A Summary of the July 16-17, 2002, Board of Trustees Meeting

Trustees Take Steps to Regulate Smoking on Campuses

CSU Trustees asked the Chancellor's Office to prepare the necessary notices and language to delegate authority to CSU campus presidents to set smoking regulations.

The decision follows a petition by anti-smoking student advocates who requested banning smoking within 20 feet of CSU buildings.

The students represent a statewide effort called C.O.U.G.H. (Campuses Organized and United for Good Health). C.O.U.G.H. has student representatives at the Chico, Fresno, Hayward, Long Beach, Northridge, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose campuses.

At the same time, CSEA representative Pauline Robinson said, during the public comment period, that the change could affect working conditions on campuses; therefore, she asked that the unions be part of the smoking regulation process on campuses.

Staff will prepare language conductive to a modification of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations to authorize campus presidents to make decisions regarding smoking on campus grounds. Trustees will consider the new language at the September meeting.

Current California law prohibits state employees or members of the public from smoking inside state-occupied buildings, or in outdoor areas within five feet of a main exit or entrance to state buildings. This law also applies to CSU campuses and buildings.

If new regulations are implemented, it will be the first time that CSU authorities establish rules about smoking on campus grounds.

Hearst Foundation and Trustees Present Achievement Awards

The California State University has selected six student winners of the 2002/03 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement. The systemwide award provides $3,000 scholarships to students with financial need who demonstrate superior academic performance, community service, and personal accomplishments. The winners, honored at the Trustees meeting, include:
  • Dijana Fazlic, CSU Chico: Fazlic, a new U.S. citizen who left Bosnia a decade ago, is majoring in German and business administration. A single mother and childhood polio victim, she volunteers with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Julia D. Sutton, CSU Fullerton: A victim of violence who fell into drug abuse and homelessness, this single mother has since rebuilt her life. Sutton, a fine arts major, formed the campus Graphic Design Club and is a member of the Orange County Medi-Cal Advisory Committee.
  • Alfredo Ruben Gay, CSU Los Angeles: Gay, a rehabilitation services major, is legally blind as a result of an eye injury. He serves on the board of directors of the local chapter of the California Council of the Blind and assists visually impaired individuals in the community.
  • Sally J. Smith, CSU Northridge: A former drug addict who later sustained hearing loss and heart problems, Smith, a biology major, volunteers for Narcotics Anonymous and speaks to jailed women about sobriety.
  • Joseph Richard Mullin, San Francisco State: Mullin, a disabled student pursuing a master's degree in history, is a longtime volunteer for AIDS and health-related causes. He serves on the Medical Advisory Committee for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program of the statewide Office of AIDS.
  • Annette F. Gilbertson, San Jose State: Gilbertson, a master's degree student in social work, has battled substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. A single parent of a child with developmental disabilities, she is an active community volunteer.
The CSU Board of Trustees' Outstanding Achievement Award was initially created in 1974. When the funds were depleted, former CSU Trustee Ali Razi donated funds and raised additional money to continue the program. The Trustees' scholarship was combined with the Hearst Scholarship Program in 1999. For more information.

Alistair McCrone Named President Emeritus

Trustees honored departing Humboldt State University President Alistair W. McCrone by naming him CSU President Emeritus. Appointed as Humboldt's fifth president on July 1, 1974, he served in this capacity with distinction for 28 years, making him the university's longest serving president and the second longest in the history of the California State University. During his tenure, President McCrone oversaw the improvement and construction of new facilities and the acquisition of several off-campus resources, such as the Research Vessel Coral Sea and the Natural History Museum.

CSU Enrollment Management Policy Under Review

Recognizing the challenges posed by significant increases in student enrollment, the California State University's Board of Trustees this week discussed proposed revisions to the university's enrollment management policy.

The new language responds to the concerns of various community groups about providing access for local students to high-demand campuses and programs. Although the issue is of particular concern in the San Diego area, where heavy enrollment demand has had significant impact on San Diego State University, campuses around the system have increasingly been affected by the influx of students known as "Tidal Wave II."

The policy revisions reiterate the CSU's commitment to guarantee access to an impacted campus a campus that has received more applications from eligible local-area residents than the number of available spaces. The language also calls for improving communications about admissions policies, providing students access to programs and majors that may not be available at the applicant's local CSU campus, requiring campuses to have presidential advisory groups that recognize community interests in the identification of effective enrollment management policies, and expanding analysis and reporting on the effect of enrollment management policies on students. The board will vote on the proposed changes in September.

"These revised guidelines will help CSU presidents better manage and communicate enrollment policies during this period of heavy student demand," said CSU Sacramento President Donald R. Gerth, who serves as chair of the CSU's systemwide admission advisory council. "It will help the CSU send a clear message that the university remains committed to its mission of serving all eligible students."

Olivia Puentes-Reynolds, chair of the Higher Education Committee of the San Diego Latino Coalition on Education, came to the board meeting to express her group's appreciation for the changes. "It's in all of our best interests to make sure that public institutions are as inclusive as possible," said Puentes-Reynolds. Her group, along with other San Diego-area leaders, has been working with San Diego State and CSU Chancellor's Office officials on innovative programs to ensure access for local students.

"Tidal Wave II" has hit the CSU with full force in the past few years. Last fall, the CSU reached an all-time enrollment record with nearly 389,000 students, an increase of 5.5 %, or 20,000 students, over the previous year.

The CSU has continued to serve eligible students even in times of greater-than-expected demand. Additionally, state policymakers have continued to recognize the importance of funding the CSU's growing enrollment needs. For 2002/03, the budget proposed by Gov. Davis and approved by the state Senate would provide the CSU with a 5 percent enrollment increase for an additional 20,000 students.

The board's original enrollment management policy, approved in March 2000, reaffirmed the CSU's commitment to its mission to give upper-division transfer students the highest priority for admission. It assured eligible freshmen that they would be accommodated somewhere in the system and guaranteed all CSU-eligible students admission to at least one local CSU campus. To see the proposed revisions, look at first discussion item here.

CSU Northridge College of Education Named After Michael Eisner

Trustees approved the naming of California State University, Northridge's College of Education after Disney Chairman and CEO, Michael D. Eisner.

The vote came two months after The Eisner Foundation donated $7 million to CSU Northridge for the establishment of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The center is intended to advance innovative programs that prepare K-12 grade educators to support individualized learning strengths and weaknesses.

The program will follow the philosophy of All Kinds of Minds, a North Carolina-based non- profit institute for the study of differences in learning. The program helps children with learning differences succeed in school and life.

CSU Northridge is nationally recognized as a top institution in the education of teachers. It recently was among four universities in the country selected by the Carnegie Corporation to take part in a landmark initiative to strengthen K-12 teaching programs.

CSU Channel Islands Department of Archives Named After Robert and Norma Lagomarsino

Trustees approved the naming of California State University, Channel Islands' Department of Archives and Special Collections after Robert J. and Norma M. Lagomarsino. The department will be located in the future John Spoor Broome Library planned at CSU Channel Islands.

Mr. Lagomarsino, who represented Ventura County during 19 years in the U.S. Congress and 13 years in the California State Senate, committed along with his wife Norma $1 million toward the creation of the archives and special collections department. The department will become the home of Lagomarsino's archives containing photos, documents, memorabilia and records collected during his time in public office.

A portion of the Lagomarsino's gift will establish an endowed fund for the processing and preservation of the university's archival collections.


The Trustees Approved:
  • Amending the 2002/03 Capital Outlay Program, Nonstate Funded, to include Student Housing Renovation at CSU Monterey Bay and the Residence Life Village, Phase III, at CSU Stanislaus.
  • Categories and criteria for the State-Funded Five-Year Capital Improvement Program, 2004/05-2008/09.
  • Schematic plans for the Science Building Annex, Phase I, at CSU San Bernardino. The three- story annex will house chemistry and biological science laboratories.
  • The 2001/02 Legislative Report No. 9.
  • Proposed revision of Title 5 regulations to amend the CSU Conflict of Interest Code to reflect changes in designated positions and disclosure categories.
  • Amendments to the constitution of the Academic Senate of the California State University, following ratification by a majority of CSU campuses of the amendments originally proposed by the statewide Academic Senate.
  • Naming departing student trustee Daniel Cartwright as "trustee emeritus."
The Trustees Heard:
  • A status report on the 2002/03 Support Budget.
  • The annual California Environmental Quality Act report.
  • A status report on the 2002/03 State Funded Capital Outlay Program and Economic Stimulus Package.
  • A progress report on the CSU Capital Outlay Projects.
  • A status report on current and follow-up Internal Audit assignments.
  • An update on University Advancement activities.
  • A report on the CSU Lower-Division Major Core Alignment Project.
  • A presentation on Notable Accomplishments in CSU Teaching, Research and Scholarship: The department of chemistry and biochemistry at CSU Los Angeles.
  • Proclamations honoring Robert Garcia, departing CSSA chair, and CSU Long Beach debater Audrey Mink.

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Last Updated: 19 July 2002

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