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President's Reflections January 22-26, 2013

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:53 am
by madona
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REFLECTIONS FROM THE PRESIDENT

January 22 – 26, 2013


This was a short week but it is clear that everyone is getting settled in for the semester.

I was very pleased to receive a copy of a letter from a parent to ARE staff member Tina Beddall in which she and her staff were thanked for special consideration given to a student who was in need of assistance. Another example of the great work of our staff.

Tuesday, January 22
My meetings and activities included:
  • I flew to Los Angeles and on to Long Beach to attend a meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees. Among the issues addressed were collective bargaining, the proposed 2013-14 budget, deferred maintenance and capital budgets. I also presented a change to Title 5 that officially establishes Cal State Online.
  • I joined the Board and Presidents for an informal dinner on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, January 23
  • Continued the Board of Trustees meeting. Most of the day was devoted to the Educational Policy Committee, which acted to establish 120 units as the requirement for a bachelor's degree. A process was established for any program desiring a waiver. In addition, there were reports on mental health services, extended education and the EPT program.
  • I returned to Fresno by late afternoon.
  • Met with Athletics Director Thomas Boeh on an Athletics item.
  • Attended a meeting at which the proposed Center for Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs was presented. This is a very exciting proposal.
  • Attended reception launching the Northern California Community Loan Fund Community Facilities Challenge. This is an exciting program that allows our students to get involved in a real design project.
  • Attended the Fresno State vs. Boise State women's basketball game. It was a very good win for Coach Raegan Pebley, her staff and the team.

Thursday, January 24
  • Flew to Washington, D.C., to chair the three-day meeting of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Public Policy and Purposes Committee.

Friday, January 25
  • Convened the continued AASCU Public Policy and Purposes meeting. The day was devoted to a discussion of federal financial aid policy, emerging state issues in higher education, use of technology and MOOCs, and issues surrounding health and benefits in public higher education.

Saturday, January 26
  • Continued the AASCU committee meeting. Discussions focused on guns on campus, performance-based budgeting and a review of major state issues across the country. The committee completed its work by noon.

It is time for a new week!