P. West, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial
from the Departments
Lenz, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Planning and Information Management
Rozner, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Planning, Design and Construction
F. San Juan, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Hordyk, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Ernst , Assistant Vice Chancellor
and Institutional Relations
Y. Zamarippa, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Lenz, Assistant Vice Chancellor
faces an overwhelming fiscal crisis of $8 to $10 billion in
the 2005-06 fiscal year. Recent estimates indicate that state
General Fund revenue has grown by $2.4 billion as a result of
an improving economy. However, anticipated revenue from tribal
gaming and sale of surplus property is down by $364 million,
and higher state costs for corrections, Medi-Cal, and trial
court funding is up by $860 million. In addition, the state
has relied on nearly $4 billion in “one-time solutions”
that will not be available to balance state budgets in subsequent
current fiscal crisis is compounded by voter-approved initiatives,
court-ordered or federally mandated restraints that specifically
dictate approximately 92 percent of state funding. Proposition
98, an initiative that provides a constitutional funding guarantee
to K-12 and the community colleges, consumes nearly half of
every new dollar generated into the state General Fund. Corrections
funding, court-ordered and subject to population growth, incurred
annual budget deficiencies over $200 million within months of
the enactment of the state budget. Medi-Cal costs have been
increasing and are subject to changes in the economy, but also
to the availability of affordable health insurance. Finally,
newly enacted efforts will attempt to recover nearly $5 billion
in federal funds, claimed by California to be owed as a result
of federally mandated programs where the state has already incurred
number of “state protected programs”, and funding
guarantees for those programs, has left everyone else extremely
vulnerable to state budget reductions. This has certainly been
the case for the CSU that has suffered a negative fiscal impact
of $522 million over the past three years. These budget reductions
have denied students’ access, attributed to significant
increases in student fees, limited financial aid, and allowed
for literally no compensation increases for faculty and staff.
The CSU, in conjunction with the University of California, proposed
a funding agreement with the Governor to provide the best funding
guarantee possible to stem these overwhelming budget reductions.
May, the California State University and Governor Schwarzenegger
entered into a “Compact Agreement” to restore student
access, financial aid, faculty and staff
compensation, fund mandatory costs and technology, libraries,
and deferred maintenance. In the 2005-06 budget, the Compact
assures the CSU an increase of 3 percent ($71.7 million) for
general operations, 2.5 percent enrollment increase ($50.8 million)
to serve an additional 10,000 students or 8,103 Full Time Equivalent
Students (FTES), and fee revenue ($101.2 million) generated
from increasing undergraduate fees by 8 percent and graduate
fees by 10 percent.
a result of the state’s investment, CSU will be able to
meet the following funding commitments:
$40.7 million – Mandatory Costs for health and dental
benefits, insurance costs, energy costs, and new space coming
on line in 2005-06.
$63.8 million – Enrollment Growth to serve 10,000
students (8,103 FTES) beginning in
$23.3 million – Increased financial aid to ensure
funding for the neediest students and provide an additional
2,700 new grants in 2005-06.
$88.0 million – To establish a 3.5 percent compensation
funding resource to address faculty and staff salaries and
$8.0 million – Long-term need to fund technology,
libraries and deferred maintenance.
Governor’s proposed 2005-06 budget honors the Compact
Agreement by fully funding 3 percent in base funding, 2.5 percent
enrollment growth, and an undergraduate student fee increase
of 8 percent. The budget includes a $211.7 million net increase
in CSU operating support to fund student access, faculty and
staff compensation, mandatory costs, financial aid, and long-term
needs (technology, libraries, and deferred maintenance).
next stage of the budget process includes the Board of Trustees
meeting on January 25-26, and the Legislative Analyst’s
Report to be published on February 16, 2005.
PLANNING & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
Lenore Rozner, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Customer Satisfaction Surveys Provide Easy Way to Receive Vital
Feedback: The Quality Improvement Program will be
offering the online Customer Satisfaction Surveys again this
spring. Creating and administering a customer satisfaction survey
is easier than ever – the process is entirely web-based.
Existing template surveys are fully ready to be distributed
via email to your campus, or campuses have the option of customizing
surveys for individual campus or department needs. The new process
allows for instant results – no waiting for reports. Communications
and requests for participation confirmation will be sent out
to campus QI Facilitators and function representatives in late
January. For more information, contact Anderson
or (562) 951-4552.
Process Impacts & Measures Data Collection Process Begins
for 2005: In late-January and early-February, the Quality
Improvement Programs will be convening conference calls with
the Finance, HR, IT, and Student Administration function representatives
to review the CMS Process Impacts & Measures instruments
for the new cycle. The purpose of these calls will be to review
the measures used in last year’s data collection and confirm
those that will continue to provide value to the analysis process.
Also, with the goal of integrating this ongoing process with
other performance measurement activities, the groups will be
asked to consider additional metrics available that will provide
additional analysis and potential model practice sharing for
the Finance, HR, IT, and Student Administration areas. It is
anticipated that the data definitions will
be finalized by mid-February and campuses will be required to
submit data by mid-March. Campus CMS Project Directors have
been queried to reconfirm participants for the respective areas.
For more information, contact Matthew Ceppi at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (562) 951-4547.
your quality needs…. the
QI Programs can help you get there: The QI Programs
offers a phased performance management implementation model
tailored to your needs and desired timeline. This phased approach
also can help your campus align various QI efforts such as process
mapping, customer satisfaction surveys, and employee climate
surveys within your customized performance management system.
Finally, if you choose to utilize the pbviews software, the
QI programs can assist you in the automation of initiatives
to track performance through training and support on the tool.
For more information, call (562) 951-4524, or visit the website
Director, Quality Improvement Programs
PLANNING, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
F. San Juan, Assistant Vice Chancellor
The first training program for 2005, Space and Facilities
Database Training, will occur Thursday, January 27 at the Chancellor’s
Office. Unlike other trainings, this day will include both lecture
and hands-on computer instruction.
February, two consecutive days of training on topics for
campus facility managers are scheduled.
24: Best Practices in the following areas will be presented:
Facility Condition Assessments—Why do them; Maintenance
Management Systems—New technology and trends; Code
Requirements for Special Repair and Minor Capital Outlay
projects—State Fire Marshal and Division of the State
Architect code review; and, Challenges Facing Plant Operations—including
fleet management and fleet insurance.
25: Labor Management Issues—Including how to handle
grievance cases, risk management, and web resources.
additional information and registration visit http://www.calstate.edu/CPDC/Trg2005.shtml
for the October 2005 CSU Facilities Management Conference is
underway. The website is: http://www.calstate.edu/cpdc/2005FPMconference.shtml.
for continuing updates on the conference.
Freelander-Paice, Executive Program and Fiscal Manager
ENERGY AND UTILITIES
EO S-20-04 on Green Building and Energy Efficiency:
In December 2004, the Governor issued an executive order directing
that energy efficiency and sustainable design measures be implemented
in a cost effective manner in all state buildings. This executive
order encourages the CSU to actively participate in this effort.
and energy efficient design seeks, through a variety of means,
the impact of buildings on the environment, both in their construction
and in their ongoing operations. In a building’s design
this could include its orientation and placement of windows
to limit solar heat gain loads. In construction, this could
include the use of recycled materials, ranging from crushed
concrete in the building’s foundation to the use of recycled
fibers in its finish carpets. Many sustainable measures are
already incorporated within current CSU practices or as code
requirements, such as: light
sensors, low-flow faucets, energy efficient lighting, etc.
a basic level, if a building is designed to be efficient in
energy usage, it will both
reduce its demand impact on the environment and cost far less
to operate over its anticipated service life. These operational
costs are substantial, and when considered statewide across
the entire building inventory, the potential savings are enormous.
The trick, of course, is that the initial cost to imbed sustainable
features can be higher,
which must be balanced against significant present-day budget
limitations and projected sustainable feature payback periods.
Further, even ‘common sense’ measures such as limiting
west-facing glazing expanses, may not always be readily achievable
due to academic program requirements or geographic constraints.The
CSU is participating on
the statewide Sustainable Building Task Force to understand
the impact of the executive order on project budget development.
Pettis, Chief of Plant, Energy & Utilities
SERVICES AND PROCUREMENT
following CSP Bulletins have been released since the last newsletter.
Bulletins can be found at http://www.calstate.edu/csp/csu_bulletin.shtml
Qwest Long Distance Services – MEA Renewal
– extends contract M000161 for one additional year.
This bulletin supersedes bulletins 00-09 and 04-02.
AT&T Long Distance Services – MEA Renewal
– extends contract M000160 for one additional year.
This bulletin supersedes bulletins 01-06 and 04-01.
Collection Services Pricing Agreements - Seven
firms will provide financial collection services for Federal
Perkins/NDSL and Nursing Student Loan programs to the CSU
Purchases: New legislation requires that the CSU (and
Community Colleges) purchase vehicles through the Department
of General Services (DGS). DGS recognizes that they must develop
new vehicle purchasing procedures to include the CSU. CS&P
has been in contact with DGS to develop procedures and rules
that would minimize the impact to the CSU. In the meantime,
vehicle purchases should be conducted within the existing CSU
policies and procedures.
Procurement and Support Services Officers Association will be
holding its annual conference March 22-24, at CSU San Marcos.
For information and registration please visit http://www.pssoa.calstate.edu/
over 24 years of CSU service, Patricia Dayneko retired in December
as Director of Contract Services and Procurement. Tom Roberts
is Acting Director and can be reached by phone at 562.951.4583
or via e-mail email@example.com.
Office Grants Manager: Contract Services and Procurement
is pleased to announce the addition of Iris Ingram as Grants
Manager to provide expertise and guidance in the area of sponsored
programs, policy and grant administration. Iris will not only
manage the grant and sponsored programs activities of the Chancellor’s
Office but will also serve CSU systemwide policy and practice
comes to the CSU with an extensive background in sponsored research
administration, finance, budgeting and administration. She spent
over 12 years in the UC system, most recently with the UC Irvine
College of Medicine.
feel free to contact Iris with questions (or to just welcome
her to the CSU) at (562) 951-4213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can Access Microsoft Campus Agreement: The CSU Auxiliary
organizations are now covered under the CSU Microsoft Campus
Agreement (from 1/1/05). Auxiliaries are now eligible to use
all software listed in the Campus Agreement (generally, FrontPage,
Office Professional, Publisher, Visual Studio.NET Professional
and Windows Upgrades). For details on what products are covered
in the Campus Agreement, go to www.calstate.edu/csp/, Systemwide
Contract Store, select Software, then, select Microsoft. This
link contains information related to the Campus Agreement.
may now directly install the licensed applicable software at
no cost. Media is not provided under the Campus Agreement. Auxiliaries
may use media acquired under the Select Agreement to install
software covered under the Campus Agreement.
regarding this contract should be directed to Keith Wandrey
at 562-951-4582 or email@example.com.
teleconference session on the use of the Microsoft Campus Agreement
will be announced in the near future for interested auxiliary
organization staff members.
A training opportunity for all campus and auxiliary staff is
being offered on "Finances of Capital Projects". The
one-day workshop will be conducted on March 24, 2005 at the
Chancellor's Office. Capital Planning, Design and Construction
will coordinate registration via their website: http://www.calstate.edu/CPDC/Trg2005.shtml
and Treasury and CPDC will walk through key milestones and requirements
for a campus from the inception of a project idea to the funding
and accounting of a project. The discussion will highlight how
processes between the departments are coordinated and work towards
a mutual goal. A summary of recent changes affecting auxiliary
organization sponsored projects and how these changes affect
campus staff will also be discussed. Breakout sessions will
focus on key accounting, budget, procurement, financing and
audit processes and issues.
Nickles, Senior Director
Risk Management/Human Resources "Fitting the Pieces Together”
Conference will be held on May 17, 18, & 19, 2005 at the
LAX Radisson Hotel. For more information, contact Marti Lopez
at (562) 951-4580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
launches new web site: CSURMA has re-launched its web
site. The address remains the same, www.csurma.org. Since a
new host is being used, your bookmark for the site may need
to be refreshed. Your comments and suggestions on the content
provided are appreciated.
The Office of Risk Management is pleased to announce the appointment
of Michelle Schlack as Associate Director of the Office of Risk
Management, effective January 18, 2005. Michelle comes to Risk
Management from the Office of University Auditor in the Chancellor's
background consists of five years in University Audit, four
years as Audit Manager. Her experience includes performing audits
in areas of Student Health Centers, Contracts and Grants, Disability
Support and Accommodations, and Human Resources.
She has used risk control analysis to provide effective recommendations
to the system office and campuses in managing operations, compliance
and financial risk. She has also worked with committees and
task forces to develop systemwide policies and procedures, and
provided value added risk management solutions and operational
also has 14 years of experience as a Vice President and Senior
Audit Manager with Union Bank of California, the Bank of California
and Mitsubishi Bank of California. Her experience in this area
was to provide audit, risk and management consulting services.
graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
at the University of LaVerne and has several professional certificates
and associations. She is a certified internal auditor and belongs
to the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Association of College
and University Auditors (ACUA), the Association of Certified
Fraud Examiners and the Society of Human Resources Management.
Minnick, Senior Director
Audit: The CSU systemwide financial statements and
the Single Audit Report
(A-133) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004 have been issued
and are available on
the web at http://www.calstate.edu/SFR/GAAP/.
A Sales and Use Tax Workshop is scheduled for January 31 at
the Chancellor's Office in the Dumke Auditorium. The goal of
the training is to help attendees develop an awareness of sales
and use tax issues, and recognize opportunities to
minimize exposure and overpayments. It will also discuss the
recently announced SBE Amnesty Program.
Staffing Appointments: Jean Gill has been appointed
to the newly created position of Associate Director of Accounting.
Jean has served as the Manager of Enterprise Operations at the
C.O. since July 2003. Myeshia Armstrong, previously C.O. General
Accounting Manager, has been selected to replace Jean as Manager
of Enterprise Operations. Recruitment to fill the General Accounting
Manager position is underway.
Ashkar, Senior Director/Controller
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES (ITS)
David Ernst, Assistant Vice Chancellor
is pleased to welcome Janice Lim as the CSU's new Senior Director
Security Management, as of January 24. With the Chancellor’s
Office as her home base,
Janice will serve as the CSU's senior officer responsible for
information security in both electronic and hard copy formats.
The Senior Director will oversee the development of a CSU Information
Security Plan, as well as provide policy leadership for the
campuses and the Chancellor's Office to ensure that data and
information in the CSU is handled according to best practices
and our legal obligations. The position is part of the ITS senior
management team and is also responsible to Keith Boyum in Academic
Affairs and Jackie McClain in Human Resources to reflect the
unique information security issues in both of those areas.Janice
comes to the CSU most recently from Gemstar TV Guide as their
Director of Corporate Security and before that as the Director
of Information Security for Warner Bros. She also brings a background
in auditing and information technology risk assurance.
the Planning: The Academic Technology Advisory Committee
(ATAC) had its second meeting for the 2004-2005 academic year
on November 8, 2004. Discussion focused on two existing initiatives:
Professional Development and Development of Shared Resources.
Workgroups were established to identify policy issues needing
resolution. The Provosts’ Technology Steering Committee
(PTSC) met December 1, 2004 and also focused on the Professional
Development and Development of Shared Resources Initiatives
and outlined implementation strategies. The Council of Library
Directors (COLD) has been presenting its strategic planning
outline to a variety of campus and system communities to acquire
Foundational Skills: - Enabling students to be ready
for a successful CSU education with foundational academic
The CSU Math Success Website is open and being used
with approximately 150 users per day. Version 1.5 is under
development that will include a Spanish version for parents
and email reminders about ELM related deadlines for registered
users. Expected release date is 3/1/05.
CSU Systemwide contract for ALEKS: $35 for 18-week access
(student paid) and investigation of online live tutor (NetTutor).
ELM tutorial and many areas of Math and Statistics are available
for students in any CSU course.
The CSU English Success Website is under development.
Version 1.0 expected 3/1/05.
The EAP Coordinators Website is under development. Version
1.0 expected 2/1/05.
E-Learning Framework Initiative – Making usable
and effective teaching and learning environments with technology.
MERLOT partnership with the professional societies
(e.g. Physics, Theatre, Chemistry, Health Science), digital
libraries, publishers (McGraw-Hill) and technology companies
(e.g. Sun Microsystems, Bb, WebCT, Desire2Learn) continues
to develop and provide CSU faculty easier access to high quality
online learning resources.
RFP posted for “Integrating eLearning Services and
Resources”. Faculty and students will be able to
search, find, and organize easily online and physical CSU
library resources and other digital library resources within
the context of their WebCT or Blackboard technology environment.
Digital Marketplace Initiative - Reduces cost and
increases convenience/usability of academic technology content
SWAT –Systemwide Acquisition of Technology –
Coordinating Committee is being appointed. Desktop management
systems is one of the top priorities.
Renewal/revision of systemwide Bb and WebCT contracts
have been completed. Approximately 10% savings were achieved
through consolidation of contracts.
Digital Marketplace Service: Vendor presentations
covering 4 proposals occurred on December 12 & 13, 2004.
Analysis from presentations will inform the development of
detailed requirements for the next phase of evaluation and
down-select of vendors.
Strategic Plan: Consultation with systemwide groups
and local campus constituencies has been completed in preparation
for updating and reissuing the 2005 systemwide library strategic
plan. The draft of the plan will be circulated across the system
for review and comment in late February, with the target of
producing the final draft in June 2005.
Information Technology: New
releases of the Metalib federated searching and the
SFX citation/full-text linking applications have been issued
and are being implemented in CSU libraries. These applications,
both components of the CSU Unified Information Access System
initiative, offer significant new features designed to enhance
student and faculty access to scholarly information.
Literacy and Technology Skills Assessment: Beta testing
of the newly developed and innovative scenario- and web-based
test to assess students’ skills in information and communication
technology (ICT literacy) has been completed in preparation
the first large-scale administration in February and March.
The test will be administered to randomly drawn samples of students
on each CSU campus to obtain a preliminary look at students’
abilities in this important area. The assessment, developed
by ETS in partnership with the CSU and other universities, contains
interactive and realistic simulations of information resources
and applications such as the Web, article databases, and spreadsheet
and word processing to track and evaluate how students actually
go about solving problems with information technology. It will
provide detailed diagnostic information for the key ICT proficiencies
needed for success in higher education and beyond in the work
environment. It encompasses both the technical skills and cognitive
information competence abilities needed to effectively access,
evaluate and use information from a wide range of resources.
Build-Out Project - Stage 1 and Stage 2: Construction for the
Phase 1 and Phase 2 campuses continues, with several projects
now fully complete, and all but one still expected to be finished
by mid-summer 2005.
of the eight Phase 3 sites, San Marcos, Bakersfield, San Jose,
Fresno, Fullerton and San Francisco, have begun Stage 1 construction.
San Diego has recently completed the project bidding process,
with Monterey Bay soon to follow.
campuses have now either completed or are actively engaged in
Stage 2 activities. Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo
are slated to complete their final project closing activities
in early 2005. CSU is also in the initial stages of designing
a methodology to refresh network equipment. Work on refresh
parameters will continue in 2005.
a reminder, the phases group campuses in the order that they
undertake the TII project. Stage 1 refers to the physical construction
of pathways, spaces and media on campuses; Stage 2 represents
the installation of the necessary electronic components.)
Management System (NMS): NMS, a set of software tools
campuses to monitor and measure their network performance and
quickly identify points of failure when problems arise, has
been installed on all 23 campuses. Implementation of
the next NMS version is underway and will update the network
management tools to coincide with current vendor software releases.
To date, eleven campuses have
reported successful completion of this upgrade.
Jose State University hosted training sessions in early November
2004 to coincide
with the latest NMS software upgrades. All campuses have now
received training on the
NMS applications, informed campus network staff of the upgrade
changes, thereby better preparing them to utilize the new features
included in the current vendor software releases.
Infrastructure Asset Management System: The Asset Management
tool is a software application that allows campuses to maintain
records of their network infrastructure by tracking cables and
equipment locations on campus. The Network Technology Alliance
(NTA) Committee’s Asset Management Working Group has proposed
a model that calls for a centralized datacenter facility capable
of supporting all CSU campuses. The recent study of options
for asset management applications has provided additional insight
into the pros and cons of facilitating modern infrastructure
management through application of sophisticated software tools,
as well as data regarding the relative readiness of CSU campuses
to employ such tools. The Executive Committee is now considering
a “next steps” recommendation synthesized from this
Incident Response Team (SIRT): CSU has entered into
an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University’s Software
Engineering Institute to develop a framework for
campus security incident handling. With this agreement in place,
CSU is on the path to becoming a national leader in the development
of a security incident response team model customized for the
university environment. A planning meeting took place in Los
Angeles on December 7-9, 2004. Fifty campus participants attended
the meeting, with every campus represented. In the next phase
of the project, a small group of campus
representatives will be formed to define the campus SIRT deployment
Access Infrastructure Initiative (CAI): The Campus
Access Infrastructure Initiative (CAI) is a system-wide program
that will install and thereafter maintain the infrastructure
required to connect each campus local area network (LAN) to
the new CENIC wide-area network backbone (WAN).
will address the CSU's growing requirement for improved network
reliability and capacity by providing circuit redundancy and
path diversity. The CAI project kick-off meeting took place
on December 2, 2004. Preliminary approval for purposes of project
planning was granted and TIS staff members are working to finalize
managed services and installation with CENIC in anticipation
of final approval by the Technology Steering Committee (TSC).
Implementation is targeted to begin in spring 2005.
MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (CMS)
Data Warehousing Project: An
RFP was issued in November for software tools and consulting
services to create operational reporting data warehouses from
Student Administration, Human Resources and Finance applications.
RFP responses are
due by January 5, 2005. Data warehousing has been included as
CMS core functionality
that all campuses will implement by October 2008.
Update: Three more campuses (Northridge, Sonoma and
Maritime) have successfully completed their upgrade to FIS 8.4.
By the end of November, four additional campuses (Sacramento,
Hayward, Chico and Fresno) are scheduled to complete their
upgrade to FIS 8.4, bringing the total number of campuses (including
the C.O.) live on
FIS 8.4 to 14.
Administration Update: All of the Student Administration
campuses have successfully submitted their Fall Term 2004 System-wide
reports for ERS.
October, Chico went live with Admissions for the Fall Term 2005.
To date, 6800
applications were processed through the Mentor website and updated
Chico’s next major activity is to convert record and enrollment
history from their legacy system. Chico is the 9th campus now
using the CMS Student Administration baseline functionality.
The other eight campuses include: Channel Islands, Fresno, Long
Beach, Maritime Academy, Northridge, Pomona, San Jose, and Sonoma.
Jose went live on Self Service Academic Advising for students
during the first week in November.
Fullerton's CMS Project Full Steam Ahead: CMS was featured
at CSU Fullerton's Technology Day on September 21st, which included
an opening message about CMS from President Gordon. The campus
is in the readiness assessment phase of the CMS project, anticipating
starting pre-production work in November. The campus has developed
a website dedicated to the CMS project that includes recent
project news: http://www.fullerton.edu/cms/index.htm.
of Success: The sixth in the series of reports to the
Legislature on the
progress of the Integrated Technology Strategy was mailed the
week of November
2004. The agreement to undertake the reporting was a key element
legislative approval to use capital funding for the telecommunications
infrastructure. The first report, in November 1999, outline
the approach agreed upon by CSU and the legislature. In 2000,
baseline data was reported. This report provides the fourth
year of change data from the baseline.
The report is at:
AND INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS
Y. Zamarippa, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Reconvenes: The Legislature reconvened briefly on December
6 to swear-in all 120 members (including 30 new ones) and then
adjourned for several weeks. Upon their return to Sacramento
this month, lawmakers began settling into their offices, hiring
staff and accepting committee assignments. In addition, Governor
Schwarzenegger and the new Department of Finance Director, Tom
Campbell, released the 2005-06 budget for the state within the
context of an estimated $8 to $10 billion deficit. See Budget
Office section for the support budget detail. On the Capital
Outlay side, the Governor’s budget includes $261.5 million
from the 2004 higher education bond for 19 projects. Budget
details can be accessed at the following website: http://govbud.dof.ca.gov/home.htm
.The 2005 session will no doubt be a challenging one, even with
a good start for the CSU in the Governor’s budget. Republicans
will likely seek a balanced budget that includes some spending
cuts and leads to structural changes in how the state’s
annual financial plan is created, while Democrats are likely
to focus attention on improving access to health care and housing
in California, among other issues. Perhaps more importantly,
much of this legislative session will be devoted to considering
the Governor’s comprehensive reform agenda (discussed
roughly 150 bills have been introduced so far, legislators are
generally still in the process of submitting bill requests to
Legislative Counsel. The following, which were introduced during
the first week of session, may be of interest to the CSU:
57 (Nunez) would enact the K-University Public Education Facilities
Bond Act of 2006, to become operative only if approved by voters
at the November 7, 2006 statewide general election.
1 (Calderon) proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the
Legislature to pass a two-year budget (rather than the current
5 (Richman) would require public employees hired after July
1, 2007 to enroll only in a defined contribution retirement
plan.SB 5 (Morrow) would direct the Trustees of the CSU and
the other segments of public higher education to develop guidelines
and implement specified principles of a Student Bill of Rights.
28 (Battin) would provide that final determination of the use
of existing state-owned or state-leased office space that is
currently under the jurisdiction of the Department of General
Services by state agencies shall be made by the Department of
General Services with the concurrence of the Department of Finance,
among other provisions.
proposed legislation must be submitted to Legislative Counsel
by January 21 and bills must be introduced by February 18. As
usual, a deluge of bills is expected that the CSU will need
or want to weigh in on with the Legislature and the Governor.
of the State: Governor Schwarzenegger delivered his
second State of the State address to a packed Assembly chamber
on January 5, outlining an ambitious reform agenda that includes
imposing limits on state spending, changing the way in which
legislative and congressional districts are drawn, basing teacher
pay on merit rather than tenure, and reforming the existing
public pension system. Many of these proposals originated in
the California Performance Review report, a 2,500-page collection
of reform recommendations that was crafted last year at the
the Governor is proposing to:
a strict budget spending limit that allows for automatic program
out the current guaranteed fixed-rate payout pension system
for state employees and replace it with a defined contribution
system similar to 401(k)-type programs used in the private sector;
K-12 teacher salaries on merit, not on tenure and override Proposition
the authority to redraw legislative and congressional district
lines to an independent panel of retired judges;
or absorb into other entities nearly 100 California regulatory
boards and commissions;
up housing construction; and, offer a prescription drug discount
card for low-income residents.
calling a special session of the Legislature to address these
and other issues, the Governor challenged lawmakers to pass
these reforms in an expeditious manner. However, the Governor
is expected to face stiff opposition to his proposed reforms
from groups such as the California Teachers Association, the
California Correctional Peace Officers Association and other
public employee unions. His redistricting proposal is also likely
to face opposition from Democrats as well as some Republicans.
The Senate Committee on Government Modernization, Efficiency
and Accountability has been created specifically to deal with
the Governor’s California Performance Review recommendations.
If the Legislature rejects them, the Governor has made it clear
that he will go to the people to seek these reforms to put California
back on track. In fact, the signature-gathering campaign for
these initiatives has already begun.
Training Sessions: The CSU’s Office of Advocacy
& Institutional Relations will be holding two regional advocacy
training seminars for campus-based teams and community advocates
next month. The Northern California meeting will be held at
CSU Sacramento on February 3, while the Southern California
session will be held at CSU Long Beach on February 11. Campus-based
teams and advocates will hear about the CSU’s budget priorities,
trustee-sponsored legislation, and significant issues facing
Impact Report: The CSU recently released Working for
California: The Impact of the California State University. (www.calstate.edu/BudgetCentral/
) This first-of-its-kind report provides data to support what
CSU has inherently understood to be true for years - the California
State University and its 23 campuses directly or indirectly
affect the economic, social, intellectual and cultural life
for all Californians. The return on investment for graduates
personally is confirmed as well. More importantly, the research
shows that the well-being of the state and all California residents
is directly linked to the success of the CSU.
report itself serves as a springboard for the launch of a long-term
communications and advocacy campaign to provide opportunities
for the CSU to demonstrate its cultural, social, and economic
value in ways it has not demonstrated before. The campaign includes
a series of Impact Tour events designed to showcase the CSU’s
leading role in a number of California’s important industries,
op-editorial and magazine articles by industry leaders, as well
as developing a circle of influencers from a variety of arenas
including business leaders, community leaders and organizations,
elected officials, and alumni representatives to serve as advocates
for the CSU.
first event is scheduled at CSU Fresno on Friday, February 4th.
State Farm Bureau President Bill Pauli will be the keynote speaker,
relating not only the role of the agricultural industry to California's
economy but also the critical role that CSU plays in providing
a well-prepared workforce. Over 200 representatives from the
industry and agricultural communities in the state, as well
as local and state elected officials, have been invited to learn
more about the contributions of CSU and become a part of a broad
effort to advocate for the system.
events will follow based on the key workforce needs of the state
and CSU’s contribution to them. Efforts are also underway
to brief legislative and executive leaders who may not be aware
of the contributions made by and value of CSU's faculty, students,
staff and alumni.
of CSU Legislative Reports and other legislative information
pertaining to the CSU are available on the OGA website at: http://www.calstate.edu/GA/
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