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Mike Schroder - Dean, Extended Learning

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work here at CSUSM is the ability to develop partnerships with individuals and organizations in surrounding communities. I’m always on the lookout for new programs and concentrations that will arm our graduates with the skills needed to meet regional workforce needs…. and that’s where I appreciate your suggestions and input. The collaboration with you is what expands our vision, informs our decisions and makes our work truly effective.

In the past few months we’ve been able to use community partnerships to support a new Veteran’s Fund for our MBA students, to begin developing the curriculum for a cyber security program thanks to Via Sat , to develop a concentration in Tourism and Hospitality Management for the new Specialized Accelerated MBA thanks to input from leading San Diego –area hoteliers and to develop “2+2 “and “2+3” tracks for students from area community colleges, offering guaranteed time to graduation in business, nursing and kinesiology.  

Our Professional Science Master’s in Biotechnology students are having a huge impact in the region.  Hope you’ll click on this link to take a look at what they’re doing.  Whether it’s the biotech students now working in Sorrento Valley, nurses and kinesiology graduates working in area hospitals and clinics, or speech pathologists working in San Elijo Hills and surrounding schools, the stories of our students are stories about people who are having a profound impact on lives here in Southern California. That’s the bottom line and why we do what we do.

Do you have an idea for a program we ought to consider?  Are there skills gaps you see in area businesses or in the region that we need to be addressing? Do you have ideas about new collaborations that might make sense? I sincerely appreciate your interest and look forward to your input!

Monday, December 16, 2013

With this inaugural blog, we are launching a new, redesigned website and a dedicated portal for online courses and certificates that I hope will make it easier for you to find the information/resources and training you are seeking.

Over the past few weeks I have had a chance to sit down with groups of students at our San Marcos and Temecula campuses in order to get to know them better and learn about their experiences with our programs. And, truthfully, there is nothing I enjoy more than meeting and speaking with students and prospective students! I’m energized and excited when you let me know what you’re looking for and how we could be more effective in developing and delivering the programs that will allow you to achieve your training and development goals. With the launch of this blog, I hope you will send me your thoughts anytime at I look forward to reading your comments and learning how we can improve our operation.

This is an exciting time. I look forward to meeting you, hearing from you and celebrating your many successes.