A Summary of the January 28-29, 2003, Board of Trustees Meeting
External Support Increase ReportedThe most recent report on external funding support for the California State University shows a slight overall increase in external funding. The nearly $996 million raised in 2001/02through fund raising and special revenue makes this the most successful year yet.
However, the lagging economy resulted in mixed campus results, with a few campuses doing very well, while many campuses failed to meet all their fund-raising goals. San Diego State University set a CSU record as the first campus to raise more than $50 million in private voluntary support.
External support, which grew by 7.9 percent, includes both special revenue and voluntary support. Special revenue funds, totaling some $739 million, come from such sources as sponsorships, contracts, governmental grants, pledges, endowment income, bequest expectancies, property transfers, and pledges. Voluntary support, totaling $257 million, includes gifts from alumni, parents, corporations, foundations, friends, and other organizations.
A bright sport was corporate giving, which increased 31 percent, exceeding individual donations for the first time since 1995. Cash donations from individuals, historically the highest giving category, however, declined 15 percent, matching a nationwide drop in individual charity giving.
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Freshman Math and English Proficiency ReportTrustees heard a progress report on the English and math proficiency of incoming 2002/03 freshmen and campus success in remediating 2001/02 students during their first year of enrollment.
Proficiency levels of California State University's freshmen who entered in fall 2002 increased to 41 percent, a 3 percentage point jump from last year and a notable 9 percentage point increase from 1998, when the CSU implemented a Board of Trustees policy to diagnose proficiency and begin early remediation at CSU campuses and public high schools.
"Proficiency improvements in entering freshmen signal that CSU's approach to resolving remedial problems of first-year freshmen is beginning to show results," said David Spence, CSU's executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.
CSU-bound students are becoming proficient more rapidly in mathematics than in English. For example, 63 percent of fall 2002 freshmen were proficient in math, an increase of 9 percentage points from last year. Fifty-one percent of fall 2002 freshmen were proficient in English, a decrease of 3 percentage points from last year.
The CSU will be piloting a revised 11th-grade standards test this spring that should help improve the proficiency levels of students. "If it is successful, we think we can meet the trustee goals of decreasing the need for remediation to 10 percent of entering freshmen. We will have the senior year of high school and the summer for students to get fully prepared," Spence said.
CSU Budget UpdateCSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Richard West told the Trustees that the CSU is facing a total 2003/04 budget reduction of $260.7 million, or a 10 percent cut from its $2.6 billion general fund budget.
The steep budget reduction comes at the very time the CSU is expecting to enroll 25,000 additional students in 2003, which is 7 percent higher than the current year. The governor has proposed a $150 million increase to CSU's budget for this enrollment growth.
"We have a tremendous challenge ahead, especially given that we are not anticipating any new revenue beyond what the governor has proposed," said West. "That is why we must do everything we can to preserve the governor's budget plan for the CSU, including the new enrollment funding and the proposed fee increases."
The cuts come on top of a $125.4 million reduction to the CSU's 2002/03 budget due to unfunded costs and mid-year reductions that forced the university system to increase student fees. Annual undergraduate fees were increased by 10 percent ($144) to $1,572 and graduate fees by 15 percent ($228) to $1,734. The fee increase will generate a net $20 million.
To make up for the substantial $34 billion state deficit, students may face a new fee increase in fall 2003. The 2003/04 budget proposed by the governor assumes annual fee revenue for the CSU of $212.2 million, which would be generated from the current year increase in student fees and an additional undergraduate fee increase of 25 percent ($396) and a graduate fee increase of 20 percent ($348).
West said that the CSU will conduct a series of special meetings over the next several months to consult with various constituency groups about the budget crisis. The System Budget Advisory Committee, which is made up of presidents, provosts, and other student, faculty, staff, and alumni leaders, will begin meeting monthly rather than four times per year. Similarly, the CSU Board of Trustees' Committee on Finance will begin meeting monthly rather than every other month at Board of Trustees' meetings.
Additionally, the CSU will convene a budget summit to be held in mid-March in Long Beach. Summit attendees will include campus presidents, campus Associated Student presidents, chairs of campus academic senates, and leaders from the Statewide Academic Senate and the California State Student Association.
Upper-Division Admission Policy ModifiedThe Trustees approved changing admission policy to increase from 56 to 60 the number of semester units required for students transferring in at the upper-division level. The change will be effective fall 2005. The current 56-unit policy permits upper-division admission but not upper-division financial eligibility, thus confusing students, counselors, and outreach officers. Sixty units are required to establish junior-level standing. The change also will align CSU policy with policy currently in place at the University of California and most public university systems. While reporting and information collection also would be simplified by this change, the alignment with current financial aid requirements, which use a 60-unit cutoff point for junior status, is more crucial.
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Last Updated: 31 January 2003
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