A Summary of the July 13-14, 2004 Board of Trustees Meeting

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu, 562-951-4800

New Policy for Upper-Division Transfer Students

Trustees approved a new policy covering upper-division students transferring into the CSU. Under the new policy, the CSU will create a lower-division pattern of courses for each major that will advance students toward graduation at any CSU campus. The pattern will have a minimum of 60 transferable units but no more than 70. Students will identify a major and select the CSU campus of their choice by the time they complete 45 semester units in a community college.

The goal is to increase efficiency by identifying a clear path to the bachelor’s degree for all community college transfer students. This would protect them against losing time and academic credit by ensuring that they can choose to take only those community colleges courses that bring them closer to university graduation in their chosen major.

“If each student reduces by 10 the number of units taken, the CSU will have 15,000 additional student spaces each year,” said David S. Spence, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “This will result in more students graduating in a timely manner and in a better use of the students’ and state’s resources.”

Students following the transfer pattern will complete the CSU General Education-Breadth requirements; U.S. history, constitution and American ideals class requirements; and any lower division major preparation courses.

“The new policy will help reduce the frustration of some students who take more community college units than are necessary for the CSU,” said faculty Trustee Kathleen Kaiser. “Sadly, in many cases, the units taken do not qualify them for transfer to the CSU.”

Following the transfer pattern is voluntary, but those who complete it will receive guaranteed admission to the CSU. In addition, the CSU will continue to admit other transfer students who have met all of the requirements for transfer.

“This is a terrific change,” said new Trustee Carol R. Chandler. “I would encourage outreach with this program and hope the community colleges can move quickly to provide counseling to the students pertinent to this program.

“This is a giant step in the right direction,” said new Trustee George G. Gowgani, urging adoption of the resolution. Gowgani said he spoke from personal experience, since he was a transfer student to the CSU in the 1950s.

The new policy will begin with students seeking admission for fall 2006. Adoption of the new policy also means an amendment to Title 5 of the California Education Code.

Student Fee Policy Discussions

Trustees discussed a report on the status of a new student fee policy that will be voted on by the Board in September. According to the report, CSU and student leaders have agreed upon the principles of the policy, which include the following: (1) the state should fund the CSU at a level supporting the Master Plan; (2) state funding should support access while student fees should be used to invest in teaching and learning and to improve the quality of programs and services; (3) the state should bear the major responsibility for funding the cost of education for all eligible students; (4) residential student fees should be as low as possible; (5) any increase in systemwide fees should be gradual, moderate, and predictable and should take into account educational costs, the share of the cost borne by students, and the availability of aid; and (6) systemwide financial aid policies should take into account ability to pay and student fee levels.

It also has been agreed that undergraduate fees would be adjusted annually until they reach a level equal to a set percentage of the cost of education for a full-time student, and that thereafter the fees would rise based on California per-capita income. Finally, the CSU would continue to set aside a portion of new fee revenues for its student aid program.

Key issues which remain to be decided include the percentage share of the cost of education that fees should cover, whether there should be a yearly cap on increases, how long it should take before the set percentage share is reached, and, finally, how the policy should treat graduate fees.

Currently a legislative bill proposes that student fee increases be matched with financial aid increases, that the state fund 70 percent of the cost of education for undergraduates, that fee increases be capped at 8 percent yearly, and that fees be adjusted to reflect statewide per capita income.

In addition, the current compact with the governor envisions an average 10 percent per year increase in fees over the next three years, with graduate and credential student fees increasing at a greater rate. The governor’s office also has proposed that graduate fees eventually reach levels 50 percent higher than undergraduate fees to reflect the higher educational costs and the greater economic benefits, which students will gain from these programs.

Hearst Scholars Named

Fourteen student winners of the 2004/05 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement have been named. The systemwide award provides $3,000 scholarships to financially needy students who demonstrate superior academic performance and outstanding volunteer community service.

“These award winners have accomplished things that would be impressive for anyone,” said Trustee Emeritus and Chair of the Hearst/Trustee Scholarship Committee Ali Razi. “But considering what they have endured, their success is even more meaningful.”

“These students are high achievers even in the face of significant personal challenges,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “They are some of our most outstanding students.”

These special students have overcome profound personal challenges to achieve academic success. The awards are funded by personal contributions from the Trustees and an endowment created by the Hearst Foundation. For more information, see Hearst/Trustees Scholars News Release.

Review of Upcoming Budget

CSU Trustees were presented with an overview of the current state of CSU’s 2004/2005 budget. The final budget has not yet been signed by the governor, but the CSU anticipates some additional funds for enrollment growth.

Trustee Murray L. Galinson credited the Higher Education Compact signed with the governor for the progress in the budget negotiations with the state. “The compact ignited an interest in higher education never seen in years past in the California Legislature,” he said. Galinson also thanked the faculty and students for their efforts in educating the community and legislators about the need for higher education funding.

Newly Appointed Trustees to Join Board

The governor has recently announced the appointment of eight new members to the Board of Trustees. They were welcomed to their first meeting this month. New appointees include Jeffrey Bleich, a lawyer and professor of law; Herbert Carter, past president of CSU Dominguez Hills; Carol Chandler, a partner in Chandler Farms; Moctesuma Esparza, a movie producer and executive; George Gowgani, past associate dean of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s College of Agriculture; Raymond Holdsworth, past president of the California Chamber of Commerce; Melinda Guzman Moore, a lawyer; and Corey Jackson, from CSU San Bernardino, who will serve as the second student member of the Board. See also biographical information page.

The Trustees Also Approved:

  • Naming a new engineering building at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo the Grant M. Brown Engineering Building in recognition of $2.5 million in grants from the Ross M. Brown Family Foundation, the Grant M. Brown Memorial Foundation, and the Brown family. The grants will support a professorship, student scholarships, and equipment purchases.
  • Categories and criteria for the State Funded Five-Year Capital Improvement Program, 2006/2007-2010/2011.
  • Certifying a Mitigated Negative Declaration for a campus master plan revision which includes construction of two parking structures and a parking services building, and the total master plan revision for CSU San Bernardino.
  • Schematic plans for a Foundation/Bookstore at CSU Sacramento.
  • Amending the 2004/2005 Capital Outlay Program, Nonstate Funded, to include a Foundation/Bookstore building at CSU Sacramento and a parking lot and road improvements at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
  • Revision of Trustees’ Standing Orders.
  • 2003/2004 Legislative Report No. 10.
  • The assignment of new trustees to standing committees of the Board.
  • Setting the compensation of new CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell at $220,008 with a housing allowance of $30,000.
  • Revision of sections of Title 5 to update and clarify the language.
  • The issuance of CSU Trustees Systemwide Revenue Bonds and related debt instruments for the CSU Hayward Union expansion project.

The Trustees Also Heard:

  • A final report on the 2004/2005 State Funded Capital Outlay Program.
  • The annual report on completed capital projects.The annual report on compliance efforts required by the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • A proposed revision to update Title 5 Regulations—Amendment of CSU Conflict of Interest Code.
  • A status report on current and follow-up Internal Audit assignments.
  • A presentation by the California State Student Association on the CSSA Strategic Plan.
  • A report by the CSU Presidents’ Task Force on Education Leadership Programs
  • A report by CSU Northridge on the Carnegie Corporation-funded “Teachers for a New Era” program.

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Last Updated: July 16, 2004

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