ASCSU September Plenary

Faculty Trustee Named

Trustee Romey Sabilius was appointed by Governor Newsom to his third term as Faculty Trustee to the CSU. Trustee Sabilius is from San Jose State University.

Approved Resolution

The following resolution was approved by the ASCSU:

Request for Continued Accommodations and Flexibility in the Time of COVID-19 AS-3501-21/FA

The ASCSU voted to approve a First Reading Waiver for this resolution due to the time-sensitivity of the issues addressed in this resolution. Because the CSU is still in the midst of an ongoing COVIID-19 Global pandemic during campus repopulation after being locked down for almost 18 months, this resolution requests that the CSU Chancellor urge campus presidents to be flexible, compassionate, and accommodating in responding to evolving conditions due to the virulence and unpredictability of the COVID-19 Delta and other variants. The resolution also requests that all campuses permit individual faculty members and departments to modify curriculum and pedagogy (including modality of instruction) as needed to meet their particular emergent circumstances and constraints. Additionally, the resolution requests that the Chancellor’s office request an extension of the WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC) authorization of virtual learning through Spring 2022.

First Reading Resolutions

The following resolutions were introduced as first readings during the September Plenary:

Continued Accommodations and Flexibility in the Time of COVID-19

Academic Freedom and Teaching Modality in the Covid-19 Pandemic AS-3499-21/FA 

This resolution recognizes the challenges that campuses continue to deal with during the COVID-19 pandemic’s contagious Delta and other variants. The resolution contends that given the complexity and fluidity of the pandemic, faculty members are in the best position to make quick decisions and maintain safety in the classroom. In order to avoid canceling classes, faculty should have the ad hoc flexibility to rapidly pivot face-to -face courses temporarily to virtual instruction during acute or dynamic transitory extenuating circumstances, such as sudden COVID19 spikes. The Faculty Affairs Committee requested a first reading waiver for this resolution due to the immediacy of these issues, but the ASCSU voted against the waiver and referred their solution back to the committee.

Suspension of Mandatory Peer Observations of Instruction and Student Evaluations for AY 2021-2022 AS-3500-21/FA

This resolution requests an extension of AS-3450-20/FA Suspension of Mandatory Peer Observations of Instruction and Student Evaluations for Academic Year 2020-2021, which was approved by the ASCSU in September 2020. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a large proportion of teaching within the CSU is being accomplished through virtual and/or asynchronous instruction from remote locations, including faculty members’ homes. The resolution recognizes the myriad inequities associated with working remotely, including access to technology, lack of privacy, family concerns, and interruptions. Due to the immediacy of COVID-19 and campus repopulation, the Faculty Affairs Committee requested a first reading waiver for this resolution, but the ASCSU voted against the waiver and referred the resolution back to the committee

Support for CSU General Education (GE) System Office Review Standards for Area F (Ethnic Studies) AS-3505-21/APEP

This resolution amplifies the imperative articulated in AS-3460-20/AA Adopting the Amended Recommended Core Competencies for Ethnic Studies that all courses, particularly those submitted for review by California Community Colleges (CCC) meet 3 of the 5 Ethnic Studies core competencies by supporting existing certification practices in the CSU General Education (GE) System Office Review Standards for Area F (Ethnic Studies).

Acknowledgement of Changes to Math Requirements in International Baccalaureate programs AS-3503-21/APEP

This resolution highlights the need for a timely response to changes to the Math requirements in International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and reminds campuses that an individual CSU campus can go beyond the credit by examination list in awarding CSU General Education (GE) credit for area B4. The resolution requests input from the Mathematics Council and individual campus senates in updating the system-wide external exam credit list.

Support for the “CSU Education Deans’ Statement in Support of Culturally Sustaining, Equity Driven, and Justice Focused Pedagogies” AS-3507-21/APEP

The system-wide Deans of Colleges of Education have gone on record opposing restrictions on equity-minded pedagogy and content that have been occurring around the country. This resolution calls for the ASCSU to recognize, endorse, and distribute the Deans’ statement. Support for the “CSU Education Deans’ Statement in Support of Culturally Sustaining, Equity Driven, and Justice Focused Pedagogies.”

Please reach out with questions or for additional information to Ryne Leuzinger (rleuzinger@csumb.edu) or Vanessa Lopez-Littleton (vlittleton@csumb.edu).

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 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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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.