Academic Affairs

Agencies External to the System

The Governor is permanently designated as President of the Board of Trustees and is responsible for appointment of Trustees. The Executive Branch is responsible, along with the legislature, for review and approval of the system's budget. The Department of Finance, which reports to the Governor, conducts studies year-round on a variety of concerns related to educational expenditures. The Chancellor's staff maintains liaison with the Department of Finance; considerable staff time is devoted to providing information and data as requested.

The legislature, together with the executive branch of state government, carries overall responsibility for the structure and function of public higher education. The Trustees of the California State University, unlike the University of California Regents, do not have independent Constitutional status. The legislature exerts considerable influence over the budget of the system. The Office of the Legislative Analyst, which annually reviews all aspects of the Governor's budget, maintains a staff specifically charged with the review of the higher education portion of that budget. Involvement of the state legislature in curricular programs and policies-aside from the effects of budgeting decisions-is primarily in areas where various state agencies are charged with licensing or credentialing functions. Most notable in this respect is the area of teacher preparation and licensing-one of the few areas where curriculum is, in effect, established by law. The Teacher Preparation and Licensing Law of 1970 (Ryan Act) transferred the credentialing function from the California Department of Education to a new Commission on Teacher Preparation and Licensing, now called the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which was also charged with formulating guidelines for individual credentials and approving the programs of each campus.

The legislature has, in the past, assumed responsibility for conducting such studies as the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education. The Master Plan is restudied at intervals, notably in the early 1970s and the mid-1980s. The development of a unified Master Plan for public education in California has been under way for some time.

Proposed legislation that may affect the California State University is monitored by the system's Office of Advocacy and State Relations, located in Sacramento. Recommended positions on such legislation, along with cost estimates where appropriate, are provided by the Chancellor's staff. The Board of Trustees, in consultation with appropriate groups, takes official positions on legislation having major impact on the system.

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