A Summary of the Sept. 16-17, 2003 Board of Trustees Meeting
Trustees Receive Preliminary Report on 2004-05 Budget(Sept. 19, 2003) -- The California State University needs at least $543.4 million in new funding in 2004-05 to maintain current levels of quality and access without raising student fees, according to a presentation to the finance committee of the CSU Board of Trustees.
“The $304 million net reduction we took for 2003-04 marked a dramatic setback for this year and will continue to have repercussions for years to come,” said Richard West, CSU’s executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer.
The situation will be exacerbated next year as the state deals with a new estimated budget deficit of $9 to $12 billion. The state’s Department of Finance has given instructions to all state agencies, including the CSU and UC to reduce fiscal year 2004-05 budgets by 20 percent.
Such a reduction will mean an additional $483 million loss to the CSU, on top of two consecutive years of budget cuts. Already the CSU has had to limit access to students seeking admission in spring 2004, when as many as 20,000 students could be denied access.
If state projections come true, the effects will be devastating. The university will have to increase student fees by 89.4 percent or limit access to more than 111,000 students, while significantly reducing faculty, administrators and course sections.
The CSU Board of Trustees will finalize its official CSU budget request on October 31 at a meeting in Long Beach. At this point, the CSU is not proposing a fee increase. The system is working on a long-term fee policy that Trustees will discuss in January or March.
CSU Board of Trustees Officially Oppose Proposition 54Trustees voted unanimously to oppose Proposition 54, a state ballot initiative that would prohibit the CSU and other public entities from classifying individuals by race, ethnicity, color or national origin.
“Proposition 54 will set back the clock in the state and in higher education,” said Trustee Alice Huffman. “We cannot be blind to racial data.”
If approved by voters in the next election, the measure would reduce CSU’s ability to determine the impacts of its admission policies and practices on various groups of students and to assess the effectiveness of outreach and recruitment efforts.
The measure would permit such classification only where necessary to comply with federal law, to establish or maintain eligibility for any federal program, and for medical research.
Faculty Trustee Kathleen Kaiser, a sociologist, expressed concern about the limitations Proposition 54 could impose in the classroom. “I cannot imagine holding a class without discussing gender or race,” she said, adding that if approved, Proposition 54 will do scholars a great disservice.
“A vote for Proposition 54 would be a vote for ignorance,” said Trustee Milton Younger as he moved approval of the resolution.
Trustee Ralph R. Pesqueira originally asked the board to remain neutral to avoid the board’s intrusion in political issues. He changed his mind after listening to other trustees’ vigorous opposition to Proposition 54.
Trustees Approve Integration of Baccalaureate degree and Teacher PreparationTrustees approved a revision to Title 5 regarding Integrated Teacher Preparation Programs to set guidelines for developing programs in the CSU that blend baccalaureate subject majors with pedagogic teaching preparation into a single four to four and one-half year-long program resulting in both a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential recommendation.
“Integration of the two programs will allow a student to graduate with a B.A. and at the same time be recognized as ready to teach in California public schools,” said David Spence, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “We are laying out a roadmap for students so they can accomplish both objectives in four and one-half years.”
Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and later decide they want a teaching credential still will have the option of taking teacher education courses at the CSU that will lead to a credential.
The integrated program will especially benefit those students who come to the CSU already committed to the teaching profession, said Spence. They will be able to begin their career path as early as the freshman year.
The CSU Academic Senate officially supported the integrated programs.
Trustees Review Joint Educational Doctorate Program ProgressTrustees received a progress report on the development of joint educational doctorate programs, which grew out of an agreement between the CSU and UC to develop joint doctoral programs.
The program aims to develop leadership skills in school administration to meet the state’s need for highly qualified leaders in K-12 schools and community colleges.
Currently, three regionally-based Ed.D. programs are in operation. One program, in educational administration and leadership, partners Cal State Long Beach, Cal State L.A. and Cal Poly Pomona with UC Irvine (Cal State Fullerton is expected to join shortly). A second, which focuses on leadership for educational equity and urban education, partners Cal State Hayward, San Francisco State and San Jose State with UC Berkeley. The third program, which seeks to prepare leaders for small and mid-sized, non-metropolitan school districts, partners Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with UC Santa Barbara.
Trustee Murray L. Galinson expressed discontent with the number of students enrolled in the program. He believed there is strong demand for the program and that it should have more students enrolled at this time.
CSU administrators indicated that the slow start of the Ed.D. is related, in part, to the low participation of UC faculty and their desire to be part of every student’s thesis committee.
The board will continue monitoring closely the progress of the programs and if necessary, will implement measures to speed up growth.
The CSU and UC have funded five additional partnership programs for planning and development.
The Trustees Also Voted On:
The Board also approved a resolution conferring the title Faculty Trustee Emeritus on departing Trustee Harold Goldwhite. A revised list of membership to the standing committees, incorporating new trustees, was also presented (see here).
The Trustees Also Heard:
Last Updated: September 19, 2003