News Archive


navigate student app New Student App Aims to Improve Communication, Engagement
August 2020
With seamless connection to campus resources, easy access to appointments, notifications of important dates and deadlines and so much more, the Navigate Student app is the latest tool Cal State Fullerton is offering students to help them build their foundation for success.


lizette alonso From Mentoring Students to Teaching Them
August 2020
When she was an undergraduate, Lizette Alonso received an email that notified her about an opportunity to work with incoming first-time freshman as a peer mentor in the Office of First Year Experience (OFYE). She took the opportunity and the rest is history.


elaine freyCSUF Welcomes First Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies
July 2020
Dr. Elaine Frey, who has worked to enhance the graduate student experience for nearly a decade, started this month as Cal State Fullerton’s first Assistant Vice President of Graduate Studies. In her new role, Frey is responsible for the management and direction of graduate education and graduate students university-wide, including evaluating graduate student progress, advisement and achievement; as well as delivering training for graduate program advisers and support staff, among other duties.


lmsa-plus student groupTuffy Awards: Pre-med group wins ‘Student Organization of the Year’
July 2020
After a year filled with workshops, speaker engagements and other community-building activities, the Latino Medical Student Association-Pre-Medical Latino Undergraduate Society (LMSA-PLUS) won the Tuffy Award for Student Organization of the Year at the annual ceremony, which was held virtually at the conclusion of the spring semester.


Cecelia McWilliams and Manpreet Luthra

Titans Ready to Take on Medical, Health Professions Schools
June 2020

More than 30 Titans who have been accepted to medical and other health professions schools across the country. 



Virtual thesis retreats

Virtual Thesis Retreats a Hit With Students
June 2020

Thesis Retreats at the Pollack Library – which requires coordination with librarians, writing consultants and guest speakers to host break-out sessions –  was scheduled for mid-April, but had to quickly move online as the campus closed due to COVID-19. 



Remote Honors Conference Making Lemonade, Honors Style
May 2020

For students graduating from the University Honors Program, the annual Senior Honors Projects Conference held at the end of each semester is a culmination of at least four years of pursuing their passion with dedication and hard work. With campus closing, the University Honors Program had to think outside the brick-and-mortar box to host it.



academic advisors Academic Advisement Goes Virtual
April 2020

Weeks before fall registration, worldwide chaos ensued. The AAC was ready.



new academic programs New Concentrations, Minors and Programs
April 2020

A list of new academic programs being offered beginning in Fall 2020.



mark and joan filowitz A Message from the Associate Vice President
March 2020

As we begin to charter a whole new way of working together, and not to mention living our lives and staying healthy, it’s important to remember why we are all here: to serve our students in any way we can. While that may be more difficult to do as many of us are away from campus during this unprecedented time, we at Academic Programs feel it is important to reflect on what make Cal State Fullerton so special.



student ambassadors from the office of first year experience Student Ambassadors Represent CSUF at National Conference
March 2020

Peer mentors from the Office of First Year Experience reflect on attending their first professional conference.



kristen anthony Grad Slam Winner Earns 'People's Choice' at Regionals
March 2020

After winning the second annual Cal State Fullerton Grad Slam competition, graduate student Kristen Anthony became the first Titan to earn the People's Choice award at the regional competition on March 11.



CSUF accept student success award CSUF Earns national Distinction in Student Success
November 2019

Cal State Fullerton’s commitment to helping more students persist, graduate and thrive earned the University the Return on Education Award from Educational Advisory Board (EAB), a best-practices firm dedicated to addressing challenges within the education industry.



csuf office of first year experience student success fellows Battlefield Medicine: Students tour U.S. Army medical tent, learn about military health careers and scholarships
November 2019

Students got to see, first-hand, what practicing medicine looks like in the battlefield when pre-med student clubs teamed with the U.S. Army to bring to campus a mobile hospital room, complete with surgical bed, anesthesia machine and more.



Students hold roundtable at conference hosted by CSUF University Honors Program CSUF Hosts National Honors Conference
October 2019

Cal State Fullerton, for the first time, served as host to the National Society for Minorities in Honors Conference, a gathering of educators from around the country whose mission is to support diversity, equity and inclusion in honors education.



csuf office of first year experience student success fellows Success Fellows Put Students in the Driver's Seat
October 2019

The Student Success Fellow program in OFYE have seen a significant increase in engagement as they have adopted a new strategy to encourage the use of their resources: a proactive student success plan that puts students in the driver’s seat and guarantees they take advantage of the coaching available.



Thesis Retreats at CSUF Pollak Library, hosted by Writing Across the Curriculum Stop Worrying and Start Writing
September 2019

On Sept. 27, Oct. 24 and Nov. 13, the Pollak Library will hold Thesis Retreats, which are designed to support students in achieving those goals while they endeavor to write their theses, dissertations and capstone projects.



csuf honors student monique garcia csuf honors student andres munoz ramirez Honors Students Tapped for Prestigous Fellowship
September 2019

Two students enrolled in the University Honors Program have been chosen to participate in a prestigious fellowship designed to encourage underrepresented students to pursue Ph.D. program.

April-September 2019

kristy nguyenPremed Students at CSUF Thrive
April 2019

Titans are on par with their peer from so-called "elite" schools in terms of test scores, grades, preparation, and knowledge.



grad slam participantsGraduate Studies Hits 'Grad' Slam with Competition
March 2019

Fourteen graduate students competed in the Grad Slam, an event hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies, which challenged competitors to condense their theses, dissertations and projects into three-minute presentations with just one slide.>



mark filowitzAVP Brings Experience, Enthusiasm to New Role
March 2019

In his nearly 20 years at Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Mark Filowitz has stepped into a variety of roles that has prepared him to lead the Office of Academic Programs. As Associate Vice President for Academic Programs, Filowitz’s goals are to ensure the operation is run efficiently, and that it successfully does its part in achieving the Graduation Initiative 2025’s goal of increased four-year graduation rates for first-time freshmen, and two-year graduation rates for transfer students.


assessment scholars New Honors Course Exposes Assessment, Research Methods to Undergrads
June 18, 2018

Student Assessment Scholars, HONR 499, concluded its first year. The course was designed to help students develop skills to understand and assess learning from an institutional perspective.



students in domincan republic First-Year Students Expand Horizons with Study Abroad
June 18, 2018

The Office of First Year Experience (OFYE) partnered with International Programs and Global Engagement, and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) to offer “Global Titans,” a week-long study abroad program available to first-year Summer Bridge students enrolled in University 100.



TDP screen shot New Tool Helps Students Lay Groundwork Toward Graduation
Aug. 28, 2017

Titan Degree Planner, an online program that is tethered to students’ Titan Degree Audit (TDA), fully launched for the fall semester after a pilot run in Spring 2017. The Titan Degree Planner, or TDP, allows students and their advisors to draft multiple semesters toward graduation using a drag-and-drop feature that is saved in their portal.



sofia pierantoni and david john marley CSUF Researchers Explore Influence of Walt Disney Co.
July 31, 2017

When Sofia Pierantoni was considering which college to attend, Cal State Fullerton’s animation program stood out among the others. Mentored by professors with years of industry experience, she has gained confidence in her animation and illustration skills, as well as in her own ideas.


With Honors: Honors Capstone Projects Get Spotlight at Conference
Senior Communications major Cinthia Pasillas Yáñez had spent a year researching, conducting interviews and interning at news outlets in both the United States and Mexico to prepare for the moment each student in the University Honors Program looks forward to: the Senior Honors Project presentation. (June 2017)


From High School to Med School: Students Take Advantage of Linkage Programs Offered at CSUF
While most high school seniors are still deciding which major to choose when they reach college, students who gathered at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25 have that figured out and then some. They were here to interview for entry into medical school. (March 2017)


Profiles in Student Success: Tar Rakhra
By all accounts, Tarlochan Rakhra was a model student with a stellar background: a President’s Scholar, the founder of the Rotaract community service student club, an intern with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a standout student in the University Honors Program. (March 2017)


Enriching the Educational Experience
Assessment is not just about testing. At Cal State Fullerton, faculty and administrators are strengthening ongoing assessment efforts to improve student learning outcomes. (March 2017)


Student Success Teams Nationally Recognized as 'Promising Practice' 
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), the nation’s leading association comprised of student affairs professionals in higher education, has awarded Cal State Fullerton’s Student Success Teams its 2017 Promising Practices Award. (Jan. 23, 2017)


Student Success Teams: Two Years Later
On a cloudy November day in 2014, more than 80 educators from across the Cal State Fullerton community – armed with colorful sticky notes, markers, and a set of common goals – engaged in an interactive workshop that launched Student Success Teams.

“We have innovation right now,” Vice President of Students Affairs Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes said at the time. “This room is an example of collaboration we want to see grow, grow, and grow.”

And grow, grow, and grow it did. (Dec. 12, 2016)


More Students Seeking Health Professions
When senior health science major Grace Baik decided to apply to pharmacy school, the whole process seemed like an uphill climb.

“It’s very overwhelming in the beginning,” she said.

Applying to professional school in the health fields includes a battery of steps: deciding where to apply, getting transcripts in order, soliciting letters of recommendation, updating resumes, documenting hours of practical experience, and perfecting personal statements – and that is just Part 1; students still have to go through “secondaries,” which consist of follow-up questions to the original application, and a last round that involves face-to-face interviews at professional school campuses. (Nov. 7, 2016)


Interim AVP To Focus On Collegiality, Collaboration, Student Success
When Dr. Pamella Oliver decided to earn a master’s degree after her four children had started school, she was urged by a professor at Cal State Fullerton to seek a doctorate. Wary of the prospect at first – of raising a large family while simultaneously diving headfirst into a life of academia – she remained encouraged by the support around her. As the new interim Associate Vice President for Academic Programs, Oliver said she hopes to continue the tradition of support for all students at Cal State Fullerton. (Sept. 27, 2016)


Grad Students Find Home with Success Center
At first sight, the space at PLS-365 can look like any study center on campus. With laptop stations and desks, students are often seen there peering into their computers while wearing earbuds, or sitting together in small groups, conversing and taking notes. (7/25/2016)

Finding Faith: GE Faculty Coordinator Studies Religious Lives of Prisoners
More than 117,000 are currently serving time in California state prisons, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). With the three-year recidivism rate at 61 percent, one Cal State Fullerton professor questioned if there were any resources behind bars that focused on a prisoner’s rehabilitation, rather than simply doling out his or her punishment. (6/27/2016)

Health Professions Launches New Programs to Improve Outreach, Sustainability
For more than 50 years, the Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) has helped several hundred students prepare for and gain admission into health professional schools, with some successful alumni attending such prestigious medical institutions as Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins. (5/31/2016)

'Stampede' Aims to Inform Students of Services
Since their inception in 2014, Student Success Teams have accomplished many goals: assisting with the six-year graduation rate increase at Cal State Fullerton from 51 to 62 percent; helping reduce the achievement gap from 12 to 8 percent in two years; and in one year successfully preventing nearly 2,500 students from deferring graduation. (4/25/2016)

First Year Experience Offers New Journey for Students
For students coming out of high school, any college campus may seem filled with equal parts wonder and worry as they navigate the complex structure that makes up a university. For students at Cal State Fullerton – with nearly 39,000 students, 2,100 faculty, and hundreds of departments and resources – that journey can be even more daunting. (3/28/2016)

New AVP Strives for Student Success
February was a busy month for Dr. Elizabeth Boretz: she began her position as the University’s new Assistant Vice President for Student Success/Director for the Academic Advisement Center, moved more than 300 miles south from the farmlands of Merced, and started a mission to find the best bike trails in Fullerton. (3/7/2016)

Why Do We Need and AMP? How it differs from the Strategic Plan, Campus Plan and UPS
Over the past few weeks, CSUF Provost José Cruz has described some of the variables under consideration as the campus continues work to establish the University's first-ever Academic Master Plan (AMP). This is part two on what is an academic master plan and what does it mean. (3/7/2016)

Cal State Fullerton's Academic Master Plan: What Is It And What Does It Mean?
Over the past year, there have been numerous mentions of the University’s Academic Master Plan. But there may be questions about what, exactly, this master plan is and what changes its implementation may create. (1/29/2016)

It's the Little Things: Using data-driven advising, colleges find more stuents eligible to graduate
Did you know Cal State Fullerton increased its graduation rate to 62 percent? Read more about the strategies and tools utilized to exceed the University's five-year goal in only two years in the latest issue of "Inside Higher Ed." (12/14/15)

Quality Assurance Grant Enhances Online Learning at CSUF
The demand for online learning is rapidly growing throughout the country, with more than 5 million students enrolling in online courses at universities and colleges across the country. At Cal State Fullerton, 16 degree programs and 19 certificate programs are online and enrollment in online courses has increased more than 20 percent in just two years. (11/16/2015)

Profiles in Student Success: Assistant Professor Risto Martinnen
As soon as Risto Marttinen walked on the Cal State Fullerton campus as a freshman, he knew he wanted to teach. Fourteen years later, he is – at Cal State Fullerton. (9/29/2015)

Grad Studies Program Honored for Innovation
The Office of Graduate Studies’ EPOCHS program is one of the top five graduate programs in the country that advances educational achievement for Latinos, according to Excelencia in Education, an organization focused on increasing academic achievement among Hispanic students. (8/31/2015)


Retention Specialists Round Out Student Success Teams
In the past two years, the Office of Academic Programs has collaborated with colleges and the divisions of Student Affairs and Information Technology to restructure the University’s advising system to become more streamlined, synchronized and conducive to enhancing the campus culture for student success. (7/27/2015)

Catalog Moved Online for Tech-Savvy Generation
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Each year at New Student Orientation, incoming Titans are given a bagful of items that are designed to guide them through their college careers, including a very important – yet often overlooked – 700-plus-page book: the University Catalog. (6/29/2015)

Outreach Key in Grooming Future Grad Students
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Tours for students attending area elementary, middle and high schools are quite commonplace on the Cal State Fullerton campus. They learn about Tuffy the Titan, and visit the university’s most helpful services and most interesting spots. However, when nearly 200 fifth- and sixth-graders, and their parents, from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Anaheim took their campus tour on June 9, they learned so much more. (6/29/2015)

Timely Graduation Goal of 'Finish in Four Scholars Program'
On the surface, Haley Binder and Jonathan Salloum seem to be typical graduates from Cal State Fullerton: they attended class full time, were active in student organizations and even held down jobs throughout their entire college careers. Unlike most of their peers with whom they celebrated Commencement May 16-17, however, their entire college careers lasted just three years. (5/27/2015)

CSUF Among Top for Latinos in Healthcare
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Cal State Fullerton has been ranked 17th in the nation in graduating Latinos with bachelor’s degrees in health fields, according to a report released by Excelencia in Education. (4/27/2015)

Students Honored for Thesis Work
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The 2015 Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis Award, Cal State Fullerton’s prestigious honor that recognizes master’s degree students exceptional theses, has been awarded to David Lin from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Amelia Kremer from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. (4/27/2015)

Faculty Share Ideas on Assessment
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Faculty from across the Cal State Fullerton community came together one Thursday morning and happily discussed a topic that just a couple years ago had been taboo: assessment. (4/27/2015)

New Linkage Programs Pave Way to Professional School
Cal State Fullerton students who have their sights set on medical and pharmacy schools have more options as new partnerships with two professional schools have made it possible for Titans to receive special consideration for admission. (4/1/2015)

U-ACRE Wins National Award
Cal State Fullerton’s Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) community engagement program is one of five throughout the country to earn the Washington Center’s prestigious New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. (2/23/2015)

Grants Yields Success for Hispanic Students
The result of a $2.8 million grant designed to increase the number of Hispanic students enrolled in master’s and doctorate programs has been a resounding success as the last fall enrollment numbers show a 38 percent increase over the first year of the program. (1/28/2015)

Students Lead Session at Regional Conference
Two Cal State Fullerton students gave their presentation, “I’m Living My Dream Job and I Haven’t Even Graduated: Inspiring Continuous Talent Development for Student Leaders,” at the annual 2014 NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Western Regional Conference in November. (12/23/2014)

CSUF Gears Up for Student Success at Workshop
In a campus-wide effort to improve the student experience and increase successful outcomes, 80 educators throughout California State University, Fullerton on Nov. 14 engaged in a high-energy, interactive workshop designed to address their roles as Student Success Teams. (11/22/2014)