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Briefs for April 4, 2016

CFA approves tentative agreement with CSU

A tentative agreement between members of the California Faculty Association and management of California State University has been approved.

The tentative agreement was voted through an online ballot on April 22 to 29 where 97 percent voted yes to approve the agreement and voter turnout was 63 percent.

Although CFA and CSU management has approved the agreement, the CSU Board of Trustees must ratify the agreement.

The agreement revealed the terms of pay through July 2018 – a 5 percent general salary increase for all CSU faculty on June 30, 2016; a 2 percent a general increase on July 1, 2016; and a 3.5 percent general increase on July 1, 2017.  

Additionally, this includes a 2.65 percent service salary increase for eligible faculty, a higher minimum at promotion for tenure-time faculty and a commitment to reform range elevation for lecturer faculty.

Fresno State’s master of arts degree achieves high rank

Fresno State’s Master of Arts, Teaching (MAT) degree ranked 14 out of 25 on BestColleges.com for Best Online Program for Master’s in Education (MEd) of 2016.

The program was ranked along with other universities across the nation who offer similar online MEd programs, such as California State University, Fullerton and CSU San Bernardino.

MAT, coordinated by Dr. Walter J. Ullrich, is an online program designed for students who do not live in Fresno and are credentialed, practicing teachers.

Journalism students and alumnus honored

Los Angeles Times photographer and Fresno State alumnus Robert Gauthier was presented with the Jim Tucker Media Service Award during the Mass Communication and Journalism Gala and Showcase of Excellence Friday.

The event allowed Fresno State students to submit their work to be judge, where it was showcased during the event.

Work submitted under categories such as multimedia, print journalism, public relations, advertising and broadcast journalism were judged by industry professionals in Central California.

Additionally, top students were inducted into the Molen Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, a national journalism honor society.