November 15, 2007
Members Present: Altar, Alva, Arnold, Bedell, Buck, Bullock, Burgtorf,
Dabirian, Drezner, Fromson, Gass, Gordon, Green, Grewal, Guerin, Hewitt,
Hickok, Jarvis, Junn, Kanel,
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
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.
In spring 2007,
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
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
· 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
· 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).
(Fall 2007): Top Feeder High Schools: Diamond Bar (67),
New Upper Division
Transfers (Fall 2007):
· 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),
· 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:
now in a critical junction in our University’s history where we have the opportunity
to plan for the long term future of
Establish an Academic
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,
· 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.
Capital Projects: New building for the
· 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
· 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]
Meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.