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CSU Long Beach President Bob Maxson, chair of the Presidents'; Commission on Teacher Preparation and K-18 Education, and David Spence, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, gave a progress report on "CSU's Commitment to Prepare High Quality Teachers," an initiative with ten goals, each having a specific timeline for completion. The report highlighted the significant progress campuses have made in the areas of increasing access, developing curriculum, maintaining high standards and collaborating with schools.

"I would like to thank Chancellor Reed. I have never seen a chancellor take on an issue like this. It wouldn't happen without his leadership," said Trustee Denny Campbell, chair of the Board's Committee on Educational Policy.

Between 250,000 and 300,000 new teachers will be needed in California over the next ten years. In addition, about 30,000 teachers in the state are currently using emergency credentials, meaning they are not fully qualified to teach. As the producer of about 60 percent of the teachers in the state, the CSU will shoulder much of the responsibility for increasing the quality and quantity of teachers.

The following is the status of the ten Trustee goals on teacher education reform:

  • CalTeach has become a major teacher recruitment and placement resource for California students, teachers and districts, and the Governor is proposing increasing its funding from $2 million to $11 million.
  • Admissions procedures have been simplified through one-stop service by using internet/web access to on-line program advisement and applications.
  • CSU has increased the number of teacher credentials it recommends annually by 25 percent to about 15,000.
  • All campuses now have integrated teacher preparation programs in place or in the approval process so students can begin preparing to be teachers earlier in their undergraduate years.
  • Every campus has increased collaborative agreements with school districts for internships, pre-internships, and career programs.
  • All campuses now offer multiple teacher preparation routes, including integrated programs, internship partnerships, K-12 school sites, weekend programs, and CalStateTEACH, an intensive site-based teacher preparation program that allows elementary teachers to earn their full credentials in 18 months while continuing to work full-time in the classroom. It became operational in the fall of 1999.
  • The campuses have developed common teacher program admission guidelines, which also can serve as transfer guidelines. In addition, the development of common exit standards is pending the state's development of student and program performance standards.
  • All CSU teacher preparation programs are accredited by the state and the Western region, and twelve are nationally accredited. In addition, the California Commission on Teacher Credentials (CCTC), in consultation with CSU faculty, is developing new standards for individual candidate assessment.
  • All campuses now employ district personnel as visiting or adjunct faculty.
  • Twenty campuses participate in BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) programs and 19 offer district-based professional development programs to support new teachers.

"We've made amazing progress. All faculty have been involved. We must also look hard at additional support for teachers to help them get over difficult times and continue in what we all know is a rewarding profession," said Faculty Trustee Harold Goldwhite.

Future plans include: maintaining the initiatives above; continuing to increase teacher program enrollments and credential recommendations; expanding CalStateTEACH; developing common exit standards based on CCTC performance requirements; facilitating continued university/school district partnerships; and enabling teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum.

"The progress campuses have made is truly impressive, and they should be congratulated, but we need to keep pushing," said Spence.

So far a great deal of information on CSU teacher preparation has been gathered from the campuses. The CSU Presidents' Commission on Teacher Preparation and K-18 Education will oversee an external evaluation team that will conduct campus visits during the spring and fall semesters. The team will be composed of individuals who are experts on teacher preparation and who are external to the CSU. They will talk with faculty, superintendents and alumni, and their findings will be part of a final report to the Trustees in January 2001.


The Trustees heard a short presentation on lowering the CSU graduation requirement from 124 to 120 semester units. They are scheduled for a discussion and probable vote on the resolution, which requires a change in Title V, at the May Trustees meeting.

Both the CSU Cornerstones Implementation Plan, a strategic plan for CSU’s future, and the 1999/00 Governor's budget recommended that the CSU shorten the time it takes a student to graduate.

The 124-unit requirement in the CSU is linked to a four-unit physical education activity requirement imposed in mid-century but which most CSU campuses no longer embrace. It is particularly incongruent to require 124 units at the CSU, when a normal course load of 15 units over four years would still leave a student four units short of graduation.

The University of California, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and most universities across the nation use 120 units as a minimum unit requirement for graduation.


A continuing series of presentations to the Trustees on outstanding programs and faculty accomplishments featured the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in Monterey Bay. A video described how the researchers are now moving into a new building after having been relocated at several sites throughout the Monterey Bay area since the destruction caused by the 1989 earthquake.

Seven CSU campuses -- Fresno, Hayward, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Stanislaus -- are involved in the lab, which has been featured in Nature and National Geographic, and on the Discovery Channel.

"It's great when the campuses collaborate like this," said Trustee Ralph Pesquiera.

By working together, the campuses are able to offer experiences for students and faculty that would not be possible for one individual campus. The lab allows students to work side-by-side with faculty on the latest research. The lab trains about 100 graduate and 20 undergraduate students each year.

"It's always good to see first-hand the impressive work of our faculty," said Spence.


The Trustees approved executive compensation for incoming CSU Northridge President Jolene Koester at an annual salary of $200,004 effective on her starting date of July 1, 2000. Koester, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of communication studies at CSU Sacramento, was appointed to her new position in November. She replaces Louanne Kennedy, who has served as interim president since June, and who will return to her position as provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSUN. Blenda Wilson was CSUN president from 1992-1999, but left the university last June to become president and chief operating officer of Nellie Mae Foundation in Braintree, Mass.


Richard West, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer, gave a status report on the 2000/01 budget. Governor Gray Davis has proposed an increase of $226 million or 10 percent. The increase, when combined with the $18.3 million in projected fee revenue from enrollment growth, would bring the total CSU base budget to $3.2 billion.

The top two priorities in the budget request are access for students and compensation for employees. Projections indicate a 4.5 percent increase in full-time equivalent enrollment next year, and the Governor proposed a $73.1 million general fund increase for those additional 12,577 full-time equivalent students predicted to enroll in 2000/01. The Governor also proposed an increase of $94.3 million for a 5 percent compensation pool for all CSU employees. The distribution of the 5 percent pool will be determined through collective bargaining.

For more information on the CSU budget see the CSU news website at


The Trustees heard a report on voluntary support and special revenue, and learned that the CSU received a record $860.5 million in external support in 1998/99.

The total, an increase of nearly 33 percent over last year, includes gifts from donors, and special revenue from sources such as sponsorships, bequests, contracts, grants property transfers and endowments.

For more information on the report see the CSU news website at


The Committee on Collective Bargaining announced the improvements of benefits for employees. The CSU has changed its voluntary life insurance provider to Standard, which has a higher industry rating, is less expensive and offers better benefits. This affects all non-represented employees and represented employees in units 1, 3, 6, 8 and 10.

In addition, the committee announced that health, vision and dental benefits have been extended to domestic partners of CSU represented employees. At the November Board meeting the Trustees approved the coverage for nonrepresented CSU employees. The provision applies to same sex domestic partners over the age of 18 and opposite sex partners over age 62.

The Trustees Approved

  • Reappointment of Ad Hoc Committee on Off Campus Facilities to include Trustees Vitti (Chair), Campbell, Hauck, Pesqueira, Pierce, and Razi.
  • Revision of committee assignments.
  • Private sector participation in the development of student housing at CSU San Marcos.
  • Private sector participation in the development of student housing expansion at CSU San Bernardino.
  • Public sector participation in parking activities at San Diego State.
  • Amending the 1999/00 capital outlay program, nonstate funded, to include the following projects:

    • CSU Fullerton Sports Complex ($3 million)
    • CSU Fullerton Student Housing ($20.9 million)
    • Cal Poly Pomona Los Olivos Commons Expansion and Dining Upgrades ($810,000)
    • Cal Poly Pomona Student Housing ($21.9 million)
    • CSU Sacramento Parking Structure II ($9.8 million)
    • San Diego State Aztec Center "La Tienda" addition ($492,000)
    • San Diego State Parking Structure 6 ($17.1 million)
    • San Jose State Microelectronics Process Engineering Laboratory ($2.8 million)
  • Authorizing CSU Channel Islands to purchase with donated funds a 35-acre parcel of land adjacent to campus.

  • Certifying a final program environmental impact report, approving the campus master plan revision, and amending the nonstate funded capital outlay program for the student housing project at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
  • Naming the event center at Fresno State the Save Mart Center.
  • Approval of schematic plans for both the Fresno State department of justice crime lab and events center.
  • Assignment of functions to be reviewed by the office of the university auditor for calendar year 2000.
  • Legislative report number 7, and proposals for the 2000 Trustees’ legislative program.

The Trustes Heard:

  • Private/public development of Technology Park by an auxiliary organization at CSU Long Beach.
  • CSU annual investment report.
  • A status report on the CSU Northridge University Club.
  • A status report on the 2000/01 state funded capital outlay program, Governor’s budget.
  • Annual report on completed CSU capital outlay projects.
  • Year 2000 update.
  • A status report on current and follow-up internal audit assignments.
  • A report on construction auditing in the CSU for 1998/99.
  • A report on the systemwide audit in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Single audit report of federal funds.
  • Recognition of CSU Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award winners, which included ten campuses and the system office.

January 27, 2000