ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

March 23, 2006

 

 

 

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

Members Present:  Alva, Bedell, Buck, Burgtorf, Dabirian, Drezner, Emry, Fidalgo, Fitch,  Gordon, Guerin, Hagan, Hall, Hassan, Hewitt, Junn, Kanel, Kantardjieff, Kelly, Klassen, Kreiner, Liverpool, Lovell, Matz, Meyer, Nanjundappa, Napper, Pierson, Rhoten, Rumberger, Shapiro, Smith, Tavakolian, Taylor, Vogt, Walicki,

Absent: Fromson, Gass, Holland, Jones, Kirtman, Klein, Michalopoulos, Pasternack, Schroeder, Syed, Williams

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

Chair Bedell called the meeting to order at 11:35 a.m.

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

2.1 M/S/P [Buck/Drezner] to approve Statements of Opinion for the Spring 2006 All-University Elections ballot. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Statements Prepared by the Executive Committee:

 

1.      The University’s General Education requirements should apply to all students, regardless of the number of units required by their specific majors.

 

2.      The University’s international agreements with colleges and universities in other countries should be reviewed and those that have not resulted in exchanges of students and/or faculty should be rescinded.

 

3.      Additional funds should be allocated to both deferred maintenance projects and the physical appearance of the campus.

 

4.      All student evaluations (Student Ratings of Instruction) should be done online.

 

III.          ANNOUNCMENTS

         Senator Rumberger, Director of Administration, and Academic Senate student representative for Associated Students Inc., submitted “Resolution Supporting the Commitment to Civility at CSUF” passed by Associated Students Inc. which states that ASI fully supports the commitment to civility at CSUF, commits to practicing civility in areas of student government, and appeals to the Academic Senate to approve the proposed statement on civility entitled “A Commitment of Civility at CSUF”.

 

IV.         TIMES CERTAIN

Time Certain

11:45 a.m.

Judith Anderson, Executive Vice President

Brian Quinn, Director of Athletics

Allison Rich, Senior Associate Director of Athletics/SWA

Betty Chavis, Professor and Chair, Accounting

Steve Walk, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Faculty Athletic Representative

Patti Laguna, Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Subject: NCAA Athletics Certification    

With the consent of the body, Chair Bedell proceeded to the first scheduled time certain before

11:45 a.m.         

 

Dr. Anderson acknowledged all of the individuals involved in the NCAA Athletics Certification on campus and invited Allison Rich to explain the entire process. Ms. Rich pointed out that NCAA Athletics Certification is similar to academic accreditation and stated that NCAA is not a governing body. It is a volunteer membership based on a school membership association of schools and conferences.

 

With regards to the certification, the goals of our campus are to:

·        Complete a comprehensive review of our Athletics Program

·        Open the affairs of Athletics to the university community

·        Demonstrate conformity to the operating principles

·        Highlight the integrity and successes of the program, student athletes, and staff

·        Confirm strength and development plans to improve any areas of concern.

 

      Timeline:

      May 15, 2006: Self-study report is due

September 25-27, 2006: Peer review team will visit CSUF. This team will verify accuracy of report, broad-based participation from the campus and community, and conformity with the operating principles.

February 2007: The Committee of Athletics Certification will send a report of its final decision to President Gordon.

 

Ms. Rich encouraged the body to review and share any thoughts on the self-study report on the following web page: http://webcert.fullerton.edu/ncaacert/

 

Time Certain

12:00 p.m.

Irene Lange, Chair, University Board on Second Language Requirement

Subject: Second Language Graduation Requirement

With the consent of the body, Chair Bedell proceeded to the second scheduled time certain before 12:00 p.m.

 

Dr. Lange prefaced the discussion on the Second Language Requirement by pointing out that 30% of Orange County residents are foreign born and a language other than English is spoken in 40% of households.

 

Chair Bedell relinquished the chair and shared the concern that out of the incoming class, 1,200 students would have to complete additional coursework in order to meet the proposed second language requirement. He also added that the university has no data or information on the impact of implementing the requirement. He suggested deferment of the implementation of the requirement for two years. If the deferent is put into effect, the students that graduate during the two years would not be held to the requirement. Chair Bedell also proposed the option of changing the requirement from three years of high school study to two years for students satisfying the requirement before entering CSUF and changing the requirement from three semester of college instruction to two semesters for students who plan to satisfy the requirement after enrolling at CSUF.

 

Further discussion ensued and the body voiced the following concerns regarding implementing the second language requirement this fall:

·        Concern about the impact on the G.E. Humanities category

·        Some are in support of getting rid of the requirement before we know if it works

·        Changing our policy now will send mixed messages to our external environment and may cause us to lose students

·        Other departments will lose FTES

·        Policy may adversely affect some smaller departments

 

Senator Fidalgo introduced Janet Eyring, Chair of the Foreign Language Department. Chair Eyring indicated that when she joined the Department, her charge included preparing the Foreign Language Department for implementation of the second language requirement. She stated that the Foreign Language Department is ready for the implementation.

 

Discussion on this topic was ended in order to honor the third scheduled time certain.

 

Time Certain

12:30 p.m.

Diana Guerin, Faculty Personnel Committee

Subject: UPS 210.000 Faculty Personnel Policy and Procedures

      Senator Guerin acknowledged the members of the current Faculty Personnel Committee.

 

      The major changes that the Faculty Personnel Committee recommends are:

·        Terminology change: from “Periodic Review” to “Abbreviated Review”

·        Change “Developmental Narrative” requirement to “Prospectus”

·        Bring more uniformity to the documentation that faculty present in portfolios and appendices. Work towards reducing size of appendices in particular.

·        Add table of contents.

·        P.13: Add instructions on how to document scholarly and creative activities.

·        P. 17-19: Suggested revisions focus on quality, link narratives to appendices, limit the size of files, and provide detailed instructions on the contents of the portfolio. Recommend a change in the vita: rather than including a curriculum vitae, submit a portfolio vita that documents all accomplishments in teaching, scholarly and creative activities and service.

 

V.           APPROVAL OF MINUTES

         No minutes were available.

 

VI.         CHAIR’S REPORT

Chair Bedell reported that The Academic Senate received a letter from Dr. James Young, thanking the body for recognizing him at last week’s meeting.

 

CSUF ranks 4th in the nation among universities for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic women. (From The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education)

 

ECS Chair Raman Unnikrishnan received the 2006 Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering.

 

VII.       STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

Due to lack of time, there was no report.

 

VIII.     CONSENT CALENDAR

Due to lack of time, item 8.1 on the consent calendar was not acted upon and will move to the agenda for the next Senate meeting on April 6, 2006.

 

IX.         NEW BUSINESS

Items 9.1-9.5 were not discussed due to lack of time and will move to the agenda for the next Senate meeting on April 6, 2006.

 

X.           ADJOURNMENT       

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.