This means that the status quo remains in effect -- no steps will be taken regarding the admission, enrollment or attendance of students who are known to be in the United States in violation of the federal immigration laws, nor will institutions of higher learning take any action to identify and report the identity of such students.
Chancellor Barry Munitz has appointed a task force within CSU to assist in the development of an appropriate response to the injunction suit and internal guidelines for the implementation of the new law within CSU in the event that it is ruled legal. I will, of course, keep you advised on this issue from time to time.
Several factors were central to this decision. The four departments were created twenty years ago when the number of majors in each department, and the number of faculty members, were at least twice the number today. When the departments were visited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in 1992 as part of the accreditation process, the unwieldy administrative structure of four departments was identified as a major weakness in our art programs. Finally, internal efforts to achieve consensus on mission, reduce conflicts within and among the departments, or to define pedagogical, philosophical or intellectual reasons for maintaining the current structure have not been successful.
One the essential principles of this reorganization is that it will not have any adverse effect on the rights and status of faculty members in the effected departments. The School of the Arts has been instructed to conduct a national search for a chair of a new Department of Art, with the expectation that an appointment will be made by the start of the next academic year at which time faculty and staff will be assigned to the new department. In the meantime, all faculty and staff in the four departments are reassigned temporarily to the School of the Arts. Associate Dean William Toutant will be the Administrator-in-Charge of this area with full responsibility, under Dean Handler's supervision, for the programs, personnel, and facilities in the visual arts.
I want to express my appreciation to Associate Dean Toutant for his willingness to assume this important new responsibility, and toe dean Handler and Provost Kennedy for their advocacy for the visual arts programs and for an organizational arrangement that would provide a supportive and productive professional home for all effected faculty and staff. Our home and expectation is that this transition period will build a strong foundation for a new, vital Department of Art.
Physical Plant Management - which recently received a grant of $100,000 for the Chancellor's Office Productivity and Investment Program to develop an integrated maintenance system for maintenance, materials and service management for facilities operations. This system, call Project MAXIMO, will provide campus users with on-line work order processing and tracking.
The University Development Office - which was selected to receive an award in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VII 1994 Awards for Excellence program. The Award of Distinction was given for stewardship, recognizing the "Partners in Recovery" ad which was placed in local newspapers last spring to thank organizations and agencies that had assisted the campus in its recovery from the earthquake.
The Women's Volleyball Team - which won the National Invitational Volleyball Championship last Sunday in Kansas City, Missouri, to earn our first Division I tourney women's volleyball championship. Congratulations to Coach Lian Kang Lu and the members of the tam!
|Tom Piernick||Bill Toutant||John Kroll|
|Marty Holtzman||Jan Nagel||Kerry Peterson|
|Jamie Rigney||Gray Mounger||Dorena Knepper|
|Louise Lewis||John Toolan||Debra Hammond|
|Sue Curzon||Rayetta Esquibel||Michael Hammerschmidt|
|Carmen Ramos Chandler||Magdelena Beltran del Olmo|
Blenda J. Wilson
December 7, 1994
There are undoubtedly many versions of strategic planning, some of them derived from business and industry. For our purposes, three fundamental concepts are central:
First, our planning will be strategic in that it will utilize data and information about the essential features of our environment - nature of our future student body, data about the California economy and political environment, perspectives and expressed needs of employers, anticipated changes in the nature of knowledge, teaching and learning, etc. - to craft a "desired future" for Cal State Northridge.
Second, our planning will be our design - guided by university personnel, consistent with our history, culture and the region we serve. It will not be a model drawn from other types of organizations or other institutions.
Third, the Cal State Northridge Strategic Planning Process will provide opportunities for everyone in the university community to contribute to the vision of our "desired future." The plan will be a continuing reference, rather than a static document, for maintaining excellence, achieving priority goals, allocating resources and demonstrating accountability to our various publics.
The Strategic Planning Committee and our consultants will be responsible for designing the actual process and formats in which these forms of participation will be sought. In addition, they will be responsible for insuring that information on the process and our progress is regularly communicated; that feedback from the community is heard and taken into account in designing the process; that planning activities are organized in a way that encourages community involvement; and that we move along as a reasonable pace.
Please submit nominations to Mary Ann Cummins-Prager or the President's Office by December 13, 1994. A brief paragraph about how your nominee meets the criteria listed above will be helpful and assist the selection process.
Before the Strategic Plan is finalized, it will be presented and discussed with the governance bodies of the campus and major "stakeholders," including faculty, students, staff, and community members with strong connections to the university.
Blenda J. Wilson
December 6, 1994
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