(Latest Revision -- September 21, 2013 -- changed background color)
(Previous Revision -- September 02, 2003)
What Are the Roles of the CFA and CSU Academic Senate?
What is the California Faculty Association?
According to article ii of the CFA constitution:
"The CFA is established to strengthen the cause of higher education
for the public good; to promote and maintain the standards and ideals
of the profession; to provide a democratic voice for academic
employees; to provide legislative advocacy; and to maintain collective
bargaining agreements covering salaries, working conditions, and other
terms and conditions of employment. These agreements shall seek:
a. To obtain explicit guarantees of academic freedom, tenure, and
academic due process;
b. To create orderly and clear procedures for prompt
consideration of problems and grievances;
c. To promote and protect the professional and economic interests
of CFA and all bargaining unit members and,
d. To promote unity among academic employees and thereby enhance
the effectiveness of the CFA in representing these employees."
What is the Academic Senate of the CSU?
The Constitution of the Statewide Academic Senate, in defining
the purpose of the senate, says in part:
"It shall be the purpose of the Academic Senate ... to promote
academic excellence ... to serve as the official voice of the
faculties ... in matters of systemwide concern; to be the formal
policy-recommending body on systemwide academic, professional and
academic personnel matters; to ensure the joint responsibility of
the Academic Senate and the Trustees in criteria and standards to
be used for the appointment, promotion, evaluation, and tenure of
academic employees; to be the primary consultative body on the
academic implications of systemwide fiscal decisions; and to
assume such other authority and other responsibilities and to
perform such functions as may be delegated to it by the
Chancellor or the Trustees ... ."
Where do we draw the boundaries of right and responsibility among the
CFA, Academic Senate, and CSU Management?
Much of the answer is to be found in the 1978 California Higher
Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA).
According to a memorandum endorsed by the Statewide Academic Senate,
"... as to matters within the scope of representation [wages,
hours of employment, and other terms and conditions of
(a) The CSU, as employer, must meet and confer with CFA as to matters
within the scope of representation.
... as to matters outside the scope of representation:
(b) The CSU may not consult with any other academic, professional, or
staff advisory group on any matter within scope, except academic
(c) While the CSU may consult with academic senates on matters within
scope without fear of committing an unfair labor practice, it is not
required to do so. Communications from academic senates to the CSU, or
to CSU and CFA, expressing opinions or seeking consultation on matters
within scope are not prohibited. To the contrary, they are clearly
a) The CSU ... is encouraged by HEERA [to practice] joint
decision-making, consultation, and shared governance with the
faculty and academic senates ...
Source: "Principles and Policies: papers of the academic senate, the
california state university," Section II, second paper (Higher Education
Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA): A memorandum to senate members and
others), pp. 23-24.
(b) The academic senates and the trustees have joint
responsibility specifically for criteria and standards for
appointment, promotion, evaluation, and tenure, but, although
these matters are excluded from scope, CFA has '...the right to
consult and be consulted on matters excluded from the scope of
representation ...' ... it appears CFA has the right to consult
with both the Senate and the CSU on these matters and on
'criteria and standards' issues, but it is not required to do
(c) The CSU, as employer, may consult with any employees (including
members of academic senates) or employee organization (including CFA)
on any matter outside the scope of representation, but the CSU may not
meet and confer (in the sense of collective bargaining) with CFA on