California State Student Association

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California State
Student Association
CSSA Logo.svg
Logo of the CSSA
Formation 1958
Headquarters 401 Golden Shore, Suite 135, Long Beach, California, United States  90802
Membership 23 student body organizations
President Sarah Couch
Executive Director Miles Jason Nevin
Website CSUstudents.org

The California State Student Association (abbreviated CSSA) is an "unincorporated income tax exempt association".[1][2] Its membership includes 23 California State University student body organizations.[3] CSSA is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code and it is exempt from state franchise or income tax under California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23701d.[4][5]

Mission[edit]

It is the mission of the California State Student Association (CSSA) to maintain and enhance the accessibility of an affordable quality education for the people of California, to the People's University. The single recognized voice for over 450,000 students in the California State University System (CSU), the CSSA is the acknowledged statewide student organization designed to represent, serve and protect the collective interests of students in the CSU system.[6]

History[edit]

In 1958, three years before the formation of the California State University (CSU) system, a group of Associated Students presidents founded the Student Presidents Association. This group initially served mostly as an informational forum for the campus student associations, but the fact that a well-organized statewide student association was firmly established when the CSU was founded ensured that the students had a place in the CSU's internal policy making from the beginning. The Student Presidents Association was formally recognized by the CSU Board of Trustees in 1963, three years after the formation of the system itself and two months after the statewide Academic Senate held its very first meeting.

The 1970s saw a revival in student governance in the CSU that carried through to the present day. In 1972 the Student Presidents Association sponsored legislation which authorized the expenditure of student body fees to fund a lobbyist for CSU students.[7] The bill passed the legislature and was signed into law by then Governor Reagan.

By 1974, the student leadership had moved beyond the activism of the 1960s to become more articulate, intelligent, and politically astute. The student leaders of this era were quite successful both in the legislature and within the system, and are responsible for much of the foundation of student leadership that still exists today. Through their successes with Governor Brown and many legislators, they started the tradition of seeking victories in the legislature if they are not forthcoming from the system.

By 1979 CSSA had become extraordinarily active, and many student body presidents were finding it difficult to fulfill both their campus and CSSA responsibilities and thus began appointing CSSA representatives (a few campuses had already started electing separate representatives). The Association decided to recognize this reality by renaming itself the California State Student Association in 1979.

In 2005, CSSA successfully lobbied for an 8% student fee freeze for the CSU that the Governor included in his January budget.[8]

In 2009, the California State University faced a $584 million budget cut. The Board of Trustees and the Office of the Chancellor responded by implementing furloughs and work force reductions, a total fee increase of approximately 32%, enrollment caps anticipating a reduction of 40,000 qualified students in the next two academic years and additional campus by campus cuts to cover the remaining $190 million loss. CSSA has continued its dedication to advocacy projects for the betterment of public higher education in California. CSSA continues to maintain regular communication with the California State Legislature, the Office of the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees and representatives from each of the 23 campuses meet on a monthly basis.

Standing Committees[edit]

Executive Committee[edit]

The duty of CSSA Executive Committee is to review, research and make recommendations on the CSSA Budget, CSSA Policies and Procedures and CSSA Personnel matters. The President, Chair, Vice President of University Affairs, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, and Vice President of Finance are voting members of the Executive Committee.[9] The Executive Director serves as an advisor to the Executive Committee.[10]

Legislative Affairs[edit]

The job of the Legislative Affairs Committee is to make recommendations to the CSSA board of directors on higher education issues pending in the California State Legislature. Committee members vote to recommend positions on bills and strategies for accomplishing the board's policy objectives. Since 2003, the Legislative Affairs Committee has led the way for CSSA to sponsor legislation that would curtail student fee increases and reform the state financial aid program, called Cal Grants. Members of Legislative Affairs are also leaders in engaging our own campus community on legislation that would affect students by running information-based campaigns on CSU campuses, organizing letter writing and call-in days, and working with local news outlets.[11] The committee oversees the CSSA Lobby Corps program, which provides the opportunity for students to develop the leadership skills to confidently speak with state senators or assemblymembers and be engaged with civic life.[12]

University Affairs[edit]

The University Affairs Committee principals are to promote access, affordability and quality of instruction. In addition, the committee seeks to expanding student's role in the decisions that affect the CSU by influencing system wide issues and policies and promoting shared governance through systemwide committee representation.[13] Each year these principals are carried out through a policy agenda voted on by the entire CSSA Board. The University Affair Committee creates an action plan on all policy agenda items and all 23 campuses work together to progress the student perspective and quality of education on the campus and system wide level. University Affairs activities include working with CSU and campus administrators including the Academic Senate, testifying in front of the Board of Trustees, writing resolutions and passing them on each individual campus, and implementing information campaigns on system policy or initiative. An example of CSSA activity within University Affairs would be the annual voter registration drives hosted by individual campus's to help encourage a next generation of young people to become involved in the electorate process.[14]

Internal Affairs[edit]

The Internal Affairs Committee develops and revises the policies, procedures and constitution of CSSA as well as the scholarship funding for dues-paying campuses and other internal documents as directed by the board. The committee insures that members of the California State Student Association derive the maximum benefit from their association by ensuring that the board stays focused on student issues.[15]

Social Justice and Equity Council[edit]

The Social Justice and Equity Council is an official ongoing force of the CSSA to advance and monitor the further development of programs and policies regarding the maintenance and enhancement of the diversity, social justice, and equity within the CSU system and campus communities. Student leaders express their concerns about the need to build supportive rather than hateful environments on CSU campuses and adopt resolutions which recognize these concerns and request the administration to take proactive steps to foster a welcoming and supportive environment.[16]

CHESS Conference[edit]

CSSA hosts the California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS) annual conference composed of California State University leaders, student advocates, higher education policy experts, public officials, proud alumni, and inspiring students from around the state of California.[17] This conference is the only statewide leadership conference for CSU students. CHESS offers student leaders a variety of ways in which to become active members of their respective communities with a focus in higher education.

Nomination of student trustees[edit]

The California State University (CSU) is administered by a board named "Trustees of the California State University".[18] California Education Code Section 66602 provides that the CSU board shall include two students. Paragraph (b)(2) of Section 66602 provides that, "In the selection of students as members of the board, the Governor shall appoint the students from lists of names of at least two, but not more than five, persons furnished by the governing board of any statewide student organization that represents the students of the California State University and the student body organizations of the campuses of the California State University".[19] In accordance with that paragraph, the CSSA nominates students for appointment to the CSU board of trustees.

Member organizations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ California State Student Association Financial Statements and Independent Auditors' Report for the Year Ended June 30, 2010. Vasin, Heyn & Company, page 6.
  2. ^ Unincorporated association; California Corporations Code Section 18035.
  3. ^ Student body organization; California Education Code Section 89300.
  4. ^ California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23701d.
  5. ^ California State Student Association Financial Statements and Independent Auditors' Report for the Year Ended June 30, 2010. Vasin, Heyn & Company, page 8.
  6. ^ CSSA Constitution. Revised and Approved by the Board on September 19, 2010.
  7. ^ Governmental affairs representatives; California Education Code Section 89300.
  8. ^ "Student Advocacy and the CSU Budget." The CSSA Review. Volume II, Number 3. November 2006.
  9. ^ CSSA Constitution, Article VIII, Section A(1)(i).
  10. ^ CSSA Constitution, Article VIII, Section A(1)(j).
  11. ^ “Legislative Affairs Committee.” The CSSA Review. Volume II, Number 1. August 2006.
  12. ^ "Student Advocacy and the CSU Budget." The CSSA Review. Volume II, Number 3. November 2006.
  13. ^ "University Affairs Committee." The CSSA Review. Volume II, Number 1. August 2006.
  14. ^ Maitre, Michelle. "College Students Register 42,000 Brand New Voters." Oakland Tribune. Oakland, Calif.: Nov. 7, 2006.
  15. ^ CSSA Constitution, Article VIII, Section A(4).
  16. ^ "Multicultural Caucus." The CSSA Review. Volume 1, Number 6. May 2006.
  17. ^ California Higher Education Student Summit.
  18. ^ CSU board of trustees; California Education Code Section 66600.
  19. ^ Nomination of student trustees; California Education Code Section 66602(b)(2).
  20. ^ Associated Students, California State University, Bakersfield, Inc. was originally organized as an unincorporated association named "Associated Students, California State College, Bakersfield." It later changed its status from an unincorporated association to a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation in accordance with California Corporations Code Section 5121. Its articles of incorporation were filed on December 21, 1987.
  21. ^ Associated Students of California State University, Channel Islands, Inc. was incorporated on November 7, 2003.
  22. ^ Associated Students of California State University, Chico was incorporated on March 20, 1942. Its "Restated Articles of Incorporation" were filed on October 2, 1990.
  23. ^ Associated Students, California State University, Dominguez Hills was incorporated on April 4, 1990.
  24. ^ Associated Students, Inc., California State University, East Bay was incorporated on August 2, 1990.
  25. ^ Associated Students California State University, Fresno was incorporated on December 15, 1986.
  26. ^ Associated Students California State University, Fullerton, Inc. was incorporated on September 10, 1975.
  27. ^ Associated Students of Humboldt State University was incorporated on March 1, 1991.
  28. ^ Associated Students, California State University, Long Beach was incorporated on June 15, 1956.
  29. ^ Associated Students of California State University, Los Angeles, Inc. was incorporated on June 19, 1959.
  30. ^ Associated Students of the California Maritime Academy was incorporated on February 27, 1959.
  31. ^ Associated Students of California State University Monterey Bay was organized in May 1996.
  32. ^ Associated Students, California State University, Northridge, Inc. was incorporated on June 27, 1961.
  33. ^ Associated Students, Incorporated, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona was incorporated on December 24, 1963.
  34. ^ Associated Students of California State University, Sacramento is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation; California Secretary of State Business Entity Number C0323074. It was incorporated on June 27, 1956.
  35. ^ Associated Students California State University, San Bernardino was incorporated on December 29, 1987.
  36. ^ Associated Students, San Diego State University was incorporated on March 7, 1932.
  37. ^ Associated Students of San Francisco State University was incorporated on June 30, 1944.
  38. ^ Associated Students San Jose State University was incorporated on December 15, 1980.
  39. ^ Associated Students, Incorporated of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo was incorporated on April 3, 1964.
  40. ^ The Associated Students of California State University, San Marcos was incorporated on July 5, 1994.
  41. ^ Associated Students of Sonoma State University was incorporated on May 29, 1962.
  42. ^ Associated Students Incorporated of California State University, Stanislaus was incorporated on September 9, 1991.

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