Report of the Meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees

May 9-10, 2000
Harold Goldwhite, Faculty Trustee

 

Chair Hauck, in his opening remarks, thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve as its Chair for the past two years. He introduced the two new Board members, Trustees Murray Galinson and Shailesh Mehta, and noted that the terms of Trustees Otomo-Corgel and Stennis had concluded.

Chancellor Reed announced that he had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chancellor Nussbaum, of the California Community Colleges, which codified a number of agreements already made. The MOU pledges both systems to raise the transfer rate from CCC’s to CSU’s by 5% per year. The MOU includes language that assures the regular consultative processes with the Academic Senates of both systems before any changes involving academic policy matters occur as a result of the MOU.

The Committee on Finance heard a positive report on the 2000-2001 budget (and you have no doubt read the Governor’s May revisions recently, which do include a total of 6% for the compensation pool, $40 million for technology and other enhancements); and presented for Board approval, which was forthcoming for all items, a Joint Powers Agency for financing activities at the new Channel Islands site; a Conceptual Plan for Private Sector Development of a soccer complex at Dominguez Hills, which was opposed by supporters of the current Velodrome, which will be removed if the stadium plan is implemented; and some revisions in Real Property Development policies.

Campus Planning, Buildings and Grounds presented a Master Plan for the permanent Coachella Valley Off-Campus Center of CSU San Bernardino, and schematic plans for a new Center for the Musical Arts at Sonoma State.

The Board agreed, at the recommendation of the Governmental Affairs Committee, to support an initiative, which is expected to appear on the November 2000 ballot, to reduce the percentage of voters needed to pass local school bond initiatives to 55% from the current two-thirds.

The Committee on Educational Policy heard information items on the SNAPS (student satisfaction) survey; admissions requirements for teacher credential programs; transfer credit from Community Colleges applicable to teacher credential programs; and the CSU Summer Arts Program.

The Board welcomed the winners of the 2000 Wang Family Awards and hosted a dinner in their honor.

Finally Board Officers and Committees for 2000 were approved. The incoming Chair is Larry Gould, and Vice-Chair is Dee Dee Myers who will also hair Educational Policy. My own Committee appointments are Audit, Campus Planning, Educational Policy, and Organization and Rules. For a complete list of committees, and much other interesting information, you can visit the Board web site which is accessible from the CSU home page at www.calstate.edu



 
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