Despite the continuing economic slump and up-in-the-air state budget, CSUB President Horace Mitchell shared several points of optimism during his University Day address Tuesday, Sept. 7. To an audience of faculty and staff in the Doré Theatre, he outlined how the university is moving forward.
Some of those include:
- Working with community partners to establish an agribusiness concentration within the existing business degree program to better serve the local agriculture industry.
- Doing the same with local accounting firms to take our accounting program to the next level. While engineering programs at nearby Fresno State and Cal Poly currently preclude CSUB from instating an engineering program here, CSUB is considering adding computer engineering to its existing computer science program.
- Conducting an impartial study in 2011 on switching from a quarter to a semester system. CSUB is one of six out of 23 CSU campuses on a quarter system. If CSUB decides to switch, the new schedule would be implemented in Fall 2013.
- Moving forward with the plan to construct additional student housing that would be ready for students by Fall 2013.
- Moving forward with a private-public partnership to lease campus land for an office building in which inhabitants would have programmatic relationships with one or more academic programs on campus. Two other partnerships are still in the idea phase: a hotel and conference center and a children’s museum.
- Continuing the strategy to increase enrollment on campus despite budgetary constraints. “It is not the right strategy to reduce access to higher education here in Kern County,” Mitchell said.
You can watch his entire University Day address at this link. (Quicktime Player is required.)
President Mitchell also encourages people to read his monthly update, in which he updates the campus and community on news and developments at CSUB.