Priorities for Budget-Driven Reductions in Academic Senate California State University (ASCSU) Functionality

AS-2837-08/EX (Rev)

ATTACHMENT 1 TO AS-2837-08/EX (Rev)
ATTACHMENT 2 TO AS-2837-08/EX (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the purposes of the ASCSU are explicitly defined in Article I Section 1 of the Constitution of the ASCSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU has experienced significant permanent budget cuts over the past several years and that there exists a funding level at which the ASCSU cannot meet its stated purposes adequately; and be it further

RESOLVED: That in the event of further funding reductions, the ASCSU direct the Executive Committee to identify and preserve the most critical functions of the ASCSU by putting participation in activities that cannot be supported by the ASCSU budget in abeyance until such time as this support becomes available; and be it further

RESOLVED: That reductions in ASCSU funding could impact initiatives from the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor’s Office such as the Lower Division Transfer Patterns (LDTP) Project, as well as Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) defined roles for the ASCSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That this resolution be forwarded to the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees of the California State University, and campus senate chairs.

RATIONALE: This resolution argues that the ASCSU provides a critical function to the CSU and that further cuts to our budget will result in a commensurate reduction in our effectiveness. Further, this resolution directs the ASCSU Executive committee to attempt to preserve the most critical functions of the ASCSU in the face of inadequate funding.

The majority of the core functions of the ASCSU center on the roles played by the standing and Executive committees (as defined in the bylaws) in developing policy recommendations, the role of the plenary in providing advice to the system, and the central role of facilitating shared governance. This approach to budget reductions has been necessitated by the observation that the ASCSU has:

  • had its members take on many tasks for years in a crisis mode (with insufficient or nonexistent support), and
  • imperiled the effectiveness of its operations by reducing the number of its members, and
  • impaired its operations by cutting the amount of its necessary travel, and
  • minimized participation and growth of its members by failing to provide assigned time to allow first year Senators serve on committees, and
  • already worked diligently to increase efficiencies (e.g., by reducing travel and other costs), and
  • had the effectiveness of its operations impaired by cuts to support staff, and
  • had the effectiveness of many CSU academic-related initiatives impaired by insufficient support for faculty participation.

There are two attachments. The first is the Amendment to the Constitution of the ASCSU that reduced the size of the ASCSU (AS-2729-06/EX). The second is the Constitution of the ASCSU.


Approved May 8-9, 2008


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