Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.23
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Channel Islands
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Energy Manager
Facilities Services
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the municipal/local level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level:
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level:

The California State University Board of Trustees (BOT), on behalf of the entire CSU system, advocate for policies that enhance sustainability throughout the state. In 2019, the BOT has taken a supportive stance for Senate Bill 354: California DREAM Loan Program - graduate degree programs. If approved, this bill will expand opportunities for underrepresented students to access professional and graduate degree programs.

The bill summary states:
Existing law establishes the California DREAM Loan Program, which provides a student attending a participating campus of the University of California or California State University with a loan, referred to as a DREAM loan, if the student satisfies specified requirements, including a requirement that the student be exempt from paying nonresident tuition or meet equivalent requirements adopted by the regents, and that the student is enrolled in an “instructional program,” defined as a program of study that results in the award of a baccalaureate degree or undergraduate certificate, or undergraduate coursework in a program of study leading directly to a first professional degree for which no baccalaureate degree or undergraduate degree is awarded. This bill would, commencing with the 2020–21 academic year, expand DREAM loan eligibility to a student who is enrolled in a program of study leading to a professional or graduate degree, including, but not limited to, a teaching credential, if the student meets the other applicable qualifications. This bill would require the participating institution to determine the proportion of program funding used for instructional programs and for graduate programs. The bill would require that priority under this program be given to loans for instructional programs.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the national level:

CSUCI's President, Dr. Erika Beck, joined the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. As part of this alliance, CSUCI is one of 165 universities and colleges that are advocating for more equitable immigration policies and protections for our students.

In 2019, the Alliance supported a national call-in day of action for higher educational institutions in support of the Dream and Promise Act in spring 2019, with a large number of partner programs, including HACU, UWD, TheDream.US and others. The Alliance also submitted letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and congressional committees in support of Pell and Section 505 Repeal in the Dream and Promise Act (May 2019); a letter to the U.S. Senate supporting the Dream Act of 2019 and SECURE Act (April 2019); and letter to the House supporting the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (March 2019). The Alliance also joined a variety of coalitional sign-on letters to support other partners.

In January of 2020, the Presidents' Alliance released its legislative principles for immigration reform in Congress. These principles include priorities on securing relief for Dreamers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, and other undocumented immigrants; and priorities for securing critical programs like Optional Practical Training and undoing hurtful regulations and policy guidance in the areas of duration of status and more. The principles also espouse the Alliance's commitment to international students, expansion of occupational licensing for migrants, and refugee-related priorities.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level:
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A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years (if applicable):
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A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):

The California State University (and CSU Channel Islands) is a public entity and does not make political contributions.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability advocacy efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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