More about the CSU Trustees meeting, Sept. 19-20

The CSU Board of Trustees’ meeting of September 19-20 wrapped up this morning. Here are some of the topics that were presented, considered, or adopted.

HELP FOR IMMIGRANT STUDENTS & FACULTY ON CAMPUS: CFA Associate Vice President Molly Talcott (CSU Los Angeles) addressed the Trustees plenary about more steps the CSU can take. Noting the Chancellor’s declaration of support, she said, “We have suggestions for what else the CSU can do.” She called for Dreamers Resource Centers on all CSU campuses that are connected with teaching, research, and internships on those campuses; research on how our undocumented students are doing in this crisis; and a task force to determine what more the CSU can do.

EXECUTIVE PAY RAISE: The Trustees approved a 2.5% salary increase for executives including the Chancellor. They also adopted a recommendation made in the recent State Audit of CSU executive pay practices to stop using the campus foundations to spike some executive’s pay. As a result, campus Presidents Morales, Harrison, White, Wong, and Armstrong as well as Chancellor White will be paid with state dollars only.

ANOTHER TUITION HIKE COMING? Students for Quality Education took to public comment to advise the Trustees to avoid another tuition hike for the next academic year. During a budget discussion, administrators said they may propose another tuition increase for the 2018-19 school year at the Trustees’ November meeting. During the meeting, Faculty Trustee Steven Stepanek questioned the wisdom of adopting another fee increase. Last week, the UC Regents floated the possibility of their own tuition hike.

CSU STAFF UNIONS: The CSU’s skilled trades workers, organized in the State Employees Trades Council (SETC), announced at the Trustees meeting that they have affiliated with Teamsters Local 2010. Academic Professionals of California and the CSU Employees Union made public comment to the Board of Trustees indicating their dissatisfaction with proposals currently on the table.

Stream the Trustees September 2017 meeting online.

PHOTO: Faculty and students protested in March when CSU Trustees approved a 5% ($270) tuition increase for the current school year. Undergraduate tuition for a full-time student from California is now $5,742 a year, not including campus fees, housing, food, and books. Vivian Price, Dominguez Hills CFA Chapter co-President, displayed her sign on Univision-TV.