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Academic Affairs Newsletter, Week of December 4

Important Dates:

  • Dec. 12: Grades due
  • Dec. 18: Submit a proposal to host a "Beyond the Chalk" Lecture: see attached
  • Jan. 2: First Day of the Winter Quarter

1. Grades: Reminder Regarding WU:

Unauthorized Withdrawals
There may be some confusion over the grade "WU", as compared to "F" grades.  As noted in the Catalog, a "WU" should be used when "students enrolled in a course, but did not withdraw from the course and also failed to complete course requirements.  [...] The “WU” is calculated in the grade point average as an “F” grade."  If you have questions about this, please contact Mitchell Watnik.  

2. Textbook Affordability: Two Quick Updates

a. If you have no cost to students for your textbooks in Winter and Spring, please let  A list is being compiled.

b. Affordable Textbook Conference

The CSU is leading a one day conference on textbook affordability on January 30, 2018 and we’re inviting you, your faculty, and your staff to participate in the event. Why attend?  Textbook affordability affects student success and time to graduation.  Survey research of over 22,000 undergraduates in Florida has shown that 48% of students say they fewer units per semester frequently or occasionally because of the high cost of textbooks. We’ll help get you there! You can get two (2) FREE registrations for campuses awarded an AB 798 grant -  to get your comp registrations, please email us at  Additional free registrations will be available while the supply lasts for CSU & CCC campuses – email  to request your free registration.

More information is on the attached flyer.

3. Interim Director of IR is named:

Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Fanny Yeung as Interim Director of Institutional Research. Dr. Yeung joined Cal State East Bay in September 2014 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship and doctorate from the Higher Education and Organizational Change program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Yeung brings over a decade's worth of experience in institutional research in the areas of student outcomes, campus experiences, program assessment and evaluation, and equity initiatives. At Cal State East Bay, Dr. Yeung's work within the Office of Academic Programs and Graduate Studies has been pivotal in moving the campus towards the use of data to shape conversations and initiatives related to student success. In her new role, Dr. Yeung will look to lead Institutional Research in expanding the scope of these conversations to include institutional effectiveness by not only providing data, information, and analysis of outcomes to the University community, but also acting as a thinking partner to those looking to find meaning and take necessary action to ensure the University's mission is fulfilled.

4. Dean of Business Search

Today (Tuesday) will be the last candidate for the Dean of Business and Economics.  Please attend the open session if you can.  If you have feedback sheets, please make sure that they are delivered to the College of Business (there is a box in VBT 411 where you can submit your sheets).  Thank you.

5. From Faculty Development:

Syllabus Shake Up
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
10:00-11:30 am
SF 329

Does your syllabus look much like the one you received when you were in college? What role does the syllabus play in your course? What role could it play? Before you sigh, click, and buy the “It’s in the syllabus!” t-shirt, come to this workshop and get some tips for shaking up the format and role of the syllabus in your courses. We’ll talk about design tweaks and tools, and the knowledge- construction versus the knowledge- transfer syllabus. Examples will be shared. Just in time for Winter quarter! 

Presenter: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development*

Quiet Space for Grading Papers
Exam Week
December 6th, 7th, 8th
11:00-3:00 pm
SF 314

We’ll provide coffee, tea and snacks.  Grading with others can help get your through the stacks of papers, so invite a colleague and get productive in SF 314.

RSVP for Office of Faculty Development/Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching workshops here.

Have a need for a workshop? Have an idea for one you'd like to present? Email

5. Research Speed Dating

On Tuesday January 16, 11:30-1:00, ORSP will host a faculty networking activity called “Research Speed Dating.”  During this fast-paced event, you will have an opportunity to network and learn about your colleagues’ research.  Similar to speed dating, you will share a 3-minute “elevator speech” with one another as you rotate around the room. The event will end with a networking luncheon.  All that you need to participate is a short elevator speech about your research activity and your curiosity about what your colleagues are doing.   This event will be located in SF 329.  Lunch will be provided; please RSVP to Anne Wing

6. Holiday Party

Today (Tuesday) at 4 in the MPR.  All are invited!  See you there. 

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