A Summary of the September 20-21, 2005, Board of Trustees Meeting
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New Energy Policy
The California State University Board of Trustees approved a revised policy on energy conservation that calls for maintaining current practices of energy conservation while further reducing energy consumption by another 15 percent, reducing requirements from the electricity grid by increasing self-generation to 50 MW, and increasing the purchase of renewable energy to 20 percent from the current 15 percent.
The key elements of the new policy are aggressive energy conservation, increased use of renewable resources, and greater energy independence through a doubling of self-generated energy supply over the next decade. The CSU will pursue cost-effective projects utilizing technologies such as solar, wind, and biomass (wood, plant, organic waste), as well as clean cogeneration plants.
While approving the policy, Trustees credited CSU students who provided the impetus and foresight to move the creation and approval of a visionary and ambitious energy policy.
For further information, see the Sustainability News Release.
Results of the 2005 Early Assessment Program (EAP) showed that in spring 2005, 32,262 more students - a 21 percent increase – took the English test, and 3,786 more students – a 3 percent increase - took the mathematics test.
The fact that more California 11th graders volunteered to get the “early signal” about their readiness for college may indicate that fewer of these students may need remediation when they attend college a year from now.
The Early Assessment Program was developed by the California State University system in partnership with the state’s public schools and state Board of Education. The program encourages public school 11th graders to take a test assessing their college readiness in English and mathematics. The test is an augmented version of the California Standards Test (CST) that includes additional English and math questions and a written essay.
“The strength of this program lies in providing those students who want to enter the California State University as first-time freshmen with an early signal as to their readiness to succeed in regular general education classes,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “If they show proficiency early via the EAP assessment, at the close of 11th grade, they will be granted an exemption from the CSU English and mathematics placement tests. If they are not yet ready for college-level work, students will be encouraged to take classes during the 12th grade to improve and strengthen their skills.”
The number of students who demonstrated college-level proficiency in English and mathematics increased 2 percent and 1 percent, respectively, from 2004 to 2005.
Chancellor Reed and Superintendent Jack O’Connell welcome these modest increases. When more data are in hand, in spring 2006 and beyond, the CSU may be able to say that these increases were the first sign that early assessment in 11th grade, academic intervention in 12th grade, and professional development activities for high school teachers helped students to bring their English and math skills up to college-level expectations.
The EAP also focuses on professional development for K-12 teachers. It prepares them to provide instruction in expository, analytical and argumentative reading and writing. It also prepares them to align 12th grade mathematics instruction with CSU expectations for entry-level students.
The 2005 EAP test results, including district by district breakdowns, are available at www.calstate.edu/eap/. For additional information, see the related news release.
The EAP is part of the threefold CSU Graduation Initiative that seeks to speed student progress to the degree. In addition to the EAP, the two other elements of the plan are the Lower Division Transfer Patterns project and Campus Actions to Facilitate Graduation.
The Lower Division Transfer Patterns project provides efficient class patterns for community college students who wish to transfer to the CSU. The project will speed the graduation of community college students, helping them avoid taking excess units that are unnecessary for transfer. The CSU faculty has created systemwide patterns of classes for 30 majors and is working to develop patterns for an additional 17 majors. Project information is available at www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/ldtp.shtml.
Campus Actions to Facilitate Graduation include designing less cumbersome academic programs, helping students choose an efficient pathway to the degree, and creating a common view among faculty and students that makes graduation a priority.
Student Conduct Code Changes Eyed
A new version of the Student Conduct Code, found in Title 5, will be voted upon in November by the Board. At the September meeting, Trustees discussed the proposed changes. The new version will express university expectations and authority more clearly, flexibly, and broadly.
“A new area of the Student Conduct Code deals with computer use,” said Chancellor Reed. “Students should check the policy to make sure they understand what is required.”
Other areas addressed include university authority over off-campus behavior and what the university expects of its students as members of the learning community. Due process safeguards have also been embedded in the new procedures.
Hearst/Trustees Scholars honored
Twelve high-achieving students were honored with the 2005/06 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Sept. 20 meeting. To qualify for the $3,000 scholarships, students must demonstrate financial need, superior academic performance and outstanding volunteer community service.
“These outstanding students have overcome profound personal challenges to achieve academic success,” said Chancellor Reed.
The recipients are
Funded by personal contributions from CSU Trustees and an endowment created by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the award has honored 120 students since 1974. For further details, see Hearst/Trustees Scholars News Release.
CSU 2006-07 Budget and Lottery Budget Reports
“CSU preliminary projections for the 2006-07 state support budget anticipate $235.9 in new revenue and fee increases of 8 percent for undergraduate and teacher credential students, and 10 percent for graduate students,” said Patrick Lenz, Assistant Vice Chancellor for CSU Budget Development.
Anticipated expenditures for 2006-07 resemble the current budget with mandatory costs of $30 to $40 million, enrollment growth funding of $65.1 million for a 2.5 percent increase in the number of students, $25 to $32 million for financial aid, $78 million for compensation (assumes a 3 percent increase), and $10 million for long-term needs in technology, libraries and deferred maintenance.
“A committee has been created by the trustees to address the salary gap for faculty, staff, and executives with comparison institutions,” said Trustee Bill Hauck. “We hope to significantly reduce the gap over a five-year period.”
The 2006-07 lottery revenues are estimated to be $51 million. Funds are used to support the CSU’s forgivable loan for doctoral programs, the pre-doctoral program, CSU Summer Arts Program and various campus programs.
The 2005-06 budget fully funded the compact for higher education with Governor Schwarzenegger and provided $235.2 million, an increase of 6.5 percent. It ensured enrollment for an additional 10,000 students (8,103 FTES) and provided the CSU with a general fund budget of $2.6 billion. More information on this budget is available from our Budget News Release.
The Trustees Also Approved:
The Trustees also Heard:
Last Updated: September 23, 2005