ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

October 6, 2005

 

 

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

Members Present:  Alva, Bedell, Buck, Burgtorf, Drezner, Emry, Fidalgo, Fitch, Fromson, Gordon, Guerin, Hagan, Hall, Hassan, Holland, Jones, Junn, Kanel, Kantardjieff, Kelly, Kirtman, Klassen, Liverpool, Lovell, Matz, Meyer, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Pasternack, Pierson, Rhoten, Schroeder, Shapiro, Smith, Taylor, Walicki, Wiley

 

Absent:   Dabirian, Gass, Hewitt, Kreiner, Napper, Syed, Tavakolian, Vogt

 

I.             CALL TO ORDER

Chair Bedell called the meeting to order at 11:35 a.m.  He  introduced and welcomed Tiffany Gibson who will be joining the Academic Senate in  Erika Bakken’s position beginning October 10, 2005.

 

II.          URGENT BUSINESS

M/S [Guerin/Nanjundappa] Unanimous consent was given to consider the resolution passed last Friday by CFA Fullerton encouraging the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to seek additional funding for CSU to close the CPEC salary gap and implement ACR 73.

 

Senator Guerin explained that in 2001, ACR 73 was passed to close the gap in the number of tenured/tenure-track faculty over a nine or ten year period.  ACR 73 also includes plans to bring the student-faculty ration back from 21+ to 18.

 

Senator Nanjundappa added that the CPEC gap has been increasing over the last 25 years with no pay increases in two years, and the cost of living continually rising.  He encouraged unanimous support of the resolution to send a strong message to CSU and local and state legislators.

 

Senator Jones suggested a friendly amendment to the resolution.  The amendment would include an addition in paragraph 2, line 3 line of “CPEC Salary Gap for Faculty and Salaries for all CSUF Employees.”  The body considered it friendly as the CPEC study does indeed refer to salaries other than for faculty.

 

Senator Pasternack expressed support for the resolution and reminded the body that when Chancellor Reed came to the Statewide Senate, he pledged to close the CPEC salary gap within three years.   The Statewide Assembly passed this, and they should be held accountable to fund this out of other programs for supplemental funding.

Senator Gordon added that funding for ACR 73 is considered “below-the-line” for direct funding.  He also stated that the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor are continuing the planning process to close the salary gaps over a five year period for all CSU employees.

 

M/S/P with 1 abstention in favor of the document as amended.

 

CFA Fullerton Chapter

Resolution on Implementation of ACR 73 and Closing the

CPEC Faculty Salary Gap

September 30, 2005

RESOLVED:  CFA Fullerton Chapter strongly urges Chancellor Reed and the CSU Board of Trustees to begin implementation of ACR 73 and to bridge the CPEC salary gap immediately.

 

RESOLVED:  CFA Fullerton Chapter strongly urges Chancellor Reed and the CSU Board of Trustees to request immediately supplemental funding to bridge the California Post-Secondary Education Commission (CPEC) salary gap for faculty and salaries for all CSUF employees completely within three years.

 

RESOLVED: CFA Fullerton Chapter send copies of this resolution to Governor Schwarzenegger, members of the California Legislature, Assembly Speaker Nunez, Chancellor Reed, CSU Board of Trustees CFA, President Travis, Presidents of all CFA Chapters, Chair of the CSU Academic Senate, Chairs of all CSU Campus Academic Senates.

 

RATIONALE:

ACR 73.  In recognition of the serious concern about declining numbers of permanent faculty and increasing numbers of temporary faculty in the CSU, ACR 73 (Strom-Martin) was adopted in 2001 by the California State Legislature.  In 2002, as required by ACR 73, the CSU, CFA, and CSU Academic Senate jointly developed a plan to raise the percentage of tenured/tenure-track faculty in the CSU to at least 75% by 2010-2011.  This plan was submitted by Executive Vice Chancellor David Spence on July 22, 2002.

 

In his response to ACR 73, Dr. Spence noted that the percentage of tenure-tenure track faculty in the CSU had fallen to 63% of the total faculty allocation.  We believe that this figure has now fallen even lower.  Data from the CSU show that in fall 2004 there were 21,094 faculty, comprised of  4,821 professors, 2,061 associate professors, and 2,706 assistant professors; the remaining were instructors, lecturers, and part-time faculty.  This yields a ratio 45% tenure-tenure track faculty by headcount.

 

Our campus data are also considerably lower than the figure cited by Dr. Spence in 2002.  In fall 2004, only 52% of the faculty at CSU Fullerton were tenured or tenure-track.  Hence, the trend has worsened significantly and poses an even greater threat to quality education in the CSU.  Permanent faculty members bear the primary responsibility for development and revision of curriculum, student advisement and mentoring, and shared governance—all central to high-quality academic programs.

 

CPEC Gap.  In order to recruit and retain high-quality faculty in a competitive market and regions with high cost-of-living, it is essential that salaries are comparable to other institutions of higher education.  The most recent salary study conducted by the California Postsecondary Education Commission projects an average salary gap of 16.8% for CSU faculty in 2005-06.  The gap ranges from 13.4% for assistant professors to 25.5% for full professors. Closing this gap, which has been consistently increasing for nearly 25 years, is extremely critical for recruitment, retention, and to boost the morale of faculty.

In light of valuable economic contributions that CSU and its graduates make to California’s economy, maintaining a high-quality educational experience for its nearly 400,000 students is a justifiable and strategic investment.  Hence, we strongly urge the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to advocate strongly for these important priorities.

 

Unanimously approved by CFA Fullerton Chapter Board on September 30, 2005

 

Senator Guerin asked the Senate to support the resolution of the CSU Academic Senate in opposing Proposition 76.   Unanimous consent was given.

 

M/S/P unanimously [Guerin/Nanjundappa] to oppose Proposition 76, which would grant the Governor unprecedented power to adjust the budget.

 

III.       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senator Nanjundappa reported the following:

·        The existing contract has been extended to January 15, 2006, which should allow more time to complete the negotiation process.

·        Chancellor Reed has agreed to process the faculty pay increase to be reflected as of October 1 and issued on November 1.  For previous months, separate checks will be issued by the middle of October.

·        A Resolution, unanimously passed by CFA Fullerton Chapter Board on 9/30/05, has been distributed to the Academic Senate expressing appreciation to President Gordon and Vice President Smith for increasing tenure-track faculty searches to 100 each year for the next five years, and committing $1.3 million in funding toward those searches.

·        There has been confusion over deadline dates for the market salary equityRTP process.  The FAR Website will be updated which will help disseminating correct information in accordance with CFA contract requirements as well as University policies.

·        CFA and Vice President Smith’s office will work together to provide a yearly calendar giving various submission deadlines throughout the market salary equity RTP process.  This information should be easily accessible to faculty on the FAR Website as well as sent electronically to all faculty members annually.

·        There will be an event in the Senate Chambers on October 11, to discuss Prop 75 and 76.  All are encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

 

Senator Kaneal asked Senator Nanjundappa when faculty can expect to receive equity increases.  Senator Gordon announced that the process would be completed and the letters mailed within a week.

 

There is a distinction between merit (SSI) and equity increases.  Senator Smith spoke to the agreement between CFA and CSU which gives a 3.5% cost-of-living increase.

Senator Nanjundappa stated that there has been no agreement reached for SSI.

 

Senator Emry made the following three announcements:

·        Invitation to the Brea Community Center for an Art Auction on November 13th.  Proceeds from the $25 ticket go to the Center for Children Who Stutter.  The Center supports scholarships for young persons who cannot afford the normal fees.

·        Invitation to a Town Hall meeting on October 20, which focuses on West Fullerton stories of hope and civic renewal.  There will be action planning and an agenda set attempting to bring focus and help to this reasonably new immigrant community.

·        Faculty Fund monies are used to send cards, flowers, charitable contributions, etc., to faculty who are sick or have lost loved ones.  Senators are encouraged to contribute.   A handout has been distributed for use in giving.

 

IV.    MINUTES

M/S/P as amended [Pasternack/Emry]  ASD 05-93 Academic Senate Minutes

August 25, 2005

M/S/P [Junn/Rhodes]  ASD 05-94 Academic Senate Minutes of September 8, 2005

 

V.     CHAIR’S REPORT

Chair Bedell expressed sorrow in the death of Carlene Nelson.  Her services are planned for this weekend.

 

VI.        STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

Chair Bedell summarized his 2-day meeting of the Statewide Senate Chairs held in San Francisco on October 4th  and 5th.  In the morning, they met with the provost to work on a variety of issues and over lunch discussed the campuses’ responses to Best Practices and responded to Points of Light document (Time-to-Degree).  Senator Alva did a good job presenting for CSUF.

 

A General Education package, developed many years ago, was distributed and is being looked at for the first time since the Executive Order.  There are many GE issues (double counting and the Lifelong Learning category).  Although a review is going on, it is not with the stated purpose to reduce the number of units in G.E.  120 units is the minimum above which campuses can go.  An observation from Chair Bedell is there may be a problem across CSU  with administration of GE rather than GE units per se.

 

President/Senator Gordon added that CSUF has made significant progress in reduceding a number of programs to 120 units.  Regarding Facilitating Time to Degree, he stated that CSUF graduation rates have increased significantly over the past few years. CSUF has increased the number of freshmen and transfer students completing their degree within six yearsusing the typical six-year track record.

 

 

Chair Bedell reported that in December the Statewide Senate will convene and the Executive Committee will meet with the chairs to discuss budget building, focusing on expenditures.  The Cal State Long Beach model will be used as reference point.  There are some concerns on some campuses about Ed.DDD being managed out ofd at the Chancellor’s Office.  The decision of which campuses are going to be allowed to offer the Ed.DD will be determined  in December.  The outgoing President of Cal State Long Beach will be chairing all of these activities.

 

Some campus chairs reported that they are losing, minimally, 25 percent of their new faculty.   FWhen faculty who have been able to purchase homes in California, they have profited in the real estate market by selling here and moving to more affordable housing markets in other parts of the country.  It is a problem keeping young faculty at CSU.

 

Senator Alva reported that each campus was asked to give a quick profile of what it considers to be the best practices for its campus in terms of Facilitating Time to Degree.  CSUF focused on its requirement that all incoming freshmen participate in orientation. Advising has been included in that process.  There is a strong emphasis on ways in which the campuses can assist incoming students.  Several departmentcampuses have four-year road maps that are now available to students on the web.

 

Senator Alva should plan to give a briefing to the Senate on November 10th on what the Ad Hoc Committee on Facilitating Time to Degree has been working on thewill have with regards to the worked on for the CSU December meeting covering the Points of Light document.

 

Chair Bedell reported that Coach Brian Quinn has said the Senators’ Athletics Passes are in the mail.

 

Senator Guerin reported that the Statewide Senate’s position is that once the CPEC gap is closed, merit increases will be considered.  She also discussed faculty participation in the development of the government applied doctoral programs that recent legislation is allowing CSUF to offer.  She mentioned the next meeting will include the following topics:

·        Listing both degrees on students’ diplomas when they double major

·        Repeat policies –  when students repeat a particular course

·        Continued support of joint doctorates

·        The importance of students declaring a major at least by the time 40% of the total program is completed

·        Campus autonomy in establishing academic calendars

Senators Pasternack and Buck serve on the sub-committees for campus autonomy establishing academic calendars and repeat policies.  Senator Buck invited questions from the meeting summary sent by e-mail if clarification is needed on any portion of summary content.

 

President Gordon commented on the academic calendar issue and noted that there has been discussion on many campuses about the January term.  He explained that Intersession brings in more students than Summer.  The majority of students who attend Intersession are upper division.  Close to 90% are CSUF students.  Fifty-five to sixty percent of the students are seniors.  Intersession actually facilitates time to graduation, also increasing enrollment for Spring.  President Gordon also stated that CSUF could better utilize Intersession for transfer students.  The largest number of transfer students come in during Spring semester.

 

There was comment onf our current use of the CSULB Model of Intersession (reducing Intersession having been reduced from four weeks to three weeks to accommodate moving commencement away from Memorial Day weekend).

 

Chair Bedell requested that President Gordon, as he has worked on the State-widechair of the CSU Admissions Advisory Council, bring admissions statement, to bring information and his views to Senators regarding SAT written package requirements.

 

VII.     CONSENT CALENDAR

Senator Klassen requested the Ad Hoc Committee “VCAQ” be removed from the Consent Calendar which will become the first item of New Business.

M/S/P [Pasternack/Drezner] to approve the Consent Calendar as amended.

 

 

 

 

7.1     Nominees to Various Senate Committees


 

[Search] CMS DIRECTOR

Nominees:      Barry Pasternack (CBE); David Fromson (CNSM); Dorota Huizinga (ECS)

 

[Search] DEAN, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Nominees:      Ruth Yopp Edwards (EDUC); Nawang Phuntsog (EDUC); Melinda Pierson (EDUC); George Marcoulides (CBE); Jan Eyring (HUM)

 

[Search] 50th ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE

Nominees:      Olan Farnall (COMM); Joanne Carter-Wells (EDUC); Larry de Graaf (SOC SCI); Irene Lange (CBE); 1 forthcoming

 

[Ad Hoc] Time to Degree

Nominees:      Anthony Fellow (COMM); Joseph Arnold (ARTS); Patricia Szeszulski (HHD); Phillip Gianos (Soc Sci); Barry Pasternack (CBE); 3 forthcoming

 

VIII.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

8.1              ASD 05-101 Informational Item: ASD Documents Pending as of 9-28-05

·        ASD 97-183 New UPS Policy on Royalties Received by Faculty for Self-Authorized Materials Assigned to Own Classes should not have been listed as pending.  This policy was sent by the President to the Academic Senate Office.  The Academic Senate office has referred it to the Faculty Affairs Committee this fall.

·        ASD 00-120 Proposed Amendments to UPS 280.00; Section D.4 was signed on April 25, 2003, and should not have appeared on the pending list.

·        The President has referred ASD 04-150, ASD 04-151, and ASD 05-06 to the Academic Senate for rescission. President/Senator Gordon stated that a number of these documents were written prior to collective bargaining.  The agreements that have been approved between the various collective bargaining groups and the CSU will take precedence over these ASDs until they are sent for rescission. The agreements are now CSU policies.

 

8.2        ASD 05-52 New UPS Policy on Patents and Inventions

Jim Woodward gave an overview of this policy proposal. An Intellectual Property Committee was created over five years ago by the Senate; however, he came onboard as a subcommittee member 2-3 years ago to work on a patent policy .  Patents and copyrights are part of intellectual property issues but are really quite different.

 

This policy is not intended to cover all patent arrangements for faculty at the university involving their research.  Sponsored research almost always comes with specific provisions for patent policy – ideas that are created as a process of that research, and that supersedes any local university policy.  This policy is intended to address the issue of patentable ideas that are created by members of the faculty which are not part of sponsored research.  The present CSUF policy basically says “if you invent it, you own it”.  Where there are no pre-existing agreements, most other universities state “if you invent it, we own it, and we will decide whether or not you own it, and we may or may not share proceeds from said patent”.  The key issue is who owns the invention and how net proceeds from the invention are divided.   This policy attempts to meld these two points.

 

This policy attempts to preserve faculty interest and university interest in circumstances where it is appropriate for the university to participate in any financial gain that is made as a result of patents that are acquired by members of the faculty.  Jim Woodward continued going through points of the policy  and invited questions.

 

M/S/P [Nanjundappa/Pasternack] to table ASD 05-52, UPS on Patents and Inventions until current contract negotiations are completed.  Approved with unanimous support.  Senator Nanjundappa expressed concerns about this proposed policy.  It should be a part of the contract negotiations. 

 

Senator Pasternack supported the motion to table this policy, not wasting more time on a policy that will ultimately go to the Chancellor’s Office for review.

 

8.3          ASD 05-92 The Role of Faculty in Enhancing Quality: An Academic Vision (VCAQ)

This is the charge document that will guide a newly formed committee (see IX 9.1 below).

 

IX.        NEW BUSINESS

Chair Bedell requested Senator Klassen speak to the reason he requested removal of the VCAQ nominees from the Consent Calendar.  Senator Klassen nominated Mahamood Hassan in place of Dipankar Purkayastha to represent CBE.

 

9.1         [Ad Hoc] “VCAQ” Vision Committee on Academic Quality

Nominees:   Lisa Kirtman (EDUC); Suellen Cox (LIBRARY); Scott Hewitt (NSM); Raman Unnikrishnan (ECS); Robert Koch (CNSM); Robert Emry (COMM); Dipankar Purkayastha (CBE); Jochen Burgtorf (SOC SCI); Jesse Battan (SOC SCI); Jessica Gomel (HHD); Sergio Lizarraga (ARTS)

 

Chair Bedell read the names of the nominees (above) presented by the Executive Committee.  Ballots were distributed to Senators with instructions to vote for 10 members, or fewer, for this committee, omitting Dean Unnikrishnan.  Ballots were gathered and counted by non-senate faculty volunteers.  The nominees put forth by the Executive Committee were elected.

 

9.2        ASD 05-90 Guidelines for the Future – Roundtable Discussion

Chair Bedell invited discussion regarding this 1977 document, and specific items Senators believe should be addressed by this newly formed committee.  It was surprising how many items have come to fruition over the past 28 years from the 1977 document.  The following points were made:

·        Targeted focus groups

·        General Education classes to be taught by tenure and tenure-track faculty

·        Academic Advisement as a service delivery issue

·        Graduate Education Advising/Graduate Student Advising Program to parallel Health Professions Advising Program

·        International Education, global & diversity issues

 

M/S/P  [Pasternack/Junn] to adjourn.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 12:55 p.m.