One final item from this weeks BOT: The report to ASCSU, shared with permission
Report to the ASCSU
Board of Trustees Meeting
May 23 & 24, 2017
Submitted by Kevin Baaske
The BOT convened its public meeting ahead of the 12:45 scheduled start time.
Committee on Institutional Advancement – All motions approved
Naming of Bookstein Hall – California State University, Northridge
Naming of Dignity Health Baseball Clubhouse – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Naming of The Bartleson Ranch and Conservatory – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
‘Naming of The Swanson Cal Poly Golf Program – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Committee on Campus Planning, Buildings and Grounds Consent—All motions approved
- Categories and Criteria for the Five-Year Facilities Renewal and Capital Improvement Plan 2018-2019 through 2022-2023, California Environmental Quality Act Annual Report, Information Mark Nelson,
- California State University Seismic Safety Program Annual Report, Information
- Intramural Field Upgrade for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
- Replacement Space for Residential Life Programs and Conference Center for San Diego State University, amends physical Master Plan. Proposal is to two new facilities replacing the existing Tula/Tenochca conference facility. The new Tenochca Community Space to support student housing will be built on the site of the demolished building, while the new Tula Conference Center will be built in closer proximity to the parking structures and at the terminus of a main campus walkway serving the east campus facilities. Cost is estimates at $24 million to be paid for through CSU Systemwide Revenue Bond with the balance funded from housing reserves. Approved
- Replacement and Expansion of the Equine Center for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Land use refinements of Physical Master Plan. The Equine Center improvements are the first of four improvements in this revised Master Plan. Phase 1 primarily includes the renovation of the existing equestrian arena, replacement of the breeding and stallion barns, and expansion of the hay barn at the north end of the Equine Center. Approved
- Holloway Avenue Revitalization: Replacement of Student Housing (High Density, Mixed-Use) and Creative Arts for San Francisco State University. Provides housing opportunity for 500 students and commercial properties. Financed by a private developer. Creative Arts Replacement Building. For broadcast and electronic arts departments. It will serve Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) the largest SFSU College, and interdisciplinary inquiry. Paid for through CSU-system bonds and CSU reserves. Approved
- North Campus Enhancements and Soccer Training Facility for California State University, Los Angeles. Partnership with the Los Angeles Football Club (a new soccer franchise). Paid for by this club, including maintenance. The LAFC added money for student athletic support. Proposal provides new student housing facilities (1,500 beds), additional sport and recreation fields, and a parking structure. Approved
- Representatives from the CSU Employees Union spoke about the significant adverse consequences of moving of work from CSUEU employees to the private sector (outsourcing) and the need for compensation increases in the next contract.
Committee on Finance Consent Actions
Appointment of Three Members to the Fullerton Arboretum Commission. Approved
- Approval to Issue Trustees of the California State University Systemwide Revenue Bonds and Related Debt Instruments for Project at California State University, Los Angeles (Bioscience Incubator, Overseen by University Auxiliary Board). Approved
- Approval to Issue Trustees of the California State University Systemwide Revenue Bonds and Related Debt Instruments for Project at San Diego State University. Approved
- Final Approval of a Public-Private Partnership with the Los Angeles Football Club to Develop a Practice Facility at California State University, Los Angeles—described above. Approved
- Final Approval of a Public-Private Partnership Mixed-Use Development Project at San Francisco State University—described above Approved
Report on the 2017-2018 Support Budget
As a result of past board of trustees’ discussions, the Chancellor’s Office has implemented an active strategy to obtain an additional $167.7 million from the state than is proposed in the governor’s budget proposal. That amount will bridge the gap between the trustees’ support budget request ($324.9 million) and the governor’s January proposal ($157.2 million).
Governor’s May Revise
- Proposes $4 million redirected from CSU budget to supplement Cal Grant funding to cover the cost of tuition increases. Increased Cal Grants will cost the State of California $28 million.
- Governor signaled in the future CSU growth will lead to a 3% budget increase, instead of the 4% CSU has been receiving. This would result in a loss of about $30 million in recurring funds.
Senate Budget Committee
- Supported $153 million budget, which is consistent with the governor’s may revise
- Senate added $25 million in one-time funding for graduation initiative 2025
Assembly Budget Committee
- Taking action today (5/23/17)
- Restored Middle-Class Scholarship
A CFA representative spoke about the threats posed by Border Patrol and ICE to our students and the need for the BOT and campus presidents to reassure DACA and DACA eligible students.
I have attached the bill by bill assessment provided to the BOT. I have highlighted the bills where the CO’s position has changed.
Education Policy Committee
- Graduation Initiative 2025
EVC Blanchard read, verbatim, what had been written for the Ed Policy Committee. Since this is perhaps more relevant to Senators than some of the other things, I have copied it as a separate document (attached).
EVC Blanchard added a couple of points of elaboration. These are provided below:
Increasing Financial Literacy
Blanchard cited programs at Fresno and Northridge as examples of CSU efforts to explain the financial benefits of graduating sooner rather than later
Micro-grants to help students graduate who only need a little more financial help
Fresno State has micro-grants of $150 and more, which can make a difference between a student dropping out and earning a degree. Trustee John Nilon argued for the importance of grants and the need to acquire private funds or to change state law so that public funds can be used. Trustee Kimbell played “devil’s advocate” arguing that students need to be responsible. James Minor pointed out that many campuses also have emergency loans.
ELM & EPT and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
Trustees asked about these exams/requirements. The ELM and EPT will be examined by the Academic Preparation Workgroup. GWAR is not currently under review as the CO is focusing on preparation, but consultation with various entities has raised this as a possible barrier to graduation.
Campus allocation in support of GI 2025 plans
$10 million in May for:
Instructional innovations to improve academic preparation
Technology platforms to improve data-drive decision making
Increased hiring of tenure-track faculty, and
Increased course offerings
In accordance with the California Education Code, a campus determines each student’s California residency status for tuition purposes at the time of admission. Students who are deemed nonresidents for tuition purposes by the campus may appeal the initial residency status decision or the subsequent reclassification decision.
The proposed policy (which amends Title 5) would establish criteria for appealing this determination.
The campus decision may be appealed only if at least one of the following applies:
The decision was based on:
a significant error of fact;
a significant procedural error; or,
an incorrect application of law which, if corrected, would require that the student be reclassified as a resident; and/or,
Significant new information, not previously known or available to the student, became available after the date of the campus decision classifying the student as a nonresident and based on the new information, the classification as a nonresident is incorrect.
Amendments to Title 5 require a public hearing, so the BOT paused and asked if anyone was present to discuss the proposed change to Title 5. No one did. The BOT then approved the proposal.
Title 5 Amendments
Doctor of Audiology Degrees
As previously outlined
Bachelor of Arts Degrees
Proposal removes the minimum 40 upper division units required in BA degrees.
What the amendment would allow:
All existing degree programs may maintain existing unit requirements, including 40 overall upper-division units to complete BA degrees.
Through the usual curriculum procedures, campuses would have the authority to decide the number of upper-division units required for BA programs.
What the amendment would not do:
Change any campus’ existing BA policy requirements.
Change any existing BA degree program on any campus.
Prohibit campuses from requiring a minimum number of overall upper-division units in the BA.
These degrees do not specify minimum overall upper-division requirements:
Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science
Lower-Division Transfer Patterns
Three Lower-Division Transfer Patterns (LDTP) Title 5 sections are proposed for repeal because LDTP pathways were rendered obsolete when Senate Bill 1440 (Padilla) The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (or STAR Act) was signed into law in 2010, creating Associate Degrees for Transfer.
Admission and Transfer
Amendments are proposed to ensure similar admission standards for freshman and transfer students such that grades in specific courses required for transfer applicants will be evaluated in the same manner as the course grades of high school applicants.
Amendments clarified that transfer students must earn a C- or better in the Golden Four.
Proposed amendments to sections 40804 and 40804.1 specify the conditions under which exceptions may be permitted for transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 60 transferable units. These changes will codify what is already admission practice at some CSU campuses, serving as part of an overall enrollment management strategy.
Provided an overview of campus audits and technology audits, too.
Committee on University and Faculty Personnel
Sally Rausch Interim President San Diego State University
Salary = $420,64 + $60,000 housing allowance—currently waived + auto allowance. Compensation for the San Diego State University Interim President is at 94% of the median of the peers, in other words, it is less than the 50th percentile of peers identified by CSU. That makes the compensation within Board policy
Trustees Silas H. Abrego and Douglas Faigin both spoke against the salary for Dr. Rausch. Her salary is higher than many (all?) long serving CSU presidents. They also argued that it was the wrong message to send when also raising tuition. Trustees Lillian Kimbell, Maggie White, and John Nilon spoke in support of Chancellor White’s request, including Chancellor White’s comparisons to presidential salaries at CSU identified peer institutions. Trustee Maggie White also noted that the CSU needs to fairly compensate other CSU employees. Motion passed. Three “no” votes and one abstention.
Melissa Baird hired as Vice Chancellor of Human Resources
Salary = $287,000; 2% higher than previous Vice Chancellor. That makes the compensation within Board policy
Board of Trustees: Reports
Adam Day, Chair of the Board of Trustees (Chair Eisen was absent)
Thanked and congratulated folks. Spoke glowingly about the diversity of the CSU presidents
Timothy White, Chancellor of the CSU
Cal State East Bay is receiving more applications than they can support and has declared impaction. Los Angeles and Chico have implemented targeted impaction (by major). All campuses complied with the public comment process as required by state law.
Pomona and San Francisco have discontinued specific class level and academic programs for the 2018-2019 year.
Year-round Pell coming!
*In response to student speakers during the public comment period, Chancellor White announced that his office was in constant connection with Cal State LA President Covino, and that he had personally written to the presiding judge of the case overseeing the Claudia Rueda matter. Ms. Rueda, a Cal State LA student, was recently arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Reports were also given by David Lopez, CSSA President, and Dia S. Poole, President of the CSU Alumni Council. Lopez presented two awards: Chancellor’s Office Staff Member of the Year: Kathleen Chavira, Assistant Vice Chancellor Advocacy and State Relations and President of the Year: Judy K. Sakaki (Sonoma State).