A Summary of the September 17-18, 2002, Board of Trustees Meeting
CSU Presidents Authorized to Set Smoking RegulationsCSU trustees authorized campus presidents to set stricter smoking regulations on grounds and properties of the California State University.
To create such policy, trustees added a new section to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations delegating authority to the presidents to enact smoking rules. Under the policy, presidents are required to consider the views of faculty, staff and students before establishing any regulatory changes about smoking on campus.
The purpose of the decision was to mitigate exposure to secondhand smoke and maintain an environment as free of health hazards as possible.
The decision followed a petition by student members of C.O.U.G.H. (Campuses Organized and United for Good Health) who requested the presidents to ban smoking within 20 feet of CSU buildings.
C.O.U.G.H. has student representatives at the Chico, Fresno, Hayward, Long Beach, Northridge, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose campuses.
Previous to this decision, smoking was prohibited by state law inside campus buildings and within 5 feet of building entrances and exits. This is the first time that the CSU officially authorized rules about smoking on campus grounds.
A report will be made to the trustees in the spring about any changes at the campuses.
2002-03 Budget Cuts Still UncertainAlthough classes have started at most CSU campuses and the system is serving more than 21,000 additional students this year, the university system's final 2002-03 state budget is still uncertain.
"We don't know whether there will be further cuts," said Chancellor Charles B. Reed. The state budget recently signed by Gov. Davis calls for a reduction of up to 5 percent in state operations to achieve a state General Fund savings of $750 million. A 5 percent reduction represents a $135 million cut at a time when the state is unable to fully fund the partnership agreement, which calls for a stable financial increase to the base budget and for enrollment growth. CSU currently is supporting an additional 2 percent unfunded full-time equivalent students (FTES).
Gov. Davis and the CSU trustees have placed a high priority on student access and recognize that enrollment growth is one of the most critical issues facing the CSU. Each campus has already admitted students for the 2002-03 academic year and will have to serve those students, regardless of any additional current year budget reductions.
2003-2004 Budget DiscussedThe CSU is preparing a $2.65 billion general fund budget request (base budget) for 2003-04. It requires a $413.6 million increase over the current budget to include a 4 percent increase for general operations and 5 percent increase for enrollment growth, as well as salary increases for faculty and staff. The board will vote on this budget request on October 31.
"This is a truly optimistic request," said Patrick Lenz, assistant vice chancellor for budget, "but it is needed to ensure access, quality and the success of our students."
Incorporated in this budget is $35 million in funding for the first year of an eight-year plan to increase the percentage of tenured and tenure-track faculty in the CSU to 75 percent. The plan, developed jointly by the CSU Academic Senate, the California Faculty Association, and the Chancellor's Office, responds to Assembly Concurrent Resolution 73 by Assembly member Virginia Strom-Martin, which requested a plan to increase permanent faculty.
Currently the proportion of permanent faculty is approximately 63 percent of the total full-time equivalent faculty. To increase this proportion to 75 percent over an eight-year period, the CSU estimates it will cost $101 million.
"The goal is a good one, but it will cost money," said David Spence, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.
The proposed plan creates the need for expanded state funding on an annual basis ranging from $4.8 million to $35.6 million per year. This would cover the compensation costs of new, permanent faculty positions and the recruitment and hiring costs associated with these new positions. In the past year, the CSU conducted 1,150 faculty searches. The new plan estimates that between 1,800 and 2,000 annual searches will be required.
"This is a visionary document," said Jackie Kegley, chair of the statewide Academic Senate.
Effective ReadingBecause of the crucial role literacy and reading success plays both in the economic life of the state and the well-being of its citizens, the CSU has strengthened its focus upon helping prospective teachers learn how to be expert reading instructors. Campus-based conferences have resulted in an active network of CSU reading faculty who, as a first step, have prepared a set of guiding principles to further the task of promoting effective reading.
A new publication, Preparing Teachers to Teach Reading Effectively, draws upon these principles to showcase how the CSU prepares teachers to provide effective reading instruction to California's school children. The publication is in the process of being widely distributed throughout the state's educational community. An October 23 conference will help further the growing understanding in the educational community of the best techniques for teaching effective reading. (For further information, contact Beverly Young, 562-951-4747, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Managing an Expanding EnrollmentIn March 2000, the Board of Trustees modified its enrollment management policy. While highest priority for admission continues to be California residents transferring from a California Community College, every CSU-eligible freshman would be accommodated within the CSU system, with guaranteed admission to at least one local CSU campus.
Some clarification of this policy was approved by the Trustees, based on the experience of campuses faced with the severe demands that an expanding enrollment places upon program and campus resources.
First, campuses should seek to communicate widely and promptly to their communities their admission policies and any changes in procedures, especially regarding local admission guarantees. For example, while students may be admitted to a local CSU campus, they may not necessarily qualify for admission to heavily impacted programs or majors, which may require them to meet added admission criteria. In that case, they may be asked to complete their general requirements at the local campus before receiving admission to another CSU campus offering their preferred major.
Campus presidents are to consult with broadly-based advisory groups to identify effective enrollment management policies that meet the educational needs of local, regional, and state student populations.
Finally, the chancellor will monitor and report, annually, on the effects of CSU admission policies to ensure that the CSU continues to honor its Master Plan obligations to the citizens of this state.
Presidential Searches for Three Campuses to be LaunchedThree California State University presidents – at Chico, Sacramento and Pomona – have announced that they will retire in summer 2003. Combined, they have served the CSU an extraordinary 83 years. CSU Board of Trustees Chair Debra Farar announced that the CSU will begin searches for new presidents for the three campuses during the next several months. More information on the search process.
IN OTHER ACTIONThe Trustees Approved:
The Trustees Heard:
Last Updated: 20 September 2002