CSU-AAUP leaders met in December to discuss concerns about the Board of Regents (BOR) actions last fall and possible solutions to address our concerns. As one result of that meeting, CSU-AAUP is proposing that the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) be ex-officio, nonvoting members of the BOR. In addition, CSU-AAUP proposes that there be two faculty representatives, appointed by the FAC, on all standing and special committees of the BOR except those responsible for personnel matters. (Read CSU-AAUP’s proposed legislation here).

In the brief history of the BOR, it has been demonstrated that faculty-board collaboration and communication have been extremely constructive. However, the faculty have had to be very assertive to make their voices heard. CSU-AAUP believes that if members of the FAC are given the opportunity to provide their expertise in board and committee discussions and decisions, it will benefit all parties.

Since the membership of the BOR is determined by legislation, this proposal will require legislative approval. The Higher Education Committee met and voted to raise the legislation during the session.

For more information, please see CSU-AAUP’s fact sheet about the legislation and data about other institutions that allow for faculty representation on the board.