REPORT OF THE MEETING OF
THE CSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES
JANUARY 28-29, 2003
Harold Goldwhite, Faculty Trustee
The Board of Trustees met at the Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach.
Unless otherwise noted, all committee recommendations were approved by the
full board. Lieutenant Governor Bustamante was present for the Board
meeting on January 29.
After a closed meeting of the Board on personnel matters and honorary
degrees, the Committee on Collective Bargaining met in closed session.
Their only business in open session was to hear public comment.
The Committee on Governmental Relations heard a report on the current
session which has just begun. Upwards of 3600 pieces of new legislation are
expected in the next two years. The CSU's legislative program in Sacramento
includes an expansion of the Cal Grant program to students older than 24;
because of the bill's costs, passage is unlikely. The Federal Agenda
includes support for re-authorization of laws funding grants and loans for
college and university students. In a discussion of the Trustees'
legislative principles it was suggested that they be amended to include
discussion by the Chancellor or his designee with the Chairs of the
Academic Senate, CSU and the California State Students Association, when
practicable, before taking a CSU position on legislation. In action by the
Board this was accepted with the addition of the Chair of the Statewide
Alumni Association to the group involved.
The Committee on Finance heard the dismal news about the 2003-2004 support
budget. It is expected that receipts in the General Fund will be $12.7
billion lower next fiscal year than in 2002-2003. CSU cannot expect, when
the budget is finally approved (?October), more than is in the Governor's
proposal. This is about 10% less than CSU is receiving in 2002-2003. A fee
hike of 25% for undergraduates and 20% for graduate students is likely. The
Chancellor is proposing regular and frequent consultation on the budget.
The System Budget Advisory Committee and the Board committee on Finance
will meet monthly through May at least, and there will be a Budget Summit
on March 14, attended by Presidents, Campus senate Chairs, Chairs of Campus
ASIs, and others. Regarding the mid-year cuts for 2002-2003 there will be
minimal impact on academic programs, and no layoffs.
The Committee on Educational Policy approved the increase from 56 to 60
semester units for a transfer student to be considered upper division; and
heard the 7th. Annual report on remediation. You have probably seen the
newspaper stories; progress is being made in mathematics preparedness, but
English is another story. The CSU hopes that by including CSU standards in
the 11th. Grade assessments taken by all high-school students, a program
being piloted this year, that the students at risk will be able to use
12th. Grade work to improve their college readiness. The Committee received
a report from a committee co-chaired by Senate Chair Kegley and Northridge
provost Kennedy on Facilitating Student Success in Achieving the
Baccalaureate degree. Recommendations will be forthcoming. The Committee
also heard an inspiring report from San Francisco State and Canada College
about collaborative and successful efforts to offer upper-division work
leading to a CSU degree on a Community College campus.
The Committee on Audit received a briefing on the new auditing standards
for state agencies, including higher education, which produce more
comprehensible audit reports. The special subject areas for audit in 2003
will be Employee Relations/Collective bargaining; Disaster Contingency
planning/Emergency preparedness; and Risk Management and insurance. The
Committee on Campus planning, buildings and grounds approved the projects
mentioned in my preview.
In her report Chair Farar noted with great regret the passing of our
colleague Hal Charnofsky. Chair Farar and Senate Chair Kegley were among a
small group invited to Sacramento to engage in a meeting with the Committee
to Review the Master Plan for Higher Education on developing accountability
measures. The Presidential Selection processes for Pomona and Sacramento
are on track, and the process for Chico will start in Spring. The March
meeting of the Board will be on the Fullerton campus.
In his remarks the Chancellor reinforced comments on the "double whammy":
increased pressures for access and reduced funding. The CSU's plan for
enrollment management will be different from that used in the early 90s,
when some 50,000 students were turned away. CSU will count on the
Governor's Budget, a high-risk strategy, and will process applications
already in hand and admit probably 24,000 new students. California's
proposed fee increases are lower than those proposed in many other states,
e.g. Arizona fees are going up $1,000/year and Ohio State is proposing a
20% increase. Chancellor Reed was greatly concerned about the widely
publicized incident involving San Jose students. The fraternities concerned
have been suspended, and polica and campus investigations are under way.
An unusually long series of public comments on a wide range of issues
closed one of the longest Board meetings of recent times.