Acknowledgement of Faculty Involvement in the
Access to Excellence Accountability Plan
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU commend the members of the CSU work groups for their development of indicators and metrics for the eight “CSU commitment” areas in the Access to Excellence strategic plan; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recognize that the distinctiveness of each of the twenty-three universities provides strategic advantages for the CSU as a whole and supports and adds value to the crafting of an Accountability Plan with a limited number of system mandated indictors; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU acknowledge that each of the twenty-three universities may have strategic plans and that implementation of individual plans may have an impact on regional implementation of Access to Excellence; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU support the Commitment 2 Plan for Faculty Turnover and Invest in Faculty Excellence (located in the Section I: System-Level Actions Necessary to Achieve Access to Excellence Goals) and urge faculty involvement in this important system-level action; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recognize the importance of continuation of existing Cornerstones Accountability Indicators and the inclusion of NASH “Access to Success” Initiative Indicators (located in the Section II Indicators to Gauge System- And/Or Institution-Level Success in Achieving Access to Excellence Goals); and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge direct faculty involvement in the implementation of the Access to Excellence Accountability Plan; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU send copies of this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, Chancellor, campus presidents and provosts, and campus senate chairs.
RATIONALE: The CSU Board of Trustees approved the Access to Excellence Strategic Plan in May, 2008. The Access to Excellence Accountability Plan is designed to present indicators and metrics for implementation of strategic plan goals, both at the system level as well as at the level of the individual twenty-three campuses. This accountability plan is written to include three sections. In Section I, System-Level Actions Necessary to Achieve Access to Excellence Goals, eight commitment statements outline these actions and include areas such as the reduction of existing achievement gaps, investment in faculty excellence, plans for staff and administrative succession, improved public accountability for learning results, expanded student outreach, enhanced student opportunities for “active” learning, enhanced opportunities for global awareness, and strategies to meet post-baccalaureate needs, especially for working professionals.
Section II of the plan includes Indicators to Gauge System-And/Or Institution-Level Success In Achieving Access to Excellence Goals including the continuation of work on existing Cornerstones Accountability Indicators, and the inclusion of NASH “Access to Success” Initiative Indicators.
Section III of the plan provides specific Suggested Institutional-Level Actions to Achieve Access to Excellence Goals. Suggested actions are proposed for each of the eight commitment areas noted in Section I of the plan. Of specific note are the strategies to invest in faculty excellence such as the review and implementation of best practices in faculty workload reallocation, examination of faculty workload in graduate programs, and support faculty excellence in scholarship and pedagogy.
Approved Unanimously – January 23, 2009