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

As you know, the State budget has been in crisis over the last few years. In an effort to keep the campus community informed about how the CSU and CSUB might be affected, we held three campus budget forums - in April, June, and July. We titled those forums "Information and Dialogue in the Context of Significant Long-Term Reductions in State Funding." In each forum I emphasized the CSU and CSUB priorities of: 1) serving as many students as possible without sacrificing quality; and 2) preserving as many jobs as possible for faculty and staff. I then presented information on the then-current status of the state budget crisis and then- proposed solutions. Those proposed strategies were detailed in the July issue of the Update.

At University Day on September 9, we held a fourth budget forum at our campus Town Hall meeting. The budget approved by the legislature and governor was consistent with what was presented in the last budget forum with one exception. The Chancellor's Office pointed out to the Governor an area in the state budget where the CSU was treated less favorably than the UC. Agreeing with that finding, the state reduced the CSU budget cut by $20 million. CSUB's usual share would have been $400,000 to $500,000. Instead, we received $1.9 million, representing a reduction of $1.9 million to our budget cut for 2009-10. As a result of that reduction, the campus budget cut was projected to be $11.6 million rather than $13.5 million. An increase in the State University Fee resulted in additional revenues for CSUB of approximately $3.2 million, leaving a final budget shortfall of $8.4 million. A portion of this shortfall for 2009-10 is being covered by a reduction in labor costs as a result of faculty and staff furloughs. The furlough savings represent one-time cost reductions. However, the full $8.4 million must be taken in permanent budget reductions for 2010-11.

The Vice Presidents will be making presentations to the Cabinet and Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) regarding their proposed strategies for bringing their budgets in line with the reduced resource base. For those proposed reductions that might involve academic programs, the Academic Senate and its appropriate committees will be consulted, consistent with our commitment to shared governance. After receiving feedback from the Academic Senate, BAC and other campus constituencies, I will approve our final campus budget for 2009-10. I expect that to be done by the end of fall quarter.

The state budget crisis has had a direct impact on our enrollment. A core assumption on which our vision is based is that we would have an average enrollment growth between 2005-06 and 2014-15 of 2.5-5% annually. I have stated that our desire to increase our enrollment is not simply for us to become a larger campus; rather it is based on the fact that increases in state funding were based largely on enrollment growth.

As such, increases in state funding would provide the resources necessary for us to add new academic programs and buildings, to serve our students, and meet the needs of this region. In addition, the assumption of enrollment growth was part of our planning for non-state facilities and programs. For example, the financial pro forma for our planning for new student housing, for the Student Recreation Center, and for our move to NCAA Division I were based on enrollment growth.

State funding is based on full-time equivalent students rather than the total number of students enrolled (headcount). Currently, the CSU is over-enrolled by more than 12,000 full- time equivalent students (FTES). That is, we have 12,000 more students than the enrollment for which we are provided funding by the State. In response to the state budget reduction for 2008-09, the $564 million reduction in 2009-10, and the anticipated significant reduction for 2010-11, the CSU is reducing its enrollment to match the level of state funding. Therefore, the CSU is reducing its enrollment by 40,000 FTES by 2010-11. CSUB has been assigned a reduction of 413 FTES (6%) for 2010-11.

The college-going rate for Kern County is half of the state's college-going rate. Over the last five years, CSUB has made concerted outreach efforts to foster a college-going culture for students in our region. This fall, we enrolled more than 1,100 first-time freshmen, our largest freshman class ever, and one of our largest classes of transfer students. We have our highest total enrollment ever - more than 8,200 students. We are working to balance the CSU mandate to reduce enrollment with our region's need to increase the number of well-educated, professional, skilled workers.

Academic Realignment
Along with administrative realignments that have taken place over the last few years, we are considering realignment of our schools to achieve optimum effectiveness. Following consultation with the Academic Senate and other campus constituents, Provost Soraya Coley and I developed a draft proposal for realignment which was discussed broadly within the schools and the Academic Senate. A final draft plan has been developed. Effective fall 2010, the current School of Humanities and Social Sciences will be reconfigured into a School of Arts and Humanities. The School of Education will be reconfigured into a School of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. We soon will begin national searches for two respective school deans. Drs. Edwin Sasaki and Craig Kelsey are serving as interim deans and are expected to end their terms during summer 2010.

This reorganization will better align the university to meet our strategic goals and objectives and will promote increased synergies among programs and departments within and across schools. It achieves greater balance and equity among the schools in terms of size (full-time equivalent students and full-time equivalent faculty) and reaffirms our commitment to the unique contributions and linkages of the arts and humanities, the behavioral and social sciences, and our education programs.

We face an additional challenge this year with the pandemic of the H1N1virus, commonly referred to as the "Swine Flu." The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization anticipate that 30-50% of the U.S. population could contract the virus this flu season. Just like the normal seasonal flu, H1N1 is transmitted by inhaling infected droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing, or by touching contaminated hands or surfaces. To help prevent the spread of the virus, each of us individually must bear responsibility to maintain such basic wellness habits as washing hands thoroughly and often with soapy water for at least 20 seconds; covering a sneeze or cough with a tissue and washing hands thereafter; avoiding contact with persons who are ill; and remaining home for at least 24 hours after the illness has passed.

Our Emergency Operations Center is active and has developed campus protocols and procedures in the event H1N1 cases are confirmed on campus. This information will be made available through a link on our home page. You may also visit www.flu.gov for more H1N1 information. On a broader community basis, our EOC is working with the Kern County Department of Public Health and Bakersfield College to provide seasonal flu shots (not H1N1) to the public here at CSUB on October 30th. Parking Lot "E" will be the point of dispensing for the general public. Students, faculty, and staff can receive a seasonal flu shot on a walk-in basis at the Student Health Center on October 30th. For more information, please contact David Beadle, Director of Safety and risk Management, at x2580.

Teacher Quality Partnership Receives $12.6 Million Grant
An education collaborative consisting of CSUB, CSU Monterey Bay, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, and the Tulare County Office of Education was awarded a $12.6 million grant over five years by the U.S. Department of Education. The Central California Partnership for Teacher Quality Partnership will work to improve teacher quality in science, math, and special education in Kern, Tulare, and Monterey counties. Please join me in thanking Dr. Curt Guaglianone for coordinating this important effort with our partner institutions and agencies.

$5.66 Million Title V Grant Received from the U.S. Department of Education
CSUB was awarded two Title V grants totaling $5.66 million from the U.S. Department of Education. Paid over a five-year period, the grants will provide support to develop and strengthen programs and services which lead to the academic success of underserved students. Core to our Title V program is the development of proficiency in math, English, information resources, and computer technology.

Community Engagement
As part of last year's strategic planning process, the Community Engagement Committee recommended that CSUB pursue the Carnegie Foundation's voluntary Community Engagement classification. As an outgrowth of the Carnegie initiative, the Career Development Center (CDC), has been expanded to include service learning and community engagement. The CDC will be renamed The Center for Community Engagement and Career Education to reflect CSUB's commitment to community engagement. The center will be led by co-directors Jane Evarian and a CSUB faculty member yet to be named. A search for the faculty co-director will be undertaken immediately. The purpose of the center will be to explore creative ways in which CSUB can partner with community entities (e.g., local governments, business and industry associations, non-profits) to improve the quality of community life through student service learning projects and faculty engagement.

The center will collaborate with community entities to identify community issues and concerns that could be addressed through faculty/student expertise (e.g., economic/ workforce development studies; water use policy analysis, social services program evaluation, cultural enhancement events). It will pursue sources of funding to underwrite the cost of contracting with faculty and students to address community needs, and will serve as a liaison/broker between community organizations and faculty and students whose expertise would be appropriate to address community issues and concerns.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Accolades
William Randolph Hearst / CSU Trustees' Award
At the September Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach, CSUB senior business administration major Lauren Jacobs, along with an outstanding student from each campus, was awarded the 2009-10 William Randolph Hearst / CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement. Each recipient receives a $3,000 scholarship. A multi-talented student, Lauren's academic concentration is in finance, marketing, and economics with a minor in political science. She is a member of the CSUB intercollegiate business ethics team and has participated in two national competitions. Lauren plans to attend law school and practice corporate law. Please join me in congratulating Lauren, an outstanding student.

University Council
The next University Council meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2009 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

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