With State Budget Support Coming, SSU To Increase Faculty Hiring to Better Serve Students


SSU IN THE NEWS - Press Democrat, June 16, 2014

Sonoma State University expects $3.3 million budget hike

SSU President Ruben Armiñana has announced that with the Governor's final budget offer to the California State University system of $142 million holds, the campus will hire a minimum of 45 new permanent faculty over the next three academic years.

The hiring of 15 new faculty each academic year in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 will help SSU meet Arminana's first priority of better serving students by keeping them on track to a timely graduation.

"The addition of more faculty will provide more class sections, particularly in bottleneck courses," says Arminana. The process began on a smaller scale for this coming academic year as nine new permanent faculty have been hired for 2014-15.


Arminana says he looks forward to continued state-wide economic growth and a new positive beginning for the campus with an updated University strategic plan now under development.


The plan includes a goal of offering all undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in a hands-on scholarly activity (e.g. a research project, internship or a work of art project as determined by the academic departments) as part of the educational "tattoo" of SSU.


These activities would be phased in by providing increasing amounts of faculty professional development each year to mentor students in these activities.

Also under review is a goal to permanently close the ongoing $1.7 million deficit in the Academic Affairs Division.


These new strategies are in line with Chancellor Timothy White's priority goals for the CSU which are:


• Increased numbers of tenure-track faculty

• Enhanced advising

• Solutions for bottleneck courses

• Better first-year student preparation

• High-impact practices for student achievement

• Expand data-driven decision-making

• Bolster transfer degree completion rates


Over the past several years, Sonoma State University, like it sister California State University campuses, suffered the loss of almost 30% of its budget resulting in prolonging students' progress toward graduation.


"The State of California appears to be turning a positive financial corner which directly affects the campuses of the CSU," says Arminana. "Governor Brown strongly supports higher education as a means to keep the state on par with what a 21st century workforce needs to be."


For more budget news from the CSU, visit http://blogs.calstate.edu/budgetcentral/?p=1927.

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