California State University, Sacramento

Thursday, April 5, 2007
Foothill Suite, 3rd Floor, University Union
- 5:00 p.m.



Institutional Scholarship Committee
Nathan Trueblood, 2009


FS 07-14/Flr. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF March 8, 2007


FS 07-18/Flr. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF March 15, 2007



The Faculty  Senate elects college representatives to the 2007-2008 Committee on Committees (see Attachment A  for eligibility by college.  (Remove this attachment from your agenda to use as a ballot.)  Members must be available to meet Tuesday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 17 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.).


Background: In March 2007, the Budget Task Force report recommended the establishment of a University Budget Committee. The composition calls for administrators, staff, students and faculty representatives. One faculty representative shall be a representative chosen by and from the Strategic Planning Council; one faculty representative shall be a department chair, recommended by the department chairs; three faculty representatives shall be appointed by the Faculty Senate.

The Faculty Senate nominates candidates for three (3) faculty representatives to serve on the University Budget Committee.



The Faculty Senate receives the March 2007 "Budget Task Force Report" and expresses thanks and appreciation for the work of all the members of the Task Force.

Administrative and Staff Members

Paul Edwards, Student Athlete Resource Center Director
Lillie Jones, Library Administrative Analyst/Specialist
Emir Jose Macari, College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean
Suzanne Ogilby, College of Business Administration Dean


Sabrina Barberena, Student-at-Large
Tifany Huang, ASI VP of Finance

Staff to the Committee

Suzanne Green, AVP for Financial Services
Stacey Hayano, University Budget Officer

And especially to the following faculty members, recommended by the Senate to serve as faculty representatives on the Task Force:

Chris Castaneda, History
Karen Davis O'Hara, Child Development
Scott Farrand, Mathematics/Statistics
Tom Krabacher, Geography
Laureen O'Hanlon, Speech Pathology and Audiology
Steve Perez, Economics
James Sobredo, Ethnic Studies


The Faculty Senate in concurrence with the recommendations made by the Budget Task recommends the following:

  1. Publication of an Annual Budget Report modeled after the Annual Budget Design Template recommended by the Council for University Planning and approved by the President in 2004.
  2. Establishment of a University Budget Advisory Committee with responsibilities including, but not limited to the following:
  • The setting of enrollment targets
  • The analysis of the CSU budget allocations to the campus
  • The "Call" for base-budget justifications and additional funding proposals to Program Centers
  • The analysis of Program Center responses to the "Call" and the development of recommendations for Program Center budget allocations
  • The analysis of all changes in University Expenses / Central Accounts
  • The oversight of the expenditure of funds and the carryover of non-expended funds.
  1. Membership of the University Budget Committed be modeled after the composition and distribution of membership on the Budget Task Force, which included faculty, staff, students. administrators and budget staff.

The Faculty Senate votes to send the following to a referendum of the faculty:


The paramount mission of California State University. Sacramento, as set forth in the Education Code, statement of mission of the California State University, and the campus’ own mission statement, is the offering of quality educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and


Funding priorities and consequent allocations must reflect and support the University’s paramount mission; and


The issues raised in this resolution are local issues that relate to discretionary budgetary decisions made by President Gonzalez that are unrelated to Collective Bargaining and adversely affect the instructional program; and


It is the purview and responsibility of the University’s Faculty, as a whole or through the Faculty Senate, which is constitutionally authorized to act on its behalf, to develop, deliver, monitor, and protect the quality of the educational programs of the University; and


Over the course of President Gonzalez’ tenure as President of the campus, a period of increasing enrollment, the budget allocations for Academic Affairs to offer classes have been systematically reduced by a total of $3M; while over the same period of time, budgets to other divisions have been substantially increased (see chart at end of resolution); and


As the result of reductions to the Academic Affairs budget over the course of President Gonzalez’ tenure, the Student Faculty Ratio (SFR) has increased substantially; and


The University’s ability to offer quality educational programs requires employment of a sufficient number of tenure track faculty; the ability to offer a sufficient number and variety of courses to enable students to make satisfactory progress toward their degree objectives, maintaining class sizes at levels appropriate to the curriculum and pedagogy of the disciplines, providing classroom environments that are conducive to learning; and providing adequate levels of academic support services, including advising and mentoring of students, and engagement of students in research and other extracurricular enrichment activities; and


The schedule of classes, which is funded by Academic Affairs, is the sine qua non of the University; and


The “March 2007 Budget Task Force Report” (“The Report”) clearly reveals that a significant source of the increase in “structural deficit” for 2006-2007, was the President’s approval of the use of $8.9M in new revenue to increase baseline allocations to divisions in a manner that (1) disregarded the existence of a carry-over deficit of approximately $2M and the existence of a substantial increase in “University Expenses” of $5.7M, (2) reflected priorities that placed increased funding of University Advancement efforts above the need to provide additional funding to offer an adequate number of courses with appropriate enrollment limits to accommodate student enrollment, and (3) increased expenditures by $13.6M, thereby adding $4.7M to the carry over deficit of approximately $2M to create a 2006-2007 total structural deficit of $6.5M; and


The President’s simultaneous approval of a strategy for eliminating the newly created $6.5M deficit, which reduces newly created baseline division budgets by an amount equal to each division’s per cent of the total allocations to all divisions multiplied by the structural deficit amount, clearly demonstrates (1) that President Gonzalez fails to understand why the Academic Affairs budget must be substantially larger than the budgets of other divisions and that continued substantial reductions to budget of Academic Affairs at the levels planned will result in an inability of the University to offer a sufficient number of courses and maintain the quality of the instructional program; and (2) that President Gonzalez places a higher priority on preserving increases to University Advancement and other divisions than he places on ensuring that a quality instructional program can be maintained; and


Over the past year, President Gonzalez has approved substantial increases in the number of MPP positions(from 129 to 145) and salaries of MPP personnel, at an increased cost of 1.7M, while at the same time, there has been a substantial decrease in the number of tenure track faculty positions (from 807 to 788) and total dollars devoted to faculty salaries (tenure track and lecturers), at a decreased cost of ~1.6M, again reflecting priorities that are inconsistent with promoting the needs of the instructional program; and


The President, in oral presentations to the Faculty Senate and in written correspondence to the Faculty Senate Chair, misrepresented the causes of the 2006-2007 structural deficit and the timing of becoming aware of the deficit; and


The preeminent force that attracts students, retains students, supports students to graduate, and ensures that their lives are enriched by their education is the quality of the instructional program of the University, and not the signage, branding, nickname, radio and print advertisements, recreational facilities, and visibility of the University in the local media, which appear to be the hallmarks of President Gonzalez’ administration; and


President Gonzalez has failed to provide a vision for the quality or direction of the academic programs of the University and has made evident by numerous actions since the time of his appointment in 2003 that the quality of instruction provided for students is not preeminent among his priorities; and


President Gonzalez has signaled his intention to continue to erode the quality of academic programs and further decrease class offerings for 2007-8 through the application of a deficit reduction strategy that places 76% of the cost of the reduction plan on Academic Affairs; therefore be it


That the Faculty of California State University, Sacramento express their lack of confidence in President Alexander Gonzalez’ leadership, interest in and willingness to preserve the quality of the academic program of the University, their dismay over his efforts to promote the University through means that are inconsistent with or detract from the core values of the academy, and its outrage over his placement of the interests of management, publicity, and cultivation of community favor over the needs of the instructional program; and be it further


Following adoption of this no-confidence resolution, the Faculty direct the Faculty Senate to develop a “Bill of Particulars” which sets forth specific actions that the President must take with respect to the matters raised in this resolutions in order to restore the quality of the instructional program and the Faculty’s confidence in his leadership; and be it further


That the Faculty direct the Faculty Senate forward a copy of this resolution to President Gonzalez, the Chair of the campus’ Advisory Board, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the California State University, Governor Schwarzenegger, Chair of the State Senate Higher Education Committee, and Chair of the State Assembly Higher Education Committee.

Attachment B shows a chart "Changes to Initial Budgets 2003-4 through 2006-7".


  1. Faculty Senate's home page:  www.csus.edu/acse, or, from the CSUS home page, click on Administration and Policy, then Administration, then Faculty Senate.
  2. Upcoming Senate meetings:
  • April 12, 2007- tentative
  • April 19, 2007 - 2nd organizational meeting of the 2007-08 Senate, 3:00-3:30; 2006-07 Senate meets, 3:30-5:00
  • April 26, 2007 - tentative
  • May 1, 2007 - Outstanding Teaching, University and Community Service, and Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service reception
  • May 3, 2007 - tentative
  • May 10, 2007 - tentative