Call for Recommendations for 2018 Honorary Doctorate Degrees

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Call for Recommendations for 2018 Honorary Doctorate Degrees

Postby angel » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:46 am

MEMORANDUM
Date: October 19, 2017

To: Campus Community and Friends of the University

From: Paula Castadio
Vice President for University Advancement

Subject: Call for Recommendations for 2018 Honorary Doctorate Degrees
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This memorandum is to serve as the annual call for campus recommendations for the award of honorary doctoral degrees by the Board of Trustees of the California State University. The deadline to submit your recommendation is noon on Friday, November 17, 2017, due to the Chancellor’s Office deadline of December 1, 2017. Please submit the nominations to the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement, 5200 North Barton Avenue, M/S ML118, Fresno, CA 93740.

The following categories of honorary degrees shall be recognized for conferral by the Board of Trustees:
• Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.)
• Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.)
• Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)
• Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.)
• Doctor of Sciences (Sc.D.)

Criteria for the Awarding of Honorary Degrees

Honorary degrees may be awarded to recognize achievements in all parts of the world. Honorary degrees awarded should represent an appropriate balance between local and non-local, and academic and non-academic recipients, and degrees should represent a wide diversity of fields of endeavor.

Service or benefaction to the university do not alone justify the awarding of honorary degrees. However, these criteria do not preclude nominees who are benefactors of the California State University. Personal relationships alone do not justify the awarding of honorary degrees.

Nominees for honorary degrees must demonstrate high moral character, be distinguished in their respective fields, and the eminence of persons nominated must be widely recognized. Nominees must have demonstrated intellectual and humane values that are consistent with the ideals of the California State University, the aims of higher education, and with the highest ideals of the person’s chosen fields.

The following are the criteria for awarding California State University honorary degrees:

A. To recognize inspirational character, excellence and extraordinary achievement in significant areas of human endeavor that reflect the objectives and ideals of the California State University.

B. To honor meritorious and outstanding service to the California State University collectively or to individual campuses, the State of California, the United States, or to humanity at large.

C. To recognize individuals whose lives, conduct, and significant achievements serve as examples of the California State University’s aspirations for its diverse student body.

D. The honoree must be present at the appropriate California State University function to accept the degree; or in case of the honoree’s severe illness, a family member must be present at the appropriate function to accept the degree.

E. A family member must agree to accept a posthumous degree at an appropriate California State University function.

Limitations on Eligibility

Honorary degrees shall not be awarded to:

A. Incumbent members of the Board of Trustees of the California State University;

B. The incumbent chancellor of the California State University;

C. Incumbent campus presidents of the California State University;

D. A person who already has been awarded an honorary degree by the California State University;

E. All incumbent elected officials; and

F. Honorary degrees shall not be awarded solely on the basis of past or present employment by the California State University.


Procedures for Selecting Honorary Degree Recipients

In all steps of these procedures, utmost care is to be taken to ensure confidentiality. A breach of confidentiality could seriously embarrass the California State University and those individuals under consideration for the receipt of an honorary degree. Members of campus honorary degree selection committees and the Trustees Subcommittee on Honorary Degrees shall maintain the strictest confidences regarding nominations considered and recommended. No campus representative or trustee is to contact a prospective nominee to discuss the possibility of a nomination. Only after the chancellor officially informs the campus of trustee action may campus personnel discuss the honorary degree with the honoree.

A. Recommendations of persons to receive honorary degrees are encouraged from any member of the California State University community, including trustees, the chancellor, presidents, faculty, students, administrative staff, alumni, campus advisory board members and other friends of the California State University. Such recommendations may include the type of honorary degree believed appropriate.

B. In each nomination cycle, the campus (through the president) may submit two nominations for conferral in the current or immediately subsequent academic year. An approved degree may be awarded in the academic year in which it was authorized for conferral and no later than in the year immediately following the originally approved conferral year. Campuses are responsible for maintaining the limit of conferring only two campus-nominated honorary degrees in one academic year. Trustee-nominated degrees are not included in the limits of two campus-nominated and conferred degrees per year.

C. Recommendations originating in any of the campus communities shall be submitted through the campus president. The submission shall note whether the degree is to be conferred only in the name of the California State University or in the names of the California State University and the campus. Recommendations originating elsewhere within the California State University community at large shall be submitted through the chancellor.

D. Each campus president, after consultation with the executive committee of the campus academic senate, shall establish an honorary degrees selection committee that includes faculty representation. The committee shall review recommendations and assist in the development and compilation of materials in support of nominations to be forwarded. Following appropriate consultation with this committee, the president shall select no more than two nominations to be forwarded to the chancellor in any given academic year. Honorary degrees awarded to couples (as individuals) shall count as only one degree of the two nominations allowed for each campus annually.

E. The chancellor, in turn, shall review and forward all qualified nominations, with any appropriate comments to a separately constituted Trustees Subcommittee on Honorary Degrees of the Committee on Educational Policy, which meets in conjunction with the annual January meeting of the board.

F. The Trustees Subcommittee on Honorary Degrees shall be chaired by a member of the Committee on Educational Policy and shall be named by the chair of that committee. The Subcommittee shall be staffed by a member of the Academic and Student Affairs Division and shall include:

1. One additional trustee (other than the chair of the subcommittee), to be named by the board chair;
2. The chancellor or designee;
3. Two presidents, to be named by the chancellor; and
4. The following representatives, to be appointed by the chancellor following consultation with the respective bodies:

a. Two faculty members nominated by the Academic Senate, CSU;
b. One alumnus nominated by the California State University Alumni Council; and
c. One student nominated by the California State Student Association.

G. The Trustees Subcommittee on Honorary Degrees, meeting in closed session, shall review all nominations received, and shall forward to the Committee on Educational Policy each nomination with the subcommittee’s notation of “recommended” or “not recommended,” using the policies and criteria set forth in this policy as the basis for the subcommittee’s determinations.

H. The full Committee on Educational Policy, following similar procedures, shall forward to the full board for final consideration no more than two nominations per campus and those nominations originating with the board and/or the chancellor, indicating in each case the full committee’s determination of “recommended” or “not recommended.”

I. The Board of Trustees, meeting in closed session, shall make the final determination in each case, and will, by virtue of its exclusive authority in this matter, agree to award the degree type it considers most appropriate.

1. Recommendations/nominations can be made by anyone.

2. Nominations must be submitted in writing and be no more than one page in length. Additional endorsement letters for your nominee should not be solicited at this time.

3. The deadline to submit your recommendation is noon on Friday, November 17, 2017, due to the Chancellor’s Office deadline of December 1, 2017. Please submit the nominations to the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement, 5200 North Barton Avenue, M/S ML118, Fresno, CA 93740.

4. The University Advancement office will work with the Academic Senate chair to schedule the review committee meeting.

5. The Honorary Degree Committee, which includes the Provost, the Vice President for University Advancement, and the members of the Ad Hoc Awards Committee selected by the Academic Senate, will review and choose the top one to three candidates for further review.

6. The committee will send their top candidates to the Office of the President for further review.

7. For those candidates selected, further documentation may be needed, including a current curriculum vitae or comparably complete biographical information.

8. The President shall select no more than two nominations to forward to the Chancellor in any given academic year.

9. The final selection will be made by the CSU Board of Trustees.

10. The Office of the President will coordinate and plan the recipient honor at Commencement.

Conferral of Degrees

A. Honorary degrees may be conferred during any California State University function that the board of trustees considers appropriate.
B. If the degree is to be conferred only in the name of the California State University, the chair of the board of trustees, the chancellor, and the campus president, where appropriate, will participate in the conferral ceremony. Convention is as follows:
1. When a campus is involved:
a. The chair of the board of trustees (or designee) will read the citation;
b. The chancellor, if present, or the campus president will confer the degree; and
c. The campus president (or designee) will hood the degree recipient.
2. When a campus is not involved:
a. The chair of the board of trustees (or designee) will read the citation;
b. The chancellor (or designee) will confer the degree; and
c. The vice chair of the board of trustees (or designee) will hood the degree recipient.

C. If the degree is to be conferred in the names of the California State University and the campus, the chair of the board of trustees or designee will participate in the conferral ceremony. Usually, the campus president or designee will confer the degree.

D. The Chancellor’s Office shall reimburse campus hood and regalia costs for trustee-nominated honorees. Costs associated with campus-nominated honorees will be the responsibility of the campus.


Limits of Degree Authorization

A. Authorization to confer an honorary degree remains in effect for two academic years after board action. If a confirmed honoree cannot agree to accept the degree at an appropriate California State University function within the year following the originally planned conferral, the authorization shall be rescinded, and the honoree may be nominated subsequently by the same campus or a different campus during a later nomination cycle.

Amending Honorary Degree Policy

A. Proposals for amendments to this policy may be directed to the chancellor, who will forward proposals to the chair of the board of trustees. The chair shall consider and may forward the proposed amendments to the Educational Policy Committee of the board. The Educational Policy Committee shall consider proposed changes and may present to the board a recommended action.

B. The full board of trustees shall meet in closed session and by virtue of its exclusive authority in this matter shall make the final determination on proposed changes to honorary degree policy.


Questions may be directed to Dr. Christine Mallon at cmallon@calstate.edu or (562) 951-4672.
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