A Call for Board of Trustee Action on Faculty Trustee Appointment


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) express its alarm at the continued lack of faculty representation on the California State University Board of Trustees (BOT); and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge all concerned to appreciate that the absence of a faculty trustee to represent the faculty in discussions that inform BOT action, especially with respect to educational policy issues such as time to graduation, transfer, and remediation, calls into question the legitimacy of the BOT and undermines the ASCSU’s confidence in carrying out the policies of a BOT that is not fully
constituted as prescribed by law; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU call on the CSU Board of Trustees at its March 2010 meeting to pass a resolution decrying the absence of a faculty trustee; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the text of this resolution be forwarded to John G. Cruz, Appointments Secretary, the Office of the Governor; the chairs of the Assembly Higher Education and Senate Education committees of the California State Legislature; the CSU Board of Trustees; campus senates; CFA; CSSA; and the editorial boards of the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury-News, Fresno Bee, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

RATIONALE: In spite of concerted effort on the part of the ASCSU, both formal and informal, the Governor has yet to appoint a faculty member to the Board of Trustees from the list of names furnished by the ASCSU in March 2009 (California Education Code 6606). As a result, there has been no Faculty Trustee for over 8 months (approximately one-third of the Faculty Trustee two-year term) at a time when the CSU is facing serious challenges impacting the access, affordability, and quality of public higher education. The selection process for the Faculty Trustee nominees is lengthy and time consuming for all involved, particularly for the candidates who submit extensive and detailed ocumentation.
The Governor's failure to appoint a Faculty Trustee may undermine this process for nominees to the 2011-2013 Faculty Trustee term, which begins in fall 2010 and concludes in March 2011.

Approved– March 10-11, 2010



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