ASCSU March 2021 Plenary Update

The ASCSU March 2021 plenary convened virtually March 18-19, 2021. The plenary agenda is attached to this report.

The following information is a brief overview of the plenary.

Faculty Trustee Nominees

The following CSU faculty will be presented to the Governor as Faculty Trustee Nominees: 

  • Senator Romney Sablius 
  • Senator Darlene Yee-Melichar

Invited Speakers: 

  • Dr. Fred E. Wood, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs
  • Dr. Joseph I. Castro, Chancellor
  • Lateefa Simon, CSUMB Board Trustee 
  • Alondra Esquivel Garcia, CSSA Liaison  
  • Charles Toombs, CFA President 

General Education Advisory Committee (GEAC)

  • The mechatronics program proposal submitted by the CSUMB was presented and supported by the committee. 

Admissions Update

  • CSU Applications for Fall 22-23 will not require ACT/SAT scores for admission.
  • The CSU has not made a final decision ACT/SAT use beyond the immediate crisis-period. 
  • The UC will continue its practice of not using ACT/SAT. The UC has not established specific long term plans for ACT/SAT use for admissions.  

Resolutions

For additional information or questions, please contact Ryne Leuzinger or Vanessa Lopez-Littleton.

ASCSU January 2021 Plenary Update

The ASCSU January 2021 plenary convened virtually January 21-22, 2021. The plenary agenda is attached to this report.

The following information is a brief overview of the plenary.

Plenary Resolutions

AS-3455 Protecting Fair Workload for Faculty in the CSU APPROVED

  • The ASCSU recognizes that it is detrimental to quality of education in the CSU and a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement to increase faculty workload as a remedy for budget cuts. 
  • This resolution acknowledges that increases in course benchmark enrollments and elimination or reduction of reassigned units constitute increases in faculty workload.
  • This resolution also asserts that reassigned units should be provided for faculty for vital work, including supervision of student research, scholarly, and creative activities, academic advising, coordination of programs, faculty roles in shared governance, and other tasks, duties, and responsibilities, and that an increase in workload degrades the quality of the faculty input / supervision. The ASCSU strongly urges the Chancellor’s Office and campuses to stop efforts by CSU Administrators to increase course benchmark enrollments and eliminate or reduce reassigned units received for supervision of student research and scholarly activities, roles in shared governance, and other work.

AS-3458 Disparate Impact of Technology on Underserved Students APPROVED

  • The ASCSU recognizes that the use of digital technologies at the CSU is likely to remain at an increased level following the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The ASCSU asks that the CSU System and individual campuses work together to ensure all students have equivalent access to all technologies needed for them to succeed.
  • We also ask the CSU, as a system, to work to find a solution that does not place the burden on students and their families, that does not place further burdens on faculty and staff, and that does not place additional burdens on individual campuses. The CSU system is the largest university system in the nation and should be able to leverage its largess to work with internet providers, computer manufacturers, and software developers to provide equitable access to all CSU students.
  • Related resolution calling for implementation of the California Broadband Action Plan, which proposes that “all Californians have high-performance broadband available at home, schools, libraries, and businesses; all Californians have access to affordable broadband and the devices necessary to access the internet; and all Californians can access training and support to enable digital inclusion … also requests that the ASCSU recommend that the Chancellor’s Office continues in its efforts to ensure that those students, faculty, staff, and administrators who (for example, currently during the COVID–19 pandemic of 2020–21) do not have adequate equipment or access to engage in successful education, whether due to geographical location or inequitable circumstances, be provided with such equipment and access in whatever ways deemed appropriate.

AS-3461 Ongoing Collaboration on Ethnic Studies APPROVED

  • The ASCSU notes that because the Core Competences will be instantiated in student learning outcomes, campuses, guided by appropriate disciplinary deference to Ethnic Studies faculty, may implement the Core Competences through student learning outcomes appropriate to their campus, and using campuses’ established curricular approval processes, without negating the spirit and intent of the Core Competences or AB 1460.
  • The intent of this resolution is to institutionalize the collaboration between the Ethnic Studies faculty, the ASCSU and Chancellor’s Office, establishing an ongoing collaboration rather than it being the ‘one-off’ consultation called for in AB 1460 and in so doing, goes beyond the requirement of AB 1460.
  • It was also noted that the language of AB 1460 calls for a collaboration between the CSU Council of Ethnic Studies (CSUCES), the Chancellor’s Office and the ASCSU to establish system-wide core competences, not student learning outcomes. That distinction is important in that it affords a degree of campus flexibility that many campuses have been requesting in the campus Senate resolutions, passed and shared with the ACSCU in the run-up to its November 2020 meeting. 
  • It should also be noted that flexibility does not impede student transfer between the Community Colleges and the CSU or between CSU campuses since that “interoperability” will be determined by the adherence to the system-wide core competences. So long as campus adaptations remain within the spirit and intent of the core competences and approved by Ethnic Studies disciplinary experts, a course with slightly different learning outcomes on one campus can be reliably construed as meeting the intent of the Ethnic  Studies requirement and AB 1460 at all CSU campuses.

AS-3471 Communications with the Board of Trustees of the California State University System APPROVED

  • Current Board practice is to allot 90 minutes to “Public Comment” at Board meetings. Any faculty wishing to address the Board are put into that period as well. Typically, this allows each speaker 1 minute to speak.  It should be abundantly clear that the complex issues often at play in BOT decisions cannot be addressed in that time. 
  • The ASCSU urges the Chancellor, Trustees, and the Trustee Secretariat to seek mechanisms that would provide increased opportunity for members of the public to speak to the Trustees.

AS-3463 Resolution Welcoming Joseph I. Castro and Mary G. Castro as Eighth Chancellor and First Lady of the California State University (CSU) APPROVED

AS-3464 Apportionment of Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) Seats APPROVED

AS-3466 Call for Internet Bandwidth Expansion for CSU Students, Faculty APPROVED

AS-3467 ASCSU Condemnation of the Events on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. First Reading/Waiver APPROVED

AS-3468 Commendation for Executive Vice Chancellor Loren J. Blanchard APPROVED

AS-3470 Addressing the Need for Compassionate Treatment of California State University Employees During the COVID-10 Pandemic APPROVED

For additional information or questions, please contact Ryne Leuzinger or Vanessa Lopez-Littleton.

ASCSU December Special Meeting

The ASCSU held a special session on Friday, December 4, 2020 to complete the agenda from the November 2020. The following items were discussed and acted on during the session.

AS 3446 Accommodating Changes to GE in Transfer Model Curricula (TMC) PASSED

The recently promulgated changes to CSU General Education (GE) requirements to reduce Area D by three units and produce a new system-wide Area F requirement may impact existing Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) and CSU campus determinations of similarity. ASCSU requests the CSU facilitate and support disciplinary meetings for CSU faculty with their Community Colleges (CCC) disciplinary colleagues as part of SB1440 programmatic review processes.  

Although the ASCSU is on record as preferring that implementation of AB1460 as a simple graduation requirement, this resolution provides guidance on implementation of the CSU Title V changes (November 2020).  

AS 3448 The Need for Student Academic Records to Document the Governing Transfer Model Curriculum for Associate Degree for Transfer PASSED

The ASCSU recognizes any changes to the Transfer Model Curricula (TMC) may yield changes to the determination of similarity for a CSU program.  The ASCSU requests the Office of the Chancellor of the CSU pursue developing a means for determining and including the version of the ADT on the student CSU academic records. Any differentiation in General Education content by catalog rights needs to be integrated into CSU student academic records.

AS 3453 Drawing Attention to the Dr. Johan S. Bissel Memorial Scholarship PASSED

This resolution encourages awareness and support for the Joan Bissel Memorial Scholarship. 

AS 3459 In Solidarity with Armenian and Armenian-American CSUB Students, Faculty, and Staff Regarding Violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh Region TABLED

The Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) condemns the incursion of Azerbaijan’s military into the majority Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region. This resolution was tabled based on concerns of potentially isolating students, faculty, and staff. A peace treaty has been signed in the region. 

AS 3462 Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) Opposition and Amendments to Title V Ethnic Studies First Reading/Waiver Policy  PASSED

The resolution reaffirms the ASCSU’s AS-3452 Opposition to the CSU Board of Trustees’ Changes to Title 5 and CSU Chancellor’s Office Proposal for Implementing AB1460: The Ethnic Studies Requirement. The ASCUS expresses disappointment at the unwillingness to engage in appropriate governance conversations demonstrated by Chancellor’s Office executives and staff as well as with the Chancellor’s Office’s decision to ignore the fact that many campus senates provided alternatives to the implementation plans proposed by the Chancellor’s Office as part of their feedback even though the form provided by the Chancellor’s Office did not request such alternatives thereby skirting shared governance and faculty primacy in curriculum development 

The ASCSU requests that the CSU Board of Trustees honor faculty purview over Ethnic Studies by implementing it as a graduation requirement and amend Title V by eliminating the new Area F in GE Breadth, the 3-unit reduction in General Education (GE) Area D, and the restriction of the new Ethnic Studies requirement to lower division courses 

This will allow the CSU to engage in genuine shared governance among all interested parties. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Ryne Leuzinger or Vanessa Lopez-Littleton.

ASCSU November Plenary Update

The ASCSU  November plenary convened virtually November 5-6th, 2020. The plenary agenda and  minutes are attached to this report along with the agenda and minutes from the special session of the ASCSU held on November 13th.

The following information is provided as a brief overview of the plenary.

Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (AEDI) 

The ASCSU formed the AEDI in Spring 2021. The overarching goal of the committee is to identify ways in which the ASCSU might advance its equity, diversity, and inclusion goals of the ASCSU. Over the next several months, the committee will work with various committees and ASCSU Executive Committee to meet the objectives laid out in AS-3404-19/EX (Rev)

Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC)

A detailed report filed by the Committee Chair is included here

Lisa Qing (CSU Student Financial Aid) & Jennifer Pacella (Deputy Legislative Analyst: Higher Education) – Legislative Analyst’s Office 

Lisa and Jennifer joined us to gather responses to the question: How are your campuses and/or departments managing the budget reductions for 2020-21? Some of the responses from the various campuses included:

-Class size increases

-Reduced or no staff support

-Increase workload

-Reduced sections of support

-Laying off staff

-Fewer faculty to support student research

-Hiring chill, cancelled faculty recruitment in the spring, few this academic year

-Campuses were concerned about enrollment, but enrollment has actually increased

-Reserves will mostly be exhausted by the end of this academic year

-Auxiliaries (housing and parking) are hit especially hard

-Temporary staff contracts are not being renewed

-Furloughs are being talked about for next year

-Athletics, especially Division 1 football, is a financial drain on some campuses

-Women of color have been especially hit hard by workload and general burnout

-Basic technology is being provided, but unclear about more specialized equipment and the sustainability of this into the future

Timothy P. White – CSU Chancellor

Received a commendation for his 8+ years of leadership of the CSU, including the delay of his retirement during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. 

During his presentation, Chancellor White openingly considered the future of the CSU and how we learn and grow from our experiences over the past several months. In his consideration, Chancellor White wondered if the perhaps courses that were predominantly face to face, might shift to hybrid. He wondered if perhaps up to 50% of the courses would be online. If so, this could reduce some of the capital costs with additional resources being available for faculty. He also mentioned that shifting courses to online could reduce commuting time, carbon foot-print, and help housing price issues in high cost of living areas. More badges and certificates will respond to students’ needs and generate revenue for the CSU. These views were also echoed by Lillian Kimbell, Chair, CSU Board of Trustees. 

Plenary Resolutions

The following resolutions were addressed during the September plenary: 

AS-3440-20 Culturally-Responsive, Antiracist Mental Health Services and Well-Being are Critical to CSU Success. Passed

AS-3445-20 Addition of Dedicated Seats for Contingent Faculty Senate. Failed   

AS-3447-20 Call for Consultation on Academic Implications of Systemwide Fiscal Decisions. Passed

AS-3451-20 On the Occasion of the Retirement of Chancellor Timothy P. White. Passed

AS-3452-20 Opposition to the CSU Board of Trustees’ Changes to Title 5 and CSU Chancellor’s Office Proposal for Implementing AB 1460: the Ethnic Studies Requirement Passed

AS-3452-20 Acknowledging Campus Senates’ Resolutions on AB 1460: Recommendations for Implementing the Ethnic Studies. Passed

AS-3460-20/AA Adopting the Amended Recommended Core Competencies for Ethnic Studies First Reading/Waiver. Passed

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 or questions.

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.

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!

Resolutions

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

 

 

 

 

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 http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/.

    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

ASCSU September 2019 Update

Greetings,

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

ASCSU Chair’s Report September2019

BoT Report July 2019

Qualitative Reasoning Requirement Update

The September Board of Trustees has proposed adding a 4th year of quantitative reasoning to CSU admissions requirements.  Many, including representatives from CFA and California Teachers Association (CTA), are concerned with the disparate impact this policy may have students of color (Latinx, African American) and students who attend school in underserved communities. Click here to access the CSU Board of Trustee’s Committee on Educational Policy video (September 24-25, 2019)

AB 1460

The ASCSU passed Towards Implementation of an Ethnic Studies System Requirement. This resolution is the first step in fulfilling the ASCSU promise made during our advocacy against AB 1460 (Weber) to take up the Ethnic Studies Task Force Report recommendation for a systemwide ethnic studies graduation requirement. That promise was made in response to legislative pressure to take up the issue, intense legislative support for some version of such a requirement and as a strategy to stave off legislative intrusion into the curriculum. AB1460 did not make it out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, but it was designated as a “two year bill,” which means that the author has an opportunity to bring the bill back to try and get it through the legislature a second time. The campuses are in the process of responding to requests from the Chancellor’s office on the ethnic studies requirements at CSUMB. If you have questions or comments, please connect with one of your campus senators.

Anti-bias Training for the CSU and UC campuses

As you may recall, the 2018 California Budget Act included an appropriation of $1,200,000 on a one-time basis to “contract for a two-year pilot program to provide anti-bias training for administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders at campuses of the University of California and the California State University.”

The UC/CSU anti-bias training pilot program has four key learning outcomes:

1) Raising Awareness: This includes learning about personal biases and
understanding how biases may influence behavior and decision making at the
University.

2) Application to Organizational-Level Change: Participants will be able to draw a
connection between social group biases (positive and negative) and the impact
they have on university policies, procedures and population-specific outcomes.

3) Tools and Strategies for Disrupting Bias: The training will introduce participants to
tools and strategies for mitigating harmful bias in their functional area. They will
learn how to change or disrupt attitudinal and procedural patterns that perpetuate
multiple forms of biases.

4) Practice: Participants will receive ample opportunities to practice the tools and
strategies for disrupting multiple forms of biases.

More Information

For more information on the actions of the ASCSU, a detailed report is provided here.

Resolutions passed during the September plenary may be found here. (Sort by date.)

If you have questions, require more detailed information, or would like to have an issue taken to statewide senate, please reach out to one or both of your statewide senators (Scott Waltz and Vanessa Lopez-Littleton).

Have a wonderful semester!

Vanessa Lopez-Littleton & Scott Waltz

ASCSU Report on May 2019 Plenary

ASCSU Chair’s Report May 2019

 The ASCSU passed the following resolutions:

Fostering a Welcoming and Safe Campus Climate for African American Students requests that all mission statements and strategic planning documents espouse the importance of recruiting, retaining and graduating students of African descent, that CSU campuses continue to report racist incidents directed towards persons of African descent, and recommends that campus presidents, provosts, others adopt a list of specific actions to address related concerns. This was deemed urgent due to recent incidents on CSU campuses.

Appreciation for the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation’s Partnership with The California State University to Improve the Preparation of K-12 Teachers Across the State of California is self-explanatory and echoes previous resolutions of appreciation. The foundation is closing its doors soon and will be recognized at the BOT meeting next week. 

In Support of Ethnic Studies Programs in the CSU affirms a commitment to Ethnic Studies as beneficial curricula, shares the concerns that led to AB 1460 and  recommends that campus senates revisit the Ethnic Studies Task Force Report to implement recommendations for Ethnic Studies curricula through faculty-driven processes of shared governance. This was deemed urgent given the aforementioned bill currently being considered in the legislature. 

Endorsement of Criteria for Engineering Model Curricula (MC) for Transfer to Receive the Same Admission Advantage as for Transfer Model Curricula (TMC) urges campuses to grant students completing associate degrees aligned with one of the four Engineering Model Curricula (MC) for Transfer the same admission eligibility advantage as for students who have completed a Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) yielding an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) so long as no more than three lower-division GE courses be postponed to post-transfer as per prior ASCSU resolution. This was deemed urgent due to a desire to give encouragement to engineering faculty to continue doing work on this proposal in order to benefit transfer students as soon as is feasible.

In Support of “The Strategic Advantage of the Distinctiveness of the Twenty-three Campuses of the California State University System” (Board of Trustees, Nov., 2008) reminds system leaders of this principle enunciated by the Board which has seemingly been violated by recent administrative actions and in responses to ASCSU resolutions. The urgency stems from recent developments including a response to an ASCSU request that variations in campus Early Start programs be allowed.

On the Academic Senate CCC Resolution 5.02 S19 “Support for the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals Commonly known as the American Institutions Requirement” thanks the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges (ASCCC) for its interest in exploring the inclusion of a requirement similar to the existing CSU United States History, Constitution, and American Ideals (“American Institutions”) requirement into the CCC associate’s degree. This is urgent because these considerations are ongoing.

Call for the Establishment of a Working Group on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Higher Education accepts a white paper on the impact of AI on employment, education, and life-long learning; it calls for the creation of a working group to study the implications of the themes from this white paper and to develop possible recommendations to address them.

Request That the ASCSU Schedule an Interrupting Racism Training Session in September 2019 recognizes the compelling need to recognize many forms of bias and requests that the training that ASCSU began this academic year be completed next year.

Endorsement of the Student Success White Paper Process—Student Perspectives encourages consultation with students during the completion of this white paper which recognizes that student success is multi-faceted and involves many constituents.

Preference for Consulting Assignments for CSU Faculty, Librarians, Coaches, and Counselors encourages the publication of consulting opportunities internally and the utilization of internal CSU expertise in these assignments.

Special Rule of Order Governing Debate on Substantive Motions: 3 For/3 Against formalizes this rule which has been followed by ASCSU without apparent documentation of its adoption.

Resolution in Support of Faculty Publication Rights with a Green Open Access Policy for the California State University urges central administration to review policies at the University of California and Harvard and to develop a similar policy for campuses to consider which supports open access.

Recommending a Fourth-Year Quantitative Reasoning Requirement for Admission to the California State University: Towards a Responsible and Responsive Policy commends the policy development process and urges that steps be taken to ensure that any policies developed to reform the a-g standards with respect to this requirement mitigate any adverse impact on underserved students.(Note: there appears to be more support across the state for a fourth year of quantitative reasoning overall rather than a senior year requirement. This requirement will likely not increase the number of required a-g courses. It likely will require that the elective course have a quantitative reasoning component. The proposed policy is still being refined.) The Board will take up this issue in July.

For a more detailed report on the May 2019 ASCSU plenary session, see the Campus Report May 16-17, 2019. If you have questions, feedback, or comments, please contact Vanessa or Scott.