ASCSU November Plenary

Chancellors’ Report 

California State University (CSU) Chancellor Joseph I. Castro has appointed Stephen Perez, Ph.D., to serve as interim president of San Jose State University (SJSU). Perez currently serves as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs and professor of economics at Sacramento State.

Board of Trustees’ Resolutions 

The resolutions passed by the CSU Board of Trustees at the November 9-10, 2021 meeting have posted to the web at:The resolutions passed by the CSU Board of Trustees at the November 9-10, 2021 meeting have posted to the web at:

Enrollment Numbers at CSUMB and Strategies

The community college chancellor’s office last week reported to the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee that the system is facing a nearly 15% enrollment drop due to the pandemic, a loss of 318,800 students from the prior year. That put its student enrollment at 1,833,843, down from 2,152,643 students in 2019-20. 

The budget allocated $120 million to the colleges to increase efforts to retain current students and re-engage ones who have dropped out. (Community colleges) 

First reading Items

The following items are available for CSUMB faculty comment. Please share comments, concerns, or feedback to Ryne or Vanessa.

3513 FGA – Legislative Advocacy Guidelines

3514 FA – Due Process Reprimand Letters

3515 APEP – Core Competencies

3516 AA – White Paper

3517 FA – Due Process Disciplinary Actions

3518 EX – AEDI Membership

3519 FA – Student RSCA

3520 FA – Shared Governance 

Please reach out with questions or for additional information to 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.

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


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.



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.

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.