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CEIS Interim Dean Discusses Semester Conversion, New Dean at Q&A Session

Interim Dean Nancy Hurlbut meets with CEIS students for a Q&A session

The College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) Student Council held a Q&A session with CEIS Interim Dean Nancy Hurlbut on Tuesday, May 16, to address the upcoming quarter to semester conversion and the university’s progress in selecting a new dean.

“In keeping with our vision to meet the present and future needs of students in our communities, we hosted this critical event to allow students to provide feedback and ask questions about upcoming changes that will impact them,” said CEIS Interim Dean Hurlbut. “I’m very proud of our students for taking advantage of this unique opportunity and hope they benefited from our discussion.”

The lunch and Q&A session, moderated by CEIS Student Council President Rachel Torres, began with brief introductions, followed by questions regarding the dean’s role and how the quarter to semester conversion will affect the teaching credential program beginning Fall 2018. Students expressed their concern about the amount of time it would take to complete the program under the new semester system.

According to Associate Interim Dean Teshia Roby, the amount of time it takes to complete the credential program corresponds to the student’s schedule. “Students on the accelerated track will be able to complete the program within a year and a half,” she said.

Other topics included the new dean search and what’s next on the horizon for Interim Dean Hurlbut. Dr. Hurlbut announced that Dr. Jeff Passe has been selected as the new dean of CEIS and he’s scheduled to begin on July 17. Dr. Hurlbut will eventually return to Early Childhood Studies as a faculty member, which is her greatest passion. Her immediate plans are still being considered.

The meeting concluded with CEIS Interim Dean Hurlbut and Associate Interim Dean Roby addressing concerns about the tuition hike. Although tuition is set to increase next fall, more classes could become available, said Interim Dean Hurlbut. Also, a California State University (CSU) education is still among the most affordable in the country.

“We are committed to providing support to our students and will continue to ensure they have the necessary resources to accomplish their academic goals,” concluded Interim Dean Hurlbut.

For more information about CEIS, contact Ashley Jones at (909) 869-5370.