Friday, November 9, 2012

Board of Trustees Meets Next Week, Nov. 13-14

The CSU Board of Trustees meets next Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13 and 14, 2012. A closed session begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for unspecified Executive Personnel Matters and collective bargaining issues. The open session begins around 10:00 a.m., starting with the Committee on Collective Bargaining. Meetings continue all day, and resume at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, with the Plenary session estimated to begin at 10:30.
There is also a Special Committee on Pension Reform meeting listed for 11:30 a.m., after the Board of Trustees adjourns. No agenda seems to be published for it, but it is not listed as a closed meeting.

Selected Agenda Items

  • Salary and benefits for the incoming Chancellor, Timothy P. White:
    • Salary of $421,500
    • An annual salary supplement of $30,000 from the CSU Board of Governors Foundation
    • A house: the official university residence for the chancellor
    • Vehicle allowance of $1,000 per month
    • Reimbursement for travel and relocation expenses
    • Unspecified "executive classification" benefits, which at this writing are not listed with other employees' benefits
    • Eligibility to hold the academic rank of full professor with tenure at CSU Long Beach.
    White's official starting date will be December 31, 2012, meaning he will not be affected by the change in how pensions work beginning January 1, 2013. The Chancellor's Office is closed on December 31.
  • Title 5 amendment requiring managers and executives to disclose outside employment for the identification of and to preclude any conflict of commitment. This is in response to a 2007 audit of CSU compensation practices by the Bureau of State Audits (BSA). For this meeting, it is an information item, with proposed language to be voted on at the January 2013 meeting.
    • That's not a typo. Next year, the CSU may do something to address a problem identified in an audit 5 years ago.
    • The title of the 2007 audit was California State University: It Needs to Strengthen Its Oversight and Establish Stricter Policies for Compensating Current and Former Employees
  • Report on legislation of interest to the CSU. A few highlights:
    • AB 1434 adds CSU employees to the list of mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect occurring on campuses.
    • AB 1723 requires public meetings of the Trustees to be available by live video stream over the internet. CSU took no position on this, and it was signed into law.
    • There were a number of attempts to reign in CSU's extravagant approach to executive and manager salaries. The CSU opposed all of them. None succeeded.
      • AB 1561 would have prohibited the CSU from raising administrator salaries when state funding is reduced or tuition fees increased.
      • AB 1787 would have frozen CSU salaries until June 2015 for employees making over $100,000.
      • SB 952 would have prohibited raises for CSU employees making over $200,000 from General Fund sources through June 2014.
      • SB 967 would have prohibited salary augmentation for executive officers within 2 years of a mandatory systemwide fee increase.
      • SB 1368 would have prevented unelected state employees from earning more than the governor or $174,000.
    • SB 1515 would have reduced the number of governor appointees to the Board of Trustees from 16 to 14, and required that the appointments include 1 faculty, 1 represented staff, and 4 students. The CSU opposed this bill, and it failed.
  • CSU Seismic Safety Program's annual report. Some highlights:
    • Warren Hall at CSU East Bay, described as long our most pressing seismic concern, is mostly vacated and is scheduled to be demolished in July 2013. Still in the building are the campus telephone switch in the basement, servers on the third floor, and telecom antennas on the roof, all of which sometimes require in-person staff visits.
    • CLA building at Cal Poly Pomona is a priority List 1 concern, but no funds have been budgeted.
  • Update on current audits and follow-up on past audits including IT Disaster Recovery, ADA Compliance, and Sensitive Data Security.
    Current year audits include:
    • Data Center Operations (Chico, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Long Beach, Northridge, and Pomona)
    • Identity Management and Common Systems Access (Humboldt, Monterey Bay, San Diego, and San Marcos)
    • Information Systems
  • Ratification of a new contract with Academic Professionals of California (APC). APC represents Unit 4, composed of about 3,000 academic support professionals such as Credential Analysts and Student Services Professionals. CSU and APC reached a tentative agreement in July, and APC members voted overwhelmingly to ratify the contract. Most portions of this contract maintain the status quo.
  • Additional fees for students doing things like earning lots of units before graduating, taking a higher course load, and repeating classes.

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.
Meetings are open to the public. Anyone can attend. Anyone can address the Board of Trustees in person, or write to them. See the main agenda for specific instructions.
Minutes of the previous meeting(s) — not yet approved, sometimes containing mistakes — are in the various agendas for the current meetings.

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