Tenets of System Level Governance in the CSU

On January 17th, the ASCSU will be taking action on a resolution to adopt the Tenets of System Level Governance in the CSU. Several campuses have already provided their Sense of the Senate responses when the Tenets came up for a first read in November. Your Statewide Senators would benefit from both individual feedback as well as a CSUMB Senate statement regarding the position of the campus faculty.

The Tenets represent an agreement between the ASCSU and the Chancellor’s Office that reaffirms guidelines for shared governance. It captures the outcome of six two-hour meetings between the CO’s representatives (including the Chancellor, himself, at two meetings) and the ASCSU Executive Committee. These meetings were initiated by ASCSU in response to the egregious disregard for consultation on EO1100 and EO1110. As a result, the Tenets represent an effort to remind the CO that the faculty play a primary and invaluable role in establishing curriculum in the CSU.

One of the points in favor of adopting the Tenets is that they embody a good faith effort between the ASCSU Executive Committee and the Chancellor’s Office to affirm a sense of shared governance. Further, the Tenets can stand as a first step, not a final step, in holding the CO accountable for its actions. Adopting them also affirms the actions of the Executive Committee and conveys a sense of solidarity and follow-through on behalf of CSU faculty to the CO.

On the other hand, the Tenets do not expand the rights of the faculty in any formal way; they are a negotiated understanding on the order of an MOU. And they include elements that some faculty have concerns about. Specifically, the following is raising concerns (italics added by blog author):

The formal consultation process will therefore make provision to allow for an explicit agreement between the ASCSU and the chancellor to engage in a mutually agreed-upon process of expedited consultation in such cases, while still recognizing the formal role of the academic senates as the faculty voice on the matters under consideration. In the unlikely event that agreement cannot be reached, the chancellor will decide. Because an expedited process is not the most optimal form of consultation and shortchanges a robust shared governance process, its use should be limited to those rare circumstances that justify departing from the more comprehensive process intended by this document.

The CO position is that there will be rare instances when action cannot wait for the processes of ASCSU to produce a representative response. The ASCSU pushed back and stated that even in those circumstances, the CO would work with the ASCSU to define an expedited process. Regardless, some faculty are still concerned about the possible implications of this paragraph (i.e., its concessions to the CO).

CSUMB faculty are encouraged to read through the Tenets document, as well as the response from sister campuses (given below) and provide feedback to Vanessa and Scott both as individuals and as members of the Academic Assembly. Please feel free to contact Vanessa, Scott or the Senate Chair, Michael, if you have questions.

Tenets of System Level Governance in the CSU

Responses from other campuses:

CSUS Resolution (In Support)

CSUDH Resolution (Opposed)

1985 Trustees Statement

2001 Document

Stanislaus Resolution (Opposed)

Anticipating the November ASCSU Plenary

8 October 2018 report

Celebrating CSU Community Engagement & Service Learning Centers

At the upcoming November Plenary, The Senate is scheduled to take action on 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.” (Also mentioned in the 10 September Report on the Senate blog).

If you have questions, feedback, or comments on the resolution, please be in contact with Vanessa or Scott.

 

ASCSU Action on Shared Governance

Also at the November Plenary, the Senate is scheduled to take action on 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. (Also mentioned in the 10 September Report on the Senate blog).

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.

 

CSU Faculty needed for Five-Year Review of Transfer Courses

The C-ID (Course Identification System) group is looking for CSU faculty to participate in the Five-Year Review process.  This review process both approves courses and ensures proper descriptors for system-wide Community College courses that transfer to the CSU. There is often a shortage of CSU faculty participating in the review process, even though their expertise is greatly needed.

Currently, C-ID initiated the 5-Year Review of the TMC and descriptors for Biology, Chemistry, and Agriculture in fall 2017 and remains in need of additional CSU faculty feedback for the following disciplines:

Agriculture Animal Science, Agriculture Business, Agriculture Plant Science, Agriculture Descriptors

Further, C-ID is initiating the 5-year review of the descriptors and transfer model curriculum (TMC) for six disciplines during the fall 2018 term, and is now seeking input to determine whether or not changes are warranted and, if so, what those changes should be. The information gathered from the surveys will be reviewed by the FDRG for each discipline and used to guide the 5-year review process.

Links to the 5-year surveys are accessible below. The deadline for feedback is October 25, 2018:

Accounting (descriptors only)

Communications Studies

Economics

Film, Television, and Electronic Media

Nutrition and Dietetics

Psychology

If you are interested in participating or would like more information regarding these roles, please send an email to support@c-id.net.

Curricular Planning Update, September 25, 2018

This update is to let you know the Administrative Update Master Course List has been published. A permanent link has been included in the GE and UR Interim Learning Outcomes and Criteria Master. This faculty recommended course list includes the Administrative Update Process for GE Units and UR Tags approved in Spring 2018, and the more recent  Administrative Update for Ethnic Studies and the Upper Division Area D Administrative Update for former D4 courses that were already 3 or 4 units. These course lists were recommended by the appropriate curricular committees, the SCCC, and approved by the Provost’s office through Spring 2020. The courses in the master list can be used by degree programs to modify their curriculum and develop pathways in the new curricular model approved last spring.

I also want to point you to the FAQ on the Revisions to EO 1100 Revised August 23, 2017 published by the Chancellor’s Office. In particular, FAQ 7 (Page 2), which explains the organization of the 48 units of GE. This organization includes 39 units of lower-division GE and the remaining 9 units upper-division, 3 units in each of the areas B, C, and D.

There will likely be more updates this week. For example, we are working on a curricular FAQ to help address curricular issues as we resolve them.

Thanks,
Michael

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.