A Summary of the January 31- February 1, 2006, Board of Trustees Meeting

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, clara@calstate.edu, 562-951-4800

Partnership with PIQE Announced

Chancellor Reed announced a new partnership between the California State University and the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) to strengthen parent involvement in the education of elementary and middle school students to improve children’s preparation for higher education.

“The CSU partnership with PIQE is significant since it adds to many other efforts to help improve the public school system,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “Improving the state's public schools is critical to the future of California and quality of the Cal State system, since we expect that many of those students ultimately enroll at a CSU campus.”

Chancellor Reed will provide $575,000 in funding for CSU campuses to partner with local schools to bring the PIQE program to their areas. PIQE will be responsible to raise the same amount in matching funds. The mission of the project is to bring schools, parents, and community together as equal partners in the education of targeted and under-served California children.

Through the nine-week PIQE training program, parents will learn how to improve their child’s performance in the classroom, enhance the parent/child relationship, motivate their child to stay in school and identify steps to help their child attend a college or university. Class sessions are taught in English and Spanish and twelve other languages and are offered in morning and evening sessions. For more information, see partnership news release.

Budget Report

Trustees heard a report on the 2006-07 CSU Budget priorities and funding assumptions as presented on January 10 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Under the proposal, the CSU will receive $215 million additional revenue composed of $189 million in state General Fund and $26 million in new fee revenue from an enrollment increase of 2.5 percent.

The 2006-07 state support budget for the CSU is $4 billion, with $2.8 billion from the state General Fund and $1.2 billion from anticipated student fee revenue. The General Fund increase is 7.3 percent above the current year and includes $54.4 million to buy out the proposed student fee increase in 2006-07. If approved by the legislature, undergraduate fees will remain at $2,520, teaching credential students at $2,922 and graduate students at $3,102, which is the same students are paying in the 2005-06 academic year.

The budget eliminated $7 million associated with campus outreach programs and systemwide academic preparation. This, however, may be restored by the legislature, as the Senate Pro-Tem and the Speaker of the Assembly have declared outreach programs a high priority item.

The budget includes an augmentation of $1.1 million to produce more math and science teachers for K-12. It also continues the $2.3 million CSU received in the current year to expand master-level nursing programs.

The CSU will receive on average $345 million per year for capital projects, consistent with the agreement in the Higher Education Compact. The proposed 2006-07 budget includes $234 million for 15 capital projects recommended by the CSU Board of Trustees.

The Legislative Analyst Office will review and release its analysis on the Governor’s 2006-07 budget by mid-February and legislative hearings on the CSU budget will begin the first week of March.

Annual External Support

Trustees received the annual report on the external support received by the 23 campuses during fiscal year 2004-05. The report details the $285 million in new gifts and commitments donors provided to expand the margin of academic excellence at the campuses. This nearly matches the $284 million received in 2003-04.

In particular, alumni and friends provided more than $30 million for student scholarships and $37 million for advanced libraries, laboratories and classrooms, while academic programs and faculty support garnered another $62 million. University endowments also grew by $42 million. The vast majority (97 percent) of all charitable gifts go to donor specified interests.

In addition to charitable support, the CSU also received more than $1 billion in operating grants and contracts, similar to the amount received the previous year. More than 80 percent of the federal grant money received goes to student financial aid.

New Academic Chief Appointed

Dr. Gary Reichard, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Cal State Long Beach, has been appointed executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer for the California State University system.

Reichard has served as the chief academic officer for Cal State Long Beach since 2002 and has been affiliated with the university since 1994. While at Long Beach, he also served as associate vice president for academic personnel, planning and assessment. The Delaware native earned a B.A. degree from the College of Wooster, an M.A. from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, all in history.

The CSU executive vice chancellor serves as a principal policy and executive management advisor to the chancellor and acts for CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed in his absence. The responsibilities of the position include: forming plans and actions to implement directives of the chancellor and Board of Trustees; serving as an advisor in the management direction of system policy and operation; establishing direction and priorities for the Division of Academic Affairs; ensuring the CSU mission of quality education and access at a low cost; and communicating that mission to CSU constituencies. For more information, see appointment news release.

The Trustees Also Approved:

  • Certifying the supplement to the final EIR for Dominguez Hills Home Depot Center Track and Field Lighting and approving the permanent lighting for the Track and Field Stadium.
  • Schematic plans for Channel Islands student housing and Northridge Science I replacement.
  • The issuance of systemwide revenue bonds and related debt instruments for student housing at Channel Islands and the University Enterprises Bookstore Project at Sacramento.
  • The 2005-2006 Legislative Report No. 7.
  • The CSU Federal Agenda for 2006.
  • Naming the School of Business and Economics at Channel Islands the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics in recognition of the work of Martin Smith whose family has contributed some $8 million to the school.
  • Compensation for the new Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer.
  • A resolution conferring President Emeritus honors upon former CSU Long Beach President Robert Maxson.

The Trustees also Heard:

  • A status report on current and follow-up Internal Audit assignments.
  • Assignment of functions to be reviewed by the Office of the University Auditor for 2006.
  • A report on construction auditing in the CSU 2004-2005.
  • A report of the systemwide audit in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles including the report to management.
  • A status report on the 2006-2007 State Funded Capital Outlay Program—Governor’s Budget.
  • A report on active capital projects.
  • A report on the Guardian Scholars program.
  • A report on the GEAR UP program.
  • A report on campus actions to facilitate graduation.
  • A report on the 2006-2007 Support Budget.
  • A report on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education awards to the CSU.
  • A proposed amendment to Standing Orders to redesign the seal of the California State University to make the founding date more easily readable and prominent.

Trustees also heard reports from the Alumni Council, Student Association, and the California Postsecondary Education Commission.

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Last Updated: February 3, 2006

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