Resolution on New Independent Doctoral Programs in the CSU

Resolution Number: RS01-183
January, 2001

RESOLUTION ON

NEW

INDEPENDENT DOCTORAL PROGRAMS IN THE CSU



RS01-183



At its meeting of May 8, 2001, the Academic Senate

approved the Resolution on New

Independent Doctoral Programs in the CSU.




WHEREAS, at its meeting of April 2-3, 2001, the Education

Policy and Programs Committee of the California Post-Secondary Education

Commission took up the current state of graduate study in California’s public

institutions of higher education by reviewing a report that, among other

things, states, “[t]he Commission believes that a major effort in this decade

should be devoted to strengthening graduate education”; and that notes that

nearly all CSU campuses have smaller graduate programs, proportionately, than

do comparable institutions in other states; and that ties success in the

strengthening of graduate programs to the strengthening of the state’s economy;

and


WHEREAS,

the objective of strengthening graduate programs comes at a time when many

important academic programs in the CSU are seriously underfunded; and


WHEREAS,

in particular, masters degree programs in the CSU have been underfunded for

many years; and


WHEREAS,

CSU masters degree programs serve an important need for California in providing

a crucial source of California’s school and community college faculty; and


WHEREAS,

CSU masters degree programs serve an important need for California in providing

training in many professional fields that contribute valuable services to

California’s urban and rural communities; and


WHEREAS,

CSU masters degree programs serve an important need for California in providing

training in many technical fields that contribute to the continued prosperity

of California’s technology companies; and


WHEREAS,

a high quality doctoral program of any kind is extremely expensive; and


WHEREAS, for more than a

decade efforts have been made to define a full-time equivalent graduate student

in the CSU as one carrying 12 student credit units per semester rather than the

current definition of 15 units per semester, a change that would have had the

effect of increasing funding for graduate education, but when those efforts

were recommended by the Trustees they have been consistently rejected by the

Legislature; and


WHEREAS,

in the absence of additional funding, resources would be transferred from

existing undergraduate and graduate programs in order to support new doctoral

programs in the CSU; and


WHEREAS,

any such transfer of resources from existing undergraduate and graduate

programs would adversely affect the quality of these existing programs and

thereby work against the objective of strengthening graduate programs more

generally; therefore, be it


RESOLVED,

that the Academic Senate of San Francisco State University oppose the

implementation of new independent doctoral programs in the CSU until the

underfunding of current undergraduate and graduate programs is remedied and

substantial additional funding is provided for the support of doctoral

programs; and be it further


RESOLVED,

that the Academic Senate of San Francisco State University urge its

representatives to the Academic Senate CSU to oppose the implementation of any

new independent doctoral programs in the CSU until there is funding for

existing graduate programs based on the definition of a graduate full-time

equivalent student (FTES) being 12 student credit units per semester and

supplemental funding for doctoral programs; and be it further



RESOLVED,

that a copy of this Resolution be sent to the Governor of the State of

California, the Speaker of the Assembly, the State Senate President pro tem,

the Chancellor of the CSU, the President of the Board of Trustees of the CSU,

the Chair of the Academic Senate, CSU, and to all campus senate chairs in the

CSU.




***APPROVED

MAY 8, 2001***