ASCSU September Update

The ASCSU Plenary September 17-18, 2020 agenda can be found here. Minutes are here.

Faculty Trustee Recommending Committee and Nominations

  • The following senators were elected to serve on the CSU Faculty Trustee Recommending Committee:
    • Catherine Nelson (Chair), Sonoma State University
    • Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, CSU Monterey Bay
    • David Speak, CSPU Pomona
    • Adam Swenson, CSU Northridge
    • Elizabeth “Betsy” Boyd, CSU Chico
  • The following campuses were selected to appoint a faculty representative to the CSU Faculty Trustee Recommending Committee:
    • CSU Bakersfield 
    • Humboldt State University
  • Nomination information for Faculty Trustee appointments (2021-2023) can be found here
  • You may review previous Faculty Trustee Reports here.

If you are interested in a nomination for Faculty Trustee, please reach out to Ryne Leuzinger or Vanessa Lopez-Littleton for more information.

Plenary Resolutions

The following resolutions were passed during the September plenary: 

  • AS3450 Suspension of Mandatory Peer Observations of Instruction and Student Evaluations for Academic Year 2020‐2021. This resolution urges the Chancellor’s Office and campuses to allow individual faculty to decide whether or not peer or student evaluations of teaching from Academic Year 2020-2021 are included in their permanent personnel files and that the absence of those items will not adversely affect personnel decisions.
    • ASCSU recognizes that there are many reasons in which mandatory peer observations are problematic during the move to remote teaching and learning (e.g. childcare responsibilities, internet connectivity).
  • AS3449 Supporting CSU Student Veterans Taking Remote Courses During COVID‐19. This resolution urges Congress to pass legislation and the President to sign legislation that would allow veterans to receive benefits while participating in remote learning courses during Spring 2021. 
  • AS3443 Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) Support for “Get Out the Vote.” This resolution urges all 23 CSU campuses to adopt and implement a comprehensive engagement plan for the upcoming election, including the use of campus facilities as polling places and the establishment of on-campus ballot drop off locations. 
  • AS3442 In Support of California Proposition 16, Constitutional Amendment To Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment (Weber). This resolution provides support for Proposition 16 and acknowledges research that suggests underrepresented racial groups receive little benefit from California Proposition 209 (1996) and their potential displacement by California 2020 ACA 5 is limited or non-existent. 
  • AS3441 A Call for Federal Stimulus Funding in Support of Public Higher Education. This resolution reaffirms AS-3237 with its request to mitigate and minimize the proposed $299 million or 7.5% reduction to the CSU and urge campuses to support such emergency relief through campus senate resolutions, letters, etc. 
  • AS3439 Request for Funding the Implementation of AB1460 (California State University: Graduation Requirement: Ethnic Studies). This resolution urges the Governor or Legislature to fully fund the implementation and evaluation AB-1460 without redirecting funds from other CSU needs.  The response from the Chancellor’s Office may be found here: Response.
  • AS3438 Recommended Core Competencies for Ethnic Studies: Response to California Education Code 89032c. This resolution recommends the adoption for the following five core competencies iteratively developed by the CSU Council on Ethnic Studies and the ASCSU:
    • Analyze and articulate concepts of ethnic studies, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, racialization, equity, ethno-centrism, eurocentrism, white supremacy, self-determination, liberation, decolonization and anti-racism.
    • Apply theory to describe critical events in the histories, cultures, and intellectual traditions, with special focus on the lived- experiences and social struggles of one or more of the following four historically defined racialized core groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Latina/o Americans, and/or Asian Americans, and emphasizing agency and group-affirmation.
    • Critically discuss the intersection of race and ethnicity with other forms of difference affected by hierarchy and oppression, such as class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability, and/or age.
    • Describe how struggle, resistance, social justice, solidarity, and liberation as experienced by communities of color are relevant to current issues.
    • Demonstrate active engagement with anti-racist issues, practices and movements to build a diverse, just, and equitable society beyond the classroom.

This brief report is intended to update you on some of the important happenings in the statewide academic senate. Please contact Ryne Leuzinger or Vanessa Lopez-Littleton for additional information, questions, or updates.

Academic Senate Update – Summer 2020

The ASEC officers met on June 17, July 9, July 30, and August 5, and there was a full ASEC (includes President, Provost, and others) meeting on July 30. The draft minutes from the full ASEC meeting are available at ASEC-minutes 2020-07-30 DRAFT. ASEC officers’ meetings are among faculty members of ASEC for discussion and preparation of full ASEC meetings where no formal Senate decisions are made, so minutes are not kept. Below is a list of the items discussed or worked on during those summer meetings:

  • Letter on Systemic and Historical Racism and State-Sanctioned Racial Violence in the United States. This letter was read at the East Campus Black Lives Matter and Pride March/Rally on 6/19/2020 and sent out to all CSUMB faculty on June 23, 2020.
  • Letter from Provost to be Included in Personnel Action File (PAF) of Tenure Track Faculty. The purpose of this letter is to provide context and guidelines to be used in the evaluation of tenure-track and tenured faculty during retention, tenure, and promotion reviews in which the period of review included the Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and, likely, the Spring 2021 semesters. A similar letter for lecturer faculty is planned to be developed later this fall. This letter is still in draft form and ASEC is working with the Faculty Affairs Committee, and getting input from members of the Jr. Tenure Track Faculty Support & Networking Co-Op, and members of the University Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee. This letter is planned to be presented to the Academic Senate during its September 11th meeting.
  • Distance Learning Survey Results. ASEC Officers viewed a presentation on the Distance Survey Results presented by representatives from the Office of Inclusive Excellence.
  • Faculty Concerns about the Canvas Trial. A number of faculty brought forward concerns about converting courses to Canvas without knowing if a decision to actually transition to Canvas will be supported. A joint message from the President and Academic Senate Chair was sent to all faculty to address these concerns on July 21, 2020 from with the subject line, “Canvas Trial Message.”
  • Student Technology Requirement for Virtual Learning. ASEC provided input to Provost Kantardjieff on the student technology requirement and advocated for internet access to be provided on campus. I commend Provost Kantardjieff for making a strong effort to make this happen.
  • Black Faculty Letter on Systemic Racism.  In its July 30 meeting, ASEC formally supported Black Faculty Calls to Action in Response to Systemic Racism at CSUMB.
  • Paperless Options for Student Evaluations and Faculty Evaluations.  The administration requested the Academic Senate develop paperless options for student evaluations and faculty evaluations (RTP and Lecturers) due to the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. ASEC will begin a formal process for considering these options during its meeting on August 24.
  • Faculty Survey Fall 2020. ASEC worked with the CFA and the Provost’s office to develop the Faculty Survey Fall 2020, which was sent out to all faculty on Friday, August 14 and ends on Friday, August 21.  Please participate in the survey, if you have not already done so.
  • GE and UR Interim Learning Outcomes and Criteria Master 2020-21. This document has been updated for the coming year. There is a new Pre-Review Option for courses meeting General Education (GE) or University Requirement (UR) courses. All current GE or UR courses are not required to be recertified during this Course Consent cycle. Also, there are now specific sets of conditions for existing GE and UR courses submitted to Course Consent that allow an expedited review, that is, a Course Proposal Form and a syllabus are not required to be submitted. See Expedited Review for GE and UR Courses for more information. The Course Consent Timeline has been challenging due to switching our software platform to Curriculog and we are not expecting a significant number of GE or UR courses requiring certification this year. If you are submitting such a course and find the timeline difficult to adhere to please email and we can assist you.

More communications will follow describing what will be happening during the upcoming year. The Academic Senate here to support and advocate for our faculty in CSUMB’s shared governance process. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

ASEC Letter on Systemic and Historical Racism and State-Sanctioned Racial Violence in the United States

Please see the letter, copied below, from the Academic Senate Executive Committee (ASEC) on the systemic and historical racism and state-sanctioned racial violence in the United States. This letter was read at the East Campus Black Lives Matter and Pride March/Rally on 6/19/2020 and sent out to all CSUMB faculty on June 23, 2020. There is a also a link to a copy of the letter at the Academic Senate website.

Click to access letter-from-asec-systemic-and-historical-racism-final.pdf


ASCSU May 2020 Plenary Report

The ASCSU May plenary convened virtually, May 6-8. The CSUMB delegation welcomed Ryne Leuzinger as the newly elected ASCSU senator and heaped praises on Scott Waltz who served as ASCSU senator, 2017-2020.

Resolution Commending Students, Faculty, Staff, and Administrators of the CSU

The ASCSU passed AS3424-20/Ex Commending Students, Faculty, Staff, and Administrators of the California State University (CSU) System during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic of 2020. This resolution acknowledges and expresses appreciation for the cooperation and resilience demonstrated by the members of the CSU family in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to All! We are CSU Strong!


The ASCSU passed the following resolutions.

  •  Opposition to Proposed Changes to Title IX responds to the relaxing of required standards of evidence, etc. in the handling of cases of sexual misconduct which were implemented by the Department of Education this week.

ASCSU Executive Committee

The ASCSU elected the following members of the 2020-21Executive Committee:

  • Chair:  Rob Collins (SF State)
  • Vice Chair: Darlene Yee-Melichar (SF State)
  • Secretary: Beth Steffel (CSUSB)
  • Member-at-Large: David Speak (Cal Poly Pomona)
  • Member-at-Large: Nola Butler-Byrd (SDSU)

This report was adopted from the more detailed report, which can be found at: Campus Report May 20.

If you have questions, require more detailed information, or would like to discuss an issue with your statewide senator(s), please reach either of us at your convenience.

Respectfully submitted,

Ryne Leuzinger & Vanessa Lopez-Littleton





March 2020 ASCSU Plenary Report

The ASCSU met virtually, conducted business accordingly.

As with so much University business in these days of the COVID-19 virus, the ASCSU met via Zoom for the March Plenary. In an effort to relieve the stress of working remotely, in general, the Senate Committees deferred resolutions that can wait until the May Plenary, pared down the list of floor speakers, and scheduled more frequent breaks throughout the day.


ASCSU Calls for Appropriate Practices and Policies in light of the COVID-19 Emergency

Given the current safeguards in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, ASCSU has requested that the CSU pursue a number of efforts to support both faculty and staff. These are captured in “Resolution on CSU Accommodations to Faculty Due to the COVID-19 Emergency,” (AS-3418-20/FA) which passed without dissent. These include:

  • Faculty control over student perceptions placed in personnel file
  • Faculty not penalized for removing student perceptions from their personnel file
  • Tenure-track faculty option to add a year toward time to tenure, with no penalty
  • Provosts placing a letter in all faculty Personnel Action File explaining conditions in place during the COVID-19 Emergency.
  • The right to a safe and clean campus and associated supports.
  • Affirmation that faculty-created content is the property of faculty.
  • Instructional materials, software, hardware be made readily available
  • A return to normal conditions when the COVID Emergency ends.

Please see the Resolution itself for more details on each of the bullets above. The Resolution was approved without dissent.


ASCSU supports progress towards Ethnic Studies requirement.

Having received feedback from the individual campuses, the Chancellor’s Office reached out to ASCSU with regard to firming up what the requirements and implementation of Ethnic Studies might look like. The ASCSU response is captured in the resolution Response to the CSU Chancellor’s Office Memo on Recommended Implementation of a California State University (CSU) Ethnic Studies Requirement (March 17, 2020) (AS-3420-20/AA), which reflected a Senate effort to:

  1.  provide increased flexibility for individual campuses as to both how implementation
  2. Increased latitude as to the breadth of historically oppressed groups (e.g. Jewish, Muslim, LGBTQ, women, etc.) that  they include in their curriculum. 

ASCSU endorses the importance of facts and expertise.

The Statewide Senate affirmed “the foundational importance of facts and expertise to the national conversation,” as expressed by the American Association of University Professors by passing the resolution (AS3408-20/FA) Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) Endorsement of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Statement “In Defense of Knowledge and Higher Education.  The resolution was unanimously approved.


Call for increased cooperation in establishing transfer pathways

Recently, there has been increased effort between the Community Colleges and the UCs to establish transfer pathways. The ASCSU became concerned that the CSU, which has a long history of designing and implementing transfer pathways, was not participating in this effort as a full intersegmental partner. To change this, the ASCSU passed both Exploring Common Pathways for Transfer to the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) (AS-3413-20/APEP)  and Resources to Support CSU Faculty Participation in the Course-Identification Numbering System (C-ID) Process (AS-3414-20/APEP). The combined effect of this part of resolution is to call for increased inclusion of the CSU disciplinary faculty in establishing intersegmental pathways, and for increased financial support to do so from the Chancellor’s Office. Both resolutions were unanimously approved.


The ASCSU established its legislative agenda for the year.

The eleven (11) bills selected for advocacy (support or opposition) are included in the chart addendum to the resolution: 2020 Legislative Advocacy Positions of the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU)(AS-3419-20/FGA), approved without dissent. Please see chart addendum for more details on each.

Chancellor White’s Forewarning about Reduced Funding and Student Enrollment

The Chancellor emphasized that in the face of the current COVID-19 Emergency restrictions, the CSU will be losing funding from a variety of sources, including but not limited to the General Fund due to shifting State priorities. Relatedly, the Chancellor’s Office is planning for a possible student enrollment drop of 20-25%.  That statistic is merely a guess at this point, but Chancellor White noted that planning for such a reduction should inform System-wide planning efforts in the short term. He also pointed out that all this will have a long-term as well as a short effect on the System. 

It is also possible that changes to how CSU business will get done will be directed by the Governor, rather than the regular channels.

In the meantime, despite the recent CSU hiring slow down, the selection of a new Chancellor is underway.

More Details

A more detailed review of Plenary business can be found here: Campus Report March 2020.

CSUMB Senator gathers Womxn’s Caucus

In an effort to advance the voices of women in the ASCSU, CSUMB Senator Vanessa Lopez-Littleton recently organized the Womxn’s Caucus that would meet during the ASCSU Plenary sessions. This diversity of senators from across the system are gathering to strengthen relationships and support leadership among members of their community, thereby providing a counterbalance to the biases baked into the institutional status quo.



CSUMB Feedback on ASCSU Resolution AS-3403-20/AA Recommended Implementation of a California State University (CSU) Ethnic Studies Requirement

On February 10, 2020, CSU Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Loren Blanchard, sent a memo to all of the CSU Presidents requesting campus feedback on Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) Resolution AS-3403-20/AA by February 28, 2020. There have been a number of related feedback requests dating back to last fall prompted by AB-1460 in the California State Legislature, and the CSU’s response to this proposed legislation.  There were also two related Ethnic Studies Assemblies last December.

ASEC is working with the Provost’s Office to provide this feedback. You can find the feedback at ASCSU ES feedback Form – Corrected. ASEC’s response is based on preserving CSUMB’s current Ethnics Studies requirement as much as possible, feedback given by the URCC during its February 14th meeting, previous campus feedback, and consideration of the possible responses from the Chancellor’s Office to campus feedback. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or another member of ASEC.

Also, Associate Students (AS) are hosting an Ethnic Studies Requirement student forum on Thursday 2/27/2020 from 12:30pm-1:30pm at the Student Center East Lounge. They have requested faculty let their students know about this forum.  You can view their flyer at AS Ethnic Studies Student Forum.


January 2020 ASCSU Plenary Report

Ethnic Studies Implementation

ASCSU engaged in a many-layered discussion on the floor regarding the resolution for Recommended Implementation of a CSU Ethnic Studies Requirement, which was finally approved by the ASCSU. The considerations ranged from the faculty taking back curricular decision-making from the Legislature, to the autonomy of campuses in configuring their own requirements, to the definition of Ethnic Studies itself.

Notice that the resolution and attachment go beyond a mere approval of outcomes to include system-wide provisions regarding implementation itself. For example, including “ a reflective element (reinforcing any two of ethnic studies outcomes 2-5) in the upper-division.” Contact your Statewide Senator for more information or if you have any questions.


Additional Requirement for Quantitative Reasoning for CSU Admission

[10 February 2020 Update: At the CSU Trustees recent meeting, the Board voted 20-1, with one abstention, to adopt Chancellor White’s plan for “phased implementation” of the Quantitative Reasoning admission requirement.  The final vote will not come until spring 2022. In the meantime, the Chancellor’s Office will be engaged in further discussion and study of the matter.]

The Board of Trustees continues to wrestle with the proposal for a CO-proposed additional high school requirement for Quantitative Reasoning for admission to the CSU.  However, an initial decision is imminent as they will be voting on the following proposal on Wednesday 29th January, the day after this blog is being posted. The key elements of the QR proposal is as follows:

  1. The Board of Trustees seeks to have all incoming first year students complete, in addition to the current ‘a-g’ high school course requirements, a fourth year quantitative reasoning course, selecting from a wide range of courses as described in this agenda item, and will consider approving such a requirement and Title 5 change by spring 2022 to be effective fall 2027.
  2. The Chancellor shall submit to the Board a progress report in March 2021 and a final report by January 2022 that includes:
    • a third-party independent analysis of the planned implementation and potential impact of the proposed requirement on high school students’ application to the CSU,
    • the progress on doubling the number of STEM qualified teachers annually prepared by the CSU,
    • clarity of the charge, role and composition of a steering committee that reports to the EVC of Academic and Student Affairs,
    • clarity on exemptions for students whose public schools do not provide sufficient courses, and the progress on increasing outreach and awareness of the proposed requirement with schools, counselors, and families.
    • the progress on increasing outreach and awareness of the proposed requirement with schools, counselors, and families.

 The main argument of the CO (and ASCSU) is that a required additional (preferable final year) requirement will better prepare disadvantaged students to be successful in higher education and career preparation (particularly regarding the STEM-related fields). The main argument of the groups opposed to the requirement claim that this unfunded mandate will disadvantage those schools that do not have the budget or access to capable teaching personnel to meet the requirement for their students. Both of these arguments are much more complicated and detailed than presented here. Contact your Statewide Senator for more information.

Database Resource of Tenure-Track Opening for contingent Faculty

In an effort to support incumbent contingent CSU faculty in being properly considered for tenure-track openings, the ASCSU passed Notification of Tenure-Track Openings to the Incumbent Contingent Faculty, Librarians, Coaches, and Counselors.  This resolution requests that the Chancellor’s Office set up a database of contingent faculty, librarians, coaches and counselors who are interested in tenure-track positions in the CSU, and use that database to inform those populating it of position openings. The database could also serve hiring committees as a resources during a search.


ASCSU Moves to Examine its Own Practices to Ensure Greater Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Over the past year, the ASCSU membership has participated in both an anti-bias training, and an interrupting racism workshop. To complement these efforts, the ASCSU approved a resolution for the Creation of an Ad Hoc Committee to Advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The role of this committee will be to example the practices and policies of the ASCSU itself and make recommendations as to how they can be improved in order to attain greater equity, diversity, and inclusion in the body. The effort to undertake such an effort grew out of a conversation spear-headed by your own CSUMB Statewide Senators.


More Details.

A more detailed review of Plenary business can be found here: Campus Report 20 January 2020.

November 2019 ASCSU Plenary Report

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The following report is intended to update you on some the important happenings in the statewide academic senate.

ASCSU Chair’s Report November 2019

ASCSU Resolutions

The ASCSU passed two resolutions during the November 2019 plenary. Copies of these and other resolutions can be found at

    1. Increasing Access and Success Through Additional Preparation in Quantitative Reasoning. This resolution supports an amended proposal that again will be before the Board next week as an information item, designed to increase the quantitative reasoning preparation of incoming freshmen. The resolution urges both support for teacher preparation in this area and flexibility in implementing the requirement for students attending high schools, which are unable to support the requirement with appropriate course offerings. Passed.
    2. Land Acknowledgment and Statement. (Introduced by Senator Lopez-Littleton, CSUMB, Faculty Affairs Committee). This resolution acknowledges that many CSU facilities are located on traditional Native American lands and encourages the CSU to incorporate acknowledgment of this fact in their formal senate meetings. Passed with dissent.
  1. We introduced the following resolutions that will be considered for adoption at our January plenary. Copies of these resolutions should be available shortly for campus review.
    1. Creation of an Ad Hoc Committee to Advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Within the Academic Senate CSU urges the creation of such a committee to examine many of our practices for potential adverse impacts on equity, diversity and inclusion with the expectation that there will be annual reports to the Executive Committee of their findings. (This effort was headed by CSUMB Senators Scott Waltz and Vanessa Lopez-Littleton.)
    2. Creating a Holistic and Humane Educational Environment in the California State University (CSU) is a request to the system to focus on creating such an environment to support student learning.
    3. Recommended Implementation of an Ethnic Studies System Requirement recommends the adoption of related system-wide learning outcomes and curricular guidelines. (These outcomes and guidelines are found at the end of this report.)

Feedback on​​​​ ASCSU​ Resolution: Recommended Implementation of an Ethnic Studies System Requirement

The Academic Affairs (AA) Committee introduced in first reading AS-3403-19/AA Recommended Implementation of an Ethnic Studies System Requirement.  The resolution lays out learning outcomes and an implementation framework for a systemwide ethnic studies graduation requirement.

The resolution is posted here.  ​​Any suggested change to the resolution must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee prior to January 15, 2020 for consideration for the Second Reading at the January 23-24, 2020 Plenary. The feedback with “read only” access is posted here. Campus senate feedback on our initial request in AS-3397-19/AA is archived in a separate Dropbox folder here.

Recommended Implementation of an Ethnic Studies System Requirement recommends the adoption of related system-wide learning outcomes and curricular guidelines as noted below.

Ethnic Studies Requirement: Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing their ethnic studies requirement, students will be able to:

  1. analyze and articulate core concepts of ethnic studies, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, racialization, equity, ethno-centrism, Eurocentrism, and white supremacy;
  2. apply theory to describe critical events in the histories, cultures, and intellectual traditions of communities of color with a particular emphasis on agency and self-affirmation;
  3. describe the intersection of race and ethnicity with other forms of difference affected by hierarchy and oppression, such as class, gender, sexuality, ability, and/or age;
  4. describe how resistance, social justice, and liberation as experienced by communities of color are relevant to current issues (communal, national, and international); and
  5. act to engage with issues of race and ethnicity to build diverse, just, and equitable communities beyond the classroom.

Ethnic Studies Requirement: Implementation

  1. The primary ethnic studies requirement will be implemented as an overlay as part of lower division GE (ethnic studies outcomes 1-5 as a requirement of lower division GE)
  2. The secondary (additional scaffolded) requirement is for a reflective element (reinforcing any two of ethnic studies outcomes 2-5) overlaying upper division GE.
  3. Either (1) or (2) above may be met by not-otherwise-GE courses with campus approval (provided such courses meet the ethnic studies outcomes; i.e.,  the ethnic studies requirement could be met or partially met with existing campus requirements and/or courses that were developed to meet local requirements)
  4. Campuses may determine additional requirements (outcomes or implementation) beyond the minimal list provided.

Upcoming Topics

In the upcoming months, the ASCSU will be discussing a variety of topics relevant to the CSU. If you are interested or would like to chat about any of these topics, please feel free to reach out to your CSUMB statewide senators (Scott or Vanessa). The next plenary is scheduled for January 22-24.

More Details

A more detailed review of Plenary business can be found here: Campus Report November 19