ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

February 15, 2007

 

 

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

Members Present: Altar, Alva, Arnold, Bedell, Buck, Dabirian, Drezner, Fidalgo, Fitch, Fromson, Gordon, Guerin, Hagan, Hassan, Hewitt, Holland, Jones, Junn, Kanel, Kirtman, Klassen, Liverpool, McConnell, Mead, Meyer, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Palmer, Pasternack, Randall, Rhoten, Shapiro, Smith, Spitzer, Stein, Taylor, Vogt, Walicki, Williams, Zhao

Absent: Bruschke, Burgtorf, Kantardjieff, Klein, Rumberger, Stang,

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

         Chair Guerin called the meeting to order at 11:31 a.m.

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

         None.

 

III.          ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senator Nanjundappa provided an update on fact-finding. The first meeting was held on February 9, 2007 and another meeting may take place on February 28th. When he receives progress reports from CFA, he will share that information with the Senate.

 

Senator Nanjundappa also stated that preparations for a possible two-day rolling strike or general strike are moving along well. Other campuses have reported great support by faculty members for the strikes.

 

Senator Pasternack commended Senator Randall for the excellent job she did representing Chair Guerin at the Statewide Senate Chairs’ Meeting last Thursday.

 

Senator Pasternack deferred to VP Anderson, who reported on “Access to Excellence” a system-wide follow-up to Cornerstone planning (the CSU strategic planning process). Our campus forum is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 in the TSU, 12:00-3:30 p.m. Lunch will be served; an RSVP is necessary. At President Gordon’s request, the open campus forum will be co-hosted by VP Smith and VP Anderson. A working group has been created to undertake the logistics of the event. The WASC steering committee has recommended two items, both approved by the President, which we will focus on. The first item is on “Ensuring Success of Student Learning” and the second is entitled “Faculty/Staff Excellence to Promote Student Success.”  There is a considerable amount of interest in discussing the issue of campus growth, as well. The second planning exercise will take place on Thursday, April 5, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Announcements about these events will be distributed shortly. We can accommodate up to 300 attendees. External observers will be invited to attend, as well.

 

Senator Shapiro announced the sad news that one of our founding faculty members, Professor Raymond Adams, passed away on February 2, 2007. He was the first chair of the Physics Department. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, February 16th, at 3:00 p.m. in MH-606. Senator Shapiro asked anyone who is interested in attending to contact the Physics department.

 

IV.          APPROVAL OF MINUTES

M/S/P [Pasternack/Nanjundappa] to approve ASD 07-15 Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 2-1-07 as submitted.

 

V.            CONSENT CALENDAR

         No items.

 

VI.          FIRST READING – RESCISSION ITEM

The vote to rescind ASD 07-18 UPS 508.100 Policy on the Disposition of Hard Copy Periodicals will take place at next week’s Academic Senate meeting.

 

VII.        TIMES CERTAIN

Time Certain

Subject: Vision Committee on Academic Quality (Update on Activities)

Time: 12:15

Jack Bedell, Vision Committee on Academic Quality

The charge of the Committee on Academic Quality is to determine academic quality indicators so that we can assess on a regular basis, the University’s performance and analyze its performance over time. The committee will meet this afternoon to review the data generated by the survey on academic quality that was administered last spring and assign writing tasks amongst members.

 

The survey was administered to every employee and student. Attempts were made to distribute it to alumni, but we were unable to facilitate this.  The survey produced very rich data. Respondents were asked to provide three indicators of academic quality and suggest how they should be measured. They were then asked questions, arranged randomly, about 27 indicators of academic quality. (These 27 indicators were determined as a result of the committee’s research on quality.) The respondents were asked how reflective of academic quality they believed the 27 indicators are.  The same 27 items were used again in the third section of the survey, and respondents were asked to assess CSUF’s performance in those 27 areas.

 

The committee hopes to complete analysis of the survey results by May 1, 2007.

 

Time Certain

Subject: Second Language Graduation Requirement Study Group (Update on Activities)

Time: 12:30

Radha Bhattacharya/Bradley Starr, Co-Chairs, SLGR Study Group       

Dr. Bhattacharya briefly discussed how this study group was established by referencing ASD 06-67, a recommendation approved by the Academic Senate on April 13, 2006 that calls for the formation of an ad hoc study group to study four areas related to the second language graduation requirement, make an oral presentation in fall 2006 on its progress, and report to the Academic Senate its recommendation by March 1, 2008. Due to time limitations, the study group was unable to make its oral report during the fall semester.

 

The study group’s first meeting was convened by Jack Bedell. Radha Bhattacharya and Bradley Starr were elected co-chairs at this meeting.

 

The group has met five times, once a month, between September and January. It has consulted with Dolores Vura, Institutional Research and Analytical Studies, Lee Gilbert, Modern Languages and Literature, and Dawn Valencia, Director, University Outreach for the purpose of collecting statistical data and other related information. The study group plans to examine how other campuses have incorporated the requirement and then gather information as questions arise, on the rationale of the requirement, impact, etc.

 

At its second meeting, Dolores Vura provided the study group with statistical information which included the following:

·        Early First-Time Freshmen, Entering Fall 2006: 54% had already completed three years of high school foreign language studies; 19% were exempt by major; and 26% would have been required to meet the second language graduation requirement.

·        Transfer students, Entering Fall 2006: 35% exempt by major; 54% would need two additional courses to meet the requirement.

·        39.4% of total number of students enrolled in Spring 2006 would have been exempt from the requirement (approximately 11,000 students)

 

Lee Gilbert provided background and updates on the original report on the requirement and discussed the issue of exemptions from the requirement. He also encouraged moving towards the example of Sacramento State, which recognizes no exemptions for any programs or majors.

 

The committee will address the following questions/issues:

1.      How can the University coherently adopt the graduation requirement on grounds that it is fundamental to excellence and then exempt 35-40% of the students from the requirement? The second language requirement is a required component of an excellent undergraduate education. Under what conditions would students be exempt from the requirement?

2.      What is the rationale for imposing the requirement on the remaining 60-65% of students?

3.      What is the rationale for exempting majors such as nursing, business, and engineering from the requirement while, according to recent studies, these are fields sited as most in need of higher level foreign language proficiency?

4.      Establish a comprehensive set of criteria for determining the appropriateness of granting waivers. Should wider review in the recommendation process be considered?

5.      Are there are any conclusions implied by the fact that all eligible departments without exception did indeed request and were granted exemptions? Why did such departments, especially those in the category of 1.B.2., choose not to accommodate the requirement?

6.      Given the preliminary information sited above, what would be the resources needed for staffing sections of modern languages that result from the implementation of the second language graduation requirement? How will changes and exemptions alter these needs?

7.      What impact, if any, will the loss of exemption from the second language graduation requirement have on the recruitment of transfer students for affected departments and programs at CSUF?

8.      Knowing that Sacramento State grants no exemptions to any departments or programs to the second language graduation requirement, what lessons, regarding such policy, can be learned from their experience? Are the affected programs comparable to those at CSUF? What principle reasons did they use to reach their decision? What consequences, if any, have resulted?

 

 

 

 

VIII.      CHAIR’S REPORT

Chair Guerin thanked Secretary Randall for representing her at the Statewide Senate Chairs’ meeting that took place last week. She also thanked President Gordon for approving eight transmittals and returning them to the Academic Senate office last week. 

 

Chair Guerin announced that there is a vacancy in the part-time faculty constituency of the Academic Senate. A special election will take place to fill that seat.

 

IX.         STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

Senator Pasternack reported that the next plenary meeting will be held in March. The CSU Academic Senate Executive Committee is involved in planning the state-wide meeting for “Access to Excellence”. A planning meeting for this event will be held at the beginning of April. The actual state-wide meeting will be held in Newport Beach.

 

X.           UNFINISHED BUSINESS

10.1 M/S/F [Nanjundappa/Hassan] to approve ASD 06-194 Resolution in Response to Audit Report (Resolution to Restore Summer Pay to Faculty Who Completed Instructional Work in Summer 2004). [Voice vote]

 

A roll call vote was requested by Senator Nanjundappa,  and supported by over 20% of those present; the resolution was approved: 18(ayes)-16(nays)-6(abstentions):

 

AYES: Buck, Fitch, Guerin, Hassan, Hewitt, Holland, Kanel, Kirtman, Klassen, Liverpool, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Shapiro, Taylor, Vogt, Walicki, Williams, Zhao

 

NAYS: Altar, Alva, Arnold, Bedell, Dabirian, Drezner, Gordon, Hagan, Junn, Mead, Palmer, Pasternack, Rhoten, Smith, Spitzer, Stein

 

ABSTENTIONS: Fidalgo, Fromson, Jones, McConnell, Meyer, Randall

 

10.2 ASD 06-207 CFA Fullerton Chapter Board Resolution on Laptop Computers for Part-Time Faculty

 

Senator Randall (friendly amendment):

In first resolve, amend to read:…the CSU Fullerton administration provide laptop computers prior to fall 2007 semester to all temporary part-time faculty teaching six units or more with three-year entitlement contracts;”

 

It was M/S [Fromson/Pasternack] to change the end of the first resolve to read “who teach nine units or more per semester.”

 

The meeting adjourned with discussion of this item on the floor.  Discussion will resume at the next Academic Senate meeting.

 

XI.         NEW BUSINESS

        (Items 11.1 – 11.4 were not discussed due to lack of time.)

11.1 ASD 07-08 Proposed UPS on SRI [FAC]

11.2 ASD 07-09 Revised UPS 300.040 Academic Standards for Postbaccalaureate Students [ASC]

11.3 ASD 07-17 Revised UPS 508.000 Policy on Return or Replacement of Library Materials [Library Committee]

11.4 ASD 07-19 Revised UPS 210.000 (Section III: Documentation Submitted by the Faculty Member) [FPC]

 

XII.       ADJOURNMENT

        Meeting was adjourned at 12:59 p.m.