ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

FEBRUARY 5, 2004

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Members Present:  Allen, Arkenberg, Bedell, Buck, Byrnes, Cox, Emry, Erickson, Fitch, Fromson, Gannon, Gass, Gilbert, Guerin, Hagan, Hall, Hewitt, Jones, Junn, Klassen, Kelly, Kreiner, Meyer, Nanjundappa, Parker, Pasternack, Reisman, Rhoten, Rimmer, Russell, Rutemiller, Schroeder, Smith, Sutphen, Taulli, Tavakolian, Vargas, Vasquez, and Wong 

 

Members Absent:  Boyum, Gordon, Michalopoulos, Rahmatian, Randall, and Shapiro

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

Chair Gilbert called the meeting to order at 11:33 a.m.

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

As an item of urgent business, Senator Kreiner stated he was unable to use the new campus-wide ID number when he purchased his parking pass and instead had to provide his social security number.

 

Senator Parker informed the Senators that many months will be required before the CWID is implemented in all processes and that changes to the student system will be completed first.

 

III.          ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senator Nanjundappa announced the new contract has been ratified by both the CSU and CFA board.  He reminded the members of the Welcome Reception for All Faculty on Wednesday, February 11, at 11:30 a.m., in the Academic Senate Chambers.  The new contract agreement and the CSU and CSUF budgets for 2004-05 will be discussed. 

 

Adam Byrnes, student representative, announced ASI will be holding a voter education and registration drive with accompanying free barbecue Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at noon in the Quad.

 

Chair Gilbert announced “Maintaining the Balance” (between national security and civil rights) will be the subject of a Town Hall on Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m., in the Titan Student Union.  Michelle Gile, Orange County reporter for KCBS2-TV and KCAL9-TV, will serve as the event’s moderator.   Panelists are Gordon Bakken, Luis Flores, Sabi Shabtai, Terry Francke and Stephen Rohde.

 

He also announced over the break, the Senate office received information from the Chancellor’s office regarding a search for the position for Faculty Director of the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning and also the position of the CSU Service Learning Scholar.  Information is available in the Senate office. 

 

Senator Bedell inquired whether Chair Gilbert had any information on searches being closed or terminated at the Chancellor’s office.  Senator Gannon then suggested Chair Gilbert call the Chancellor’s office to find out exactly how many searches they plan to cancel.

 

Chair Gilbert announced “Engineering & Computer Science Week” will take place February 23 through February 26 on our campus.  The Council on Undergraduate Research is calling for “vignettes” dealing with the topic of “Creating Time for Undergraduate Research.”  Submission date is March 1; information is available in the Senate office.   

 

Anil Puri, Dean of CBE, announced that Cal State Fullerton’s College of Business & Economics earned a renewal of accreditation for its business and accounting programs from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  CBE is home to the nation’s third largest accredited undergraduate business program.

 

Senator Sutphen announced two upcoming events: 1) a tour of the Bowers Museum on February 28 at 11:00 a.m. and lunch at the Hidalgo Restaurant; and 2) an evening looking at the stars at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on February 13.

 

IV.         CHAIRS REPORT

Chair Gilbert reported the Executive Committee has been examining the size of two constituencies of the Senate which have been increasing in size.   Executive Committee is working to ensure representation is appropriate and recommendations will be coming forward very soon.  He also reported the Library Committee is very close to completing revisions to the Library Policy and this policy will be forthcoming for consideration by the body.

 

He noted that President Gordon and VP Smith met with Executive Committee on Tuesday to discuss some of the implications of the state’s budget situation for the university.  The Governor has announced an additional $240 million cut to the CSU.  President Gordon reported that state support for summer school will not be available, so this year summer school will be entirely fee based.  Chair Gilbert recognized VP Smith.

 

VP Smith reported that the Chancellor is allowing the campuses, if they so wish, to go back to fee based summer school and to help absorb the 5% FTES cut that each campus will receive next year. For this campus, this is a cut of 1253 FTES.  However, 1253 FTES is just the starting point of the 5% cut.  Our share of the $240 million cut is approximately $16 million; cutting 1253 FTES will save about $6 million; still remaining is an unallocated cut to the campus of $10 to $11 million.  The decision to make summer school fee-based was made as a way of protecting 59 full-time faculty positions during the academic year.  Obviously, we are still looking at the other $11+ million that have to get cut from the budget, and one possibility is that the student-faculty ratio will be raised because so much of the university budget is faculty positions and faculty dollars.  In one way, it would have been better if the system had taken a bigger hit to FTES rather than giving such a large unallocated target reduction to the campus. 

 

The Chancellor said the campuses can go back to fee based with a proviso that they cannot charge more tuition than is charged during the academic year; however, fees will be charged on per unit basis.  Last summer the students were charged $115/unit.  Last year there were two tuition increases—30% in July and 10% mid-year.  The fee this summer will be approximately $138/unit.  The Cal State Fullerton fee will also be pro-rated.   Faculty salaries will go back to the 2357 salary schedule in the Unit 3 contract for fee-based instruction.

 

Senator Gannon asked why FTES were not cut more, but VP Smith did not have an answer to the question. 

 

Dean Klammer commented that in H&SS, 29% of the FTES are in the summer; this comes out to be more than 22 faculty positions. If the college had to deal with that cut without fee-based summer, that would be equivalent to cutting the Department of Sociology or Political Science.

 

Senator Meyer stated that he was not very fond of the word “cut” and urged the members to stop saying “cuts” but call it “QARF” (Quality and Access Reduction Factor).

 

Senator Fitch suggested that all divisions suspend publication of glossy and expensive annual reports due to the budget situation.

 

Chair Gilbert declared a Time Certain of 11:45 a.m.

 

Time Certain

11:45 a.m.

Jerry Olson, Director Titan Shops

Subject:  Book Reward Program

 

Mr. Olson presented a check to Chair Gilbert in the amount of $6,575 and an equal amount to Adam Byrnes for Associated Students, noting that these funds are generated by the Requisition Rewards Program.  To date, the Foundation and Titan shops have given over $250,000 in the rewards program.  He also urged the Senators to read the UC report on textbook price inflation [copies distributed]. 

 

Chair Gilbert, on behalf of the Senate, thanked Mr. Olson for his generous support.  The Student Academic Life Committee of the Senate this year was able to actually double the number of scholarships awarded for university service through the support of the bookstore.   He then returned to Chairs Report.

 

Chair Gilbert reported that the Senate office had received from the Vice President of Academic Affairs a formal proposal to establish a “College of Education.”  In following the UPS document on the restructuring of academic support units, an ad hoc committee is being established to review that proposal and to make recommendations to the Senate and to the President.  The UPS policy sets a six-week period for completion of the review; at least one public hearing must be held.   

 

V.           CONSENT CALENDAR

It was m [Senator Pasternack] to remove the Academic Senate Minutes of December 11, 2003; they were moved to the first item of New Business.

 

It was m/s/p to approve the following Consent Calendar:

A.   ASD 04-06 Fall 2003 New Course Proposals—Undergraduate

B.   ASD 04-07 Fall 2003 New Course Proposals—General Education          

C.   CSUF Representative at the System-wide Meeting on the Integrated Teacher Preparation Programs for the Multiple Subject

      Nominee:   Jim Hofmann (H&SS)

 

VI.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A.   ASD 03-139 Visiting Scholars and Other Formal Delegations of Visitors from Abroad:  Procedures for Invitations and Considerations for Hosting

It was m/s [Buck/Fitch] to approve the document.  Senator Buck said there seemed to be some concern on the part of the committee and others that we often do not treat our visiting scholars very well and we should demonstrate more hospitality.  The motion passed unanimously to approve document ASD 03-139.

 

 

 

VII.       NEW BUSINESS

A.   ASD 03-141 Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 12-11-03

      It was m [Pasternack] on page 2, to insert the word “perfect” in front of the word “prime” in Senator Gannon’s announcement.  Motion carried to approve the minutes as amended.

 

B.   ASD 04-03 Proposed Minor in Public Relations

        It was m/s [Fromson/Kreiner] to approve the document.  Senator Fromson stated this document was reviewed by the University Curriculum Committee.  Wendell Crowe, Chair Communications, spoke on behalf of a new minor in Public Relations, explaining that the concentration in PR in Communication has 600 students enrolled and is one of the top ten Public Relations program in the country.  Motion passed unanimously to approve document ASD 04-03.

 

C.   ASD 04-02 New Pilot On-Line Program Proposal—Masters Degree in Information Technology

      It was m/s [Pasternack/Bedell] to approve the document.  Senator Pasternack stated that this is the third on-line master’s degree proposed for Fullerton (one in instructional design and another in software engineering) and is in response to a need perceived for people living in the area.  Students will come to campus to take exams or report to a secure testing center.  In response to questions on funding, Senator Pasternack explained that if funding becomes a problem, then the program will be offered through Extended Education so that it can be self-supporting.  The motion passed unanimously to approve document ASD 04-02. 

 

It was m [Bedell] to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 12:25 p.m.