CSU Bakersfield President's Monthly Campus Update
Horace Mitchell, Ph.D.


Governor's May Revision Slashes Potential $410 Million from 2009-10 CSU Budget
Facing a rapidly deteriorating state economy, Gov. Schwarzenegger has proposed two May Revision Budget scenarios that potentially could cut $410 million from the 2009-10 CSU budget. That is the equivalent of a 10 percent overall budget reduction, and a 15 percent reduction in the state's General Fund support of the university system.

Plan A
The Governor's "Plan A" assumes Propositions 1A through 1E pass on May 19th. If so, the net reduction to the CSU budget would be $292 million for 2009-10.

Plan B
The Governor's "Plan B" assumes Propositions 1A through 1E fail on May 19th. If so, the net reduction to the CSU budget would be $410 million for 2009-10.

If the CSU had to reduce spending for 2009-10 by $410 million, it would be the equivalent of reducing enrollment by 50,000 students and laying off 4,000 to 5,000 employees; or the equivalent of closing two large California State University campuses, or a combination of large fee increases and enrollment reductions of tens of thousands of students.

Impact on CSUB
A CSU budget reduction of $410 million would mean a CSUB budget cut of approximately $8 million for 2009-10.

Key Messages
We have been working hard to make our voices heard in Sacramento to minimize the impacts to the CSU. Our key messages are:

Chancellor Reed said, "We are facing an unprecedented financial crisis, which will severely impact our ability to provide student access to our universities, maintain our workforce, preserve services, and protect the quality of our campuses. These are all very difficult decisions and there are no good options." He plans to provide an action plan in consultation with CSU presidents and trustees by the middle of June.

Trustees Approve 10% State University Fee Increase
At their meeting on May 13th, the CSU Board of Trustees approved a 10% increase in the State University Fee (SUF) effective at the start of the 2009-10 academic year. The budget agreement signed by the Governor included the assumption that a 10% fee increase would be implemented.

Student Fees
Students who are California residents on average pay for only one-third of the total cost of their education in the form of fees. The state pays for most of the remaining two-thirds.

2009-10 State University Fee Increase
2009-10 State University Fees for full-time students increased by $306 for undergraduate students, $354 for teacher credential students, and $378 for graduate students. Yearly totals are provided in the chart below.

In addition to the State University Fee, students pay campus fees, which average $801.

Revenues from the fee increase provide $127 million to the CSU, with one-third or $42 million set aside for financial aid to offset fee increases for students in need.

Annual State University Fees for 2009-10
Units (per term) Undergraduate Credential Program Graduate
6.1 or more $3,354 $3,894 $4,134
0 to 6.0 $1,944 $2,256 $2,400

The 2008-09 average student fees for resident undergraduates at CSU comparison institutions were $7,516. Additional institutional comparison information can be accessed at: http://www.calstate.edu/budget/2009-2010/supportbook2/fees-comparison.shtml.

New Professional MPA Fee Also Adopted
Trustees also adopted a professional fee for state-supported Master's of Business Administration (MBA) programs and similar business graduate degrees. The fee adds $210 per semester unit and $140 per quarter unit for an annual cost of $9,174. The CSU's MBA programs remain well below the price for comparable institutions.

Spring Commencement
The 39th Commencement Exercises at CSUB will take place this year in three ceremonies. To accommodate our graduates and their families, we have scheduled the ceremonies as follows:

Graduate and Hooding Ceremony Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. Icardo Center
School of Business and Public Administration School of Education
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Friday, June 12 at 7:00 a.m. Amphitheatre
School of Humanities and Social Sciences Saturday, June 13 at 7:00 a.m. Amphitheatre

CSU Trustee Henry Mendoza will join us for the June 13th ceremony of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. A posthumous honorary doctorate will be awarded at this ceremony to the Rev. Tyree Toliver. Addressing our graduates as commencement speakers will be Dolores Huerta for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and John Nilon for the School of Business and Public Administration.

Tickets
To ensure adequate seating at each of the commencement ceremonies, tickets will be required for all guests. Six tickets will be made available to each graduating student. Guests must have their tickets to be admitted. Graduating students do not need tickets. Please visit the university's commencement website at: http://www.csub.edu/commencement/ and click on a school for more information regarding ticket distribution, dates, and times.

Administrative Appointments
I am pleased to announce the following administrative appointments:

Dr. Carl Kemnitz has been appointed Associate Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Carl is a Professor of Chemistry and has been serving in the interim position since Fall. The Associate Dean is an MPP appointment and becomes effective on July 1, 2009. The Associate Dean's primary responsibility is in the area of student support including curriculum matters, course scheduling, recruitment, retention, and degree completion. Carl also serves as the Director of the STEM Path Way Project, funded by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) grant award.

Dr. John Hultsman, Associate Vice President for the Antelope Valley Center since 2004, has accepted the additional responsibility of serving as the interim Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) effective June 1, 2009. He is also a Professor of Public Administration in the School of Business and Public Administration. John holds a doctoral degree in Recreation from Indiana University. He served on the faculty of Purdue University, and he was a professor, dean, and director of the Partnership for Community Development at Arizona State University. John also serves as the CSUB Accessible Technology Coordinator. The following departments/units will report to the interim VPSA: Associated Students, Inc., Runner Bookstore, Food Service, Housing and Residential Life, Student Activities, Student Health Center, Student Recreation Center, Student Union, and Student Affairs at the Antelope Valley Center. A national search for a permanent VPSA will begin shortly. The position became available when Dr. Shelley Ruelas, current VPSA expressed a desire to take a different position upon her return from a leave of absence.

Please join me in congratulating Carl and John on their appointments.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Accolades
Nursing Professor named Kern County Nurse Educator of the Year
Nursing professor Amy Hedden has been named Kern County Nurse Educator of the Year by the Association of California Nurse Leaders. She was recognized by the Board of Registered Nursing as a "content expert in pediatrics." She also received the Gupta Education Award. A registered nurse, Amy serves as the president of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau. Further, she volunteers with several health related organizations including Alliance Against Family Violence, the Children's Clothing Closet at KMC, Bethany Homeless Shelter, the American Lung Association, the Annual Asthma Walk, the American Cancer Society, and Relay for Life. Congratulations, Amy.

Patrick Jacobs Receives Kresge Fellowship Program Award
Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management Pat Jacobs, who also serves as co-chair of the President's Sustainability Committee, has received a 2009 Kresge Fellowship Program Award. Pat was one of 15 persons to receive an award out of 82 applicants. The fellowship awards $2,000 for travel, lodging, and registration to one of six noteworthy green building conferences. Congratulations, Pat.

Economics, Environmental & Global Studies Professor Receives USDA Fellowship
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected Aaron Hegde, Professor of Economics, Environmental, and Global Studies, to receive a USDA fellowship. Aaron also is the Director of the Environmental Resource Management Program. As a USDA Fellow, Aaron will spend four weeks in Washington, D.C. meeting with government program officers learning of funding sources and opportunities available to increase the enrollment of Hispanic students in agriculture and environmental management.

Newest Graduates Continue Education
In the next issue of the Update, I will highlight our newest graduates who will be going on to graduate school. Faculty members and students have been asked to submit information confirming students' admission to graduate school programs. All students will be listed in the June issue.

Children's Art Institute Inaugural Newsletter
The CSUB Children's Art Institute announces the Spring publication of its inaugural newsletter, "For the Paint at Heart". The quarterly publication, available electronically and in hard copy, highlights CAI events that involve CSUB students, community partners, and children's art projects. The newsletter is available in hard copy as well as electronically at
http://www.csub.edu/childrensartinstitute/PDF/newsletter2009.pdf. CAI's founding director is Dianne Turner, Professor of Art Education.

University Council
The last University Council meeting for the 2008-09 academic year was held on May 15th. Meetings will resume in the Fall every third Friday of the month from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

I look forward to seeing you around campus or at another upcoming University or community event.