Northridge Community, May 4, 2013

Program that Offers Interstate Classes


Cal State University of Northridge is starting a program that proposes interstate exchange for online courses, which could affect the online courses at the university.


A report was released in April from the Commission on the Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education proposing the new system to be operated in institutions. Online classes will allow students from out of the state to have the opportunity to take online courses.


Fifty different states are following the state policies and requirements that are the same for all the states. Under the policy, every school institution would be allowed to teach students based on standards made by that institution’s original state.


Goals from the commission were to create advantages for students to have more courses and to lower the cost of taking college courses online. Authorization to teach students from out of the state requires higher education institutions to pay for fees to process the authorization.


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Scanner reads signs of Bone Disease


CSUN obtains two high technology X-ray scanners that help’s detect signs of bone disease and measures the muscle mass of students, who play sports.


One of the new machines is called the Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanners and is located in Redwood Hall and Jacaranda Hall. The scanners measure their muscle mass, bone mineral content, bone density and tissue balance.


The machine is very helpful in determining student’s health in the near future. The DEXA machine releases an invisible beam of low-dose X-rays in two energy streams in which one is absorbed by tissue and other by bone. The difference between the two streams measures the bone mineral density and body composition.


Student testing is free for students who volunteer. Students with a doctor referral from the Student Health Center can pay a cost of $135.


Construction at CSUN Not Affected by Budget Cuts


Construction on the CSUN campus prolongs without an affect on tuition or a decline in the total number of class courses.


CSUN has spent $850 million on many construction projects since beginning of 2002. Four hundred dollars spent mostly on earthquake recovery. The state and non-state fund’s construction budget through bonds approved by voters, according to Collin Donahue, director of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction at CSUN.

Many of CSUN’s buildings are made through these bonds including the Valley Performing Arts Center. Other bonds are paid from donor funding as well. Parking is funded by enterprise funds, which are paid through local funds and are not part of state-budget planning. 




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