Report of the Meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees

July 18-19, 2000
Harold Goldwhite, Faculty Trustee


The CSU Board of Trustees met in regular session at system headquarters in Long Beach on July 18 and 19, 2000. The new student trustee Dan Cartwright (CSU Stanislaus) was introduced at his first board meeting, and resolutions of appreciation were passed for Trustees Emeriti Joan Otomo-Corgel and Michael Stennis, for President Emeritus of CSU San Bernardino Tony Evans, for Interim President of CSU Northridge Louanne Kennedy, and for the immediate past chair of the State Student Association, Stephanie Rahlfs. The new Executive committee of the Academic Senate, CSU was introduced as was the new Executive Committee of CSSA, under Chair Shaun Lumachi (CSU Sacramento). Alumni Trustee Fred Pierce has been reappointed to a second two year term. Following are some of the major items considered at the meeting.

The Committee on Finance heard that the 2000-2001 budget is an excellent one for CSU and the Partnership among CSU, UC, and the Governor assures stable funding for the next three years. Increased enrollment of 4.5% (12,600 FTES, equivalent to one medium sized campus) is expected, and increases of this magnitude are expected each year during the next decade or so. Planning for this enrollment increase is the major challenge facing CSU. The budget funds a compensation pool that includes an average of a 6% increase for all employees.

The Committee on Campus Planning, Buildings, and Grounds approved revised Master Plans and Environmental Impact Reports for CPSU Pomona and CSU Channel Islands and received the Draft 5-year Capital Improvement Program for 2001 through 2006.

The Committee on University and Faculty Personnel approved increases in Executive Compensation for System Officers and Campus Presidents averaging about 5%. Current average salary for presidents is about $197,000/y. As of July 1, 2000 the average will be about $207,000/y which is about 3% less than the average for Presidents in the comparison institution group (the same group upon which calculations of the faculty salary gap are based). In the interest of full disclosure I will tell you that I voted to support these increases.

The Committee on Collective Bargaining approved ratification of agreements with Units 1,6,8, and 10; the agreement with employees represented by CSEA is contingent on approval by the membership which is currently underway. Representatives of several employee organizations were complimentary about their bargaining processes and their results, but the representative for Student Service personnel was concerned about the slowness of their bargaining process.

The Committee on Educational Policy, now Chaired by Board Vice Chair Dee Dee Myers, took action on four items which revised Title 5. The first will allow Community College students to transfer up to 6 semester units in teacher preparation courses, up from the 3 units currently allowed. The second makes uniform the GPA required for admission to teacher preparation programs in the CSU. The policy still includes the up to 15% of exceptions allowed in the present policy. The third will base, starting in 2004, the GPA calculation for freshmen entering the CSU only on the college preparatory courses they take in their final 3 high school years. The fourth reduces the minimum number of units required in a baccalaureate degree program from 124 to 120 semester units. “Baccalaureate unit requirements will continue to be reviewed on campuses by the faculty in the course ofregularly scheduled program reviews.”

In the closing public comments CFA President Susan Meisenhelder commented on the decision of CSU management and CFA to go to impasse on salary bargaining for 2000-2001 and commented on a study done for CFA which she claimed indicates that merit pay increases are going disproportionately to male faculty. She asked for a moratorium on the FMI program.

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