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May 2, 2012
Re "Tuition costs prompt hunger strikes," April 29 California State University spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp says the students planning hunger strikes to protest excessive executive compensation don't understand the issues. It is the university that seems not to understand the issues. I am a Cal State faculty member, and as such it is important to me that people understand that the university leadership does not represent the thousands of faculty and staff of Cal State. We stand with the students against excessive executive compensation.
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March 11, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
William Hauck, a prominent business and political figure who served longer than any other member of the California State University Board of Trustees, has died after a long battle with brain cancer, officials said Tuesday. Hauck, a resident of St. Helena in Napa Valley, died Friday at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville. He was 73. At the time of his death, he was serving as chairman of the board's finance committee, where he was instrumental in guiding the nation's largest four-year university system through a bruising period of state funding cuts, class reductions and tuition hikes.
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OPINION
January 25, 2012
Maybe the trustees of California State University need to take a remedial music class. Their tone-deafness is disturbing. A few months ago, CSU drew widespread criticism for setting the salary for the new president of San Diego State at $400,000 — an increase of $100,000 over what his predecessor had received. Now, the trustees are expected to approve a new compensation policy that, if it had been in place at the time, could have paid him close to $460,000. Salaries for new presidents at other campuses also could increase under the policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Jason Song
The speaker of the state Assembly has created a 15-member committee to investigate student harassment and hate crimes. "Over these past few years we have seen too many incidents on California college campuses perpetrated by people with malicious intent to harm or demean others," said Speaker John A. P é rez (D-Los Angeles), whose office announced the panel formation Wednesday. Last year, three white students at San Jose State University were charged with hate crimes and a fourth suspended after they allegedly   harassed   a black 17-year-old student by locking him in his room, nicknaming him "three-fifths" -- a reference to a slavery-era constitutional provision that counted blacks as three-fifths of a person -- and parading a Confederate flag.
OPINION
January 19, 2013
Re "Brown prods UC, Cal State to streamline," Jan. 16, and "Micromanaging the UCs," Editorial, Jan. 17 Gov. Jerry Brown is one of the finest state chief executives in the history of the United States. But in calling on the University of California and California State University systems to offer more teaching and online courses and do less research, he should be careful that he doesn't throw out the baby with the bathwater. The best teaching in the sciences is student involvement in research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1999
Re "Underappreciated and Unrepresented, With Nowhere to Turn," by Craig Smith, Commentary, April 12: In his 13 months with the system, Chancellor Charles Reed has been a tremendous advocate for the California State University. And, whether the faculty acknowledge it, Reed has been their champion in Sacramento. All of us with responsibility for running the CSU appreciate the outside service and academic responsibilities of our faculty. That does not mean there isn't room for improvement--be it the more efficient use of facilities through year-round operations and more evening and weekend classes, or more flexible structure within some related institutions such as the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
The number of eligible California high school graduates entering the state's public four-year universities has plunged in the last five years, as budget-strapped institutions increasingly adopt practices to reduce enrollment, a new study has found. At University of California and California State University campuses, enrollment rates dropped by one-fifth, to fewer than 18% of all state high school graduates in 2010, from about 22% in 2007. The report, released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, found that these declines have occurred even as demand has risen: The number of high school graduates in California reached an all-time high of 405,000 in 2010; the number of seniors who completed college admission requirements increased dramatically, as did the number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams.
OPINION
January 29, 2007
Re "Raises OKd for Cal State presidents," Jan. 24 As a retired Cal State San Bernardino faculty member, I can tell you that I was always offended by administrative salary increases. But when salaries for corporate executives and University of California administrators are considered, California State University administrators are grossly underpaid and deserve a lot better. The same can be said for the CSU faculty and staff, who are underpaid and overworked by any measure of academic life.
OPINION
December 26, 2002
When Chancellor Charles Reed and the California State University Board of Trustees voted to raise student fees, they did so without a complete examination of the CSU budget and a thorough study of the alternatives (Dec. 17). Such an analysis would have uncovered layers of budgetary "fat" that could be shed. The CSU could, for example, delay implementation of its $400-million information technology project, or pare administrative costs. Scaling back expenses not central to its educational mission is a viable alternative to raising revenue through student fee increases.
OPINION
July 14, 2003
Re "For Good of All, Hike Fees at CSU," Commentary, July 10: Many of professor Shirley Svorny's observations probably hold true for some college students in California and in the nation. However, the premise of the argument to support at least a 30% increase in tuition is flawed. As a graduate of the University of California system and an emeritus of the California State University system, I am less inclined to denigrate students, for any of a number of reasons, but insist that those attending the UC system should carry a larger total financial burden, not their counterparts at the CSU system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Prompted by the uproar over an incident of alleged racial harassment at San Jose State University, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced Wednesday the formation of a special committee addressing hate crimes at California universities. “Over these past few years we have seen too many incidents on California college campuses perpetrated by people with malicious intent to harm or demean others,” Pérez said in a statement. “We need to act vigorously to ensure that our campuses are welcoming to all and reflective of the rich diversity of this great state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
California State University officials were warned Tuesday that course scheduling decisions on many campuses may be forcing students to take high-cost extension classes to complete their degrees,  which would violate state law. A report by the state auditor criticized aspects of the system's two-tier education plan, which provides state-funded courses during the academic year and the same classes at a higher cost typically during winter and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
In the 1960s, California college campuses were hotbeds of civil rights and free speech activity, where student protests resulted in the nation's first ethnic studies programs at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, among others. Ethnic studies became a sought-after major and a safe setting in which to examine the influence of the state's diverse population of Latinos, African Americans, whites and Asians, among others. In recent years, however, some of those programs have been cut back, particularly in the California State University system.
OPINION
July 6, 2013 | By Diana Wagman
It's 3:14 a.m. I'm awake. Every night for the last six months, my eyes have opened just after 3. It's my personal witching hour when my demons come out of the closet and surround the bed whispering messages of doom. My husband sleeps on, oblivious. I've developed some tricks to keep the creatures at bay. I count backward, I count my blessings, I recite what little poetry I know by heart. If I start listening to the goblins, that's it, I'm up for the duration. What am I worried about?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Marissa Eve Ayala, who first drew national attention more than two decades ago as the child who was born to provide her sister a life-saving bone marrow transplant, graduated from Cal State Long Beach this week with a degree in speech pathology.   Ayala, 23, said she has carved out her own story, despite the years of media attention on the reason she was born. "Well, what now is, I'm graduating from Cal State Long Beach," she told the Long Beach Press-Telegram . "I couldn't be happier and I'm making my own goals and setting my own aspirations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Anh Do
Friends and family members gathered Monday night at a vigil for a missing Cal State Fullerton student, who disappeared on May 2. Maribel Manriquez Ramos, a former Army sergeant who served in South Korea and Iraq, was just weeks away from graduating with a degree in criminal justice. She was last seen on surveillance video outside her apartment building around 8:30 p.m. on May 2.  She was reported missing a few days later after she failed to show up at a veterans' appreciation dinner where she was supposed to give a speech.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2009 | By Carla Rivera
A former high-ranking California State University official collected more than $150,000 in improper expense reimbursements, including claims for unnecessary trips to Amsterdam and Shanghai, meals that exceeded allowable amounts and travel between his Northern California home and the university's Long Beach headquarters, a state audit has found. The audit, released Thursday, scolds the university for a lack of oversight in approving the expenses, saying they were "unnecessary and not in the best interest of the university or the state."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1994
The recent letter from the chair of the CSU Long Beach Academic Senate (April 2) misses the main thrust of my investigation of educational fraud at CSU--that San Diego State is systematically falsifying reports on faculty workload. Faculty are given units for supervising students whom they never even met. The legislative analyst is currently conducting an independent investigation which, I believe, will confirm my allegations and bring about reforms to ensure that the CSU system is honestly accounting to the Legislature and the taxpayers on the use of educational resources.
OPINION
January 19, 2013
Re "Brown prods UC, Cal State to streamline," Jan. 16, and "Micromanaging the UCs," Editorial, Jan. 17 Gov. Jerry Brown is one of the finest state chief executives in the history of the United States. But in calling on the University of California and California State University systems to offer more teaching and online courses and do less research, he should be careful that he doesn't throw out the baby with the bathwater. The best teaching in the sciences is student involvement in research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2012 | Carla Rivera
The California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a tuition increase for next year -- contingent upon voters rejecting a tax hike measure on the November ballot. Students will get a reprieve, however, if voters approve the Gov. Jerry Brown-backed Proposition 30, which would raise billions of dollars in sales and income taxes and forestall deeper cuts to education. The trustees, meeting in Long Beach, voted 11 to 3 to approve the plan, with faculty representative Bernadette Cheyne, student representative Jillian Ruddell and state Supt.
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