Reinstatement of Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Fund
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) urge the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to reinstate the Faculty Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (RSCA) program as specified in the Education Code, (66010.4 part (b)); and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recognize the value of research and creative activity to the quality of the faculty’s teaching as well as to our students’ learning; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the methodology and Office of the Chancellor’s criteria for RSCA funding levels and use, be developed in consultation with the ASCSU; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU campus Senate Executive Committees, CSU Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, CSU Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association and CSU Faculty Development Centers/Institutes for Teaching and Learning.
RATIONALE: The RSCA program was begun in response to a 1987 draft report issued by the Commission for the Review of the Master Plan for Higher Education: “Research, scholarship and creativity in support of the undergraduate and graduate instructional mission is authorized in The California State University, and shall be supported by the State.” The Commission recognized that faculty research results in better teaching by faculty and better learning by students.
This language ultimately became part of the state education code (66010.4 part (b)). Further, the Commission’s recommendation indicated that full funding for faculty research would cost approximately $14.5 million in 1987.
The 1988/1989 CSU support budget contained a $7.5 million request to initiate formal programs in support of research, scholarship and creativity among faculty. The 1988/1989 allocation contained only $2.5 million.
The 1988/89 funding was continued through 2007/08. The original appropriation to CSU was never increased. Similarly, the amount allocated to campuses was never increased.
The funding history to date:
- Beginning in the 1988/89 FY, CSU Office of the Chancellor annually allocated a total of $2.5 million to system institutions in support of research scholarly and creative e activities. Campus allocations were proportional to campus Full-Time Equivalent Faculty (FTEF).
- Beginning in 1991, a unit-3 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) affected this funding and remained in effect until the program was terminated. The MOU stipulated that: (a)
allocations to campuses be made on an FTEF basis, (b) a system–wide committee would be established to develop policy, (c) a faculty administrative campus committee would be established to review proposals, (d) three award programs would be offered: mini-grants at up to $5,000 each, summer fellowships for one or two months, and semester or quarter leaves with pay, and (e) the above three programs would be equally funded unless the system-wide committee decided otherwise.
- The program was not funded in 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 during budget cutbacks. After one additional year of funding, 2010/2011, the program was
terminated and not funded thereafter.
In August 2013, $2.4 million of new, one-time funding was set aside for support
of faculty research, scholarly and creative activity. The specific nature of that program has yet to be determined.
Approved Unanimously – January 23, 2014