State of the California State University – January 30, 2018

State of the California State University – January 30, 2018

September 20, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


>>GOOD MORNING. IT’S MY
PLEASURE TO ANNOUNCE THE FIRST ITEM IN OPEN SESSION WHICH IS
THE CHANCELLOR’S 2017 STATE OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
AND I AM REMINDED HAVING WATCHED THE GOVERNOR’S STATE OF THE
STATE ADDRESS RECENTLY LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NEWSOM
INTRODUCED GOVERNOR BROWN AND I KNOW YOU’RE NOT HERE TO LISTEN
TO THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SO I KNOW YOU’RE NOT HERE TO LISTEN
TO THE BOARD CHAIR BUT I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS. YOU KNOW
THIS HAS BEEN A CHALLENGING HERE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR
EMPLOYEES AND OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY AND WHEN I THINK ABOUT
THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE I THINK ABOUT CHANCELLOR WHITE’S
ANALOGY ABOUT CENTRIFUGAL FORCES AND WHILE I WISHED HE USED A
METAPHOR THAT WAS EASIER TO ANNOUNCE I AM TOLD YOU CAN TAKE
THE CHANCELLOR OUT OF THE SCIENCE LAB BUT NOT TAKE THE
SCIENCE LAB OUT OF THE CHANCELLOR SO THESE WORDS
RESONATE WITH ME IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES CERTAINLY AND
THE FORCES THAT SEEK TO DIVIDE US IN OUR NATION AND FORCES OF
HATE AND IGNORANCE AND OF PHOBIAS THEY REQUIRE AND EQUALLY
IF NOT DOUBLY LONG CENTRIFUGAL FORCE — DID I GET THAT? — TO
BRING US TOGETHER TO MEND FENCES AND NOT TO BUILD WALLS AND TO
CELEBRATE OUR SIMILARITIES AND OUR DIFFERENCES AND THE
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY IS JUST SUCH A CENTRIFUGAL FORCE SO
BEFORE I TURN IT OVER I WISH TO SHARE ON BEHALF OF THIS BOARD
OUR DEEPEST APPRECIATION TO CHANCELLOR WHITE FOR HIS ROBUST
LEADERSHIP AND FOR HIS WORK EACH DAY TO FOSTER INCLUSIVITY,
QUALITY, OPPORTUNITY AND EXCELLENCE THROUGHOUT THE
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. IT’S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE TIMOTHY WHITE. [APPLAUSE]
>>WELL THANK YOU CHAIR EISEN AND TO THE BOARD, AND TO
PRESIDENTS ALL GATHERED HERE TODAY. LAST MONTH I CELEBRATED
MY [INAUDIBLE] AS YOUR CHANCELLOR AND I LOOK BACK AND
RECOUNT MY NUMEROUS VISITS TO THE 23 CAMPUSES AND LITERALLY
THOUSANDS OF CONVERSATIONS WITH STUDENTS AND ALUMNI, FACULTY,
STAFF, ADMINISTRATORS, TRUSTEE AND THE TALENT HERE IN THE
CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE AND MANY MEETINGS WITH LOCAL, STATE AND
FEDERAL LAWMAKERS AND THE COUNTLESS DISCUSSIONS WITH OUR
FOUNDATION AND ADVISORY BOARDS ALONG WITH BUSINESS AND
INDUSTRY, THE NON-PROFIT, THE EDUCATIONAL AND THE COMMUNITY
LEADERS. I KEEP COMING BACK TO
THE REMARKABLE BREADTH OF REASONS WHY THE CSU MATTERS SO
MUCH TO SO MANY PEOPLE. WHAT
ARE THE PROFOUND REASONS THAT THE CSU MATTERS, FOR WHAT CAUSE,
FOR WHAT PURPOSE? I ANSWER BY
FIRST LOOKING AT OUR LEGACY AS A TRANSFORMATIVE CONSEQUENTIAL
UNIVERSITY. SINCE THE FIRST
CAMPUS WAS FOUNDED IN 1857 AS A SCHOOL AND NOW AN EXCEPTIONAL
UNIVERSITY ALL THE WAY THROUGH TODAY AND I LOOK WHERE THE CSU
STANDS TODAY, WHAT WE ACHIEVED OVER THE PAST YEARS, AND WHERE
OPPORTUNITIES LIE FOR 2018 AND BEYOND. HOW OUR LEGACY AND THE
TOUGH DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE IN THE PRESENT MUST STRENGTHEN AND
EMPOWER OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE. I’M ALSO GOING TO LOOK
AT THE FUTURE, TO OUR VISION WHAT A CONSEQUENTIAL UNIVERSITY
IN CALIFORNIA WILL EMERGE AS IN THE COMING DECADES AND WHAT NEED
TO DO TO GET THERE, SO LET’S START WITH LEGACY. NOW, WHETHER
YOU TRACE OUR FOUNDING BACK SIX OR 16 DECADES THE LEGACY CAN’T
BE TOLD BY LOOKING AT A MAP OF CALIFORNIA OR THE FACT BOOK. OUR LEGACY IS OVER 4 MILLION
CALIFORNIANS, ALUMNI, STUDENTS AND FACULTY AND STAFF AND THEIR
CONTRIBUTIONS AND HISTORIC WORK THAT WE CELEBRATE TODAY. OUR
LEGACY IS A CAMPUS RISING FROM THE WATTS REBELLION IN 1965 AND
SOLIDIFIED IN THE 1968 SUMMER OLYMPICS IN MEXICO CITY. OUR
LEGACY IS THE SUCCESSFUL CAREERS OF ALUMNI LIKE FILM EXECUTIVE
KATHLEEN KENNEDY, BASEBALL STAR JUSTIN TURNER, THE HONORABLE
SOIS AND ASTRONAUT CAGEEL AND NEW INNOVATIVE WAYS AND
TECHNIQUES AND AGRICULTURE AND SCIENCE AND BLUETOOTH AND THE
MICRO PROCESSOR. OUR LEGACY IS
THE WANG FAMILY EXCELLENCE AWARDS WHO YOU WILL CELEBRATE
LATER TODAY AND FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBER AND THEIR DEDICATED
COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE SYSTEM. OUR LEGACY IS A STORY OF
SACRAMENTO STATE WHICH ON OCTOBER 16, 1967 HAD THE COURAGE
TO STAND UP TO HATRED AND DIVISION BY INVITING DR. MARTIN
LUTHER KING JR. TO SPEAK AT A
TIME WHEN FEW OTHERS WOULD. ON
THAT DAY IN 1967 DR. KING’S
WELCOME AT THE AIRPORT BY A YOUNG SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR AND
ANTHONY RENDON AND RECOMMENDED HIM TELLING HIM IN THE SHORT
RIDE TO THE CAMPUS STADIUM “KEEP UP OUR HOPE AND OUR STRUGGLE AND
DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE EVEN WHEN WE NEVER REACH THE
DESTINATION.” A VISIONARY
STATEMENT. A TIMELESS
STATEMENT. A PROFOUND STATEMENT
THAT WE CAN ALL BENEFIT FROM TODAY. INDEED OUR LEGACY AT THE
CSU IS THE STORY OF TWO SISTERS, NATALIIA AND ISABELLE WITH THEIR
FAMILY FLED THEIR HOME COUNTRY TO ESCAPE DEATH THREATS FROM THE
ARMED FORCES OF COLUMN WE A ON ARRIVING IN CALIFORNIA THEY
DIDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH AND STRUGGLED TO FIT INTO THEIR
SCHOOL. THEIR PARENTS, A DOCTOR
AND ACCOUNTANT BACK HOME TOOK LOW WAGE JOBS TO MAKE ENDS MEET
AND AFTER THE FAMILY’S VISA EXPIRED THEY WORRIED THEY
COULDN’T ATTEND COLLEGE OR GETTING FINANCIAL AID BY
EXCELLING IN HIGH SCHOOL. NOW
LUCKILY BECAUSE OF CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO’S PRIVATELY FUNDED
SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE HIGHEST ACHIEVING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS IN
THE COUNTY REGARDLESS OF THE STATUS THE GIRLS WERE ABLE TO
REACH THEIR DREAM GOALS AND GRADUATE WITH HONORS FROM CSU
SAN BERNARDINO. BOTH HAVE SINCE
EARNED ADVANCED DEGREES AND STARTED A COMPANY IN LOS ANGELES
PROVIDING LIFE CHANGING THERAPY TO INFANTS WITH DISABILITIES. NOT SURPRISINGLY OVER THREE
QUARTERS OF THE COMPANY’S WORK FORCE ARE CSU ALUMNI. AND
BECAUSE OF THE LEGACY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND STARTED BY THE
LEAT PRESIDENT AL CARNEY AND STRENGTHENED BY PRESIDENT THOMAS
MORALES THE GIRLS ESTABLISHED A DREAMER SCHOLARSHIP IN SAN
BERNARDINO LAST FALL AND OUR LEGACY IS MY OWN STORY. AS AN
IMMIGRANT, STUDENT ATHLETE AND THE FIRST IN MY FAMILY TO ATTEND
COLLEGE, BUT I HAVE PERSONAL INSIGHT AND GRATITUDE TO
CALIFORNIA’S PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION THROUGH SCHOOL. AS
MANY OF YOU KNOW I’M A PRODUCT OF THIS UNIVERSITY TWICE, EAST
BAY FRESNO AND YOU HEARD MY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND CSU AND UC
STORY BEFORE AND I LOVE TO TELL IT TO THOSE THAT WANT TO LISTEN
AND THOSE THAT DON’T AND WHAT YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THAT LEGACY OF
OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA IS ALSO IN THE STORY
OF MY FATHER. MY DAD — EXCUSE
ME, MY DAD WAS 39 WHEN WE IMMIGRATED TOGETHER FROM
ARGENTINA TO THE U.S. HE GOT HIS FIRST AND LAST JOB IN THE U.S.
WITH THE HEXYL CORPORATION AND AFTER 20 YEARS HE REALIZED HE
COULD NO LONGER COMPETED WITHOUT HIGHER EDUCATION, SO DID HIS
BOSS. THERE WERE DISCUSSIONS OF
JOB LOSS AROUND THE AGE OF 60, A FRIGHTENING PROPOSITION. THE
BOSS OFFERED HIM A POSITION OF INTERNAL AUDITING BUT MY DAD
WOULD NEED TRAINING SO AROUND 60 HE WENT TO COLLEGE FOR THE FIRST
TIME, TOOK NIGHT COURSES IN AUDITING AND GOT THE NEEDED
KNOWLEDGE AND WORKED TO RETIRE AT 65 SO THINK ABOUT THIS. CALIFORNIA PUBLIC HIGHER
EDUCATION LAUNCHED ME EARLY IN LIFE AND SAVED MY DAD LATER IN
LIFE. I WOULD SAY THAT IS
REMARKABLE BOOK ENDS. THAT’S
THE LEGACY AND VISION OF THE CSU ALONGSIDE THE UNIVERSITY OF
CALIFORNIA AND OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND COMBINED THESE
STORIES OF COURAGE AND FORESIGHT, OF GENEROSITY,
OPPORTUNITY, INCLUSIVITY AND EXCELLENCE FURTHER SHAPE THE
PROFOUND VISION FOR THE FUTURE. LET’S REFLECT NOW ON THE
PRESENT. I WILL START AS I
ALWAYS DO WITH STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND SUCCESS. ONE OF
MY PERSONAL MANTRAS AS YOU KNOW FOR MORE STUDENTS FROM
CALIFORNIA DIVERSELY DYNAMIC TO EARN A HIGH QUALITY DEGREE IN
EDUCATION SOONER AND OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS THE CSU
COMMUNITY HAS BEEN LASER FOCUSED ON RAISING COMPLETION RATES
RESULTING IN A 25% IMPROVEMENT IN FIRST TIME FRESHMEN
GRADUATING IN FOUR YEARS AS WELL AS A 28% IMPROVEMENT IN THE RATE
OF TRANSFER STUDENTS GRATING — GRADUATING IN TWO YEARS AND
BANNER INCREASESES FOR ANY UNIVERSITY FOR FOR OUR STUDENTS
THE HOLISTIC STUDENT SUCCESS EFFORTS ARE TRULY AMAZING. LAST
YEAR WE REACHED A HISTORIC MILESTONE IN DEGREE COMPLETION. 99,000 STUDENTS EARNED A
BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN 2016-17. IF WE HELD A COMMENCEMENT
CEREMONY FOR THE ENTIRE CSU IN 2017 WE WOULD FILL SAN JOSE
STATE FOOTBALL STADIUM MANY TIMES OVER AND FILLING ANOTHER
STADIUM AND THAT’S TRANSFORMATIVE AND CONSEQUENTIAL
SO TO THE FACULTY AND STAFF AND STUDENTS AND LAPISES ALL LEVELS
OF THE CSU I SAY THANK YOU AND TO THE BACCALAUREATE AND ALL OF
THE GRADS ARE ABLE TO JOIN THE WORK FORCE IN 2018 WITH
PROFESSIONAL OR GRADUATE SCHOOL. THEY’RE OPPOSEDDED TO EARN 66%
HIGHER INCOME THAN THOSE ONLY WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND
FAR FACED UNLIKELY TO FACE UNEMPLOYMENT IN ANY ECONOMY AND
THE MEDIAN SALARY FOR CSU ALUMNI IS ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE AT
$47,000 A YEAR. THEREFORE 7,000
ADDITIONAL GRADUATES LAST YEAR ALONE COULD HAVE COLLECTIVELY
EARNED $328 MILLION THEIR FIRST YEAR IN THE WORK FORCE AND JUST
THINK OF THE STATE TAXES OF THAT $328 MILLION WOULD GENERATE. IF
WE KEEP THIS MOMENTUM GOING WE CAN OVERCOME CALIFORNIA’S LIVING
DEGREE DROUGHT AND POWER OUR SOCIETY AND ECONOMY FOR DECADES
TO COME. WE KNOW OF COURSE THAT
THE VALUE AND QUALITY OF A UNIVERSITY EDUCATION CANNOT BE
MEASURED SIMPLY WITH THE GRADUATION RATES. IT’S ALSO
DEFINED AND FOUND IN THE CHALLENGING AND SUPPORTIVE
ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING AND DISCOVERY THAT EMBOLDENS OUR
STUDENT WITH DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE AND THE NECESSARY
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE TO PROFOUNDLY ADVANCE AS PRODUCTIVE
MEMBERS AS A MULTI-CULTURAL GLOBAL SOCIETY. WE KNOW WHAT IS
AT STAKE IF WE ALLOW OUR DREAM DRIVEN HARD FOUGHT PROGRESS TO
STAGGATE. CALIFORNIA’S
INDUSTRIES CANNOT SURVIVE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IF WE FAIL TO
PRODUCE THE ENGINEERS AND PROGRAMMERS AND INNOVATORS AND
EDUCATORS AND LEADERS OF TOMORROW AND CALIFORNIA’S
DIVERSELY DYNAMIC SOCIETY, THE ENVY OF THIS COUNTRY AND WORLD
WILL NOT THRIVE IF WE PULL BACK FROM THE PUBLIC MISSION, OUR
PUBLIC MISSION TO SERVE, EDUCATE AND GRADUATE FUTURE GENERATIONS
OF STUDENTS FROM THE GOLDEN STATE BUT TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD
ON OUR PROGRESS AND INCREASE MOMENTUM TOWARDS THESE GOALS. INDEED LAST YEAR THE CSU BROUGHT
IN MORE THAN 700 TENURE TRACK FACULTY, THE LARGEST COHORT IN A
DECADE. AND THE SEARCH FOR AN
ADDITIONAL 700 IS UNDER WAY NOW AND 400 NEW POSITIONS WHEN YOU
ACCOUNT FOR THOSE THAT WE LOST WITH RETIREMENT. WE’RE BRINGING
MORE STAFF AND PEER ADVISERS AND REVOLUTIONIZING THE CURRICULUM
AND TOOLS AND POST DEVELOPMENT AND THE SKILLS GAP AND
REVITALIZING RESEARCH AND LEARNING SPACES. IN
NOVEMBER 2016 I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO THIS BOARD FOR APPROVING A
MULTI-YEAR PLAN AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF UP TO $1 BILLION IN
FINANCING FOR ACADEMIC PROJECTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE INCLUDING
LIFE SAFETY AND SEISMIC NEEDS. IMPORTANTLY THIS PLAN DID NOT
REQUIRE NEW FUNDING FROM THE STATE OR FROM OUR STUDENTS NOR
DID IT REQUIRE THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO PULL RESOURCES FROM
OTHER NON CAPITAL AREAS OF THE OPERATING BUDGET. INSTEAD
EXISTING RESOURCES DESIGNATED FOR CAPITAL NEEDS WERE
RESTRUCTURED AND UTILIZED TO SUPPORT THIS PLAN AND LAST
FEBRUARY WE ISSUED THE FIRST SEIZE OF BONDS UNDER THIS PLAN
PROVIDING CAPITAL FUNDING WITH APPROXIMATELY $204 MILLION FOR
PROJECTS ACROSS THE SYSTEM. WE’RE MAKING THE MOST OF THE
OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTNER WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AS YOU WILL
HEAR LATER TODAY THE CSU HAS DOZENS OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE
PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS IN VARIOUS STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT. WITH
THESE PARTNERSHIPS ALONGSIDE BOTH PURCHASING AND
CONSOLIDATION AND REVOLUTIONATION AND A PROGRAM WE
JUST ANNOUNCED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA THE CSU
HAS 23 OF THE MOST EFFICIENTLY EFFECTIVE UNIVERSITIES IN THE
COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. THIS IS
AN AREA WHERE THE CSU IS ROUTINELY CITED AS A NATIONAL
LEADER BECAUSE AS YOU WE ALL KNOW EFFICIENCIES AND COST
REDUCTIONS CAN ONLY GO SO FAR. ONCE YOU BEGIN CUTTING INTO CORE
FUNCTIONS CRITICAL SUPPORT AREAS, QUALITY, INFRASTRUCTURE,
VITAL FACULTY OR STAFF THEN THE DRIVE FOR EFFICIENCY BECOMES A
DEATH SPIRAL OF LOST QUALITY AND LOST CONFIDENCE. WE CANNOT LET
OUR PUBLIC UNIVERSITY SUFFER THAT FATE. THIS GETS TO WHY A
PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION MATTERS. IT’S ABOUT OPPORTUNITY AND
PROSPERITY, ABOUT SOCIAL ASCENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. IT’S ABOUT
A STUDENT REACHING AND LIKELY EXCEEDING THEIR LONG HELD DREAM
DRIVEN GOALS. IT’S ABOUT SELF
ACTUALIZATION AND THE BENEFITS THAT TRANSCEND SELF. IT’S ABOUT
EMPOWERING CALIFORNIANS TO BE THE MOST SUCCESS VERSION OF WHO
THEY ARE SO CALIFORNIA AS A WHOLE SUCCEEDS. WE KNOW THERE’S
A LOT OF WORK AHEAD OF US. HECK
WE’RE ONLY TWO YEARS INTO THE TEN YEAR PLAN TO ELIMINATE
EQUITY GAPS AND DECREASE TIME TO EARN A DEGREE. THERE’S A LOT OF
WORK AHEAD OF US BECAUSE WE KNOW WHAT IS AT STAKE. CERTAINLY THE
STATUS QUO WE’VE ALWAYS DONE IT THIS WAY THINKING CAN BE EASY TO
FALL BACK ON IF WE’RE NOT CAREFUL OR COURAGEOUS SO HERE’S
MY VIEW OF THE OLD STATUS QUO. IT’S UNACCEPTABLE AND WITHOUT
CHANGE THE 25,000 STUDENTS WHO ARRIVE AT A CSU CAMPUS IN NEED
OF ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC PREPARATION IN MATH ONE IN FOUR
WOULD NOT RETURN FOR THEIR SECOND YEAR. ONE IN FOUR. AND
OF THAT ONLY 10% WILL GRADUATE IN FOUR YEARS AND ONLY 35% IN
FIVE YEARS AND LESS THAN HALF WILL GRADUATE AFTER SIX YEARS. WE CAN ALL AGREE REGARDLESS OF
YOUR VIEWS ON SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST YEAR
OF COLLEGE ESPECIALLY FOR OUR UNDERSERVED STUDENTS MATTERS FOR
THEIR CHANCES OF EARNING A EDUCATION AND A DEGREE, SO I ASK
WHO ARE WE HELPING? WHO ARE WE
PROTECTING IF WE WERE TO CONTINUE THE STATUS QUO WHEN
BOTH INDIVIDUAL ANECDOTES AND COMPELLING AGGREGATE DATA
INDICATE IT’S NOT WORKING FOR SO MANY OF OUR STUDENTS. LET’S
TAKE A LOOK AT CESAR. LAST
MONTH CAPITAL WEEKLY PUBLISHED A PIECE BY GRADUATE STUDENT AT
SACRAMENTO STATE CESAR TORRES. CESAR WHO SUFFERS FROM DYSLEXIA
WROTE ABOUT BEING RAILROADED INTO A YEAR OF REMEDIAL MATH IN
COMMUNITY COLLEGE BEFORE HE COULD START THE REQUIREMENT FOR
HIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN COMMUNICATIONS. WHEN HE GOT TO
COLLEGE HE DIDN’T KNOW THAT STATISTICS ABOUT STUDENTS OF
COLOR AND MATH REMEDIATION THAT THEY’RE MORE LIKELY TO BE
CLASSIFIED AS UNPREPARED AND OFTEN REQUIRED TO TAKE THREE OR
MORE REMEDIAL MATH CLASSES BEFORE THEY CAN EARN CREDIT FOR
COLLEGE LEVEL MATH NOR DID HE KNOW THAT LESS ONE IN TEN
STUDENTS PLACED IN THESE CLASSES WILL ACTUALLY COMPLETE THE MATH
REQUIREMENT FOR A BACHELOR’S DEGREE, LESS THAN ONE IN TEN,
BUT LUCKILY FOR CESAR HIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AMERICAN
RIVER, OFFERED AN INNOVATIVE TWO SEMESTER PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE MAJORS TO MEET COLLEGE LEVEL
QUANTITATIVE REASONING REQUIREMENTS WITHOUT GETTING
STUCK IN THE SEEMING AND SOMETIMES ACTUALLY CYCLE OF WORK
WITHOUT PROGRESS AND BECAUSE OF THE INNOVATIVE PROGRAM AND HIS
DETERMINATION CESAR WAS ABLE TO ENROLL IN STATISTICS AT AMERICAN
RIVER AND LATER TRANSFERRED TO AND GRADUATED FROM SAC STATE AND
NOW HE’S WELL ON THE WAY TO EARNING HIS PH.D AND BECOMING
A COLLEGE PROFESSOR SO LET’S IMPROVE THE THOUSAND S OF STORIES
LIKE THIS AND INTO DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION AND EVERYTHING WE DO
WITH INNOVATION AND COURAGE TO ENABLE — TO TRULY ENABLE
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND SUCCESS. LET’S MAKE CESAR’S SUCCESS STORY
THE NEW STATUS QUO. NOW THIS
INCREDIBLE TRUTH ABOUT OUR PROGRESS IS THAT WE’RE MAKING
GAINS BY ADDING MORE PROFESSORS, MORE VISIERS AND COURSES AND
WHILE KEEPING COSTS FOR STUDENTS AND THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA LOW
AND MANY FACULTY AND STAFF ACROSS THE CSU ARE HARD AT WORK
DESIGNING COURSES TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS CAN EARN COLLEGE CREDIT
BY RECEIVING THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. INDEED WE’RE CONSTANTLY
PRAISED FOR RETURN ON INVESTMENT NATIONALLY AND ON EDUCATION AND
POLLING AND INCLUDING THE RECENT STUDY OF CALIFORNIAN’S VIEW THAT
SHOWED SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS AND VERY
FAVORABLE IMPRESSIONS OF THE CSU AND DURING THE LAST FIVE YEARS
WE HAVE KEPT FOCUS ON AN AFFORDABLE COLLEGE DEGREE, THE
TUITION RAISING 4.9% WHILE CREATING ACCESS FOR AN
ADDITIONAL 35,000 PELL GRANT RECIPIENTS, 35,000 STUDENTS WE
ADDED OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS THAT ARE PELL STUDENTS IS EQUAL
TO THE TOTAL COMBINED ENROLLMENT OF PELL GRANT STUDENTS AT THE
EIGHT IVY LEAGUE UNIVERSITIES PLUS UCLA, UC BERKELEY AND USC. THAT TOO IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF
OUR PROUD LEGACY. IN BETWEEN
PELL GRANT, CAL GRANT AND CSU STATE UNIVERSITY GRANTS SOME 2/3
OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE THEIR TUITION COVERED COMPLETELY
WITHOUT LOANS. LET ME REPEAT
THAT. 2/3 OF THE STUDENTS DON’T
PAY TUITION AFTER FINANCIAL AID. WE ALSO KNOW THAT STUDENTS NOT
JUST PAY TUITION. THEY HAVE TO
LIVE IN CALIFORNIA AND CALIFORNIA IS INDEED EXPENSIVE. THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT IN
LINE WITH THE LEGACY TO KEEP COSTS LOW FOR THE STUDENTS WHILE
UNDERSTANDING THE REALITY THAT A QUALITY EDUCATION DOES TAKE
RESOURCES, AND IN TODAY’S NEW NORMAL HERE IN CALIFORNIA THE
DAYS OF FULLY SUBSIDIZED TUITION ARE IN THE PAST. THE SIMPLE
TRUTH THAT SOMEONE ALWAYS PAYS. IT’S WHO PAYS HAS CHANGED OVER
TIME AND MAKE NO MISTAKE WE’RE THANKFUL FOR INCREMENTAL
INCREASES IN THE STATE APPROPRIATION IN RECENT YEARS
YET THE INCREASES AND SUPPORT FROM THE STATE ARE GOING IN
LARGE PART TO HEALTH CARE AND OTHER MANDATED AND INFLATIONARY
COSTS AND EITHER WAY IT’S PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE. WE’RE ESSENTIALLY TRYING TO WALK
UP A DOWN ESCALATOR. EVEN WITH
THE REMARKABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN EFFICIENCY AND COST REDUCTION WE
HAVE DONE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO AND DESCRIBED LATER IN THE
MEETING IN THE BUDGET AND FINANCE REPORT BY STEVE RELYEA. WE CAN’T PROGRESS TO MEET
CALIFORNIA’S NEEDS AND OUR STUDENT’S EXPECTATIONS OF US. INDEED WE’RE ON AN UNSUSTAINABLE
PATH WAY. THIS CONCERNS AND
SADDENS ME AS A CALIFORNIAN, AS AN EDUCATOR AND AS YOUR
CHANCELLOR AND WHILE THE IDEAIST SAYS THAT THE STATE WILL TAKE US
BACK TO PUBLIC EDUCATION AS A PUBLIC INVESTMENT THE REALIST
SAYS IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN IN OUR LIFETIME AND STILL WITH ALL
DUE RESPECT I WILL SAY TO THE ELECTED LEADERS THE MOMENT TO
PROPERLY VEST IN THE CSU IS OVERDEE AND AS THE TRUSTEES
REQUESTED YEAR IN AND YEAR ODD. WE ARE ALL CALIFORNIANS . IT’S
SHOULDN’T BE THE CSU VERSUS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR
RESOURCES. IT SHOULD BE ALL OF
US WORKING UTILITIES FOR CALIFORNIANS WITH A STRONG
ECONOMY AND ROBUST STATE COFFERS AND NEW INDUSTRIES GENERATING
BILLIONS IN ADDITIONAL TAXES AND FEES, ALL DEVELOPMENTS RESULTING
IN THE GROWING NEED FOR AN UNIVERSITY EDUCATED POPULOUS
IT’S IMPERATIVE TO INVEST ADEQUATELYLET FUEL FOR TOMORROW
SO THAT THEN LEADS TO OUR VISION AND IT IS BASED ON SHARED
PRIORITIES AND I TRUST IN THE YEAR AHEAD WE CAN BUILD ON THE
PROGRESS MADE IN 2017 TOWARDS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND SUCCESS
MAKING SURE THAT MORE STUDENTS REGARDLESS OF BACKGROUND OR
STATUS OR EARNING DEGREES AND ACHIEVE THE CAREER GOALS AND
LIFE’S TRAJECTORY. ENROLLMENT. STAYING TRUE TO THE MISSION AND
GRADUATING EVERY QUALIFIED CALIFORNIAN AND NOT TURNING THEM
AWAY FROM THE CAMPUSES. FACILITIES AND DEFERRED
MAINTENANCE. WORKING TO REPAIR
THE LEARNING AND WORKING ENVIRONMENTS AND SUCCESSFULLY
ADVOCATING FOR MORE FLEXIBILITY AND AUTHORITY TO BETTER MEET OUR
BACKLOGS AND OUR NEEDS AND FAIR COMPENSATION. I AM PROUD WE
WERE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER WITH OUR UNION PARTNERS LAST YEAR ON
NEW AGREEMENTS THAT BETTER REFLECT OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE
WORK THAT THEY DO BUT OUR VOICES ARE LOUDEST AND STRONGEST WHEN
IN UNISON AND TELL THE PROFOUND CSU STORY IN OUR THOUSANDS OF
VOICES, SO HOW DO WE ENSURE THAT THE SHARED PRIORITIES CONTINUES
IN 2018 AND THE NEXT DECADE AND BEYOND? I BELIEVE THAT THE
OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITY FACING THE CSU AHEAD WILL REQUIRE THE
UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY ALONG STAKEHOLDERS, ALLIES, FRIENDS
AND PARTNERS TO SPEAK AS ONE VOICE FOR OUR VALUES AND MISSION
IN SERVICE TO CALIFORNIA AND FOR CALIFORNIA. NOVEMBER 2017 I WAS
INVITED TO SPEAK AT THE CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC SUMMIT
ANNUAL PROGRAM, A THEME WAS AND IS INSTRUCTIVE FOR TODAY “THE
ROAD MAP TO SHARED PROSPERITY.” I JOINED WITH UC PRESIDENT JANET
NAPOLITANO AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT CHANCELLOR OAKLEY AND
I WAS ASKED WHAT MY PREDICTIONS FOR 2018? AND THE FIRST WAS FOR
A ALL FINAL FOUR IN BASKETBALL AND SO FAR SO GOOD BUT IF IT
DOESN’T WORK OUT THERE WILL BE DISAPPOINTMENT FOR PLAYERS AND
FANS AND COACHES. MY SECOND
PREDICTION FOR 2018 THERE WOULD BE A FIGHT, A FIGHT FOR
RESOURCES, FOR OUR VALUES AND OUR AS THE MOST DIVERSE AND
INCLUSIVE AND CONSEQUENTIAL UNIVERSITY IN THE NATION. I
DON’T SAY A FIGHT TOWARDS DISRESPECT WITH THE ELECTED
LEADERS AT ALL. I KNOW THEY
HAVE A TOUGH JOB WITH CALIFORNIA’S COMPETING PRIORITY. WHEN I SAY FIGHT WE NEED TO COME
TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS AND THE COMMUNITY
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIAS AND ELECTED
OFFICIALS TO AFFIRM THE BELIEF THAT THE BEST INVESTMENT
CALIFORNIA CAN MAKE FOR ITS PEOPLE IS PUBLIC HIGHER
EDUCATION. INDEED LIKE SPORTS
HOPE IS ETERNAL IN FUNDING REQUESTS BUT HERE THE
CONSEQUENCE OF NOT SUCCEEDING IS MUCH MORE PROFOUND THAN MERE
DISAPPOINTMENT. IT MEANS LIVE
REDIRECTED WITH THE POWER OF PUBLIC EDUCATION AND THE HOPE
AND OPPORTUNITY AND SOCIAL ASCENT LIFTS INDIVIDUALS AND
FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. IT
MEANS LOST HUMAN POTENTIAL. OUR
MISSION THEN HAS BOTH ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AND MORAL IMPERATIVE
AT ITS ROOTS AND LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL. WHEN I SAY FIGHT WE NEED TO
STAND AGAINST THE FORCES OF HATE AND BIGOTRY AND THAT DIVIDE THE
SOCIETIES AND YESTERDAY I ISSUED THE CSU’S STATEMENT OF
EXCELLENCE FOR ALL TO PERUSE ON OUR WEBSITE. WHEN I SAY FIGHT I
MEAN WE NEED TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR VULNERABLE
STUDENTS AND IT’S BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR LEGACY
ANDAL ALL TIMES AND UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE STUDENTS
INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY FACING UNDUE HARDSHIPS AND
OBSTACLES AND DISCRIMINATION AND AS A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY THE CSU
IS OUR WAY TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE STUDENTS REGARDLESS
OF THE CIRCUMSTANCE. A DECADE
AGO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTED HONORARY DEGREES TO STUDENTS OF
JAPANESE ANCESTRY WHOSE COLLEGE EDUCATION WAS STOPPED DURING
WORLD WAR II WITH FORCED REMOVAL AND SOME WERE GIVEN POSTHUMOUSLY
AND THE CHANCELLOR SAID WE HOPE TO DO RIGHT IN IN LIGHT OF ALL
THE WRONGS AND TODAY WE ARE WORKING FOR WOMENS’ RIGHTS AND
FIGHTING AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE ON CAMPUS AND WE’RE THE FIRST GROUP
TO HAVE A TITLE NINE COMPLIANCE OFFICER TO ACTIVELY ADDRESS
ISSUES OF SEX DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE. NOW EVERY CSU CAMPUS
HAS A DEDICATED TITLE NINE OFFICER COMMITTED TO GIVE WRAP
AROUND SERVICES AND PROMPT RESPONSES AND A HEARING. FOR
THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY EVERY CAMPUS HAS RESOURCES AND SUPPORTIVE
COMMUNITY FOR THOSE AND SAFE ZONES AND INCLUSIVITY CENTERS
AND MORE AND FOR THE DREAMERS AND EMPLOYEES WE WORK CLOSELY
WITH THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND WITH THE UC AND COMMUNITY
COLLEGE AND COMPANIES BIG AND SMALL AND NATIONAL GROUPS LIKE
— [INAUDIBLE] EVERYONE IN HIGHER EDUCATION ACROSS THIS
COUNTRY CONTINUE TO PUSH CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE TO
PROTECT OUR DREAMER STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES. REGRETTABLY THE NO
RESOLUTION ON DACA IS LARGE AND HAS UNCERTAINTY AND WILL BE A
STAIN ON AMERICANS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL JUDGE US
UNKINDLY AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE CALLING FOR A PASSIONATE DREAM
ACT WITHOUT DELAY AND SENATOR CAMALA HARRIS HAS IT RIGHT
“EVERYDAY WE DON’T PASS THE DREAM ACT THEY HAVE TO LIVE IN
FEAR DESPITE THEY DID EVERYTHING RIGHT” AND I AGREE. WE KNOW
OUR SUCCESS WILL BE WHO WE INCLUDE AND COMMITMENT TO SHARED
PRIORITIES AND VALUES AND ABILITY TO HAVE SOCIAL ASCENT
FOR OUR GRADUATES THIS. IS OUR
VISION AND YET TODAY IT IS VULNERABLE. IT IS AT RISK. WE
HAVE MADE GREAT STRIDES IN COST AVOIDANCE AND FINDING
EFFICIENCIES AT EVERY POSSIBLE TURN BUT WITHOUT SUFFICIENT
SUSTAINED AND PREDICTABLE RESOURCES WE DO FACE AN
UNCERTAIN FUTURE AND AS A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY WE BELIEVE RIGHTLY
THAT THE ONEROUS FOR NEW INVESTMENT RESIDES IN THE PUBLIC
TAX DOLLARS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THE CURRENT TREND
IN FUNDING PERSISTS I FEAR MUCH OF THE PROGRESS WE MADE ALREADY
ON THE STUDENT SUCCESS GOALS WILL STAGNATE AND SLIP. THE
CURRENTLY PROPOSED AUGMENTATION TO THE STATE APPROPRIATION OF
$92 MILLION FOR THE 2018-19 YEAR IS 1/3 OF THE AMOUNT NEEDED TO
FUND THE TOP TIER NEEDS OF THE CSU AS REFLECTED IN THIS BOARD’S
BUDGET REQUESTS OF $283 MILLION KNEAD JUST A COUPLE MONTHS AGO
IN NOVEMBER. AS WE WILL DISCUSS
LATER IN THE MEETING THAT SUGGESTED INCREASE REFLECTS
ABOUT 1.4% OF OUR OPERATING BUDGET, HALF THE RATE OF
INFLATIONARY RATE INCREASES WHICH WE DON’T HAVE ANY CONTROL
OVER. DURING THE RECESSION THE
STATE WAS FORCED TO CUT $908 MILLION FROM OUR TRUE
RECURRING OPERATING BUDGETS, $908 MILLION. AND IN THE
CURRENT CONTEXT THE STATE SAID THAT WE WILL RECEIVE 1.6 BILLION
DOLLARS. WE HAVE RECEIVED 1.6
BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE PAST SEVEN YEARS AND FOR CONTEXT
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THAT NUMBER. $700 MILLION IS EITHER
REFUNDS OR PASS-THROUGH COSTS AND LEAVING THE REST FOR ACTUAL
STATE INVESTMENT FOR RECURRING OPERATION COSTS SINCE THE
RECESSIONARY CUTS OF NEARLY AN IDENTICAL AMOUNT. MAKE NO BONES
WITH IT WE’RE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR THAT INCREASE, BUT IT ONLY
GETS US EVEN TO WHERE WE WERE BEFORE THE RECESSION, AND THAT’S
WITHOUT CORRECTING ANYTHING OR INFLATION OVER THE LAST TEN
YEARS. LET’S PUT THAT
900 MILLION OVER THE PAST YEARS IN FURTHER CONTEXT. IN 2011 IN
2018 THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA’S GENERAL FUND INCREASED 59% FROM
84.$8 BILLION TO ONE 35. $1 BILLION. THAT MEANS OUR
SHARE, THE CSU OF THAT 50.$3 BILLION INCREASE IN NEW
SPENDING OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS OUR SHARE WAS LESS THAN
2%. THIS INVESTMENT BY THE
STATE OVER THE PAST SEVEN YEARS AND IT WAS BUILDING ON A
DOWNWARD TREND OF INVESTMENT OVER THE LAST DECADES WON’T GET
US TO WHERE WE NEED TO SERVE CALIFORNIA AND CALIFORNIANS AND
WON’T ALLOW US TO BE INCLUSIVE AND DYNAMIC FORCE FOR PROSPERITY
AND JUSTICE AND INSTILLED AND THE FINDINGS BY THE LATE
GOVERNOR EDMOND G BROKEN AND NEVER LOSE TRACK. WE’RE AN
INSTITUTION WHO PRIDES ITSELF ON WHO IT ADMITS AND GRADUATES
RATHER THAN WHO WE TURN AWAY. WE’RE AN INSTITUTION OF EQUITY
AND DISCOVERY AND A SEPT AND WE’RE KNOWN FOR THIS
ACHIEVEMENT. A UNIVERSITY KNOWN
FOR THE CONSEQUENTIAL IMPACT IN CALIFORNIA THROUGH THE TEACHING
AND LEARNING AND RESEARCH AND DIRECTED ACTIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT
WITH THE COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY, ALL ACCOMPLISHED
BY OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND ALUMNI. I AM CONFIDENT
REALLY STUBBORNLY OPTIMISTIC BECAUSE OF THE DEDICATION OF ALL
OF THESE GROUPS AND STAKEHOLDERS AND PARTNERS IT IS VITAL TO THE
MISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA PRESENT AND FUTURE
AND WE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN ACHIEVING OUR VISION AND CHANGE
THE FUNDING DYNAMIC OF STATE SUPPORT AND CONTINUE TO BEND OUR
OWN COST CURVE. IN REGARD LET
ME CLOSE THIS MORNING AND LEAVE YOU WITH A THOUGHT FROM
YESTERDAY’S “NEW YORK TIMES” AND AARON CAROL AN ACADEMIC
PHYSICIAN FROM INDIANA HAD THE QUESTION PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE,
IS IT WORTH IT? DOES IT SAVE
MONEY? AND IN OUR CONTEXT LET’S
CHANGE THE WORDS “PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE” WITH THE WORDS
“CSU EDUCATION.” NOW THIS
ARTICLE THAT AARON WROTE WAS INFLUENCED BY PEER REVIEWED
ARTICLES AND FEDERAL POLICY MAKERS, OPINION PIECES AND IN
CONCLUSION PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE DOES NOT SAVE MONEY. LET
ME QUOTE “MONEY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SAVED TO MAKE SOMETHING
WORTHWHILE. PREVENTION IMPROVES
OUTCOMES. IT MAKES PEOPLE
HEALTHIER. IT IMPROVES QUALITY
OF LIFE. IT OFTEN DOES SO FOR A
VERY REASONABLE PRICE. THERE
ARE MANY GOOD ARGUMENTS FOR FOCUSING THE EFFORTS ON
PREVENTION AND ALMOST HAVE TO DO WITH IMPROVING QUALITY WHILE NOT
REDUCING SPENDING. WE WOULD DO
WELL TO ADMIT THAT AND MOVE FORWARD. SOMETIMES GOOD THINGS
COST MONEY” AND ONE OF THE READERS IN THE “NEW YORK TIMES”
BROUGHT A SMILE TO ME “THIS IS TRULY AN INSTANCE OF KNOWING THE
COST OF EVERYTHING AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING.” NOW WITH THE WORD
EXCHANGE I SUGGEST AND EXCHANGING CSU EDUCATION FOR
PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE. A CSU
EDUCATION IMPROVE OUTCOMES. IT
MAKES PEOPLE ABLE TO ASCEND SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY. IT
IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE. IT
OFTEN DOES SO FOR A VERY REASONABLE PRICE. THERE ARE
MANY GOOD ARGUMENT% INCREASING OUR FOCUS ON A CSU EDUCATION. ALMOST HAVE TO DO WITH IMPROVING
QUALITY THOUGH NOT REDUCING STENDING. WE WOULD DO WELL TO
ADMIT THAT AND MOVE FORWARD. SOMETIMES GOOD THINGS COST
MONEY. THE CSU IS A GOOD THING. IT IS A VERY GOOD THING. IT IS
A PRIVILEGE. IT IS A CALLING TO
BE A PART OF. AMAZING PEOPLE
DOING AMAZING THINGS THAT TRULY HAPPENS AND WIOA THE STATE OF
THE CSU IS STRONG. THANK YOU
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