All-University Committee on Honorary Degree
ALL-UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ON HONORARY DEGREES
Academic Senate Policy S91-171
At its meeting of May 14, 1991, the Academic Senate approved the following
policy establishing an All-University Committee on Honorary Degrees:
BACKGROUND. All earned degrees granted in the California State
University are awarded "upon recommendation of the faculty." All honorary degrees
are granted by the Trustees of the California State University following the
procedure outlined in the Trustees' Guidelines for Awarding Honorary Degrees.
These Guidelines specify that all recommendations originating in any
of the campus committees shall be submitted through the President, and that
the President shall establish a committee to review the recommendations and
assist in the compilation of materials in support of the campus nominations.
In October, 1989, the California State University Academic Senate, in its resolution
"Campus Faculty Involvement in Awarding Honorary Degrees," AS-1898-89/FA, recommended
that "at least three faculty selected according to procedures established by
the campus Senate will serve on the campus committee."
SCOPE AND CRITERIA. In the CSU, honorary degrees may be awarded
for the following purposes: to recognize excellence and extraordinary achievement
in significant areas of human endeavor, within which are embodied the objectives
and ideals of the California State University; to honor meritorious and outstanding
service to the California State University, collectively, or to its campuses,
individually, to the State of California, to the United States, or to humanity
at large; to recognize men and women whose lives and significant achievements
should serve as examples of the California State University's aspirations for
its diverse student body. Nominees for honorary degrees must 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 aims of higher education, and with the highest ideals
of the persons' chosen fields.
COMMITTEE GOVERNANCE/MEMBERSHIP. The Committee on Honorary Degrees
shall have nine members. It shall be an on-going body. The length of term for
each member shall be two years (the first all-University election will produce
staggered terms: two faculty will be elected for two-year terms and the third
for a one-year term.) The committee shall elect one of its members to be the
chair. Support staff shall be provided by the Office of the Vice President
for Academic Affairs.
The Committee members shall be as follows:
One representative from the Alumni Council (appointed
by that group);
Three members of the teaching faculty elected in an all-University
Two members appointed by the President of the University;
One member appointed by the Staff Council;
One member appointed by the Associated Students;
One member appointed by the SFSU Retirement Association.
APPROVED BY PRESIDENT CORRIGAN MAY 23, 1991