New Academic Year Opens with Record Enrollment

CSUSM NewsCenter

The fall semester at Cal State San Marcos kicked off Monday with nearly three dozen new faculty, several new programs and the highest enrollment in campus history.President Karen Haynes, the most senior president in the CSU system, opened the 2017-18 academic year with her 14th CSUSM Convocation address on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Speaking to hundreds of CSUSM faculty and staff members, she highlighted recent University achievements and set the tone for the new school year.

“Now, on the cusp of a new academic year, with all of the excitement, energy and new possibilities it brings, I’m proud of all that we can do and all that we will do to challenge the status quo, disrupt the traditional models of higher education, and propel our students and our region forward,” Haynes told attendees.

CSUSM is welcoming nearly 17,000 students as classes begin Monday, Aug. 28, the highest anticipated enrollment in the University’s 27-year history. Among those students are more than 2,500 freshmen, an increase of 17 percent compared to last year, and 1,900 transfers, a 21 percent increase. All enrollment figures are still considered preliminary with final totals determined after the end of the fourth week of classes.

Other updates, additions and changes for the fall semester include:

New faculty, staff and programs

CSUSM has 32 new tenure-track faculty members this fall, plus one who will start in fall 2018.

Julia Johnson began her appointment as the dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences on July 1. Johnson came to CSUSM from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse where she served as dean of the College of Liberal Studies.

Lorna Kendrick began her appointment as the new director of the School of Nursing on July 1. Additionally, Amy Carney began a one-year appointment as Associate Director of the School of Nursing on July 1.

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