ACADEMIC SENATE

 

MINUTES

 

December 4, 2008

 

 

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

Members Present: Arnold, Bruschke, Buck, Bullock, Burgtorf, Carroll, Carvin, Dabirian, Dalley, Drezner, Fidalgo, Gass, Gradilla, Grewal, Guerin, Hagan, Hewitt, Hickok, Kanel, Klassen, McConnell, McMahan, Mead, Nyaggah, Pasternack, Randall, Rhodes, Rhoten, Shapiro, Shoar, Smith, Stang, Walicki, Walk, Williams

Absent: Au, Bedell, Bhattacharya, Gordon, Green, Hernandez, Jarvis, Liverpool, McLain, Taylor

 

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

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

 

II.        URGENT BUSINESS

Senator Buck stated that faculty members still do not have the ability to complete grad checks. It was M/S/P [Buck/Pasternack] to request that the Vice President or the President provide additional resources in the form of assigned time and compensation (during off-time) for the departments that request resources to facilitate the completion of grad checks prior to the beginning of the spring semester. (Approved unanimously)

 

Senator Guerin urged Senators to support a resolution passed by the ASCSU which urges constructive engagement between the CFA and the CSU in the re-opener bargaining. M/S/P [Guerin/Randall] to approve ASD 08-195 which endorses the ASCSU resolution as amended:

·         Friendly amendment [Guerin]: In the second resolve, add that this resolution should also be sent to all Unit 3 faculty.

(Approved with one abstention.)

 

III.       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senator Dabirian reported on the amount of clicks on the online Senate Forum articles:

·         1,650 hard copies of the Senate Forum are usually printed

·         About 1,050 clicks on the main Senate Forum web page were logged. An overall total of over 2,600 clicks on the site and individual articles were logged.

·         He encouraged everyone to complete the “3-minute” online survey about the Senate Forum. The link was sent via email to faculty and staff.

 

Senator Dabirian also reported that the campus was approved to convert to the 657 area code. It will take six months to implement the changes. A task force will be assembled to look at the process for implementation. Please send any input to him and he will forward it to this group.

 

Senator Nyaggah invited faculty to the CFA Fullerton Chapter Board holiday party that will be held on Monday, December 15th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in TSU Pavilion B.

 

Senator Randall encouraged faculty to participate in a University-wide consortium on eLearning. Through a Mission and Goals Initiative, we are able to offer three units of assigned time to one representative of each college. The call for applications will go out tomorrow.

 

 

IV.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES

4.1 ASD 08-184 Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 10-2-08 were approved as edited.

4.2 ASD 08-190 Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 10-16-08 were approved as submitted.

 

V.       CONSENT CALENDAR

The Consent Calendar was approved unanimously as submitted.

5.1 Nominee to Miscellaneous Committee

 

PPI APPEALS COMMITTEE

Nominee:                                    Norman Page (COMM)

AS Confirmed/Approved 11-21-08:        Jade Jewett (ARTS); Betty Chavis (MCBE); Lynda Randall (EDUC);

James Rizza (ECS); Debbie Rose (HHD); Gayle Brunelle (HSS);

Kathryn Dickson (NSM); Suellen Cox (LIBR

 

VI.      TIMES CERTAIN

Time Certain 

11:45 a.m.

Subject: Recognition of Jeremy Yamaguchi, CSUF Student Elected to Placentia City Council

The Academic Senate congratulated CSUF student Jeremy Yamaguchi, 19, on his election to the Placentia City Council. The youngest official elected to local office in Orange County in at least the last 21 years, he ran against six other candidates, most of whom were in their sixties, for three open spots. He received the most votes. Mr. Yamaguchi has been heavily involved in the community and was named “Citizen of the Year” in 2007 by the Placentia Chamber of Commerce. He was presented with the traditional Academic Senate keychain.

 

Time Certain 

11:50 a.m.

Subject: Proposed New Program: Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies (PABS) Master of Biotechnology (MBt)

(See ASD 08-194)

Robert Koch, Chair, Department of Biological Science

Dr. Bob Koch summarized the need and budget plan for the proposed PABS program, a collaborative effort between CSUF, CSULA, Cal Poly Pomona, and CSUDH that includes students and faculty across six disciplines found in at least nine different departments and three different colleges on most of the campuses. He thanked several individuals for their help in the development of the program, including David Dyer, the new PABS Director and Operating Officer, the coordinating team of faculty, the Deans, AVP Dorota Huizinga of the Graduate Programs Office, Chair Jochen Burgtorf and the Graduate Education Committee, and Chair David Wong and the PRBC. It was M/S/P [Kanel/Drezner] to approve ASD 08-194 as amended (approved with one abstention):

·         Friendly amendment [Shapiro]: Add Bachelor’s degree in Physics as one of the degrees that is eligible for the program.

 

Time Certain 

12:10 p.m.

Subject: PRBC Report

David Wong, Chair, PRBC

Dr. David Wong provided the following fall report from the PRBC:

·         The PRBC has had six scheduled meetings to date, an average of two per month. He is trying to convene an additional meeting in December.

·         Activities have been a combination of necessary “housekeeping” and routine committee work and work necessitated by midyear budget cuts.

·         Dr. Sheryl Fontaine was elected vice chair and she will take over as chair in 2009-10.

·         This committee voted unanimously that lunch should no longer be provided at its meetings (in light of the budget situation); attendance has been very good.

·         All six divisions are represented on this committee, which also includes two students, two staff, a representative from the Library, and the newly added University Planner. [PRBC requested that the Faculty Constitution be changed to add the University Planner as an ex-officio member of PRBC. The Academic Senate complied and the Constitution was amended.]

·         PRBC conducted a “Budget 101” workshop at an early meeting to educate new and continuing members about the State of California, CSU, and CSUF budget processes.

·         Early meetings were also devoted to following up on the implementation of the PRBC recommendations from last year for balancing this year’s budget and eliminating the structural deficit in the University’s budget process. This monitoring of implementation of the previous year’s budget recommendations would normally be followed up by receiving and discussing reports from each of the University’s six divisions in preparation for formulation of next year’s budget recommendations. However, in light of the University’s decision to develop a strategic plan and the hiring of an Interim University Planner, Dr. Mike Parker, PRBC decided that it should spend time discussing how best to integrate planning with budgeting.

·         The committee decided to develop a standardized format for division reporting that would tie annual requests to the divisions’ strategic plan. A draft reporting format was developed and presented to the PRBC. Further discussion of the draft reporting format was deferred until later in this year. A sub-committee was set up to revise the draft and bring it back to PRBC for discussion and approval for implementation in 2009-10.

·         The PRBC considered and unanimously approved a new concentration in Higher Education in the M.S. in Education program and the new Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies (PABS) - Master of Biotechnology.

·         In the budget recommendations for 2008-09, the PRBC anticipated only one set of budget cuts for the year. However, it appears that the State’s 2008-09 the budget was balanced only on the basis of overly optimistic assumptions about its revenue growth. The result is that the University faces at midyear, a one-time cut of $1,999,800 and a baseline budget cut of $5 million. Over the last three meetings, the PRBC has been focusing on coming up with proposals for cost savings, expenditure cuts, and revenue growth to deal with these cuts. The committee is currently working through a long list of suggestions from the Council of Deans and the Division of Administration and Finance.

·         The PRBC has decided to involve the whole campus to participate in the process of identifying cost savings, expenditure cuts, and revenue growth. An invitation was distributed via email to faculty, staff, and students to offer suggestions for coping with the budget cuts.

·         He hopes to convene a meeting of the PRBC on December 19th to consider the suggestions that are received.

·         In its approach to balancing the University’s 2008-09 budget, the PRBC remains committed to the following priorities:

o   To undertake 100 new faculty searches

o   To maintain the average SFR

o   To maintain  critical student support services

o   To provide the highest level of campus safety and security

o   To avoid laying off permanent faculty and staff

o   To maintain critical CMS support

 

Time Certain

12:40 p.m.

Subject: Budget Update

Willie Hagan, VP for Administration and Finance, CFO

VP Hagan reported that there is a $28 billion budget deficit projected for the State of California over the next 18 months. The Legislative Analyst’s Office is projecting $20+ billion deficits until the year 2014. We need to consider this budget scenario as a long term issue.

 

VP Hagan believes that the official call for the $5 million budget reduction to CSUF will come between February and March 2009. The Administration and Finance division will meet with the PRBC in the future to discuss how to address the cut.

 

He addressed the following questions:

 

Senator Carroll: Based on the anticipated budget cuts, what is the probability for lay-offs of full-time faculty and staff?

VP Hagan: I don’t see that happening this year or next year. The instructions were that there should be no lay-offs and that was endorsed by the PRBC in its recommendations.  Lay-offs cannot be done unless the President or Chancellor authorizes them.

 

Senator Guerin:  (Expressed concern about the 19% reduction in parking during construction)

VP Hagan: We have tried to schedule construction so that it will affect the campus as little as possible. We will mitigate the reduction as best we can my using other parking options. We will lose as we build. I will come back to the Senate with more information.

 

Senator Guerin: The CSU system has 10,000 students that we are not paid for; is the budget built to address increasing enrollments?

VP Hagan: Institutions have been told not to exceed their targets more than 2%. We are not building significant growth into our budget planning.

 

Senator Gass: What is happening with the Irvine campus?

VP Hagan: We are currently on the Lennar property at the former El Toro Base. Technically, our lease expired at the end of this month. However, in informal discussion, they agreed to let us remain there until the end of June 2009. They would like to remove our building sometime this summer because it is in the way of their planned activities.  We have been looking to acquire property (temporary and/or long-term) since the fall and have engaged in discussion with a number of corporations.  There are several empty buildings in South Orange County, but the problem has been the issue of available parking at the properties. We have identified a couple of properties that we could possibly lease and will be available in the summer or fall. We are looking into whether or not the parking issues can be resolved on those properties. We expect to be in a new “home” by July 1st.

 

Senator Shoar: What discussions have taken place regarding student fee increases to offset some of the deficit?

VP Hagan: On our campus, there is awareness that we cannot solve the problems on the backs of students. That is not one of the strategies that we are undertaking. At the statewide level, given these cuts, I don’t see how we can avoid student fee increases.

 

Senator Nyaggah: 1. We have a lot of students on campus already. How are we going to handle those classes? 2. How many sections will be cut?

VP Smith: In the fall we were down about 300 sections (out of about 4,800). In the spring we are looking at a reduction of about 300 sections, but we hope to bring that down. We will have to determine how many sections will be cut, depending on the midyear budget cut. We are limiting the number of units students can take. The 17-unit maximum rule was reinstituted this spring. In order to comply with the Chancellor’s new rule that the campuses must be no more than between 1-2% over target, we will have to limit admission.

3. Are there any plans to overload faculty as a way to solve these problems?

VP Smith: We should look at smaller courses and make adjustments. Assigned time was reduced as a way to make more sections available. Chairs and Deans are considering various avenues. Everything is being looked at.

                                                                                              

VP Hagan: It is important that we identify and focus on our top priorities and accept that in order to fulfill the top priorities, we may have to take cuts elsewhere.

 

VII.     CHAIR’S REPORT

Chair Hewitt’s report included the following:

·         He asked that everyone complete the online Senate Forum survey.

·         He also encouraged the body to send feedback to the PRBC regarding cost savings and revenue enhancement.

·         Undergraduate Programs is considering placing class schedule information online.  The front portion of the class schedule would be printed in newspaper –style fashion and go out to students in multiple forms.

·         The Parking Advisory Committee met this morning. The group is considering incentives to encourage people not to drive to campus. The incentives include $2 per day for walking or riding a bicycle to campus, $1 per day for people who carpool, increasing the subsidy from $105 to $120 for rail and $62 to $75 for Metro riders. They are also considering eliminating the subsidy for rail and Metro for those who have held on to their parking permits. These ideas have not been approved as of yet.

·         In 2009-10, there will be reduction of 19% in available parking on campus due to construction. To mitigate the loss, we will utilize stacked parking, use Dumbo Downs and the parking area on Yorba Linda Blvd. for additional parking space. One suggestion is to schedule classes and events during non-peak hours (Fridays and weekends). Additional suggestions can be forwarded to Joe Ferrer in Parking and Transportation.

 

VIII.   STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

No report was given due to lack of time.

 

IX.      NEW BUSINESS

         9.1 M/S/P [Burgtorf/Rhodes] to approve ASD 08-193 Fall 2008 New Course Proposals – Graduate Education as amended [Approved unanimously]:

·         Friendly amendment [Pasternack]:  In the course description for GERO 425, capitalize the “ i ” in “internet

 

         9.2 ASD 08-194 Fall 2008 New Program Proposal – Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies (PABS) Master of Biotechnology (MBt) was addressed during the 11:50 a.m. time certain. (See above)

 

X.       ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 12:59 p.m.