CSU Employee Update for Sept. 21

CSU's Exemplary Students to be Honored at Trustees Meeting

A group of the California State University's most extraordinary students will share their stories of perseverance when the CSU's Board of Trustees honors the recipients of the 2009-10 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement at its meeting Sept. 22 in Long Beach.

The 23 students, one from each CSU campus, will receive a $3,000 scholarship for demonstrating superior academic performance, exemplary community service and significant personal achievements in the face of adversity. Many of the students have overcome disabilities, language and cultural barriers, intense personal loss, substance abuse, homelessness, and abusive or absentee guardians.

Two top-scoring honorees will be recognized as Trustee Ali C. Razi Scholars, receiving $10,000 each. The endowment was established in 2006 by Dr. Ali C. Razi, Trustee Emeritus of the CSU Board of Trustees. Another two students will be named Trustee Murray L. Galinson Scholars and will each receive a $6,000 award in honor of extraordinary public service to their community. In 2007, Dr. Murray L. Galinson, Trustee Emeritus and former Chair of the CSU Board of Trustees, endowed the scholarship fund.

In addition to honoring the Hearst scholars, the Trustees will:

  • Hear the 2010-11 fiscal year budget proposal. The budget calls for a State General Fund increase of $882 million above the current $2.33 billion budget.  Under this plan, the CSU would seek the restoration of one-time cuts that were imposed by the state in 2009-10: a $255 million line-item veto and a $50 million reduction by the Legislature adopted in the original budget act of February 2009. The budget proposal also includes revenue assumptions based on the Higher Education Compact, a long-term agreement between the governor and the public university systems.The budget plan also assumes $94 million in state funding to cover an estimated amount of fee revenue that would be produced by a 10 percent student fee increase. The total budget proposal would enable the CSU to restore some courses and services to students and provide compensation increases to employees.
  • Vote on granting special honorary degrees to former CSU students of Japanese ancestry who were forced from their academic studies in 1942. Then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Federal Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forcible relocation of Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants living in California to internment camps. It is estimated that nearly 250 Americans of Japanese descent were attending CSU campuses when the order was issued. Some of these students went on to receive a university degree, but many did not. All former CSU students whose studies were interrupted may be eligible for the honorary degrees and surviving family members may receive the honorary degree in recognition of a deceased student. Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-55th), author of legislation honoring California college students affected by the internment, will give a special presentation to the board.
  • Review an update on efforts to close the achievement gap in K-12 education, which will be presented by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell; recommend changes to Title 5, California Code of Regulations, which determines residency of students for purposes of tuition and financial aid; and hear a biennial report on the CSU alcohol policies and prevention programs and an annual update on compensation for vice presidents.

Trustees' Agenda: www.calstate.edu/bot/agendas/