Commendation of the CSU Academic Conference 2014



RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) commend CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White for hosting this important and timely conference which helped to highlight that “It’s All About Our Students;” and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU acknowledge the productive efforts of the ASCSU Conference Planning Team (Kevin Baaske, Julie Chisholm, Steven Filling, Susan Gubernat, Diana Wright Guerin, Kathy Kaiser, Christine Miller, Catherine Nelson, Praveen Soni, and Darlene Yee-Melichar), ASCSU Staff (Tracy Butler, Theresa Dykes, and Carrie Kato) and the Staff in the CSU Office of the Chancellor (Sue Copeland, Lars Walton, Jessica Darin, Dave Stanton, and Cynthia Wyatt); and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU applaud the various student poster presenters and Sonya Soltani, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, for their enthusiastic contributions and support on behalf of the California State Student Association (CSSA); and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU applaud campus presidents and provosts for their support for campus attendance; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU thank Kevin Finneran for his keynote comments on “Technology, the Social Divide, and Higher Education” and Suzanne Mettler for her plenary perspectives on “Degrees of Inequality: Why Opportunity Has Diminished in Higher Education and How We Can Restore the American Dream;” and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU encourage further academic conferences and innovative panel discussions among diverse constituents in the CSU including trustees, administrators, faculty, and students; and be it further

RESOLVED: That this resolution be distributed to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Office of the Chancellor, Campus Presidents and Provosts, Campus Senate Chairs, Campus (and CSSA) Student Leaders, and those individually named above.

RATIONALE: This year’s academic conference (see attached program brochure) continued a tradition (Request to Re-Institute the Annual CSU Academic Conference; of community building within the CSU by bringing together members of the Board of Trustees, campus Presidents and Provosts, faculty, students and others for formal and informal dialogue, reflection and long-term planning.  This year’s theme, “It’s All About Our Students,” acknowledges the CSU’s central mission as, first and foremost, an institution whose goal is to provide access to an excellent higher education for every eligible student in the state.  Designed consciously as a space separate from other meeting scenarios, the conference was an invitation to think outside the box, to dream bigger, and to share this community’s diverse talents and insights in order to strengthen the CSU from within.  Participants took advantage of the unique opportunities afforded by the Academic Conference and found the experience educational as well as inspirational.


Approved Without Dissent – January 23, 2015



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