Minutes from February 10, 2015 Dr. Tomas Morales, President, CSUSB


Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Open Board of Directors Meeting

San Bernardino Community College District

114 S. Del Rosa Drive

San Bernardino, CA   92408



Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Ann Bryan, Ken Coate, Louis Goodwin, Dick Hart, Scott Hofferber, Fran Inman, Matthew Isaac, Jay Jimenez, Erik Johnson, Mark Kaenel, Al Karnig, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Temetry Lindsey, John Mirau, Lou Monville, Tomas Morales, John Prentice, Susan Rice, Phil Waller and Stan Weisser.


Guests: Ted Alejandre


Announcements:  1) A luncheon for the newer members of Inland Action will be hosted by Paul Shimoff on March 6, 2015.


M/S/P:  Minutes from February 3, 2015.


The Inland Action tag line approved at the February 3rd meeting and a revision of the tag line were discussed.

M/S/P: The Inland Action tag line will read “A non-profit, non-partisan corporation of public spirited leaders who have joined together to be catalysts for the economic well-being of the Inland Empire region of California since 1962.”


Lou Monville introduced Dr. Tomas Morales, President of California State University, San Bernardino.


The California State University (CSU) is the largest four-year public university system in the world and has 23 campus locations.  They currently have 45,000 faculty and staff that serve approximately 450,000 students.  In the U.S. one in twenty college graduates have completed a CSU degree.


California State University-San Bernardino (CSUSB) has been engaged in raising educational expectations and increasing college readiness in the Inland Empire. The following are 5 key initiatives underway at the university to better prepare students for college and increase graduation rates:


1.            Ongoing feedback to school districts on how their students who come to CSUSB are faring;

2.            Guaranteed Admission programs, or MOUs, with local districts;

3.            The $14.5 million GEAR UP grant project with San Bernardino City Schools;

4.            The Summer Bridge program for students who are not ready for college-level courses; and

5.            The advising and early intervention strategies when students reach the university.


Feedback to School Districts-Each year CSUSB reports to Inland Empire district superintendents and high school principals on how their students perform when they reach Cal State.  They now know how many of their students apply, how many are accepted and how many enroll.  They also report back to the schools the academic majors their students pursue at Cal State, the percentage of their students who need additional academic preparation for college-level work, as well as college retention and graduation rates.

This feedback is proving helpful to school districts as they work to improve the college readiness of their graduates.


Guaranteed Admission Pacts/MOUs-Since 2013, the university has signed 19 Guaranteed Admission Pacts or MOUs with school districts in the Inland Empire.  Students from these districts who stay on track with good grades and who meet college entrance pre-requisites (called A-G requirements) will be considered prioritized applicants by Cal State San Bernardino.  School districts will provide a challenging academic program and the appropriate advising support so that students meet college eligibility requirements.  Currently four of the high schools in San Bernardino City Schools are using the A-G requirements as its standard.  Parents may upon request opt out of the college readiness curriculum.


GEAR UP– The GEAR UP project is focused on middle and high school students in San Bernardino City schools to help improve high school graduation rates and college readiness.  CSUSB staff and student mentors in the District, will serve a projected 3,400 students over the course of a $14.5 million grant, beginning with this year’s 7th grade class.  CSUSB will add counselors, tutors, coaching specialists and instructors to the existing staff in the district.  They will help design and implement programs such as individual education plans, summer bridge programs, supplemental instruction, financial aid workshops, college exam preparation and parent engagement programs.  It is expected that these students will need few if any remedial classes and will have higher graduation rates.    


Summer Bridge Program/Coyote First STEP– CSUSB’s mandatory summer bridge program, called Coyote First STEP is designed to help incoming freshmen address academic deficiencies.  This four-week program fully immerses students in college life.  Students learn time management, financial literacy, college-level study skills, and they build connections with other students, faculty and staff.  Students who complete Coyote First STEP are ready in the fall to take credit-bearing college courses and are prepared to succeed as college students.  There is no question that college readiness improves student persistence to degrees and their graduation rates.


Advising and Early Interventions-Beginning this spring, every student will have an assigned team of advisors made up of professional staff and faculty from the student’s major.  This team will include student peer advisors and will help each student with academic scheduling, degree planning, career preparation, academic skill development, personal exploration and finding campus resources they might need. One of the most important aspects of student success is the one-on-one conversations students have with their advisors. 


An update of the CSUSB Master Plan Revision and Strategic Planning Process is underway to include future enrollment growth of up to 30,000 students.  The new campus master plan will help define the next areas of growth for their Palm Desert Campus.  The first phase of this campus was funded with $45 million.  Donations came from individuals, foundations and municipalities-no state funds were used.  Palm Desert Campus now serves 1,100 students and will soon add 113 acres to the original 55 acres all gifted by the City of Palm Desert.  Planned growth includes expansion of student housing, student services and new academic buildings. 


CSUSB has an excellent reputation and is proud of the quality of their award-winning faculty and dedication of their staff.  They had a record enrollment this past fall with some 19,000 students.  CSUSB is home to a Cyber Security program that is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Cyber Security skills are some of the most sought-after employment skills in the nation, and the federal government is looking to Cal State San Bernardino to produce the future workforce that will protect our country from cyber-attacks.


Beginning this fall they will celebrate their 50th anniversary.  This major milestone will be celebrated with many events, programs and activities all designed to celebrate five decades of serving the people and communities of the Inland Empire.    


True economic growth begins with a well-educated workforce.  CSUSB is serious about attracting industries and businesses to the Inland Empire by elevating the number of college graduates ready to assume high-skilled, high-paying jobs.


A Q & A period followed.


Meeting adjourned at 8:30a.m.