A Summary of the March 15-16, 2005, Board of Trustees Meeting

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

How do first year teachers measure up?

Trustees heard the results of the fourth annual evaluation of CSU’s teacher preparation programs. The annual evaluation is part of CSU’s efforts to be accountable to the public about how well the CSU campuses are preparing teachers to teach elementary, middle and high school students.

The evaluation also reflects communication with CSU teaching graduates and the school principals who supervise them. Teachers, supervisors and CSU officials benefit from sharing the graduates’ first year experiences. CSU, a recognized national leader in teacher education, uses the information to make adjustments and improvements in the teacher preparation programs.

The Chancellor’s Office surveyed K-12 classroom teachers who had completed their credential preparation at CSU campuses during the 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03 academic years. The CSU also surveyed the school supervisors of first-year teachers.

Ninety-three percent of California State University graduates who have obtained teaching credentials since 2000 were teaching full-time the first year after graduation. The evaluation also shows that the supervisors of CSU graduates gave the new teachers high marks during their first year in numerous areas measuring teaching effectiveness.

“CSU teacher preparation programs are improving in effectiveness each year,” said David S. Spence, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “In addition, the majority — 93 percent—of CSU’s newly prepared teachers became teachers, despite news reports and national policy discussions that suggest that 50 percent of teaching graduates do not become teachers at all across the nation.”

For more information, please see the press release.

Upcoming Budget Presented

The Board of Trustees heard an overview of the 2005-06 budget, the analysis and recommendations from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, and Chancellor Reed’s disagreement and response to the LAOs recommendations.

As proposed by the Governor, in 2005-06 the CSU would receive $2.6 billion from the state General Fund and approximately $1.2 billion from student fee revenue. The 2005-06 budget increase would total $211.7 million, consisting of $110.5 million from the General Fund and $101.2 million from student fee increases.

The budget would fund enrollment growth of 2.5 percent to serve an additional 8,103 full- time equivalent students (10,000 headcount); set aside $23.3 million for student financial aid; provide $40.7 million to cover CSU mandatory costs; provide a compensation pool of $88.1 million; and provide $7.9 million for long-term needs including technology, libraries and instructional equipment.

The LAO recommended that CSU enrollment grow by only 2 percent next year, rather than the 2.5 percent proposed by the CSU and the governor’s budget. It also recommended that the legislature disregard the compact with the Governor and instead use the principles of the Master Plan in determining the appropriate funding for higher education.

The CSU disagrees with the LAO’s recommendations and believes that the compact, by ensuring that revenue remains predictable, allows the CSU to better plan for enrollment and growth.

English, Math Proficiency of CSU Freshmen Remains Unchanged

English and mathematics proficiency of high school graduates who entered the California State University as first-time freshmen in fall 2004 did not change significantly compared with the previous year.

Mathematics proficiency has remained steady at 63 percent for the past three years, while English proficiency inched up 1 percentage point to 53 percent.

Approximately, 43 percent of students who entered the CSU in fall 2004 as first-time freshman were proficient in both English and mathematics compared to 42 percent in 2003.

Proficiency in both subjects has improved since 1998, when the CSU Board of Trustees adopted a policy designed to increase proficiency in English and mathematics at the college level. At the time, the CSU found that only 32% of high school graduates accepted as first-time freshman were proficient in both English and mathematics. As a result of several programs put in place by the CSU and multiple efforts by the K-12 community, the results over the last six years have improved about 10 percentage points.

“However, over the last three years, proficiency in English, math, or both subjects combined has reached a plateau and new measures are needed to meet the challenges,” said David S. Spence, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.

To tackle the problem in a different way, the CSU worked collaboratively with the California State Board of Education and the California Department of Education to use the California Standards Test (CST) as the foundation for CSU’s Early Assessment Program (EAP). The EAP allows students, their teachers, their parents, and the CSU to know how well prepared the 11th-graders are for university-level work. Moreover, it will give high school students a chance to polish their skills in 12th-grade before enrolling in college.

“We have high hopes for the Early Assessment Program and know it will increase proficiency levels of incoming freshmen,” Spence said.

The CSU also evaluated the progress of students who were not college-ready when they entered a CSU campus in fall 2003. Of 22,015 freshmen who were not proficient in English and math in 2003, 18,099 (82 percent) took remedial classes and became fully proficient at the end of their freshman year in 2004.

Of the 3,916 who still needed remediation by fall 2004, 2,428 did not demonstrate enough effort or progress and were not permitted to re-enroll; 1,113 were permitted to re-enroll conditionally, and 375 left their campus on their own decision. The students not permitted to re-enroll were encouraged to attend community college programs to become proficient so they could re-enroll at a CSU campus.

For more information, please see the press release.

New CSU Stanislaus President Named

Dr. Hamid Shirvani, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Chapman University, was named the eighth president of California State University, Stanislaus.

“California State University, Stanislaus is a unique place, and the opportunity to serve as its president is a great honor. After spending time at the campus, I know that by working closely with the faculty, staff, students and community, together we can make a difference,” said Shirvani. “This is an exciting time for the campus as it moves toward its 50th anniversary, and I am delighted to become its new president.”

In his more than 25 years in education, with 16 years in senior executive leadership and management posts, Shirvani has successfully led the complete restructuring of several colleges and universities, producing substantially increased productivity, including increases in enrollments, the quality of student applicants, the quality of educational offerings, funded research activities and net revenue.

Shirvani has been the provost and executive vice president at Chapman University since 2000. Working with the campus Faculty Senate, he engaged in a comprehensive academic planning process--the result was The Chapman Plan, which was adopted by the university’s board of trustees in 2001. He also collaborated with the faculty in establishing a Faculty Senate, and was instrumental in appointing more than 150 new faculty members.

Shirvani, one of three finalists for the position, will assume the Stanislaus presidency in July. Current President Hughes, who has retired but who is serving this year as interim president, will depart for the presidency of Dillard University in late June.

For more information, please see the press release.

The Trustees Also Approved:

  • Adopting a management charter for the office of the University Auditor.
  • Approving schematic plans for a new facility at Dominguez Hills for its California Academy of Mathematics and Science, and a library addition and renovation at Fresno.
  • Amending the 2004/2005 Capital Outlay Program, Nonstate Funded to include parking lot replacement construction at Bakersfield, student housing fire alarm systems at Humboldt, and the acquisition of the Stonestown Apartments at San Francisco.
  • Approving the issuance of systemwide revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of the Stonestown Apartments at San Francisco and renovation/construction for the Broome Library at Channel Islands.
  • Approving auxiliary organization taxable financing for faculty and staff housing units at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
  • Approving 2005/2006 Legislative Report No. 2.
  • Renaming the CSU Long Beach Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies in honor of the late James Ackerman who helped launch the center.
  • Renaming the CSU Long Beach Center for Ethical Leadership in honor of Mick and Louise Ukleja who provided the center’s $2.5 million endowment.
  • Adopting a set of guiding principles for advancement operations as well as performance goals.
  • Adopting an experimental change in the placement of public comment at Board meetings.

The Trustees Also Heard:

  • A report on current and follow-up internal audit assignments.
  • A status report on the 2005/2006 State Funded Capital Outlay Program.
  • An overview on campus efforts to help students make progress toward and complete their academic degrees. The underlying recommendations were developed by the systemwide Task Force on Facilitating Graduation.
  • A report on Academic Planning and Program Review.
  • Proposed Title V amendments to expand bases of prohibited discrimination for recognized student groups.
  • A report highlighting the role of the CSU and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).
  • A report on the evolution of Board of Trustees financing programs, including the systemwide revenue bond program, and an update on CSU debt program and debt capacity.
  • A proposed schedule of meetings for 2006.
  • Litigation Report No. 21.

Trustees also heard the announcement of the appointment of five members to the Committee on Committees for 2005/2006, as well as reports from the Alumni Council, Student Association, and the Postsecondary Education Commission.

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Last Updated: March 18, 2005

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