SJSU News http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today SJSU Today offers the latest news and shares the stories of the people at San Jose State University. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:42:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/?v=3.8.1.1 Career Center Introduces New Service http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/career-center-introduces-new-service/ http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/career-center-introduces-new-service/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:28:08 +0000 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/?p=27558 career center

SlingShot Connections and Expandability recruiters meet with student Jessica Puentes at the SJSU Career Center (Brandon Chew photo)

Media Contact: Daniel Newell408-924-6028

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State University Career Center has partnered with two off-campus organizations to take an innovative approach to helping students, alumni and even the general public advance professionally.

SJSU Spartan Staffing operates like an employment agency, actively connecting job seekers and employers with common interests. SlingShot Connections and Expandability provide the personnel who make the connections, working together to serve San Jose State’s diverse community.

We believe San Jose State is the first institution of higher learning in the nation to add the employment agency concept to its suite of career development services,” said Daniel Newell, program manager for workforce and economic development at the SJSU Career Center.

A Unique Opportunity

“This unique opportunity will be of enormous assistance to our students, alumni and area employers,” Newell continued. “The SJSU service is facilitated by private organizations that are nimble and adapt at the pace of industry to meet regional needs.”

SJSU Spartan Staffing complements the Career Center’s many other services, which take students from choosing a major to fine tuning resumes to attending interviews and job fairs. The new service brings together job seekers with specific employers. This comes at no cost to the job seeker. The employer remits a fee, typically a percentage of a new hire’s salary. 

There are benefits for community members as well. SJSU Spartan Staffing offers positions that go unfilled by students and alumni to local residents, in collaboration with organizations such as the Veterans Administration, the California Department of Rehabilitation, and the American Job Center.

At the same time, SJSU Spartan Staffing supports businesses of all sizes. For example, the service can serve as the employer of record for small businesses, handling workers’ compensation, state and federal tax allocations as well as liability and unemployment insurance.

Connecting Students With Start-ups

In addition, SJSU Spartan Staffing levels the playing field for start-ups, giving these emerging businesses the opportunity to compete for talent with more prominent employers. The service does this by utilizing corporate recruiters to identify, attract, and recruit for opportunities with companies that would otherwise be unfamiliar to students.

Ancillary services include assistance with visa requirements for international students, academic credit requirements for interns, and federal law compliance, which calls upon contractors to provide opportunities to the disabled, a specialty of Expandability. 

Slingshot and Expandability receive 90 percent of the revenue, with Spartan Staffing taking the remaining 10 percent. More than 20 employers have signed on in the technology, medical device, health care, education and government sectors. 

Approximately 75 percent of the placements have been full-time positions and 25 percent have been internships. The Career Center believes the program could generate up to $2.5 million over the next five years, with San Jose State earning $250,000. 

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,740 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

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What is the “Next Generation Technology” initiative?

A five-year plan, launched in 2012, to upgrade SJSU’s technology infrastructure to a level necessary to meet the basic needs of students, faculty and staff members, and the campus community.

Why is it needed?

SJSU’s technology infrastructure had become outdated, inadequate and inefficient. This was not a sudden revelation; numerous campus committees had studied the issue for years. While there was a general understanding that the campus’s technology assets were inadequate, there was no strategy or plan to address this deficiency.

Define “inadequate.”

Faculty members, students, staff and others complained about the lack of basic technology for classrooms and common meeting spaces. The campus relied on five telephone systems, two nearing obsolescence. Wireless Internet access was unreliable and unavailable in many parts of campus.

How was the so-called “Next Generation Technology” strategy developed?

In fall 2011, the campus held 49 town hall meetings to discuss SJSU’s future. Technology was a recurring theme. Input from those sessions became the basis for a five-year campus strategic plan, Vision 2017. (One of its five priorities is “agility through technology.”)

There have also been regular IT open forums, which included updates on this initiative and opportunities to ask questions and offer input.

Did faculty play a role in developing this strategy?

Yes. The 2011 town hall meetings were widely publicized, open to anyone, and faculty participated. SJSU’s academic plan, created with faculty input, further refined our thinking about technology needs.

Why did the campus decide to work with an outside technology partner?

Once the campus needs were documented, there were multiple decisions to make. The first was whether to acquire separate technology “pieces” and implement them internally or work with an outside partner that could build and support a unified technology network.

Based on documented needs, the decision was made to approach large technology companies that had done similar work and would be around in the future to support and refine the network. That approach also would free up the capacity of internal resources to work on other important campus technology initiatives.

Why was Cisco chosen?

Campus officials visited with the few leading tech companies in Silicon Valley capable of handling a complex project like this. Cisco emerged as the strongest candidate. (It is also worth noting that at the time, Cisco was providing networking services to the CSU.)

Why wasn’t there a competitive bidding process?

State law permits public agencies to work with single vendors as long as the agencies demonstrate good-faith efforts to secure a fair price. SJSU negotiated deeper discounts with Cisco than other public agencies using competitive bid processes had obtained for similar services. This was well documented in project plans.

With this safeguard, and knowing how many years the campus’s technology needs had been neglected, it made sense to proceed.

Why didn’t SJSU work with the CSU’s networking provider, Alcatel?

SJSU’s technology plans were significantly broader in scope, and the campus was ready to begin implementation months before the CSU’s plans were finalized.

How much has SJSU spent on this?

The budget for the Next Generation Technology project was $28 million.

How was it funded?

Through equal contributions from three sources: the Continuing Education Reserve Fund (CERF); lease and eventual sale of campus broadband capacity, and campus operating funds.

Hasn’t SJSU spent more than $28 million on technology?

SJSU’s Next Generation Technology project is akin to a major home renovation, a significant one-time investment. In addition, the campus technology infrastructure is routinely maintained and upgraded using other funds.

What is SJSU getting for such a big investment?

The project has many initiatives being worked on concurrently.

What about student fees?

A portion of Student Success, Excellence and Technology Fees (SSETF) are set aside for ongoing technology investments.

What has been accomplished?

• In two years, the campus network capacity has tripled. This is important: During the first week of the fall 2014 semester, the number of devices connecting to SJSU’s network doubled compared to a year ago. Total wireless traffic the same week nearly tripled.

• After years of complaints, students, faculty and staff members, and visitors are now able to access the Internet wirelessly from most anywhere on campus.

• Data security and support services have been enhanced. This is less noticeable to the naked eye, but critically important in an age of increased data security threats.

• Six classrooms have been outfitted with enhancements including video lecture-capture and video conferencing. These tools allow students to access class lectures, and enable faculty to bring guest lecturers and other experts “into” the classroom. More than 30 faculty members and their students are now using these rooms.

• Web-based conferencing tools have been installed in hundreds of campus classrooms, conference rooms and offices and are widely available to faculty and staff members and students.

• An internet-based (so-called voice-over-IP, or VoIP) unified communication system, replacing five independent, aging phone systems.

There was much talk when this initiative started of “51 new classrooms.” Why have only a handful been upgraded?

This is a five-year project. The first several fully outfitted classrooms became available this past spring. Faculty members now teaching in these classrooms will provide critical input on their experiences; additional classrooms will be outfitted over the next three years based on this input.

In the end, more than 51 classrooms may well be enhanced with varying degrees of technology upgrades. The plan allows for adaptation to evolving needs and available solutions.

There are rumors of missing technology equipment. Is that true?

Several hundred Wireless Access Points (WAPs) and numerous other items couldn’t be accounted for at delivery. Fortunately, it did not affect initial implementation plans. Campus police are investigating.

 

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Social Work Major Receives Top CSU Honor http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/social-work-major-receives-top-csu-honor/ http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/social-work-major-receives-top-csu-honor/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:15:43 +0000 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/?p=27299 Today-Inpost-david-090214

A straight-A student, David Elliott plans to pursue a master’s in social work so that he can work with youths who are involved with social services or the justice system (Photo: Thomas Sanders, ’15 MFA Photography).

Media contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-924-1748

SAN JOSE, CA – In 2007, David Elliott was paroled from Folsom State Prison after a period of incarceration that resulted from a lifelong battle with drug addiction.

“Everything I owned fit into a backpack,” he said.

Now a San Jose State senior majoring in social work, Elliott has received the California State University system’s highest honor for students who overcome incredible odds to attend college.

As the 2014-15 Trustee Emeritus William Hauck Scholar, one of 23 CSU Trustees Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Elliott will fly to the chancellor’s office in Long Beach on Sept. 9 to pick up the award and meet the other recipients.

Extraordinary Commitment

While their commitment, drive and perseverance are extraordinary, these students are like thousands more who look to the CSU each year for high-quality, accessible, affordable educational opportunities.

After leaving Folsom, Elliott became homeless and lived at a shelter in San Jose. Fearing that he would turn to drugs again, he asked his parole officer for help and was placed into a drug treatment program.

Six years later, Elliott is completely clean and sober and works for the program that helped save his life. As a chemical dependency technician, he assists people in some of their darkest times by supervising their medical detox and encouraging them to continue treatment.

He has also served for four years as a volunteer facilitation and facility coordinator of a drug and alcohol support group at a local homeless shelter for people with mental health and substance abuse problems.

A Second Chance

“All of this work is an attempt to repay what has been given to me: a second chance,” he said.

A straight-A student, Elliott plans to pursue a master’s in social work so that he can work with youths who are involved with social services or the justice system.

“I have found a path leading to a career that employs me in useful service to others,” Elliott said.

The late William Hauck, ’63 social studies, served as deputy chief of staff to Governor Pete Wilson and chief of staff to Assembly speakers Bob Morretti and Willie L. Brown, Jr. The Hauck endowment will provide $6,000 to this year’s CSU Trustees Award recipient.

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,740 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

 

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Honoring Alumnus and United Airlines Captain Jason Dahl http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/on-911-remembering-alumnus-and-united-airlines-captain-james-dahl/ http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/on-911-remembering-alumnus-and-united-airlines-captain-james-dahl/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:46:34 +0000 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/?p=27464 dahl 530

Below a flag signed by his family and a plaque bearing his likeness, students, faculty and staff remember Jason Dahl, alumnus and captain of UA 93 (Department of Aviation and Technology photo).

At 10:14 a.m. Sept. 11, as they have done for the past 13 years, the students, faculty and staff of San Jose State’s aviation program paused for a moment of silence in memory of Jason Dahl, ’80 Aeronautics Operations.

Dahl portrait

Capt. Jason Dahl

Dahl was the captain of United Airlines Flight 93, which terrorists crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside at 10:14 a.m. Sept. 11, 2001. He began taking flying lessons before he was old enough to drive, and was the first in his family to graduate from college.

“His entire life was about milestones…He was really proud to be a Spartan,” said Dahl’s brother-in-law, Bill Heindrich, who attended the event, held in the Industrial Sciences building, home to the Department of Aviation and Technology.

This year, in Shanksville, Pa., a Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the 40 passengers and crew members who died aboard UA 93. Meanwhile, at SJSU, Dahl’s legacy lives on. The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund makes a gift to one San Jose State student annually.

As intimate and solemn as ever, this year’s event remembered Dahl with a traditional toast for pilots who lose their lives in the line of duty.

“In honor of all those innocents who had ‘gone west’ during that horrific day 13 years ago, including our very own Jason Dahl,” said Professor and Aviation Advisor Dan Neal, “let us stand towards the West, raise our glasses and toast ‘to all those who have gone West.’”

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Creating a New Paradigm: SJSU’s Tech Upgrade http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/technology-upgrade-brings-new-tools-to-campus-classroom/ http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/technology-upgrade-brings-new-tools-to-campus-classroom/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:57:50 +0000 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/?p=27440

By Information Technology Services and the Division of Academic Affairs

Two years ago, San Jose State University launched a five-year, $28 million initiative to support faculty members in using and applying next generation collaboration technologies to student learning. This series of investments is addressing specific information technology infrastructure areas deemed essential to realizing the “Unbounded Learning” capabilities envisioned in SJSU’s Strategic Plan: Vision 2017. Although the roll out will continue for several more years, SJSU is already experiencing tangible, positive results detailed below and in these frequently asked questions.

Wi-Fi

SJSU’s Wi-Fi service now spans nearly six million square feet of indoor space (Steve Proehl photo).

SJSU’s Wi-Fi service now spans nearly six million square feet of indoor space (Steve Proehl photo).

In fall 2012, Wi-Fi coverage was spotty and unreliable. It was impossible to teach a class or conduct an exam with materials on the web. Students drifted around campus, searching for a signal. There was no Wi-Fi access for guests and students living in our residence halls. All this has changed.

Over the past two years, SJSU has expanded its free, secure, wireless Internet service to serve all students, faculty, staff and guests, including prospective students and family members. Wi-Fi is reliable and available in all classrooms, campus buildings and student residences. The number of concurrent Wi-Fi connections during the day is more than 11,000 devices, double what was possible two years ago. Students have reported seeing Internet speeds over 100 megabytes.

Two years ago, students living in SJSU’s residence halls had to bring their own Internet routers to campus if they wanted to access the web. Today, SJSU provides Internet access to students living on campus, allowing them to connect with the content they need from the desks in their rooms.

Collaboration Technologies

Essential to realizing SJSU’s Strategic Plan are several key technologies that support robust, ubiquitous connectivity and unfettered video and audio communications among students, faculty, staff and experts worldwide.

For example, WebEx web conferencing allows professors to mix traditional and virtual class sessions throughout the semester, adding flexibility to their curricula and making the classroom an unbounded space for collaboration, anytime and anywhere.

Next Generation Classrooms

In the past two years, SJSU outfitted five classrooms and one auditorium with high-definition, interactive video conferencing that includes recording, indexing and word-search capabilities for all classroom exercises including lectures. Additionally, 17 conference rooms and offices were upgraded with similar functionalities.

In these rooms, students, faculty and staff can access interactive lectures by professors or industry experts worldwide. Students can even see exhibits shared by those speaking from remote locations.

Before this technology was installed, the best we could do was a few people sitting around a speaker phone. Now, classrooms feature high-speed, interactive video streaming.

Instructors have found the technology productive and useful. Based on faculty experience and feedback, additional classroom configurations will be developed and implemented.

Here are specific examples of how Next Gen classrooms are being used today.

Delacruz's class

An advertising class uses new tech tools to collaborate with industry experts (Wes Dorman photo).

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication 

  • Student groups present advertising projects to industry experts including a New York ad agency.
  • Previously, presentations were filmed and sent to New York. Feedback came days or weeks later.
  • Now, a classroom connection is made with the ad agency using Telepresence.
  • Recordings are available for playback later. This demonstrates how IT supports the academic mission.
  • The results include enhanced experiential learning capabilities; real-time feedback from industry experts; and the ability to review feedback from industry experts.
alebrije

Public health students gain real-world and global experience by connecting with an Alebrije artisan community in Mexico (CASA Blog image).

The Master’s in Public Health Program

  • From admissions to graduation, the program has been redesigned to incorporate new technology.
  • For example, virtual classes are conducted via WebEx and multimedia course content is provided online.
  • In addition, the program connects with an Alebrije artisan community in Mexico to provide real-world experiences to students. Video conferencing with the artisan families enables more frequent and personal contact.
  • Results include enhanced experiential learning capabilities; a new social responsibility program for high school students interested in the Alebrije project; reduced costs for students traveling to and from campus; and flexibility for students seeking to meet personal and job responsibilities.
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The Connie L. Lurie College of Education established a research effort to evaluate 21st century classrooms (Carl Best photo).

The Connie L. Lurie College of Education

  • The college seeks to develop tomorrow’s leading educators.
  • Instructors teach a program demonstrating how to bring tech innovations into today’s schools.
  • The SJSU classroom solution includes SmartBoards, mobile and flexible furniture, room archetypes, Wi-Fi, and Mediascape video booths.
  • The college instituted collaborative applications such as Skype, WebEx and Canvas to extend the classroom and support a flipped-classroom approach.
  • Results include the establishment of a research effort to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative impacts of the 21st century classroom program.

Computer Labs

Outdated computer labs were once all too common at SJSU. In the past two years, more than 1,600 computers have been refreshed including the replacement of hundreds of machines that were eight or more years old. Next steps include virtualizing the labs to allow students the freedom to use any Internet device to access the computer labs and up-to-date software.

Unified Communication

Before infrastructure improvements began in 2012, SJSU had five distinct phone systems of various ages and capabilities. SJSU’s commitment to agility through technology strongly suggested the need for a modern campus communication system. This resulted in plans to replace all the antiquated phone systems in favor of a single solution with capabilities beyond anything previously experienced on campus.

Four of the five systems have been replaced. New phone instruments utilizing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) are being distributed to faculty, staff, and classrooms. These phones support advanced services including audio and video communication from hardwired, wireless and mobile devices.

Now, faculty and staff phone numbers can “go mobile.” This means all phone features, including video, forwarding and voicemail, can be accessed on laptops, desktops and mobile phones. Additional unified communication functions include instant messaging with SJSU employees and instant WebEx meetings, allowing faculty and staff to better support students and each other.

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Yoshihiro Uchida Hall, Renewed http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/yosh-uchida-hall-renewed/ http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/yosh-uchida-hall-renewed/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 03:56:58 +0000 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/?p=27393 Walking through the newly renovated Yoshihiro Uchida Hall is a study in old meeting new. Much of the year-long construction project includes seismic retrofitting and other refurbishments not visible to the naked eye, yet threaded throughout and around the historic building, modern amenities cannot be missed.

The building’s signature spiraled turrets are still in place, but a new, glass-front main entrance encases the structure on the west side, bringing the old exterior in. What used to be a dilapidated swimming pool now houses an instructional gym. Above it, a world-class dojo lit by original floor-to-ceiling windows finally provides a venue befitting San Jose State’s premiere judo program.

Shared by the kinesiology, athletics, and health science and recreation departments, Uchida Hall houses state-of-the-art academic facilities such as an exercise physiology research lab, a stress management lab and classroom, a sports medicine center and many fully equipped, modern classrooms, as well as beautiful new locker rooms for men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball and gymnastics—all centered around the heart of the building, the retrofitted gymnasium.

To top it off, a second-floor outdoor patio is open to the university community for enjoyment. A grand opening celebration and rededication with attendance from Yoshihiro Uchida and other local dignitaries is tentatively set for early November.

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U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Eighth Overall http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/u-s-news-rankings-sjsu-eighth-overall-2/ http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/u-s-news-rankings-sjsu-eighth-overall-2/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:24:54 +0000 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/?p=27392

Students shop for books in the newly renovated Student Union (Stan Olszewski photo).

Media contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, Calif., — The 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, available now online, shows San Jose State University at eighth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, keeping SJSU in the region’s top 10.

“San Jose State has firmly established its reputation as a leading institution of higher learning in the West,” said President Mohammad Qayoumi. “SJSU offers more than 130 degree programs and 400 student organizations, providing a wide range of opportunities including hands-on learning in a global setting provided by our Silicon Valley location.”

San Jose State’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering received top marks, ranking third in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies. In addition, SJSU’s computer engineering program was ranked first in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering has earned its reputation for being among the best in the nation by providing our students with outstanding opportunities for hands-on learning directly addressing 21st century challenges here in Silicon Valley,” Dean Andrew Hsu said.

Read more from U.S. News & World Report.

San Jose State University — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

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SJSU Initiates Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/sjsu-initiates-doctoral-program-in-educational-leadership/ http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/sjsu-initiates-doctoral-program-in-educational-leadership/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:19:47 +0000 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/?p=27389 EdD class with guest speaker Berliner

Guest speakers this past summer included internationally acclaimed scholars David Berliner (above) and Gene Glass, co-authors of “50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education” (Karl Nielsen photo).

Media contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-924-1748

SAN JOSE, CA – Seeking to nurture regional educational leaders from pre-school through high school, San Jose State has initiated a doctoral program in educational leadership, the first independent doctoral program to be offered by the university. The endeavor offers principals, district officials, teacher leaders and non-profit leaders the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the forces shaping their profession so that they may better serve their communities and advance in their careers.

“The doctoral program in educational leadership reinforces San Jose State’s commitment to preparing educators for the Bay Area,” said Elaine Chin, dean of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education. “San Jose State was founded more than 150 years ago as a teachers college.  This new doctoral program will expand our ability to prepare the leaders needed to build a system that provides all students with a high-quality education.”

EdD class

The inaugural Ed.D. class includes principals, assistant principals, district office personnel, and teacher leaders (Karl Nielsen photo).

The inaugural class of 16 Ed.D. candidates includes principals, assistant principals, district office personnel, and teacher leaders from a diverse group of schools and districts in the greater San José region.  These working professionals will spend three years at San Jose State, taking classes each summer, fall and spring, culminating in a research project and dissertation. The program is now recruiting its second class.

Diverse Curriculum

The Ed.D. curriculum focuses on case studies and rigorous inquiry in four core areas: leadership and reform, organizational behavior, contexts of leadership and learning, and research methods. Although San Jose State is the 14th California State University campus to offer an Ed.D., SJSU is the system’s only program to include a global studies component, which will expose participants to other nations’ systems, challenges and solutions.

“Global experience is essential given the multinational composition of today’s schools,” said Ed.D. Program Director Arnold Danzig. “While America’s schools have always welcomed children from abroad, the national origin of our students is growing beyond Europe, Mexico and East Asia to Africa, the Middle East and Central America. We believe the international context creates and reflects a major set of opportunities and issues that schools must address.”

Faculty Expertise

The Ed.D. program draws on the diverse expertise of San Jose State’s faculty. The team includes professors and researchers in the fields of engineering, psychology, sociology, ethnic studies, communication studies, global leadership, and urban and regional planning.

Of course, at the core of the Ed.D. program is the College of Education’s experienced faculty in educational leadership, counseling, general teacher education, child development, special education, and research methodologies.

The program was launched in summer 2014 with lectures by internationally acclaimed scholars David Berliner and Gene Glass, co-authors of “50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education.” Their book, published in March, attempts to methodically debunk myths about the American educational system using logic and data in order to better inform the public and form the basis for sound policy making.

Nurturing Leaders

The CSU doctoral programs for educational leaders were authorized by the California Legislature in order to respond to the urgent need for well-prepared administrators to lead California’s public schools and community colleges. More than 80 percent of California’s superintendents will be eligible for retirement in the next five years. In Santa Clara County, nearly 1,000 administrators serve 398 schools.

The CSU Board of Trustees standardizes tuition for all doctoral programs. SJSU Ed.D. candidates also pay campus-based fees. The annual cost has been estimated at just over $18,000.

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,740 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

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Cyber Camp 2014 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/cyber-camp-2014/ http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/cyber-camp-2014/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:39:48 +0000 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/?p=27350 The 2014 U.S. Cyber Challenge Western Regional Cyber Camp took place Aug. 11-15 at San Jose State. The camp included a cybersecurity roundtable discussion featuring national experts from technology, government and academia and a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition and awards ceremony. In addition, the week-long camp program offered in-depth workshops on a range of topics such as reverse engineering malware, writing exploits, tactical attacks and penetration testing, all taught by academics, SANS Institute senior instructors and other cybersecurity experts. More than 70 camp participants attended the invitation-only camp, based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the USCC in April that drew more than 1,600 participants from almost 700 schools nationwide.

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Today: NFL Player David Quessenberry on His Lymphoma Battle http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/today-nfl-player-david-quessenberry-on-his-lymphoma-battle/ http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/today-nfl-player-david-quessenberry-on-his-lymphoma-battle/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:02:46 +0000 http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/?p=27331 Posted Aug. 14, 2014 by Today.

By Chris Serico

From his Houston Texans teammates and National Football League opponents to family members and an 8-year-old superfan, David Quessenberry [a San Jose State graduate] has countless allies in his fight against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

At Thursday morning’s practice in Houston, players and coaches sported “Texans for DQ” T-shirts for DQ Strong Day, the team’s tribute to the second-year offensive tackle in support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

“It’s overwhelming, and it motivates me to fight my fight even harder,” Quessenberry told TODAY.com. “I wake up every day knowing that I have an army behind me.”

Read the full story.

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