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The ASCSU acted upon five resolutions during its March plenary session. Briefly, they are as follows


California State University Action on Environmental Sustainability
AS-3110-13/FGA (Rev)

Approved Unanimously
The ASCSU commends the universities of the CSU for taking actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, providing knowledge and educating graduates on climate change, and taking a leadership role in communities on the issue of climate change.  This resolution commends the specific CSU institutions that have signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and/or the Talloires Declaration. The ASCSU encourages continued commitment and leadership on sustainability and recommends that the Chancellor’s Office and remaining CSU institutions become signatories on these initiatives.

Support for the Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID)
AS-3111-13/APEP/AA (Rev)
Approved Unanimously
C-ID (http://www.c-id.net/) offers a system-wide articulation alternative to campus-to-campus articulation between 23 CSU and 112 California Community College campuses. It is the means by which courses and curricula are approved for inclusion in the transfer AA degrees established under the guidelines contained in SB 1440. It has the potential to (1) increase the ease of transfer,  (2) ensure comparability of courses across colleges,  (3) provide a system-wide method for ensuring that curricula and courses continue to meet the needs of our students, and  (4) facilitate their success after transfer. Without a viable C-ID system, or a replacement, it would be impossible to implement these degrees on community college campuses.  The viability of the C-ID system would be enhanced if ASCSU became an equal partner with ASCCC in the ongoing functioning of C-ID.

AB 67 (Gorell) and SB 58 (Cannella) Post-Proposition 30 Freeze on Systemwide Student Fees and Tuition Increases
AS-3112-13/FGA (Rev)
Approved
Although recognizing the need to bring order to what have been frequent and often unpredictable increases in student fees, the ASCSU opposes AB 67 and SB 58 unless they are amended to allow for the possibility of fee/tuition increases should state support not be forthcoming. ASCSU shares the authors’ concerns and commends them and co-sponsors of AB 67 and SB 58 for their efforts to address this issue.

Request for a Task Force to Study CSU Student Tuition Fees and Financial Aid Support
AS-3113-13/AA/FGA (Rev)
Approved Unanimously
The ASCSU reaffirms AS-2774-06/AA, Request for a Task Force to Study California State University (CSU) Student Fee Policy, and requests that the Chancellor’s Office, in conjunction with the ASCSU and the California State Student Association (CSSA), undertake a study of CSU student tuition fees and financial aid support to determine what changes, if any, may be made to existing policies, procedures, funding levels, and eligibility criteria so as to enhance student academic achievement, facilitate graduation, and promote student success.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Academic Senate of the California State University
AS-3115-13/EX
Approved by Acclamation
The ASCSU invites our colleagues in the CSU family to join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ASCSU and its significant contributions to shared governance and fulfilling the mission of the CSU.


The ASCSU introduced nine additional resolutions that have implications beyond the ASCSU.  These resolutions will return for a second reading in May.


Academic Senate of the CSU Calendar of 2013-2014 Meetings-
AS-3116-13/EX
The ASCSU meeting schedule, including both plenary meetings and virtual interim meetings, is established by this resolution.  Plenary meetings are coordinated so that they take place shortly before Board of Trustees meetings.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Diana W. Guerin  or visit the committee website)

Change to the Bylaws of the Academic Senate Section 4d(2) Charge to the Faculty Affairs Committee
AS-3117-13/FA

This resolution amends the ASCSU Bylaws to include responsibility for showcasing outstanding faculty from each campus on a systemwide website.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Kevin Baaske  or visit the committee website)

AB 386 (Levine) Cross Enrollment in California State University Online Courses
AS-3118-13/FGA
This resolution supports the intent of Mr. Levine’s bill in terms of promoting access to courses, but opposes the bill’s inclusion of a requirement for a common course numbering system.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Praveen Soni or visit the committee website

Clarifying the Changing Expectations for General Education
AS-3119-13/AA
This resolution recommends the creation of a joint ASCSU/Chancellor’s Office task force to examine efforts to promote outcomes-based assessment, alignment of co-curricular activities with learning outcomes, and systematic assessment of GE during program review.  The task force will review Title V and Executive Order language, along with CSU Guiding Notes.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Darlene Yee-Melichar or visit the committee website

Re-Instituting the Annual CSU Academic Conference
AS-3120-13/EX
Because of the change in leadership as well as the value of an event that historically brought together all stakeholders in CSU shared governance, this resolution requests the reinstatement of the Academic Conference.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Diana W. Guerin  or visit the committee website)

AB 387 (Levine) Online Education in the California State University
AS-3121-13/FGA
This resolution supports the intent of Mr. Levine’s bill in terms of assessing online programs, but opposes the bill’s inclusion of requirements for a common course numbering system and a mandate that a minimum of ten percent of new programs be offered online.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Praveen Soni or visit the committee website

Reaffirming the Importance of Graduate Programs and Access to those Programs
AS-3122-13/AA
This resolution urges the continuation of State University Grants and fee waivers for research assistants or teaching associates in order to maintain access to the CSU for graduate students.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Darlene Yee-Melichar or visit the committee website

Support for Student Mental Health and Counseling Services
AS-3123-13/AA
This resolution acknowledges recent efforts to promote mental health services for students, and urges further efforts, either by systemwide or campus augmentation, to these critical support services.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Darlene Yee-Melichar or visit the committee website

Recognition of Executive Order 1047, Extended Education and Self-Support Courses and Programs
AS-3124-13/AA
This resolution acknowledges the consolidation of policies related to extended education programs into EO 1047, and praises clarification regarding definitions of “supplanting” and “supplementing” course and program delivery options.
(For more information, contact committee Chair Darlene Yee-Melichar or visit the committee website


The following resolution was tabled.


SB 520 (Steinberg) Open Educational Resources Council
AS-3114-13/APEP/AA/FGA
With instruction to the ASCSU Executive Committee to pursue a response to the bill