Academic Senate

Report of the Faculty Trustee

Steven Stepanek, Faculty Trustee (Northridge)


December 2015

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This Month's Issue
Front Page
Message from the ASCSU Chair
Report of the Faculty Trustee
Reports from Standing Committees

Academic Affairs
Academic Preparation &
   Education Programs
Faculty Affairs
Fiscal and Governmental

Capitol Watch
The Chancellor's General Education Advisory Committee (GEAC)
The California State University Emeriti and Retired Faculty Association (CSUERFA)
Senator Spotlight
Resolution Summaries

Recognition and Compensation
For this month’s column, I will report on four highlights of the November 17-18, 2015 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  These points continue my column’s focus on recognition and compensation issues.

  • On November 17, 2015, there was a march and rally by members of California Faculty Association in support of CFA’s collective bargaining push for a 5% general salary increase.  Approximately 1,000 CFA members and friends gathered about a mile from the Chancellor’s Office for a march to the facility and a noon time rally.
  • The full Board, by an 8-5 vote, approved a revised Employee Compensation Policy that impacts presidential salary offers to incoming campus presidents.  The proposal as it was presented to the Board in September 2015 called for inclusion of campus presidents within the overall guidelines for determining employee compensation; that proposal raised considerable concerns because it would have totally removed the presidential compensation clauses of the 2007 policy that capped presidential salaries at the amount of the outgoing president with the possibility of up to a 10% increase covered exclusively by campus auxiliary (non-state) funds.  Based on the September 2015 Board meeting feedback, the compensation policy presented at the November 2015 Board meeting brought back special language to control presidential salaries.  This proposed policy went through two rounds of revisions during the November 2015 Board meeting, leading to a version that was approved by the Board with the understanding that the policy is open for more discussion in the future.  The approved policy states that during the hiring process, presidential salaries should not exceed a 10% growth cap on the compensation level of the outgoing president.  It lifts the restriction on the use of state funds to cover the full amount of the presidential compensation.  The desire for a November approval of a reviewed policy was driven by the five presidential searches currently underway.  The searches for Sonoma State University and San José State University should come to the Board in January 2016, the searches for California State University Chico and California State University Channel Islands should come to the Board in March 2016, and the just started search for California State University Stanislaus should come to the Board in May 2016.
  • On November 18, 2015, tennis greats Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals were present during the Board action to approve the naming of the Rosie Casals and Pancho Gonzalez Tennis Center at the Billie Jean King Sports Complex at California State University Los Angeles.  Billie Jean King spoke on the importance of sports facilities open to the public and her use of public tennis facilities in Los Angeles during her years of training for the sport.
  • Since this column is being written after the November 20, 2015 press release on the issue, I can report that on November 18, 2015, the Board, in closed session, voted to revoke the honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1992 on behalf of California Polytechnic University, Pomona.  The CSU press release states: "Cosby's conduct is contrary to the values of the CSU and inconsistent with the criteria and high standards that honorary degree recipients are expected to exemplify."  The press release also states: "The CSU has been awarding honorary doctorate degrees since 1963, and this is the first time in 52 years that the Board of Trustees has voted to rescind a degree."

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