Enhance internal communications.
- Enhance physical environment (including safety issues,
- Develop a campus culture that promotes personal engagement in
communities, thereby fostering excellence in all faculty, staff,
- Develop greater pride in the University.
- Enhance support for diversity in all areas of campus life.
IV. Resources/Institutional Effectiveness
- Provide support for research, scholarship, and creative
for all within the campus community.
- Focus on and promote outcomes: instructional innovations,
publications, presentations, creative work.
- Enhance faculty, administrative, and staff development.
- Honor professional recognition and distinction.
V. Serving External Community
- Establish budget priorities to support excellence in
- Increase external funding (including grants and scholarships).
- Increase sources and levels of financial aid.
- Enhance information technology and technology in general.
- Maximize effectiveness of facilities utilization.
- Serve as intellectual, cultural, and artistic resource for the
- Develop and enhance partnerships in service to the community.
- Enhance external communications to promote knowledge of the
University's contributions to the community.
- Attend to areas of special state need.
University Planning and Budget Group (UPBG)
Committee Charge and Structure
The University Planning and Budget Group (UPBG) will serve in an
advisory capacity to the President by assisting with the
prioritization of campus goals and advising on the allocation of
As a starting point for developing and setting goals, UPBG will use
approved list of integrated campus goals and initiatives.
The UPBG will:
The UPBG's 15 members will be:
- assist in developing long-and short-range plans to accomplish
prioritized goals and initiatives;
- consult on the status of ongoing campus goals and initiatives;
- evaluate information, including key performance indicators, and
them in the development of the programmatic and resource
- advise on communication plans regarding budget and planning;
- review and comment on budgets prepared by University officers.
1. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (chair)
2. Vice President for Administration and Finance
3. Vice President for Student Affairs
4. Vice President for University Advancement
5. Chief Information Officer
6. President of the Faculty
7. Chair of the Council of Chairs
8-9. President and student member of Associated Students
10. Staff member designated by the President
11-15. Five faculty members designated by the President of the