Weekly Wednesday Message
January 23, 2013
Welcome back. I hope you had both a restful and productive break. Thanks to your dedication, CSULB remains among the very best universities nationally in affordability and quality, despite the challenging times we have faced. I look forward to continuing our work together and celebrating the many achievements of our faculty, staff and students throughout the semester.
On January 10th, Governor Brown announced his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. Here are highlights:
- Expected $125m to backfill revenue lost by the CSU as a result of rolling back tuition this year;
- Unexpected additional $125m, partly tied to reforms that will make available the courses students need and help them progress through college efficiently, using technology to deliver quality education to greater numbers of students in high-demand courses, improving course management and planning, using faculty more effectively, and increasing use of summer sessions;
- Unusual language suggesting that funding should be tied to performance:
Even while the California higher education system demands more funding, it produces transfer and completion rates that need improvement. … For CSU, only 16 percent of students complete their degree within four years... A significant obstacle to timely completion is the unavailability of courses. When students are turned away from courses, time to completion increases and students enroll in courses they do not need for their degree, generating excess costs to the student and the state, and crowding out other students in the process. Until recently, the state has funded higher education based on enrollment targets. However, enrollment‑based funding does not promote innovation and efficiency or improve graduation rates. It does not focus on critical outcomes — affordability, timely completion rates, and quality programs. Instead, it builds the existing institutional infrastructure, allowing public universities and colleges to continue to deliver education in the high‑cost, traditional model.
- Include CSU employee benefit contributions in collective bargaining by removing existing state statute restriction, possibly leading to greater employee contributions;
- Adjustments to how lease and bond debt service are handled, changes which should be revenue neutral in the short term, but may be significant in the long term;
- Intention to increase CSU funding in 2014-15 by 5 percent and by 4 percent in each of the subsequent two years;
- No enrollment target suggested;
- Current tuition and fee levels maintained over the next four years.
At present, we have some idea how the first $125m will be allocated, and the campus has been counting on this funding; indeed, had this not been provided our budget situation would have been quite dire. We have little information on how the second $125m is likely to be allocated. We have a new chancellor and new trustees. The Governor did not provide an enrollment target, but he suggested alternative bases for resource allocation. These elements are all new and so we will have to wait and see how the Chancellor’s Office responds in order to gain an indication of what share of the second $125m Long Beach may receive and for what purposes it may be allocated.
Overall however, the budget news is better than it has been for several years. The Governor’s proposal will of course have to work through the state legislative process and probably will not be final until June at the earliest. Our funding has not returned to anything close to pre-reduction levels but we appear to have a degree of budget stability that is most welcome.
Evacuation Drill – Tuesday, February 5
On Tuesday, February 5 CSULB will conduct a campus wide building evacuation drill from approximately 1:30 - 1:45 pm.
A test of the Emergency Notification System (ENS) will also be conducted at that time. Please take a moment to ensure that your contact information is current in MyCSULB. For assistance in updating your contact information, please visit the Technology Help Desk or call (562) 985-4959.
More information on the Emergency Notification System is available on the University Police website.
Opportunity for Faculty to Review Scholarships
CSULB’s Center for Scholarship Information is looking for faculty to review student scholarship applications this spring semester. This is a wonderful way to serve the university as well as assist students in obtaining the funds they need to complete their education.
Scholarship applications are delivered electronically via email, allowing faculty to review applications at their convenience.
For more information about this opportunity or if you have any questions about the Center, please contact Valerie Kelsey, Coordinator of University Scholarships, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PeopleSoft Signature Authority Cheat-sheet and Upcoming Training Sessions
For your convenience, we have created a table that summarizes the new PeopleSoft signature authority and workflow for the most common transactions associated with G-, RS- and C- funds.
Please contact Mae DeBruin with any questions regarding delegation of authority and signature authorization.
In addition, here is a list of upcoming training sessions for:
- Cayuse 424 (proposal submission and internal clearance),
- Data Warehouse training (self-service reports for grants and contracts),
- Online Requisition Training, and
- Responsible Conduct in Research training for principal investigators with students conducting research on NIH and NSF grants.
Safe Zone Ally Training Available to Support LGBTQ Campus Community
Faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are invited to participate in a training program to help them better understand lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) issues and be part of a university-wide network of support.
The Safe Zone Ally Training will be held Friday, February 22, from 8:15 am – 12:30 pm.
RSVP to Sharon Cruz, Sharon.Cruz@csulb.edu, by Wednesday, February 13, 2012. Space is limited.
After training, faculty and staff will serve as allies who use their knowledge and skills to foster a supportive and safe atmosphere for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. Everyone who completes the training will receive a CSULB Safe Zone Ally sticker to display.
Did You Know?
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