Monday, November 14, 2011

Board of Trustees Meeting: Budget, Student Fee Increases

The CSU Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet this Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15-16, 2011, at the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach.


  • A closed session of the full board, for Executive Personnel Matters at 10:00 on Tuesday.
  • Closed session for Committee on Collective Bargaining is scheduled for 11:00.
  • The open session of the Committee on Collective Bargaining is estimated to begin at 11:30.
  • After a lunch break, additional committee meetings take up the rest of Tuesday.
  • Wednesday begins with the final committee meeting, Committee on Finance, at 8:30.
  • The full Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for 10:15 on Wednesday.

The various committee meetings happen one after another, and actual start times may not match the published schedule exactly. The published schedule represents someone's best estimate regarding when the Trustees will finish one topic and begin another.

On the Agendas

  • Contract ratification for Bargaining Unit 1, represented by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD)
  • 2012-2013 Support Budget:
    The proposal includes $138,348,000 for a buy-out of the planned student fee increase, $154,930,000 for a 5% enrollment increase, $30,000,000 for urgent maintenance, and $84,978,000 for a 3% compensation pool, with a total increase of $397,262,000. See page 16 of the PDF Agenda for Committee on Finance, November 2011 meeting for full details.
  • Tuition fee increases:
    The increase for full-time undergraduate students is $498 per academic year, or about 9.1%. See page 20 of the PDF Agenda for Committee on Finance, November 2011 meeting for full details.
  • Updates on this year's assigned audits, including:
    • Auxiliary Organizations
    • Delegations of Authority
    • High-risk areas including
      • IT Disaster Recovery (Campuses on this audit list are Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and San Francisco.)
      • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
      • Sensitive Data Security/Protection (Campuses on this audit list are Fullerton, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Sonoma.)
  • Follow-up on past assignments, including
    • Special Investigations (this apparently includes whistleblower investigations and alleged embezzlements and conflicts of interest)
    • Auxiliary Organizations
    • IT Disaster Recovery
    • Intercollegiate Athletics
    • HIPPA
    • Business Continuity
  • Seismic Safety Program Annual Report
    Several projects which merit special note are listed, all identified as Seismic Priority List 1, meaning they should be retrofitted as soon as practical:
    California State University, East Bay, Warren Hall
    Warren Hall is essentially vacant except for a small cadre of essential campus functions that remains operational pending relocation. These functions are the main campus telephone switch gear in the basement, campus Information Technology (IT) servers on the third floor, and various antennas. To address IT needs, the campus will relocate the data center to the Student Services Replacement Building or possibly utilize cloud computing.
    San Francisco State University, Library
    During this reporting period, a new shear wall was removed and replaced due to faulty construction. Despite this setback, this large renovation/addition of the campus library is ahead of schedule and expected to be operational in spring 2012.
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Classroom/Lab/Administration (CLA) Building
    [D]ue to a range of extensive deficiencies, including seismic, its demolition and replacement was included in the trustees' 2011-2012 capital program request, but it did not make it into the final state budget; it has been proposed again in the 2012-2013 capital program request. … [T]he campus is reinvestigating if it is economically feasible to seismically upgrade and renovate at least the non-tower portions of the CLA building. The CLA tower remains a Priority List 1 concern.

About Trustees Meetings

For the most part, the discussion happens in the Committee meetings, and then the full Board meets in plenary session and approves whatever is before it. The Board seldom says no to the CSU.

Meetings are supposed to be open to the public, but in practice the CSU has sometimes prevented would-be attendees, including (non-disruptive) employees, from entering the building. With student fee increases on the agenda, and faculty striking this week, this may be a problem again.

The (as yet unapproved) minutes of the previous meetings are in the agendas for the current meetings.

Anyone can address the Board of Trustees, or write to them. See page 4 of the PDF November 2011 Board of Trustees agenda for specifics.


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