ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

November 11, 2004

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Members Present:  Allen, Alva, Arkenberg, Azima, Bedell, Emry, Erickson, Fidalgo, Fitch, Fromson, Gass, Gilbert, Gordon, Hagan, Hall, Junn, Kanel, Kantardjieff, Kelly, Klassen, Kreiner, Matz, Meyer, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Parker, Rahmatian, Randall, Reisman, Rhodes, Rhoten, Schroeder, Shapiro, Smith, Tavakolian, Vasquez, Vogt, and Walicki

 

Absent:  Buck, Burgtorf, Cox, Guerin, Jewett, Jones, and Pasternack

 

I.             CALL TO ORDER

Chair Bedell called the meeting to order at 11:35 a.m.

 

II.          URGENT BUSINESS

It was m/s [Emry/Nanjundappa] with consent of the Senate to nominate Jack Bedell for Faculty Trustee.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

III.       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senator Junn encouraged members to visit the art exhibit in Pollak Library and passed around a flyer.

 

Senator Nanjundappa announced that Faculty Contract Survey questionnaire has been distributed to faculty and asked Senators to encourage their colleagues to complete and return them.

 

IV.        CHAIR’S REPORT

Chair Bedell reminded the Senators of meetings scheduled for the 2, 9 and 16th of December.  He noted UPS documents are being returned from the various committees.  He also thanked Senator Pasternack for his suggestion of using the plus/minus signs on the cover on the Spring Schedule to heighten the attention that we are moving to plus/minus grading option in the spring semester.

 

Chair Bedell on behalf of the Senate, extended congratulations to Philip Vasquez, president of ASI at Cal State Fullerton for being selected the recipient of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Western Regional Undergraduate Rising Star Award.  The Rising Star Award is presented to an undergraduate student in recognition of his or her achievement, involvement and potential in the student affairs profession. 

V.           STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

No report.

 

Time Certain

11:45 a.m.

Jim Blackburn, Director Admissions and Records

Subject:  Resolution

 

Chair Bedell, on behalf of the Senate, recognized Jim Blackburn for his 18 years of service to the university and read the following Resolution.  A framed copy of the Resolution and a brass key chain was presented to Mr. Blackburn. 

 

 

Recognition of Dr. James Blackburn

 

 

 Whereas:     Dr. James Blackburn joined the CSUF family in 1986 as Director of Admissions and Records; and

 

 Whereas:     Dr. James Blackburn has served with distinction on the Academic Senate’s Academic Standards Committee; and
 

Whereas:      Dr. James Blackburn has served with distinction on the University Board on Writing Proficiency; and
 

Whereas:      Dr. James Blackburn has been a strong and eloquent advocate for Committee and Board positions with which he disagreed; and

 

Whereas:      Dr. James Blackburn has toiled assiduously to find students so that CSUF consistently overshot target (a curious resemblance to his golf game); and

 

Whereas:      Dr. James Blackburn has been a strong advocate for academic integrity resisting all attempts to water down admission standards through back door special admissions; and

 

Whereas:      Dr. James Blackburn has rightfully earned a national reputation in matters of university admissions and enrollment no doubt traceable to his courtly, southern gentleman charm and savoir faire; and

 

Whereas:      Dr. James Blackburn has finally earned University credibility by joining the faculty of the CSUF Department of Sociology teaching a graduate seminar in the Sociology of Education; Now be it

 

Resolved:      That the CSUF Academic Senate lament Jim’s passing on to the Chancellor’s Office as Associate Director of Enrollment Management; and be it further

 

Resolved:      That the Academic Senate extends to Jim many thanks for his help and strong support of academic governance; and be it further
 

Resolved:      That the Academic Senate wish Jim many years of good health and continued professional success.

 

VI.        CONSENT CALENDAR

It was m/s/p [Fromson/Nanjundappa] to approve the following Consent Calendar.  Chair Bedell noted item #6 under E has been removed and will be referred back to committee for review.

A.  ASD 04-159 MS in Counseling [Grad Ed Committee]

B.   ASD 04-125 Academic Senate Minutes 9-23-04

C.   ASD 04-157 Revised UPS 240.000 Nondiscrimination Policy: A Commitment to Valuing Diversity

D.  ASD 04-158 Revised UPS 240.100 Sexual Harassment Policy Diversity

E.  Rescission of UPS documents:

1.   ASD 04-130 UPS 285.000 Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award [Faculty Affairs Committee]    

2.   ASD 04-131 UPS 330.123 Graduate Admissions Policy [Grad Ed Committee]  

3.   ASD 04-132 UPS 330.135 Policy Concerning Graduate Degree Programs [Grad Ed Committee]

4.   ASD 04-133 UPS 420.102 Visiting Examiners [Grad Ed Committee]  

5.   ASD 04-134 UPS 411.500 Policy on Reading Skills [University Curriculum Committee] 

 

VII.     RESCISSION ITEMS – FIRST READING

Chair Bedell explained committees have recommended the following policies are no longer relevant, viable or necessary.  

1.   ASD 04-145 UPS 210.004 Contingency Promotions [Faculty Affairs Committee]

2.   ASD 04-146 UPS 210.010 Teaching Service Areas [Faculty Affairs Committee]

3.   ASD 04-147 UPS 210.011 Secondary Teaching Service Areas [Faculty Affairs Committee]

4.   ASD 04-148 UPS 412.005 Departmental Honors [Honors Board]

5.   ASD 04-161 UPS 103.003 Security of Computing Facilities and Privacy of Data [Information Technology Committee]

 

VIII.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A.  ASD 04-139 GE Variance for STEP

Chair Bedell reminded the members at the last Senate meeting a motion had been moved and seconded to approve this document.   Chair Bedell asked Ms. Palmerino to briefly review the GE Variance Proposal for STEP.  Motion carried to approve document ASD 04-139 GE Variance for STEP. 

 

Time Certain

12:00 Noon

Dr. Kolf Jayaweera, Co-Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on the Proposal to Restructure the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Subject:  ASD 04-160 Report on Proposal to Restructure the College of Engineering and Computer Science

 

It was m/s [Hall/Fromson] for the Senate to receive and endorse the Report on Proposal to Restructure the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

 

Committee Chair Kolf Jayaweera thanked the members of the ad hoc committee for their hard work and dedication in finishing the task within the six week period and according to UPS 100.605.  Mr. Jayaweera explained the charge given to the committee by the VPAA was clear and concise in its scope.  The committee was to hold open hearings and receive written comments relative to Dean Unnikrishnan’s proposal to restructure CECS by eliminating the Division of Engineering.  After considering this input, the committee was to evaluate the proposal and provide a written report to the VPAA by November 1, 2004.  The committee’s analysis is based on the written and verbal comments received by the committee and the testimony heard during the open hearings.  A large majority of submitted comments (email, memo, phone, and letters) to the committee were supportive of the proposed restructuring. 

 

The committee recommended to the VPAA and to the Academic Senate that the proposal submitted by Dean Unnikrishnan to restructure CECS by eliminating the Division of Engineering and retaining the three departments of Engineering alongside the department of Computer Science be implemented. The committee concluded that no valid justification, either administrative or fiscal, was put forward that convincingly argued for maintaining the division. This committee recognized that eliminating the division will not resolve personal conflicts embedded within the departments. Nonetheless, the committee would like to urge that proportional representation and allocation of resources and support among all four departments, based on FTES, be maintained.

 

Chair Bedell then opened the floor to debate the motion to receive and endorse the report on restructuring the CECS.

 

Some comments from Senators and guests regarding the report:

Ø      Verify the accuracy of the contents of Dean Unnikrishnan’s letter as well as the accuracy of the findings of the committee. 

Ø      Ascertain if the process and the spirit of UPS 100.065 were appropriately followed.

Ø      Moving to a division structure resulted in no positive contributions or gains..

Ø      Eliminating the division will cut out all unnecessary interference with scheduling, curriculum, personnel issues and other matters that can be dealt with more effectively at the department level.

Ø      Decision making should reside with the department heads. 

Ø      Request reassurance that each department chair receives sufficient release time so that they can adequately carry out those duties and serve their students as well.

Ø      There are no problems that require a need for the division level. 

 

Secret ballot vote was taken:                        Yes = 32         No = 4                        Abstain = 2

                                                         Total = 38

 

Motion passed to receive and endorse ASD 04-160 Report on Proposal to Restructure the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

 

 

Time Certain

12:30 p.m.

Senate Executive Committee

Subject:  ASD 04-162 Proposed Calendar Revisions

 

Chair Bedell explained that the proposed calendar revisions allow for a 6-week summer session plus two 5-week sessions.  This permits the due dates for semester grades to remain unchanged, giving faculty ample time for grading papers, essays, etc.  The longer class periods in the new Intersession would likely restrict the student to taking only 3 units in Intersession and thereby avoid unit overload.   The proposed revisions are basically how CSULB manages its calendar and SDSU begins its spring semester around January 15th.  The proposed calendar moves Commencement away from Memorial Day weekend and this could boost attendance, and starting Saturday rather than Monday will minimize Commencement and final exam conflicts.  Some comments were raised regarding the proposed calendar revisions:

 

Ø      Opposed to changing to three weeks of intersession because many faculty do field research and take students abroad (e.g.,Thailand) and having a shorter Intersession would negatively affect these programs.

Ø      Concern about how you can effectively teach a 3-unit course in intersession and the campus should reconsider the value of these highly compressed courses in terms of student learning.  Should survey faculty teaching intersession.

Ø      Need 6 weeks to teach calculus and would rather see 2-six week sessions during summer.

Ø      Still would have an 8-week session and have other combinations within the summer but the total length would be 11 weeks. 

Ø      Survey students for their perspectives.

Ø      Many students do internships during Intersession and will be at a disadvantage with a shortened session.

Ø      Intersession originally on this campus was developed not for regular curriculum courses but was meant to be a period for more experimental, intensive, upper division seminars where students could engage in just one topic with a small group of students and faculty. 

Ø      Many students would appreciate having summer start earlier so that they can search for summer employment.

Ø      Graduate students use intersession to complete their projects. 

Ø      Presently we are running classes during Commencement which is a problem.

Ø      Shortening Intersession impacts the Theatre Department’s prep time for the first production and also impacts the students’ participation at the Kennedy Center.  

 

IX.        NEW BUSINESS

Due to time limitations, ASD 04-153, ASD 04-140 and ASD 04-156 were not discussed and will be placed on the Senate agenda for the 2nd of December meeting.

 

It was m/s/p [Fromson/Michalopoulos] to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 1:04 p.m.