A Summary of the November 12-13, 2002, Board of Trustees Meeting

CSU Considering Lifting Campus Enrollment Ceilings to Expand Access

The Trustees discussed lifting the maximum CSU campus enrollment ceilings to facilitate planning of long-term enrollment needs and to expand access at a time the system is experiencing unprecedented enrollment increases.

The CSU's 2002 enrollment figure exceeds the current level of state funding. The state funded an increase of 15,000 additional students, compared to the 18,291 new students enrolled this year.

The current maximum ceiling for enrollment at any one CSU campus is 25,000 full-time equivalent students (FTE is a statistical composite representing 15-unit course loads). Eight campuses have the maximum 25,000 ceiling. They are Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, and San Marcos. The other campuses have varied lower ceilings.

A full table of campus past and current enrollment ceilings can be found at here under Item 1, Appendix A.

Some of the campuses at the 25,000 maximum FTE enrollment ceiling are now at or nearing full capacity and this ceiling is limiting growth and preventing access beyond local boundaries. These campuses are forced to implement short-term limitations in some admission categories, a program or the overall campus.

One solution to these limitations is the expansion of the physical capacity through construction of new classrooms and laboratories, which will be aided by the recent passage of Proposition 47.

This measure, in some instances, will require establishing a new maximum enrollment ceiling. Other solutions that campuses are utilizing include scheduling classes on weekends and at night, using state-supported summer terms, using off-campus centers, and conducting classes over the Internet, on TV or through other distance-learning means.

The trustees are scheduled to vote on enrollment ceilings at the next board meeting, January 28-29, 2003.

Second Accountability Report Presented

As part of the Cornerstones Initiative, the CSU committed to providing periodic accounts to the public about its performance. The second biannual Accountability Report was presented to the CSU trustees, providing information in nine areas: the quality of baccalaureate degree programs, access to the CSU, progression to the degree, graduation, areas of special state need, relations with K-12, remediation, facilities utilization, and university advancement.

One of CSU's top priorities, according to David Spence, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, is to help students earn their degrees as directly and efficiently as possible. Because so many CSU students are part-time, many do not complete their degree in four or five years.

Looking at the 1995 group of entering freshmen, 42 percent of all regularly admitted first- time freshmen graduated within six years. It is estimated that 53 percent of this group will eventually graduate from their home campus and that 60 percent will get a bachelor's degree somewhere within the CSU system.

Since many CSU students attend part time or "stop out" to work, their slower graduation rate lowers the overall rate. Traditional students entering as freshmen in 1995 and attending full time had a six-year graduation rate of 66 percent, with an estimated 70 percent expected to attain their degree at their home university and 77 percent expected to graduate somewhere within the CSU.

Graduation rates for junior transfers, a category that is seldom reported nationally, show similar rates. Overall, fall 1998 regularly-admitted California Community College junior transfer students had a three-year graduation rate of 51 percent. It is estimated that 73 percent will graduate from their home campus and 76 percent will graduate somewhere within the CSU (a rate that reaches 84 percent among traditional full-time students).

Among other key indicators of CSU support for student progression to the degree is the first-year retention rate for freshmen. This retention rate for CSU is notably above the rate of similar institutions serving the same type of student: about 80 percent of regularly-admitted, first-time freshmen as well as regularly admitted California Community College transfer students continue to their second year at CSU campuses.

CSU Northridge to Join Carnegie's Teacher Initiative

CSU Northridge, highly sought out by a coalition of foundations headed by the Carnegie Corp. of New York, has been accepted as a participant campus in the "Teachers for a New Era" Initiative. It is one of only four universities in the nation to be so chosen. The trustees were asked for and gave their formal approval to CSU Northridge's proposal and participation.

The Carnegie initiative seeks to strengthen K-12 teaching by supporting the development of state-of-the-art teacher education programs. A national advisory committee reviewed programs throughout the country to identify institutions capable of offering the most effective teacher education programs. The campuses will develop national models of best practice teacher education programs. Once created, these models will be communicated to universities nationwide.

"I am so pleased with Northridge's selection," said CSU Chancellor Reed, who has made improving teacher education one of his priorities. "This is a win for all of the California State University campuses." The initiative will focus on 1) evidence of success of the program by seeing that students increase their learning when taught by teachers graduating from the program; 2) involvement of faculty in the arts and sciences' disciplines in the education of prospective teachers; and 3) centrality of clinical practice, including residencies for beginning teachers and collaboration of colleges of education with practicing schools and their master teachers.

"We know there is a direct link between the preparation of teachers and the performance of students in school," said CSU Northridge President Jolene Koester. "This is an opportunity for the CSU to have a direct impact on teacher education nationally."

In addition to CSU Northridge, other member campuses include the University of Virginia, Michigan State University, and Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Each institution will receive up to $1 million annually for up to five years.

Trustees Approve a 1.68% Executive Compensation Increase

The Board of Trustees approved a compensation increase for system executives and campus presidents of 1.68 percent, retroactive to July 2002.

CSU policy establishes the target for the average cash compensation for presidents as approximately the mean for comparable positions in the 20 California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) comparison institutions, the same group used for faculty salary studies.

Salaries for CSU presidents currently lag the CPEC comparison group by 21.2 percent. The average CSU presidential salary is $212,897 and the comparison group average is $257,908.

Since this year's 1.68 percent compensation pool does not provide adequate funds to be able to address the 21.1 percent salary lag or to provide a merit increase, the 1.68 percent will be distributed across the board. The current and proposed salaries can be found at here under the Committee on University and Faculty Personnel.

At the Oct. 31, 2002, Board of Trustees meeting, trustees established an Ad Hoc Committee on Executive Compensation to review the CSU's executive compensation policy and practices. It is anticipated that a report from the committee will come back to the trustees in 2003.

2002-03 Student Fee Report

The CSU Board of Trustees heard a report about CSU student fees as well as the results of the annual survey on undergraduate student fees of 15 CSU comparison public institutions. CSU fees continue to be the lowest amount for the highest quality.

CSU's 2002/03 undergraduate systemwide and campus fees average $1,926. The undergraduate state university fee is $1,428, an amount that has not increased since 1994-95. In fact, a reduction of 5 percent occurred in both 1998-99 and 1999-00. The 2002-03 average campus-based fees total $498. This represents a $50 or 11 percent increase from the prior year.

Campus presidents have the authority to adjust campus fees, in consultation with the campus fee advisory committee. To establish campus fees, presidents must forward a request to the chancellor, who, after a review process, may establish them by an executive order.

Nonresident tuition was increased 15 percent in 2002-03, the first increase in 10 years, to $282 per semester unit and $188 per quarter unit. On average, nonresident students pay $10,336 per year, which includes tuition, state university fee and campus fees.

The cost to the CSU to educate a full-time equivalent student is $10,007. The 2002-03 total systemwide and campus fee average of $1,926 is below the maximum one-third of systemwide cost of education of $3,336. (Trustees Standing Orders preclude student fees exceeding one-third of the cost of education).

Among the 15 public higher education comparable institutions, CSU's fees are the lowest. The student fee average for the 15 institutions is $4,564.

Presidents Commission on Teacher Education

The Presidents Commission on Teacher Education, chaired by CSU Long Beach President Robert Maxson, presented a summary of committee work addressing three areas of concern to the CSU: standards-based education, the structure of CSU's secondary preparation program, and the recruitment and retention of teachers in shortage areas. The Presidents Commission had previously done the groundwork for trustees' action to help improve CSU teacher preparation programs. Specific recommendations will be brought back to the trustees within six months.

Modification of CSU Admission Policy for Upper-Division Transfer Students

The CSU Admission Advisory Council recommended that the Board of Trustees amend Title 5, California Code of Regulations, to require that students complete 60 or more transferable semester units (90 quarter units) to establish eligibility for admission as an upper-division transfer student. The current provision requires completion of 56 or more transferable semester units (84 quarter units).

This policy change proposal was an information item and will be presented for action by the trustees at the January 2003 meeting. If adopted, the change would be effective for students seeking admission to fall 2005 and thereafter.

The Trustees Approved:

  • Revision of Title 5, California Code of Regulations, to add Article 15 on alumni organizations to provide a framework for the operation of alumni groups. This article will bring the campus alumni groups within the broad campus management system.
  • Issuing systemwide revenue bonds and related debt instruments for several projects: Campus Village Housing Phase I at San Jose State University, New Foundation Student Housing at CSU Monterey Bay, and Student Housing Project Phase III at CSU Stanislaus.
  • Amending the 2002/03 Capital Outlay Program, Nonstate Funded, to add four projects: Science Annex at CSU Channel Islands, Parking Structure I at CSU Fullerton, Bioscience Center at San Diego State University, and Student Union Renovation at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
  • Schematic Plans for CSU Channel Islands' East Campus Residential Development Town Center and for CSU Monterey Bay's North Quad Student Housing, Phase I.
  • Accepting the 2001/02 Legislative Report No. 11.
The Trustees Heard:
  • An update on advancement activities, including a report on the passage of Proposition 47, the $13 billion bond measure for K-12 and higher education capital projects.
  • The annual CSU Seismic Review.
  • A status report on current and follow-up Internal Audit assignments.
  • A report on CSU Fullerton's progress at establishing a new off-campus center at the former Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro.
  • Reports from the CSU Alumni Council, California State Student Association, and the trustee representative on the California Postsecondary Education Commission.

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Last Updated:18 November 2002

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