Minutes of the Academic Senate Meeting
of April 24, 2001
The Academic Senate was called to order by Chair Vaughn at 2:10 p.m.
Senate Members Present:
De Vries, Brian
La Belle, Thomas
Senate Members Absent: Shrivastava,Vinay (exc); Smith, Miriam
(exc); Hom, Marlon (exc); Leal-Idrogo, Anita (exc); Gillotte, Helen (exc);
Moallem, Minoo (exc); Johnson, Dane (exc); Collier, James (exc); Corrigan,
Robert (exc); Sagisi, Jaymee; Pasaporte, Erin
Guests: P. Barnes, K. Monteiro, J. Torres, G. Whitaker, J.
Combs, J. Kassiola, M. Kasdan, D. Hemphill, J. Perea, M. Melnick, D. Flowers,
D. Curtis, M. Love, N. Byl, C. Iandoli, Lee-Wan Cheng, T. Cannon
Announcements and Report
Mitch Turitz announced that CFA rebates are available
for Asilomar for those who are not eligible for presidential subsidies. Chair
Vaughn added that the presidential subsidies are for tenure-track faculty
John Elia reported on action from the Lecturers' Council.
There was much talk about the structure and aims of the Council, an idea floated
for office space and a phone line, and a number of other suggestions.
Vaughn reminded senators that there are administrative review
committees for Paul Fonteyn, Donald Zingale, and Jacob Perea. There will
be an administrative review of Provost La Belle in the spring. Please put
forward names of interested faculty to participate in the first three reviews.
EPC (the joint committee of the Academic Policies Committee
and the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee) will be meeting to consider
discontinuance of the following degree programs: BS in Business Administration:
Logistics Management Concentration only; Minor in Intercultural Skills; Minor
in Meteorology; Construction Practices Certificate Program; Preschool/Daycare/Early
Childhood Education Certificate Program.
Vaughn reported briefly on the Statewide meeting of CSU Academic
Senate Chairs, where their discussion focused on responses to CSU accountability
indicators and on questions surrounding the CMS management system. The Statewide
Academic Senate chairs will be sending forward a recommendation for asking
for a financial report on CMS. They will be working with Gary Hammerstrom
to develop an expanded indicator on campus relations, which addresses shared
Vaughn also mentioned her holiday gift to senators, an article
by Neil Hamilton, "The Academic Profession's Leadership Role in Shared
Agenda Item #1 - Approval of Agenda for December 5, 2000
M/S/P (Gregory, Duke) to remove Agenda Item #4, moving all remaining
agenda items up.
The agenda was approved as amended.
Agenda Item #2 - Approval of Minutes for November 21, 2000
The minutes were approved as printed.
Agenda Item #3 - Report from Vice President La Belle
Vice President La Belle outlined his perspective on the CSU accountability
indicators in the wake of the Statewide meeting of CSU provosts, talking about
what he learned and what he tried to teach concerning the goals that have
been discussed before.
La Belle listed his most significant perspectives, first pointing out that
the goals are not necessarily those of the campuses, with progress to degree
as one example. Second, these goals require reallocation of resources, but
we do not receive new resources to meet these goals, with remediation as a
significant example, where we shift about $1 million. Third, there is a lack
leadership from the Chancellor's Office in conceptualizing the problems and
how one might reach these goals. Fourth, La Belle raised the issue of the
larger meaning of all of this, suggesting, for example, that you cannot tell
what's going on in the schools by telling the legislature how many teachers
we are working with. Finally, comparisons were not to be made but comparisons
are inherent in this process by taking forty pages of documents and boiling
them down to two pages of tables.
La Belle recounted having shared these perspectives and being told to relax.
If legislators and trustees are satisfied, then we should be. This is a political
process, and in some ways the
Chancellor is trying to ward off standardized exit exams for all students.
Speaking specifically about indicator #11, La Belle suggested that we can
already prepare a pretty good institutional profile. The tricky part is the
outcome part, and he suggests putting that in the department's hands. He
would not try to disentangle campus and other resources. He noted that this
first report covers two years; it will come around again in three years.
He suggested that departments not just submit FARs, including some context,
some narrative and a limit of five pages, and building this process into other
things we are already doing, which would make this something for us and not
just them. Doing so, we would present them with a thoughtful report about
the achievements of the faculty. He added that after the department's maximum
five page report, deans would be asked to provide a report that is a maximum
of ten pages.
Agenda Item #4 - Approval of Faculty Representatives to the Filipino Community
Mural Arts Committee
Vaughn introduced this item, summarizing that the Cesar Chavez Student
Center Governing Board has formed a Filipino Community Mural Arts Committee.
The members include two
members of the faculty approved by the Academic Senate, and the Filipino
Community Mural Arts Committee is requesting that the following faculty be
approved to serve as faculty
representatives: Wei Ming Dariotis (Asian American Studies) and Helen Toribio
M/S/P (Duke, Cherny) to approve.
The vote was taken and the faculty were approved.
Agenda Item #5 - Proposed Revisions to Course Offerings in the Master
of Science Degree in Nursing
Alfred Wong, Chair of the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee,
introduced this consent item, noting that the proposed revisions are in response
to guidelines for graduate nursing education issued by the new national accreditation
organization, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
M/S/P (Edwards, Shrivastava) to second reading.
M/S/P (Smith, Shrivastava) to close debate.
The vote was taken and the proposal was approved unanimously.
Agenda Item #6 - Proposed Resolution on Accountability Indicator #11:
Faculty Scholarship and Creative Achievement
Vaughn introduced this consent item from the Academic Senate Executive
Committee. She recounted the history of this item in Senate discussions,
adding that items #4 and #5 have been added to this proposed resolution after
discussion with La Belle.
Vaughn read those two items from the draft resolution in full.
Robert Cherny asked about the timeline for this item. La Belle replied
that the campus report is due July 1, but he added that we were trying to
set up a framework soon so that work could be
started in February. Cherny asked an additional question of Provost La Belle,
first praising La Belle's statements in his report, then wondering whether
he thought that amendments were in order to do the things he was suggesting,
while speaking in favor of adoption. Vaughn pointed out that this is a resolution
containing recommendations, rather than a policy. La Belle
suggested changing to "suggested" page limits and voiced his pleasure
with the resolution.
Jerry Duke raised a concern about item #4. He went back to #1, "list
the campus initiatives ..." and number #7, "to assess the support
..." But in #4 we don't ask faculty to connect their
achievement to the support. Vaughn replied that #1 addresses data that's
available in administrative offices; #4 is the only one that addresses departments.
La Belle suggested the difficulty of separating what is due to campus or other
resources, and he believed that departments consider this issue wherever possible,
but the cause and effect is difficult. Vaughn suggested we could provide
clarification and examples with what goes to department chairs.
Midori McKeon commented that departmental reports and FAR reviews
will be going on at the same time but in a separate manner, which will be
a duplication of effort. Vaughn first
reiterated the Provost's suggestion to make these various reporting activities
serve more than one purpose; she added that if a department chooses to participate,
there is no reason that a chair cannot use the FARs as the basis for their
Sung Hu spoke in favor of the guidelines, but he recommended that
we send a copy of this resolution to other CSU Academic Senates. This was
added to the resolution as a friendly
M/S/P (Duke, Shrivstava) to second reading.
M/S/P (Duke, Bernstein) to close debate.
The vote was taken and the resolution was approved.
Agenda Item #7 - Resolution Honoring Hollis Matson
Chair Vaughn introduced resolutions honoring Hollis Matson and Bernadette
Chair Vaughn read the following resolution in honor of Hollis Matson:
WHEREAS, Hollis Matson served nobly and ably as Chair of the Academic Senate
from 1994 to 1996; and
WHEREAS, she exhibited, as 'Czarina of Space,' both efficiency and fairness;
WHEREAS, she demonstrated, as friend and colleague, integrity, inspired moral
leadership, wisdom and kindness in all she undertook; and
WHEREAS, she was ever diligent in her advocacy on behalf of faculty and students
and in her desire to improve the quality of life on our campus; and
WHEREAS, she has decided to retire from San Francisco State University after
years of distinguished service; and
WHEREAS, her retirement will leave a void in leadership on this campus which
cannot be filled;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Hollis Matson receive sincere congratulations
and best wishes for a long and happy retirement; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Hollis Matson be enrolled among the legendary
personalities of the Academic Senate and be memorialized in its oral history;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Hollis Matson receive the title dux femina senatus
docta et emerita; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Hollis Matson be endowed with the deep and everlasting
gratitude of the Academic Senate and the entire University community.
Cherny suggested the following friendly amendment to the penultimate
resolve close: changing title to "titles" and adding the words "and
also caesar spatii emerita." The amendment was
The resolution passed unanimously with thunderous applause, appropriate laughs,
and a few tears.
After the ritual receipt of old Asilomar gifts--and at least one nice item--Matson
remarked that she was the first eccentric chair that Pichay had to deal with.
She commented on the thrill and
privilege of accepting this recognition after twenty years on this campus,
and she also noted the exhilaration of her work on the Senate.
Agenda Item #8 - Resolution Honoring Bernadette Pichay
Chair Vaughn read the following resolution in honor of Bernadette
WHEREAS, Bernadette Pichay has served the Academic Senate efficiently, loyally
and unstintingly since 1994; and
WHEREAS, she has dealt with the eccentricities and egos of five Academic
Senate chairs; and
WHEREAS, she knows all policies and where to find them; and
WHEREAS, she has contributed greatly to the success of numerous Asilomars
and Asilo-Campuses; and
WHEREAS, she has demonstrated in all her actions integrity good humor, and
WHEREAS, she has exercised her best judgment in deciding, at this time, to
do what is best for herself, if not for those she leaves behind;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Bernadette Pichay receive the thanks
of the entire Academic Senate and of all who have served in the Senate sine
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Bernadette Pichay be enrolled among the legendary
personalities of the Academic Senate and be memorialized in its oral history;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Bernadette Pichay be made an honorary member
of the Academic Senate in perpetuum; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Bernadette Pichay always hold a special place
in the hearts of all who know her but especially in the hearts of all Academic
Cherny added a special note of thanks from the perspective of Statewide
Senators, who have relied on Pichay for processing difficult paperwork in
a way that surpasses all of their statewide
colleagues from other CSU campuses. He also introduced the following friendly
to the second whereas clause: "And a larger number of Statewide Senators
whose eccentricities and egos may match or even exceed those of senate chairs."
The amendment was accepted.
The resolution passed unanimously with thunderous applause and a few tears.
After the ritual receipt of old Asilomar gifts--and a few useful items--Pichay
thanked all Senators for their kindness.
Vaughn thanked Senators for their hard work this semester and wished them
a wonderful holiday.
The Senate was adjourned at 3:10.
Secretary to the Faculty