What is the Mission of CSU Bakersfield?

13 10 2009

CSU_BakersfieldCSUB is planning the elimination of the Dept. of Modern Languages
which teaches courses in Spanish, as well as Latina American Literature; Latin American Studies:
Chicano Literature; etc. (The Dept. also teaches French).

CSUB is classified as a Regional COMPREHENSIVE UNIVERSITY, its CSU Mission is to
serving the Southern San Joaquin Valley and beyond.

QUESTIONS:
— Can one have a “comprehensive university” that does not teach languages?
— In today’s world, and  especially in CALIFORNIA and the San Joaquin Valley,
does the elimination of language instruction make sense?
— How does this reflect and advance the CSU Mission?

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As many of you may already know, the CSU is in a serious financial crisis that is affecting many people and many programs throughout the system. At CSUB, major cuts to academic programs are being planned for the very near future. Some of you may have also heard that one of the most important programs to be put on the chopping block is our beloved Spanish program — both our Bachelor of Arts program and our Master of Arts program. This would, of course, deal a devastating blow not only to our students and to this university, but also to the entire Latino community.
In order to provide the latest and most accurate information on the status of our Spanish program, and especially on the future of the department, I have decided to schedule an “Informational Meeting.”

Date: Thursday October 15
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Business Development Center (BDC) Rm. 153 (large lecture hall)

José R. Reyna, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Spanish
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099

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