From: "Goldwhite, Harold" <hgoldwh@exchange.calstatela.edu>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 10:58:26 -0700
To: ascsu@calstate.edu
Cc: campussen@calstate.edu
Subject: Report on the BoT meeting of 9/17-18, 2002

Report of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees, Sept.17-18, 2002
Harold Goldwhite, Faculty Trustee

The Board of Trustees met on September 17 and 18 at the Chancellor's Office.

On Tuesday, after a closed session during which the Board discussed a number of personnel issues including executive review, the Committee on Collective Bargaining met. In open session the Collective Bargaining Committee ratified a 3 year agreement with Unit 6, the State Employees Trades Council.

 In the meeting of the finance committee Vice Chancellor West clarified, to the extent possible, the 2002-2003 support budget for the CSU. The budget signed by the Governor is close to that approved by the State Senate and most cuts, apart from a $43 M cut in technology, equipment, and libraries, are in peripheral activities. However the legislature authorized the Governor to make $750 M of cuts in government operations, a large part of which is support for CSU and UC. Final details on these cuts may not be available until the end of 2002.  The Chancellor has warned the Presidents that a 5% cut is not impossible - and this would cause major problems for the CSU. Enrolment looks to be up 7% over last year (22,000 additional students) though the system was funded for only a 5% growth. The Committee also heard a tripartite presentation on ACR 73. CSU administration, the Academic Senate CSU, and CFA worked collegially to produce a plan to increase tenure and tenure-track faculty in the CSU from the present 64% to 75% in 8 years, and simultaneously to reduce SFR to 18:1. The proposed 2003-2004 support budget contains $35 M for the first phase of this effort.  To summarize this budget request it adds to the 2002-2003 base budget nearly $300 M for a proposed partnership agreement plus $116 M for underfunding of the 2002-2003 partnership. The total increase proposed is over $413 M. The request fully funds all contractual obligations for compensation of CSU employees, including a parity adjustment of 2.46% for nonfaculty employees. "Above the line"  in the partnership agreement there is also a 1% compensation increase request and, as the first system priority "below the line" is a further 3% compensation request for all employees. (An editorial remark: this budget request is not realistic and will not be fully funded, but as has been said many times in senate and other discussions, "if you don't ask for it, you won't get it". In remarks later in the meeting Lt. Gov. Bustamante urged CFA and CSU management to go jointly to the legislature to make the case for appropriate funding for the system, and offered his help.)

The Committee on Campus Planning, Buildings, and Grounds updated the 2002-2003 Capital Outlay programs and recommended the new five year plan for capital development, a plan that is crucially dependant on the passage of the education bond initiative in November.

The Committee on Institutional Advancement recommended naming requests for facilities at Dominguez Hills and San Marcos, and heard about campus advancement plans and changes in regulations for alumni associations. The Committee of the Whole heard in the semi-annual litigation report that the case load fell again in the past six months and now stands at 150 as against 300 in 1999.The Committee recommended a Title 5 change to allow Presidents to toughen regulations against second-hand smoke on campus.

On Wednesday the Committee on Governmental Relations approved the Board's legislative agenda, and heard a report on the final version of the Master Plan Review Committee of the legislature. The main focus of the plan is on K-12 education. A detailed analysis will be forthcoming from the Governmental Relations Office of the CSU. The Committee on Educational Policy acted on changes in enrollment management policies adopted in 2000 and recommended fast-track academic programs at Fresno, Sacramento, and San Bernardino. The Committee heard two very impressive presentations, the first about improvements in preparation of teachers of reading; and the second about the student research competition. Chair Achtenberg gave a progress report on the Committee's Task Force on Facilitating Progress to Graduation, which has Trustee, Administration, faculty and student membership. The group will meet next on October 4 in San Francisco.

In her report Chair Farar recalled that the September 2001 meeting of the Board had been scheduled for 9/11 and had to be cancelled. Many memorial services for 9/11 were held in the CSU. The pilot of flight 43 was a San Jose alumnus.

The Chair welcomed new student trustee Alex Lopez from CSU Fullerton. She announced the Trustees who would serve on the three Presidential Selection Committees to recommend replacements for three presidents who are retiring at the end of the 2002-2003 academic year.. President Gerth of Sacramento has served the CSU for 45 years. The search for his successor, with a report date of March 2003, will be headed by Trustees Hauk (Ch.), Campbell, and Fallgatter. President Suzuki of Cal Poly Pomona has served for 12 years. The PSAC will be Trustees Vitti (Ch.), Goldwhite, and Pesqueira, with a report date of March 2003. President Esteban of Chico has served for 10 years. The PSAC will be Trustees Achtenberg (Ch.), Galinson, and Tsokopoulos with a report date in mid-2003. Chair Farar established a committee to review the methodology for the compensation of executives, including Trustees Galinson (ch.), Hauk, Mehta, and Vitti. CSU Channel Islands opened in August; 750 students are enrolled. The next Board meeting will be on October 31, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

In his report Chancellor Reed noted capacity increases in the CSU including Channel Islands and the new Fullerton off-campus center at El Toro. In continuing the implementation of cornerstones academic technology will be an important component. It must be faculty led, and focussed on learning, and the Chancellor hopes it may make some contribution towards increasing capacity; perhaps on-line activities can replace some class meetings. A website for a conversation on preparing students for jobs has been opened at www.csuadvantage.org. In Spring 2003 CSU will be working with school districts to administer some 11th. grade assessments.

Lt. Gov. Bustamante addressed the Board and expressed his view that California's economy is diverse and resilient. Current State deficits will be overcome. CSU must guarantee access to all qualified students, and particularly local students who may not be mobile. He streesed the need to build a stronger legislative constituency to support and expand the CSU.