The following message was posted on the CSUN website on October 4, 2018.
To the Campus Community:
Yesterday, CSUN hosted CSU Chancellor Timothy White and Executive Vice Chancellor Loren Blanchard in conversations with faculty leadership and students regarding general education (GE) at CSUN and across the 23-campus CSU system. Specifically, we spent time listening and discussing the reasons giving rise to changes in CSU Executive Order 1100-Revised (EO 1100-R), including improving graduation rates, addressing equity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color, and promoting consistency throughout the CSU.
I want to thank Associated Students President Beverly Ntagu, CTVA Professor Nate Thomas, Vice President for Student Affairs William Watkins and Interim Provost Stella Theodoulou, as well as everyone who participated in these important conversations. We appreciated and valued the feedback we received.
At CSUN, we all want success for our students. A CSUN degree is a valuable tool for a career and a life. We believe that degree must include a strong foundation in cross-comparative cultural studies in addition to the sciences, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and other foundational skills and knowledge. We believe that effective GE curriculum builds critical thinking skills, enhances cultural awareness and advances inclusion. We believe these skills are vital for success in the 21st century, and we believe that our 6-unit GE Section F, which will be retained at CSUN, is indispensable in equipping our students with these skills.
It is my sincere hope that faculty will come together and find a solution that allows us to align with the CSU while preserving the values that are so important to CSUN as an institution. Some of our faculty have already proposed several options that can meet the new GE requirements, and I look forward to hearing the recommendations that result from the faculty process.
As a campus, I ask that we find a way forward, together, with and for our students. If you would like to learn more about the executive order, please visit www.csun.edu/eo1100r.
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.