Crowdsourcing ideas, CSULB needs help deciding its future

Cal State Long Beach needs you—yes, you—to help determine what its goals will be for the next decade.

The university is asking the Long Beach community, alumni, students and professors to give their input online starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday and ending at 11:59 p.m. Thursday in Imagine Beach 2030.

Don’t worry, it won’t be some boring survey; it’s more like an online card game.

According to a news release, participants will respond to question cards with their own cards sharing their thoughts on possible future events. Players can build on others’ ideas, create lots of their own “forecast cards” or just upvote cards.

The university wants to gather thousands of responses in order to compile a comprehensive plan for the next 10 years. Announced at this fall’s convocation speech, Imagine Beach 2030 is the start of a two-year “visioning process.”

“Our campus is taking a non-traditional approach during these two days to spark engagement around collectively thinking about our future,” the website says.

Questions will address how to best serve students and ask questions like what the future of academic departments is in an ever-more interdisciplinary world, CSULB president Jane Close Conoley said.

The game will even ask about one of the biggest hot-button issues on and off campus: What should the university do about a mascot? The issue was once again brought front-and-center when Conoley announced that Prospector Pete would be retired.

To participate, RSVP at or play the game in person on campus on Nov. 14 or 15.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.