A Summary of the July 19-20, 2005, Board of Trustees Meeting
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Trustees discuss second CSU Alcohol Policies Report
The Trustees received the second biannual report on CSU alcohol policies
and prevention programs, which summarized significant activities that
have taken place on campuses the last two years.
“The CSU alcohol prevention program has earned national recognition and federal and state financial support,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “The most successful aspect of the program is that it encourages students to adopt responsible behavior and to influence each other to reduce drinking.”
Two key initiatives, funded by the state Office of Traffic Safety, were developed during the period covered by the report.
The Sober Driver Initiative provided participating campuses with a grant of $750,000 over two years. The state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control provided a $720,000 grant to local enforcement agencies to partner with CSU campuses. The grants focused on enforcement, prevention and education on campuses as well as in the communities surrounding campuses.
The initiative resulted in a 5 percent reduction in the incidence of alcohol abuse and impaired driving on some campuses. In addition, several campuses reported marked reductions in alcohol-related activities. For example, Long Beach reported a 14.7 percent reduction in binge drinking, Monterey Bay a 13 percent reduction in driving after drinking, and San Bernardino a 15.7 percent reduction in binge drinking.
The second initiative, the Alcohol and Traffic Safety Initiative, will provide participating campuses with $750,000 for 2005 and 2006. The initiative seeks to reduce by 5 percent the incidence of driving after consuming alcohol by 18-25 year-old students, and to reduce by 5 percent alcohol-related misconduct by CSU students.
“The CSU alcohol prevention program includes a social norms campaign
that instills the belief that students don’t need to drink to be
socially accepted,” said John Welty, president of Fresno State University
and chairman of the CSU Alcohol Policies and Prevention Program. “We
don’t claim to have solved the problem but we have plenty of evidence
that these programs are making a difference at our campuses.”
The CSU Board of Trustees adopted the Alcohol Policies and Prevention Programs in July 2001, creating a national model for other systems of higher education.
State Budget Update
Trustees heard a status report on the recently signed 2005-06 state budget. The new budget fully funds the compact for higher education, provides $235.2 million in total dollars, an increase of 6.5 percent for fiscal year 2005-06, and ensures enrollment for an additional 10,000 students.
The 2005-06 budget increases the CSU General Fund support by 5.4 percent, and provides $134 million in new revenue, the first increase after three consecutive years of budget reductions. The CSU’s general fund budget for the 2005-06 year is $2.6 billion.
The budget increases financial aid by $23.3 million, bringing State University Grant funding to $232.6 million. This increase will support an additional 2,700 State University Grants for a total of 101,200 awarded grants.
For the first time in three years, CSU employees will receive a pay increase, which must be bargained for represented employees. The budget also provides $26 million in General Obligation Bond funds for capital renewal programs.
The budget also includes $560,000 to expand graduate nursing programs and $250,000 to increase the number of teacher preparation programs to produce additional K-12 science and math teachers.
The budget includes an 8 percent fee increase for undergraduate students and students enrolled in CSU teacher credential programs. Graduate student fees will increase by 10 percent.
For additional information, see budget release.
Changes in Student Conduct Code Proposed
Trustees received information on a proposed revamping of the CSU Student Conduct Code contained in Title 5. The new version is still under discussion among CSU officials, students and faculty. Once completed the revamped version will express more clearly university expectations for student conduct on and off campus. Among the new areas addressed are proper student conduct as regards to computer use, university authority over off-campus behavior, and what the university expects of its students as members of the learning community.
Campus presidents and vice presidents of student affairs, Academic Senate members, student association representatives and Student Judicial officers are discussing the revision. The item will return to the board for action in September.
San Diego Master Plan Vote Delayed
San Diego State University requested a two-month delay in the vote on its proposed 2005 Campus Master Plan revision by the Board of Trustees.
“Given the complexity of the information we have presented in the Final Environmental Impact Report, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to allow more time for the Trustees to review the issues,” said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber. “SDSU will use the additional time to continue listening to community concerns.”
The plan called for the university to slowly increase its enrollment capacity from 25,000 to 35,000 full-time equivalent students over the next 20 years. To support the increased enrollment, the university would build new classroom and support space, a new residence hall, a new and larger student union, a hotel, and affordable housing for faculty and graduate students on university-owned land north of Interstate 8.
Chair Murray Galinson announced the Trustee members of the presidential search committee for Monterey Bay. The committee will be chaired by Roberta Achtenberg and will include Trustees George Gowgani and Bill Hauck. The first meeting of the committee will be announced in September.
The Trustees also approved:
The Trustees also heard:
The Board also honored departing trustees Larry Adamson, Eric Guerra,
Shailesh Mehta, and Anthony Vitti.
Last Updated: July 21, 2005