Public Affairs
Summary of the November 2000 Board of Trustees Meeting

CSU TO ADD 13O,OOO MORE STUDENTS THIS DECADE

Year-Round Operations, More Off-Campus Centers and Other Strategies Are Being Implemented to Ensure Access to All Qualified Students

David Spence, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, and Warren Fox, executive director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission, presented reports to the Trustees on enrollment projections and expanding enrollment capacity at the CSU.

Predictions indicate that the CSU enrollment will expand from about 350,000 in the fall of 1998 to more than 479,000 students by 2010 due to the children of the baby boomers reaching college age and the continued improvement of the college participation rate among high school graduates. That's an increase of 37 percent. Early reports indicate that fall 2000 enrollment is about 369,000, meaning the CSU has already grown by 50,000 students since fall 1994.

The state responded to an enrollment surge in the 1960s by launching the largest physical building program in history, including the addition of seven new campuses. However, that approach is no longer time or cost effective, so the CSU has several strategies to expand existing capacity and ensure access to all qualified students.

Those strategies include:

  • Converting existing government facilities to new campuses
  • Offering more courses at non-traditional times, such as nights and weekends
  • Moving to year-round operations
  • Developing off-campus centers
  • Expanding distance education.

One other strategy is joint use facilities with community colleges. Spence said three advantages of this strategy include greater physical access for place-bound students; much less capital, administrative and instructional costs; and improved articulation between community colleges and the CSU.

"We congratulate you for the strategies you have in place to accommodate these incoming students," said Fox.

CSU FEE REMAINS AMONG NATION'S LOWEST

The Trustees heard the annual student fee report, which showed that student fees have remained among the lowest in the nation.

"The CSU is continuing its commitment to low fees and high access," said Richard West, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer.

The CSU has not increased nonresident fees since 1991, and has not increased resident fees since 1994. In fact, the state university fee for undergraduate students has decreased by ten percent over the past two years to $1,428 per year, which is lower than the average for any other state in the nation. On average, students pay an additional $411 in campus based fees.

On average CSU students pay about $1,839 per year, which is by far the lowest among a national group of similar universities used for comparisons with the CSU. In fact, it is about half the average of that group.

CSU TRUSTEE GIVES $1.2 MILLION FOR STUDY IN CHINA

CSU Trustee Chair Laurence Gould reported that Trustee Stanley T. Wang has given the CSU $1.2 million to fund a scholarship program that will provide CSU students and faculty with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research in China. Over the coming decade, the program will fund 200 student scholarships and 40 faculty stipends.

The Wang Family Scholarship will provide ten $4,000 one-semester student scholarships each year for a period of ten years to be used for travel and study at the National Taiwan University or National Tsinghua University in the Republic of China. The fund also will provide ten such scholarships for use at universities to be selected in the People's Republic of China.

In addition, the fund will provide annually a $10,000 faculty stipend for a period of ten years for research and teaching at National Taiwan University and another one for use at the National Tsinghua University. It will fund two similar stipends for universities to be selected in the People's Republic of China.

For an entire news release on the Wang scholarship program see the CSU news site at www.calstate.edu/tier2/News.shtml.

IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS SHOWS NO GENDER BIAS IN MERIT PAY

The Trustees were presented with an in-depth analysis showing that there is no gender bias against women in the CSU merit pay program either systemwide or at any individual campus. In fact, when faculty rank distribution is considered, women faculty actually fare slightly better than men in the current CSU merit pay program.

Taking into account rank, women request consideration for awards at or above male levels, and women receive:

  • A significantly higher number of merit awards than expected
  • A significantly larger dollar amount than men
  • A significantly larger percentage increase than men.

To see the entire news release on the merit pay report, see the CSU news site at www.calstate.edu/tier2/News.shtml.

IN OTHER ACTION
The Trustees Approved:

  • Real property development projects at CSU Monterey Bay and CSU Hayward.
  • Adopting the categories and criteria for the state funded five-year capital improvement program 2002/03 through 2006/07.
  • Schematic plans for two CSU Sacramento projects -- the Capital Public Radio Building and Parking Structure II.
  • A resolution which would declare that CSU volunteers are employees for the purposes of workers'compensation coverage.
  • An information item on the delegation of authority regarding university and private vehicles policies and procedures.
  • Legislative report number 12.
  • Naming the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo softball field the Bob Janssen Field. The Robert Janssen Foundation contributed $250,000 toward the softball field.

The Trustees Heard:

  • An update on the development of the National Sports Complex at CSU Dominguez Hills.
  • A status report on current and follow-up internal audit assignments.
  • An item designating Cesar Chavez Day a paid holiday annually on March 31.
  • Information items on the CSU Advancement Academy Conference and the Alumni Leadership Institute.

November 10, 2000