Innovating through the pandemic
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is an important engine for California’s economic growth, producing talented graduates who build successful careers in key industries across the state. As one of the largest and most affordable public four-year university systems in the U.S., CSULB offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs from its 322-acre campus.
CSULB has big ambitions for its higher-education programs. Its “Beach 2030 Vision” aims to almost double its student population over the next ten years, and its Graduation Initiative 2025 is targeting a 70 percent graduation rate for first-year students within six years.
Marvin Mayo, Coordinator of Extended Programs & Special Projects, comments, “To help boost attainment for a fast-growing student population, our goal is to empower our 2,500 faculty members with the tools and resources they need to deliver outstanding learning experiences. Digital channels are a key enabler for CSULB, and D2L’s Brightspace platform, which we’ve branded as BeachBoard, plays a central role in supporting our students on their learning journeys.”
When the COVID-19 crisis swept around the world in early 2020, CSULB faced the challenge of helping its students continue their education despite stringent local lockdowns and social distancing restrictions throughout the state. To help keep students on track for success, the university decided to ramp up its online learning capabilities.
Marvin Mayo continues, “Our immediate goal was to enable our faculty and students to seamlessly transition from face-to-face classes to fully digital teaching using Brightspace and Zoom. To achieve that objective, we knew we’d need to sprint ahead to deliver effective training and support for learners and teaching staff alike.”