As a beacon of hope, our university will provide our students access to opportunity and will prepare them to be successful in a global society. We will also be an institution that builds communities, both on campus and off, that will promote a just and sustainable future for the region and the people we serve.
Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate recognizing my continued efforts on behalf of Latino students on the CSU, East Bay campus and my strong support of programs helping students complete their studies on their way to lifelong success.. 2015.
Accessibility Services Award of Appreciation. Americans with Disability Act, 22nd Anniversary Celebration. California State University, East Bay. 2012.
Associate Students Award: Model of Shared Governance for Exemplary Service to Students. 2010
American Men and Women of Science.
Planning for Student Success:
Incorporated service learning into general education and Honors Program.
Expanded advisement across campus, including advising centers in each of the four Colleges
Expanded peer mentoring.
Increased emphasis on out-of-classroom learning (internships and assistantships).
Promoted undergraduate research through the establishment of the Center for Student Research.
Spearheaded the establishment of CSUEB's Academic Access, Enhancement and Excellence Fee (A2E2) to facilitates improvements in student retention and success, and workforce development.
To serve non-traditional students, expanded the number of online degrees through incentive grants.
First-year retention continues to increase annually and our second-year retention is at a 10-year high.
Instituted a first year faculty academy where new faculty learn best practices in teaching and learning.
Established three new awards to recognize faculty achievement
Established Programmatic Excellence & Innovation in Learning (PEIL) grants
Established Teacher-Scholar Program.
Established Quarterly Grants for Innovation in Instruction.
Ensuring a Diverse and Inclusive Campus:
Funded and supported the establishment of a cohort based program that uses integrated academic and cultural approaches primarily aimed at improving the academic success of our Hispanic students.
Increased student recruitment efforts to focus on recruitment into areas of academic distinction.
Increased enrollment of students from underrepresented populations (the University is now a Hispanic Serving Institution) and local high schools in low income neighborhoods.
In collaboration with the University Diversity Office, initiated the Week of Inclusive Excellence.
Developed new procedures to recruit diverse faculty, including appointing a diversity advocate for all faculty searches.
Initiated the Provost's Speakers Colloquium on sustainability and social justice.
Funded the annual “Interdisciplinary Restorative Justice Conference for Professionals”.
Established the Provost's Award for Outstanding Scholar on Issues of Diversity, Social Justice, and Multiculturalism.
Engaging the Community:
Supported the establishment of Hayward Promise Neighborhood (a 5 year, $25M grant from the U.S. Department of Education with the purpose of transforming a low income, predominately Hispanic neighborhood).
Increased campus' commitment to the surrounding communities by increasing the amount of service learning from 80,000 hours in 2009-10 to over 300,000 hours in 2014-15.
Established the Institute for STEM Education to improve math and science education in local and regional K-12.
Strengthening financial health, decision-making and accountability:
Led campus to a 10 year accreditation from WASC.
Established the James and Valerie Houpis Sustainability Fund for the planned Center for an Integrated Understanding of Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability (a permanent endowment).
Academic Affairs' budget grew from $44M in 2009-10 and an end of year $2M deficit to a $51M budget in 2013-14 with over $10 M in reserves for strategic investment and upgrading research and instructional equipment.
Developed an activities based costing model for academic affairs to develop consistent and fair funding that would fund actual costs and allow for strategic allocations.
Increased resources through expansion of programs and degrees offered through University Extension, which provides an additional yearly revenue stream of $19M.
Established first ever strategic plan for the College.
Initiated reform in general education science courses.
Provided leadership for the Shasta Community College Initiative to bring 4-year CSU degrees to Redding California.
Expanded and strengthened interdisciplinary and sustainability activities within the College.
Provided leadership and support for the Math and Science K-12 Initiative and the Center for Math and Science Education.
Increased emphasis on out-of-classroom learning..
Achieved all-time high in number of College majors (2115 majors in 2009, 100% increase since 2001)..
Increased diversity of College majors, students of color increased from 16% n 2001 to 26% in 2008.
Implemented College Annual Performance Report, and its use in determining performance indicators.
Laucnhed the Gateway Science Museum.
Developed process for performance dollar allocations to Academic Units.
Implemented a new Instructional and Research Equipment Request Program to address equipment replenishment in College.
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