ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

March 18, 2004

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Members Present:  Allen, Arkenberg, Bedell, Boyum, Buck, Byrnes, Cox, Emry, Erickson, Fitch, Fromson, Gannon, Gilbert, Gordon, Guerin, Hagan, Hall, Hewitt, Jewett, Klassen, Kelly, Kreiner, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Parker, Pasternack, Reisman, Rhoten, Rimmer, Russell, Rutemiller, Schroeder, Shapiro, Smith, Sutphen, Tavakolian, Vargas, Vasquez, and Wong 

 

Members Absent:  Gass, Junn, Meyer, Rahmatian, Randall, and Taulli

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

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

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

No urgent business.

 

III.          ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senator Russell reminded the senators of the Philosophy Symposium presently underway and encouraged them to attend.

 

Senator Boyum announced that the MS in Software Engineering had been approved by the Chancellor’s Office.

 

Dean Klammer, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee to evaluate the proposal to create a College of Education, announced two open hearings for the campus community to comment:  Monday, March 22 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 25 from 1:00-2:00 p.m., (both in Senate Chambers).

 

Senator Sutphen announced the “information competency” grants are available from the Chancellor’s Office; those interested should contact her.

 

Chair Gilbert asked for a moment of silence to remember Terry Baden, former chair of Modern Languages & Literatures.  A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m., in the Arboretum. 

 

Chair Gilbert thanked Vince Hernandez for running the sound system during the Senate meetings.  Chair Gilbert announced two theatre outings:  “Chorus Line” scheduled for April 24 at 2:00 p.m. and “Capitol Steps” on May 2 at 3:00 p.m.   He also announced that announcements for the Fulbright Scholar program are available; information is available in the Senate office or at www.cies.org.  The Teacher/Scholar Summer Institute will be held June 15-18, 2004 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and information is available in the Senate office. 

 

As a final announcement, Chair Gilbert, on behalf of the Senate, welcomed Senator Jade Jewett replacing Vance Wolverton.

 

IV.         CHAIRS REPORT

Chair Gilbert briefly updated the members about a budget summit he recently attended in Long Beach.  Chancellor Reed’s charge for the summit was to strategize new ways to become more effective advocates for the CSU. He urged us to reinforce the “great mission of the CSU:” accessibility, affordability, and quality. Reed noted that the CSU is the economic backbone of the state, graduating 77,000 every year, who then become a part of the state economy.  President Gonzales of Sacramento State presented a case study on what a “no growth” budget would mean for that campus.  Among other things, a no growth budget through 2012 would mean that 50,000 qualified students would be denied access to Sacramento State.  A 10 percent cut this year would mean 450 fewer courses in the fall of 2004, an increase in time to degree from 5 to 5 ½ years, larger classes, less personal attention to students, cuts to student services, and fewer students (1,067 fewer for fall 2004 in addition to the 1900 denied under a no growth scenario).  Patrick Lentz gave a presentation on the current budget proposal, and outlined the dates of hearings. Four groups were formed to address and report out on the following topics: how campuses should approach budget cuts and how to advocate for our budget; ways to get support groups involved in getting our message out to the legislature about the importance of CSU and about the impact budget cuts will have on what we do; how to respond to the legislative analyst’s recommendations; and student fees and enrollment.  As a participant, he will receive a summary report from all groups.

 

Senator Nanjundappa again encouraged the Senators to write to the governor and legislators and urge them to put the money back into the budget.

 

V.           CONSENT CALENDAR

It m/s/p [Bedell/Fromson] to approve the following Consent Calendar:

A.   ASD 04-28 Biology Concentrations

B.   NOMINEES TO STANDING COMMITTEES

LIBRARY COMMITTEE

Nominee:    Cynthia King (COMM)

Continuing   Shari Starrett (HSS); Svetlana Efremova-Reed (ARTS); Jeff Kuo (ECS); Stephen Stambough (HSS); Betty Chavis (CBE); Lynda Randall (HDCS); Nashat Saweris (CNSM)

 

VI.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A.   ASD 04-18 New UPS Draft Library Policy

It was m/s [Buck/Shapiro] to add the following amendment “to require faculty to return books to the library every other year” instead of once a year.   

 

Guerin:  Move to call the question.  Motion passed to call the question and end debate.  Motion failed on the Buck amendment. 

 

It was m/s [Byrnes/Sutphen] to amend the circulation parameters so that graduate assistants, teaching assistants, graduate and undergraduate students have the same privileges as tenured and non-tenured faculty.

 

Motion failed on the Byrnes amendment. 

 

Returned to the main motion.

 

It was moved and accepted as a friendly amendment on page 1, line 17 delete the words “open and” to read “available to campus, reciprocal and courtesy borrowers.”

 

It was moved and accepted as a friendly amendment under Borrowing Limits on line 22 after the word borrower, to read “150 for faculty and staff, 100 for students, and 10 for reciprocal and courtesy borrowers.  Throughout this document, emeriti and faculty on FERP shall be included in the category of tenured faculty.”

 

It was moved and accepted as a friendly amendment on line 25 after the word Loan insert the word “(ILL)” and on line 29 after the word “Therefore” change to read “a limit on the number of filled interlibrary loan requests for each academic year has been set for various categories of borrowers.  The limits are 200 for faculty and staff and 100 for students.  ILL services are not available for reciprocal and courtesy borrowers.”   

 

It was moved and accepted as a friendly amendment on line 34, delete “The Library is mindful that” and change to read “Support for instruction at satellite campuses is heavily dependent upon use of document delivery mechanisms, including interlibrary loan.  Additionally, interlibrary loan is frequently a cheaper alternative for supplying an article from a lesser-used journal than sustaining the cost of an annual subscription.”

On line 39, insert a comma after the word “Thus,”.

 

It was moved and accepted as a friendly amendment on page 2, line 8, replace the last sentence with “The two dates by which all materials checked out must be returned to the Library are on or before January 15 (lecturer faculty with one-semester contracts, graduate and teaching assistants) and on or before June 15 (tenured and tenure-track faculty, staff, lecturer faculty with annual or longer contracts).”

 

On line 12 delete and change to read “The Library Circulation Section will send list of all items checked out to those affected.” 

 

The next paragraph would then read “Students and reciprocal courtesy borrowers are not required to check in borrowed materials on these dates because the check out times are a little shorter.  The checkout period for students is 60 days with one renewal permitted.  For reciprocal and courtesy borrowers, the checkout period is 28 days with one renewal permitted.”

 

Line 22 delete “at ext. 7544 and ext. 2714.”

 

It was m/s [Rimmer/Pasternack] this document be sent back to the committee for further revisions.

 

It was m/s [Pasternack/Bedell] amend the motion to refer to add a time certain for return to the Senate of April 15.

 

It was m/s/p by [Shapiro/Bedell] to call all questions before the house.  The motion passed to add a time certain of April 15 to the motion to refer. 

 

Motion passed to refer ASD 04-18 Library Policy back to committee.

 

B.   ASD 04-17 GE Math Proposal

      It was m/s [Bedell/Emery] to approve document ASD 04-17.  Senator Bedell yielded the floor to Claire Palmerino.  Ms. Palmerino explained that math is singled out in GE III A as the only one of the science/math requirements for which students cannot use more than one lower division class. This primarily impacts business students, who usually take two math classes, but can only count one toward GE.  

 

Motion passed unanimously to approve ASD 04-17 GE Math Proposal.

 

 

VII.       NEW BUSINESS

A.   ASD 04-30 First Reading Statements of Opinion

      It was m/s [Hall/Fromson] to open the discussion regarding Statements of Opinion questions drafted by the Executive Committee.   

 

Senator Vargas requested that questions be considered ad seriatim.

 

It was m/s/p [Pasternack] question number 2 to delete “110%” and insert “X%.  Insert a new question after # 2:

 

New 3:  If you agree or strongly agree, the higher fees should be charged for units in excess of ______% of the minimum units required for their degree.

a.  110 (this would be in excess of 132 units for most majors)

b.  120 (this would be in excess of 144 units for most majors)

c.  130 (this would be in excess of 156 units for most majors)

d.  140 (this would be in excess of 168 units for most majors)

 

It was m/s/p [Pasternack] to add an additional question “Should the CSU adopt a fee structure where the students pay a fixed cost per unit taken?”

 

It was m/s/p [Pasternack/Emery] in question #6, to delete “even if they deal exclusively with off-campus bookstores.”

 

Arguments against the opinion questions:

§   Hoped questions reflected issues current in the community

§   Questions seem to be anti-student

§   Questions seem punitive to students

§   Perception of survey is very negative and should have some context provided for each question

§   Questions 8 and 9 are too vague

 

Due to time limitations, it was m/s/p [Sutphen/Rhoten] to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.