A Summary of the July 2001 CSU Board of Trustees Meeting

TRUSTEES APPROVE COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEMWIDE ALCOHOL POLICY

The Trustees adopted the systemwide, comprehensive recommendations of the final report by the Alcohol Policies and Prevention Programs Committee. The committee was formed in December by Chancellor Charles B. Reed after the alcohol-related death of a CSU student and two alcohol poisoning incidents. Its preliminary report given in May, and this final report received national and international attention.

Chaired by CSU Fresno President John Welty, the committee of students, presidents, vice presidents, alumni, faculty and staff recognized that there is no single answer to the problem and that prohibition of alcohol would not be a realistic response to the problem. The committee divided the report into six areas: policies; enforcement and legal issues; education and prevention programs; training; intervention and treatment; assessment; and resources.

The main recommendation is to develop comprehensive alcohol policies and programs. They would include: consistent enforcement of policies; regular gathering and reporting of data to Trustees; annual reviews of policies by a university-wide council; a review of pertinent state laws; education on alcohol issues; intervention and treatment; a limit on alcohol vendor advertising; and $1.1 million to fund these efforts.

One key component of the recommendations is the use of the social norms approach, which uses information campaigns to correct student misperceptions of peers' drinking habits. It also advocates peer education programs through which students encourage their peers to develop responsible habits and attitudes regarding alcohol and related issues.

"Since we began we have been contacted by other universities and institutions across the nation about what we are doing. This approach can help change the culture on campuses," said Welty.

MERLOT PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTED

As part of the CSU's ongoing series of highlighting outstanding educational programs, the Trustees heard a report on MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Technology), a continually growing collection of online learning materials and support resources that help faculty enhance student instruction.

Created in 1997, MERLOT provides free, web-based resources where faculty can easily find online teaching and learning materials, along with evaluations of the materials and guidance for using them. Most of the materials are designed to be integrated within the context of a larger course. MERLOT not only improves the quality of learning materials available, but also avoids duplication of effort. "This program is a good model for using CSU resources and now national resources to achieve good things for our students," said Sonoma State University President Rubin Arminana.

MERLOT resources include online learning materials, sample assignments, evaluation of learning materials by other faculty and links to people who share common interests in teaching and learning.

MERLOT, at www.merlot.org, currently supports 13 disciplines: biology, business, chemistry, engineering, health sciences, history, information technology, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, teacher education and world languages. It is open to any individual user. Nationwide, more than 1,300 institutions, 300,000 faculty and 6.5 million students have benefited from MERLOT.

CHANCELLOR ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH CSU, UC AND ENRON

Chancellor Reed announced that the CSU, University of California, and Enron Energy Services have reached a settlement agreement that will extend the contract for two years and return the two university systems to direct access service of Enron.

As part of the agreement, UC and the CSU will drop their lawsuit against Enron, and Enron will dismiss its appeal. The two university systems had brought suit in federal court seeking to retain their status as direct access Enron customers after Enron had resourced their power procurement to the Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric utility companies.

The current four-year contract with Enron is scheduled to end on March 31, 2002. The two-year extension, approved in principle, would continue the two university systems as direct access Enron customers until March 31, 2004.

Enron and the universities will negotiate price and other terms of the extension between now and Dec. 1, 2001. Both parties have the right to terminate the extension if an agreement is not reached by Dec. 1.

The agreement covers all UC campuses and the Office of the President, with the exception of UCLA and UC Riverside, which have agreements with their local municipalities. All CSU campuses, except Los Angeles, Northridge, Sacramento and Stanislaus, are part of the Enron contract, as is the CSU Office of the Chancellor.

Together, UC and CSU rank as the largest single customer of electricity in California. UC's systemwide peak load is 332 megawatts, and CSU's is 117 megawatts. One megawatt powers approximately 1,000 homes.

PEKING PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED

Trustee Stanley Wang announced at the meeting that the CSU has reached an agreement with Peking University, based in the People's Republic of China, for an academic exchange of each institution's educational resources to develop curriculum and instructional services; create programs that will encourage student, faculty and staff exchange; and conduct joint activities and projects to exchange information and research capabilities.

The first project will bring faculty from CSU and Peking University together to collaborate in creating a Professional Development Center for governmental administrators, and to develop a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) curriculum that will be taught at Peking University. Both institutions are expecting similar programs to be developed and implemented over the renewable five-year period of its partnership.

The CSU Office of Global Partnership Development and the Peking University Office of International Relations will coordinate the ongoing activities stipulated in the academic exchange.

TRUSTEES APPROVE EARLY START FOR STUDENTS

The Trustees approved a revision to Title 5, the California Code of Regulations, to allow students who have been admitted for a fall term to begin in the summer before their formal admission at the same cost as the fall term.

CSU campuses are moving to year-round operations to accommodate unprecedented enrollment growth. However, summer enrollment traditionally has not been state supported, meaning that students had to pay two to three times as much in the summer as in the fall and spring. Recently, funds were secured to make summer student fees the same as the rest of the year, and early reports indicate that 2001 summer enrollment is up by at least 50 percent. Therefore, many students may want to start college early if the opportunity is available at the same cost.

"This is extremely important now that we have almost every campus on year-round operations," said Dave Spence, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.

This change will allow students to graduate quicker, help with the CSU's move to year-round operations, be a better use of CSU facilities, and provide more opportunities for students in need of remedial education to get the assistance they need before their first fall term. The Title 5 change will be of no cost to the CSU.

"This will have a positive impact on our remedial education program," said Trustee Ralph Pesqueira.

TRUSTEES RATIFY POLICE AND PHYSICIAN/DENTISTS' CONTRACTS

The Trustees ratified three-year contracts with no annual reopeners for the Statewide University Police Association and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists. Both agreements had been previously ratified by the unions.

It was also announced that the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) dismissed a California Faculty Association allegation that the CSU acted improperly in implementing pay raises for faculty for 2000/01 and concluded that the CFA contract required the CSU to implement the pay raises with general, service and merit salary increases. In addition, PERB has rejected CFA's request to declare impasse in the bargaining process and requested that the CSU and CFA return to bargaining the week of July 16.

SIX CSU STUDENTS AWARDED HEARST/CSU TRUSTEES SCHOLARSHIP

The CSU honored the six recipients of the 2001 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Trustees meeting. The recipients are:

Daniel Cacho, Sacramento, a graduate student at CSU Sacramento
Patricia Cotter, Corning, a junior at CSU Chico
Theresa Devins, Atwater, a junior at CSU Stanislaus
Jessica Flynn, Rialto, a senior at CSU San Bernardino
Terese Ann Howard, Cupertino, a graduate student at San Jose State University
Julie D.R.L. Meyer, Vallejo, a senior at Sonoma State University

The Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award provides a $3,000 scholarship for the 2001-02 academic year to students who demonstrate financial need and show superior academic performance, community service, and personal accomplishments.

Cacho is a student in the master of criminal justice program at CSU Sacramento. He was valedictorian at Sacramento City College and at Sacramento State, where he finished his undergraduate studies last fall. Cacho currently works at the Sac-MENTORING program where he advises high school youth and at the Learning Resource Center where his bilingual skills are used to tutor other students. His parents' struggles with immigration and citizenship law fueled his dual career goals of becoming a lawyer and a professor.

Cotter is a junior at Chico State where she is studying agriculture with a minor in women's studies. She has confronted many personal challenges on her path to higher education, including homelessness, widowhood, special needs children, and her own visual disability. Cotter continues to serve the community by working as a mentor with the 4-H, Future Farmers of America, and Boys and Girls Clubs. She is also a long-term employee of the Redwood Acres and the Humboldt County Fair.

Devins is a junior at CSU Stanislaus majoring in criminal justice-forensic science. She returned to school while raising three teenagers as a re-entry transfer student. In spite of her busy schedule, Devins maintains her status in the university's honor program and volunteers in community programs like the Make-a-Wish Foundation and A Women's Place. She plans to further her education either in graduate school or in medical school with the career goal of forensic pathologist.

Flynn is a senior chemistry major at Cal State San Bernardino. She is working toward her goal of becoming a physician by volunteering at a local health clinic that serves low-income families and at a hospital emergency room. She is first in her Native American family to attend college. Flynn has excelled in her major, winning the Freshman Chemistry Award. She also has earned a place in the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Program, an intensive graduate program designed to prepare students for doctoral programs upon graduation.

Howard is a San Jose State graduate student working toward a master's degree in social work science. She has maintained a solid academic record while holding several jobs to finance her education and to help support her family. She also gives back to her community by working with students and families at a local high school, where she was named "Teacher of the Month," and at the YWCA.

Meyer is a senior liberal studies major at Sonoma State. She has struggled with poverty, and domestic violence. Her goal is to teach and mentor students from low-income families and multicultural backgrounds. On campus she is an active member of the Student California Teachers Association, which has strengthened her advocacy skills for children and the teaching profession. She is active in her local Philippine-American community and has worked to provide disaster relief and promote AIDS awareness in the Asian community.

IN OTHER ACTION THE TRUSTEES APPROVED:

  • Student Participation in Policy Development statement.

  • Amending the 2001/02 capital outlay program, nonstate funded, to include:
    A one-story office building at CSU Long Beach in the amount of $992,000;
    Renovation of the Cox Arena and Aztec Recreation Center at San Diego State University at a cost of $1.7 million;
    A recreation center at Sonoma State University at a cost of $14.1 million.

  • The selection of an investment manager and advisor.

  • Categories and criteria for the state funded five-year capital improvement program 2003/04 - 2007/08.

  • Schematic plans for the CSU Channel Islands John Spoor Broome Library and Information Resources Center.

  • The 2001/02 Legislative Report No. 4.

  • Naming the Italian Studies program at CSU Long Beach, the George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies, in honor of Graziadio, whose family made a gift of $500,000 to the program, bringing their total gifts to the university to more than $1 million.

  • Naming Building 20A at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo the Bert and Candace Forbes Center for Engineering Excellence in honor of the Forbes, who made a $3 million gift to the College of Engineering.

  • A revised policy on energy conservation and utilities management and energy consumption reduction goals for 2004/05.

  • The conferral of the titles of Trustee Emeritus on departing Trustee Ali Razi; Student Trustee Emeritus on departing Student Trustee Neel "Bubba" Murarka; President Emeritus on departing California Maritime Academy President Jerry Aspland; and President Emeritus on departing CSU Channel Islands President J. Handel Evans; and Associate Vice President Emeritus on Charles Lindahl, who is retiring from the CSU after 37 years of service.

THE TRUSTEES HEARD:

  • An update on auxiliary organization tax-exempt financing at Cal State L.A. in the amount of $30.4 million for a building that would include a bookstore, cafeteria, classrooms, retail space, and administrative space.

  • The annual report on CSU's compliance actions required by the California Environmental Quality Act.

  • A status report on the 2001/02 state-funded capital outlay program.

  • A progress report on CSU capital outlay projects.

  • A status report on current and follow-up internal audit assignments.

  • An update on university advancement activities including a report on the development of a systemwide communications plan.

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Last Updated: July 13, 2001

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