News Release

California State University Faculty to Address CSU Board of Trustees on Key Budget and Policy Issues
News Statement from CFA

SACRAMENTO — California Faculty Association (CFA) representatives will participate in this week’s California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees bi-monthly board meeting in Long Beach.

At the meeting, CFA activists – representing 28,000 members across the state – will:

  • Call on the CSU administration to follow through on approved budget allocations, totaling $60 million, for the hiring of additional faculty;
  • Highlight the disconnect between the CSU administration and the students it serves as it relates to Quantitative Reasoning and its opposition to an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement (AB 1460);
  • Urge the Trustees to finally take action on the matter of Land Acknowledgement and Recognition and to use CFA’s resolution as a basis for a new policy that would apply to the system’s 23 campuses; and
  • Continue to emphasize the important obligation the Trustees have to recruit a new chancellor who will be an aggressive advocate for the CSU.

CFA is tracking the following policy issue on Tuesday, November 19:

Committee on Finance (10:30 a.m.)

  • CFA chapter leaders from CSU San Marcos and Fullerton will urge the Trustees to ensure that funds our union previously advocated for are spent as allocated. The funding issue relates to $25 million in last year’s state budget and $35 million in this year’s that the State Legislature designated specifically for faculty hiring.

On the funds allocated for faculty hiring, CFA President Charles Toombs said, “It’s accountability time for the Trustees and we intend to remind them that the legislature directed them to spend what is now $60 million to hire more faculty. Our union was the leading advocate for these funds and it is our goal to make sure they are used accordingly, because our students desperately need more faculty in the classroom.”

On Wednesday, November 20, CFA will monitor the following:

Committee on Educational Policy (8:00 a.m.)

  • CFA activists will call into question the growing and glaring disconnect between the CSU administration and its students, with the central elements of that discussion focusing on Chancellor White’s controversial and problematic Quantitative Reasoning proposal and the administration’s staunch opposition to an Ethnic Studies requirement (AB 1460) for students, legislation that CFA sponsored.
  • It should also be noted Students for Quality Education representing several southern California CSU campuses will attend both days of the Trustees’ meeting and plan to hold a protest against the Quantitative Reasoning proposal on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

CFA Associate Vice President for Racial and Social Justice, Sharon Elise cautions, “Policy changes that will make it harder for students to access The People’s University, like the proposed new Quantitative Reasoning requirement, seem to form a punishment regime that would fall most heavily on the most vulnerable:  first generation, second language learners, foster youth, and students of color.”

Plenary Session (10:30 a.m.)

“The CSU is badly in need of a leadership jolt,” Toombs said. “For far too long, the administration has dragged its feet on important issues, like the Land Acknowledgement and Recognition.”

CFA leaders will be on hand for both days of the trustees meeting and will be available to speak with members of the media. To schedule an interview, please contact Michelle Hatfield at 916-612-8779.

 

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents more than 28,000 tenure-line instructional faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches on the 23 campuses of the California State University system, from Humboldt State in the north, to San Diego State in the south. Learn more about CFA at calfac.org and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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