ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

February 2, 2006

 

 

 

11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.                                                                ACADEMIC SENATE CHAMBERS

Members Present:   Alva, Bedell, Buck, Burgtorf, Dabirian, Drezner, Emry, Fidalgo, Fitch, Fromson, Gass, Gordon,  Guerin, Hagan, Hall, Hewitt, Holland, Junn, Kanel, Kantardjieff, Kelly, Kirtman, Klassen, Klein, Kreiner, Liverpool, Lovell, Matz, Meyer, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Napper, Pasternack, Pierson, Rhoten, Rumberger, Smith, Tavakolian, Taylor, Vogt, Walicki, Wiley, Williams

Absent:  Hassan, Jones, Schroeder, Shapiro, Syed

 

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

Chair Bedell called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m.

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

Chair Bedell requested a moment of silence in observance of the death of colleague Jack Bradshaw.

 

Senator Buck suggested that safe passage ways for pedestrians and bicyclists should have been established before the construction site was set up near the front entrance of the campus at Nutwood Ave. Jay Bond, Associate V.P. for Facilities Management, explained that because the campus is completing a major building project, many changes continue to occur. However, he stated that he would send a notice to the campus community suggesting alternate routes for navigating around the site. Chair Bedell invited Mr. Bond to give a yearly update on construction at one of the last Senate meetings of the semester.

 

III.          ANNOUNCMENTS

Vice President Smith reported the following on enrollment:

·        Spring 2006 enrollments are at 24,885 FTS. The campus goal was 25,120. Currently the UPS (Units per Student) is strong for undergrads, but the UPS for new graduate and post-baccalaureate students is weak. VP Smith explained that the weak figures are due to a drop in the post-baccalaureate teacher education credential. However, the counts remain close to what was anticipated for Spring 2006.

·        YRO will be reestablished and we are hoping for a strong summer session.

·        CSUF is in the lead for transfers for the last seven consecutive years due to its strong relationships with Los Angeles and Orange County junior/community colleges.

·        Next fall, enrollments look very strong, especially at the undergrad level. Every college is up.  There was a 10% increase in freshman applications. Upper division transfers are up and doing very well. 14,715 have been accepted for Fall 2006, a considerably higher amount than last year.  CSUF has been accepting students earlier in the cycle. He acknowledged Nancy Dority, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services, and her staff in Admissions and Records for their outstanding job processing the applications and informing students of decisions.

·        CSUF is over the target for this year and will receive additional funds. President Gordon added that CSUF will receive the additional one-time money for 2006-2007. He also explained that CSUF is over target due to the reestablishment of state-supported summer session.

 

  On Equity Applications:

·        265 equity applications were submitted, 72 of them were repeats from the first round, 68 are sitting in departments, awaiting recommendations. Until recommendations are received, the processing of applications is on hold.

·        Of the 100+ faculty searches, 22 faculty and librarians were hired. There 18-20 offers outstanding, many departments still are interviewing, and the University is hoping for an 80% yield.

·        There is a collective bargaining meeting today. YRO has been in discussion for the past weeks. The decision on FERP is still undetermined. However, if anyone is interested in FERP, they are encouraged to submit an application, but the applications will not be processed until there is a resolution with the contract.

 

Senator Wiley announced his decision to step down from his position as senator. He has decided to take a semester or more off due to personal reasons. He introduced Heather Williams and Paul Rumberger, the two ASI representatives that will serve in his place for the rest of the Spring 2006 semester. Senator Wiley was recognized and applauded by Chair Bedell and the body for his exemplary job as senator.

 

Senator Alva announced a call for general education proposals. If anyone has questions, they should contact Sylvia Alva or Paul Levesque.

 

Senator Nanjundappa reported on yesterday’s Board of Trustees meeting. He felt that the faculty and students that attended conveyed a strong message to the Trustees that they cannot ignore the questions and concerns of the students and staff. Nanjundappa invited all faculty members to the Welcome Back Reception to be held on Wednesday, February 8th , and the CFA Rally to be held  on March 6th, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Academic Senate Chambers. George Diehr, CalPers Board member will attend and speak.

 

President Gordon announced that Gary Reichard has been appointed Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

 

IV.         TIME CERTAIN

Time Certain

11:45 a.m.

Chuck Kissel, Director (Acting), Titan Shops

Subject:  Scholarships, etc.

 

Chuck Kissel presented The Academic Senate with two scholarship checks for Fall and Spring for faculty participation in the Textbook Reward Program. Since many faculty members submitted their textbook adoptions on time, this yielded a total of $6,100 in student scholarship money for during Fall 2005 and $8,350 for Spring 2006. The amount earned for the Spring semester was the largest rewarded in the history of the program. If 100% of text requisitions (adoptions) are submitted on time, this would result in a $15,875 scholarship check for students. In Spring 2006, 69% of text requisitions were submitted by the November deadline. The goal is to increase the amount of text requisitions submitted on time by 5% every year. This program began in 1999, and since then, $96,450 has gone to The Academic Senate to fund scholarships.

 

 

V.           STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

Senator Pasternack reported that at its plenary meeting last week, the Statewide Senate passed a resolution that reiterates the role of faculty in the development of curriculum, a resolution that reiterates the need for adequate support for new faculty (i.e. office space), a commendation for the Early Assessment Project, and a commendation in support of California’s Science and Mathematics Teacher Preparation Initiative. The Statewide Senate is also taking action on reducing the number of statewide senators required in its Constitution. However, this will not affect the number of senators from CSUF. There was a first reading of the Provision of eText materials to the CSU Center for Alternative Media. The provision calls for faculty to discuss, with publisher reps, the availability of eTexts at the time adoption, and to consider this availability when selecting a textbook. It also calls on the Chancellor’s office to put pressure on publishers to provide eTexts routinely. There was also a first reading of the resolution on The Early Assessment Program on In-Service and Pre-Service Components.

 

 

VI.         CHAIR’S REPORT

Chair Bedell announced the addition of five Senate meeting dates for Spring 2006: February 23, March 23, April 13, May 4, and May 11.

 

Chair Bedell also reported on the following:

·        1st Annual Pollak Library Prize for Undergrad Research Papers and Projects

·        Senator Schroeder’s condition

·        Vision Committee on Academic Quality: The committee has reviewed some literature on academic quality and self-polled on its own perceptions of academic quality. A draft of the questionnaire will be sent electronically, during the first week of March. There are plans to utilize focus groups. Justification pieces will be written for each section of the items that are selected. This committee is due to report to the Academic Senate in May.

·        At the request of Senator Emry, Treasurer of the Executive Committee, he reminded the body and all faculty members to contribute to the Faculty Fund.

·        Chair Bedell received close to 80 responses to the e-mail that he sent on the topic of “Dysfunctional Departments.” The Executive Committee will discuss the responses further, to come up with a strategy for dealing with the issues and very serious concerns many expressed, especially those raised by junior colleagues.

 

 

VII.       FIRST READING RESCISSION ITEMS

7.1 It was recommended that UPS 100.800 Changing of Academic Unit Names from Schools to Colleges be rescinded since CSUF no longer has schools to change to colleges. This policy no longer applies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIII.     OLD BUSINESS

8.1 Discussion on ASD 05-122 Recommendation for Computer Science Majors was resumed since the previous meeting adjourned with this item on the floor. 

 

At the previous meeting, the original motion on the floor by [Burgtorf/Fitch] was to reject the recommendation put forth by the General Education Committee. Then another motion to amend the Burgtorf motion was made by [Shapiro/Buck] to exempt Computer Science majors from the Lifelong Learning component, but not the History component. This was clarified and confirmed for the body by Chair Bedell.

 

Senator Michalopoulos moved to go back to the original Burgtorf motion. Chair Bedell stated that this is out of order since there was another amendment on the floor; therefore the amendment must be defeated first to go back to the original motion. Senator Michalopoulos indicated he understood.

 

With no other senators on the speaker’s list, the floor was yielded to members of the gallery who wished to speak, which included several faculty members from the Computer Science department and a student majoring in Computer Science. Dorota Huizinga, Associate Dean, ECS, brought forth Susamma Barua, Coordinator for the Computer Engineering Program, who detailed the reasoning behind the Computer Science department’s support of waiving the six units of Lifelong Learning. The Lifelong Learning category was targeted by Computer Science because (1.) the learning goals of the category is easily matched by one of the two courses and (2.) the department’s accreditation agency requires courses on the social and ethical impact of computing on society.

 

Ms. Barua continued to explain that in order for the Computer Science program to be able to compete with the programs at other colleges and universities, its amount of units must be comparable. The computing industry changes rapidly and new technologies are constantly emerging. As a result, a much of the curriculum that once was covered in the computer science graduate programs is now required by accreditation agencies to be included in undergraduate programs so that graduates can compete with the rest of the world. This is forcing the Computer Science department to find ways to incorporate the new technology into the curriculum.

 

It was M/S/P [Buck/Pasternack] for an immediate vote on the Shapiro amendment. (Voted by show of hands; Passed 34-2)

 

M/S/F [Shapiro/Buck] to amend the Burgtorf motion to exempt Computer Science majors from the Lifelong Learning component, not the History component.

 

M/S/F [Burgtorf/Fitch] to reject the recommendation put forth by the General Education Committee.

 

M/S/P [Fromson/Hall] to approve the General Education Committee’s recommendation to waive six units of Lifelong Learning.

 

 

IX.    NEW BUSINESS

Due to lack of time, Items 9.1- 9.5 were not discussed and will move to the agenda for the next Academic Senate meeting.

 

X.    ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 1:04p.m.