TABLE OF CONTENTS
Board of Directors | Policy Agenda | Strategic Plan | Committees
Executive Officers | Special Officers
Professional Staff | Student Assistants
CHESS | Back to Basics | Choose CSU | Legislative Bills | Federal Advocacy
Board of Trustees | Student Trustees | Systemwide Committees
Budget | Audit
2017/2018 ANNUAL REPORT
CSSA Executive Director, Dr. C. Rob Shorette II, letter introducing the 2017-2018 Annual Report
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS | POLICY AGENDA | STRATEGIC PLAN | COMMITTEES
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Cal State Student Association Board of Directors consists of 23 representatives, one from each of the California State University campus Associated Students and student government organizations. The Board of Directors sets the priorities and direction for the year through its annual policy agenda, and sets long-term priorities through the implementation and assessment of the organizational strategic plan.
The policy agenda outlines the four priority areas through which the CSSA Board of Directors focused its advocacy efforts. This document aimed to ensure an affordable, safe, inclusive, equitable, and supportive educational experience for California State University students.
The 2018 Strategic Plan: Educate. Empower. Influence. is a product of the collective efforts of student leaders and professional staff, and is intended to guide the strategic activities of the organization for years to come in order to best serve California State University (CSU) students.
CSSA committees provide direction and serve as resources to the Board of Directors. During the 2017/2018 year, CSSA had 9 committees which included audit, finance, civic engagement, internal affairs, legislative affairs, personnel, social justice and equity, student trustee, and university affairs committees.
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS | SPECIAL OFFICERS
CSSA executive officers are elected by the Board of Directors each May and serve a one-year term beginning on July 1st. Executive officers chair committees and represent the organization on a systemwide, state, and federal level; work with CSSA staff to accomplish the annual goals of the current board set in the policy agenda, as well as during committee and board meetings; and ensure the achievement of long-term goals set in governing documents such as the strategic plan.
CSSA special officers are elected by the Board of Directors each July and serve until June 31st. Special officers represent the organization in specific areas of interest and/or in the capacity of liaison to other organizations legislative bodies.
PROFESSIONAL STAFF | STUDENT ASSISTANTS
Guided by the student leaders of the organization and governing documents such as the policy agenda and the strategic plan, CSSA professional staff support day-to-day operations. CSSA staff are located in two locations; at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach, California and in immediate proximity of the State Capitol in Sacramento, California.
CSSA student assistants assist the CSSA staff in day to day operations of the organization. During the 2017/2018 year CSSA had two student assistants positions which were the Graphic Design Student Assistant (Long Beach, CA) and the Government Relations Student Assistant (Sacramento, CA).
STATE & FEDERAL ADVOCACY
CHESS | CAMPAIGNS | LEGISLATION | FEDERAL
CALIFORNIA HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT SUMMIT
CSSA hosted the 23rd annual California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS), which brings together CSU students from across the state. Nearly 250 students participated in a full day of advocacy training followed by legislative meetings at the State Capitol..
BACK TO BASICS
STUDENT BASIC NEEDS CAMPAIGN
The 2019 Back to Basics campaign aimed to address food insecurity, housing insecurity, and mental health for California State University Students.
CAMPAIGN TO FULLY FUND THE CSU
The 2019 Choose CSU campaign advocated for a fully funded California State University to better the experience of students, faculty, staff, and citizens of the State of California.
The CSSA Board of Directors takes position on legislation before and during the California state legislative year. CSSA’s staff and committees recommend positions and analysis for sponsoring, co-sponsoring, supporting, and/or opposing state legislation.
CSSA IN WASHINGTON DC
CSSA traveled to Washington D.C. three times in the 2017/2018 year and advocated for issues affecting CSU students. The three main topics for advocacy at the federal level were Title IX, DACA, and Pell grants. We advocated with our CSU staff, faculty, and other student organization partners in these efforts.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES | STUDENT TRUSTEES | SYSTEMWIDE COMMITTEES
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees is the 25-member board that adopts regulations and policies governing the entire California State University system. Board committees have authority over educational policy, finance, campus planning, and facilities, among other areas that impact the 475,000 students of the CSU.
Two students serve as trustees on the California State University Board of Trustees. Students serve for staggered two-year terms: the first year as a non-voting member and the second year as a voting member. Each year, CSSA is authorized to nominate at least two, but no more than five, CSU students to the California State Governor.
To better the California State University (CSU) student experience, CSSA is authorized to place students on systemwide committees at the CSU Chancellor’s Office which discuss resources, best practices, and policy recommendations to improve student success across the 23 California State University campuses.
UNEQUAL DEBT BURDENS AMONG
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
The Cal State Student Association, in collaboration with The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), is produced CSSA’s first-ever research report, “Where Debt Comes Due at CSU: Unequal Debt Burdens Among California State University Graduates.” The report found that low-income students and students of color are disproportionately affected by student loan debt. Nearly 8 out of every 10 CSU students who graduated with student loan debt had family incomes no greater than $54,000, and three-quarters (76%) of African-American graduates left CSU with debt compared to 47 percent of their White peers. The findings of the report suggest that current financial aid resources don’t stretch far enough to account for students’ total costs of attendance beyond tuition, and highlights the need for the State of California and the federal government to strengthen need-based aid programs to better support students. CSSA used the findings of this report to inform its advocacy around college affordability at the state and federal level.
YEAR END FINANCIALS
BUDGET | AUDIT
In the 2017/2018 academic year,, the CSSA Board of Directors developed and approved the budget for the 2018/2019 academic year on the recommendations of the CSSA Finance Committee, Executive Officers, and professional staff.
YEAR END JUNE 30, 2018
Each academic year, CSSA is audited by a certified public auditor. During the 2017/2018 year, CSSA was audited by Vasin, Heyn & Company. The audit committee, executive officers, and staff presented the findings of the audit with a representative of Vasin, Heyn & Company to the CSSA Board of Directors in a public meeting.