Procedures for CSU Administration and Board of Trustees Responses to Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) Resolutions

AS-3074-12/Shared Governance Committee (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU values its relationship with the Office of the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees and believes that this relationship would be mutually informed by more structured responses to ASCSU actions; and be it further,

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU request that the California State University (CSU) administration indicate its serious consideration of ASCSU resolutions by providing substantive written responses, including plans and timelines for implementation, to ASCSU resolutions requesting actions from CSU administration if the recommendations are accepted by the administration. In the case that the CSU administration does not follow the advice of the ASCSU, a written CSU response, including the reasons for disagreement (or a request for clarification), should be provided, and those responses should be provided before the next interim committee meetings of the ASCSU so that ASCSU standing committees may include those responses in deliberations at their interim meetings, and be it further,

RESOLVED: That the same procedure (substantive written response, plan and timeline for implementation or comprehensive written rationale for disagreement, and a follow-up discussion) be followed by the BOT in regard to the ASCSU resolutions requesting actions from the BOT, and be it further,

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor,
Executive Vice Chancellors, and Campus Senate Chairs.

RATIONALE: The California Higher Education and Employee Relations Act

“…recognizes that joint decision making and consultation between administration and faculty or academic employees is the long-accepted manner of governing institutions of higher learning and is essential to the performance of the educational missions of these institutions, and that it is the purpose of this chapter to both preserve and encourage that process;”i The CSU Board of Trustees’ recognizes both the importance of shared governance to the educational mission of the CSU and the status of the Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) as the “official voice of the faculty in matters of system-wide concern.”ii

This resolution comes in a context in which there have been a number of instances over the last two years where the administrative responses to the ASCSU have been non-responsive to the content of the resolution, overly cryptic, or delayed to the extent that the responses were not available to the standing committees at their next regularly scheduled meeting.

Timely and comprehensive response from the administration to ASCSU recommendations is integral to the operation of shared governance. To strengthen the framework of shared governance, the ASCSU requests open discussion with representatives of the administration and/or the Board of Trustees in order to resolve disagreements through negotiation

Approved Unanimously– May 3-4, 2012

iHigher Education and Employee Relations Act, available at:

ii“Report of the Board of Trustees’ Ad Hoc Committee on Governance, Collegiality and Responsibility in the CSU.” contained in the document Principles and Policies of the Academic Senate,


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