Report of the Meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees

November, 8-9, 2000
Harold Goldwhite, Faculty Trustee


The Board of Trustees of the CSU met at the Office of the Chancellor on November 8 and 9, 2000. Following are some of the major agenda items and presentations to the Board.

In his report Chair Larry Gould drew attention to several new projects that will improve the quality of education in the CSU including the new music center at Sonoma State, and the San Jose joint library project between the university and the city. The searches for the Presidents of the Maritime Academy and CSU Channel Islands are under way, and it is expected that the Board will make those appointments as early as March 2001. Chair Gould also announced another extraordinary gift from the family of Stanley Wang, a CSU Trustee who has already supported the Wang Family Excellence Awards. The Wang Family Scholarships have been established at a level of $1.2 million over 10 years to support each year 20 students and four faculty members for study and research in Taiwan and mainland China. In response Mr. Wang said that he has benefited greatly from international study, and wanted to give CSU students and faculty the same kind of opportunity.

In his report Chancellor Reed first mentioned the budget request for 2001-2002 that the Board adopted on October 26. The quality of education in the CSU depends critically on this budget which supports among other things continued access to the CSU for all eligible students; renewed emphasis on closing the salary gap which, if the CSU request is fully funded, should be down to 0.6%; and workforce preparation in areas critical to the State including engineering, agriculture, computer science, and nursing. The Partnership between CSU and the Governor provides stability in funding, and our accountability process is a key element in ensuring continuing confidence of the work of CSU in Sacramento. The Chancellor has established a Commission under the Chairmanship of President Welty to prepare a report by Spring 2001 on policies on the use of alcohol in the CSU; alcohol abuse by students is a leading problem for the nation's colleges and universities.

In Committee actions reported to or endorsed by the Board a Sub-Committee of the Committee on Finance gave an update on the progress of discussions about a national sports complex at CSU Dominguez Hills. The sub-committee will hold a more extended meeting in early December 2000. The Committee on Educational Policies heard a report by Warren Fox, Executive Director of the California Post-Secondary Education Committee on Tidal Wave II and Resources for California Higher Education to 2010. He gave the background for his Commission's predictions for greatly increased enrollments in all segments, but especially in the Community Colleges and CSU. The Commission's estimate of resource needs for all segments to 2010 for capital outlay is $1.5 billion and he expects the State, even in fairly prosperous times, to fund only between 60 and 75% of need. He congratulated CSU on its planning for the decade ahead. Executive Vice Chancellor Spence then gave a short account of those plans upon which I have reported earlier.

The Committee on Finance received the annual student fee report. Total academic year fees in the CSU average $1839 (range is from $ 1706 to $2138) and are by far the lowest in our comparison group of institutions, which average $3946 (excluding CSU) with a range from $2340 to $6333. CSU's average fee rose by 0.2% from last year to this, by contrast with an average raise of 4.1% in comparable universities.

The Committee on Campus Planning, Buildings and Grounds approved technical changes in the Trustees' approval process. In future campuses will be asked to submit two proposals a year (up from one currently) one in each category of existing facilities/infrastructure (60% of funding) and new facilities/infrastructure (40% of funding). Exceptions to the number of projects may be granted. The Board will consider 5-year projections each year beginning in March 2001, as required by new legislation.

The Committee on Governmental Relations heard the final status of the Trustees' 2000 legislative program, and an analysis of the results of the November 7 elections (where there are results!) and the possible effects on higher education in general, and the CSU in particular. In the California legislature the Democrats gained in both houses. The passage of proposition 39 should make it easier to pass local school bonds which could have two positive effects on the CSU. First it will ease pressure on State funds, thus possibly freeing up more for higher education. Second it may be possible to seek local bonding for joint use projects between CSU and community colleges or school districts.

The Committee on Organization and Rules approved the granting of Cesar Chavez Day, March 31, as a paid holiday on the actual date for all non-represented employees, and said it will ask the Collective Bargaining Committee to include that in all contracts.

The Committee on University Advancement heard reports on two successful events, the CSU Advancement Academy Conference, and the Alumni Leadership Institute.

In public comments members of the CFA Bargaining Team, led by Susan Meisenhelder, CFA President, criticized the existing FMI program and asked for a moratorium and extensive modifications of the program. Each member of the Board received an information packet from CFA.

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