News from the September ASCSU Plenary

Good news on the approved budget.
The final budget for the CSU included a $197.3 Million increase for the General Fund (CSU operations) and $120 million in one-time funds. Thanks to everyone who reached out to their representatives to encourage the Legislature to prioritize the CSU and increase the amount initially proposed by the Governor! Summary details can be found on p. 33-34 of the of the Legislative Budget Conference Committee Close-Out Agenda.

The Chancellor also noted two additional budget-related matters:

  1. $25 million this year was distributed to the campuses as increased support for tenure-track hiring.
  2. For the coming year, the Board of Trustees will likely ask for a $400 million increase (double the normal ask) to support increased enrollment growth and maintenance of facilities, among other needs.

New recruitment software coming
The CSU will be rolling out new system-wide software, CHRS Recruiting, to be used by hiring committees and administrative staff. The first five campuses to implement will be  Fullerton San Bernardino, San Diego, Stanislaus, San Luis Obispo. One feature of the software will be real-time diversity profiles of the candidate pool so hiring committees will have the information they need to consider the broader demographics of the applicants. See SJSU page for more details.

Recognizing CSU Centers for Community Engagement and Student Success in Service Learning and Community Engagement – *first read*
The Senate was presented with the first read of the Resolution Observing the 20th Anniversary of the CSU Centers for Community Engagement and Student Success in Service Learning and Community Engagement. This is a quite brief resolutions and the key elements are that the ASCSU encourages both the Chancellor, Board of Trustees, every campus Senate and campus President to “plan for and carry out an appropriate observation of the 20th anniversary of the CSU Center for Community Engagement.”
     If you have questions, feedback, or comments on the resolution, please be in contact with Vanessa or Scott.

Addressing shared governance
In November, the Senate will be addressing the Tenets of System Level Governance in the California State University. This document is the outcome of intensive discussions  between the ASCSU Executive team and the Chancellor’s Office and it outlines baseline tenets regarding how shared governance between the ASCSU and the Chancellor’s Offices should occur. These discussions and the resulting Tenets document represent ASCSU’s effort to call the Chancellor’s Office to account for breakdown in appropriate consultation around implementation of EO1100/1110.
     In November, the Tenets documents comes to the floor for action. Since the Tenets documents itself represents an agreed-upon commitment by both the ASCSU Executive team and the Chancellor’s Office, it is unlikely the Tenets document itself will be modified. However, it is likely that the Tenets will be accompanied by a resolution, which can provide further commentary on behalf of the Senate.
     If you have questions, feedback, or comments on the resolution, please be in contact with Vanessa or Scott.

For a more detailed outline of the Plenary business, see document here by Senators Tarjan and Millar.