California State University, Fullerton offers affordable, high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that reflect the best of current practice, theory and research, and are designed to meet the needs of our diverse students, as well as our region and the state of California. A key mission of the university is to make learning central to our campus. By combining the best qualities of teaching and research universities, actively engaged Cal State Fullerton students, faculty, and staff work in close collaboration to expand knowledge. The mark of a Cal State Fullerton graduate is a person who has developed the habit of intellectual inquiry; is prepared for a challenging profession; seeks strengthened relationships with the community; and, contributes productively to society. We strive for excellence by offering rigorous and intellectually stimulating academic programs that undergo periodic formal review by the university and by external academic accreditation agencies. Our General Education program is designed to provide a strong foundational understanding of disciplines and subject areas, as well as to ensure well-educated students upon graduation. This is achieved by integrating into the course major, foundation courses in the physical sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and fine arts. Articulation agreements with the local community colleges clarify the courses that will be accepted for credit in both General Education and degree programs. Currently, the academic programs available at the university include 55 bachelor’s degrees, 50 master’s degrees, 54 minors, 20 teaching credential programs, and an independent doctorate in education.
Among our master’s degrees is a large M.B.A. program. Other graduate programs range from the M.A. and M.F.A. in the arts and performing arts to M.A. and M.S. degrees in diverse programs such as computer science, counseling, engineering, education, reading, sciences, the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, as well as a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree designed to prepare students to enter professional and multicultural social work practice. Many graduate-level classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate the working student. Online programs include an M.S. in Information Technology and an M.S. in Software Engineering.
Cal State Fullerton also offers a doctoral degree, the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, to help prepare secondary educators for careers as administrators, principals and superintendents in school systems throughout California.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
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The vice president for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer for the campus and provides leadership for the planning and management of all academic and instructional resources that support the teaching, scholarship and research mission of the university. Working with the president, college deans, academic administrators, the academic senate, students and the campus community, the vice president for Academic Affairs provides leadership for all academic planning, resources, and operational matters.
Each college and academic program publishes information that is available on the university’s website - www.fullerton.edu. The Office of Academic Affairs maintains other academic-related information including:
- Current undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered in classrooms and online;
- Learning opportunities through University Extended Education that provide access to the university by working professionals and businesses, international students and groups, retirees and other members of the community;
- Recruitment and personnel processes for faculty, librarians, and other instructional personnel;
- Instructional classrooms, laboratories and other academic-related facilities;
- Student enrollment, retention, and graduation rates;
- Names of associations, agencies or governmental bodies that accredit and approve the university and its academic programs.
ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT CENTER
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The Academic Advisement Center provides academic counseling to matriculated students with respect to the General Education Program and the policies/procedures associated with that program. The Academic Advisement Center is the academic home department for undeclared students, providing services normally given through the student’s declared major department. Additionally, the center provides programs and services to assist students in the selection of a major.
Students seeking information about the implications of academic probation are encouraged to visit the Academic Advisement Center for a personal consultation.
Please consult the Academic Advisement Center website for useful information about the General Education Program, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures. The center provides walk-in advisement, no appointment necessary.
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The Office of Academic Programs coordinates the development of academic degree programs; provides an all-university perspective on educational activities at the campus; and stimulates academic innovations in a context of high quality.
The associate vice president for Academic Programs is responsible for administering university policies and regulations dealing with graduate curricula; fostering and administering institutional exchange programs with foreign universities; preparing and publishing the university catalog; and serving as liaison to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and other accrediting agencies.
The associate vice president for undergraduate programs is responsible for administering university policies and regulations dealing with undergraduate curricula, including the General Education Program; provides leadership to academic support programs and departments; and assists in administering recruitment, enrollment management, and several graduation requirements, including remediation and the second language graduation requirement.
The Office of Academic Programs provides leadership for the Curriculum Committee, General Education Committee, Graduate Education Committee, International Education Committee and other groups and individuals concerned with assessing and strengthening the educational programs of this institution. Responsibilities related to the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University include regular review and updating of the Academic Master Plan; coordination of program performance review; and staff reports for the Chancellor’s Office relating to academic planning and accountability.
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Shared governance at CSUF involves the Senate and other faculty members through membership on boards, ad hoc committees, and general committees, in addition to the standing committees. Representing the faculty, the Senate works with administrators, staff and students, exemplifying “The Fullerton Way” of collegial governance.
The Academic Senate is an integral part of university governance and collegial decision- making. The Senate develops, formulates and reviews educational and professional policy that becomes university policy if approved by the president. Examples of educational and professional policy include curricula, academic standards, criteria and standards for the selection, retention and promotion of faculty members; academic and administrative issues concerning students; and allocation of resources. There are 16 standing committees of the Senate and three general committees of the faculty.
The Senate consists of 45 members including the university president, vice president for Academic Affairs, two representatives from Associated Students, Inc., CSUF, three elected CSU academic senators, the president of the exclusive bargaining representative for Unit 3, a member of the Emeritus Professors of CSUF, the immediate past chair of the Academic Senate (except when the incumbent chair is re-elected).
The 16 standing committees of the Academic Senate are the Academic Standards Committee, Campus Facilities and Beautification Committee, Curriculum Committee, Elections Committee, Extended Education Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, Faculty Development Center Board, General Education Committee, Graduate Education Committee, Information Technology Committee, International Education Committee, Internships and Service-Learning Committee, Library Committee, Planning, Resource and Budget Committee, Student Academic Life Committee, and University Advancement Committee.
ADMISSIONS AND RECORDS
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The Office of Admissions and Records is responsible for the administration of the admission, registration, records, and other academic services to undergraduate and graduate students in the regular sessions of California State University, Fullerton. These programs and services provide preadmission guidance to prospective students and current information about the university’s curricula and requirements to school and college counselors; admit and readmit students within enrollment categories and priorities; evaluate the applicability of undergraduate transfer credit toward all-university requirements of the curriculum; and provide liaison in the identification and resolution of articulation problems of transfer students.
Units of Admissions and Records also register student programs of study, including enrollment into classes; maintain academic records; administer academic probation and disqualification policies; provide enrollment certifications on student request, including transcripts of academic records to the Veterans Administration and for other purposes; certify the completion of degree requirements; receive petitions for exceptions to academic regulations; and provide information about these programs and services.
CENTER FOR INTERNSHIPS AND SERVICE-LEARNING
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The Center for Internships and Service-Learning was established to offer students the opportunity to formally integrate academics with practical experiences prior to graduation. Internships and service-learning programs offer students both domestic and international opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills in “real” situations in business, and not-for-profit and government agencies. These real world experiences provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge, apply theories and skills learned in the classroom, prepare them for successful entry into the job market, as well as develop them as socially responsible citizens. Additionally, students have the opportunity for personal growth, leadership and professional preparation. Other valuable benefits of internships and service-learning are:
- Gain work and service experiences
- Network and develop industry contacts
- Earn academic credit
- Solidify academic and career goals
- Opportunity to earn money while learning
- Explore various career options within a major
- Opportunity to demonstrate personal and social responsibility.
The programs involve the cooperation of faculty, employers and service host agencies that provide opportunities for students to fulfill their academic, civic and professional needs. Each internship/service-learning placement is monitored by the site while faculty provide guidance to students, ensuring the academic integrity of the work/service experience.
Students who wish to participate in service-learning courses should register for courses with an “S” designation in the class schedule. There are no restrictions and no maximum course unit limits for service-learning courses.
Students participating in upper-division internships must:
- Be at least in their junior year of study or have instructor consent
- Be in good academic standing, 2.0 GPA or above
- Receive approval from the appropriate faculty coordinator
- Enroll in the departmental internship course
The internships and service-learning experiences must be consistent with the goals for the student’s academic discipline. In most departments up to six units of internship credits may be earned.
Planning ahead is important for success in either an internship or a service-learning experience. Students should visit the Center’s website at www.fullerton.edu/CISL or stop by Langsdorf Hall 209 to get more information on setting up an internship or service-learning opportunity. The center is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in Langsdorf Hall 209.
CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
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Classroom Technology Support (CTS) is located on the lower level of McCarthy Hall, Room 63. The CTS department has installed and continues to maintain the new multimedia equipment in all of the interdisciplinary classrooms located throughout the campus. These smart classrooms facilitate both the teaching and learning experience of all members of the university community. Classroom Technology Support also provides small-scale sound reinforcement (PA sound systems) for events conducted on campus.
Faculty and staff of the university may contact the CTS department to obtain training and technical assistance on the use of the equipment in the smart classrooms. For detailed information and lists of smart classroom training dates and times, contact Classroom Technology Support at (714) 278-2621.
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The Department of Distance Education serves as a source for production, delivery, information, grant assistance and experimentation in the area of distance education.
A comprehensive development support team (including instructional design, graphic design and programming) works one-on-one with faculty and departments to develop various online courses, programs and degrees. Services include development of online courses using various technologies; development and streaming of online presentations (live or archived streaming), and multimedia application development.
Instructional Televised Instruction (ITI) includes one-way video/two-way audio transmission (ITFS) and interactive videoconferencing. Three classrooms are designed and equipped for distance education and currently deliver university classes to the Irvine Campus, Garden Grove Center and other off-campus locations, including workplace classrooms in businesses and industry. Students at remote sites can interact with instructors, as well as with on- and off-campus classmates in a “live” exchange of information and ideas.
A special videoconferencing facility is available for instruction and administrative use. Satellite teleconferencing is also available, and the Titan Cable Channel network makes CSUF programming available on commercial cable systems throughout Orange County.
For detailed information, contact the Office of Distance Education at (714) 278-4752.
FACULTY AFFAIRS AND RECORDS
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The Office of Faculty Affairs and Records is the official repository for documents and correspondence concerning full-time teaching and administrative faculty. It has responsibility for retaining documentation pertaining to employment, reappointment, tenure, promotion, leaves of absence, grievances, disciplinary actions and separations.
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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Established in 1998, the Faculty Development Center is funded by the Office of the President and is charged with promoting faculty development, vitality and enrichment. The center is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive program of support for all instructional faculty across a broad spectrum of professional activities, including but not limited to: teaching and learning, use of instructional technologies, scholarly research and creative activities, professional and service activities, and other campus-wide intellectual and community-building events.
The Faculty Development Center is based on a number of guiding principles: the center (1) recognizes and champions faculty in their multiple roles (e.g., as teacher, scholar, professional, community member) and acknowledges the broad range and depth of their varied accomplishments; (2) focuses on increasing faculty and thereby student learning; (3) promotes cross-departmental, college and unit interactions and fosters collaboration among faculty, administrators and staff with shared interests and professional development goals; (4) reflects an awareness of different patterns of faculty growth and development and offers comprehensive, on-going, developmental, and flexible support programs; (5) recognizes individual scholarly and creative pursuits, as well as collaborative activities and developments; (6) creates opportunities for discipline-specific, as well as cross-disciplinary shared learning and experimentation emphasizing transferability of knowledge; (7) informs faculty about the impact of external factors on the institution and fosters concomitant dialogue and adaptation; (8) reduces a sense of isolation among faculty, administrators, students and other units on campus by building community; (9) encourages and appropriately supports faculty in undertaking new roles and responsibilities and in further developing current skills (e.g., in the areas of student learning outcomes assessment and instructional technology); and (10) connects faculty growth and development to the university’s vitality and seeks a balance between institutional, faculty, and student goals and needs.
Given these goals and principles, the center represents a collaborative effort that includes an administrative director and staff, as well as a team of faculty coordinators and liaisons, and a Senate-convened, 15-member Advisory Board with representation from faculty, administrators and students.
Specific activities of the Faculty Development Center include: promotes and manages campus-wide Blackboard Learning Management system; coordinates several funding programs directly supporting teaching and scholarly/creative activities; provides individualized and group support and training to faculty in instructional technology and use of assessment; provides support to faculty regarding special issues (e.g., peer support of teaching, diversity issues, statistics and research design consultation); assists new and tenure-track faculty with an on-going orientation and retention/tenure/ promotion workshop series; works with part-time faculty and lecturers; sponsors an annual program of support for chairs; arranges campus-wide conferences, seminars, workshops, and colloquia across a large variety of special topics; publishes periodic newsletters; maintains a current resource library; and sponsors community-building and campus cultural activities.
The center operates three instructional labs accommodating both PC and MAC platforms.
For more information on specific activities, programs and events, contact the director of the Faculty Development Center, Dr. Tony Rimmer, at (714) 278-5628 or Leticia Stotler, executive assistant to the director, (714) 278-2841.
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The staff of the Office of Graduate Studies facilitates students' graduation by implementing state and university policies regarding degree requirements for the 50 master's and one doctoral degree program. The office directs students about procedures for leaves of absence, maintaining continuous enrollment, conducts probation and disqualification reviews, and performs evaluations of each student's Graduate Study Plan for classification status and the completion of requirements for authorizing award of the appropriate graduate degree. Graduate Studies staff also assist the Graduate Education Committee and individual departments on curricular reviews, including the review of proposed new graduate degree programs, as well as policy statements concerning graduate students and graduate-level programs. Additional responsibilities include review processes for several financial awards, such as the Graduate Equity Fellowships, CSU Pre-Doctoral Awards, Fleckles Fund Travel Awards, and the Giles Brown Thesis Award. Detailed questions about specific degree programs should be directed to the appropriate departmental or program graduate adviser.
GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
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The Office of Grants and Contracts provides assistance to faculty and staff in their efforts to obtain external funding in support of their research and other scholarly activities. The office offers the following services: pre-proposal consultation; proposal development training; information about funding opportunities; assistance with budget preparation; critiques and edits proposals; drafts, reviews and negotiates contractual documents; provides oversight of the internal routing, review and approval processes for all proposals submitted to extramural funding agencies; and coordinates and oversees regulatory compliance issues for proposals submitted to federal and various non-federal agencies. Additionally, it publicizes and provides training, as well as project administration for selected intramural proposal programs. Lastly, the Office of Grants and Contracts coordinates technology transfer activities and accepts disclosures for potentially patentable intellectual property.
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Information Technology supports the campus mission by providing a wide range of technology solutions and services. The division manages the university's telecommunication infrastructure and network, administrative websites, administrative computing resources, faculty and staff workstations, and faculty, staff and student email and portals. Information Technology provides the campus with a one-card and stored value system, help desk services, and a 240-seat general use computer lab.
INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND ANALYTICAL STUDIES
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Institutional Research and Analytical Studies provides and promotes institutional self-understanding through research and analysis. The office is responsible for organizing and presenting research results, models, alternative scenarios, and other information essential to campus policy formulation, academic planning, resource allocation, assessment and quality, and institutional effectiveness.
Enrollment trends and forecasting, student and faculty demography, recruitment and retention, resource allocation and utilization, curricular change and student learning, and any other topic relevant to documenting and improving educational and institutional effectiveness are all within the office’s purview. The office is an all-university, central resource for institutional facts and figures, methodological advice and problem solving, and is also the chief source of official statistics for the campus.
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The Office of Academic Programs, in cooperation with the Office of International Education and Exchange, coordinates all aspects of the university’s commitment to academic internationalization. It is responsible for overseeing and directing the internationalization of the curriculum. It also initiates and administers contacts with sister institutions throughout the world in order to foster the exchange of faculty and students. For further information, see the section of this catalog titled “International Programs.”
For more information on specific opportunities for students to study abroad, either through the CSU system-wide International Program or direct links that CSU Fullerton has with foreign institutions, see the section of this catalog titled “International Education.”
THE PAULINA JUNE & GEORGE POLLAK LIBRARY
Chief among campus learning resources is the Pollak Library, named in 1998 after Dr. Paulina June Pollak – a CSUF English Professor Emerita – and her husband George. Located at the center of the campus and offering collections of approximately 3 million items, the Library consists of a six-story South Wing and a newer four-story North Wing.
In addition to book and bound periodical collections of more than 1 million volumes, the Library provides access to more than 150 online databases, and more than 5,000 electronic journals, and contains a wide array of other materials, including government publications (federal, state, local and international), audiovisual collections, archival and rare items, maps, microforms and computer software. Books and other materials are selected to support the learning mission of the university.
As part of the university’s learning mission, the Pollak Library offers a variety of instructional programs and services. Library faculty conduct instructional sessions for CSUF classes in all disciplines, as well as special workshops focused on electronic resources. One-to-one instruction in the use of the Library’s collections and services is provided at the main Reference Desk and the Library’s other service desks. General Library orientation sessions are available for CSUF students, faculty and staff, and other campus-affiliated groups.
The Pollak Library’s home page (http://www.library.fullerton.edu) serves as the gateway to the Library, both onsite and remotely. The home page offers a wealth of information about the Library’s collections and services.
Access to the home page, with its links to many Library and Internet resources, can be gained from computer workstations in the Electronic Resources Area, as well as in the North Oasis and the Titan Computing Lab. Wireless Internet access is available on all floors throughout the library.
Access to Library resources, as well as other Internet resources, is available from campus offices, classrooms, computer labs and the residence halls. Remote access to these resources is offered through the Titan Internet Access Service and other Internet service providers via the proxy server.
The TitanCard issued by the university serves as a Library card for checking out books and other materials. Library users are responsible for the on-time return of all materials charged out on their cards.
For the convenience of users, photocopiers, printers, and microform reader-printers are available in locations throughout Pollak Library. These are operated with coins or TitanCards. Other specialized facilities include music listening rooms, videotape viewing rooms, group study rooms, and a microfilm reading area.
Beyond the many resources available on campus and via the home page, mutual use agreements make accessible to students and faculty the collections of the 22 other libraries in the California State University system and several neighboring institutions.
Interlibrary loan services provide delivery of Library resources to CSUF’s Irvine Campus as well. Document delivery and interlibrary loan arrangements with commercial providers, as well as libraries throughout the world, expand even further the information resources available to the CSUF community.
UNIVERSITY EXTENDED EDUCATION
Registration & Information
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University Extended Education (UEE) is a rich and varied component of Cal State Fullerton. UEE works with university academic units to create and administer programs that extend Cal State Fullerton's resources out into the community. This includes:
Academic Credit Programs - Intersession, Open University, the Spectrum MBA, the Master of Science in Taxation in South Orange County, a Master of Science in Counseling and other contract credit courses and degree programs for local and international constituencies. In addition, UEE provides administrative services for Summer Session.
Professional Continuing Education - professional development and personal enrichment through continuing education classes including more than 50 certificate programs in areas such as computers and information technology, management, biotechnology, engineering, human services, human resources and manufacturing and distribution.
Custom Corporate Training Programs - classes taught on-site and tailored to fit each company's training needs.
Programs for Educators - professional development opportunities for educators in the areas of education of the gifted, reading, mathematics, fine arts, beginning teacher training, technology, school business management, special education, and foreign language.
The American Language Program -a program of intense English instruction for international students.
Distance Education - classes and programs delivered through electronic means such as interactive television and the Internet.
Lifelong Learning - extends the university's resources out in the community through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (formerly known as CLE) - a learning in retirement program; an educational partnership with the Fullerton Arboretum; and Children's Summer Art Camp.
International Programs - extends the university's resources into the global community via academic credit courses, certificate programs and other learning experiences. Areas of focus include International Programs, Asia and University Study Abroad at CSUF.
Additional information may be found in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.
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The mission of University Outreach is to identify, develop, and attract a diverse and high achieving pool of prospective freshman and transfer student applicants for admission to Cal State Fullerton. We provide educational services and programs designed to motivate and encourage students to pursue post-secondary education, to academically prepare middle and high school students for university entrance, and to promote the academic and student services opportunities available at Cal State Fullerton.
To accomplish this mission, University Outreach provides services that include pre-admissions advising, application workshops, tutoring, student support services, and information dissemination to the general public and community about the university’s admission process and procedures. University Outreach also hosts on-campus visitation programs and special campus-wide events such as Welcome to Cal State Fullerton Day.