A Summary of the March 12-13, 2002, Board of Trustees Meeting

2002-03 Budget Update

The California Legislative Analyst's Office has indicated that the state's 2002-03 budget shortfall has grown by $5 billion to $17.5 billion. "This additional deficit may place a lot of pressure on legislators to cut state programs," Richard West, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer, told trustees during a budget update report.

To that end, the CSU is considering a 15 percent increase in non-resident fees, effective fall 2002. The CSU could bring in an additional $11.8 million by increasing the current full-time fee of $9,256 to a new rate of $10,336. (This amount includes the average local fees charged by each campus.) Non-resident fees have not risen since 1991-92. Of the 388,000 students enrolled at the CSU, 10,800 pay non-resident fees. Trustees may vote on the increase in May. At this point, there is no proposal to increase the resident fee.

Gov. Davis has proposed a $116.9 million general fund increase for the CSU. That increase provides for a 4 percent enrollment growth to fund the additional 12,030 full-time equivalent students expected to enroll in 2002-03. It also includes a 1 percent increase for faculty and staff compensation. More than $119 million requested by the CSU was not funded by the governor's proposed budget. In addition, the governor applied $55 million in permanent reductions to the CSU budget.

Eastin Applauds CSU's Teacher Education Efforts

State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Trustee Delaine Eastin commended CSU's leadership in teacher education programs. "The California State University is the biggest supplier of teachers, and the most important place for future educators in California," Eastin said in addressing the trustees.

Noting that one in seven California teachers has an emergency credential, Eastin praised the multiple programs created by the CSU to attract new teachers to the profession and help those teaching with emergency credentials get full certification.

California will need as many as 300,000 new credentialed teachers by 2010 as a result of teacher retirements, class-size reduction and increased student enrollment. The CSU prepares about 60 percent of the teachers teaching in California.

Eastin said that there is higher quality in teacher preparation programs at the CSU compared to private institutions. Indeed, according to a recent report, CSU teachers are better prepared than their counterparts across the nation when compared to the teacher evaluation findings conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Former Senator Patrick Johnston Carries Banner of CSU Sacramento's Center for California Studies

"The Center for California Studies is an integral part of all 23 CSU campuses and links the CSU system with state policy makers and the state Capitol," said former California Senator Patrick Johnston during a presentation to the Board of Trustees.

The center uses the resources of the CSU to the service of civic education and state government, said Johnston, a long-time supporter and former instructor in the center's Senate Fellows program.

Programs of the center include the Capital Fellows program, which assigns CSU students as Fellows to the Assembly, Senate, executive, and judicial branch offices in California. Fellows are enrolled as graduate students at the CSU, and serve full-time for 11 months, receiving a monthly stipend of $1,882 and health benefits.

Other programs include the Government Affairs and Research program, which links CSU's public policy research to needs of state policy makers. The center has funded research reports for the State Assembly conducted by 56 faculty members and valued at $570,000. In addition, the center offers the Civic Education program, which involves high schools in televised discussions with legislators and policymakers, and the California Studies Program, which produces the annual Envisioning California Conference, a partnership with the Legislature, State Archives, and the CSUS Public History program.

Community Service Learning in the CSU Exceeds Goal

Erika Randall, CSU director of service learning, reported that in 2000-01 CSU campuses developed 327 courses with service-learning components in response to Gov. Davis' call for community service requirements for students enrolled in California's public institutions of higher education. This outcome exceeds by 45 percent CSU's commitment to create 220 courses. New service learning courses were developed in disciplines as varied as kinesiology, linguistics, history, education, health sciences, business administration, ethnic studies, philosophy, and chemistry.

While supported by the state, these curriculum development efforts were substantially strengthened by $2.3 million from external sources secured by the CSU office of Service Learning.

"Erika Randall deserves special commendation," said Chancellor Reed. "She knows where the money is, and brings it to the CSU."

CSU Service Learning prepares students to fulfill their civic role in finding solutions to our communities' social challenges.

Board Pays Tribute to Trustees Gould and Wang

Departing chair Larry Gould and member Stanley Wang received standing ovations for their years of service to the CSU. Gould served for six years and Wang served eight years. Both of their tenures ended in March 2002.

New and Amended Programs for CSU Academic Master Plan Approved

Trustees have approved 23 new bachelor's and master's degree programs for addition to academic programs at 10 CSU campuses, including eight programs under consideration for the new Channel Islands campus. New programs include:

Bakersfield (MA, Economics); Channel Islands (BA, Anthropology; MS, Bioinformatics; BA and BS, Chemistry; BA, Economics; BA, English; BA, Fine Arts; BA, History; BA, Psychology); Chico (BA, Music Industry and Technology); Dominguez Hills (BS, Quality Assurance); Hayward (Master of Social Work); Maritime Academy (BS, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs); Northridge (BA, Public Sector Management); Pomona (BS, Computer Engineering; BS, Integrated Earth Studies); San Bernardino (MA, Child Development; BS, Information Systems; MA, Spanish; Master of Public Health); San Luis Obispo (MS, Agribusiness; BS, Software Engineering).

Seven joint doctoral programs have been proposed and are under negotiation: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara (EdD, Educational Leadership); San Jose State and UC Santa Cruz (EdD, Educational Leadership); CSU Sacramento and University of Southern California (Doctoral Degree in Public Policy/Higher Education); San Diego State and University of Southern California (PhD, Social Work); San Diego State and UC San Diego (Doctor of Audiology; PhD, Hearing Science; PhD, Earth Science, with emphasis in Geophysics).

At the same time, seven degree programs have been selected for discontinuation: Fresno (MA, Geography; Bachelor of Vocational Education); Northridge (BS, Business Education; MS, Taxation); Pomona (BA, Humanities) Sacramento (MA, French; MA, German) Program revisions, additions and discontinuations are encouraged by the Chancellor's Office to ensure that CSU academic programs are responsive to the social needs of an increasingly diverse population, changes in disciplines and campus priorities.


Trustees Heard:

  • A report on expenditures for Advancement, 2000/2001, giving the return on investment both across the CSU system and in comparison with other universities.
  • A status report on the 2002/2003 State Funded Capital Outlay program.
  • A proposed schedule of meetings for the Board of Trustees in 2003.
  • A status report on current and follow-up Internal Audit assignments.
  • A proposed Auxiliary Organization Financing at CSU Sacramento, which would fund construction of Modoc Hall at the campus.
  • Litigation Report No. 15.
  • 2001/2002 Legislative Report No. 7.

Trustees Approved:

  • A proposal to name the clock tower and grand foyer at the Save Mart Center at CSU Fresno the Larry A. Shehadey Tower, in honor of Larry Shedadey who has committed $3 million to the project.
  • A proposal to name the field house/University Student Union at CSU San Marcos the M. Gordon Clarke Field House/University Student Union. Mrs. Helene Clarke donated $1.2 million to the construction of a field house in honor of her late husband, M. Gordon Clarke.
  • Amending the 2001/2002 Capital Outlay Budget, Nonstate Funded to include three projects: the Loker University Student Union Remodel/Addition at CSU Dominguez Hills; the Planetarium Museum at CSU Fresno; and the Academic/Administrative Support Building at CSU Sacramento.
  • The Preliminary State and Nonstate Funded Five-Year Capital Improvement Program, 2003/2004 through 2007/2008.
  • Certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report and approving the amendment to the Nonstate Funded Capital Outlay Program and schematic plans for Faculty and Staff Housing at Site H-8 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
  • Approving schematic plans for the Fine Arts/Auditorium at CSU Fullerton, the Academic Information Resource Center at CSU Sacramento, and the Phase II development of the permanent Coachella Valley Off-Campus Center.
  • Proposed new debt financing program for the CSU with corresponding revision and restatement of the CSU policy on financing activities.
  • Approving the issue of systemwide revenue bonds, under a new bond program, not to exceed $145,210,000 and related matters. This would replace earlier individual authorizations to sell long-term bonds for eight projects.
  • Approving the issue of systemwide revenue bonds and related debt instruments for a Sonoma Housing Project not to exceed $42,700,000 and related matters.
  • Approving the issue of systemwide revenue bonds and related debt instruments for a Northridge Parking Project not to exceed $11,280,000 and related matters.
  • Approving the concept of private sector participation in the development of a 49.5-acre site into an industrial standard avocado orchard at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
  • Approving the establishment of a permanent off-campus center operated by CSU Bakersfield in Antelope Valley.
  • Electing five members to the Committee on Committees for 2002/2003: Martha Fallgatter (chair), William Campbell, Debra Farar, William Hauck, Dee Dee Myers.

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Last Updated: 15 March 2002

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