Provost Updates

Latest Academic Affairs Messages

 

Announcing New Dean of Undergraduate Education

June 3, 2024

I am excited to announce that Dr. Melinda Jackson will be the next Dean of Undergraduate Education here at SJSU! Her official start date is July 3, 2024. Dr. Jackson was selected after a highly competitive search across the entire California State University. I want to thank the search committee for their work in bringing such an excellent pool to campus. Dr. Jackson distinguished herself throughout the process, and I look forward to working with her closely in her new role.

GE Transitions: Summer 2024 Funding Opportunities

May 7, 2024

The CSU Chancellor’s Office has authorized one-time funding to support implementation of the new CSU General Education Unified Pathway, which will take effect in Fall 2025. I am pleased to announce the allocation of these funds to support the following opportunities for Summer 2024 as we begin our curriculum revisions to align with the new GE requirements.

62nd Honors Celebration

May 7, 2024

This year, we are honoring 2,590 undergraduate students who were awarded the distinction of President’s Scholar for the Spring or Fall 2023 semester. These undergraduate students represent SJSU’s top 10% in academic performance and all have demonstrated remarkable academic excellence. Read some of the highlights of our 2024 Scholars.

Spring 2024 Commencement Ambassador Sign-up

May 2, 2024

As the University prepares for the Spring 2024 (May 22-24) commencement ceremonies for nearly 8,000 graduating students and more than 30,000 friends and family, we invite the entire Spartan community to volunteer as a Commencement Ambassador. These types of campus-wide events require campus-wide involvement to successfully and safely execute each Commencement Ceremony.

Now Hiring for the SJSU College Corps!

April 26, 2024

I am pleased to announce the application for SJSU’s #CaliforniansForAll College Corps is open. The College Corps is a historic state level investment in service that reduces college debt for students who serve the community for an academic year. SJSU undergraduate students who are enrolled full time during the 2024-25 academic year and complete 450 hours of service through the College Corps will receive up to $10,000 to help pay for college. 

FAFSA Webinar with Senator Alex Padilla TOMORROW, THURSDAY APRIL 25th

April 24, 2024

Over the past few weeks, the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office has been sharing information and hosting workshops regarding changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). I am writing to encourage you to attend an important webinar taking place tomorrow, Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. This webinar is organized by U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, who will be joined by representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and the California Student Aid Commission.

SJSU FAFSA 2024 Update

April 22, 2024

Many of you may be aware of the changes to the financial aid application process beginning in fall 2024. While our Financial Aid and Scholarship Office continues to communicate with our current students and admitted Fall 2024 first-year, transfer and graduate students regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we wanted to provide some context on the issues and where you can direct students, parents or other individuals who ask for assistance.

Announcing New Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

April 17, 2024

I am pleased to announce that Andrew Wright will be joining San José State University as the new Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management (EM) starting July 8, 2024. Until that time, I will continue direct oversight of our EM team. As you may be aware, Mr. Wright was a candidate who visited campus as part of the search that closed in mid-fall 2023 and he was still available and very interested in the position!

University Scholar Series Featuring Professor Katy Kao

April 8, 2024

You are all invited to attend the third and final University Scholar Series this semester on Wednesday, May 1st from 12 to 1 pm. Professor Katy Kao will present, "Microbial Evolution: Opportunities and Challenges." For more information on Professor Kao's work and the University Scholar Series, you can find it here. Hosted by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Division of Research and Innovation and the SJSU King Library, this HYBRID event is free and open to the public.

Admitted Spartan Day - Thank You!

April 15, 2024

I want to thank everyone for your work on Admitted Spartan Day. An event like this takes leadership, which we received out of our Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR) Team, and hundreds of volunteers that came out from across the university. The energy was amazing despite the rain, as prospective students and their support networks cruised from the resource fair to the workshops to campus and facility tours to the college-based open houses. It may be cliché to say “it takes a village” but in this case it is true. 

Provost Message on the Budget

March 28, 2024

As you are all very aware by now, SJSU finds itself in an interesting position. Our CA student enrollments remain strong relative to other CSUs in the northern region of California. However, our international enrollments have declined and our overall enrollment number remains below where we were pre-pandemic. To put a finer point on the enrollment issue, we are still down nearly 1500 FTES since our historic enrollment high in 2021. Much of this enrollment decline has been in international and other non-resident students, leading to a serious decline in our overall revenue as a campus. 

University Scholar Series Featuring Assistant Professor Shayan Shams

March 28, 2024

You are all invited to attend the second University Scholar Series this semester on Wednesday, April 10th from 12 to 1 pm. Assistant Professor Shayan Shams will present, "Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Healthcare." For more information on Assistant Professor Shams' work and the University Scholar Series, you can find it here. Hosted by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Division of Research and Innovation and the SJSU King Library, this is a VIRTUAL ONLY event.

Transition in Enrollment Management

March 20, 2024

I am writing to let you know that Aretha Minor will be stepping down from her role as Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management effective March 28, 2024. I want to thank Ms. Minor for her work here at SJSU and wish her the best. Please thank her for her contributions to SJSU when you have the chance. 

Announcing the Dean for Undergraduate Education Search Committee

March 20, 2024

I am pleased to announce the membership of the Dean for Undergraduate Education Search Committee. The committee is composed of representatives from SJSU’s faculty, staff, students, and administrators to allow for diverse perspectives. These members have been selected in accordance with University Policy S16-8, Selection and Review of Administrators:

University Scholar Series Featuring Associate Professor Binh Danh

March 7, 2024

You are all invited to attend the first University Scholar Series this semester on Wednesday, March 27th from 12 to 1 pm. Associate Professor Binh Danh will present, "To Photograph Is to Archive." For more information on Associate Professor Danh's work and the University Scholar Series, you can find it here. Hosted by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Division of Research and Innovation and the SJSU King Library, this HYBRID event is free and open to the public.

Honors Convocation

March 5, 2024

As we move into our season of celebration leading up to commencement, we also take time to recognize our students who have excelled academically at SJSU. As we have grown as a campus, the number of students who have excelled has continued to rise, a wonderful indication of the outstanding work of students as well as faculty and staff. Indeed, nearly 2,600 students will be rewarded as President’s Scholars this year, having achieved a 4.0 in either the previous fall or spring semesters. 

Call for Nominations: Dean for Undergraduate Education Search Committee

March 5, 2024

The Office of the Provost is launching the search for the Dean for Undergraduate Education, a position that is replacing the current Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education role. Moving this to a dean role will bring greater parity with the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and strengthen communication and coordination with the deans of the academic colleges.  This will be a system-wide search, and I am seeking nominations for members to serve on this search committee.

Fee Increase for Self-Support PaCE Programs

March 1, 2024

San José State University educates more students than any other campus in the CSU through its Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) programs. These programs meet market demands, while also providing an array of educational opportunities for California’s students. Put another way, they are designed to “meet students where they are” be that online or face-to-face. 

Updates on Academic Advising at SJSU

February 28, 2024

We write to update you on the efforts to advance Undergraduate Advising and Success (UAS) at SJSU. As many of you know, in 2019, SJSU underwent a review from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Since the 2019 NACADA report, SJSU made significant strides in implementation of the recommendations and also established the UAS unit with an inaugural Associate Vice Provost, alongside six managing directors, to lead and direct 10 student success centers. Another review by NACADA, which took place in Fall 2023, notes some of our successes as well as our opportunities for growth.

Welcome to the Spring Semester

January 31, 2024

I hope this message finds you well and gearing up for a fantastic spring semester. There is, as always, a lot happening in California, across the higher education landscape nationally, and on campus. We continue to track the Governor’s budget and legislative response to that budget and many of us will be in Sacramento this month as part of the CSU’s advocacy week to continue to emphasize the amazing value of our work. At the national level, higher education has been challenged by the dramatic shifts that machine learning and generative artificial intelligent systems are bringing into the learning environment.

CPGE Organizational Changes

September 29, 2023

I am writing with an update on the organizational structure of College of Professional and Global Education (CPGE) in the Division of Academic Affairs. As many of you know, over the years, CPGE has grown to encompass both academic departments and professional and global education service departments. Last year, I asked a Working Group to come together to review the overall organizational structure of CPGE and make recommendations about how the college should be organized to optimally serve our students and university.

On the Question of "Rigor" in Higher Education

September 21, 2023

As we move further into the semester, I wanted to reach out and offer some thoughts on the topic of “academic rigor.” The definition of academic rigor is elusive, even as many of us use it with a fair amount of regularity. For some, rigor rests as a core principle of our project as academics and educators. After all, why would we not want students to be challenged by high expectations that demand a certain amount of discipline and focus.

Update from the Provost: Welcome to the Fall Semester

August 30, 2023

I hope this note finds you well and somewhat settled as the second week of the semester commences. I wanted to begin this semester by thanking all the staff, department chairs and directors, and administrators who have worked hard over the summer to make sure we could enroll our largest first-year class ever, 4500 students!

Academic Affairs Division Budget Presentation

May 8, 2023

Last week I had a chance to present the divisional budget in a town hall format. I spent about an hour going through the material and tried to answer as many questions as possible. The slides from that presentation can be found here. There were a lot of slides because our budget is large and it is complicated. This is really just a start. I plan on presenting our new 23-24 budget this fall. 

Announcing the New Dean for the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business

April 24, 2023

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Rangapriya (Priya) Kannan will join San José State University as the next dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. She will begin her appointment on August 1st. Dr. Kannan joins SJSU at a pivotal time in its history, as we continue to elevate the position of Lucas on the campus and in the wider San José community. Dr. Kannan has a passion for the mission of SJSU and Lucas, and I am incredibly excited to begin our work together. 

Announcing New Dean in the College of Social Sciences

April 5, 2023

I am very excited to announce that after a national search Dr. Anne Marie Todd has agreed to take up the post of Dean of the College of Social Sciences. She will begin her new position effective July 1, 2023. As many of you know, Dr. Todd currently serves as Associate Dean in the College of Social Sciences. She will continue in that role for the next several months as Dr. Heather Lattimer continues her interim role as dean. This transition period will allow time to search for other leadership in the college - in particular a new Associate Dean for Academics - to take Dr. Todd’s current role when she steps into this new position. 

Announcing the Permanent Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness

April 3, 2023

I am excited to announce that Dr. Ron Rogers will take up the permanent position of Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness effective immediately. This new role combines efforts that Ron has been leading in his interim role, as he has helped to build and launch SJSU Online, with various aspects of our campus’ assessment and institutional evaluation infrastructure, bringing together two diverse but overlapping portfolio’s into one vice provost position. Ron has established himself over the last several years as a valued campus leader and colleague and I know he is excited to bring his creative energy to the work of this new portfolio as we continue to build programs that reach new communities of learners and meet the requirements of our WSCUC Accreditation, among other issues.

Caring for Our Community in Stormy Days

March 15, 2023

I hope this email finds you well. I know that many of you have had your lives disrupted by the most recent winter storm. In some areas, flooding has made travel impossible, while in other regions power outages have disrupted the ability of faculty to teach, students to learn, and staff to deliver services. Some of our community members have also had to evacuate their homes and find shelter elsewhere while they wait for flooding to abate or power to return. If that wasn’t enough, the Internet went down on the main campus for several hours today. It sometimes makes us wonder - are we ever going to catch a break?! 

Welcome to Spring Semester and to the Next AI Revolution in Higher Ed

January 26, 2023

I hope this email finds you well and relatively dried out after our very wet January rainy season. I am writing to welcome you to spring and highlight an issue that is animating a lot of conversation on campus and nationally across higher education: the growing presence of “artificial intelligence”¹ (AI) and machine learning systems in the lives of students, faculty, and staff. Read more here.

Continuing Efforts to Meet the Goals of GI 2025

November 14, 2022

In October, we received our most recent report from the Chancellor’s Office outlining our successes related to and ongoing challenges associated with GI 2025. That report shows that we have exceeded our four-year graduation goal of 35% by two percentage points already! We are close to our six-year graduation goal of 71% for first-year students, while also surpassing our marks set out for our transfer graduation goals. We have also continued to close the six-year graduation gap between our Pell Eligible and non-Pell Eligible students. These are marks of distinction for this campus. Read more here.

Reflection on a Very Hot Week

September 12, 2022

Last week was another challenging time for SJSU, as very hot temperatures made it difficult for some of us to work and live here in San José. It is clear, as well, that the faculty, staff, and students of SJSU are very adaptable. We managed to move dozens of classrooms from very warm to cooler rooms last week. Some faculty and staff moved courses and activities online to minimize the impact of the heat. Read more here.

SJSU Online Launches, Opens More Doors for Adult Learners

August 18, 2022

Every day, thousands of Californians enroll in programs at for-profit or other non-profit institutions from outside the state seeking to complete their degrees online. Many of these students are returning adult learners who find it difficult to navigate the traditional schedules of a “bricks-and-mortar” campus experience. Others are mid-career professionals who are balancing full-time work and a family, while also seeking a way to move into the next job at their organization. Others want to seek out life-long learning but need to find a way to engage in that learning that can work at their pace and with their busy schedules. Read more here.

Building and Investing in Student Success and Academic Advising

June 2, 2022

As I prepare to enter my fourth year at SJSU, I am excited to see a number of efforts come to fruition, including our investments in student success through the expansion of academic advising. As you know, we were very lucky to have Dr. Shonda Goward join us in the Fall of 2021. As we go into the summer, we are going to need to come together as a campus to focus on closing equity gaps while improving retention and graduation rates for all our students. We must build on the hard work that each college has put into developing student success centers, developing them from the ground up, and on the exceptional efforts of the leadership in Undergraduate Education, which has not only helped coordinate the transition of academic advising but has also led efforts in the broader discussion of student success in academic affairs. All of this work will, of course, continue as we make sure we maintain the deep connection between academic advising, student success, and the delivery of our degree programs. Read more here

Elevating the Voices of Faculty and Staff at SJSU

April 12, 2022

Over the past few weeks, we have had the pleasure to recognize and thank our amazing faculty and staff who continue to serve this institution in incredible ways. Not only are our colleagues doing exceptional work in support of the mission of this institution, many of them are doing it by committing decades of service to SJSU! I found both events incredibly inspiring and uplifting. Read more here.

Dean Transition Announcement

April 5, 2022

I want to thank everyone for your input into the process for choosing an Interim Dean of the College of Social Sciences. Through conversations with the department chairs, the college staff as well as a survey that saw a very strong response rate, many comments reflected the need for prior “experience” in administrative leadership as well as someone who is “transparent” and “approachable” and is willing to “walk the halls” and listen to people. In addition, numerous comments reflected the need to have someone in the interim role who can help maintain the forward momentum already present within the college. Read more here.

Piloting New Faculty-Driven Ideas: HonorsX and Interdisciplinary Studies Minor

March 18, 2022

In the Fall of 2020, I asked a group of faculty, staff, and students to come together to think about new ideas related to honors education. Called the (un)Honors Task Force, that group came up with a number of ideas, which were refined over the summer of 2021. Read more here.

Thank You to All Academic Affairs Staff

March 3, 2022

Yesterday’s Spartan Service Celebration was an amazing opportunity to celebrate the many wonderful staff we have on this campus. In our division alone, staff have collectively over 1,000 total years of service to our SJSU community! I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around that fact. Read more here.

Congratulation to Dean Walt Jacobs

February 17, 2022

I write today with news that Walt Jacobs, the dean of the College of Social Sciences, has accepted a position as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, East Bay. Walt will begin his new job on July 1. On behalf of the entire division, I want to extend Walt congratulations on his new role! I look forward to working with Walt on the system’s council of provosts starting next summer.  Read more here.

Academic Continuity and the Return to In-Person Instruction on February 14

January 28, 2022

Spring 2022 is officially underway! I hope this email finds you well and safe. Thanks to everyone for temporarily pivoting from face-to-face to remote teaching following Interim President Perez’s announcement about delaying in-person instruction. I know everyone continues to feel incredibly stretched both on and off campus, as we wait for the latest COVID-19 surge around Omicron to dissipate. I hope this is the last major wave, but we have all learned that our realities can still change week-to-week. Read more here.

 


Fall 2022 Academic Affairs Town Hall for Staff

August 12, 2022

The Fall 2022 Academic Affairs Town Hall with staff hosted by Provost Del Casino was held as a live, virtual event. Erlinda Yanez, Department Analyst for the College of Social Sciences, moderates the Q&A with pre-submitted questions as well as live questions from the SJSU community.


(un) Honors College Task Force Presentation

May 14, 2021

A presentation by the (un) Honors College Task Force. The charge of this Task Force was not to come up with “the model” of honors but to present multiple possible pathways for programming at SJSU. If you would like to watch the full youtube video that was played during the presentation you can find it at https://youtu.be/Hofw35n2iww


Spring Academic Affairs Town Hall with Provost Del Casino

March 22, 2021

The Spring Academic Affairs town hall of 2021 with Provost Del Casino was held as a live, virtual event. Alison McKee, Vice Chair of the Academic Senate, moderates the Q&A with pre-submitted questions as well as live questions from the SJSU community.


Second Academic Affairs Division Town Hall with Provost Del Casino

September 2, 2020

The second town hall of 2020 with Provost Del Casino was held as a live, virtual event this year. Ravisha Mathur, Chair of the Academic Senate, moderates the Q&A with pre-submitted questions as well as live questions from the SJSU community.


First Virtual Town Hall with Provost Del Casino

May 21, 2020

The 2020 Town Hall with Provost Vin Del Casino was held as a live, virtual event this year. Shaun Fletcher, assistant professor of public relations, moderates the Q&A with nearly 300 pre-submitted questions as well as live questions from the SJSU community.