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Topic 5: Student Success

September 30, 2014

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Of CSUN’s seven planning priorities, none is more critical than our unrelenting focus on student success. Student success encompasses not only academic excellence, but also student engagement in university life, retention, and persistence to graduation. To assist students in achieving success, the university strives to provide pertinent classes and to deliver an array of support programs and services.  
Students – help us to help you. Please give us your suggestions for how we can better support you in your academic careers. What services might help you toward a timely graduation?  How can we better communicate about the resources that are available on campus? How can the university improve processes or services to better facilitate your path to graduation, and make your CSUN years memorable and satisfying? We want to hear all ideas – small to big – addressing all issues – minor to substantive. Please share your experiences, your solutions, and your suggested strategies for making the CSUN experience the best it can be.
Faculty and staff – you interact with students in a multitude of ways and you each bring your unique perspective. Let us know about students who have come to you for help in dealing with challenges. How were you able to assist them? What are your suggestions for ensuring the best possible outcomes for CSUN students, and facilitating their progress to timely graduation?

NOTE: This item was closed to comments after October 17, 2014. A report on the results will be posted soon.


Topic 4 Results: Sustainability

May 7, 2014

Photo of CSUN campusA message to the campus community from President Harrison has just been released announcing that the summary of responses to Topic 4: Sustainability is now available. Click here to download and review the summary report.

As a reminder, Topic 4 posed the following question to the campus community earlier this semester:

As green initiatives multiply, managing those efforts with limited resources becomes increasingly important. What efforts should take priority and what creative ideas do you have for making CSUN shine greener?

The thoughtful feedback received demonstrated a high level of interest and commitment to this issue. Your ideas and suggestions will help to further flesh out our initiatives and shape how we move forward. We’re pleased that you also shared many examples of projects underway affirming the numerous efforts towards a sustainable campus. Suggestions for improving campus sustainability not part of the plan will be considered for inclusion as next year’s action items are prioritized.


Topic 3 Update: Becoming a Smoke-Free Campus

February 7, 2014

Photo of CSUN campusLast November, we reported on the feedback results of Topic 3 on whether CSUN should be a smoke-free campus. This feedback included a summary report of the responses and the appointment of the Task Force on Becoming a Smoke-Free Campus, which was charged with considering this important issue (see also the President’s message about the results of the survey and the appointment of the Task Force.)

As a further update on this issue, the Task Force reported that it has begun its work and will meet at least twice a month from February to April 2014 and provide its recommendations to the President's Cabinet in early May. An email address has been created for Task Force, and members of the university community are invited to share their input with the members at .

Input and feedback from the university community, which includes smokers and non-smokers, remains critical—the Task Force is considering the survey results, as well as other forms of input such as emails sent to the above e-mail address from students, faculty, and staff, as it works on developing recommendations, so the continued interest and feedback of the campus community are welcome.


Topic 2 Update: CSUN Pride, Spirit, and Reputation

May 7, 2014

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In spring 2013, the campus community responded to the question: “Using ‘CSUN Shine’ as a springboard, what can we do to grow pride and school spirit and further enhance the university’s reputation?” Results were summarized in this report.

Capitalizing on President Harrison’s leadership and strong support across the entire university, significant progress has been made to elevate CSUN’s reputation, visibility, spirit and pride. The central effort that stemmed from this topic, as well as the work of the Task Force on Engagement, is the current Reputation and Visibility Enhancement Initiative that launched this spring. In addition, the use of CSUN Shine continues to build a solid foundation to boost CSUN’s position with our external audiences and overall internal consistency in our communications.

To read an update on the overarching Reputation and Visibility Enhancement Initiative and the numerous activities relating to this topic, please read the following report:

Topic 2 Update: Enhancing CSUN Pride, Spirit and Reputation

Thank you for being a CSUN ambassador, increasing our pride, spirit and reputation.