(Latest Revision: Wed May 15 22:14:52 PDT 2002 ) 2002_05_03_SWAS_Notes

2002_05_03_SWAS_Notes


From: "Mark Thompson" <thompson@rhet.csustan.edu>
To: "FACNET" <facnet@listbot.csustan.edu>
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."