Members Present: Allen,
Arkenberg, Bedell, Boyum, Byrnes, Cox, Emry, Fitch, Fromson, Gannon, Gordon,
Guerin, Hall, Jones, Klassen, Kelly, Kreiner, Meyer, Michalopoulos,
Members Absent: Buck, Erickson, Gass, Gilbert, Hagan, Hewitt, Junn, Randall, Reisman, and Taulli
I. CALL TO ORDER
Vice Chair Bedell called the meeting to order at Chair Bedell recognized Vince Hernandez to explain to the senators how to operate the new microphones.
II. URGENT BUSINESS
It was m/s [Pasternack/Guerin] to move ASD 04-14 Resolution in Opposition to Proposed CSUF Self-Support Summer Operations with one amendment. The amendment was to add a second resolved clause: “Resolved: That the Academic Senate of California State University, Fullerton calls upon Chancellor Reed to rescind Executive Order No. 879.” Senator Pasternack stated that campuses currently are planning for summer, and if we are going to comment on the campus plan, we need to do so as quickly as possible.
Arguments in favor of the resolution included the following:
1. Providing summer courses at fees similar to those charged under the state-supported YRO program gives the impression to the public and policy-makers that state support is not needed during summer and sets a dangerous precedence;
2. Cutting faculty compensation places an unfair burden on faculty, especially junior faculty who were recruited with the understanding that summer pay would be available to offset the high cost of living in this area;
3. Cutting summer salaries makes our campus less competitive in attracting highly qualified faculty, particularly when CSULB is offering YRO salaries that are about 30% higher;
4. Moving to a fee-based program in summer means that departments will have to achieve higher FTES in the fall and spring semesters, because fee-based FTES does not count in targets as it has in recent years;
5. Departments do not get O & E and staff-support for fee-based summer programs;
Arguments against the resolution included the following:
1. By going to a fee-based program this summer, approximately 55 faculty positions will be saved next year. The other 700 FTES planned to be offered in the summer will be moved into next year. Therefore, we not only save the 55, we actually create another 30 faculty positions. In essence, 80 faculty positions have been saved or created by offering fee-based summer;
2. Going to fee-supported summer saves the campus $5.9 million;
3. The plan gives students access by not charging them any more than they are paying now;
4. Other CSU campuses are also using this plan; 14 campuses will do exactly what we are going to do; only two campuses are going to run a state support program—Long Beach and San Diego;
5. Fee-supported summer is better than no summer for both students and faculty;
6. It is better policy to transfer resources into a direction for those that are worse off, and therefore maintain a more stable work force. If part-time faculty are let go during an emergency and we have to rehire them when the situation passes, it can be very costly.
It was m/s [Vargas/Fitch] to add the following proposed amendments to Senator Pasternack’s motion:
“RESOLVED: That emergency actions to deal with a budget crises should consider spreading the cost-cutting burden in a number of different ways for a variety of programs, functions, and personnel.”
RESOLVED: “That all emergency actions to deal with a budget crisis should have a set duration period, and not be implemented for an indefinite, unknown length of time.”
The proposed amendments by Senator Vargas failed. Vote: Yes---14; No--16
On the main motion, it was m/p [Guerin] to take a roll call vote.
Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Bedell, Fitch, Gannon, Guerin, Klassen, Kreiner, Meyer, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Pasternack, Rahmatian, Rutemiller, Shapiro, Sutphen, Tavakolian, Vargas,
Nays: Allen, Arkenberg, Boyum, Byrnes, Cox, Emery, Fromson, Gordon, Hall, Jones, Kelly, Parker, Rhoten, Rimmer, Russell, Smith, Vasquez, Wong
Absent: Buck, Erickson, Gass, Gilbert, Hagan, Hewitt, Junn, Randall, Reisman, Taulli
The document ASD 04-14 as amended failed. Yes--16; No—18
It was m/s [Sutphen/Pasternack] as another item of Urgent Business to amend Senator Pasternack’s resolution to read as follows:
Whereas: Moving to a self support model while keeping student fees at the state support level miscommunicates to the public and policy makers that CSUF can continue operations as usual in spite of significant budget cuts during the past three years;
Resolved: That the Academic Senate of
The motion passed unanimously.
IV. CHAIRS REPORT
V. CONSENT CALENDAR
It was m/s/p [Guerin/Fromson] to approve the following Consent Calendar:
A. ASD 04-09 Academic Senate Minutes
B. NOMINEES TO STANDING COMMITTEES
GRADUATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE Term: 1 semester
Nominee: Katherine Kantardjieff (CNSM)
Continuing: David DeVries (COMM);
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE Term: 1 year
Nominee: Jesa Kreiner (ECS)
Continuing: Zena Pearlstone (ARTS); Jeffrey Kottler (HDCS); Cora Granata (HSS); Mary Kay Crouch (HSS); Denise Stanley (CBE)
NOMINEES TO SEARCH COMMITTEE
Nominees: Sandra Sutphen (HSS), Jaki Coffman (HDCS), Neil Granitz (CBE), John Hickok (Library); Gail Love (COMM)
President Gordon remarked that his decision about summer school 2004 was one of the toughest he has had to make in his 14 years here, and VP Smith feels the same way. He noted that he thinks it is in the best interest of the campus.
He has spent more time in budget discussions in the last three months than in the last three years, and the situation is constantly changing. In December 2003, the CSU received a budget reduction of $23.873 million. For our campus that was $1.655 million and 251 FTES; we made the reductions, and then in January those dollars and those positions were added back in and then 1253 FTES were cut. There is another budget meeting scheduled for the 9th of March, and then on the 10th of March there is going to be a large budget summit.
We had been doing only selective hiring and have reduced expenditures in a wide variety of areas across the campus over the past two years. We are going to communicate using many channels throughout the rest of the budget crisis to keep the campus informed. We plan to use our Dateline publication, which comes out about every two weeks. In addition, we are going to put budget information on the campus website. Ms. Newcomb and President Gordon will be having a discussion with all of the vice presidents on the budget within a couple of weeks. He suspects that 2004-05 is going to be a challenging and difficult year. He thinks that 2005-06 will be better.
As he stated earlier, right now we have a $15 million reduction for 2004-05; $4 million will come out of that if we can go through the summer session and reduce the $5.9 million and then add the $1.8 million back in for faculty positions for next year. That gets the reduction down to $11 million as we go into 2004-05. If the “Golden Handshake” passes, that could help the campus out next year. Also, voluntary time reduction for faculty and staff for 2004-05 is another way to save money.
Chancellor Reed is working with the Governor on the possibility of a new compact, the same kind of compact that we had with Governors Wilson and Davis. That is, the compact would specify a certain enrollment and certain budget attached to it. President Gordon believes there will be fee increases for students, but does not know how much; in his budget the Governor includes a 10% fee increase for undergraduates, 40% for graduates, and 20% for out-of-state students.
President Gordon wants to make sure that everyone realizes that all that is possible will be done to communicate and keep everyone abreast of the budget situation. He noted that he will personally continue to have discussions with the many constituents on this campus.
A concern about the cutting of faculty searches was raised. VP Smith agreed this is a concern, but three years of budget cuts give us few alternatives. He noted we will hire faculty when the money comes back. President Gordon reiterated his commitment to avoiding layoffs. He stated there were two state-wide freezes issued by the Governor in December. While the CSU did not have to go with those, we voluntarily went along with those freezes. There is not any category that is not suffering pain; cuts are made across all divisions and cuts will be continuing in 2004-05. President Gordon noted that if Prop 57 is not successful, there may be additional reductions to the CSU budget.
Senators thanked President Gordon and Vice President Smith for their leadership and open discussion of these issues.
VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
VII. NEW BUSINESS
Due to time limitations, this item was not discussed and will be an item of Unfinished Business for the next Senate meeting on March 4.
It was moved to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at