ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

April 6, 2006

 

 

 

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

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

Absent:  Fidalgo, Klassen, Klein, Michalopoulos, Napper, Schroeder, Shapiro, Syed, Tavakolian

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

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

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

Senator Burgtorf reported on another case where a faculty appointment offer was turned down due to issues with spousal hiring. He asked if the Executive Committee has created an ad hoc committee to investigate this or taken any other action to look into this issue. Chair Bedell replied that the Executive Committee will address this at its next meeting or the following meeting.

 

III.          ANNOUNCMENTS

Senator Nanjundappa:

·        CFA Fullerton Chapter survey entitled “Quality of CSU Fullerton as a Workplace for Faculty” will be distributed to faculty soon.

·        Salary data: 2006-2007 CPEC salary gap estimated at 18%, an increase from 15.2% (2005-2006). For full professors, the CPEC gap is almost 20%, it is 13% for both associate and assistant professors.

 

Chair Bedell announced that the survey on academic quality will be going out next Thursday. He will report on the results in May.

 

Senator Meyer announced that Don Finn is retiring. He will direct his last play production tomorrow night.

 

Senator Buck reported that the University Club has reserved 50 seats for Cabaret in the new theatre on Mother’s Day, May 14th, 2:00 p.m. The 50 seats are being held until April 24th. Dinner at a restaurant will follow (location TBA).

 

Dean Klammer provided an update on AL Flores’ condition. Chair Bedell asked that everyone keep him and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

 

Senator Matz:

·        CSUF Debate Team’s Brenda Montes will be featured on College Sports TV. She was awarded fourth speaker distinction, the best finish of any sophomore in CSUF history.

·        Statewide Senate Election: April 10 – 13

·        All University Election: May 8 – 11

 

         Senator Guerin reported that the Senate Forum was distributed this week.

 

IV.         MINUTES

ASD 06-48 Academic Senate Meeting Minutes Draft 2-2-06 was approved as submitted.

        

V.           CHAIR’S REPORT

Chair Bedell reported that he attended a meeting with the Pandemic Avian Flu Committee yesterday. It is expected that we will see waves of this flu over the next two years. CSUF has a tentative plan in preparation for the pandemic.

 

VI.         STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

The Statewide Senators will attend interim committee meetings tomorrow.

 

VII.       TIME CERTAIN

Time Certain

12:15 p.m.

Subject: Continuation of the Discussion of the Second Language Requirement

Chair Bedell asked Vice Chair Hall to assume chair.

 

In response to the questions about the impact of implementing this requirement, Senator Alva identified the three typical patterns students (transferring from community colleges) follow to complete general education requirements:

·        General Education transfers A-E requirements (majority of students): Does not require foreign language requirement

·        Lower division transfer by major: going to become the preferred path to the CSU: This is the statewide agreement as to how to fulfill the requirement. Does not include the foreign language requirement

·        Requirement of two years of high school or two college semesters of foreign language

 

Senator Alva shared a letter from an advisor at Fullerton College. The advisor asked that the criteria for the requirement be reevaluated so that the admission process would run more smoothly from Fullerton College to CSUF. Also mentioned in the letter is that the requirement would pose issues primarily for international students. In addition, this “CSUF-only” requirement could result in an additional $3,000 in course registration fees for international students who did not seek a foreign language. The advisor also explained that the majority of students choose to study Chinese or Japanese and that Fullerton College typically offers the two semesters, not the intermediate, or third semester that is required by CSUF. She noted students apply to multiple universities, including those in the UC system, which also have a foreign language requirement. She argued that CSUF’s requirement should coincide with the UC system requirement of two semesters of college instruction or two years of high school study.  The advisor expressed concern that students arriving this fall will find that the requirement is excessive and therefore will be deterred from applying to CSUF.

 

It was M/S [Bedell/Meyer] to approve resolution that calls for suspension of UPS 410.107 until sufficient data is gathered.

 

      Senator Nanjundappa: (friendly amendment)

      (First sentence): Add “implementation of” before “UPS 410.107…”

 

Lengthy discussion followed. The following concerns were expressed:

 

In support of motion to approve resolution

·        Implementation could have adverse effect on students who change their majors, students with two majors (one major has requirement, and the other does not), or students who change their degree within a major (i.e. change from B.A. program to B.F.A).

·        Students are receiving incorrect information during academic advisement.

·        There is concern about the articulation between CSUF and community colleges.

·        There is concern that students who may meet the entrance requirement, but may not have used language skills for years, may not do well in required language classes. In effect, they would have to start over and take classes to prepare them for the required classes.

·        If CSUF has a 3 semester language requirement and sister campuses and UC campuses do not, we may face enrollment problems.

·        CSUF has not done adequate analysis on the impact of the requirement.

·        Since curriculum, courses, and challenge exams for the requirement have not been approved, we are not ready to implement it.

·        Only three colleges at CSUF have the requirement. There is concern about how that is interpreted.

·        In the College of HHD, students in the teaching and nursing programs are exempt from the requirement. It was mentioned that it would be extremely helpful for students in these fields have a second language.

·        Upper division transfers are not required to provide high school transcripts for admission. Therefore, we are unable to determine the preparedness of these students, a group that makes up 2/3 of the student population. Since we are number one in the state for transfer students, implementing the requirement now is high risk.

·        CSUF received 27,500 first-time freshman applications. Of them, 14,000 were accepted, and 29% or 1100-1200 would not be exempt from the requirement. Until they register for classes this fall, we are unable to examine the incoming class.

·        This resolution would allow time to interview students and determine what the effects on the University would be.

 

Against the resolution:

·        Vague language in resolution with regards to the ad hoc study group’s assignment.

·        Prolonging implementation may result in the campus disregarding of the requirement.

·        The Modern Languages department has stated that it is ready for implementation.

·        Suspending implementation may further erode our relations with community colleagues.

 

It was M/S [Guerin/Buck] to change the study groups’ Senate reporting dates (in sections a. and b. of the resolution) from March 1, 2008 to February 15, 2007.

 

Discussion on this topic was not concluded due to lack of time. It will resume at the next meeting.

 

 

VIII.     NEW BUSINESS

8.1  ASD 06-37 Civility Code [Bedell & Rhoten]

 

     Senator Nanjundappa (friendly amendment):

     (Second line of first paragraph): Add “and dissemination” after “the creation”

 

     Senator Burgtorf (friendly amendment):

     (First line of second paragraph): Change “civitas” to “civilitas

 

M/S/P [Rhoten/Nanjundappa] to approve and affirm our commitment to this statement and include it in any of our publication as a proclamation of our values. Approved as amended; Passed with one abstention:

 

8.2 ASD 06-38 Revised UPS 330.231 Policy Regarding the Illegal Use of Drugs by Students [SALC]

It was M/S [Rhoten/Emry] to approve revised UPS 320.231 Policy Regarding the Illegal Use of Drugs by Students.

 

     Senator Rhoten (friendly amendments):

·        (First paragraph, lines 25-26) Delete “and” and place “…, and” behind “hallucinogens”. Delete “including”.

·        (Second paragraph, lines 35-36) Change the first sentence to “Student involvement in the manufacture, use, possession, distribution or sale of illegal drugs or the misuse of any legal drugs is a matter of concern to the University. Those behaviors may subject a student so involved to disciplinary action by the University.”

 

                                    Senator Junn (friendly amendment):

·        (Second paragraph, lines 35-36): Add “or other substances” after

“…the misuse of any legal drugs..”

 

With the consent of the body, this document was referred back to the Student Academic Life Committee with comments and the suggestion to include language that addresses the legal use of marijuana and other substances. The SALC will be asked to report to The Academic Senate in one week.

 

8.3 ASD 06-39 Revised UPS 300.021 Academic Dishonesty [SALC]

It was M/S [Rhoten/Emry] to approve ASD 06-39 Revised UPS 300.021 Academic Dishonesty.

 

Senator Pasternack (friendly amendment):

·        (Page 2, line 12): Add “offering or grading of the” before “final exam”

·        (Page 2, line 13): Replace “I” with “RP”

 

         It was M/S [Hewitt/Fitch] to delete lines 42-44 (page 1).

 

Discussion on this UPS was ended when time certain was reached but will resume at next week’s meeting.

 

IX.    ADJOURNMENT       

Meeting was adjourned at 1:03 p.m.