Chancellor's Communication-April 22, 2002
April 22, 2002
Greetings to all California State University faculty and staff members. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some news about recent developments at the systemwide level and provide you with resources for more information.
In addition to maintaining our central focus on achieving excellence in all of our academic programs, the three issues that have dominated the CSU's attention this spring can be summed up as the "three B's" - bond, budget, and bargaining:
Bond: Earlier this month, the state legislature approved a bill to put a $13 billion education bond issue before the voters this November and another $12 billion in March 2004. The bond would provide higher education with capital outlay funding totaling $2.3 billion in 2002 (including economic stimulus projects for the CSU and UC) and $2.3 billion in 2004. If approved, the CSU and the UC would each receive 30 percent of the funding and the community colleges would receive 40 percent.
There is no question of our university system's need for additional capital outlay funding. Every CSU campus will benefit from this bond. The CSU's rapid enrollment growth - our system grew by 20,000 students this year - has strained our existing resources and has increased the need for building new facilities. We have relied since 1998 on the general obligation bond funding from Proposition 1A to help us build our facilities and technology infrastructure, but that funding ends this year. In the coming months, CSU supporters, including the CSU foundations, are expected to take a central role in advocating for passage of the November bond measure. To learn more about the bond, please see http://www.calstate.edu/GA/LegReport/leg020322.pdf.
Budget: As I have reported to you over the past few months, 2002/03 is shaping up to be a very difficult budget year. State legislative committees are currently holding hearings on the budget and analyzing the state's budget situation, which appears to have worsened somewhat since the governor submitted his original budget. The next major step will take place on May 15, when Gov. Davis releases the May Revise, a revised version of the budget that takes into account the actual tax revenues collected by the state. As soon as we receive this information, I will send another message to all faculty and staff members.
In the meantime, I want to remind everyone that we may face additional general fund cuts, and I ask you to watch your budgets very carefully. If you would like to read more information about the CSU budget, please see http://www.calstate.edu/budget/
Bargaining: Last month, California Faculty Association members voted to ratify a tentative three-year contract agreement reached by our bargaining teams. The tentative agreement will be presented to the CSU's Board of Trustees for approval at its May meeting. When approved, the agreement will be in place through June 30, 2004. I am very pleased that we were able to find an agreement that is acceptable to both parties.
It is my hope that we can now work together to advocate for what the CSU needs most: more resources for teaching, compensation, enrollment growth, technology, and modernized facilities. For more information on bargaining issues, please see http://www.calstate.edu/LaborRel/
Aside from the "three B's," I would like to share a few other news items:
New Humboldt President: Last month, the CSU named Rollin C. Richmond as the new president of Humboldt State University. Richmond will succeed Alistair W. McCrone, who is retiring in June after serving as president since 1974. Richmond currently serves as provost at Iowa State University and has previously held academic and administrative positions at SUNY-Stony Brook, University of South Florida, and Indiana University. The CSU and Humboldt State are fortunate to have such an outstanding scholar and leader. For more information, see http://www.calstate.edu/pa/news/2002/NewHSUpres.shtml.
Carnegie Grant: The Carnegie Corporation has selected CSU Northridge as one of only four universities in the country to take part in a landmark effort to develop state-of-the-art teacher education programs. Under the "Teachers for a New Era" program, Carnegie will grant CSUN up to $5 million to be matched by the university over a five-year period. This grant represents a major achievement for the CSU that will bring much-deserved recognition and support to our teacher education efforts. For more information, please see http://www.csun.edu/~hfoao102/press_releases/spring02/carnegie.html.
Wang Awards: The CSU has named four faculty members and one administrator as the 2002 recipients of the Wang Family Excellence Awards. Each award winner will receive $20,000. The winners are Wayne R. Bidlack, dean of Cal Poly Pomona's College of Agriculture; William Dorman, CSU Sacramento professor of government and journalism; Margaret McKerrow, San Diego State University professor of theatre; Herbert Silber, San Jose State University professor of chemistry; and Hallie Yopp Slowik, CSU Fullerton professor of elementary, bilingual, and reading education. To read more about this year's outstanding honorees, please see: http://www.calstate.edu/pa/news/2002/Wang2002.shtml.
Last but not least, I want to remind you that the CSU publishes a weekly e-mail newsletter called "CSU Leader," which offers timely news and updates on CSU issues. I encourage you to subscribe if you are interested in receiving this type of news on a regular basis. For more information, see http://www.calstate.edu/CSULeader.
As always, I welcome your questions and comments about this message. Please send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. While I am unable to respond to each message individually, I will post the answers to the most frequently asked questions no later than May 7 at http://www.calstate.edu/Executive/.
Thank you again for all that you do to make the California State University an outstanding university system.
last updated April 19, 2002