A Summary of the November 19, 2003 Board of Trustees Meeting
CSU Trustees Approve $546.6 Million Budget Request Increase for 2004-05
(Nov. 20, 2003) --The California State University Board of Trustees has approved a 2004-05 budget request that proposes an increase of $546.6 million over the current year’s $2.5 billion General Fund state appropriation.
Trustees unanimously approved a budget proposal that includes mandatory costs for the CSU of $57.4 million, which comprise the cost of a 2.65 percent service-based salary increase for faculty, 15 percent increase in health benefits, new space on campuses, insurance cost increases and energy cost increases. The budget requests partnership funding of $206.5 million, which includes a 3 percent enrollment growth equivalent to 10,047 full-time-equivalent students and a 4 percent compensation increase for faculty and staff. The budget also identifies a request for $234.6 million to backfill current-year budget cuts. The budget proposal does not include student fee increases.
Chancellor Charles B. Reed said that following a legislative mandate of the 2003-04 state budget, all 23 campuses are assuming a zero student-growth target and that will be the guideline for admission decisions. This mandate could result in denied admissions to approximately 15,000 new students or the equivalent of a 3 percent enrollment growth.
The Chancellor said that enrollment is the strongest driver of the CSU budget. In the past six years the CSU had a student growth of 4 percent to 7 percent. “Recognizing this growth, the budget proposes $69.5 million to fund a 3 percent student increase, which would finance the education of additional 10,047 full-time-equivalent students. Each 1 percent increase in the number of students requires additional $23 million in funding,” he said.
For more information, see budget news release.
Karen S. Haynes appointed President of Cal State San Marcos
Karen S. Haynes, president of the University of Houston-Victoria, has been named the president of California State University, San Marcos by the CSU Board of Trustees.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to work at a campus with a diverse and growing student body, dedicated administrators, faculty and staff and robust community support. I am extremely honored to be coming to Cal State San Marcos, and especially identify with its mission of quality and access,” Haynes said. “As president I look forward to working with the campus and community to further clarify the university’s strategic plan and vision statement, and to better incorporate technology to provide additional student access, especially in these times of budgetary cutbacks.”
“Karen Haynes will be an outstanding president who will strengthen the programs and continue the progress made at San Marcos since its founding in 1989,” said Debra Farar, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees. “Her considerable administrative and academic skills make her the ideal person to further enhance the image and reputation of Cal State San Marcos in the region and throughout the state. We are pleased that she will become the university’s third permanent president.”
For more information, see selection announcement.
The Search for a New President of San José State University Will Continue Into 2004
The California State University Board of Trustees has agreed to extend the search for a new president of San José State University into 2004 to find the best person to take over leadership of the oldest of CSU’s 23 campuses.
The board had met with the three announced finalists in individual meetings in closed session on November 18. Each had visited the campus the previous week. All three are experienced campus chief executives who were identified in the search process as having promising capabilities to become the new president. However, after discussing the opportunity with each of the three finalists, and reviewing their interactions with campus and community leaders, the trustees decided to continue searching for a new president.
“These are extremely talented individuals. Searching for a president is the most important job of the Board of Trustees,” CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said. “We had difficulty determining a leading candidate who gained clear support from every campus constituency and who would best fit the campus, which is our most important criterion. We will continue the search until we are convinced that we have the very best slate of candidates for this critical position.”
Chancellor Reed also thanked the university community for its participation during the campus visits of each candidate.
For more information, see search announcement.
CSU fees are the most affordable in the nation
An annual student fee report presented to the Trustees showed that CSU undergraduate student fees are the lowest among comparison institutions across the United States, even after two student fee increases implemented in Dec. 2002 and July 2003.
The report shows that CSU’s 2003-04 average systemwide and campus fees is $2,572. The systemwide fee is $2,046 and additional campus-based fees average $526.
The average fee among the 15 comparison institutions in 2003-04 is $5,272, which represents a 15 percent increase over last year’s average.
To see charts with campus fees, systemwide fees, and fees of comparison institutions, go to Committee on Finance, item 2
Trustees reviewed the final EIR and master development plan for CSU Stanislaus’ Stockton Off-Campus Center.
The former hospital center was closed in 1996 and the site transferred to the CSU. A portion of the site now houses CSU Stanislaus’ off-campus center; other K-12 school facilities are under consideration.
The guiding principle for the project is to establish a long-term educational center to provide higher education to the region.
Trustees also authorized the Chancellor to appoint the executive director of the center’s governing board.
Community Service Learning Report
Trustees heard a report on campus efforts in 2002/2003 in the field of service learning.
In March 2000, Trustees responded to the governor’s request for community service learning in public universities in California by passing a resolution calling for the CSU to ensure that all students have an opportunity for community service and learning through service.
In 2002/2003, over 1,700 courses provided more than 60,000 students with opportunities to serve their communities as part of their academic education.
The Trustees Also Voted On:
The Board also approved resolutions conferring the title President Emeritus upon interim presidents Joseph Crowley at San Jose State and Roy McTarnaghan at Cal State San Marcos.
The Trustees Also Heard:
Trustees also heard reports from the CSU Alumni Council, the California State Student Association, and the California Postsecondary Education Commission.
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 409,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu.
Last Updated: November 20, 2003