May 13, 2003 Notes by Lester Pincu

From: Lester Pincu 
Date: Tue May 13, 2003  23:19:55 US/Pacific
Subject: May Senate Plenary, Plain text version

Below is my summary of the May Statewide Senate Plenary in plain text.
Les Pincu
Summary of the
Meeting of the Academic Senate, CSU
May 8-9, 2003
Lester Pincu, Secretary
Academic Senate of
The California State University


This is my last report as Secretary of the Senate.  After serving
as the Senator from Fresno for the past fifteen years, I will be
retiring from the Senate. I wish to thank my colleagues in Fresno
for their confidence in my ability to represent them on the

Having served as the Secretary for the past four years, I wish to
thank all the Senators for their trust in giving me the
opportunity to serve as their Secretary.  I have tried to
establish a standard in these reports of clarity and timeliness
so that the Senators could use these summaries as a basis for
their own campus reports.


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 would entertain questions about items in the report.

Items from Chair Kegley's written report

Chair Kegley reminded the Senate of accomplishments of the past
three years during her tenure as Chair.

* CSU at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of
  the People of California- November, 2001

* English Competency Statement (ICAS)- May, 2002

* Service in the RPT Process (FAC)- December 2002

* ACR 73 Plan- November 2002 (With CFA, Chancellor's Office)

* Comparable Workload Study (With CFA, Chancellor's Office, and
  Provosts)- March 2003

* The Roles and Responsibilities of Department Chairs- January

* Intellectual Property, Fair Use and the Unbundling of Ownership
  Rights- March 2003

* Facilitating Student Success in Achieving the Baccalaureate
  Degree (With the Provosts, CSSA, Trustees, and Vice Presidents
  for Student Affairs)- March 2003

* Faculty Flow Report- May 2000

Recently we have moved forward in promoting shared governance and
joint decision making on budgetary matters.  We have worked to
educate and inform Campus Senate Chairs on budgetary matters as
well as to allow a forum for discussion of these issues.  The
culmination of this was the Budget Summit held April 15 2003,
which included campus presidents, senate chairs, and student
presidents and allowed open discussion of budgetary issues.
	Budget Summit- March 15, 2003

Almost all Campus Senate Chairs, Presidents, ASI Presidents, CSSA
Executive Board members, Chancellor's Office top staff, and the
Senate Executive Committee attended the summit.  This event was
an important step in reaffirming shared governance and joint
decision making on budgetary issues.

	CSU Alumni Legislative Day- March 18, 2003

The morning began with a "State of the CSU" address by Chancellor
Reed.  The Chancellor discussed the "double whammy" of many more
students and shrinking funds.  He stressed how indispensable CSU
is to the state economy and talked about CSU as an accessible,
affordable conduit for community college students.  Karen
Yelverton Zamarripa reviewed the state of budget discussions so
far in the legislature. In the afternoon campus delegations made
visits to legislators. The emphasis of the visits was on the
importance of maintaining the Governor's Budget for the CSU.

	Campus Senate Chairs, April 3 2003

The Executive Committee of the CSU Senate met with the campus
senate chairs on April 3 2003.  A draft document on lecturer
positions in the budget crisis, prepared by FAC, was also shared
with the chairs and feedback was requested.  The Budget Summit
was reviewed and a document from Richard West providing a summary
of the day was presented to the chairs.  There was concern that
the summary did not present these items as "brainstorming ideas"
rather than consensus recommendations.  Executive Vice Chancellor
David Spence reviewed the early assessment initiative with the
group.  Then Ray Boddy and Associate Vice Chancellor Gary
Hammerstrom reported on the new CSU Senate initiative, "Achieving
the Baccalaureate."  At lunch, William Griffith, Vice President
of Administration and Finance, CSU, Long Beach, gave a report on
CMS and the Audit.  He has been involved in the CMS effort from
the beginning as a campus representative.  This stimulated many
questions and a very energetic discussion.  After lunch the

	Systemwide Budget Advisory Committee- April 2 2003

The Systemwide Budget Advisory Committee met on April 2 2003.  A
comparative analysis of the CSU Trustees Budget, the Governor's
Budget and the Legislative Analyst's recommendations was
discussed. There was also discussion of a report of "Auxiliary
Enterprise Funding and 2001/02 Voluntary Support and Special
Revenue Funding."  Clarification was provided on the sources of
this funding as well as restrictions on the use of these funds.
An analysis of the impact on CSU of the budget proposal by the
Legislative Republican Caucus was presented.  This involves a 7%
across the board reduction and no tax or fee increases.
Depending on the package presented this could mean a 442.7 or a
715.7 million reduction to the CSU budget.  There was also an
analysis of the CFA proposal on student fees.

	ICAS Meeting and Legislative Days

Members of the Intersegmental Council of Academic Senates met in
the office of CSU Governmental Affairs on April 8 2003.  The
primary focus was on Master Plan legislation.  The first part of
the morning was spent discussing key Master Plan Omnibus bills
including SB 550; SB 81; SB 6, and AB 242.  The group then heard
reports from key legislative staffers.  They also engaged in
questions and discussions with these staffers on bills of
concern.  The ICAS Master Plan Committee will be meeting in
mid-May to formulate ICAS responses to the Master Plan Omnibus

	CSU Legislative Day- April 9 2003

CSU Legislative Days took place on April 9 2003.  A general
orientation and briefing by Jeff Vaca, CSU Government Affairs
Office, was held at 9 a.m.  This was followed by budget and
legislative discussions with Bruce Hammlet, Chief Consultant,
Assembly Higher Education Committee and Amy Supinger, Consultant
to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.  Amy is a CSUS
graduate.  Several of us had a very successful visit to Senator
Dede Alpert and were able to have her tentative agreement to
allow the CSU Senate to pursue an alternative plan to address the
curricular concerns of SB 81- the Liberal Studies/Blended Program
bill.  Some of us also were able to attend portions of the
hearing of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education
Finance chaired by Assemblymember S. Joseph Simitian.

	Academic Technology Planning Committee Meeting- April 11 2003.

The focus of the meeting was on discussion and revision of the
eleven project descriptions that have surfaced from our year-long
discussions and consultations with campuses and other
constituency groups.  The group continued to reaffirm the focus
of this project on academic technology and especially on
assisting and enhancing teaching and learning.  We also
emphasized the need to address accessibility for all persons in
whatever technological solutions we plan.  This includes emphasis
on faculty and staff development on these issues.  Project
descriptions will be rewritten by members of the group, shared
with the group by April 24th, and finalized at a May 16th

	Boards of Trustees Committee on Finance- April 17 2003

The April meeting of the Committee on Finance of the Board of
Trustees was held on Thursday, April 17th in Long Beach and by
phone conference.  There was a brief update of budget matters by
Richard West.  The news was essentially that no action had been
taken by the legislature and that the May Revise was likely to be
bad news for CSU.  I gave a brief report on the CSU Senate Budget
Analysis Task Force's response to the ideas from the Budget

	Intersegmental Coordinating Committee- April 18, 2003

A meeting of the Intersegmental Coordinating Council was held in
Oakland on April 18th.  Reports were shared from each of the
Educational Sectors on the budget.  These included comments from
the State Board of Education, CEPC and the Independent Colleges
and Universities.  There was an ICC Progress Report, a report
from Student Friendly Services and from each of the ICC
Committees.  A revised charge and set of goals was approved for
the ICC Committee on Transfer. The meeting ended with a
presentation of the GEAR UP program.


Chancellor Reed began by stating that he wanted to talk about the
budget.  He emphasized, "It changes almost every hour."  He
thanked the Senate for participating in the Budget Summit.  He
said that he received good advice and good suggestions.  He said
that many of the suggestions were very reasonable and made good
sense, and the administration will implement many of them.  He
also wanted to thank the Senate for our visits to legislators in
Sacramento.  He believes that we have delivered a clear message
about the Governor's budget, and he really appreciates it.  He
stated the Academic Senate is making a difference in Sacramento.
He really appreciates the support.

The Chancellor believes that these are extraordinary times. These
are times, which he does not believe the CSU has ever seen
before. Moreover, this fact, he stated, has not sunk in on our
campuses.  The state of California has never faced what is out
there.  1992-93 was nothing compared to what we are facing, he
added.  This, he believes, is the "mother" of all budget
deficits.  Thirty three percent of our income is gone.
Essentially, there is just not enough revenue.  Adding to the
legislative gridlock, term limits have taken away those with the
knowledge to cope with this problem.  There is no political
middle, and therefore no compromise within the legislature.  He
believes that will get through this.  He said that he is an
optimist and that we will come out of this.  After all, the
Chancellor added, California has one of the biggest economies in
the world.

Chancellor Reed said that he is still committed to closing the
salary gap, but, he added, "you just can't do something with
nothing."  He is also still committed to ACR 73.

The Chancellor said that he would have three principles to guide
his decisions though this crisis:

1.	Serve as many students we can
2.	Protect all the students we have
3.	Preserve as many jobs we can

We can do better about consultation on campuses, the Chancellor
stated.  California also needs a rational fee policy.  Chancellor
Reed ended his remarks by stating, when an organization needs
help, it needs all of its members to work together.


The Senate held its election of officers for the Academic Year
2003-2004.  The Executive Committee is as follows:

* Robert Cherny, San Francisco State was elected Chair of the Senate.

* Robert Snyder, Humboldt State was elected Vice Chair.

* David Hood, CSU Long Beach was elected Secretary.

* Lynne Cook, CSU Northridge and

* David McNeil, San Jose State were both elected to the Executive
  Committee as Members at Large.


The Senate passed the following twelve items:

1. Academic Senate Calendar 2003-2004 This resolution adopts a
schedule for the 2003-04 academic year.  It also authorizes the
Senate's Executive Committee to make any necessary changes in the
schedule of meetings, if the Trustees alter their schedule, or if
budgetary constraints require a change.

2. Establishment of a Public Service Award for CSU Graduates
Serving as State Capital Staff This resolution would institute a
public service award to graduates of the CSU engaged in work in
the state capitol as staff to legislative offices and /or
committees for outstanding support of higher education.
Distinguished Legislative Staff Award

3. Systemwide Maximum Physical/Capacity Enrollment Ceilings This
resolution supports a system maximum physical capacity enrollment
ceiling for campuses.  This resolution also requests that the
Board of Trustees, in consultation with the Chancellor's Office
and the Academic Senate, to establish a new system maximum
physical capacity enrollment ceiling for campuses in the CSU.
The resolution also supports limited incremental increases in
individual campus enrollment ceilings above the 25,000 FTES
physical capacity enrollment maximum

4. Adjusting Physical Capacity Enrollment Ceilings for Individual
Campuses through the Master Plan Revision Process This resolution
recommends that the Board of Trustees establish principles for
adjusting enrollment ceilings within the system physical capacity
enrollment maximum so that only individual campuses may initiate
the process to increase enrollment ceilings.  The resolution
further recommends that a campus request for an increase in its
enrollment ceilings shall include in its master plan the
following:  " A written explanation of how the increase in
physical capacity enrollment may impact on internal academic
goals; and " A resolution passed by the Academic Senate or the
general faculty supporting the request.

5. CSU Faculty Workload Study This resolution recommends that
campus senates review the CSU Faculty Workload Report and the
comparable Faculty Workload Report together with the group's
finding and facilitate campus-based discussions to develop
strategies for aligning faculty duties and responsibilities so
that they are competitive with those at peer institutions. This
resolution also recommends that campus senates develop methods to
evaluate a faculty member's total contribution to the institution
and urges the Chancellor's Office to work with the CFA and the
Senate to develop models each campus can use to implement the
recommendations stated in the report.  The resolution further
recommends that the Senate work with the Chancellor's Office and
the CFA to educate the legislature regarding the workload of the
CSU faculty.

6. The Report of the Faculty Flow Committee This resolution
commends the Faculty Flow Committee for its document titled
Report of the Faculty Flow Committee and the accompanying CSU
Faculty flow Survey Report.  The resolution further recommends
that the Chancellor's Office review the findings and
recommendations contained in the report, and that the Chancellor
encourage campus presidents to implement the recommendations.
The resolution also urges campus senates to review the findings
of the reports, and work collaboratively with their campus
administrations to implement the recommendations.  The resolution
also directs that the reports be forwarded to the Board of
Trustees to inform them of the issues relating to faculty
recruitment and retention.

7. The Report from the California State Auditor (2002-110) on the
Common Management System (CMS) This resolution calls upon the CSU
to allow individual campuses to defer implementation of CMS.  The
resolution further urges the Chancellor to direct those campuses
that do not defer implementation, to proceed in a cost-effective
manner, and urges that subsequent Board of Trustees' budget
proposals specify funding requests for CMS expenditures so that
they will not be funded via reallocation of resources intended
for instruction.  The resolution further urges the Board of
Trustees and the Chancellor, that prior to embarking on new
projects; they adhere to fundamental planning principles,
articulated in the State Auditor's report.

8. Required Use of Electronic Applications for CSU Admission This
resolution supports the CSU Admissions Advisory Council proposal
that effective, October 1, 2004, electronic applications will be
the normal and preferred mode of application to the CSU.  This
resolution further recommends that the CSU and the campuses
provide reasonable accommodations for students who have
difficulty in accessing or completing electronic applications,
and that the CSU systemwide office maintain a printable version
of the undergraduate admission application online.

9. Support for Integrated Teacher Preparation Programs in the
California State University This resolution requests the Board of
Trustees to formulate and adopt policy that would incorporate
into Title 5 provisions.  These provisions would implement
integrated teacher preparation programs whereby candidates for
teaching credentials could engage in subject matter, general
education and professional preparation concurrently thereby
completing all requirements for both a preliminary teaching
credential and a baccalaureate degree simultaneously.  This
resolution also states that these integrated programs should not
be composed of less than 120 semester (180 quarter) units, and
that if they are more than 135 semester ( 203 quarter) units,
this overage must be justified.

10. Recommended CSU Budget Priorities for 2003-2004 This
resolution urges the Board of Trustees to secure funding that
will ensure a quality education to every student admitted to the
CSU.  The resolution further urges the Board of Trustees to limit
enrollment to the number for whom the state has provided
sufficient funding.

11. Commendation for Deborah Hennessy This resolution commends
Deborah Hennessy, for twenty-two years of exemplary service as
the Academic Senate's Executive Director.  The resolution states
that Debbie has seen the Senate through 66 plenary sessions, nine
Senate Chairs, and served the Senate far above and beyond the
call of duty.  The Senate wishes her "good health, much laughter,
and many restful days of enjoying life, friends, and family,
especially [her husband] Tom and all the children and

12. Support for SB 203 by Senator Keuhle; An Act to Amend Section
11135 of the Government Code Relating to Discrimination This
resolution supports Section 302 of the State of California
Government Code, which amends Section 1135 of this Code.  This
amendment would now add the CSU to the other state agencies that
must provide web accessibility for all program and services by
their electronic and information technologies.  This would bring
us into compliance with the intent of the American with
Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of