The CSU Chancellor has directed the Universities in the system to submit plans for addressing the issues of enrollment and budget cuts, as well as how to communicate those decisions to our campuses.
Although all eligible students for the upcoming fall semester will be able to attend Sac State as planned, the system has closed the spring 2010 semester to new applications, and we will be facing additional cuts to our enrollment target in fall 2010. We are also examining how we would implement furloughs if that is the outcome of the collective bargaining process. Any plan for furloughs will comply with the agreements made by the Chancellor’s Office, and we would seek to minimize their impact in the classroom and provide the best possible level of service to our students.
I once again ask for your patience as we work on these plans. Much is yet to be decided at the state and system levels, as Governor Schwarzenegger and the Legislature have not finalized the state budget. I am working with my Cabinet and the University Budget Advisory Committee to maintain academic quality and protect as many positions as possible, and I will share any decisions with you as soon as I can.
At their meeting next Tuesday, the California State University Board of Trustees will be voting on two proposals to address the approximately $584 million reduction in state funding. The proposals are:
Increasing student fees, beginning in the upcoming fall semester. The typical undergraduate State University Fee would go up from $3,354, as adopted in May, to $4,026 per year.
Amending Title 5 to allow the chancellor to implement furloughs for non-represented, management and executive employees. Other amendments will also give the chancellor similar authority to reduce pay or institute unpaid holidays for non-represented employees.
Our top priorities continue to be preserving academic quality and protecting as many positions as possible. All budget news will continue to be posted on Public Affairs’ Budget Central page at www.csus.edu/pa/budget. Submitted by the Office of the President
People are encouraged to nominate employees they feel are deserving of this award. Names of the next recipients will be announced in September as the Employee of the Month. Submitted by the Office of the President
Wanless receives national honor
Sacramento State Director of Athletics Terry Wanless has been named the Under Armour West Region Athletic Director of the Year for the Football Championship Subdivision.
In seven years at Sacramento State, Wanless has overseen unprecedented levels of success. The Hornets won eight conference titles in 2006-07 and 2007-08 and was named as the 36th-most successful Div. I program by SI.com in July 2008.
Wanless' commitment to academic excellence was evident in the fact that 93 Sacramento State student-athletes in 33 majors graduated in the past year. In addition, 297 Hornet student-athletes posted overall grade point averages of 3.0 or better during the 2007-08 school year. For more on the award, visit www.hornetsports.com/sports/news/release.asp?release_id=8169. Submitted by the Athletic Department
Graduating Survey Report available online
In the spring, the Office of Institutional Research administered a newly revised Graduating Student Survey to assess the quality and effectiveness of the educational programs and support services at Sacramento State. This survey asked graduating seniors to share their views on a variety of issues covering many aspects of Sacramento State, as well as to relate their future plans.
The survey also contains a comparative analysis conducted between first-year freshmen and graduating seniors in order to illustrate differences in student attitudes and perceptions.
Volunteer secretary event
Karen Baker, California Secretary of Service and Volunteering, will be the keynote speaker at the Sacramento Breakfast Briefings, Tuesday, July 28, at the Ziggurat Building, 707 3rd Street, West Sacramento, CA.
The event, which includes breakfast, will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Cost is $20. Baker, the nation’s first such Cabinet secretary, will speak on “Innovation in Service and Volunteerism.”
The quarterly Sacramento Breakfast Briefings are presented by the College of Continuing Education and open to the public. To register for the event, visit www.cce.csus.edu/sacbreakfast. Submitted by the College of Continuing Education
A trip to The WELL
Tours of The WELL recreation and fitness center construction site will be held 3-4 p.m., Fridays for faculty, staff and students.
Reservations are required, and the minimum group size is five. Cancellation notices will be sent out Friday mornings when necessary. To RSVP, call Joanna Cuellar at 278-6744 or e-mail UUfirstname.lastname@example.org. Submitted by The WELL
Catastrophic leave donation program Sacramento State employees may voluntarily donate to other employees up to a maximum of 40 hours of sick or vacation leave credits in one-hour increments each fiscal year. Bargaining Units 1, 8, 10 and 11 may only donate up to 16 hours per fiscal year. If employees are interested in donating time, a donation form can be obtained at www.csus.edu/hr/forms.htm#Disability, or visit the Human Resources Disability Leaves office in Sacramento Hall 162 or call 278-3522.
The following employees have been approved for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program:
Joseph Small, Reprographics
Mary Chao, Facilities
Maharisha Belton, Office of University Registrar
Monica Patterson, Mail Services Center*
*Can only accept vacations hours
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