(Latest Revision: Wed May 15 22:14:52 PDT 2002 )
From: "Mark Thompson" <email@example.com> To: "FACNET" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, 3 May 2002 14:38:39 -0700 1. New BOT Chair 2. Results of systemwide vote on Constitutional Amendments 3. Report on the Application of ASCSCU YRO Principles 4. Comments from CFA President Meisenhelder 5. SB 1646 (Undergraduate Education Degree) 6. NCATE accreditation for Joint Education Doctorates 7. Budapest Open Access Initiative 8. Discussion with CFA president Meisenhelder on SB1450 (50% funding to instruction) 9. BOARS's Proposal on Admission Tests at the UC 10. Implementation of Common Management System (CMS) 11. Evaluation and Continuation of CalStateTEACH New BOT Chair: The new chair of the Board of Trustees is Deborah Farrar. Results of systemwide vote on Constitutional Amendments: Both amendments passed, meaning that a several campuses (including Maritime) will have additional senators, and the Emeritus and Retired Faculty representative will become a member of the Senate. (I have been assigned to work on the revision of the bylaws--perhaps because I opposed the amendments!) Report on the Application of ASCSCU YRO Principles: A survey study of provosts, campus senate chairs, and statewide senators by the Faculty Affairs committee. Since the "application" is based only on the 9 recently converted campuses, the results are based on a small sample of responses. There was strong agreement that the principles were relevant. However, there was not much to indicate that the principles were followed, especially the principles advocating full funding by the CSU and equitable adjustments of compensation for YRO instruction. Comments from CFA President Meisenhelder: I've asked John to communicate on this since he has more expertise to draw on. SB 1646 (Undergraduate Education Degree): Unanimously passed a resolution opposing the bill. SB 1546 would provide for or mandate an elementary education undergraduate degree. The proposal does not touch single-subject credential program or dissolve liberal studies or change anything on a local campus except to require the "additional pathway" via a B.A. in Education. This would not change the content standards for a degree. It is likely to reduce rather than increase the number of Education units. The bill would also require two "mini-minors" in specific areas of study as part of the degree. However, the bill does mandate through legislation a specific degree and time to degree. The Pell grant issue is not resolved; the CSU could lose Pell Grant eligibility for 5th-year students. Alpert believes the blended programs already contain 90% of the proposed degree and wishes to keep education a cross-campus model. NCATE accreditation for Joint Education Doctorates: Responses from Headquarters and several campuses were mixed. Academic Affairs decided to take no action and feels that the decisions on accreditation should be left to the individual campuses. Budapest Open Access Initiative: (see http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read.shtml ) A proposal to have libraries establish open archives for storage and open access of materials such as journal articles. Academic Affairs has asked for consultation from the Council of Library Directors and the Academic Technology Advisory Committee. Discussion with CFA president Meisenhelder on SB1450 (50% funding to instruction) & other topics: (w/ help from John) The definitions of what counts as instruction are based on national definitions which are agreed upon but fairly general. Based on and adjusted for changes in definitions, the CSU expenditures declined from 1991 (54%) to 2000 (44%). The bill is being amended to focus on administrative costs as the primary area to shift funds out of to accommodate the increase in instructional funding. A related issue is CMS for which no additional funding was provided by the legislature but still is moving along with a high price tag which saps money from the instructional budgets. Faculty and immediate support staff salaries form the bulk on instructional funding. There is not specific agreement on what constitutes instruction, but there is similarity of agreement. The ultimate benefit of the bill would be as a public gesture which would open up budgeting and allocation practices to more public scrutiny. Although some other employees can pay for parking with pre-tax dollars, faculty still cannot; domestic partners were not included as eligible for fee waivers and family leave. Meisenhelder noted that these issues were not in the fact finder's report because there was no dispute about them. The administration pulled these benefits at implementation because CFA did not want to make other concessions. She thinks chair's compensation will be high on the list when negotiations are re-opened. No system-wide adjustment for 12 month chairs is likely, the adjustments will have to be done locally. Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) Proposal on Admission Tests at the UC: (See: http://www.ucop.edu/news/sat/welcome.html The key points of the proposal are 1. that the UC will continue to use admissions tests, 2. based on sound policies and principles, 3. using "achievement-type," curriculum-based examinations covering college preparatory curriculum. The policy-making process is not complete. High school GPA is best predictor and SAT II better predictor than SAT I. However the differences in the tests are minor and the choice of tests must be made on other than predictive or statistical grounds. The principles and purposes are: assess academic preparation and achievement, predict success beyond that provided by high school GPA, aid in establishing eligibility and selection. The properties whould be: uniform and fair, indicate mastery as well as provide diagnostic information, predict success, and justify social and monetary costs. The proposed new battery of tests include: A core examination of language arts (including reading comprehension and a writing sample) and mathematics + 2 curriculum-based achievement tests for use by UC (one-hour examinations). There will be more than two curriculum-based tests, allowing students to select within their areas of strength. The changes in the reading section would include a move to longer passages and readings more similar to what students would read in college courses. The new tests will: cover the "a to g" requirements broadly, be transportable to other institutions, use comparable testing time, be used for exemption. No current tests meet these characteristics. The earliest implementation would be Fall 2006. Both ACT and the College Board's proposals are viewing this as opportunity to improve their national examinations. Both also have or will develop feedback systems and agree not to exceed current testing times. The College Board would adapt SAT II writing sample and ACT would develop a writing performance task for California. The diagnostic feedback to students will include feeback on the writing performance task. There will be a role as "equal partner" for CSU faculty in the development, field testing, and review of these tests. Implementation of Common Management System (CMS): Passed unanimously: Recommends that the Chancellor grant flexibility in the timing of CMS modules. Evaluation and Continuation of CalStateTEACH: The report on CalStateTEACH indicated that the program has been very successful but has not had adequate faculty oversight and has had problems with excessive student-faculty ratios and other matters related to workload and resources allocation. The program will continue but with a greater degree of faculty oversight. Also the participation of a lead campus is "dependent on the approval of the faculty on those campuses using the established shared governance and curriculum approval procedures."