Supporting Fair, Accountable, And Representative University Governance


Resolution 13-04.11


WHEREAS, the University of California and the California State University systems are routinely ranked among the top public universities in the world; and the people of California are committed to ensuring the continuing excellence, accessibility, and affordability of these universities; and

WHEREAS, the current means of structuring the UC Board of Regents and CSU Board of Trustees has proven insufficient and even detrimental to the proper governance of the UC and CSU systems, insofar as the Regents and Trustees are not accountable to the university stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, and the public, and do not adequately represent these stakeholders; are, as captains of industry and executives of financial sector institutions, frequently subject to conflicts of interest; often lack professional experience and backgrounds in education; regularly fail to attend meetings and engage the public in a transparent and open manner; and demonstrate an inability to act as fiscal stewards and provide adequate supervision over administrative overreach, student needs, and lab management;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party will support and encourage efforts by lawmakers and the voters to make the governing boards of the University of California and California State University systems more responsive and accountable by broadening their representation of the public on the UC Board of Regents and the CSU Board of trustees, and shortening the terms of office. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party will distribute this resolution to all Democratic state legislators and to Governor Brown.



Supported by the Santa Clara County Democratic Party




Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its April 2013 State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center
April 14, 2013








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