A Look at All That’s New. Student Affairs Division Meeting Fall 2012 December 5, 2012. Overview. Introductions Division Reorganization Student Engagement & Success Unit (underway) Athletics (underway) SASEEP, SSWD (forthcoming) Budget Update Proposition 30 Graduation Initiative Update
Student Affairs Division MeetingFall 2012December 5, 2012
A big welcome to the new managers and staff . . . say hello, be nice, and remind them how happy we are to have them as part of our great division.
Managers who have joined us since our last division meeting:
AVP, Student Engagement & Success
Director, Student Organizations & Leadership
Director, Parents & Families Program
Ms. Ardith Tregenza
Director, Student Conduct (Interim)
Senior Associate Director, Admissions & Outreach
Ms. Kristine Trigales
Senior Associate Registrar
Additionally, please welcome Laura McBride, Executive Assistant to the VPSA. She joined the VPSA Office staff in September.
We’re currently in a time of change both at the division level and at the University level.
The next part of this presentation discusses some changes that have happened, some that are in progress, and some yet to come.
The changes in higher education in general, at the University, and in the Division will likely not stop here.
We’d like to thank all of you for rising to the occasion of the changes that have come your way thus far—we know that change is not always easy—and to ask you to keep an open mind for the future.
Along with new people, the Division has a new unit or “side” called Student Engagement & Success.
Before the reorganization, the Campus Life “side” of Student Affairs formerly contained the following four departments and two program centers which reported to the AVP of Campus Life (Edward Jones):
As Student Affairs was conducting its nationwide search for a second AVP, division leaders were contemplating a restructuring and rebalancing of the Division.
After much discussion, a new side or structure emerged and it was named Student Engagement & Success. This new unit includes departments that were not formerly part of the Campus Life side.
As its name and structure suggest, the new Student Engagement & Success unit explicitly focuses on the types of programs and services that help students:
As of today, SES departments and program centers include:
Several departments have joined or soon will be joining our division.
As of Fall 2012, the President moved the supervision of the Athletics Department from his office to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Dr. Terry Wanless
Director of Athletics
Deputy Athletics Director
Ms. Lois Mattice
Associate Athletics Director
Faculty Athletics Representative
This move will help ensure that:
Though the exact date of the move has not yet been finalized, student support programs such as those in SASEEP (Student Academic Success and Educational Equity) and SSWD (Services to Students with Disabilities) will soon move from the Provost’s portfolio to the VPSA’s purview.
SA, SASEEP, and SSWD leaders will soon be reaching out to communicate with staff in relevant areas.
With these moves, it is increasingly the case that more and more “like” programs are now part of the same division.
With the passage of Proposition 30 earlier this month, the CSU avoided the $250M “trigger” cut that would have taken effect if the Proposition did not pass.
This passage means that the CSU will roll back student tuition fees to 2011-2012 levels. Thus, every Sac State student’s tuition is in the process of being reviewed and/or adjusted.
The specific dollar amount of tuition adjustments will vary by student based on the tuition he or she paid and how he or she paid it (e.g., through various forms of financial aid or without using financial aid).
Via a mandate from the Chancellor’s Office, adjustment processing must be completed by December 21st. We are on track to meet or beat that deadline.
I personally wish to extend a large “thank you” to the departments involved in this complex tuition adjustment process undertaken in a very short timeframe. In particular:
For more information on the Prop. 30 tuition rollback, visit:
This site is linked from the University homepage as well as the Student Affairs homepage.
Despite Prop. 30’s passage, Student Affairs still sustained an 8.8%($780K)cut for 2012-2013.
Athletics received a 10% general fund reduction of $259K.
We are mitigating the Student Affairs cut largely by eliminating positions (9 positions through attrition) and using the central reserve.
In Student Affairs, a structural deficit of ~$750K remains. How we address that will depend on what (if any) “restoration” we receive to baseline funds, and we won’t know that until the “dust settles” around the Prop 30 passage.
Many important policy changes are currently in process or under consideration in the CSU and at Sacramento State.
There are several policy changes and proposals unfolding at this moment:
With the passage of SB 1440 (Sep 2010) the California Community College System and the CSU may collaborate to create 60 unitAssociate of Arts/Science (AA/AS) degree transfer programs.
SB 1440 aims to streamline the transferability of select CA Community College (CACC) degrees to specific 4-year degrees at the CSU.
As of November 19, 2012, the CSU Board of Trustees proposed revisions to Title 5 that establish a 120 unit cap for CSU Bachelor’s degree programs (both Arts and Science) beginning the 2014-2015 academic year.
(Currently, the 120 units mentioned in Title 5 arethe minimum number of units for a major; the change would make 120 units the maximum.)
The CO recommends departments consider reducing:
Additionally, the CO recommends departments or campuses consider:
The proposed 120 unit changes to Title 5 come back before the CSU Board of Trustees in January 2013.
Many of the recommended policy revisions the CO asked departments to investigate are already under discussion at Sacramento State.
Per the proposal under discussion, the Chancellor’s Office would be able to grant exceptions to the 120 unit cap on a program-by-program basis(individual programs must apply for exceptions on their own).
As of Fall 2012, the General Education/ Graduation Requirements (GE/GR) Policy Committee submitted recommendations to Faculty Senate to revise Sacramento State GE/Graduation Requirements.
The GE/GR Policy Committee recommended two significant changes to Sac State’s graduation requirements:
These recommendations are currently under discussion in Faculty Senate.
Currently, it is up to individual campuses whether to have policies restricting minors or second majors toward encouraging timely graduation.
A Faculty Senate workgroup (the Workgroup on Majors [WOM]) is currently discussing several aspects of the Major/Minor question:
Also under discussion:
For more detailed information about some of these proposed changes, see the GE/GR Policy Committee Working Document at:
Finally, some of you may have heard of graduation incentive fees proposed at the CSU system-wide level:
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the CSU Board of Trustees (BoT) was scheduled to vote on proposed graduation incentive fees. These fees were proposed prior to the passage of Proposition 30.
In the days following the passage of Prop. 30, the BoTindefinitely postponed the vote on these incentive fees.