PMM 4_18_2022.mp4
PROVOST: Welcome to the Provost Monday Minute, where  each week we present 1-3 things that you "otter" know in about a minute.   First up,  the Office of Graduate Studies and Research held its first ever CSUMB  Grad Slam on April 14, 2022, where 10 graduate student finalists were judged for the best 3-minute oral research presentation using a single PowerPoint slide. I'm pleased to announce that Julianne Cornett (MSCI) and Connie Machuca (ENVSCI) will  represent CSUMB at the  statewide Grad Slam on May 6, 2022 at CSUB.    Next I'm joined by AVP for Student Success, Andy Drummond, who has a progress report on the GI2025/Otter Promise Equity Priority to implement digital degree planners later this summer. Digital planners (at CSUMB this is My Learning Plan) assist students and advisors in planning the degree path and monitoring progress. Broad use of planners by students will provide data to guide departments in building optimized schedules of classes that meet student demand while more effectively managing instructional resources.   AVP DRUMMOND: Thank you Provost Kantardjieff.  Over the past several years, the faculty and staff in Academic Affairs have been working hard to make sure that every step our students take along their academic journeys is true. We’ve cleared pathways, removed hidden curriculum, and dedicated ourselves to reducing barriers that can trip us all up. That good work continues apace this semester through our Otter Promise student success work, with faculty and staff engaging in critical improvements to digital degree planning. With exemplary leadership from the Senate Curriculum Committee and the college curriculum committees, our faculty, chairs, and our Deans, hundreds of courses are being updated to better reflect their currency and frequency of offering. Simple updates like these help our current students tremendously, and they also make it easier for prospective students who are considering CSUMB for their next steps to know, not just their destination, but how they’ll get there. This is a thank you to every one of you for all you are doing to help CSUMB put its best curricular foot forward.   We know that our next steps together will be clearing our Associates for Transfer (aka ADT) pathways. ADTs are extremely important to our transfer student enrollments. While most of our ADT students graduate within the guaranteed 60 units, we still have a number who don't. Because this is a complex issue, we will wait until Fall 2022 to begin this work with the affected programs.  Our goal remains to ensure compliance and equitable student success.   PROVOST: Thank you, AVP Drummond. We're excited to see the campus-wide implementation of digital planners later this summer.  Finally,  on Saturday, April 23, we will celebrate commencement for our Class of 2021 graduates who had postponed ceremonies due to the pandemic.  We hope to see  many  of you there. Details are on the  commencement webpage.  Have a great week, Otters! See you soon.
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