ACADEMIC SENATE

 

Minutes

 

February 26, 2009

 

 

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

Members Present: Arnold, Au, Bedell, Bhattacharya, Bruschke, Buck, Bullock, Burgtorf, Dabirian, Dalley, Drezner, Fidalgo, Gass, Gordon, Guerin, Hagan, Hewitt, Hickok, Jarvis, Kanel, Klassen, Liverpool, McLain, McMahan, Mead, Nyaggah, Pasternack, Randall, Rhodes, Rhoten, Shapiro, Shoar, Taylor, Walk, Williams

Absent: Carroll, Carvin, Gradilla, Grewal, Hernandez, Smith, Stang, Walicki

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

Chair Hewitt called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. He requested a moment of silence in memory of three colleagues that passed away recently: Chuck Schroeder, part-time lecturer in the Finance Department and former Academic Senator; Gloria Bogdan, lecturer in Asian American Studies; and Russ Benson, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics.

 

II.        URGENT BUSINESS

M/S [Klassen/Kanel] that the Academic Senate requests that the tentative summer 2009 class schedule not to be changed by the CSUF administration. That means no summer classes be cancelled unless due to insufficient enrollments on a class-by-class basis.

 

Discussion of this motion was halted (with a speakers’ list) when the first time certain was reached.

 

III.       ANNOUNCEMENTS

No announcements were made due to lack of time.

 

IV.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Item 4.1 was not discussed due to lack of time.

4.1 ASD 08-200 Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 11-6-08

 

V.       CONSENT CALENDAR

The Consent Calendar was approved unanimously as submitted.

5.1 ASD 09-21 Proposal: Human Communication Degree Name Change

5.2 Nominees to Standing Committees

 

Academic Standards (6 faculty)

Nominees: Karen Ivers (EDUC)

Continuing:    Kathleen Wright (MCBE); Eve Himmelheber (ARTS); Eileen Walsh (SOC SCI);

                  Fred Zandpour (COMM); Steve Walk (HHD)

 

FACULTY DEVEOPMENT CENTER BOARD (10 faculty)

Nominee:   Lana Dalley (HUM)

Continuing:   John Koegel (ARTS); Christine Hanson (COMM); Barbara Glaeser (EDUC);

                  John Patton (SOC SCI); Will Breitbach (LIBRARY); James Rodriguez (HHD);

                  Spiro Courellis (ECS); Susan Cadwallader (MCBE); Paul De Land (CNSM)

 

 

 

VI.      CHAIR’S REPORT

No Chair’s report was given due to lack of time.

 

VII.     STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT

No report was given due to lack of time.

 

VIII.   TIMES CERTAIN

11:40 a.m.

Subject: Recognition of Dr. Christine Latham, Recipient of the 2008 Best Practice Research Award and Dr. Mary Wickman, Recipient of the 2008 Best Practice Education Award from the Association of California Nurse Leaders

Dr. Latham, Professor of Nursing, was recognized for her receipt of the 2008 Best Practice Research Award from the Association of California Nurse Leaders. She developed a theoretical model based on previous research to predict successful management of diabetes called the “Hispanic Health Protection Model.” It has been tested with Latinos in Los Angeles and Mexico.

 

Dr. Wickman, Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Pre-Licensure program, was recognized on her receipt of the 2008 Best Practice Education Award from the Association of California Nurse Leaders. She came to CSUF as a consultant in 2006 to bring both a traditional BSN and an entry-level MSN program to the campus.

 

Both were congratulated on their accomplishments. Chair Hewitt presented them with Senate key chains.

 

11:45 a.m.

Subject: Recognition of Dr. Toya Wyatt, Recipient of the Diversity Award and Dr. Terry Saenz, Named a Fellow, California Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Dr. Wyatt, Associate Professor of Human Communication Studies, will receive the Diversity Award from the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association after being nominated by a former student for outstanding contributions and achievements related to cultural diversity in clinical services and teaching speech and language pathology.

 

Dr. Saenz, Professor of Human Communication Studies, will be named a fellow by the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association for her clinical experience, including work as a bilingual speech-language pathologist in various schools districts in California, Philadelphia, and Colorado. She has written scores of reports for journal publications and made numerous presentations throughout the country. Dr. Saenz was the faculty marshal for the College of Communications in 2007.

 

The Academic Senate congratulated both colleagues; Chair Hewitt presented them with Senate key chains.

 

11:50 a.m.

Subject: Irvine Campus

Susan Cooper, Dean of the Irvine Campus, provided background information on the origination of the Irvine Campus, the students it serves, and what will be taking place in the coming year.

 

Jim Dietz, Acting Associate Vice President for Academic Programs, addressed the question of whether the Irvine Campus costs the Fullerton campus. He referenced a letter dated October 25, 1989, from Dennis Berg, then Associate Vice President for Academic Programs, which indicated that the formation of the satellite campus was a line-item expenditure in the State budget. It was not in the Chancellor’s budget, nor CSUF’s budget. The expenditures were to cover operations and faculty and staff. However, expenditures for the satellite campus became a part of the CSUF baseline budget as time moved forward.

 

AVP Dietz also referenced a second letter from Jack Coleman, former Vice President for Academic Affairs, to then President, Jewel Plummer Cobb, dated March 22, 1989, which gave a breakdown of FTES for the Fullerton campus and the satellite campus. It is clear that the satellite campus was intended to be an “add-on.” It was not to take away from the FTES target for the Fullerton campus. The letter stated that “if the Mission Viejo campus is not funded, the campus will be requesting that its 1990-91 FTES projection be reduced from 17,800 to 17,600.” He pointed out that when considering the current revenue generated by the Irvine campus (about $4 million +) and its expenditures, the Irvine campus produces a 2:1 benefit to the Fullerton campus.

 

Senator Hagan (VP, Administration and Finance), explained that the PRBC and Chair Hewitt had requested comparative data on the cost of instruction at the Fullerton campus versus the Irvine campus. A committee made up of budget personnel from the Administration and Finance unit and personnel from Academic Affairs was created to gather this information. Senator Hagan explained that a year and a half ago, CSUF was told by Lennar (owner of the land on which the current Irvine location sits) that it was going to begin the process of grading the land so that it could eventually be sold; CSUF’s building was in the way of this. Our lease ended last year. We asked for an initial extension, and Lennar agreed to extend the lease until December 2008. Lennar granted a second extension until the end of June 2009. We have been told, informally, that we can extend that deadline another three months, if needed. All of this action occurred prior to the budget situation going bad.

 

We have researched the option of buying property and the option of building property. The challenge has been finding a property that will accommodate classroom needs and parking needs. Senator Hagan shared a picture of the building that is under consideration. Currently, we are in negotiations to rent the property. We have not signed a lease.

 

(Side note: An initial property had been located and determined to be ideal for our needs. We had decided to purchase the building, and along with the owner arrived at an agreement on the cost. However, when California’s economy began to decline, the owner would not accept that we are separate from the State’s economy and that we could secure the necessary bond. Chapman University, which pursued the same deal after CSUF, was able to secure the deal since it had cash in hand.)

 

The building that currently houses the Irvine campus is 46,000 square feet and costs $640,000 per year in rent (the rent was $850,000 when an additional building existed on the property). The building that we are looking to acquire is 68,000 square feet and would cost $92,000 per month (or $1.1 million per year). The $1.1 million includes utilities; at the current location, we pay $120,000 in utilities per year and $180,000 per year on various repair, maintenance, and renovation projects that Lennar does not cover. We also pay about $28,000 per year for police presence and services at the Irvine campus.  These costs would decrease significantly with the new building, because many of these items are included in the $1.1 million. However, it was indicated to PAB that to the extent that the costs associated with the new property exceed what we have, they will have to come out of the budget. For years, we have asked the Chancellor’s Office to fund additional augmentation of our off-campus center and that has not occurred yet. Up until now, the Irvine campus has been supported by the revenues generated. (However, there is no “line-item” for the Irvine campus. The funds generated have gone into the overall budget.)

 

It is planned that University Extended Education will use about 10,000 square feet of the building and contribute a percentage of funds towards the rent, renovation, and other costs.

 

We are estimating that renovations will cost $62-65 per square foot (about $4.5 million); soft costs (architectural engineering, permits, fees, bonds, etc.) will add about $1 million to costs. The landlord has agreed to cover $25 per square foot for improvements, which equates to about $1.7 million. They will take another $15 per square foot and absorb those costs and put them into our rent, if we choose, as a way of amortizing our renovation costs over time.

 

We are trying to find ways to mitigate the impact on our budget.

 

Senator Hagan addressed several comments from the body. The following questions arose from this discussion and will be forwarded to the aforementioned committee (made up of budget and academic affairs personnel) for analysis:

·         Are there cost savings returned to the University if the Irvine campus was shut down?

·         Comparison: How much money would we save if we did not have the Irvine campus for one year (and bring students, faculty, and staff back to the main campus)? Could we use that costsavings to improve conditions and resources at the main campus?

·         Can we afford to offer the service that the Irvine campus provides to the citizens of South County when we do not receive the money to fund it, and have to take away from the main campus to do so?

·         What would be the “public relations” costs if we decided not fund the Irvine campus this year and postponed making a relocation decision until next year?

·         How many classes offered at the Irvine campus are also offered online?

 

12:30 p.m.

Subject: Parking and Construction

Jay Bond, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management; Bill Barrett, Associate Vice President, Administration

                                    Due to extended discussion of the preceding time certain, discussion of this topic did not take place.            

 

IX.      NEW BUSINESS

Items 9.1-9.3 were not discussed due to lack of time.

9.1 ASD 09-17 Revised UPS 290.000 Outstanding Professor Award [Source: OPA Committee]

9.2 Area Code Changes

9.3 ASD 09-22 Resolution Regarding the CLA [Source: Academic Senate Executive Committee]

9.9

X.       ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 1:03 pm.