Public Affairs
A summary of the July 2000 Board of Trustees Meeting

COLLEGE PREP COURSES ALONE WILL NOW DETERMINE GPA

The Trustees approved a resolution that changes the courses which determine students' grade point average and also redefines "first-time freshmen." Currently, the GPA that determines CSU admission eligibility is based on all courses completed in the final three years of high school. The modification bases the GPA on only the 15 college preparatory courses taken in the last three years of high school, which is a better indicator of academic preparation. The Trustees modified the resolution to go into effect for incoming freshmen in the fall of 2004, rather than 2003, to give students additional time to become informed about the change.

"This has the potential to strengthen academic standards and college preparation," said David Spence, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.

This adjustment makes the admissions process less confusing to students and high school counselors because it mirrors the methodology used to determine GPA by the University of California. However, the CSU will continue its mission of accepting the top third of high school graduates, although the methodology that determines the top third may need to be altered, as it is on a regular basis.

This is the latest in a series of revisions the CSU has proposed or implemented to make the admissions process easier. In September, the Trustees approved a resolution to alter CSU course admission requirements for first-time freshmen and transfer students to coincide with UC requirements, making the admission process less complicated.

To align their required preparatory courses, the CSU added an additional year of laboratory science and an additional year of social science or history to its requirements, and UC added the requirement for a college preparatory course in visual and performing arts. The revisions will be in effect for those students seeking admission to either system in the fall 2003 and beyond.

As of the fall 2003, preparatory course admission requirements for both systems will be: four years of English, three years of math (algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra), two years of social science, two years of laboratory science, two years of foreign language, one year of visual or performing arts, and one year of electives chosen from one of the areas above.

"We're saying to students is that these are the courses that matter. This is where you need to spend your time and concentrate your efforts," said Spence

Another part of the Trustee resolution includes a revision to the current definition of a first- time freshman, which is any applicant who has not attempted any college units. As a result of this definition some students who have completed some college credits through programs such as Advanced Placement are classified as lower level transfers -- the lowest CSU admission priority. To prevent this, the resolution redefines a first-time freshman as any applicant who has not attended any college since the summer immediately after high school graduation.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT LOWERED FROM 124 TO 120 UNITS

The Trustees approved lowering the CSU graduation requirement from 124 to 120 semester units. Both the CSU Cornerstones Implementation Plan, a strategic plan for CSU's future, and the 1999/00 Governor's budget recommended that the CSU shorten the time it takes a student to graduate.

"This revision will help students graduate sooner. The new requirements are consistent with most universities in the nation and just make sense," said Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "This is one of many changes the CSU has implemented recently to eliminate unnecessary hurdles for our students."

The 124-unit requirement in the CSU is linked to a four-unit physical education activity requirement imposed in mid-century but which most CSU campuses no longer embrace. Most campuses have now eliminated or reduced any physical education unit requirement. It is particularly incongruent to require 124 units at the CSU, when a normal course load of 15 units per semester over four years would still leave a student four units short of graduation.

Many majors - such as engineering and architecture - will still require more than 120 units. However, this will allow unnecessary unit requirements to be eliminated. Every CSU academic program is reviewed every five years, and evaluating the number of the unit requirements while maintaining high quality will become a part of the process.

"This is the easy part. It will be very challenging for faculty to reexamine programs. There will be difficult choices. We already do a good job of this. About two-thirds of our programs are at the minimum," said Spence.

Trustee Ralph Pesqueira said this policy would make it easier to graduate in four years or even in three years if students attend year-round. However, he and other Trustees cautioned that the CSU should be careful not to focus too much on training for the work force to the detriment of educating well-rounded citizens.

The University of California, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and most universities across the nation use 120 units as a minimum unit requirement for graduation.

TRUSTEES APPROVE PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE THE TRANSFER AND ADMISSIONS PROCESSES OF TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS

The Trustees approved two proposals to improve the transfer and admissions processes of teacher preparation programs.

Previously, only three semester units in teacher education could be transferred from the community colleges to the CSU. Now, that limit will be raised to six units.

"We will monitor this. The community colleges will be playing a bigger role in teacher education. At some point, we may come back to the Board and ask that this limit is increased again," said Spence.

The improvements set a common CSU admission standard for teacher education programs on all the campuses. Previously, admissions standards for teacher education programs varied by campus and by major, causing confusion and difficulty in students' ability to transfer from one CSU campus to another. This improvement is consistent with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and will allow the top half of all CSU students to enter teacher education programs, although additional criteria may be added for certain kinds of programs.

Both items are consistent with "CSU's Commitment to Prepare High Quality Teachers," and were developed in consulation with the CSU vice presidents of academic affairs, the statewide Academic Senate, the Executive Council and the CSU Deans of Education.

TRUSTEES RATIFY AGREEMENTS WITH EIGHT OF TEN UNITS

The Trustees Committee on Collective Bargaining ratified tentative agreements for 2000/01 compensation with eight of its ten employee bargaining units.

"I would like to commend the union representatives for the spirit of cooperation they provided throughout. They went about the negotiation process in a very professional manner," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

The five unions, which together represent about 15,000 CSU employees, are:

  • Union of American Physicians and Dentists, Unit 1, about 135 employees.
  • Statewide Employees Trades Council, Unit 6, about 450 employees.
  • Statewide University Police Association, Unit 8, about 320 employees.
  • California State Employees Association (CSEA), Units 2, 5, 7, 9, about 14,000 employees.
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (Maritime Academy), Unit 10, 17 employees.

"This was one of the best rounds of negotiations that I have ever experienced," said Pauline Robinson, division director of the CSEA. "We strongly recommend ratification [of the tentative agreement by CSEA members]."

The main features in the tentative agreements are average salary increases of five or six percent, inclusion of merit pay as a significant part of the total salary pool, additional market equity salary increases for some classifications of employees and enhanced dental and insurance benefits for CSEA employees.

"This is very encouraging. I see a silver lining growing brighter," said Trustee Ralph Pesqueira, chair of the Committee on Collective Bargaining. "The Trustees are committed to seeing that faculty and staff compensation is at the highest possible level we can obtain from the state."

All the agreements have already been ratified by the unions' memberships except the CSEA agreement, which is expected to be ratified next month.

"I believe that this round of bargaining reflected a true commitment on the part of individuals on both sides of the bargaining tables to improving the working situation in order to better serve the students of our campuses and the citizens of the state," said Jackie McClain, CSU vice chancellor for human resources.

The two unions yet to reach agreement are the Academic Professionals of California and the California Faculty Association. The main issue in both negotiations is merit pay. The faculty union is proposing that the agreed upon merit pay program be discontinued, and the CSU is committed to the program as an important way to reward outstanding faculty accomplishment. For more information on the faculty merit program go to calstate.edu/tier2/News.shtml.

TRUSTEES CONSIDER PROPOSAL ON STOCKTON CENTER

The Trustees considered a proposal on the formation of a joint powers authority with the City of Stockton to provide an appropriate governance structure to oversee the development, operation, maintenance and financing of the portion of the CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center not needed for educational purposes. The proposal would allow the CSU to proceed with the development of the center and is in response to recommendations contained the April feasibility study for the development of the center.

The governing board of the Stockton Center Site Authority would be composed of three members appointed by the CSU chancellor and three members of the Stockton City Council appointed by the city.

The proposal will come back to the Trustees for a vote at the September meeting.

TRUSTEES RECOGNIZE FIVE OUTSTANDING STUDENTS

Five recipients of the 2000 Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement were honored at the meeting. The recipients are:

  • Lisa J. Briscoe, Norwalk, a senior at CSU Fullerton
  • Mimi Black, Arcata, a senior at Humboldt State University
  • Lawrence Johnson, Ventura, a graduate student at CSU Northridge
  • Kari Lane, Davis, a graduate student at CSU Sacramento
  • William Vine, Los Angeles, a senior at CSU Los Angeles

The award provides scholarships to CSU students who demonstrate financial need and show superior academic performance, community service, and personal accomplishments. It was created in 1974 and was initially funded by the Evelyn D. Armer Memorial Scholarship Trust. However, in 1997, that fund was depleted, and a special fund was created to continue the awards through donations initiated by CSU Trustee Ali Razi.

For a news release on the Trustee Scholars, go to calstate.edu/tier2/News.shtml.

THREE FACILITIES NAMED AT COACHELLA VALLEY CENTER

The Trustees approved the naming three facilities at the CSU San Bernardino Coachella Valley Off-Campus Center, the permanent off-campus center in Palm Desert:

  • A plaza in honor of R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard, whose foundation donated $500,000 to the center.
  • The first permanent building in honor of Mary Stuart Rogers, whose foundation made a lead gift of $3 million to the center's capital campaign.
  • The circular core campus road in honor of H.N. and Frances Berger, whose foundation gave the center $4.5 million, the largest one-time gift ever made by the foundation.

In Other Action
THE TRUSTEES APPROVED:

  • Revising the State University House Trust spending rules to reduce the annual expenditure amount allowed and ensure that the purchasing power of the trust is sustained in perpetuity.
  • Amending the 2000/01 nonstate funded capital outlay program to include: the Student Union Renovation at CSU Northridge, $14 millon; the Student Housing Expansion, Phase I, at CSU San Bernardino, $11.7 million; and the Athletic Training Facility, South Campus, at San Jose State, $2.1 million.
  • Approving a final environmental impact report and the campus master plan revision for Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Concurring with the findings in the final supplemental environmental impact report and approving the initial campus physical master plan for the development of CSU Channel Islands.
  • Recommending compensation for all CSU executives at an average six percent increase based on merit.
  • Amending the Trustees' standing orders on fee policy to bring them current with the fee policy adopted by the Trustees in March.
  • A revised schedule of Trustees' meetings.
  • Resolutions conferring Trustee Emeritus status on Joan Otomo-Corgel and Michael Stennis and the title President Emeritus on Anthony Evans, former president at CSU San Bernardino.
  • Approving a citation in appreciation of Louanne Kennedy, who has completed her term of service as interim president at CSU Northridge.
  • Confirming the establishment of a new Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Planning for New University Campuses and Satellite Centers and its members: Trustees Campbell, Farar, Hauck, Myers, Pesqueira, and Vitti.

THE TRUSTEES HEARD:

  • A status report on the 2000/01 support budget, which was signed by the Governor on June 30.
  • A report on auxiliary organization tax-exempt financing by the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation in an amount not to exceed $5.2 million for the Center for Training, Technology and Incubation.
  • A report on auxiliary organization tax-exempt financing by San Diego State not to exceed $26 million to acquire a 570-bed student housing facility adjacent to campus.
  • A status report on the 2000/01 state funded capital outlay program.
  • A report on updating the CSU construction cost guidelines.
  • A draft of the capital outlay program for 2001/02 and five-year capital improvement program 2001/02 through 2005/06, state and non-state funded.
  • A status report on current and follow-up internal audit assignments and the quality assurance review of the Office of the University Auditor.

21 July 2000