Summer 2014,

Steps Magazine | New Water Program in Leadership and Management

This spring CSUSM’s College of Business Administration (CoBA) and Extended Learning offered for the first time a new course, Survey of Water Management in Southern California (MGMT 482), targeted at individuals working and interested in the water management industry. Developed in collaboration with regional water management industry leaders, the course consists of six evening lectures by local water experts and two Saturday tours of local water facilities, culminating with a research project that provides students the opportunity to address a current problem or issue. Class topics include the importance of water, sources of water, efficient uses of water, disposal and recycling of water, regulation of water, water infrastructure, water management agencies, the consequences of water shortage and career opportunities in water management.

“Given the water crisis we are facing in California, and the scarcity of relevant water management training programs, we believe this program will help fill a critical regional need,” said Mike Schroder, dean of Extended Learning. “We have intentionally developed the curriculum to incorporate theory, history and applied learning so that participants have the foundation that they need to begin effectively addressing some of the vexing water management issues that we face.”

This fall the College of Business Administration and Extended Learning jointly will launch a certificate in water leadership and management program. The certificate program initially will prepare middle-level managers for leadership roles in the water management industry, with plans to offer certificates for executive and entry-level roles in coming years.

To learn more, contact Dr. Alan Styles at or visit:

Looking to improve communication between local government and its citizens, Cal State San Marcos accounting student Ryan Strausbaugh created an easy-to-read report for the Vallecitos Water District's 97,000 customers. The four-page document details interesting facts about the district's water services.

View the full report at:

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