ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

September 25, 2003

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Members Present:  Bedell, Boyum, Buck, Byrnes, Cox, Emry, Erickson, Fitch, Fromson, Gannon, Gass, Guerin, Hall, Hewitt, Jones, Junn, Kelly, Kreiner, Meyer, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Pasternack, Randall, Reisman, Rhoten, Rimmer, Russell, Rutemiller, Schroeder, Shapiro, Smith, Sutphen, Taulli, Wolverton and Wong 

 

Members Absent:  Allen, Arkenberg, Gilbert, Gordon, Hagan, Klassen, Martinez, Parker, Rahmatian, Tavakolian, and Vargas

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

Vice Chair Bedell called the meeting to order at 11.32 p.m.

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

Senator Boyum offered to propose a Resolution in Opposition to Proposition 53.  Chair Bedell declared this item be taken up as item B under New Business.

 

III.          ANNOUNCEMENTS

Chair Bedell invited Mary Alyce Jeremiah to address the Senate.  The Athletics Department, graciously provided Senate members with free all-sports passes, entitling them and their guests to admission to the sport(s) of their choice. 

 

Chair Bedell extended congratulations to Senator Rutemiller on being named the “Volunteer of the Year” for the Patrons of the Library.

 

Chair Bedell also announced we will be hosting a teleconference on Hunger in Africa to coincide with World Food Day on Thursday, October 16.

 

Time Certain

11:45 a.m.

Ephraim Smith, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Subject:  Census Report

 

Vice President Smith presented the Census Report and pointed out some of the highlights from Jim Blackburn’s memorandum.

§         Highest headcount enrollment in Cal State Fullerton history—32,592.

§         Female majority among students remained constant at 61%.

§         New students actually decreased slightly, but so did students graduating. Hence, headcount is at an all-time high due to high count of continuing students. 

§         Included in this report are 2,940 students enrolled at El Toro campus; 1,172 students are enrolled only at El Toro campus.

§         Over 61% of the university student body is enrolled full-time, i.e., 12 units or more.

 

The units per student decreased in the fall of 2003; there was a .12 drop, which is a significant drop in units per student when accumulated across the large number of students involved.  Students had difficulty finding open sections. 

 

First time freshmen are down from last year, but slightly over target.  We had expected 3800 freshmen, but only 3200 showed up. Next year we will require them to take New Freshmen Orientation and register at that time.   Therefore, by the end of July we expect to have all first time freshmen enrolled in classes.

 

We opened El Toro for graduate applications in math and science postbac.  As of Tuesday evening, we had over 1000 applications for these programs.  However, we anticipate being 1 to 2% under target. 

 

Last year, the Senate expressed concern about crowded conditions on this campus. Smith said the main campus student population is slightly under last year at 22,000. 

 

IV.         CHAIRS REPORT

None.

 

V.           CONSENT CALENDAR

It was m/s/p to approve the following Consent Calendar:

A.   ASD 03-80 Revised Academic Senate Minutes May 29, 2003

B.   ASD 03-91 Academic Senate Minutes August 28, 2003

C.   NOMINEES TO STANDING COMMITTEES

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE  Terms:  One 1-year

Nominee:       Demitri Michalopoulos (ECS) (1 yr)

Continuing:     Thomas Clanin (COMM); Sandra Sutphen (HSS); Oscar Aurelio (CNSM); Charles Grieb (ARTS); Pramod Pandya (CBE); Joyce Lee (HDCS); Margaret Hogarth (LIB)

 

NOMINEES TO MISCELLANEOUS COMMITTEES

 

ACADEMIC APPEALS BOARD  Terms:  Two 2-year, One ASC Rep.

Nominees:            Donald Matthewson (HSS)

Confirmed 8/28:    Brady Rhodes (CNSM); Vic Brajer (ASC member);

 

ASSOCIATED STUDENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS:  Terms:  One 3-year

Nominee:       Linda Heichman (Lib)

 

CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE  Terms: One 2-year

Nominee:       Alan Emery (HSS)

Continuing:     Sandra Sutphen (HSS)

 

CSUF FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS  Terms:  One 3-year

Nominees:      Barry Pasternack (CBE)

Continuing:     Bill Meyer (ARTS); Steve Murray (CNSM)

 

NOMINEES TO SEARCH COMMITTEES

 

Associate VP, Communications and Marketing

Nominees:      Irene Lange (CBE); Fred Zandpour (COMM); Sergio Lizaragga (ARTS)

 

Director – Faculty Affairs and Records

Nominees:      Alan Saltzstein (HSS); Jane Hipolito (HSS); Diana Guerin (HDCS); Pat Bril (Lib); Vance Wolverton (ARTS)

 

Time Certain

12:00 Noon

Tom Whitfield, Director , Environmental Health & Instructional Safety

Judi King, Director University Police, John Beisner, Risk Manager

Subject:  Faculty Responsibilities for Student Health and Safety

 

The discussion topic was faculty responsibilities for students in an emergency.   The campus brochure and California Code were distributed to the Senate members.  The brochure is meant to assist faculty in understanding their role in providing a safe learning environment for their students.   Concerns expressed:

§         Brochure seems to have been developed without faculty or Academic Senate consultation.

§         Emergency information should be provided in each classroom for faculty to review with their students.  Some members reported they were unable to find the items about which the brochure tells them to inform their students.  The brochure should list a telephone extension for faculty to call with questions or concerns. The emergency number to call should be posted on or near telephones in classrooms.

§         Evacuation routes should be posted in each classroom as is done in hotels.

§         Provide information that faculty can attach to course syllabus; university rather than individual faculty should take responsibility for providing health and safety information.  This document shifts the responsibility to faculty, which makes the faculty legally liable.  It would be more efficient for the university to post announcements, at which case they take responsibility rather than faculty. The information should be posted on the classroom door; the university is responsible for the students knowing what to do. 

§         Assumes that all faculty are able to provide assistance when they themselves may be handicapped. 

§         Provide training for faculty. 

§         Re-word the brochure where it states “Faculty responsibilities include” to “Faculty are urged.”

 

Nanjundappa asked to go on record that he is asking Tom Whitfield and other responsible parties to post an appropriate map or similar document indicating the location of fire alarms, telephones, and exits in each classroom.

 

Chief King informed the members that funding was available to upgrade the fire alarm system, including a voice-announcement with speakers outside.  She also announced the entire campus will be re-keyed. 

 

It was m/s [Guerin/Pasternack] to end discussion in order to consider the next two items of New Business.

 

Vice Chair Bedell on behalf of the Senate members extended his appreciation to the guests.  The Executive Committee will take under advisement all of the various comments and will report out to Senate the results of those conversations.   

 

VI.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII.       NEW BUSINESS

A.   ASD 03-111 Resolution in Opposition to Proposition 54:  Classification by Race, Ethnicity, Color, or National Origin, Initiative Constitutional Amendment (“Racial Privacy Initiative”)

                   

        It was m/s [Fromson/Hall] to approve document ASD 03-111, a resolution opposing Proposition 54.

 

      It was m/s/p as a friendly amendment on page 2, line 19 to insert Dr. John Travis, President CFA before Chancellor Reed.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

B.   ASD 03-113 Resolution in Opposition to Proposition 53:  Funds Dedicated for State and Local Infrastructure.  Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

 

      It was m/s [Boyum/Fromson[ to approve document ASD 03-113.   Senator Boyum read the following proposed resolution:

 

Whereas    Proposition 53 would, in time, require that as much as 3% of the California General Fund be spent only upon infrastructure, as defined; and

 

Whereas    Losing 3% of the General Fund to mandated expenditure – in good times and bad, irrespective of priorities that may arise in the future – is inherently problematic; and

 

Whereas    “Ballot box budgeting” is always poor constitutional practice; and

 

Whereas    Public higher education would be further stressed by this additional prior call on the General Fund; be it therefore

 

Resolved    That the Academic Senate of California State University, Fullerton oppose Proposition 53; and be it further

 

Resolved    That the Academic Senate of California State University, Fullerton communicate immediately to Dr. Robert Cherny, Chair of ASCSU, Jose Solache, Chair of CSSA, Dr. John Travis, President, California Faculty Association, Chancellor Charles B. Reed, the Board of Trustees of the CSU, and to the media its strong opposition to Proposition 53.

 

Motion passed unanimously to approve ASD 03-113.

 

It was m/s/p [Sutphen/Fromson] to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.