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August 2017

MBA student Josh Rubin finds a business program to balance his wine

Courtesy of CSUCI Communication & Marketing

F or Josh Rubin, the vineyards he  works with are more than just rows of grapes waiting to be made into wine - they're a working laboratory.

Every day he uses concepts he's learning in CSUCI's master's in business administration program - sometimes from class the night before - to inform both his agricultural and management decisions as the vineyard director for Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards in Santa Barbara.
"It's one thing to read a textbook, but to really convert theory into understanding and practical application is an incredible opportunity," he said. "I'm making better decisions now. That's the ideal case for an MBA. It's a great complement to my previous specialization."

Rubin will complete the program in August, with a degree that emphasizes accounting, finance and operations. He holds a master's degree in viticulture and grape genetics from University of California, Davis, but wanted a MBA to round out his scientific background. In addition to managing 70 employees on three vineyards, he's responsible for developing the vineyard business' budget and farm plans.  read more

Spring 2018 application period now open


The Power of Choice: Why Online Classes Matter to Students

Courtesy of EdSurge -

There is no lack of evidence to suggest that online classes have deeply transformed the teaching and learning landscape in higher education. In 2015,
for example, nearly 
30 percent  of college students took at least one online class. But as more faculty are being encouraged to teach online, how often are they aware of why creating the option to take online classes supports their students' ability to graduate?

In our experiences, institutions that have a history of serving local students through face-to-face classes may be more likely to miss why offering online classes enables an important part of their mission. At CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI), we serve a diverse student population of local residents. Commonly, faculty hold the perception that growing our number of online classes should not be a major focus, as they believe our students enroll with the intent to be on campus. That perception, however, prevents them from seeing the value that online classes provide for students.

Many of the students enrolled at CSUCI represent one or more underserved student populations. Our campus is a Hispanic Serving Institution, 54 percent of our students are first-generation college students, and at least half transfer from local community colleges. Our students typically do not have the privilege of the"traditional" college experience. For many, getting to campus to take classes is on a list with many other important responsibilities including work and family obligations. read more
Brian Bruer was recently spotlighted in Extended University's  Feature Friday,  a social media campaign that showcases students who are  channeling their potential  through CSU Channel Islands.

    Brian had this to say about himself and CI's BA Psychology program: 
 "Going back to school was a bit intimidating, but the faculty has made the experience much easier than anticipated. Hearing faculty stories and having them be so personable has made the challenge of finishing school less threatening". 

Writing and presentation 
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CI's Writing & Multiliteracy Center can help you gain confidence and be more effective in writing, speaking, and communicating using visual and digital media. Access our services online or in person. 

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Graduate Information Sessions
Undergraduate Information Sessions
MBA at Thousand Oaks
Thursday, September 7, 6:00-7:00pm 
Thousand Oaks Campus

MBA at Santa Barbara
Wednesday, August 23, 7:00-8:00pm
(Online via Zoom)
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, October 18, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Santa Barbara/Goleta Campus

MS Biotechnology/MBA Dual Degree
Tuesday, September 5, 6:00-7:00pm
Thousand Oaks Campus

MS Biotechnology
Tuesday, September 5, 6:00-7:00pm
Thousand Oaks Campus

MS Computer Science
Monday, August 7, 6:00-7:00pm 
Tuesday, September 12, 6:00-7:00pm
(Online via Zoom)
MS Mathematics
Tuesday, August 8, 6:00-7:00pm 
Thursday, September 14, 6:00-7:00pm
( Online via Zoom)

BS Business at Santa Barbara 
Wednesday, August 23, 5:30-6:30pm
Thursday, October 19, 5:30-6:30pm
(Online via Zoom)
Wednesday, September 20, 5:30-6:30pm
Santa Barbara/ Goleta campus
Wednesday, August 23, 5:30-6:30pm
Thursday, October 19, 5:30-6:30pm
(Online via Zoom)
Wednesday, September 20, 5:30-6:30pm
Santa Barbara/ Goleta campus

Thousand Oaks/Camarillo 
Andrew Conley, MBA  
(805) 497-3921 

Santa Barbara/Goleta 
Melissa Whitacre, MBA 
(805) 312-6367 

Jeff Ziskin, Editor - CSU Channel Islands Extended University