Academic Senate

Report of the Faculty Trustee

Steven Stepanek, Faculty Trustee (Northridge)

March 2016
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General Education Advisory Committee (GEAC)
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The March of Time and Community
On March 3rd 2016, Governor Jerry Brown announced four new appointments to the CSU Board of Trustees: Jane W.Carney, Jean P. Firstenberg, Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana Lateefah Simon, and reappointed Trustee Lillian Kimbell.  With this action, the CSU Board was fully populated with 25 members for the first time in many years.

But then on March 9th, 2016, the Board took time to honor an outstanding trustee, Margaret Fortune, on what would be her last board meeting as her term was expiring and she wished to dedicate more time to her passion, the operation of the Fortune School of Education.  The Fortune Schools are a system of college preparatory, public charter schools located in San Bernardino and Sacramento.  These schools work closely with local communities to close the African American achievement gap.  Their newest school is Middle College High School in the Sacramento region.  The concept of a Middle College or Early College high school is one where students graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or transferable college credit through concurrent enrollment in a partnering community college.  There are currently 10 middle college high schools in California.  The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has called for an expansion of middle college high schools in the state.

Here are three additional items from the CSU Board of Trustees in March 2016 that illustrate the CSU’s commitment to being a responsible community member:

During the March 2016 Board meeting, conceptual approval was given to proceed with a public/private partnership to establish the Junior Giants Urban Youth Academy at San Francisco State University.  The San Francisco Giants Community Fund with the assistance of major league baseball have proposed collaborating with San Francisco State to establish the Junior Giants Urban Youth Academy on the university campus.  The proposed project includes the construction of a youth-size baseball field, a 16,500 square foot learning center, a covered infield and batting cages on a 2-acre site.  As part of the agreement, the private partners will provide approximately $5 million for the improvements.

The Board received a report from the CSU Commission on Extended University during its March 2016 meeting.  The extended learning units of the CSU campuses currently offer over 200 degree programs including 86 online programs.  They serve approximately 16,300 self-support students and 12,500 professional development certificate students annually.  Besides the traditional on-campus offerings by extended learning, the units also operate eight major satellite facilities located in Napa, Stockton, downtown San Francisco, Oakland, downtown Fresno, Goleta, downtown Los Angeles and Palm Desert, plus many smaller satellite facilities. The commission serves as an advisory group to the Chancellor on issues and opportunities facing extended education.

The Board approved the issuance of Trustee System-wide Revenue Bonds and Related Debt Instruments to refinance and restructure State Public Works Board Debt.  Under the CSU’s new authority to issue construction related bonds, the CSU was also given the authority to refinance the construction bond debt that was transferred from the Department of Finance to the CSU.  This is the first major step in refinancing that existing debt.  Current CSU State Public Works Board bond debt is $980 million.  This approval is to refinance $773 million of that debt with a cash flow benefit of between $200 million to $350 million over a 10-year period.  The intent is to use the cash flow benefit funds for capital improvement projects such as deferred maintenance.  Since these funds are non-reoccurring, they are not appropriate to cover salary expenses.

My full reports on Board of Trustee meetings can be found at: