(Latest Revision: Wed May 15 22:14:22 PDT 2002 ) 2002_01_25_SWAS_Notes

2002_01_25_SWAS_Notes


From: "Mark Thompson" <thompson@rhet.csustan.edu>
To: "FACNET" <facnet@listbot.csustan.edu>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 11:30:54 -0800

Comments from CFO West: The Governor's budget assumes that the
economic slowdown will be short lived. There was concern that the
Governor, in the 02/03 budget, would reduce funding for core
priorities while sparing his initiatives; however, he did take
the advice of the CSU and targeted reductions for training K12
teachers on the use of educational technology, for CalTeach
recruitment, and for the State University Grants. The Governor's
02/03 budget includes $117M in net CSU revenue increases (of
$270M requested by the BOT) and includes a 1% compensation
increase (4% requested by BOT). The worst-case scenario for next
year will likely not exceed a 5% reduction.

Master Plan Strategy: The workgroups have almost completed their
work (4 or so meetings remain) and the process will soon move to
open hearings. It appears that the changes will be a real change
for all segments rather than a focus only on adding pre-K-12. Of
the working groups, Student Learning, with quality of education
as its focus, is central with other major issues of 1. database
contents and process/control*, 2. accountability and assessment,*
3. performance-based funding (enrollment, test scores, time to
degree), and 4. closing the achievement gap. There is some fear
that the process is leading to a narrower vocational education
focus as opposed to that of a broader baccalaureate education.

*An interesting report here which can be summed as: to help
pinpoint causes of poor achievement, which cannot be traced back
to community, parents, or social factors outside school, CPEC may
be empowered to track each individual student via a student ID#
from pre-K through adult education as a means of linking funding
to accountability based on learning outcomes, etc.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments: Constitutional amendments
will be sent to campuses for approval. Essentially, the
amendments would increase the size of the Senate by providing a
minimum of two senators to each campus (under the current
constitution Maritime has and Channel Islands would have only 1),
providing a 3rd senator to campuses whose FTEF is above the
system average, providing a 4th senator to campuses whose FTEF is
above twice the average, and providing 1 member from the Emeritus
and Retired Faculty Association. The immediate effect would be to
increase the size of the Senate from 51 to 57; when Channel
Islands arrives and Sand Diego grows slightly and adds a new
senator, when 60.

E0 393: A revision of this Executive Order on Scholastic
Probation and Disqualification to make grade-point information
more accessible for students and faculty. The policy still will
not prevent campuses from having more stringent requirements up
to the GPA of 2.0 and will still set lower limits.

Modifications in the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Placement
Test: A memorandum on these changes was sent to Presidents and
Provosts on 1/18. The score range will be 00-80, a score of 50 is
set as demonstrating competency in mathematics, and there will
now be subscores to assist in advising and placement. The test
focuses less on intermediate algebra and more on number sets
(fractions, estimating) and reading (e.g. interpretative
problems). The 45 item (rather than 70 item) test will first be
administered in March.  Calculators will be forbidden. It appears
that no campuses have reprogrammed their computer systems for
score reporting. The test skills content is easier, which may
drop remedial numbers, but there are more word problems, which
may increase remedial numbers. Stay tuned.

English Competency Statement: Academic Affairs received a draft
copy of "Statement of Competencies in English Expected of
Students Entering California's Public Colleges and Universities."
This is a review and revision of a 1982 document and must be
approved by the Academic Senates of the community colleges, the
CSU, and the UC.

General Education Area C2 Credit: The GE subcommittee presented a
resolution for consideration that would require
language-instruction courses that fulfill C2 be "at the
second-semester or second-quarter level or a more advanced
level." This policy will align the CSU policy with IGETC
(Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum). Academic
Affairs passed the resolution and it will move forward to the
Senate.

~mt