Summary of the 09/07/01 Plenary Session of the CSU Statewide Academic Senate

Summary of the
Meeting of the Academic Senate, CSU
September 7, 2001
Lester Pincu, Secretary
Academic Senate of 
The California State University 

Chair Kegley stated that since she had provided her report in written form
she would not take the Senate's time to read it.  She did report that the
long-range plan proposed by the Academic Technology Advisory Committee had
been approved.  Thus, on October 26th the ITL Board, ATAC and Teaching and
Learning Directors will meet to plan a February conference for campus
teams.  The purpose of the February conference is twofold: (1) To develop a
CSU Academic Technology Strategic plan and (2) to assist each campus to
also develop such a plan.  Chair Kegley also reported that the workload CSU
survey has been completed and that a report will be made in late November.
Comparable institutions to CSU have been identified and a survey of these
institutions and workload is underway

Items from Chair Kegley's written report
The following is a summary of parts of Chair Kegley's written report:

Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) and Intersegmental
Coordinating Council (ICC)
Two meetings of ICAS were held during this period: May 30th and June 26th.
One of the main topics at these meetings was the work of articulation and
alignment of lower division major courses for transfer.  These efforts are
all progressing.  Of concern to ICAS is a proposal by the ICC and the
California Roundtable to initiate a Blue Ribbon Commission on Transfer.
ICAS has two major concerns about this commission, which will be chaired by
Gary Hart.  There is concern that this effort is duplicative and may not
take account of the many transfer efforts already in progress, and that
there may not be adequate faculty involvement in this effort.  

Executive Committee Meetings
Two meetings of the new Executive Committee took place: June 13th and July
9th.  In addition to selecting senators for committees, four Task Force
groups have been established.  The first is the Taskforce on Intellectual
Property to be chaired by Paul Spear, former senator from CSU, Chico and a
member of the senate group that worked with the SUNY senate to develop the
Fair Use booklet.  The second is the Task Force on the Roles and
Responsibilities of Chairs that will be chaired by Sally Veregge from CSU,
San Jos
.  The third Task Force is on Graduate and Post-baccalaureate
Education in the CSU and will be chaired by Cristy Jensen, CSU, Sacramento.
 The final Task force is the Master Plan Strategy Task Force chaired by
Susan McKillop, CSU, Sonoma and assisted by Jim Wheeler, Maritime Academy
as Vice Chair.

The Executive Committee viewed a presentation of the new public relations
and communications plan, and made several suggestions for its revision and

Meeting with Vice Chancellor Caldera
The Executive Committee met with Vice Chancellor Louis Caldera to get
acquainted and discuss Senate issues and common values especially those of
nondiscrimination and tolerance.  There was also a discussion of the new
public relations plan.

Meeting with Chancellor Reed
The Executive Committee had dinner with Chancellor Reed, Laurence Gould,
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Harold Goldwhite, Faculty Trustee and
Executive Vice Chancellor Spence.  There was a frank discussion of the
reaction of the faculty to the written evaluation of the Chancellor.  

CSU Board of Trustees Meeting, July 10-11
A major item passed by the Board of Trustees was a report of the Committee
on Alcohol Policies and Prevention Programs.  The Board also passed a
statement on Student Participation in Policy Development, which spells out
student participation and governance practices, as they exist on a number
of our campuses.

Fall 2001 Academic Conference - November 28-30 in San Diego
The Academic Conference theme will be "Quality Education Through
Diversity." The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ronald Takaki, an
internationally recognized scholar of multicultural studies.  This
conference will highlight the campus contributions of the CSU to a quality
education through diversity.  Please contact David McNeil and Kathy Kaiser,
co-chairs, as you firm up your campus presentation or if you have any
questions.  The outline of the campus presentation is due Oct. 14 a
reservation for attendance is Oct 19, 2001.  Contact Deborah Hennessy,
Conference Registrar, 562-951-4015.

Daniel Cartwright, the Student Trustee met with the Senate.  Trustee
Cartwright is a student at CSU Stanislaus and is now the senior of two
students appointed to the Board of Trustees.  He expressed strong support
for faculty.  He is especially concerned that faculty have the resources
and information to do student advising.  He stressed the importance to him
of the advising he had received from faculty and the ways it shaped and
influenced his career path. He stated that he will be attending the
Academic Conference and will be in close communication with the senate.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer West discussed the
current budget and the planning budget for 2002/03.  He also responded to
questions from the Senate regarding the decrease in the final budget to a
2% compensation increase.  If the system were to fund more than this
amount, West believes there is a substantial danger that the legislature
would not fund this increase in subsequent years.  It was unclear if this
reduction in our compensation increases request will carry over to further
supplement next year's budget request.  

The Department of Finance is preparing for a grim budget in the following
year.  Revenues are clearly not keeping pace with expenditures.  The
Department of finance has asked state agencies to file budgets scenarios
with 3%, 5% and 10% reductions.  (The CSU is not participating in this
request at this time. This however, could change if the budge picture
worsens.)  Vice Chancellor West stated that he does not believe we are
being realistic on the revenue side.  However, in the present political
climate, there is no will by the Governor or the legislature to consider
student tuition or other such new revenue streams.  

The system is expecting the growth of enrollments to continue, and is
budgeting for a 4% new enrollment growth.  There was some discussion that
marginal costs, which are how enrollment growth and summer enrollments are
funded, do not adequately support the additional enrollments.  Executive
Vice Chancellor West stated that 10 campuses have exceeded their enrollment
targets, and may receive additional one-time funds.  He stated that they
would fund up to 200 additional FTE per campus, with 60% distributed in the
fall and the other 40% in the spring. These will be funded in on a "normal
marginal basis."  

Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Spence stated that the
efforts of the faculty to deal with articulation and transfer issues are
greatly appreciated. These efforts need to continue, since the legislature
already passed two bills to mandate tracking issues, but these bills were
vetoed by the Governor on the assurance that the CSU was already working on
this problem.  Articulation for the lower division core in major subject
areas is ongoing.  He stated these should be voluntary, and ideally if a
subject area faculty could agree on four common courses that would be ideal.

Executive Vice Chancellor Spence commented on the fact that members of our
faculty are working on aligning our placement criteria to the 11th grade
high school exam.  Those who do not place would have the chance to further
prepare in their senior year. This is an important CSU effort.

Executive Vice Chancellor Spence stated that he would like to see teacher
education preparation move into the sophomore year.  That move would bring
the Community Colleges into the picture, which Spence believes would allow
us to attract more minorities into the field of teaching.  Spence stated
that the CSU would be giving even more attention to teacher education.
Criteria have now been developed mandating the content of subject matter
courses needed for accreditation.  We will need to pay attention to these
changes, and the pressure it puts on our curriculum.   With the increased
interest in accountability and testing at the K-12 level, School districts
will be putting pressure on our programs in teacher education to train
teachers who are schooled in the "new curriculum" and can therefore teach
to the standards.

Dual admission, that is, admission to both a community college and an early
commitment for admission to the CSU would help provide a smooth and clear
path for a student to begin his/her career at a community college and
continue at a CSU campus.  There is a task force working on this initiative
that includes four members of the Senate.

President Meisenhelder gave the Senate an update on the bargaining process
and responded to questions.  She stated that the CFA tried to get the CSU
to jointly declare impasse, but that after several tries at agreement, the
CFA unilaterally asked for impasse, which was recently granted by PERB.
President Meisenhelder stated that a mediator has been appointed, but due
to scheduling difficulties with CSU administrators, no meeting date has yet
been set. 

Regarding a question about the Faculty Activity Reports (FARs), President
Meisenhelder stated that these were in the contract and the CSU could
insist that faculty complete them whether or not there was any merit pay
associated with this effort.  The best advice she could give is for faculty
to do the FAR on time and completely.  

President Meisenhelder also spoke about the planned teach-ins.  She stated
that with the advice of legal counsel, the CFA determined that these were
legal and appropriate.  She emphasized that they were for informational and
educational purposes, and not related to contractual issues. 

Vice Chancellor Louis Caldera met with the Senate and shared with the
Senate his background and his deep interest in helping our system be
available to all who seek educational opportunities from us.  He expressed
his interest in helping campus advancement officers generate funds to help
academic programs.  He expressed his interest in having these solicitations
go beyond the areas where they have traditionally focused.  He specifically
expressed interest in identifying funding for such items as endowed chairs
and special programs.  

The Senate passed the following two items:

1.The California State University at the Beginning of the 21st Century:
Meeting the needs of the People of California
This Resolution adopts the report, The California State University at the
Beginning of the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of the People of
California.  This resolution also authorizes the Academic Senate CSU to
provide copies of this report to members of the Board of Trustees, campus
presidents and provosts, and members of the legislature, along with campus
senate chairs.  This report was prepared during the 2000-2001 academic
year.  The purpose of the report is to present the concerns of the Academic
Senate about the needs of the CSU to policy-making bodies and budget-makers. 

2. Administrative Reviews
The resolution urges the Board of Trustees, along with the Academic Senate,
to explore means of undertaking and presenting the results of performance
reviews of CSU administrators.  This resolution further expresses its
regret that the Board of Trustees in its evaluation letter of June 3, 2001
did not substantively address the numerous concerns stated by faculty
during the performance review of the Chancellor.  

This item was postponed to the Senate's Plenary, November 1-2, 2001.

Constitutional Revision
This Resolution would transfer the provisions regarding the membership of
Senate of the California State University from the Constitution to the
Bylaws.  The process of changing the Senate's membership through its
Constitution is very complex and time-consuming.   This change would enable
the campus senates and the Academic Senate to be free to make these changes
more easily.