ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

October 26, 2006

 

 

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

Members Present: Altar, Alva, Arnold, Bedell, Bruschke, Buck, Burgtorf, Dabirian, Guerin, Hassan, Hewitt, Holland, Kanel, Kantardjieff, Kirtman, Klassen, Klein, Liverpool, McConnell, Mead, Meyer, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Napper, Palmer, Randall, Rhoten, Rumberger, Shapiro, Stang, Stein, Taylor, Williams

Absent: Drezner, Fidalgo, Fitch, Fromson, Gordon, Jones, Junn, Pasternack, Smith, Spitzer, Vogt, Walicki, Zhao

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

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

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

Senator Shapiro announced that the report on the audit of Business and Financial Affairs (Report 04-91) has been posted to the California State University web site. It was M/S/P [Shapiro/Nanjundappa] with one abstention, to invite President Gordon and Willie Hagan, Vice President for Administration and Finance/CFO to a meeting of the Academic Senate as soon as can be arranged to answer questions about the audit report. VP Hagan added that he looks forward to this conversation.

        

III.          ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senator Dabirian distributed a report on email SPAM. As a campus, we have been receiving over a million SPAM messages a day. A new anti-SPAM device has been installed that detects both positive and suspected SPAM and filters them out of the messages that we receive. The product automatically adjusts itself to SPAM patterns and also allows customization of filters for campus needs.

 

Senator Nanjundappa reported that over the weekend more than 100 CFA delegates from all 23 CSU campuses met in Sacramento and passed, unanimously, a resolution authorizing the CFA Board of Directors to initiate job actions at the conclusion of the statutory bargaining process if a contact has not been successfully negotiated. These job actions may include rolling walkouts, two-day strikes, and/or a system wide strike. Senator Randall added that in order for a job action to take place, a vote of the general membership in support of a job action would be required.

 

Senator Nanjundappa also announced that CFA is organizing a large demonstration at the Board of Trustees meeting on November 15, 2006. More than 1,000 faculty members plus students are expected to attend. His goal is to take at least 100 faculty members, so he encouraged participation. CFA will provide transportation. A bus will pick up participants at 8:00 a.m. in front of Langsdorf Hall. This group should return to campus between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.

 

Senator Randall invited any faculty members who have worked on campus for 10-19 years to submit a short paragraph to her describing any professional development activities they feel would best meet their needs. These responses will be incorporated into an article that will appear in the first issue of this year’s Senate Forum on issues that mid-career faculty members are facing.

 

Senator Randall also asked the body to note that on February 2, 2007 at 7:00 p.m., the Gymnastics and Wrestling teams will be hosting Faculty Night at their combined meet. All faculty members are invited, and Senators will receive a special invitation. This event is free with an all-athletics pass.

 

Senator Buck reported that the University Club is hosting the following events:

·        Pre-election event at Reyes Fidalgo’s home on Friday, November 3, 2006: Please RSVP to to receive the address. Political scientists, Steve Stambaugh, Matt Jarvis, and Raph Sonenshein will be speculating on the outcome of the November 7th election.

·        Post-election event at Chair Guerin’s home on Tuesday, November 7, 2006: Two of the political scientists will attend to discuss the outcome of the election.

·        Mike Steiner will host a walking tour of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday November 11, 2006. This is an all-day event. Space is limited.

·        Though it is not strictly a University Club event, Senator Buck invited all to participate in the walking tour of Fullerton. This tour usually lasts for a couple of hours.

 

RSVP to Tony Rimmer or Leticia Stotler for these events and/or contact them for University Club membership.

 

Senator Rumberger reported that Associated Students, Inc. completed one of its most successful voter registration campaigns, having registered 1,690 students. ASI will continue with a drive to educate students on the propositions that will be voted on.

 

IV.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

4.1  M/S/P [Nanjundappa/Rhoten] to approve ASD 06-172 Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 10-12-06 (Draft) as amended. (Approved unanimously). In addition to the correction of minor formatting errors, it will be noted that Senator McConnell was present at the meeting on 10-12-06.

 

V.           CONSENT CALENDAR

          M/S/P [Bedell/Nanjundappa] to approve the Consent Calendar with the following revisions:

·        FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE:  Change forthcoming to Blaine Walgren

         The consent calendar was approved unanimously.

 

5.1   Nominees to Standing Committees

FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Nominees:   Forthcoming Blaine Walgren

Confirmed 9/21:    Sharon Seidman (HHD); G. Nanjundappa (Soc Sci); Karen Ivers (EDUC);                 Arnold Holland (ARTS); Genelle Belmas (COMM)

 

Campus facilities and beautification

Nominees:   Gerry Grant (CBE); Curtis Williams (CNSM)

Confirmed 9/7:     Maria Grant (EDUC); Kurt Kitselman (COMM); M. Prasado Rao (ECS);

                           Ellen Junn (HHD); Jade Jewett (ARTS); Craig Ihara (HUM)

 

Graduate Education Committee

Nominee:    John Reinard (COMM)

Confirmed 8/24:     Mike Loverude (CNSM); Pat Keig (EDUC); Jochen Burgtorf (Soc Sci);

                             Shari McMahan (HHD); Cheryl Zimmerman (HUM); Jeff Kuo (ECS);

                             Robert Watson (ARTS); Zvi Goldstein (CBE)

 

5.2 Nominees to Search Committee

Director – Internal auditor

Nominees:    Stephen Stambough (SOC SCI); Michael Ray (HUM)

Confirmed 10/12:    Mahamood Hassan (CBE)

 

 

VI.         CHAIR’S REPORT

On behalf of the Academic Senate, Chair Guerin expressed sympathy to Jay Bond and his family for the loss of his father this week.

 

Chair Guerin congratulated and bid best wishes to Senator Napper, who has accepted a position at UC Riverside.

 

Faculty Trustee Craig Smith will visit our campus on November 1, 2006 and meet with various groups, including the Academic Senate Executive Committee.

 

Chair Guerin also reported the following:

 

Committee Update

·        All Senate committees are underway and have leadership of chairs or co-chairs. Chair Guerin thanked all colleagues who are serving as chairs and all of those who are members of the committees.

·        Chair of the Professional Leaves Committee, Louise Adler, reports 54 sabbatical proposals have been submitted.

·        A joint meeting of standing committee chairs and Executive Committee was held on October 17th. The groups shared information about the interface of the committees and the Senate.

 

         Ongoing searches include:

·        Director of Freshman Programs (Campus)

·        Director of Assessment and Educational Effectiveness (National)

·        Internal Auditor (National)

·        Director of Media Relations (National)

·        Director of FAR: We are in the process of putting together the search committee.

 

CSU Campus Practices for Student Success Conference on October 19, 20th:

·        A CSUF delegation attended the conference last week.

·        Campuses shared practices such as freshman programs, mentor programs, CSU Accessible Technology Initiative, advising programs, student orientation programs.

·        VPAA and Senate chairs gave input on the Cornerstones II (Access and Excellence) discussion topics. We will have a campus meeting on this next semester. 

·        VPAA and Senate chairs also briefed on various standardized assessments of college-level learning.  There is national pressure for higher education to adopt accountability measures.

 

 

 

 

The Student Fee-Advisory Committee:

This committee approved a request to adjust fees for Transfer Student Orientation sessions. For full-day sessions, the fee would be raised from $45 to $55.  For half-day sessions, a new fee of $35 would be charged. Transfer students could also opt for an online orientation overview that is free of cost.

 

Pronunciation of Student Names at Commencement:

Amir Dabirian, CITO, was asked about the possibility of creating an audio library of students pronouncing their names so that faculty can hear how the students pronounce their names.  This is being implemented at Pomona College. Senator Dabirian stated that he will investigate.

 

VII.       STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

        No report.

 

VIII.     NEW BUSINESS

8.1  Continued Discussion on Senate Action Items per Bylaw 83-9. Chair Guerin asked the body to suggest items for Senate action. The following were made:

·        Develop programs that are designed to lessen the gender gap. (Senator Shapiro)

·        When examining gender gaps on campus, take into consideration students, staff, administration, and faculty (Senator Bruschke)

·        Have a conversation on campus growth as it relates to FTES, size, academic quality, and WASC. “How big is too big?” (Senator Bedell, Senator Hewitt & Senator Nanjundappa)

·        The situation with the Irvine campus needs to be addressed. Having to absorb students who currently attend the Irvine campus would be problematic. (Senator Bedell)

·        Develop ways to improve our graduation rate. (Senator Nanjundappa)

·        Address the need for substantially more resources, intramural research grants, and sabbaticals for faculty members. (Senator Nanjundappa & Senator Hewitt)

·        In UPS 210.000, decrease emphasis on student ratings of instruction in the RTP process. (Senator Nanjundappa)---Discussion on SRI issues is needed. (Senator Pasternack)

·        Develop programs that improve and extended the practice of mentoring junior faculty members. (Senator Hewitt)

·        The Senate Executive Committee, Professional Leaves Committee, and the Academic Senate should take up the issue of sabbaticals. (Senator Burgtorf)

·        The Executive Committee should first examine the issue of dysfunctional departments and chairs and then discussion should move to the Senate level for action. This affects the RTP process directly.(Senator Taylor)

·        Address the need for more resources for larger classes. (Senator Hassan)

·        Formalize the FERP status in UPS documents, particularly in relation to voting in departmental elections during the non-teaching semester. (Senator Hassan).

·        Encourage everyone to read the Executive Order on the Accessible Technology Initiative. (Senator Stang)

·        Encourage students to increase study outside of the classroom. Work with Freshman Programs to help transition students from high school to college. (Senator Shapiro)

·        Carefully assess the efficiency of online courses before encouraging faculty to pursue online instruction. (Senator Nanjundappa & Senator Pasternack) --- With regards to online instruction, the faculty development component is important. (Senator Alva)

·        Look at faculty housing issues. (Senator Pasternack)

·        Address ACR 73. (Senator Pasternack)

·        Make clear to students, our current status on the implementation of the Second Language Graduation Requirement. (Senator McConnell)

·        The UPS on televised courses seems to be outdated. The Academic Senate should look at this UPS on televised courses from a broader context and relate it to technology of the current day. (Senator Alva)

·        Students should be asked how they feel about the increase in class sizes. (Senator Hassan)

·        We have robust models of online instruction that are probably not visible to the campus. They need to be made more accessible so that faculty members can have a vision of what an engaging and interactive online course should look like. (Senator Randall)

·        In response to the suggestion to review the effectiveness of online instruction, Senator Taylor cautioned against engaging too heavily in bureaucratic review of curriculum. He feels that faculty/department should be capable of coming up with online versions of the course they teach. (Senator Taylor)

·        The Academic Senate needs to look at the chargeback system of the Physical Plant to determine if an audit is needed. Prices seem to be three times higher than outside service providers. (Senator Meyer)

 

8.2   ASD 06-174 Pending Items (UPS Documents Awaiting Approval) was distributed to all Senators as an informational document. Senator Hassan requested that the documents from the previous list of pending documents that was given to Senators last fall be included on ASD 06-174 along with the dates that they received the President’s approval.  He also mentioned that per the discussion on this topic at a Senate meeting in fall 2005, the Executive Committee was to meet with the President to work out a formal procedure for approval of documents that are passed on the Senate floor. Further discussion on the time frame for the approval of Senate documents took place until Senator Hassan suggested deferring conversation on this issue until President Gordon can respond.

 

IX.         ADJOURNMENT

         Meeting was adjourned at 12:47 p.m.