ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

December 11, 2003

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Members Present:  Allen, Arkenberg, Bedell, Boyum, Buck, Byrnes, Cox, Emry, Erickson, Fitch, Fromson, Gannon, Gass, Gilbert, Gordon, Guerin, Hall, Hewitt, Jones, Junn, Kelly, Kreiner, Meyer, Michalopoulos, Nanjundappa, Parker, Pasternack, Rahmatian, Randall, Reisman, Rhoten, Rimmer, Russell, Rutemiller, Schroeder, Shapiro, Smith, Sutphen, Taulli, Tavakolian, Vargas, Wolverton and Wong 

 

Members Absent:  Hagan, Klassen and Vasques

 

I.              CALL TO ORDER

Chair Gilbert called the meeting to order at 11:31 a.m.

 

II.            URGENT BUSINESS

Chair Gilbert asked the Senate’s approval to reorder the agenda to begin with our time certain to accommodate Senator Parker who had a meeting off-campus.  Members concurred.

 

Time Certain

11:35 a.m.

Michael Parker, Chief Information Technology Officer

Subject:   Campus-wide ID Project

 

Senator Parker recognized Ms. Susan Kachner, Director of Administrative Computing in Information Technology.   Ms. Kachner stated there are a number of new state laws requiring universities in the state of California to stop using social security numbers as the key identifier for students. In response, student, faculty, and staff will be assigned nine-digit “campus-wide identification” numbers. On December 29, the student information system will change over to the Campus Wide ID (CWID).

 

Impact on faculty and staff: SIS+ users may continue to search for student records using a SSN, but the CWID number will display in place of SSN in the student record.  IT will provide training after the first of the year, but the training is really not necessary to be able to continue using SIS+. 

 

Impact on students: Students can continue to use either SSN or CWID to access TITAN Online, the Student Portal, and telephone registration.  Students will not need a new Titan Card.  The campus will still collect SSN information from students for tax reporting purposes.  A new campus website has been created to provide members of the Cal State Fullerton community with information about the Campus-wide ID project.  Ms. Kachner stressed the importance for faculty with private data bases containing SSN (such as grade records) on their PC’s, to start encrypting that information and to shred documents that contain SSN.  Mr. Dabirian will distribute instructions to faculty on how to encrypt files with SSNs.  

 

Chair Gilbert thanked Ms. Kachner for her report.

 

III.          ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senator Nanjundappa announced that bargaining teams continue to meet.  He also reminded the Senators of the CFA Holiday party on Monday, December 15, 2003, TSU Pavilion C from 11:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

 

Senator Gannon was pleased to announce that the mathematicians at the University of Michigan have found another perfect prime number bringing the total to 40.  

 

Senator Sutphen reminded the Senators of the Academic Affairs Forum scheduled for January 26, which has been merged with a teaching and learning conference on “How Learners Learn and Teachers Teach” sponsored by the CNSM, Faculty Development Center, and Academic Affairs. 

 

Senator Fromson announced the conference keynote speaker on January 26th will be Dr. Rochel Gelman, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science.   The luncheon speaker will be Myles Boylan, Scholar-in-Residence, Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, National Academy of Engineering. 

 

Senator Jones announced a wellness fitness program will be available to faculty/staff beginning with the spring semester in their new facility and to watch for those announcements starting in February. 

 

Chair Gilbert announced Joyce Ono has been awarded funding from the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning for her proposal entitled “CSU Biology Initiative for Improving Teaching & Curricula.”

 

IV.         CHAIRS REPORT

None.

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

It was m/s/p [Bedell/Fromson] to approve the following Consent Calendar:

A.   ASD 03-135 Name Change of the Minor in Health Promotion to the Minor in Health Science

B.   ASD 03-136 Academic Senate Minutes 11-20-03

 

V.           UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A. ASD 03-130 Proposed Resolution on the Campus Budget and the Supplemental Report Language

It was m/s/p [Fitch/Nanjundappa] to approve document ASD 03-130.  The resolution passed unanimously.

 

B.   ASD 03-132 Resolution on Trash Pickup in University Offices

Chair Gilbert, on behalf of the Executive Committee, asked to withdraw the Resolution on Trash Pickup in University Offices from the agenda.  Chair Gilbert noted that Senator Hagan graciously listened to the concerns expressed by the Senators and has arranged for trash to be picked up once a week in individual offices; therefore the resolution was no longer warranted.  It was m/s/p [Fitch/Kreiner] to withdraw ASD 03-132 from the agenda.

 

C.   ASD 03-131 Proposed Revisions to BL 62-4 Senate Officers:  Nomination/Voting Process

      It was m/s [Hall/Jones] to approve ASD 03-131. 

 

      It was m [Hewitt] and accepted as a friendly amendment in section e, line 34 to delete “minimum of 50% plus one” and insert the word “majority.”  Motion passed to approve ASD 03-131 as amended. 

 

VI.         NEW BUSINESS

A.   ASD 03-140 Proposed Resolution Open Enrollment Spring 2004

It was m/s [Bedell/Fromson] to approve document ASD 03-140.  Senator Bedell stated that under the new “open enrollment” policy approved last year, students had to wait until the third week of the semester before they could enroll.  As a result, numerous students who had to wait found out they would not be admitted.  By then it was too late to add other classes in the third week of the semester.  This caused great difficulties for international students.  Senator Bedell noted that regular students currently have “several bites of the registration apple.” This revision in the policy would allow Open University students to enroll the first day of classes. 

 

Dean Norman reminded the Senators that faculty still have control of the process. 

 

It was m/s [Hewitt/Fitch] to amend the Resolution.  On line 13, to change the word “first” to “third” day of classes.  Motion failed.  

 

Motion passed to approve document ASD 03-140.

 

B.   ASD 03-134 Proposed Revisions to UPS 300.020 Grading Practices

It was m/s [Gannon/Fitch] to approve ASD 03-134. Chair Gilbert noted that there had been an extraordinarily rich exchange of emails circulated on this proposal, and given that, urged the Senators to be fairly brief in their remarks.

 

Senator Gannon recognized Kristi Kanel, Chair of Academic Standards Committee. Ms. Kanel explained that the committee had surveyed CSU/UC schools and found that only four do not use the plus/minus grading system.  One of the big issues was the grade of “C-,“ because students need to have a “C” in the four cornerstone courses.  We allow students to transfer in from the community colleges with a “C-“ counting as a “C.”  Departments that offer upper division writing courses will decide whether they will allow a C- and whether they allow a C- in all major requirements.  The committee also felt this would allow more distinction to grades.  She said the committee was unanimous in proposing this change in the document.

 

Senator Fitch recognized Natalie Fousekis, History Department.   Ms. Fousekis argued that the plus/minus grading is an incentive for the students who stop applying themselves when their grade is in the middle of the grade range.

 

Senator Russell stated he had surveyed his students and some of the students indicated that it would create more competition in the classroom and were opposed to the change.  Senator Russell said he was opposed to the proposal as long as the “C” was defined as ”average.” The word “average” can mean different things, but the widespread implication is that “C” is the grade most often given.  “B” does not mean “above average”, it means “good.”  “C” does not mean “average,” it means something like “acceptable” and a “D” means “poor.”  

 

Senator Gass recognized Ms. Atara Stein, English Department.  Ms. Stein expressed her frustration about not being able to assign plus/minus grades.

 

Ms. Terry Saenz, Human Communication Studies, was opposed to the change.

 

Mr. John Drew, Art Department, supported the proposal commenting that more than one department has a department GPA above 3.0, suggesting that “average” for those departments is defined differently from a grade of “C.”

 

It was m/s [Pasternack/Bedell] to amend the document to indicate that an “A+” would receive 4.3 points.

 

It was m/s [Shapiro/Bedell] to call the question.  Motion carried.   Motion on the Pasternack amendment failed. 

 

Adam Byrnes, student representative, noted in his polling of students found an overwhelming majority opposed and feared it would hurt their GPA’s.  He noted that Matt Martinez, President of ASI, also had concerns about how this would affect students who are teetering on academic probation. 

 

Senator Rhoten asked Jim Blackburn if the way it is written now with the “C-“ being a 1.7, would one be able to graduate from an institution with a 1.7 because technically it is a “C?”

 

Jim Blackburn stated the rule as written is that a student must have a 2.0 overall at CSUF and a 2.0 in the major.  Disqualification is driven by GPA, not letter designations. 

 

It was m/s [Sutphen/Fitch] to propose an amendment to change the description of the grades as follows:  “A” indicates Outstanding work (remains the same); “B” (Above Average) change to Good; “C” (Average) indicates Acceptable work; and “D” (Below) change to Poor.

 

Senator Shapiro stated this amendment is out of order as there is nothing in UPS 300.020 that refers to definitions of grades. Chair Gilbert ruled that the Sutphen motion is in order.

 

It was m/s/p [Fitch/Bedell] to call the question on the Sutphen amendment.

 

Brief discussion continued with Senator Wong noting that if faculty members do not like the new policy, they do not have to use +/- option.  Ms. Kanel noted that students may not like the new policy because they will now be held to an “honest level of standards” and have to put forth more effort. 

 

It was m/s/p [Rutemiller/Sutphen] to call the question.

 

The motion to approve ASD 03-134 as amended passed.

 

Due to time limitations, ASD 03-139 Proposed UPS Visiting Scholars and Other Formal Delegations of Visitors from Abroad: Procedures for Invitations and Considerations for Hosting was not discussed.

 

It was m/s/p [Nanjundappa/Bedell] to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 12:53 p.m.