The Board met in an informal, and open, retreat in Manhattan Beach. The two newly appointed Board members,
Debra Farar and Roberta Achtenberg, were in attendance as were almost all Trustees, as well as members of the
Chancellors staff. Chair Dinielli and Past Chair Highsmith were present as observers for the Senate. In
the interests of economy of your, and my, time I will touch only on items of particular interest in this summary
report. Please contact me for further information.
On Tuesday evening Chancellor Reed gave an overview of the mission of the CSU and its present status. He also
said that the Governors budget proposal for 2000-2001 was a good one for the University with a 10% increase
in General Fund support, including a 5% compensation increase pool. The capital budget includes over $45 million
for technology infrastructure. The Chancellor hopes to get further improvements for CSU during the budget
negotiations over the next few months.
The Wednesday sessions covered a full range of agenda items. The format included informal summaries by staff
followed by questions and discussion from board members.
Access: The Board reiterated its commitment to serving place-bound students at their local campuses. Capacity
may be increased by more use of off-campus facilities; year-round operation, but only if acceptable financing is
forthcoming from the State; technology; better articulation, including lower-division preparation for the major;
and more common calendars. My impression is that there will be a move towards this last matter in the near
Quality: The Chancellor reiterated his call for improving the already high quality of the CSUs
programs. A critical area is teacher preparation, where there is also need for a major increase in numbers of
credentialled teachers. CSUs work on remediation is showing signs of success, and the University continues
to work on this problem with K 12 colleagues. A recent study of the ELM examination may lead to some
changes in the areas of mathematics in which the CSU will expect entering students to be prepared. Recent work
on accountability will mean that future academic program reviews seen by the Board will include descriptions of
how assessment results have been used to improve programs.
Resource issues: A new era of labor relations is ahead because of the Fair Share legislation, and a proposed
change in HEERA which may no longer allow management to impose a contract if impasse is declared. CSUs
efforts to recruit are hampered by low salaries and high living costs. Recent changes in PERS may make
retirement more attractive to faculty in their late 50s, and their replacement poses real problems for
Communications and advancement: CSU has recently done surveys and polls on public perceptions of the
University. Much remains to be done to improve the publics information about the value of the CSU to
the State. Our advancement efforts have been impressive in recent years; there still remain difficulties in
contacting alumni, and persuading them to support CSU.