Academic Catalog 2021-2022

CSU Dominguez Hills

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Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

CSU Dominguez Hills has been designated as a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of more than 1,800 colleges and universities providing post-secondary education to members of the military throughout the world. As an SOC member, CSU Dominguez Hills recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences. SOC has been developed jointly by educational representatives of each of the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a consortium of 13 leading national higher education associations; it is co-sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Community Colleges.

CSU Dominguez Hills Foundation Board

  • Mr. Alan Caldwell
  • Mr. Clifford Cannon
  • Ms. Jan Chilimidos
  • Dr. Willie Hagan
  • Mr. D.R. (Don) Herman
  • Dr. Rod Hernandez
  • Ms. Pilar Hoyos
  • Ms. Del Huff
  • Mr. Gil Ivey
  • Dr. Karen Wilson
  • Ms. Paula Moore
  • Carrie Stewart
  • Mr. Ken Putnam
  • Mr. Michael D. Rouse
  • Mr. George Schmeltzer
  • Mr. Dana W. Ward
  • ASI President

Accreditation and Approvals

The Western Association of School and Colleges' (WASC) Handbook of Accreditation, January 2001 (page 8), states that voluntary, nongovernmental accreditation of both institutions and programs is a unique characteristic of American education that establishes standards of quality and effectiveness. The specific purposes of accreditation are:

  • To assure the academic community, the general public, and other organizations and agencies that an institution/program has clearly defined objectives appropriate to higher education;
  • To encourage institutional/programmatic development and improvement through self study and periodic evaluation by qualified peer professionals;
  • To promote institutional engagement with issues of educational effectiveness and student learning and to develop and share good practices in assessing and improving the teaching and learning process;
  • To promote a culture of evidence where indicators of performance regularly developed and data collected to inform institutional decision making, planning, and improvement;
  • To develop systems of review and evaluation that are adaptive to institutional context, build on institutional evidence and support rigorous review; and
  • To promote interchange of ideas among educational institutions/programs through peer review.

CSU Dominguez Hills is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges [located at 9533 Airport Boulevard, Suite 200, Burlingame, CA 94010, (650) 696-1060], which is one of six major regional accreditation agencies in the United States.

CSU Dominguez Hills is also accredited/approved by other agencies in the following special fields.

Business Administration

Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) located at 7007 College Blvd., Suite 420, Overland Park, KS 66211.


American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training located at 1155 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.

Clinical Sciences

Cytotechnology Option: Affiliate accredited by the Programs Review Committee of the American Society of Cytopathology, sponsored by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) located at 35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208.

Medical Technology Option: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) located at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Computer Science

Computing Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) located at 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202.


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) located at 1919 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 202, Washington, DC 20006, and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) located at 1900 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95814-7000.

Health Science

Orthotics and Prosthetics: Affiliate accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) located at 330 John Carlyle St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314 and sponsored by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) located at 35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208.


The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) located at 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190.


The Baccalaureate degree program in Nursing and the Master's degree program in Nursing at California State University Dominguez Hills are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The  post-graduate APRN certificate programs for Clinical Nurse Specialists at California State University Dominguez Hills are pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Approval of the MSN  Family Nurse Practitioner Program by the California Board of Registered Nursing at P.O. Box, 94420, Sacramento, CA 94244-2100.

Occupational Therapy

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) accredits educational programs for the occupational therapist. The standards comply with the United States Department of Education (USDE) criteria for recognition of accrediting agencies. Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.

Public Administration

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) located at 1120 G. Street, N.W., Ste. 520, Washington, DC 20005.

Social Work (MSW)

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) located at 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457, (703) 683-8080, fax (703) 683-8099.

Theatre Arts

National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) located at 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190 (Associate Membership).

University Administration

Office of the President

 President, Thomas A. Parham
 Chief of Staff, Deborah Roberson

Division of Academic Affairs

 Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Michael Spagna
 Interim Vice Provost, Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO), Ken O'Donnell
 Associate Vice President, Retention, University Academic Advisement and Learning, (vacant)         
 Associate Vice President, Faculty Affairs, Cheryl Koos
 Interim Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, John W. Price
 Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Kim Costino
 Chair, Academic Senate, Laura Talamante

College of Arts and Humanities

Dean, Mitch Avila
Associate Dean, Timothy Caron

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Dean, Philip LaPolt
Associate Dean, Leonardo Martinez

College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Dean, Joseph Wen
Associate Dean, Tayyeb Shabbir

College of Education

Interim Dean, Lisa Hutton
Associate Dean, (vacant)

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

Interim Dean, Claudia Peyton
Acting Associate Dean, Enrique Ortega
Director, School of Nursing, Ronald Norsby

College of Extended and International Education

Dean, Kim McNutt
Associate Dean- Extended Education, Lynda Wilson
Associate Dean- International Education, Hamoud Salhi

University Library

Dean, Stephanie Brasley
Associate Dean, Marwin Britto

Division of Administration and Finance

Vice President, Administration and Finance, Deborah Wallace
Interim Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance, Wayne Nishioka
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Finance Officer, Foundation, Russell Statham
Associate Vice President, Human Resources Management, Karine Shrinian
Chief of Police, Carlos Velez

Division of Student Affairs

Vice President, Student Affairs, William Franklin
Interim Associate Vice President, Student Life and Dean of Students, Matthew Smith
Associate Vice President, Student Success, Ruttanatip Chonwerawong
Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management, Deborah Brandon
University Registrar, Tara Hardee

Division of Information Technology

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Information Technology, Chris Manriquez
Assistant Vice President, Service and Financial management, Marci Payne
Senior Director, Enterprise Applications, Bill Chang
Information Security Officer, Kerry Boyer

Division of University Advancement

Vice President, University Advancement, Carrie E. Stewart
Associate Vice President, Development, Jeffrey Poltorak
Assistant Vice President, External Relations, David Gamboa
Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications, John Axtell