Chancellor's Communication-October 3, 2000

TO:         All CSU Employees
 
FROM:     Chancellor Reed
 
DATE:     October 2, 2000
 
SUBJECT: CSU Update
 
Good morning. This is the second in a series of e-mails that I am sending to provide updates on CSU system-wide programs and activities. To those employees on quarter calendars who have now returned to campus, welcome to a new academic year. I hope that all of you have the opportunity to send me your questions and comments this time around.
 
The first piece of news relates to an important student financial aid development that will have a major impact on the CSU. On September 11, 2000, Governor Davis signed into law a massive expansion of the Cal Grant student financial aid program. With this new entitlement program, California has essentially told its needy students that if they earn the grades and are eligible for college, they are assured a state grant that will pay the entire cost of California State University and University of California fees, or up to $9,708 in tuition at private/independent California colleges and universities. Beginning with the 2001/2002 academic year, the new law will provide Cal Grant A and B entitlement awards to graduating high school seniors and community college transfer students who meet the necessary academic and financial requirements.
 
The CSU estimates that these new Cal Grant entitlement provisions will provide an additional $43 million in annual grant assistance to over 27,000 additional CSU students once all provisions are implemented. We applaud Governor Davis and the Legislature for creating an assistance plan that will open the doors of educational opportunity to so many financially deserving students.
 
The second piece of news relates to the CSU lottery revenue budget. Due to larger lottery receipts than anticipated in 1999/2000, the CSU is able to provide a special one-time allocation totaling $10 million for our campuses. Out of that $10 million, I have asked that $5 million go toward technology and $5 million go toward faculty professional development activities. These funds will be distributed proportionately to the campuses based on enrollment. The campus presidents will determine the specific technology and professional development uses for the funds on each campus. I am hoping that the professional development money will help with faculty travel among other needs.
 
Third, I hope that each of you recently received an update from your campus president on the CFA (faculty) and APC (Academic Professionals) labor negotiations, which unfortunately remain unresolved. The CSU has transmitted to the CFA an offer to fully honor and implement the existing contract that was ratified by the parties last year, including retroactivity to July 1, 2000. The CSU expressed an interest in meeting prior to fact-finding and the CFA has indicated that they may be available to discuss possible resolution later this week. If resolution is not reached at this meeting, the fact-finding sessions have been set for October 30 and 31 and November 2 and 3.
 
As I have emphasized, faculty and staff compensation is one of my highest priorities. I am determined to get you the pay raises you have earned as soon as possible. We will continue to do our best to resolve this issue in a timely manner.
 
I welcome your comments, questions, and responses to this e-mail. Please respond before the end of the day on Friday, October 6. I will post my answers to the most frequently asked questions on the CSU Web site (http://www.calstate.edu/Executive/index.shtml) by the end of the day on Friday, October 20.
 
One brief reminder: Due to the large volume of e-mail responses, I am not able to answer your messages individually. If you have a campus-specific question that requires a personal response, please direct it to your campus president or to the appropriate department head.
 
Thank you for all that you do to make the California State University an outstanding university system.

last updated 3 October 2000