Dear Campus Community,
We are enjoying the process of engaging with your representatives serving on working groups to conduct
the polytechnic self-study. Thank you to the many staff, faculty, administrators, and students
supporting this work. Thank you all for the broad interest and determination to put our best collective
It is clear from the process so far that what we will send to the California State University
Chancellor’s Office and ultimately, to the Board of Trustees next fall, will be a clear and thorough
depiction of how we will build a 21st-century comprehensive polytechnic on the foundation of our
existing strengths across all curricular areas, our commitments to environmental sustainability and
social justice, and the richness of our location. As a Hispanic Serving Institution/Minority Serving
Institution, as the leaders for Native American Studies in the CSU, and through the generosity of our
local tribal partners, we will also propose a polytechnic university that centers community wisdom and
Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
Right now we are working on the first full update to the Chancellor’s Office on how we are approaching
our self-study document. It is organized around the themes corresponding to the working groups. These
themes represent the information requested by the Chancellor’s Office who determined the elements of the
and Role of the Liberal Arts
Inclusive Student Success
Each group is mapping and describing our existing strengths and identifying opportunities and needs of a
comprehensive polytechnic. If you have any feedback or suggestions you would like to provide to a group,
please click on the group name above for that opportunity.
In addition, the working groups focused on the academic aspects of this self-study will be inviting
you to engage with their analysis and reporting in an open meeting. More information is forthcoming
about the date and time for their open session.
The student success group will also be tapping into student perspectives and more information on that
opportunity for student feedback is forthcoming.
Working group leaders will continue to present updates at University Senate meetings through the rest
of the academic year. We will provide updates to the Staff Council and at the monthly meeting of
support staff from across campus. We will release another update to campus following the next round of
feedback from the Chancellor’s Office. And we will continue to post updates on humboldt.edu/polytechnic.
We are reminded through this collaborative work of discovery of what an amazing place HSU is. Thank
you for making it so.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the President