A Summary of the July 16-17, 2002, Board of Trustees Meeting
Trustees Take Steps to Regulate Smoking on CampusesCSU Trustees asked the Chancellor's Office to prepare the necessary notices and language to delegate authority to CSU campus presidents to set smoking regulations.
The decision follows a petition by anti-smoking student advocates who requested banning smoking within 20 feet of CSU buildings.
The students represent a statewide effort called C.O.U.G.H. (Campuses Organized and United for Good Health). C.O.U.G.H. has student representatives at the Chico, Fresno, Hayward, Long Beach, Northridge, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose campuses.
At the same time, CSEA representative Pauline Robinson said, during the public comment period, that the change could affect working conditions on campuses; therefore, she asked that the unions be part of the smoking regulation process on campuses.
Staff will prepare language conductive to a modification of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations to authorize campus presidents to make decisions regarding smoking on campus grounds. Trustees will consider the new language at the September meeting.
Current California law prohibits state employees or members of the public from smoking inside state-occupied buildings, or in outdoor areas within five feet of a main exit or entrance to state buildings. This law also applies to CSU campuses and buildings.
If new regulations are implemented, it will be the first time that CSU authorities establish rules about smoking on campus grounds.
Hearst Foundation and Trustees Present Achievement AwardsThe California State University has selected six student winners of the 2002/03 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement. The systemwide award provides $3,000 scholarships to students with financial need who demonstrate superior academic performance, community service, and personal accomplishments. The winners, honored at the Trustees meeting, include:
Alistair McCrone Named President EmeritusTrustees honored departing Humboldt State University President Alistair W. McCrone by naming him CSU President Emeritus. Appointed as Humboldt's fifth president on July 1, 1974, he served in this capacity with distinction for 28 years, making him the university's longest serving president and the second longest in the history of the California State University. During his tenure, President McCrone oversaw the improvement and construction of new facilities and the acquisition of several off-campus resources, such as the Research Vessel Coral Sea and the Natural History Museum.
CSU Enrollment Management Policy Under ReviewRecognizing the challenges posed by significant increases in student enrollment, the California State University's Board of Trustees this week discussed proposed revisions to the university's enrollment management policy.
The new language responds to the concerns of various community groups about providing access for local students to high-demand campuses and programs. Although the issue is of particular concern in the San Diego area, where heavy enrollment demand has had significant impact on San Diego State University, campuses around the system have increasingly been affected by the influx of students known as "Tidal Wave II."
The policy revisions reiterate the CSU's commitment to guarantee access to an impacted campus – a campus that has received more applications from eligible local-area residents than the number of available spaces. The language also calls for improving communications about admissions policies, providing students access to programs and majors that may not be available at the applicant's local CSU campus, requiring campuses to have presidential advisory groups that recognize community interests in the identification of effective enrollment management policies, and expanding analysis and reporting on the effect of enrollment management policies on students. The board will vote on the proposed changes in September.
"These revised guidelines will help CSU presidents better manage and communicate enrollment policies during this period of heavy student demand," said CSU Sacramento President Donald R. Gerth, who serves as chair of the CSU's systemwide admission advisory council. "It will help the CSU send a clear message that the university remains committed to its mission of serving all eligible students."
Olivia Puentes-Reynolds, chair of the Higher Education Committee of the San Diego Latino Coalition on Education, came to the board meeting to express her group's appreciation for the changes. "It's in all of our best interests to make sure that public institutions are as inclusive as possible," said Puentes-Reynolds. Her group, along with other San Diego-area leaders, has been working with San Diego State and CSU Chancellor's Office officials on innovative programs to ensure access for local students.
"Tidal Wave II" has hit the CSU with full force in the past few years. Last fall, the CSU reached an all-time enrollment record with nearly 389,000 students, an increase of 5.5 %, or 20,000 students, over the previous year.
The CSU has continued to serve eligible students even in times of greater-than-expected demand. Additionally, state policymakers have continued to recognize the importance of funding the CSU's growing enrollment needs. For 2002/03, the budget proposed by Gov. Davis and approved by the state Senate would provide the CSU with a 5 percent enrollment increase for an additional 20,000 students.
The board's original enrollment management policy, approved in March 2000, reaffirmed the CSU's commitment to its mission to give upper-division transfer students the highest priority for admission. It assured eligible freshmen that they would be accommodated somewhere in the system and guaranteed all CSU-eligible students admission to at least one local CSU campus. To see the proposed revisions, look at first discussion item here.
CSU Northridge College of Education Named After Michael EisnerTrustees approved the naming of California State University, Northridge's College of Education after Disney Chairman and CEO, Michael D. Eisner.
The vote came two months after The Eisner Foundation donated $7 million to CSU Northridge for the establishment of the Center for Teaching and Learning.
The center is intended to advance innovative programs that prepare K-12 grade educators to support individualized learning strengths and weaknesses.
The program will follow the philosophy of All Kinds of Minds, a North Carolina-based non- profit institute for the study of differences in learning. The program helps children with learning differences succeed in school and life.
CSU Northridge is nationally recognized as a top institution in the education of teachers. It recently was among four universities in the country selected by the Carnegie Corporation to take part in a landmark initiative to strengthen K-12 teaching programs.
CSU Channel Islands Department of Archives Named After Robert and Norma LagomarsinoTrustees approved the naming of California State University, Channel Islands' Department of Archives and Special Collections after Robert J. and Norma M. Lagomarsino. The department will be located in the future John Spoor Broome Library planned at CSU Channel Islands.
Mr. Lagomarsino, who represented Ventura County during 19 years in the U.S. Congress and 13 years in the California State Senate, committed along with his wife Norma $1 million toward the creation of the archives and special collections department. The department will become the home of Lagomarsino's archives containing photos, documents, memorabilia and records collected during his time in public office.
A portion of the Lagomarsino's gift will establish an endowed fund for the processing and preservation of the university's archival collections.
IN OTHER ACTIONThe Trustees Approved:
Last Updated: 19 July 2002