ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

November 15, 2007


11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.                                                                     POLLAK LIBRARY NORTH, RM-130

Members Present:  Altar, Alva, Arnold, Bedell, Buck, Bullock, Burgtorf, Dabirian, Drezner, Fromson, Gass, Gordon, Green, Grewal, Guerin, Hewitt, Hickok, Jarvis, Junn, Kanel, Kantardjieff, Klassen, Liverpool, McConnell, McMahan, Mead, Nyaggah, Oliver, Palmer, Randall, Rhoten, Sage, Shapiro, Smith, Spitzer, Stang, Stein, Williams

Absent:  Bhattacharya, Bruschke, Carroll, Fidalgo, Pasternack, Richter, Taylor, Walicki

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

            Chair Guerin called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m.

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

None.

 

III.          ANNOUNCEMENTS

                    Senator Burgtorf announced that the History Department will host the first annual Conference of the California World History Association this weekend. Additional information on this event can be found on the department web site.

                       

Chair Guerin announced the recent passing of Dr. Harry Jeffrey, Professor Emeritus, Department of History and Mr. Leo Shapiro, founding President of the Continuing Learning Experience program. A moment of silence was observed.

 

Senator Buck invited all to the faculty social at the Off Campus Pub at 5:00 p.m. today.

 

                   

IV.          CONSENT CALENDAR

M/S/P [Kanel/Bedell] to approve the Consent Calendar as amended:

 

         4.1 Nominees to Ad Hoc Committee

 

MENTORING OF JUNIOR FACULTY

Nominees: April Bullock (HUM); HyeKyeung Seung (COMM); Ken Walicki (ARTS);

                  Reyes Fidalgo (HUM); Kathryn Dickson (CNSM)

 

 

V.            STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

Chair Guerin reported the following:

o       The ASCSU recommended three budget priorities to the Board of Trustees and Chancellor: (1) To fully fund enrollment in the CSU; (2) To secure funding from the legislature above the compact for an additional 1% compensation for employees; (3) Implementation of ACR 73, the joint assembly concurrent resolution that laid out a plan for replacing the faculty in the CSU, reducing the SFR, and increasing the diversity of faculty to be more reflective of the students in the CSU.

o       A resolution was passed on textbook affordability. This resolution reminded faculty to consider the cost of textbooks as they select them for their courses. It urged the Chancellor’s office to work with publishers to identify new revenue models to reduce the cost of textbooks and encouraged the Chancellor’s office and the Board of Trustees to pursue sales tax relief options.

o       The CSUF Senate Executive Committee will bring forth a statement of opposition to Prop 92, the community college initiative, for Senate action.

o       In spring 2007, Sonoma State and Sacramento State, passed votes of no confidence in their campus Presidents and the Board of Trustees failed to follow agreed upon practices and investigate the circumstances that brought about the votes of no confidence. A resolution has been created to address the Board of Trustees attention to this matter to ask that the Trustees to refrain from commenting on this situation to the press, and work with the statewide senate to develop a systematic assessment of faculty satisfaction with the leadership administration on call campuses.

o       Our Access to Excellence report has been sent to the statewide Academic Senate, campus Presidents, the Board of Trustees, and the WASC steering committee. The resolution passed by the statewide Academic Senate expressed serious concerns about the tone of the A2E report and its suggested strategies and made recommendations on what to include in the next draft. It also reinforced some points in the existing draft that we felt should be strengthened or retained and urged the examination of campus responses.

o       The proposal to impose a $210 per unit professional fee for graduate business programs will be considered for approval at the January plenary. There was a lot of concern and dissent expressed at the statewide senate about this proposal. Conversation on this item produced a resolution recommending that the Board of Trustees reject the proposal to implement the fee. Additional resolves endorsed the principles of acknowledging that there are serious financial challenges facing AACSB accredited business schools and recognized that they face market-based constraints in hiring faculty. They also encouraged the Chancellor’s office to work with the ASCSU Executive Committee and faculty in disciplines with hiring challenges to find solutions that do not unduly burden students, create unwanted inequalities among programs, or move in the direction of privatizing CSU programs. This resolution will appear on the statewide Academic Senate agenda in January.

 

VI.          CHAIR’S REPORT

In the interest of time, Chair Guerin decided to forego the Chair’s Report.

 

VII.        TIME CERTAIN

Time Certain

11:45 a.m.

Subject: State of the University Address

President Milton A. Gordon

President Gordon opened his address by expressing that this is a very special year for the University, as we celebrate 50 years of providing an accessible and affordable high quality undergraduate and graduation experience for students. CSUF has embraced students who are often underrepresented in higher education, as well as those who are first generation college students. “By delivering America’s promise, President Gordon stated, “we fulfill the expectation of a public university by working for the public good through education and engagement, thereby improving lives in the community, the region, the state, the country, and now internationally.”

 

The following points were made during his presentation:

·        Our top budgetary priority for 2007-08 will be to eliminate the University structural budget deficit and implement a multi-year planning process that maximizes the use of our fiscal and other resources towards meeting the University’s prioritized goals.

·        On November 1, 2007, the President formally communicated his budget decision for the 2007-08 fiscal year. It outlined his, the Division Heads’, and the PRBC’s plans to address the baseline structural deficit over the next two years. This information is available to anyone who wants to see it.

·        VP Hagan and his staff held an open budget discussion for the first time on November 8, 2007 and invited the campus as large to attend.

·        President Gordon noted that in the recent Senate discussion on the budget, both he and VP Hagan implied that the State of California could be facing budget problems. Current news reports indicate that Governor Schwarzenegger has mentioned requiring a 10% reduction in all state agencies. Another report included a comment that the budget deficit in the State of California is now larger than the budgets for both of the public higher education system.

·        Excellence must drive every decision we make for our University: We must further strengthen our teaching, research, and educational programs, extend our influence, and continue to raise our visibility and reputation as one of the very best comprehensive public universities in the country, known for providing high quality programs with a global focus. And we must enable our students to be successful upon graduation in their chosen careers. We must continue our focus on attracting and retaining diverse faculty, recognized for its excellence in teaching and research. We must continue to attract outstanding students by providing challenging instruction of the highest quality and by providing an academic and campus life environment conducive to learning and student development. To achieve this, all members of the CSUF family must be dedicated to the highest standards of academic distinction and quality of life. We must examine, reaffirm, and refine those aspects of the college experience that collectively make Cal State Fullerton an exceptional learning community.

·        CSUF is the largest University in the 23 campus system. Quite possibly, the largest public University in California. This semester, we enrolled 37,130 students, the highest headcount in our history (28,132 FTES). Enrollment at the Irvine campus reached 3,000; it is the largest off site campus in the CSU. We received 50,187 applications; 30,276 were admitted, and 12,528 newly admitted students enrolled. Of the 37,130 members of the student body, there are 31,673 undergraduates, 4,251 master’s seeking students, 18 doctoral students, 899 post-baccalaureate credential students, and 289 other post-baccalaureate.

·        First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2007): 4,154 total students (303 more than last Fall); 60% women (no change); 64% underrepresented (up from 63% last Fall); 97% full-time (no change); 38% from Orange County high schools (up from 37% last Fall); 32% from Los Angeles county high schools (down from 33 last Fall); Average age is 18 (no change); 70% are proficient in math (down from 71% last Fall); 51% are proficient in English (down from 55% last Fall); Average high school GPA: 3.18 (down from 3.19 last Fall); Average SAT score: 978 (down from 984 last Fall).

·        New Upper Division Transfers (Fall 2007): 3,991 total students (up 112 more transfer students than last Fall); 57% women (down from 58% last Fall); 51% underrepresented (up from 50% last Fall); 68% full-time (no change); 58% from Orange County colleges (no change); 23% from Los Angeles County colleges (down from 24% last Fall); Average age is 24.5, median is 22, modal is 21 (no change); 91% from community colleges (down from 92% last fall); 97% have basic subjects completed (down from 98% last Fall); Average GPA: 2.95 (down from 2.96 last Fall).

·        Ethnic Distribution – All Students (Fall 2007): American Indian – 1%; Black – 4% (was 3%); Hispanic – 28% (was 27%); Asian/Pacific Islander – 22%; White – 32% (was 33%); Unknown – 10%; International Students – 4%.

·        The Board of Trustees just approved our proposal to construct a new dormitory. We have received at least 3,000 requests for on-campus housing every year for the past 7-8 years. The new dormitory will increase on-campus living to about 1,800.

·        New Master’s Degree-Seeking Students (Fall 2007): 1,451 total (up from 1,225 last Fall); 61% women, 37% under-represented, 44 % full-time; 13.5% international visa students; 49% reside in Orange County, 21% reside in Los Angeles county; Average age is 30.8, median is 28, modal is 25; 49% have CSU baccalaureate; Top or last institution: CSUF (489, 39%), UCI (78), CSULB (51), UCR (41), Cal Poly Pomona (38); Largest majors: Nursing (82), Educational Administration (78), Software Engineering (77), Counseling (60), Public Administration (58).

·        First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2007): Top Feeder High Schools: Diamond Bar (67), El Dorado (66), Mater Dei (57), Esperanza (52), Loara (51), Valencia (51). Largest majors: Business Administration (771), Psychology (211), Theatre (143), Liberal Studies (132), Biology (132), Undeclared (772).

·        New Upper Division Transfers (Fall 2007): Fullerton College (655), Orange Coast College (347), Santa Ana College (320), Mt. San Antonio College (265). Largest majors: Business administration (882), Psychology (266), Liberal Studies (236), Child & Adolescent Studies (170), Art (152).

·        New Credential-Seeking Students (Fall 2007): 405 total (down from 510 last fall). 84% women (up from 82% last fall); 40% under-represented (up from 37% last fall); 70% full-time (12 units+) (up from 69% last fall); 63% reside in Orange County, 22% reside in Los Angeles County; Average age is 29, median age is 25, modal age is 24; 78% have a CSU baccalaureate. Top 5 baccalaureate institutions: CSUF (264) (65%), CSULB (16), UCI (14), UCLA (7), Cal Poly Pomona (6); Largest credential programs: Multiple Subjects (172) (42), Special Education (106), Single Subject (87).

·        Profile of Degrees Awarded 2006-07: 6,274 total baccalaureates: 1,895 entered as freshmen, 4,379 entered as transfers; 1,430 Master’s degrees awarded. Largest majors of those who received baccalaureate degrees and entered as freshmen: Communications (240), Child Development (143), Finance (141), Criminal Justice (104), Psychology (91), Management (87).  Largest majors of those who received baccalaureate degrees and entered as transfer students: Communications (453), Finance (374), Child Development (285), Liberal Studies (281), Psychology (260), Accounting (252). Largest majors of those who received Master’s degrees: Education Administration (116), Counseling (78), Elementary Education (74), Nursing (70), Business Administration (65), Reading (65).

·        Elapsed Time and Earned Units to Degree: Baccalaureate in 1997-98 versus 2006-07 Reducing Minimum Units Required is Working: The number of degrees awarded to students who entered as freshmen grew from 1,023 in 1997-98 to 1,895 in 2006-07. During those same years, the average time for students who entered as freshmen to completion decreased from 6.1 years to 5.1 years, the median time went from 5.5 years to 5.0 years, the average amount of units decreased from 137.4 to 132.8, and the median went from 131.0 units to 127.0 units. The number of degrees awarded to transfers grew from 2,372 in 1997-98 to 4,287 in 2006-07. During those same years, the average time for students who entered as transfers decreased from 3.5 years to 3.2 years, the median time went from 3.0 years to 2.5 years, the average amount of units decreased from 136.2 units to 133.3, and the median went from 130.0 units to 128.0 units.

·        We must always be in the forefront of providing the education that our students will need for the future. In order to accomplish these goals, we must continue our academic excellence by attracting and retaining a diverse faculty, recognized in teaching and research. We must maintain the student/faculty ratio. We must continue our goal of recruiting 100 tenure-track faculty over the next three years, while also continuing our plans for accommodating them with offices, lab space, and support through their tenure-track process. In our first year of the five-year initiative, we hired 92, and 83 in the second, for a total of 176 new faculty. When the initiative was begun, we committed $1.3 million to embark on faculty searches. If we continue in our success in hiring tenure-tenure track faculty in the next three years, we should see that the hiring initiative is indeed working.

·        Nothing is more essential to the academic quality of our University than a diverse intellectual community. The only way to develop and sustain that diversity is to provide access to the full range of people in the society that support the institution. We will continue to recruit and retain an ethnically diverse faculty and staff that would approximate the diversity of our student body. Our statistical figures reflect that we have made a strong effort to diversify our faculty. President Gordon congratulated and thanked everyone.

·        $1.8 million has been devoted to support tenure-track faculty to tenure and promotion by providing mentorship, developing programs, policies, and practices that make it possible for them to be teachers and scholars. Each first-year probationary faculty member will receive a $6,500 stipend to support their professional growth. Eligible faculty will need to complete a short proposal to apply for these funds. We have extended our new faculty orientation program to last one year.

·        We will continue to provide faculty release time, research and travel stipends, computer lab equipment, support and research start-out. In 2007-08, $1.58 million was committed to fund all of these things.

·        Sabbatical Leaves: CSUF has always gone out of our way to fund sabbaticals because we believe in and support them. This year, we have 62 sabbatical applications. We will fund up to 35 Type A and up to 5 Type B full-year sabbaticals, totaling about 40 sabbaticals; about 4 more than we funded one year ago.

·        Planning for the future: We are now in a critical junction in our University’s history where we have the opportunity to plan for the long term future of Cal State University, Fullerton, at least for the next 10-15 years. Many factors determine the ability of a campus to expand and meet demands. Foremost among them are the academic objectives and teaching and research agendas, and standard of the quality of our faculty, students, and staff. Mission and Goals have guided our planning and decision making over the past 13 years and will continue to do so into the future. We must, however, use the occasion of our 50th anniversary to continue our successful effort of creating a community dialogue on issues important to the advancement and development of Cal State Fullerton. Working with the University Planning Committee, the Academic Senate, and University community as a whole, has got to be a top priority. We have to develop a new plan for where we would like to go in terms of our academic student support information technology capital program for the next 10-15 years to ensure that we will be prepared to meet the educated workforce of our region and state and that we adequately prepare future generations of students with the skills that they will need to be successful in their chosen careers.  We must develop our future plan for the campus and identify the public and private resources needed to position us for continued success in the future. President Gordon asked the Academic Senate to take an active role in planning, as it has in the past. He mentioned its involvement in WASC accreditation activities.

·        CSUF Irvine Campus: We have not been able to complete the purchase of the land on which the campus sits, but will continue in our efforts, as the campus now services over 3,000 students. 

·        Acquiring Hope University Property:  Hope University is considering other land possibilities. We have had several conversations with them. We would like to purchase this land since it sits in an ideal location for CSUF.

·        Establish an Academic Program in Tustin: We are working closely with the former military base in the South Orange County Community College district. It appears that we may have some success there. Current discussions are focused primarily on a television and film program to take advantage of the state-of-the-art sound stages that are projected for the site.

·        Faculty and Staff Housing Strategies: Our faculty housing program has been quite successful in our efforts to provide affordable housing to faculty and staff. In University Gables has 86 units, University Heights provides 42, and Creekside Community has 21, 1-2 bedroom condominium units.  We are still looking at developing a project on the College Park property.

·        Expansion of Children’s Center: Approved yesterday by the Board of Trustees at their November meeting.

·        Increase in Student Housing (1,000 beds): Approved yesterday by the Board of Trustees.

·        New Police Building: Also approved yesterday by the Board of Trustees.

·        Capital Projects: New building for the College of Business and Economics (building costs now estimated at $85-86 million). Once we move all CBE faculty and staff into the new building, we will have more space for other needs. The building is scheduled to open no later than September 2008.  President Gordon congratulated ASI on the progress of the Student Recreation Center. Still on our agenda are the Faculty/Staff Club and other infrastructure upgrades.

·        Goals for Student Affairs: (1) Creating and supporting a positive residential life for our students. Increasing the population of residential students on campus provides the opportunity to embrace a living learning environment. It will be critical to involve faculty in recreational activities and programs that enhance learning in and outside the classroom. This approach will enable us to create and maintain a strong connection between the academic community and the lives of our residents on campus. (2) Involvement in articulating learning outcomes as the campus engages further in the reaccredidation process and newly established accountability measures for colleges and universities. (3) Increasing student interest in social issues. (4) Continuing to focus on globalization of the curriculum: Expand study abroad programs for CSUF students during our Intersession and Summer Session; Expand opportunities for international students to study at CSUF through our University Extended Education program; Strengthen advising for UEE international students.

·        Development and Use of Technology to Further the Mission and Goals of the University: (1) Network Security:  In 2006-07, the campus blocked over three billion network intrusion attempts. In November 2006, the CSU awarded a contract to Unisys Corporation to provide assistance in developing an enterprise-wide security framework based on internationally recognized security standards. The result of this contract produced the CSU system-wide security plan framework and each campus was asked to develop information security preliminary plans based on the CSU system-wide security plan. Phase I of our information security preliminary plan seeks to start the planning process in preparation for a January 2008 CSU audit by performing a gap analysis and review of our current campus information technology infrastructure. Based on the results of phase I and any CSU audit findings, our University will be in a better position to move forward with additional phases of the planning, implementation, and revision process. Key Goals: (1) CMS remains as one of our top priority technological projects; (2) Information Learning Commons: includes the upgrade of work stations, printing services, relocation of the university learning commons to the library to the second floor; (3) Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI): We must comply with the system-wide Accessible Technology Initiative goals and timelines to ensure accessible IT and related resources. (4) Expand use of Blackboard capabilities; (5) Strategic Planning for Information Technology. President Gordon encouraged the Senate Information Technology and Senate Executive Committee to work with CITO Dabirian to develop a University-wide open forum to discuss the IT strategic plan for the future and every Academic Senator to be an active participant in developing this plan.

·        Top 10 IT Issues of 2007:  (1) Funding, (2) Security, (3) Administrative/ERP Systems, (4) Identity and Access Management, (5) Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity, (6) Faculty Development, Support, and Training, (7) Infrastructure, (8) Strategic Planning, (9) Course/Learning Management Systems, (10) Governance, Organization, and Leadership in IT.

·        Campus Sustainability and Green/Environmental Issues: Last week, Senator Scott Hewitt and the Academic Senate ad hoc Committee on Sustainability, with support from the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Administration and Finance, brought to campus Dr. Jason Hamilton, Associate Professor of Biology at Ithaca College in New York and long-time advocate and activist for sustainability. Dr. Hamilton presented and made very clear that the major problems facing humanity in the 21st century are truly system problems that involve social, economic, and environmental dimensions that are inseparable. As Senator Hewitt indicated, we need to incorporate the principles of sustainability into the curriculum in every discipline. All of our new buildings recently approved by the Board of Trustees are environmentally friendly. Students are actively working to educate the campus community on this issue. President Gordon is looking forward to receiving the recommendation from the Academic Senate ad hoc committee on Sustainability. It is important to develop a strategic plan for campus sustainability.

·        Continue to increase external support for the University: We cannot depend on state funding to provide all we need to become the best University and set our goals. VP Hillman plans to (1) launch a $50 million external campaign over the next 18 months, (2) secure $20.5 million towards the $22 million College of CBE campaign goal, (3) secure lead $3 million gift and cumulative gift total of $7 million for the College of the Arts, (4) achieve $14 million in total gifts and $10 million in cash gift receipts, (5) continue with 50th anniversary celebration goals, (6) complete CFSPF Strategic Plan – achieve market value of $19 million.

 

         President Gordon addressed questions from the floor until the meeting was adjourned.

 

VIII.      NEW BUSINESS

Item 8.1 was not discussed due to lack to time.

8.1 ASD 07-168 Revised UPS 300.018 Withdrawal Unauthorized – Issuance of WU Grade [ASC]

 

IX.         ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.