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Summer 2010

From the Desk of Karen S. Haynes
Summer 2010

July 27, 2010

President Karen Haynes Review

The Board of Trustees CSU has a policy requiring its presidents to be reviewed every three years. It is now time for the review of Dr. Karen S. Haynes, President of CSU San Marcos, to be conducted.

This process is intended to provide feedback to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor about the leadership of President Haynes and the current state of affairs at CSU San Marcos. It should also provide information that will further the university's progress and assist President Haynes in the leadership of CSU San Marcos.

As has been the policy and practice in the past, a number of officers of the university and the chairs of its major constituencies, namely, the Academic Senate, the Alumni Association, the Associated Students, and the University Advisory Board, are being contacted for their comments with respect to specific criteria, which are cited below. A sampling of faculty, administrators/managers, staff, and community is also being invited to submit individual comments.

It is CSU policy to inform the university community of the review and to allow anyone not selected on an ex┬┐officio or random basis to submit comments that respond to the specific criteria. The criteria are posted at on the CSU website. Those wishing to submit confidential letters should keep in mind that every effort should be made to address the criteria and that neither unsigned letters nor petitions will be accepted. Please do so no later than August 24, 2010, addressed as follows: 

Dr. Charles B. Reed, Chancellor
The California State University
401 Golden Shore, Suite 641
Long Beach, CA 90802┬┐4210

The written responses will be summarized into a confidential report that will be discussed with Dr. Haynes. The report will be presented to the Board of Trustees. None of the commentators will be identified by name, and responses will be treated in confidence to the extent permitted by the law. After the trustees receive the report, a general summary will be prepared for release to the campus community.

Please keep in mind that this is intended to be a constructive process that should benefit the presidency and the university.

With kind regards, 

Charles B. Reed


View letter from Chancellor Reed.

July 14, 2010

Budget Update

In my May budget message, I promised to update you on any changes to our budget situation.  As of today, nearly two weeks into the new fiscal year, we still do not have a state budget and, thus, have no certainty about what our campus allocation will be for 2010-2011.  We may be well into the fall semester before we have our final budget numbers from the Chancellor's Office.

Given the uncertainty with the state budget, we are proceeding with planning for the fall semester based on our previous assumptions.  As a result, I have directed the Provost and Vice Presidents to proceed with the 10 percent permanent budget reduction plans that were developed last fall.  However, your continued prudent stewardship and the resulting carry forward of funds may provide a better fiscal position for 2010-11 than had been predicted. 

Thus, each division will have five percent of their permanent budget, (or half of the amount of their permanent budget reduction) available fiscally in 2010-11.  When a state budget has been enacted and we have been given our final allocation from the CSU system, we will determine whether those funds will be available as one-time funding within the divisions or will be needed to address any further unanticipated reductions to our campus's budget.

The nature of our fiscal challenges requires ever greater flexibility, innovation, and collaboration-qualities that you have exhibited to very positive effect throughout the budget crisis.  Please accept my thanks for your continued financial stewardship and your commitment to putting our university first.

June 28, 2010

Update on Budget and Student Fees

Last month, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released his revised state budget - the May Revise - on May 14, 2010. While the budget has not yet been enacted, the Governor's current proposal and our budget planning still assumes a ten percent increase in CSU student fees.  Under this circumstance, the CSU Board of Trustees met on June 18, 2010 to consider an increase in student fees.  At the time of the meeting, the Assembly budget committee had advanced a proposal for the state to provide additional funding to CSU to replace 5 percent, rather than the 10 percent contemplated in the Governor's budget.

At the June 18 meeting the Board took the following fee actions, which will take effect in the fall term:

  • Increased the State University fee by 5 percent to $4,230 per academic year for 6.1 or more units and $2,454 per academic year for 6 or less units. Including campus fees of $814, undergrads will now pay approximately $5,044 per year at CSUSM.
  • Increased the fee for graduate and other post-baccalaureate students by 5 percent to $5,214 per academic year for 6.1 or more units, and $3,024 per academic year for 6 units or less.
  • Increased the Graduate Business Professional fee by 5 percent to $220 per semester unit and $147 per quarter unit.
  • Increased the Education Doctorate program fee by 10 percent to $9,546 per academic year, to bring it closer in line with what is already charged by the UC Regents.
  • Raised the cap on the non-resident tuition schedule to eliminate current inadvertent subsidies of those taking more than 30 semester units or 45 quarter units per academic year, to $372 per semester unit and $248 per quarter unit.

Many CSUSM students will be helped with these additional costs thanks to an increase in State University Grants, Cal Grants, Pell Grant awards, funding for work/study and newly expanded federal tax credits. Students should consult with campus financial aid officers to determine eligibility.

Revenue from the 5 percent fee increase, coupled with the funding proposed in the Assembly's version of the budget, would provide the CSU with an increase of roughly $466 million over the 2009-10 budget. But the funding still falls short of the $480 million needed to fully restore resources to 2007-08 levels.

While it is good news that the Board was able to keep the State University fee increase to 5 percent, the Board also resolved, because of the precarious budget situation, to review at its November 2010 meeting whether adequate funds have indeed been provided by the Legislature and the Governor, and to determine whether any additional fee increases are required.

Here at CSUSM, we are continuing with our budget planning assumptions although we are still subject to uncertainty until a budget is passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.  However, on a positive note, the 2009-10 CSU Furlough Program will end for all CSU employees effective June 30, 2010.

Thank you for your continued dedication throughout these difficult budget times. In the midst of our 20th anniversary celebration, together we continue to work together to move CSUSM forward strategically and thoughtfully.  Your commitment to our campus community continues to be appreciated and is essential to our success.