(Latest Revision: Wed May 15 22:13:36 PDT 2002 ) 2001_09_07_SWAS_Notes

2001_09_07_SWAS_Notes


From: "Mark Thompson" <thompson@rhet.csustan.edu>
To: "FACNET" <facnet@listbot.csustan.edu>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 15:43:46 -0700

Comments from Trustee Cartwright
*Comments from CFA President Meisenhelder
*Comments from CAO Spence
Comments from CFO Richard West
Teacher Education
Academic Technology Advisory Committee
Joint-Use Facilities
Grading Symbols
FYI [My Assignments this Year]

Comments from Trustee Cartwright (CSU, Stanislaus): His focuses
this year will be on promoting better advising as well as on
student learning and assessment.

Comments from CFA President Meisenhelder:  It is apparent that
the CSU is positioning itself for a third imposition.  FERP is a
priority for CSU, CFA tried to reason together, then tried to
offer an incentive program for voluntary reduction of FERP
eligibility; the CSU has offered no counters.  The number of
hires proposed by CSU would worsen both the SFR and the
student-to-tenure-track ratio. It has become clear that issues
both bargainable and not are ones that faculty alone cannot
change; that is, we must have legislative, community, and student
support. That is why the teach-ins are so important.  She
distributed letters exchanged between herself and Sam Strafaci,
CSU representative. *Also distributed was a copy of an email from
Strafaci to Presidents in which he outlines avenues of response
to "CFA concerted activities," namely the proposed teach-ins.
Strafaci notes to Presidents: "We're looking at the possibility
of an unfair labor practice charge and perhaps injunctive relief,
but the primary response may be discipline in appropriate cases"
[emphasis added]; that is, Strafaci advises Presidents to
discipline faculty who are involved in teach-ins.

Comments from CAO Spence: The CSU sets the standard for K12 and
is directly involved in working on alignment and revision of the
11th grade CA standards and Golden State Examination (GSE) for
early testing components to forewarn tests and to enable using
the GSE to be used as an exemption/placement instrument. The next
two years will provide an even greater emphasis on teacher
education because accountability is being integrated more fully
into K12; superintendents want "teacher proof" teacher
preparation programs.  He wishes that we could find a way to
involve the community colleges in preparation in order to gain
the interest of students earlier, especially of students of
color. Wants a harder push on the common cores for lower-division
prerequisites to the majors. *He reiterated the three legs of his
effective shared governance stool: 1. early inclusion of faculty
in uncovering problems and agenda setting, 2. ongoing
consultation which must be an iterative process where we go back
and forth trying to understand, much of which should be face to
face and include adequate time, and 3.  substantive and
forthcoming explanations of decisions when agreement cannot be
reached.

Comments from CFO Richard West: There have been years when
compensation has exceeded the level funded by the legislature,
but that is not likely to happen this year since it could then
become an expectation by the legislature that compensation the
system would do so in the future. Lottery funds have been
targeted: $4M for libraries and $6M for academic technology
(intended to be given to academic programs).  He noted that even
the extraordinary budgets of the last several years have not
provided adequate funding. The partnership amount for this year's
operations and enrollment growth was $225M of which the final
budget provided $157M. He noted that we have received amounts
above the partnership in richer years. This year the total amount
allocated for compensation will actually be spent on
compensation. The budget submitted to the BOT on 26 October will
be a full-partnership budget.

Teacher Education: Calstate Teach (distance-learning teacher
prep) evaluation and monitoring will be provided this year. Three
areas of new/revised standards for teacher preparation programs:
subject matter, professional prep (pedagogy, field experience),
induction (2-3 year period of continuing connection to university
before full credential is actually earned) with all teacher
preparation programs reviewed for approval.

Academic Technology Advisory Committee: Will coordinate two
systemwide meetings to coordinate development of campus strategic
plans for faculty development related to academic technology.
These will involve teams of around 10 people from each campus.
The campus plans will inform a systemwide plan designed to
facilitate campus work.  [Notes: This is an opportunity for
intersecting work between Faculty Development and Academic
Technology Committees. $20M for academic technology faculty
professional development is included in the 02/03 budget planning
scenarios.]

Joint-Use Facilities: These include facility sharing among CSU,
UC, CCs, and non-higher education entities. Lots of issues that
need to be addressed including policy development on: approval
process for joint use, curriculum design, standards, student
services, and academic support.

Grading Symbols: There is a new draft of proposed changes in
grading symbols that has been distributed to campuses for
re-review of, essentially, one new symbol (Incomplete Charged)
and re-lettering of two symbols. The deadline for campus response
is October 8th.

My Assignments this Year: Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs
Committee, Academic Technology Advisory Committee, Master Plan
Strategy Committee, Assessment Alignment Workgroup (CA Dept of
Ed), Chancellor's General Education Advisory Committee, English
Placement Test Development Committee, Liaison to the English
Council.

~mt