ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

April 22, 2004

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Members Present:  Arkenberg, Bedell, Boyum, Buck, Emry, Erickson, Fitch, Fromson, Gannon, Gilbert, Gordon, Guerin, Hagan, Hall, Hewitt, Jones, Junn, Kelly, Kreiner, Meyer, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Parker, Pasternack, Randall, Reisman, Rimmer, Rutemiller, Schroeder, Shapiro, Smith, Sutphen, Tavakolian, Vargas, and Wong 

 

Members Absent: Allen, Byrnes, Cox, Gass, Jewett, Klassen, Rahmatian, Rhoten, Russell, Taulli, and Vasquez

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

Chair Gilbert called the meeting to order at 11: 34 a.m.

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

None.

 

III.          ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senator Nanjundappa reported that Chair Gilbert, President Gordon and he traveled to Sacramento to lobby legislators.  The purpose of the visit was to speak with one voice and appeal for the restoration of funds for the CSU.  In addition, the Golden Handshake is on the governor’s desk.  Nanjundappa announced that a bus would be leaving campus on Monday at 9:30 a.m. to go to the Governor’s Los Angeles Office to pursue more lobbying. 

 

Chair Gilbert reported that local legislators were quite receptive to what we had to say, but cautioned us to understand that the state is broke and significant hurdles remain in terms of getting any additional funds for the CSU.  There are clear indications that we can anticipate some additional cuts in the May Revise. 

 

Senator Sutphen reminded the Senators about two upcoming outings—May 24, A Chorus Line  with dinner afterwards and Capitol Steps on May 2.

 

Senator Jones invited the Senate to attend the dedication of the Kinesiology and Health Science Building on Friday, April 30. 

 

Senator Emery reminded the Senate about the Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 6; the focus is on the environment.

 

IV.         CHAIRS REPORT

None.

 

V.           STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

Senator Pasternack stated that committees are looking at several issues.   Senator Buck stated that about 500 people are expected to attend an upcoming IMPAC meeting in Los Angeles; they will meet in disciplinary groups.  The next statewide Senate meeting will be May 5 and 6. 

 

Chair Gilbert, on behalf of the Senate, congratulated Senator Guerin on being elected the new Senator for the Statewide Academic Senate for next year.

 

It was m/s [Gannon/Guerin] to present ASD 04-41 for the Senate’s consideration. 

 

Time Certain

11:45 a.m.

Tom Klammer, Chair, Ad Hoc Committee to Evaluate the Proposal for a College of Education

Subject:  ASD 04-41 Proposal to Establish a College of Education

 

Tom Klammer thanked the members of the ad hoc committee for their hard work and dedication in finishing the task within the six-week period according to the UPS.  Mr. Klammer presented a review of the committee’s report, concluding with the recommendation of the committee, which was unanimous, that the University proceeds with the establishment of a College of Education.  He reiterated that the committee recommends that an acting dean for the new College be appointed for up to a three-year period (2004-2007) in order to postpone the costs of hiring a permanent dean until the current state budget crisis is likely to have eased and to ensure continuity of leadership through the time of the next accreditation of the education programs. 

 

Chair Gilbert then designated 10 minutes for guests or visitors to make comments to help the Senate with its deliberation.  Four visitors from HDCS spoke in favor of the proposal to form the new college.

 

Mr. Jayaweera noted that Cal State Fullerton is good at preparing teachers because teacher preparation has always been an all-university activity.  He expressed concern that this might be forgotten if a separate College of Education is formed. 

 

Chair Gilbert stated that although the UPS did not require it, the Executive Committee also asked PRBC to look at this proposal.  PRBC voted to support this proposal.

 

Chair Gilbert then opened the floor to debate the motion to receive and endorse ASD 04-41.

 

 

In Favor of ASD 04-41

 

·         Teacher education is central to the mission of the university, and this should be reflected in the university’s structure by having a separate College of Education

·         The university will save money: a Dean of Education can better manage the accelerating costs of teacher education, e.g., other CSU education deans are realizing savings far beyond $65,000 by restructuring master teacher contracts

·         The cost of implementation is negligible because the infrastructure is already in place; only one administrative position (Dean of College of Education) is planned; no new space or additional support staff are required

·         Recruiting leadership for the existing College of HDCS has been persistently difficult, because of the unusual, diverse set of programs

·         The report recommends delaying hire of permanent dean until 2007, thereby minimizing costs and allowing for continuity of leadership through the next accreditation of education programs

·         The colleges resulting from this restructuring would be of sufficient size and comprise a rational grouping of programs

·         Demographic data project continuing demand for teachers in our region

·         The proposal has been supported by all reviewing bodies and by the faculty in HDCS; comments at two university-wide open hearings were virtually unanimous in support

·         Accreditation teams for education programs have asked President Gordon why education is not in a stand-alone college

·         There are always budget issues that challenge our progress; if we wait until there are none the university would never move forward

 

Against ASD 04-41

 

·         This is not the time to implement this proposal; implementation would divert money away from the primary mission of the university, instruction, when the budget for next year is still uncertain

·         The cost estimated for next year of $65,000 could be used to fund 16 course sections (seats for about 500 students); the combined costs over the first four years, taking the committee’s estimates at face value, exceed $300,000

·         Due to recent budget cutbacks, students are being denied access to the CSU; those who are here are taking longer to graduate due to cuts in course offerings

·         Only 46.7% of the campus budget is spent on direct instruction, our primary mission

·         Due to budget concerns, 25 out of 33 tenure-track faculty searches were cancelled this year which, when combined with retirements, separations, and FERPs, will result in loss of 40 full-time faculty positions; also, faculty salaries for summer 2004 were cut about 15% to reduce the impact of budget cuts on course offerings and faculty positions

·         Recent news reports show demand for elementary school teachers is declining; teachers in local districts are being laid off and class sizes raised

·         Administration at CSUF continues to grow; money spent on administration salaries increased $360,000 from October 2002 to October 2003, while that spent for faculty salaries decreased $1.8 million

 

It was m/s/p [Hall/Bedell] to call the question to close the debate. 

 

Motion passed to receive and endorse ASD 04-41 Proposal to Establish a College of Education.

 

Senator Nanjundappa requested a roll call vote.  Senator Buck noted a roll call vote request on 20% membership is always in order after the initial vote.

 

Motion in favor of a roll call vote failed.

 

VI.         CONSENT CALENDAR

It was m/s/p [Bedell/Fitch] to approve the Consent Calendar as amended.  The pending [at-large] slot for Faculty Personnel Committee will necessitate a special election early in the fall to fill that seat.

 

A.   NOMINEES TO ACADEMIC SENATE GENERAL COMMITTEES OF THE FACULTY

 

Faculty Personnel Committee  Terms:  three 3-year, two 1-year

Nominees:      Larry Ward (COMM, 1-yr); Dennis Berg (SOC SCI, 1-yr);

                     Hossein Moini (ECS); John Foster (CNSM); Pending (AT-LARGE)

Continuing:     Mike McGee (ARTS), James Dietz (CBE), Hallie Yopp-Slowik (HDCS); James Santucci (HUM)

 

Faculty Research Committee  Terms:  three 2-year, three 1-year

Nominees:      John Drew (ARTS, 2-yr); Debbie Rose (HDCS, 2-yr); Shahin Ghazanshahi (ECS, 1-yr); Franz Müller-Gotama (HUM, 1-yr);

                     Stephen Goode (CNSM, 2-yr); Jie Tian (Library, 1-yr);

Continuing:          Zvi Drezner (CBE); Kuen-Hee Ju-Pak (COMM); Lorraine Prinsky (SOC SCI)

 

Professional Leaves Committee  Terms:  three 3-year

Nominees:      Jessie Jones (HDCS); Sheryl Fontaine (HUM); Su Han Chan (CBE)

Continuing:     Jim Volz (ARTS), Mary Blake Huer (COMM), Mikyong Kim-Goh, (HDCS); Murtadha Khakoo (CNSM); Gayle Brunelle (SOC SCI); Mariko Molodowitch (ECS)

 

VII.       UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

VIII.     NEW BUSINESS

Due to time limitations, ASD 04-40 Proposed Changes to UPS 300.000 Student Rights and Responsibilities was not discussed and will be placed on the Senate agenda as an item of Unfinished Business.

 

It was m/s/p [Bedell/Gannon] to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 12:59 p.m.