Campus: Office of the Chancellor -- May 21, 2001

Summary of May 2001 Trustees Meeting

ALCOHOL COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH

The CSU Alcohol Policies and Prevention Programs Committee, formed in December after the alcohol related death of a CSU student and two alcohol poisoning incidents, recommended to the Trustees a comprehensive approach that includes consistent enforcement of policies, education on alcohol issues, intervention and treatment, a limit on alcohol vendor advertising, and $1.1. million to fund these efforts. The recommendations will be brought back to the Trustees in July for approval, and it is expected that they will be implemented in the fall.

"This is not a California State University problem. It is a problem at all universities in the nation. This is the most comprehensive set of recommendations and policies I know about in the nation," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who has called alcohol abuse the biggest problem on the nation's college campuses and has said that many other problems on campus stem from alcohol abuse.

Chaired by CSU Fresno President John Welty, the committee of students, presidents, vice presidents, alumni, faculty and staff divided the report into six areas: policies; enforcement and legal issues; education and prevention programs; training, intervention and treatment; assessment; and resources.

"The strength of the report is that we had students, faculty, presidents, vice presidents, alumni and other groups represented on the committee. I think we can make a substantial difference," said President Welty. "There's a mythology about student drinking on campuses. Actually, two-thirds of students drink moderately or not at all."

Other recommendations include developing comprehensive alcohol policies and programs; regular gathering and reporting of data to Trustees; annual reviews of policies by a university-wide council; a review of pertinent state laws; holding students responsible for their actions, collaborative efforts between campuses and communities; and more alternative activities for students.

The CSU will co-sponsor a conference in July in Anaheim on the social norms approach, which refers to providing information to students on the realities of alcohol and dispels many of the myths young people have about college life and drinking to excess.

"Students want to belong to the student community. They believe in order to belong they have to drink as much as every other student drinks," said CSU Chico President Manuel Esteban, who served on the committee. "The myth is they have to drink six, seven or eight drinks. Consequently, they end up drinking to that limit to be like everybody else, when it turns out the average student is drinking far less."

DECISION ON CSUDH NATIONAL SPORTS COMPLEX DELAYED

After about 50 speakers spoke in favor and against the impact of the construction of the National Training Center/Sports Complex at CSU Dominguez Hills, the Trustees decided to delay a decision on approving the project for ten to 21 days to review the concerns. An announcement will be made about the date of the meeting to vote on its approval, but there will be no more public comment at that meeting.

The board was being asked certify of the final environmental impact report, revise the campus master plan, amend the 2000/01 nonstate funded capital outlay program and approve the schematic plans of the complex.

The $112 million complex consists of development in two locations -- the project site and the campus improvement area. The project site consists of approximately 85 acres of undeveloped property that would include construction of two adjacent stadiums (a soccer stadium with seating from 20,000 to 27,000 and a tennis stadium with seating from 8,000 to 13,000), along with other support facilities and parking.

The campus improvement area is about 40 acres and includes upgrades to existing campus facilities such as soccer fields, tennis courts, track and field facilities, relocated baseball and softball fields, a relocated velodrome, surface parking and a relocated online roller hockey rink.

The complex is scheduled to be the home of Major League Soccer's L.A. Galaxy and could also become the training headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation's men's and women's national teams.

MAY REVISE BUDGET FUNDS ENROLLMENT AND CUTS COMPENSATION

Richard West, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer, gave a status report on the 2001/02 support budget at the meeting. The Trustees 2001/02 request was $364.3 million, and the Governor approved $291.5 million in January. The May revise of the budget included a 9 percent increase of $233.4 million. It included full funding for enrollment, but cut the employee compensation increase by half to two percent, and eliminated funds for workforce preparation and remedial education outreach, among other items.

For the news release on the budget go to <http://www.calstate.edu/tier2/News.shtml>.

TITLE V CHANGE WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO BEGIN IN SUMMER

A revision to Title 5, the California Code of Regulations, will allow students who have been admitted for a fall term to begin in the summer before their formal admission at the same cost as the fall term.

CSU campuses are moving to year-round operations to accommodate unprecedented enrollment growth. However, traditionally summer enrollment has not been state supported, meaning that students would have to pay two to three times as much in the summer as in the fall and spring. Recently, funds were secured to make summer student fees the same as the rest of the year. Therefore, many students may want to start college early if the opportunity is available at the same cost.

According to David Spence, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, this change would allow student to graduate quicker, would help with the CSU's move to year-round operations, will be a better use of CSU facilities, and will provide more opportunities for students in need of remedial education to get the assistance they need before their first fall term.

The Title V change will not cost the CSU anything and will come back to the Trustees for approval in July.

REPORT GIVEN ON FACULTY RECRUITMENT AND RETIREMENT

The Trustees heard a report on faculty recruitment and retirement. A summary of the report includes the following:

  • The number of tenure track faculty searches and appointments recently has been increasing significantly.

  • The average tenure track recruitment success rate over the past six years has been about 73 percent.

  • The number of participants in the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) has increased significantly in recent years.

  • The number of lecturers in recent years has grown because of retirements; student enrollment growth; temporary replacements during the permanent faculty recruitment process; the growing number of faculty in the FERP program; and the replacement of part-time positions lost during the recession in the early 1990s.

  • The percentage of administrators in the CSU system has remained constant at about 7-8 percent in recent years.

For more on the report go to <www.calstate.edu/tier3/HR/FacFlow.pdf>.

CALSTATETEACH FEATURED

As part of the CSU's ongoing series highlighting outstanding educational programs, the Trustees heard a report on CalStateTEACH, an alternative teacher education program for elementary school teachers. The first 133 participants graduated this spring.

CalStateTEACH, which began in 1999 and now has 800 participants, is targeted to teachers who need to complete a Multiple Subject Credential with emphasis on Cross-Cultural, Language, and Academic Development, and are unable to attend a CSU campus on a regular basis because of work schedules, family obligations or distance from a campus. About 30,000 teachers in California are not fully credentialed, but hold either a waiver or an emergency permit.

"This is an outstanding program. I commend the vision of the chancellor who sparked the initiation of this program," said Faculty Trustee Harold Goldwhite.

CalStateTEACH is an 18-month program that provides high quality education by offering a personalized program that combines independent study with online technology, video, and print materials. The coursework consists of assignments and activities that integrate the teaching experiences in the classroom. The flexibility of the program is designed to allow independent study at the time and place of the students' choice, which usually revolves around their teaching schedules. For additional support, teachers are assigned to regional centers located at CSU Fresno/Monterey Bay, CSU Hayward, CSU Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, and Cal State L.A.

The CSU educates 60 percent of the state's teachers, and CalStateTEACH is one of the many initiatives CSU has implemented in recent years to improve the quality and quantity of California's teachers.

TRUSTEES HEAR UPDATE ON ENERGY

The trustees heard a report that the CSU's energy conservation programs are working. Over the past two decades conservation is up, and consumption is down. In fact, the CSU's conservation programs have saved 123 million kilowatts since 1979.

In addition, the CSU remains in litigation with Enron, and will seek to remain a direct access customer. It is expected that at the completion of the current contract with Enron in March of 2002, the CSU will seek a new direct access contract incorporating electricity and gas. In addition to the long-term contract, other CSU energy management plans include: participating in demand reduction programs; exploring new energy technologies such as solar power, microturbines, cogeneration, and load shifting.

UPDATE GIVEN ON QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

An update was given on the progress of the systemwide Quality Improvement Initiative (QI), an effort to improve service to students, faculty and staff. The collaborative and voluntary program uses performance measurement and benchmarking, assessment of customer needs and satisfaction, and process mapping activities to provide campuses with the necessary data and tools to make lasting improvements in service delivery.

Customer satisfaction surveys are conducted at least every two years, and this year they were distributed to 100,000 students, faculty and staff. This helps campuses take a customer-centered approach, make better informed decisions, and share model practices with other campuses. The initiative has allowed campuses to focus on key objectives and track effective results, remove unnecessary steps in processes, increase customer satisfaction, and shift resources to higher priorities.

WANG AWARDEES RECOGNIZED

Four faculty and an administrator were honored as the 2001 recipients of the CSU Wang Family Excellence Award. The Wang (pronounced WONG) award was established in 1998 when Trustee Stanley T. Wang gave the CSU $1 million to reward, over a 10 year-period, four faculty and one administrator with $20,000 awards annually.

The 2001 recipients are: Edward EmanuEl, professor of theatre arts at Fresno; Jane Hall, professor of economics at Fullerton; Aubrey Fine, professor of education at Cal Poly Pomona; Maria Elena Zavala, professor of biology at Northridge; and Valerie Bordeaux, director of university outreach and school relations at Long Beach.

For the news release on the recipients go to <http://www.calstate.edu/tier2/News.shtml>.

GOULD REMAINS TRUSTEE CHAIR

Trustee Laurence Gould will remain as chair of the board for the second year. Current Vice Chair Dee Dee Myers asked not to be placed in future CSU Trustee leadership positions due to her moving to Washington, D.C., and Debra Farar was named vice chair of the board for the next year. In addition, Student Trustee Neel "Bubba" Murarka's term has expired, and Trustee Bill Hauck was reappointed by the Governor to another eight-year term.

IN OTHER ACTION

The Trustees Approved:

  • The schedule of the Board of Trustees meetings for 2002.

  • The selection of KPMG as the external auditors.

  • The issuance of debt instruments (not to exceed $10.8 million) supported by the Sonoma State University Parking System Revenue Bonds Series A for a 1,100 space parking lot and related improvements.

  • The dissolution of auxiliary organizations at the CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center.

  • The issuance of debt instruments (not to exceed $56.4 million) by bonds of the CSU Housing Revenue Bond System for a 201-unit apartment complex that would house 800 students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

  • The 2001/02 Legislative Report No. 3.

  • The naming the School of Education and Human Development at CSU Fresno in honor of Benjamin and Marion Kremen. Benjamin established the master of arts degree in education at Fresno State, where he taught for 45 years until his death in 1995. He and Marion have given the campus more than $4 million.

  • The naming the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at CSU Fresno in honor of William M. Lyles, his company, Lyles Diversified, and his family, who have given more than $2 million in contributions to the university.

  • Schematic plans and amending the 2000/01 nonstate funded capital outlay program to include $19.9 million for the International Polytechnic High School at Cal Poly Pomona.

The Trustees Heard:

  • A status report on current and follow-up internal audit assignments.

  • A financing transaction for a $1.2 million loan through a CSU San Bernardino auxiliary organization to provide construction funds for the Coachella Valley Off-Campus Center.

  • A status report on the 2001/02 state funded capital outlay program.

  • A recognition of the national champion Women's Basketball Team at Cal Poly Pomona, Men's Soccer Team at CSU Dominguez Hills, and Women's Rugby Team at CSU Chico.


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