Fulfilling the Principles of Cornerstones
in the New Strategic Plan
AS-2771-06/AA/FGA - November 9, 2006
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State
University (CSU) urge the CSU, the Access to Excellence Steering Committee and the Access
to Excellence Campus Review Groups to give highest priority to the following Principles of
the original Cornerstones academic strategic plan which have not yet been implemented or
achieved, so that adequate support for faculty, graduate programs, and infrastructure will be addressed:
Principle 4 - The California State University will
reinvest in its faculty to maintain its primary mission as a teaching-centered comprehensive
university. Faculty scholarship, research, and creative activity are essential components
of that mission.
Principle 6 - Graduate education and continuing education
are essential components of the mission of the California State University.
Principle 8 - The responsibility for enhancing educational
excellence, access, diversity, and financial stability shall be shared by the State, the
California State University system, the campuses, our faculty and staff, alumni/ae and students.
;and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU send copies of this resolution
to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, campus presidents and provosts, campus senate chairs
and Access to Excellence Steering Committee members.
RATIONALE: The original Cornerstones has been championed by the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor's
Office as a far-sighted plan for the CSU for the twenty-first century. While many of the
Principles of Cornerstones have been or are being implemented, several have not. In the
Chancellor's Office's "Evaluation of Achievements under Cornerstones," Principles 4, 6 and 8
were singled out as not yet having been "well addressed." These three provide for adequate
support, including infrastructure, for the performance of faculty duties, for funding graduate
programs, and in particular the independent EdD programs, at a sufficient level, and reducing the
"salary gaps for all categories of employees for whom such gaps exists." The Academic Senate CSU
strongly believes that these Principles should be given highest priority to the successor strategic
plan on Access to Excellence.
Approved Unanimously - November 9, 2006