The School of Graduate, International,
and Sponsored Programs
The Mission of the College
The mission of the School of Graduate, International, and Sponsored
Programs is to enrich the university community by providing enhanced
opportunities for graduate education, international studies, sponsored
research, and faculty professional development. Graduate, International,
and Sponsored Programs are a vital part of the university. They
add depth, promote the linkage of our teaching and research efforts,
and facilitate the development of a global perspective.
The school carries out its mission through the implementation of
the following goals:
1. The recruitment, admission, and enrollment of qualified graduate
and international students.
2. The retention of students by providing competent, professional
advising and academic support services, as well as academic enrichment
3. The offering of high quality inter- disciplinary graduate and
undergraduate programs, and the facilitation of develop- ment of
new graduate and certificate pro- grams attuned to societal needs
and campus capabilities.
4. The promotion of faculty participation in sponsored research
and creative activities by offering pre-award and post-award services.
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS
The most valuable educational resource at CSU, Chico is the faculty.
To assist these faculty in their continuing professional development,
the university offers programs to support scholarship, creative
works, research, and institutional and curricular development.
The Office of Sponsored Programs provides campuswide professional
development programs, assistance with the development of grant proposals,
and fiscal management of funded projects.
Foundation Grant and Professional Development
The Research Foundation supports faculty professional development
through a portion of its revenue. Of these funds, a percentage supports
campuswide professional development programs, and another percentage
is distributed to the colleges to support academic activities of
their faculty, including individual research and publications, grant
development efforts, active participation in professional conferences,
attendance at professional institutes and short courses.
Summer Scholars Program
The Summer Scholars Program provides funds to competitively selected
faculty members to support significant research, creative works,
and other scholarly activities that enhance CSU, Chicos institutional
prestige. Faculty projects that are supported include research,
grant and contract development, publication of monographs or books,
artistic endeavors, and the acquisition of top-line equipment.
CSU Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards
The California State University provides funds for full semester
assigned time, mini-grants of up to $5000, and stipends for one
or two months of summer salary to support research and other scholarly
and creative activities. Funds are administered by individual campuses,
and competition for these awards is keen.
Project Directors Incentive Funds
When sponsored projects recover overhead, a portion of the Incentive
Program provides funds to individual project directors, who may
use these funds in a variety of ways to enhance their professional
Faculty Development Program
The Faculty Development Program, funded by the CSU System, provides
assigned time and operating expenses to assist tenure-track assistant
and associate faculty so that they may establish a strong academic
record for tenure or promotion. Typical projects include activities
- initiate and/or complete scholarly research and creative activities;
- complete and publish instructional projects or scholarly research.
Research and Grant Development
The Office of Sponsored Programs provides some limited local grants
of assigned time and operating expenses for developing external
grant proposals and is responsible for the coordination of all campus
activity relating to funded grants and contracts. Assistance to
faculty is available in:
- identifying potential sources of funds;
- securing and interpreting grant guidelines;
- aiding the development of grant proposals, including budget
- securing the necessary campus approvals in order for the proposal
to leave campus;
- providing seed money (where appropriate) for activities exploring
the potential for and the development of proposals;
- providing clerical and duplicating assistance during proposal
preparation and submission;
- maintaining a comprehensive electronic library of grants information
and agency guidelines;
- providing on-going information about grant opportunities;
- negotiating final awards with awarding agencies;
- administering project funds after award,
including audit reporting.
CSU, Chico faculty have been highly successful
over the years in securing funds from federal, state, and local
governments, corporations, and private foundations. Close to 500
proposals are submitted each year with approximately 70 percent
receiving fundinga success ratio well above the national average
of about 33 percent. Cash awards for fiscal year 2000/2001 totaled
in excess of $29.3 million.
OTHER FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Other faculty development opportunities are available through various
campus offices, including:
Faculty Fee Waiver
Many regular courses provide opportunities for professional growth
for faculty. The Faculty Fee Waiver program waives all but a token
fee for up to 6 units. Faculty may take any course for which they
have the minimum prerequisites and from which they can profit professionally.
Applications and further information are available from the Personnel
Domestic and international exchanges allow tenured faculty and
permanent staff to spend a semester or an academic year at another
college or university, or with another educational association.
In some cases, participants can remain on Chicos payroll while
learning and performing agreed-upon services at the host institution,
or they can take a leave to participate in an exchange. Further
information is available in the Office of International Programs.
CSU, Chico and the CSU System provide leaves of absences for faculty
that range from sabbatical leaves (for scholarly and creative work)
through differential pay leaves (for further study) to leaves without
CSU, Chico, the CSU System, and various groups support awards and
honors for the faculty. Campuswide recognitions include Outstanding
Professor, Outstanding Teacher, and Professional Achievement Honors.
Faculty mentors of students winning the Outstanding Thesis or Project
Award and the annual Student Research Competition are also recognized. Please see the chapter on Distinguished
Faculty in this catalog.