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Public Affairs
A Summary of the May 2000 Board of Trustees Meeting

Trustees Gould and Myers Named Chair and Vice Chair

Laurence K. Gould, Jr. and Dee Dee Myers were elected as the new chair and vice chair of the California State University Board of Trustees. Trustee William Hauck, who has served as chair for the past two years, made the announcement.

"It has given me great pleasure to serve as chair on this board with all of you," Hauck said. "In my last meeting as chair, I want to express my great appreciation to all of you; I am honored by the trust you have placed in me."

Gould, a Pasadena resident, has been a Trustee since 1996 (he was appointed by then-Gov. Pete Wilson) and is an attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, and Hampton in Los Angeles. He has served as the chair of the Trustees' Committee on Organization and Rules and vice chair of its Committee on Finance. He also chaired the search committee for the new president of CSU Northridge.

Former White House press secretary and political analyst Dee Dee Myers was appointed to the board last year by Gov. Gray Davis. Myers, a Los Angeles resident, has her own business, Dee Dee Myers and Associates, and is a regular guest on NBC's "Today Show" and other programs. She is a consultant to the popular television series, "West Wing." Myers is also a lecturer on politics, current events, and women's issues.

"I commend Trustee Hauck on a job well done," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "He has guided this Board with his exceptional leadership and provided me with wise counsel. I know that Trustees Gould and Myers will continue the tradition of strong leadership that will benefit the students, faculty and staff at all the campuses of the California State University."

Gould and Myers' first meeting as chair and vice chair will be July 18-19.

Also, named to chair the following were: Fred Pierce, Audit; Stanley Wang, Campus Planning, Buildings and Grounds; Ralph Pesqueira, Collective Bargaining; Dee Dee Myers, Educational Policy; William Hauck, Finance; Martha Fallgatter, Governmental Relations; Ali Razi, Institutional Advancement; Roberta Achtenberg, Organization and Rules; and Bob Foster, University Faculty and Personnel.

In addition, a new ad hoc committee on academic planning at new university campuses and satellite sites will be chaired by Denny Campbell, and Pesqueira was named as the Trustee representative to the California Post Secondary Education Commission.

CSU Honors Wang Family Excellence Award Recipients

The CSU Trustees honored a veterinarian, computer whiz, philosopher, chemist and historian as the 2000 recipients of the prestigious CSU Wang Family Excellence Award. They were selected from 63 nominees systemwide.

The Wang (pronounced WONG) award was established in the fall of 1998 when Trustee Stanley T. Wang gave the CSU system $1 million -- the largest donation ever given to the CSU system office by an individual -- to reward outstanding faculty and administrators. Over a 10-year period, four faculty and one administrator throughout the CSU system will receive the $20,000 awards annually.

The 1999/00 recipients are: Jacquelyn Ann Kegley, professor of philosophy, CSU Bakersfield; Bob Cottrell, professor of history, CSU Chico; Carlos Gutierrez, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, CSU Los Angeles; Steven Wickler, professor of animal and veterinary science, Cal Poly Pomona; and Frederick Ryan, vice provost for information resources and chief information officer, CSU Chico.

"Stanley, we can't thank you enough," said CSU Trustee Chair Bill Hauck, "As chair of the CSU Board of Trustees, I have great respect for the faculty. Stanley has clearly demonstrated his respect for them with this award."

For the complete news release see the CSU news website at calstate.edu/tier2/News.shtml.

New Teacher Preparation Initiatives Proposed

The Trustees heard two information items on Teacher Preparation Programs.

Currently, only three semester units in teacher education can be transferred from the community colleges to the CSU. The first item proposed changing that limit from three semester units to six.

The second item proposed a common CSU admission standard for teacher education programs on all the campuses. Currently, admissions standards for teacher education programs vary by campus and by major, causing confusion and difficulty in students' ability to transfer from one CSU campus to another.

This proposal is consistent with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and would allow the top half of all CSU students to enter teacher education programs, although additional criteria may be added for certain kinds of programs. Both items are consistent with "CSU's Commitment to Prepare High Quality Teachers," and were developed in consultation with the CSU vice presidents of academic affairs, the statewide Academic Senate, the Executive Council and the CSU deans of education. Both items are scheduled to come back to the Trustees for a vote in July.

SNAPS Shows Students Pleased With Faculty and Education, but Concerned About Availability of Classes

The Trustees heard the preliminary results of the latest Student Needs and Priorities Assessment Survey (SNAPS). The survey, conducted by the CSU about every five years, included 54 questions on campus functions, activities and services and was completed by a representative sample of more than 18,000 students throughout the state.

The survey showed that nearly 80 percent of CSU students rate the quality of their instruction as excellent or good, and about three-fourths reported the same about CSU faculty teaching skills and enthusiasm.

While CSU students are pleased with the quality of the education they receive, they are concerned about access issues. Less than 40 percent ranked as good or excellent the availability of classes. However, that's an increase from 25 percent in 1994, the last time SNAPS was completed. Also, 61 percent of CSU students ranked as excellent or good the variety of courses offered, an increase from 44 percent in 1994. In fact, almost all of the 19 key questions on access and quality are rated higher than they were in 1994.

"It's fabulous that we do this so we can recognize where we're outstanding and where we need to improve. It's not surprising that it shows our faculty are outstanding, but we need to act now to address the class availability situation," said Trustee Fred Pierce.

Trustee Denny Campbell, chair of the Educational Policy Committee, responded that the chancellor's initiatives on flexible scheduling and moving to year-round operations would help address the availability of classes.

For the complete news release see the CSU news website at calstate.edu/tier2/News.shtml.

Budget Report Looks Optimistic

Richard West, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer, gave a status report on the 2000/01 budget.

The Governor proposed a $244.2 million budget increase for the CSU, and the Legislative Analyst's Office recommended reducing that amount by more than $105 million, but none of the LAO's recommendations have been approved by the Senate and Assembly Committees.

Current Senate subcommittee action includes an $80.4 million general fund increase above the Governor's budget recommendation. The current Senate subcommittee action includes:

$18.9 million to provide an additional one percent increase for all employees

$12 million to reduce summer session fee rates for students

$31.5 million in one-time funds for science and technology equipment, teacher preparation equipment and a Stop-the Hate legislative program

$287,000 to increase stipends and expand the judicial fellows program

The Assembly action includes an $11.6 million increase over the Governor's budget. However, the Assembly has placed on a checklist $18.9 million for the one percent employee salary increase and the $19.9 million for summer session fees, pending the May state budget revision, which is expected to be announced next week, and is projected to include a substantial surplus.

CSUCI And Stockton Center Funding Also Looks Optimistic

Executive Vice Chancellor West also announced that the CSU has reached an agreement on a funding plan for the CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center, and the city of Stockton has agreed in principle to a shared responsibility venture. Both the Senate and Assembly Committees have approved the $11.3 million in one-time support and permanent appropriation of $1.7 million currently in the CSU budget for ongoing support for the Stockton Center, which paves the way for approval of the Trustees request of $10 million for CSU Channel Islands. The Senate has already included the $10 million, and the Assembly is pending action until after the May Revise.

CSU Summer Arts Program Highlighted

The Trustees heard a presentation on the CSU Summer Arts Program, the only one of its kind in the nation. CSU Summer Arts is a systemwide program that offers two- to four-week academic courses and a festival featuring performances in the visual, performing and literary arts. Hundreds of students participate with master teachers and renowned guest artists from around the world each year.

Currently on the Fresno campus, the program also has been housed at Long Beach, Humboldt and San Luis Obispo. More than 6,500 CSU students and 150 faculty have participated in the program since it began 15 years ago.

CSU and Catellus Complete Development Plans

Executive Vice Chancellor West reported that CSU Channel Islands and Catellus Residential Group have jointly announced the completion of the physical master plan, specific re-use plan and supplemental environmental impact report for the university.

At the same time, CSUCI and Catellus announced the termination of the initial development contract. Catellus is in the process of selling its merchant housing division, and, while Catellus has performed its obligations to date, both Catellus and the Site Authority agree that it is in the best interest of the Site Authority to contract directly with a company in which home building is a core business.

The Site Authority shortly will begin seeking another developer and does not expect the change to delay the development of the campus.

For the complete news release see the CSU news website at calstate.edu/tier2/News.shtml.

In Other Action

The Trustees approved:

  • A Joint Powers Authority to facilitate financing of infrastructure needs at CSU Channel Islands.
  • The concept of a public/private partnership between CSU Dominguez Hills and the L.A. Galaxy Major League Soccer team to design, finance, and construct a 25,000-30,000-seat soccer stadium.
  • Revising Title 5 to eliminate a provision to notify Management Personnel Plan employees of termination one-year prior to the employee's separation date to allow for greater flexibility and more efficient use of state resources.
  • Revising the March 1994 Trustees policy on the development of real estate partnerships to more clearly state the points of responsibility and steps necessary in the process.
  • Amending the 1999/00 Capital Outlay Program, State Funded to include an energy management system upgrade at CSU Fullerton at a cost of $1.2 million; and a cogeneration facility at San Diego State at $17.3 million.
  • The final Environmental Impact Report and Initial Campus Master Plan, and Amending the Nonstate Funded Capital Outlay Program and Schematic Plans for Phase I Development of the CSU San Bernardino permanent Coachella Valley Off-Campus Center in Palm Desert.
  • Certifying a final Environmental Impact Report, approving the campus master plan revision, and amending the Nonstate Funded Capital Outlay Program and schematic plans for the Center for Musical Arts at Sonoma State University. • Schematic plans for the following projects: Student Housing Expansion at CSU Fullerton; Bookstore/Dining Services Building at CSU Los Angeles; and the Athletics Administration/Hall of Fame and Parking Structure 6 at San Diego State.
  • Adopting Legislative Report No. 9.
  • The schedule of Trustees Meetings for 2000/01.
  • Adopting a formal position to support the "Smaller Classes, Safer Schools and Financial Accountability Act," which would lower the voter approval threshold for the passage of local school facilities bonds to 55 percent. It is expected to appear on the November General Election Ballot.
  • Amending the Trustees rules of procedure to add requirements to post notice of meetings on the internet and to provide opportunities for the public to directly address committees on agenda items before or during consideration of the items.
  • Naming the following facilities: the business studies building at CSU Channel Islands in honor of Martin V. Smith, who with his wife will bequest $5 million to CSUCI; the joint university and city library at San Jose State in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.; and the music center at Sonoma State in honor of Maureen Green, who with her husband, Donald, donated $10 million to SSU.

The Trustees heard:

  • Information on the purchase of an office building adjacent to the CSU Fullerton campus by the CSU Fullerton Foundation, which proposes to use proceeds from a bond sale not to exceed $28 million to finance the acquisition.
  • Information about a CSU Chico Research Foundation transaction to borrow funds on a tax-exempt basis to finance the prior purchase and capital improvements of an office building adjacent to the campus and to finance improvements to the campus soccer stadium. The amount is not to exceed $2.25 million.
  • A status report on the 2000/01 State Funded Captial Outlay Program.
  • A status report on current and follow-up internal audit assignments.
  • An update on University Advancement activities.
  • The annual report of the California State Student Association, which will include its activities and achievements for 1999/00 and CSSA annual honorees.

May 12, 2000