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Resolution Summaries

The ASCSU acted upon four resolutions during its September plenary session. Briefly, they are as follows:

Concern over Delay in Governor’s Appointment of CSU Faculty Trustee

Approved Unanimously
This resolution urges Governor Brown to appoint one of the two faculty trustee candidates the ASCSU nominated in March 2013 as soon as possible. Affirming its support of these current nominees, the ASCSU also empowers its Executive Committee to pursue strategies to ensure the continuous presence of a faculty trustee on the Board.

Addressing the Urgent Need for New Tenure Line Faculty in the California State University (CSU)
AS 3142-13/FA
Given the decline in the numbers of tenured and probationary faculty, and the resulting threat to the CSU’s ability to provide access to a quality education for all its students, the ASCSU calls upon the Chancellor to develop a new plan to implement ACR 73. The resolution further calls upon the Board of Trustees to reallocate current, and to seek new, resources from the state legislature in order to recruit and retain sufficient numbers of full-time faculty in order to achieve the goal of 75 percent tenured/tenure-track faculty throughout the system.

Baccalaureate Degrees Offered by Public Institutions of Higher Education in the State of California
Approved Unanimously
In response to reports of a study group exploring the possibility of California community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees in the future, this resolution asserts that any baccalaureate degree offered by a public institution in this state should be offered only by the California State University or the University of California.

Support for Continuation of Early Assessment Program (EAP)/Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Testing for College and Career Readiness Indicator Assessment until the Full Transition to Smarter Balanced Assessment
Approved Unanimously
The resolution’s title sums up the situation: The ASCSU, maintaining it is in the best interest of students to receive timely feedback about college and career readiness, encourages school districts in California to continue to participate in EAP testing during this transition year.

At the September plenary, the following five resolutions were introduced as first-reading items which the ASCSU will act upon at the October 31-November 1 plenary. These resolutions are in draft form, and committees continue to seek advice from faculty in order to perfect them:

Changes to the Bylaws of the Academic Senate
Editorial changes to the bylaws proposed for the sake of clarity, consistency.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Diana W. Guerin  or visit the committee website)

Legislative Advocacy Principles of the Academic Senate of the CSU (ASCSU)

This resolution seeks a more proactive response to legislative intrusion into matters of faculty concern, such as curriculum and shared governance.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Praveen Soni or visit the committee website)

Support for the Extension of the Statway Curriculum Pilot Program as an Alternative for Establishing Proficiency in Quantitative Reasoning
A two-year extension is sought for the Statway pilot program, which explores an alternative curriculum to remedial math through a new statistics curriculum.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Christine Miller or visit the committee website

Legislative Advocacy Guidelines for the Academic Senate of the California State University
Guidelines set out to maximize faculty effectiveness in engaging with the legislature (see above).
(For more information, contact committee Chair Praveen Soni or visit the committee website)

California State University Board of Trustee Proposed 2014-15 Support Budget
The resolution supports an augmentation of 250 million dollars in 2014-15.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Praveen Soni or visit the committee website)