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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE FROM ACTING PRESIDENT GERALDINE JONES

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Posted on June 1, 2012

From: Acting President Geraldine M. Jones
To: All students, faculty, staff, alumni and University friendsPortrait of Acting Cal U President Geraldine M. Jones.

Educating students has been the core mission of this institution for 160 years, and it remains the heart of the Cal U experience. Today, as always, California University is defined by its student-centered approach to education and its commitment to each of our students’ success.

Our academic programs prepare students to thrive in the 21st-century workplace. Cal U seeks accreditation for every eligible program — an assurance that our programs meet the highest standards and offer meaningful learning opportunities. For example, in the past year our Computer Information Systems program received accreditation from the prestigious Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, the world’s leading accreditation agency for applied science, computing, engineering and technology programs.

Cal U’s expert, caring faculty members put teaching first. Using modern teaching strategies in classrooms equipped with “smart” technology, they create an engaging learning environment that motivates students and inspires them to do well. Ongoing scholarship and participation in service learning projects — such as the collaboration by our departments of Psychology, Nursing and Early, Middle and Special Education in the Mustard Seed Project in Jamaica — enhances our professors’ instruction, and they take pride in their students’ achievements.

Recognizing that education occurs both inside and outside the classroom, Cal U faculty members encourage students to put their skills into practice through scholarly activities, professional conferences, internships and other real-world experiences. They also encourage our students to grow as men and women of character through civic engagement and community service. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Cal U students participated in more experiential learning than ever before, gaining valuable experience with Fortune 500 companies, philanthropic organizations, professional sports teams and many other world-class organizations.

At Cal U, we believe that a strong academic foundation is essential to the process of “building character, building careers.” In the days to come, our University will continue to offer the high-quality education that our students and their families have every right to expect. 

Signature of Acting President Geraldine Jones.

Meet Acting President Geraldine M. Jones