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Academic Statewide Senate


Your current Statewide/Academic Senate for the California State University (ASCSU) Senators are:

Beth A. Steffel, MFA, 2021-2024 
Chair of the ASCSU (first and only ASCSU Chair from CSUSB)

Donna Garcia, Ph.D., 2023-2026

About the Academic Senate for the California State University (ASCSU):

The Academic Senate of the California State University is the official voice of the faculty in matters of systemwide concern.  It provides the means for faculty to participate in the collegial form of governance based on historic academic traditions as recognized by California law. The ASCSU consists of 53 faculty members elected by their colleagues at the 23 individual universities comprising the California State University system.​ 

Founded in 1963, the Academic Senate:

  • advances the principles of academic freedom and freedom of inquiry to promote academic excellence in the CSU
  • recommends policies to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor on systemwide academic, professional, and academic personnel matters​​
  • serves as the official voice of the faculties of the California State University in matters of systemwide concern
  • The ASCSU is the primary consultative body on the academic implications of systemwide fiscal decisions.

The Executive Committee of the ASCSU, led by the Senate Chair, organizes the activities of the Academic Senate and is principally responsible for representing the Academic Senate in its dealings with many groups, including the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and Chancellor's Office staff, the California State Student Association, the CSU Alumni Council, statewide policymakers, and the public.

For all ASCSU resolutions, please see  ASCSU Plenary Resolutions