Update on CSUN and CSU Executive Orders

To the Campus Community:

I want to provide an update following last week's activity around the implementation of California State University (CSU) Executive Orders (EO) 1100 and 1110.

On Thursday, I spoke to the Faculty Senate and hundreds of students, faculty and staff who attended the meeting. After significant and difficult advocacy and discussion - both on this campus and with the Chancellor's Office - I shared that the Chancellor's Office indicated that CSUN could retain Section F, which houses our comparative and cross-cultural competency general education (GE) courses, provided we ensure that students holding an AA or ADT degree would not be required to take additional courses to graduate (a condition of the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act SB 1440). Timely graduation has been a central goal of EO 1100 (which prescribes GE course requirements), and for the Governor, state legislature and state treasury.

After much public comment from students, faculty and staff, the Faculty Senate overwhelmingly voted not to rescind its previous motion and, thus, not participate in the implementation of the executive orders. Instead, they passed a resolution that outlined the Senate's position on the orders.

As I shared at the meeting, I am proud of the advocacy of our campus community. Our students, faculty and staff share a great passion for our mission, vision and values, and for the preservation of CSUN's ethnic, gender, women's and cultural studies departments and programs. Our commitment to preparing students to thrive in an increasingly multicultural and interconnected world is manifested in Section F.

Student success is also at the heart of everything we do. As a campus, we must comply with Title V, SB 1440, and the goals of Graduation Initiative 2025, ensuring equity and clarity in academic requirements for our students.

Notwithstanding the Senate's decision, further consultation and dialogue is in order - on our campus and with the Chancellor's Office. Faculty in various parts of the campus have already been working on issues related to EO 1110, and their efforts are appreciated.

Let me close with three points: First, I will never stop advocating for our students and our campus values. Second, we are proud of CSUN's national leadership position in ethnic, gender, women's and cultural studies, and we will continue to advance the important work being done in these departments and programs. Finally, I am confident that our campus community can come together and forge a shared path forward, and I look forward to working with colleagues at the Chancellor's Office and on campus to do so. Given their role as stewards of our curriculum, I have faith that faculty will provide the leadership needed while also making room for the voices of students. Let us all do our part to support solutions that give our students the greatest opportunity to achieve their academic goals. In that regard I encourage you all to stay well informed and engaged in the current conversations about general education and the maintenance of Section F.

Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.