A Summary of the January 25-26, 2005, Board of Trustees Meeting
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California State University, Hayward is now California State University, East Bay
Trustees approved the name change of California State University, Hayward to California State University, East Bay.
University officials believe that the new name and identity will help increase regional awareness and visibility of the university, expand fundraising capabilities, enhance the relationship with the East Bay communities, and recruit students, especially first-time freshmen.
The new name reflects the communities served by the university in the East Bay region, which includes campuses in Hayward Hills and Concord, as well as a professional development center in downtown Oakland.
President Rees said the new name better recognizes the university’s direction and mission in the region. “The new name will position the university for growth,” she said.
Students, elected officials, alumni and business representatives spoke for and against the name change. Each side had 30 minutes to speak.
Trustee Melinda Guzman Moore, who voted against the name change in committee the day before, said that she would change her vote to support the name change. She said she had concerns about the process and whether there was enough consultation with the students, but that she believed the name change was in the best interest of the campus.
For more information, see the campus press release.
Latest External Funding Report Released
Trustees received the 2003-04 report on external funding, which reached $1.3 billion, or more than $3,000 per CSU student. The funding supports research, scholarships, and a range of campus needs not met by state funding and student fees.
Donors provided more than $283 million in new gifts and pledges. Individual gifts surpassed $108 million, the majority of which came from friends of the university. CSU’s more than 113,000 alumni association members are a key part of charitable gifts provided by campus alumni.
“This report shows progress in fundraising by CSU campuses,” said Richard P. West, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer. “Soliciting voluntary gifts is relatively a new activity for the CSU, and we intend to continue making steady progress in the future.”
In addition to charitable support, the campuses received more than $1
billion in grants and contracts revenue, including federal grants in excess
of $684 million in student financial support.
Analysis of CSU Graduation Rates and Supporting Initiatives
Trustees heard an analysis of CSU graduation rates for several categories of students including race and ethnicity and a comparison to national averages.
The report showed that overall, and across racial and ethnic groups, the first-year retention rates and the 6-year graduation rates of CSU students exceed those for national benchmarks established by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE).
Trustees also heard about CSU initiatives to improve graduation rates. For example, CSU campuses are developing 4-year and 6-year road maps for all academic degree programs. These maps are term-by-term depictions of the courses in which students should enroll during their academic careers to graduate in a specific number of years.
In addition the CSU is developing class schedules to accommodate the road maps to ensure that the classes are available during the appropriate term.
For more information, see the graduation news release.
Trustees received a report on the specific recommendations for the California State University contained in the Governor’s budget proposal, including enrollment, student fees, financial aid, compensation and long-term needs.
In the 2005-06 budget, the compact with the governor provides the CSU with an increase of 3 percent for general operations and a 2.5 percent for enrollment growth to serve an additional 10,000 students. It increases undergraduate student fees by 8 percent and graduate fees by 10 percent. The state General Fund and additional student fee revenue provide the CSU with an increase of $211.7 million.
Report on the Joint Ed.D. of the CSU and UC
The CSU and the University of California entered into an agreement in Nov. 2001 to establish joint Doctor of Education programs to meet the state’s need for skilled leaders in K-12 schools and community colleges.
Since then, the UC and CSU have four new Ed.D. programs in operation, as follows:
Several trustees and CSU campus presidents expressed frustration with the pace of progress in establishing new programs and the number of UC faculty assigned to the existing programs.
“I have serious doubts that UC faculty members want to make this program work,” said Trustee Murray L. Galinson, chairman of the Board. “We owe it to the public to make possible for working people to obtain doctoral degrees in education. The combined program is not working and in the meantime we have CSU campuses that have the ability to develop good Ed.D. programs by themselves.”
Galinson said that he will push forward for the establishment of CSU Ed.D programs without the UC system.
M.R.C. Greenwood, provost of the UC system, said that the two institutions should try the existing partnership for at least five years before deciding to dismantle the program.
Presidents Michael Ortiz (Cal Poly Pomona), John Welty (Fresno State), and Stephen Weber (San Diego State) also expressed little confidence in the UC’s commitment to the joint doctoral program.
The discussion was part of an information item with no action taken by the Trustees.
The Trustees Also Approved:
The Trustees Also Heard:
The Trustees Postponed to the March 2005 Meeting:
Last Updated: January 28, 2005