Report from the Faculty Trustee

November 15, 1999
Harold Goldwhite, Faculty Trustee

 

The Board of Trustees met on November 15 - 17, 1999 at system headquarters in Long Beach. On Monday November 15, in closed session (the usual mode for personnel actions) the Board interviewed two excellent candidates for the position of President of CSU Northridge and appointed Joleyne Koester, currently Provost at CSU Sacramento. I have known Dr. Koester for several years, and have worked with her on systemwide Committees. I look forward to working with her as the CSU's newest President.

On Monday afternoon the Board's Educational Policies Committee (EPC) met for a continuation of its discussion, begun at a special meeting on October 27, of CSU enrollment policies in an era of increasing pressures on access. After hearing about current practices and policies, and the expectations for enrollments during the next decade, the Committee established an ad hoc subcommittee, with President Donald Gerth of CSU Sacramento, the current Chair of the Chancellor's Admissions Advisory Committee, as its Chair. The Committee will bring recommendations to EPC on a timetable that includes an information item at the January 2000 Board meeting, and an action item at the March, 2000 meeting. (I urge you to keep current with this topic, and send your ideas to Dr.Gerth or myself.)

EPC also heard a report on remedial education in the CSU which has been well covered in the press. In brief, 80% of those regularly admitted freshmen who were in need of remediation in math, English, or both were successful in reaching college level standards within one year. Only about 7% of those freshmen were disenrolled. The CSU is increasing its efforts to work with K-12 on this topic, to test potential students earlier, and to offer remedial and developmental work in a variety of different formats. The Accountability Process for CSU was endorsed by EPC and by the Board. This measure, which has been controversial for at least some faculty, adopts 9 systemwide annual indicators, primarily based on data already collected by the CSU. There are four additional areas where campuses have the responsibility of developing their own indicators; in these areas reports will be made on a four year cycle. Additionally the system, the Chancellor's Office, and the Trustees will report annually on their performance.

Briefly, some other highlights.

• The CSU is well prepared for Y2K and, in particular, quarter campuses that begin on January 3, 2000, have contingency plans for possible emergencies.

• The effort to increase the numbers of K-12 teachers trained in the CSU is proceeding successfully, with increased enrollments in teacher training, and the development of blended 4-year programs.

• CSU's advancement efforts are increasing - and are effective; it costs CSU 12 cents to raise a dollar of advancement income, as against a national average of 16 cents.

• Student fees were in general lowered slightly in 1999/2000. CSU's average fee, at $1830/year, is the lowest of all those institutions in our comparison group, which averages $3880/year (this is the group of institutions used for salary comparisons.

• The Board voted unanimously to extend health care coverage for domestic partners of CSU employees and annuitants, as allowed in recently passed legislation.

• For the first time in my recollection, the Board Committee on collective Bargaining did not meet.



 
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