October 25, 2007
Members Present: †Arnold, Alva, Bedell, Bruschke, Buck, Bullock, Burgtorf, Carroll, Drezner, Fromson, Gass, Gordon, Green, Grewal, Guerin, Hewitt, Jarvis, Kanel, Klassen, Liverpool, McConnell, McMahan, Mead, Oliver, Palmer, Randall, Rhoten, Richter, Shapiro, Smith, Spitzer, Stang, Stein, Taylor, Walicki, Williams
Absent: †Altar, Bhattacharya, Dabirian, Fidalgo, Hickok, Junn, Kantardjieff, Nyaggah, Pasternack, Sage
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chair Guerin called the meeting to order at 11:33 a.m.
II. URGENT BUSINESS
M/S/P [Bedell/Hewitt] to approve the resolution in support of encouraging the administration to maintain the past practice of exceeding contractual requirements in the awarding of faculty sabbaticals. [Approved unanimously] (See ASD 07-185)
Senator Hewitt announced
that the ad hoc Committee on Sustainability has invited sustainability
consultant, Jason Hamilton from
IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4.1 M/S/P [Stang/Rhoten] to approve ASD 07-157 Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 9-13-07 as edited.
V. CONSENT CALENDAR
M/S/P [Burgtorf/Fromson] to approve the consent calendar.
5.1 Nominees to Standing Committees
Nominee: Mougo Nyaggah (Soc Sci)
Continuing: Ed Trotter (COMM); Charles Tumlinson (ARTS); Lisa Kirtman (EDUC);
††††††††††††††††††††††† †Maijian Qian (CNSM); Sharon Seidman (HHD)
Nominee: Chang-Hyun Jo (ECS)
Continuing:††† Elizabeth Housewright (Library); Renae Bredin (HUM); Christine Latham (HHD);
†††††††††††††††††††††† Belinda Karge (EDUC); David Bowman (CNSM); Tom Boyd (CBE); Joe Arnold (ARTS);
†††††††††††††††††††††† Mark Wu (COMM)
5.2 Nominees to Ad Hoc Committees
AD HOC: UNIVERSITY CLUB BUILDING COMMITTEE
Nominee: † †Carl Wendt (SOC SCI)
Confirmed 10/18: Debra Noble (ARTS); Ellen Junn (HHD); Sandra Sutphen (Emeriti)
VI. STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT
†††††††† There was no business to report. Chair Guerin reminded the body that the CSU Academic Senate will meet November 7-9, 2007.
VII. CHAIRíS REPORT
Chair Guerin reported the following:
o Senate draft response to Access to Excellence will appear on the next Senate agenda for approval.
o Presidentís State of the University Address is scheduled for November 15, 2007
o The Academic Senate office received the following UPS documents unsigned by President Gordon, but with recommendations. They will appear on the Senate agenda shortly:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††† UPS 210.000, Faculty Personnel Policy
†††††††††††††††††††††††††† UPS 261.000, Emeritus Status
o We have received eight nominations for the Collegial Governance Award.
o Ongoing AA Searches:
††††† ††††††††††† Director of Freshman Programs
†††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Dean
o We received a copy of the Capital Improvement Program. We will invite Jay Bond to speak to the Senate about this in the future.
o Committee to Recommend Administrative Controls over Online Courses met for first time.
VIII. TIME CERTAIN
Subject: Faculty/Staff Housing Survey Results and Current Status (See ASD 07-151)
Bill Dickerson, Executive Director, Auxiliary Services Corporation and CSUF Housing Authority
Mr. Dickerson presented the results of the recent Faculty/Staff housing survey and the current status of the CSUF Workforce Housing Prospects. He reported the following:
∑ 259 faculty and 486 staff (745 total) responded to the survey
∑ 344 respondents have been employed by the university less than five years
∑ 446 (60%) have household incomes of less than $100,000 per year
∑ 432 (58%) desire to live less than 15 miles from campus
∑ 64% desire to live less than 30 minutes (driving) from campus
∑ 272 currently rent
∑ 86% consider it desirable for the University to offer long term rentals
∑ 62% are somewhat, not very, or not at all satisfied with their current living situation: 224 responded this way because they currently rent, 150 said that they are too far from work, and 150 stated that their homes were too small
or 54% of respondents feel that the University should discontinue efforts to
work with AERA seeking entitlement. (This proposed project would place 3,600
homes on 3,000 acres of the hills north of
∑ However, 472 or 63% of respondents feel that if the AERA project is eventually completed, the University should be involved.
∑ University Gables is an existing development which provides 86 homes. Currently, there is a waiting list of 183 people; 116 are from CSUF (45 are tenure track faculty, 2 are presidential nominees). It is income restricted for 30 years (lasts until 2032). 75 homes are restricted at the moderate income level. 11 homes are restricted at the lower income level. (Today, one person can have a household income of up to $48,500 and quality for low income housing. With an income of $66,100, a person could quality for moderate income housing. These numbers vary by the number of people in the household.) Since the projectís completion in 2002, 26 homes have resold; 22 were sold to faculty, 6 of the faculty members were presidential nominees, and 4 were sold to staff. Today, these homes are occupied by 75% faculty and 25% staff.
is a strong possibility that the Creekside Condos in
Walk, a 120-unit condominium complex in downtown
††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Dickerson addressed the following questioned from the floor:
o Senator Bedell: Can we ever move to a housing program that would allow people to live where they want (i.e., offer down payment assistance, forgivable loans, etc.)?
BD: Some universities, particularly private universities, have taken this approach. When they experience good years in terms of endowments and interest earnings, they are able to devote more money to these types of one time expenditures. They are usually low interest or no-interest loans. This requires a large amount of money. The UC system has a similar program which is funded by millions of dollars and made available to UC employees. There is serious talk at the Chancellorís office about setting up a similar program for CSU employees system wide. However, with only CSUFís resources, the down side to ďone-time assistanceĒ is that there would be no long term benefits to the University. President Gordon added that he served on a statewide committee that put together a proposal for a CSU plan similar to this type of program, but the state rejected it since a great deal of funds are necessary to continue to support such a plan.
o Senator Buck: Do we have the ability to buy houses in undervalued neighborhoods and resell them? BD: We have the technical and legal ability, but not the financial ability.
o Chair Guerin: Are there faculty members who serve on the Housing Authority Committee? BD: Yes, there is one, John Lawrence, and one student. However, three weeks ago, we learned at John intends to resign from the Housing Authority. Since the President appoints the members of this board, he will need to replace John Lawrence. He has agreed to remain on the board until he is replaced.
o Senator Randall: It is encouraging to see the diversity in available housing that has been created to meet the needs of faculty and staff at different income levels, locations, and housing structures. Concerned about the 2/3 and 1/3 selection process for the waiting list. Are people unfairly disadvantaged? BD clarified that for every one that is take from the waiting list, one is selected from the Presidential nominees list. 2/3 of the offers are going to people how have been on the list for a while.
o Senator Stang: It is important to consider these housing options as a part of recruitment, but it is also important in retention. So many of our new faculty were unable to get into University Gables because there was not a lot of turn-over there. From a residentís point of view, it is also important for the Housing Authority to continue to check to make sure that all residents still meet all of the criteria set forth by the University. BD: We have begun an annual check with Human Resources.
o Senator Jarvis: Are there outside funds available that would encourage less driving and less parking? BD: We had an employee shuttle in the past. This will probably be looked at again in the future as the demand for use increases.
o Senator Kanel: Midlevel faculty may make too much money for the
University Gables, and not enough for
IX. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
VP/CFO Hagan addressed
additional questions and comments from the unexhausted speakersí list in
response to his
X. NEW BUSINESS
Item 10.1 was not discussed due to lack of time.
10.1 ASD 07-150 ASCSU Consultation on Professional Fee for Graduate Business Degrees (Waiver)
†††††††† Meeting adjourned at 1:07 p.m.