Passion, Compassion Leads to New Program

Stan State Offers First-of-its-Kind Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management


Umar Ghuman, associate professor of public administration, can still see the look on the face of a man he was asked to meet with about how to fund an afterschool program in an underserved area of Turlock. 

“I asked him, ‘What is your mission statement? What is your vision? What are your values? What are your long-term plans?’” Ghuman said. “He looked at me like I was speaking a different language. 


No Winter of Discontent for Computer Science Students

Stan State and South Korean Students Complete Coding Boot Camp

Stan State and South Korean Students Complete Coding Boot Camp

While most Stanislaus State students were happy to take a break from remote learning in January, 11 computer science students dug in for more. 

Adam Gularte, Corey Edh, Jashandeep Singh, Jorge Hernandez Ortega, Christopher Gallo, Giancarlo Garcia Deleon, Evan Duran, Kristijan Hornung, Moises Ortega-Garcia, Brendan Contreras and Ethan Chau participated in the Online Project-Based Software Coding Camp, joining 11 students from Tongmyong University in South Korea.  


International Kitchen

Panna Cotta by Lea Kneller

Panna Cotta

Lea studied abroad in Italy through USAC during the summer of 2018 and was able to participate in an Italian cooking class! Check out her amazing dishes!


Stan State, Victoria University of Wellington Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Collaborate, Explore Joint Educational Opportunities

Five-Year Agreement to Provide Stanislaus State Students Opportunities to Study at a Top-Tier International Research Institution

Five-Year Agreement to Provide Stanislaus State Students Opportunities to Study at a Top-Tier International Research Institution

Stanislaus State and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand signed a five-year agreement this week that will allow the institutions to engage in joint research, explore educational opportunities for faculty and students, and share best practices.


ASBSN Class of 2020

Cohort 8 Graduating Class

Cohort 8 Graduating Class

The ASBSN Program and School of Nursing leadership, faculty, staff, and well-wishers would like to congratulate the graduating class on completing nursing school. We are very proud of you and wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the Pinning Ceremony for the ASBSN Class of 2020 has been postponed.  We plan to celebrate this important nursing milestone at a later date.


Stan State’s Online RN-BSN Program Ranked No. 1 for Value

Badge: 2020 Best Online Colleges for Value for Bachelor's Nursing from Guide to Online Schools

It didn’t take long for the Stan State’s Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to soar after its spring 2016 launch.

The program was named the No 1. by Guide to Online Schools on their list of the “2020 Best Online Colleges Offering BSN Programs.” Stan State topped such colleges and universities as Indiana University-Northwest (No. 2), CSU Bakersfield (No. 7), Rutgers University (No. 12), University of Massachusetts-Boston (No. 15) and Loma Linda University (No. 22) in the top-25 rankings.


Adult Learner at Stan State Honored by Chancellor’s Office

Sokcon Swing

From as early as she can remember, Sokcon Swing has wanted to be a teacher, but the road that led to her goal wasn’t always smooth.

“I’ve gone through so many trials and tribulations,” she said. “Unlike most of my childhood friends, my parents didn’t grow up here. I didn’t have the same resources they had,” she added.

Swing moved the U.S. from Cambodia with her family in 1982 as they fled genocide, and as a first-generation college student her parents couldn’t help her apply to colleges, nor did they have the resources to help her financially.


Stan State Online Nursing Course Receives Quality Matters Certification

Stan State’s commitment to providing students with the best possible learning experiences has been recognized again. The course Community Health Theory (NURS 4400), part of the University’s online RN-to-BSN program, has been certified through the California State University’s Quality Matters course review.

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Online RN-BSN: Putting Quality Assurance Into Practice

“The California State University, Stanislaus, is putting quality assurance into practice with its first QM-Certified course — Community Health Theory. The course, which is part of the University’s Online RN to BSN Program, was designed using QM Standards and updated for the Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition. Additionally, as Dr. Mary Jo Stanley, Director of the University’s RN to BSN programs, shared, the course underwent a Self Review to confirm it was ready for an official QM review.”


Stan State MBA Program Honored by U.S. News & World Report

Stanislaus State’s master’s program in business administration has been honored with a national ranking by U.S. News & World Report for the first time in a report released today.

Stan State debuts in the rankings at No. 206 and is one of seven members of the California State University system to be honored.

“We compare favorably with our peers in the California State University system and private academic institutions nationally,” said Tomas Gomez-Arias, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Our reputation is the result of the hard work of our faculty and staff, and the success of our students and alumni.”

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Stan State’s Online MBA ranked among the best in the nation according to U.S News & World Report

CSU Online Programs Wired for Success

“Online programs at California State University campuses are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Online Programs rankings released January 15.

U.S. News & World Report rated online bachelor’s and graduate programs across the country based on their student engagement, student services and technology, and faculty credentials and training.”


Stan State Offers Ample Options for Studying Abroad Affordably

Student on a mountain

There have never been more options for Stanislaus State students who want to study abroad. They can choose from dozens of countries and programs, spend one or two semesters away, pay with financial aid, get scholarships and stay on track to graduate in four years.

The University now offers three study-abroad programs with the newest allowing students to study in one of several countries for one semester with their sole tuition cost being their Stan State tuition. Called the Stan State Exchange Programs, the new option features partnerships with universities in France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Spain. Universities in other countries are being added as more partnerships are formed.

“Our office is thrilled to offer new study abroad opportunities to our students. The experience of living and studying in another country is like no other, providing a lifetime of benefits to personal growth,” said Jennifer Helzer, associate dean of Extended and International Education. “Students return from study abroad with increased self-confidence, a more sophisticated view of the world and skills sets that positively affect their educational goals and career paths.”

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Online MBA Report: Interview with Katrina Kidd

California State University, Stanislaus - Director of Business Graduate Programs

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Recently, Online MBA Report spoke with Katrina Kidd, Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business Administration at California State University, Stanislaus. Also known as “Stan State”, Stanislaus State is a part of California public university system and is located in Turlock, California.

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Accelerated Degree Program Serves Those Who Help Others

Andrea Resendiz, Che Edmond and Jennifer Lovick

Working professionals who aim higher are finding support and success in the accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BASS) program at Stan State campuses in Turlock and Stockton. A group of recent graduates completed their degrees at the Stockton Center while holding jobs in the San Joaquin Human Services Agency (HSA).

“I entered the BASS program as a 48-year-old married mother with ‘receiving a B.A. by the time I’m 50’ on my bucket list,” said Jennifer Lovick, an eligibility worker in the agency’s intake department. “During the program I had two major surgeries, bought a house, moved, sent my youngest off to college in Arizona and worked full time. I struggled at times, but always kept my eye on the prize.”

Through the year and a half-long program, Lovick said she realized working with kids was her passion. “There were a couple of professors I had that showed their love of teaching and it was their example that led me to this conclusion,” she said. Teaching 3rd or 4th grade became her ultimate goal.

Andrea Resendiz, a bilingual eligibility worker, hopes to use the education gained at Stan State to advance in child-centered services in San Joaquin County. “I am a people person and I take pleasure in helping those in need. What I enjoy most is the fact that I have the means to make a difference through the work that I do. There are many families that are experiencing financial hardships and language barriers. Knowing that my job helps those in need brings me the most joy,” she said.


Master of Science in Genetic Counseling student wins CSU Statewide Research Competition

Stan State’s Hernandez Wins CSU Statewide Research Competition

Mara Hernandez

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Like many young college graduates, Mara Hernandez had a bachelor’s degree and was looking for direction. While earning her degree in sociology at UC Berkeley in 2012, Hernandez became interested in working in health, and a conversation with her mother provided a possible path.

“My parents told me about the field of genetic counseling,” said Hernandez, a native of Lafayette who now lives in Berkeley. “My mom had received genetic counseling at UCSF for a family history of cancer. Once I learned about it, I saw that this is an area where I could make a positive impact on the lives of people who are going through scary, difficult or complicated health situations.”

She searched the National Society of Genetic Counselors website and starting making phone calls to pick the brains of people working in genetic counseling. She not only discovered that many of them earned their master’s degree at Stanislaus State, but they had great things to say about the program.


ASBSN Cohort 6 Pinning Ceremony at the Stockton Center

ASBSN Cohort 6 Students

History of the Pinning Ceremony

The tradition of the nursing pin and the ceremonial pinning we know today, actually originated in the 1860’s at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London. Having been recently awarded The Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence chose to extend this honor to her most outstanding graduate nurses by presenting each of them with a medal for excellence. 

Stan State School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Students choose a significant person who assisted them in their journey in obtaining a BSN Degree.  This person could be a faculty member, a parent, a friend – anyone that has had a significant impact on their life and their education, the person of significance accompanies the graduate on stage.


Innovative Faculty and Staff IDEAS Gain Funding

Presenter speaking in front of committees

Eight creative proposals to help the University work smarter, totaling $50,039, were unveiled during a reception today. These proposals represent the first cohort of University IDEAS projects, which stands for Innovate, Design, Excel and Assess for Success.

“For the first time, the campus has a small fund to promote innovation on campus. This program gives the campus community an opportunity to propose innovative ideas and secure needed resources to improve our campus environment,” said Gitanjali Kaul, vice president for strategic planning, enrollment management, and innovation (SPEMI).

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CSU Success Story: James Bowles

James Bowles is one of 15 people in the state of California who are Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist, and operates Stan States simulation rooms in the nursing programs


Every day, James Bowles uses 15 years of military medical experience to lead Stanislaus State’s renowned nursing simulation program. In the process he’s helping to prepare hundreds of students to change health care as we know it.

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Stan State’s nursing program has been ranked as one of the top 25 RN programs in all of California!

Best Nursing Schools in California

“Selecting the best nursing school in California can be difficult. To make the process easier first look for a school that supports students towards licensure and beyond. A great way to measure this is through NCLEX-RN “pass rates.” We have ranked the top 50 nursing schools in California by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN “pass rates”, meaning the percentage of graduates who pass the exam, out of the 126 RN programs in the state. Programs reviewed include schools that offer an Associate in Nursing (ADN/ASN), BSN, or Direct-Entry MSN Degree.”

#7  California State University, Stanislaus

“California State University, Stanislaus is widely renowned for the strength of its nursing program, which is tailored to the fast-paced career track that many nurses require. Numerous pathways, including a pre-licensure BSN program, an LVN to BSN, and more, help students meet their nursing career goals. Successful graduates pass the state’s NCLEX-RN exam and find meaningful work in patient care.”

Score: 98.25 | Programs: BSN, LVN to BSN

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California Ranked No. 1

10 states where graduate degrees boost your pay the most

“Many workers opt to go back to school for the promise of higher earnings, a better job title, or both. And in some cases, that’s a move that can really pay off. The median salary for workers with advanced degrees is $69,240, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which is over 32% more than what those with a mere bachelor’s degree are earning.

On the other hand, getting a graduate degree comes at a cost, and while the price tag can vary tremendously based on the university and program in question, it’s critical to make sure that your potential earnings are enough to justify the upfront expense. With that in mind, here are the top 10 states where your graduate degree is likely to give you the greatest bump in salary over a bachelor’s, courtesy of Student Loan Hero.”

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Stanislaus State ranked No. 1 Value-Added Public College by Money Magazine

Students standing together

The quality of a Stanislaus State education again has received national acclaim, as Money magazine has ranked the University as the nation’s top “value-added” public college on its list of “Value-Added All-Stars.”

The publication lists Stan State as No. 6 overall for “helping students do far better than would be expected from their academic and economic backgrounds,” using methodology that grades colleges according to graduation rates, post-graduate earnings and student loan repayment. The top five colleges in the rankings all are small private colleges, led by Touro College in New York City. Sacramento State, San Jose State, Cal State East Bay and UC Davis are the only other California public universities to make the 50-college list.


Congratulations to the graduating class of 2017!

Cohort 3 Health Science Graduates

At the commencement ceremonies on May 25-26, Stanislaus State had a graduating class of 3,022 students.  These students were honored with their degrees and credentials.  Three of the Extended Education programs were part of the graduating class of 2017:  Health Science, Criminal Justice, and Social Sciences. 


University Extended Education’s Marketing Specialist, Feuna Shahbazian, a three-time winner of the prestigious UPCEA Marketing Awards

Founded in 1915, UPCEA is one of the leading associations for professional, continuing, and online education.  Each year UPCEA holds a Call for Entries for their annual UPCEA Marketing Awards.  Many creative and marketing departments, from universities across the globe, enter in for a chance of being recognized as creating the best marketing practices and promotional pieces in the field.


Meeting the Educational Needs of the Manufacturing Industry in California’s Central Valley

Meeting the Educational Needs of the Manufacturing Industry in California’s Central Valley, March 2017

The Fresno Workforce Investment Board (Fresno WIB) sponsored a project to study the relationship between the California State University campuses in the Central Valley and manufacturers in that region. California State University, Bakersfield, California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), and California State University, Stanislaus took part in this study. The project assessed the educational programs that the universities provide to the manufacturing sector and the methods used by the campuses to serve manufacturers. The project received funding from the Fresno WIB in late 2015. The study took place during 2016 and the Spring of 2017. This report presents each campus’ report, a national report on best practices of university-manufacturing relationships, a report on prior learning assessment (PLA), and a summary of best practices based on this research.

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James Bowles: Redefining excellence at Stan State’s School of Nursing

“California State University, Stanislaus has one of the top 10 Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the United States.  There are three reasons.  First, the Director, Dr. Debra Tavernier, is an incredible leader due to her brilliance, passion and an unwavering commitment to excellence.  Second, the faculty at the nursing school is second to none.  Their practical experience, passion and commitment to excellence in education are unmatched.  Each brings experience and expertise into the class room to ensure that students graduate prepared to start immediately as well trained Registered Nurses.  The third and final reason the CSUS Nursing program is top-of-the-line is its amazing healthcare information technology hero, James Bowles.  James is part of the team that helped CSU Stanislaus gain a national reputation for excellence.  He’s been a well-kept secret, until now.”

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Turlock CSU campus advancing region by degrees

“No other state in our country can boast of a system of public higher education that approaches what we have in California.

Stanislaus State is grateful to be an integral part of that system, fulfilling our mission to provide accessible undergraduate and graduate level instruction within the state’s three-tiered system of public higher education.”

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Stan State Moves up in Washington Monthly National Rankings

Students talking

Washington Monthly again has chosen to shine its national spotlight on Stanislaus State, this time brighter than ever before, by ranking the University in three significant categories. 

Among its multiple sets of rankings, Washington Monthly has moved Stan State significantly forward in two areas: The quality of master’s programs and “Bang for the Buck,” described on their website as an “exclusive list of schools that help lower- and middle-income students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.” In addition, Stanislaus State earned its way onto Washington Monthly’s first-ever ranking of top 100 schools for adult learners.

The publication lists Stanislaus State as No. 5 in the nation for master’s programs, using a methodology that includes “social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).” Stanislaus State was ranked 28th in the nation last year in the same category after being ranked 47th in 2014.


Stan State’s Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBSN) degree ranked No. 1 in California

Stanislaus State’s nursing program, ranked for several years as one of the best on the West Coast, continues to make great strides toward being recognized on a national basis. Top RN to BSN Logo

On Monday, the website ranked Stan State’s accelerated bachelor’s nursing program as No. 1 in California, No. 23 in the nation, and No. 2 overall in the entire Western Region behind the University of Washington. Stanislaus State was the only California school ranked in the top 50 of the nation’s accelerated BSN programs, which are for students who already have earned a bachelor’s degree in another course of study.

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Stan State voted Best College in Best of 209 Magazine!

Stanislaus State has been voted Best College in the 209 area according to Best of 209 Magazine.  During the month of May, people were able to go on to and vote for their favorites in the 209 area.  Categories included:  Academics, Automotive, Beverages, Dining, Community, Entertainment, Family, Health & Wellness, Home, Pets, Professional Services, and Shopping. 

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Art Space on Main (ASoM) offers a three-week Summer Art Workshop for the foster care youth to attend

Student artwork

Art Space on Main is Stanislaus State’s School of the Arts downtown gallery and art facility.  Located in historic downtown Turlock, Art Space on Main (ASoM) features exhibitions by local and visiting professional artists and showcases the inspiring work of Stan State art students, faculty, and alumni.  Stanislaus State has collaborated with the Human Services Agency of Merced County in providing a three-week Summer Art Workshop for the foster care youth to attend.  In these classes, the youth learned how to draw, mono-print, and conduct digital manipulation.

Find out more about current exhibitions at Stan State’s art galleries.

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2016 Hubei University of Economics (HUBE) Students

Hubei University Students group photo

For the past three years, Stanislaus State has offered the American Culture and Financial Economy (ACFE) Program through University Extended Education.  This program is one section of a broader plan to develop an ongoing relationship with Hubei University of Economics (HUBE) in Wuhan, China.

The two-week program included rigorous lectures and seminars that provided the students with an understanding of our economy, combined with American culture and language development. During their time, the Hubei students attended summer classes for two weeks. Classes consisted of Finance and English as a Second Language (ESL). In addition to learning English in their ESL class, the lectures contained an American culture component as well.


2016 ASBSN Pinning Ceremony

Students standing together

On April 23, 2016, the Stan State School of Nursing (SON) proudly held the 2016 Pinning Ceremony at the Stockton Center for the Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBSN) program. 

History of the Pinning Ceremony

The tradition of the nursing pin and the ceremonial pinning we know today, actually originated in the 1860’s at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London. Having been recently awarded The Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence chose to extend this honor to her most outstanding graduate nurses by presenting each of them with a medal for excellence.  


2016 White Coat Ceremony at the Stockton Center

Students participating in the White Coat Ceremony

On February 20, 2016 the Stanislaus State School of Nursing (SON) proudly held its first White Coat Ceremony at the Stockton Center for the Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBSN) program.  The ceremony welcomed the Class of 2017 to professional nursing.  The attendance of more than 130 individuals included Stan State leadership, faculty, community partnership leadership, friends and family members of the ASBSN Class of 2017.

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Online MBA (OMBA) Program Ranks in the Top 10

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Top 10 Online MBA Programs on the West Coast – 2015 Rankings

“The College of Business Administration at California State University-Stanislaus offers a 33-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online. The Online Master of Business Administration (OMBA) program utilizes Skype video conferencing, Elluminate! Live virtual classroom sessions, and online office hours to deliver coursework and connect students with the programs Sloan Consortium-certified instructors. Students may also collaborate via online chat sessions and practice leadership skills in a “global virtual setting.”” – Online MBA Report

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Online MBA Ranks Among Nation’s Best Programs

Already internationally accredited, the Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program at CSU Stanislaus was recently ranked among the best programs of its kind in the nation by the Affordable Colleges Foundation.