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.


Curricular Planning Update

The EO 1100 Planning Hub is no longer current and will no longer be updated, but will be available for historical purposes. For the most current information on the new CSUMB General Education and University Requirements, please go to the GE and UR Interim Learning Outcomes and Criteria Master. The General Education Curricular Committee (GECC) and University Requirements Curricular Committee (URCC) are still working on the submission forms for courses entered to Course Consent needing GE or University Requirement certification. They should be available early next week.

We know many faculty are busy developing courses for submission to Course Consent. For faculty developing courses fulfilling a GE requirement, you are encouraged to contact the relevant GE Area Representative. Likewise, for faculty developing courses fulfilling a University Requirement, you are encouraged to contact the relevant Workgroup Facilitator listed below:

Maria Villaseñor,  Ethnic Studies (ES)
Swarup Wood, First Year Seminar (FYS)
Nelson Graff, Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
Deb Burke, Upper Divsion Service Learning (UDSL)
Yoshiko Saito-Abbott, World Culture/Language (WCL)

We also know academic programs are very busy revising their curriculum in  consideration of the new curricular model and its impact on their degree program requirements. Swarup Wood has been recently hired as Interim Director for General Education; part of his charge is to help programs address these changes and/or connect them with people who can help. Programs wrestling with questions like how they’ll incorporate the new Ethnic Studies requirement into their majors, what options are coming for upper division Area B, what upper division Area C options might work best for their majors, and similar issues are encouraged to contact Swarup via email, or at x3926.

More information regarding curricular planning will be forwarded to the campus as it becomes available.

New CSUMB Academic Senate Blog

Welcome to the new blog of the Academic Senate at California State University, Monterey Bay. This blog is an experiment in improving communications from the Academic Senate to CSUMB faculty and other interested parties. The leadership of the Academic Senate receives a lot of information at both the campus and system level. Much more information than can be covered during Senate meetings or would be relevant enough to send to all faculty. This blog is meant to fill this gap.

Official communications of CSUMB’s Academic Senate will still be posted on the  Academic Senate’s campus website or from the Senate’s official email account,  This blog should not be taken as the position or as reflecting the views of the Faculty at CSUMB.

Blog posts will include campus and system-wide news and announcements, written reports and presentations received by the Senate on behalf of the Faculty, or notices of events. This blog will also be used as a way to provide context for Senate business and initiatives.

At this point in time, this blog is not meant to be a two-way communications tool. Comments, concerns, or questions should still be presented at Senate meetings, to a senate representative, to ASEC, or to the Chair of the Academic Senate.

Thank you,

Michael B. Scott
Chair, Academic Senate, 2017-19