ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

MINUTES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2008

SEVEN HILLS CONFERENCE CENTER, NOB
HILL ROOM

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

ATTENDANCE:

Avani, Nathan

Hellman, David

Noble, Nancy

Behrooz, Maziar

Holzman, Barbara

Rehling, Lu

Boyle, Andrea

Hom, Marlon

Rosegard, Erik

Bugayong, Arlene

Jin, Leigh

Rothman, Barry

Burke, Adam

Kohn, Jim

Salama, Mohammad

Chelberg, Gene

Landry, Lynette

Sheldon, James

Chen, Yu-Charn

LePage, Pamela

Sherwin, Paul

Cheung, Yitwah

Levy, Eileen

Shrivastava, Vinay

Chou, Fang-yu

Li, Wen-Chao

Sinha, Dipendra

Corrigan, Robert

Luna, Debra

Sveinsdottir, Asta

Danner, Don

Mahan, Dianne

Taylor, Don

Dariotis, Wei Ming

McCarthy, Chris

Trautman, Ray

DuVal, Derethia

McCracken, Bridget

Ulasewicz, Connie

Flatt, Sylvia

Minami, Masahiko

van Dam, Mary Ann

Gemello, John

Modirzadeh, Hafez

Whalen, Shawn

Gomes, Ricardo

Moody, Laura

Wingard, Leah

Gubeladze, Jospeh

Morishita, Leroy

Yee, Darlene

Hellenga, Kate

Neely, Francis


Absences: Hussain,
Mahmood (abs); Robertson, Bruce (exc); Kysh, Judy (abs); Bartscher,
Patricia (exc); Shapiro, Jerald
(exc);


Guests: Gail Evans, Gail Whitaker, Helen Goldsmith, Nancy Hayes, Linda
Buckley, Oswaldo Garcia, Wanda Lee, Bernard Bowler

CALL TO ORDER: 2:12 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Nominations
are being solicited for the Administrative Search Committee Pool, as described
by policy #S08-180. The deadline is Wednesday, September 17, 2008. Following
the deadline, the Academic Senate will conduct an approval vote of the faculty
who have been nominated. All nominees receiving at least 50% plus one of the
votes cast will be elected to the Pool.

2. The new Policy
on Timely Adoption of Textbooks for Students, #S08-249, is being implemented
this semester. October 1, 2008, is the deadline for textbook adoptions for
Spring 2009. This deadline provides the Disability Programs and Resource Center
with sufficient time to convert textbooks, course readers and electronic
reserve materials to accessible formats as needed by students with
disabilities.

3. The 2009 SF State Faculty and Staff Development Retreat
will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at the Downtown Center. The theme
for the retreat is “Sustaining Excellent in the 21st Century: Building and
Refining Proud Traditions.”

4. Bernard Bowler, Commissioner of the Western Association
of Schools and Colleges (WASC), was introduced to the Senate. Mr. Bowler joined
WASC’s Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities in 2005 as
one of its public members, following a career as an executive at IBM for more
than thirty years. He continues his life long commitment to education by
bringing his financial expertise to several boards and charities.

5. The 2008-2009 Executive Committee was introduced to the
Senate: Andrea Boyle, member of the Academic Senate CSU; Wei Ming Dariotis,
chair of the Academic Policies Committee; Eileen Levy, chair of the Faculty
Affairs Committee; Bridget McCracken, chair of the Student Affairs Committee;
Lu Rehling, member at large; Barry Rothman, chair of the Strategic Issues
Committee; Mohammad Salama, member at large; Vinay Shrivastava, chair of the
Curriculum Review and Approval Committee; Jerald Shapiro, member of the
Academic Senate CSU; Dipendra Sinha, Vice-Chair; Ray Trautman, Secretary; Shawn
Whalen, Chair; and Darlene Yee-Melichar, member of the Academic Senate CSU.

6. Eugene
Chelberg, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of the Disability
Programs & Resource Center, has agreed to serve as parliamentarian of the
Senate. The Parliamentarian shall attend Senate meetings to advise the Chair on
procedural matters.

AGENDA ITEM #1—Approval of the Agenda for September 9,
2008

The agenda was approved by unanimous voice vote.

AGENDA ITEM #2—Approval of the Minutes for the May 13,
2008 Meeting of the 2008-2009 Senate.

The minutes were approved by unanimous voice vote.


AGENDA ITEM #3— Academic Senate Procedures Orientation

Chair Whalen provided an overview of Senate procedures,
including the following items:

  • Although most Senate meetings will be called for 2
    p.m. to 4 p.m., Senators should keep the hours of 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    available for meetings, as it may become necessary to schedule some
    meetings past 4 p.m.
  • A majority of the authorized membership (60 to 65
    total members) must be present to constitute a quorum. A quorum must be
    present at all times in order for the Academic Senate to conduct business.
    Senators are requested to arrive promptly at 2 p.m. and remain in
    attendance until adjournment.
  • Voting on substantive motions (i.e., those involving
    university policy, those in which the Senate takes a position on an issue,
    and the like) takes place in two stages: first reading and second reading. This procedure is
    described in the Senate’s bylaws; it is not part of Robert’s Rules of
    Order.
  • During the first reading a motion is still the
    property of the originating committee or other mover. Changes can be made,
    without the cumbersome process of amendments, etc. The first reading is
    thus more like a discussion than the deliberative process defined by Robert’s
    Rules of Order. The Chair will rarely rule any discussion out of order
    during first reading; broad discussion is both appropriate and encouraged.
    Amendments are not appropriate during first reading. It should be the rare
    occasion for a motion to be moved from first to second reading at one
    meeting, with the exception of motions from CRAC, when there is no
    indication that amendments will be proposed and invited guests are
    present; when external deadlines require quick action; and symbolic
    motions.
  • Once an item is in second reading, it becomes the
    property of the Senate. Changes can be made only by amendment. “Friendly
    amendments” are improper. Whenever possible, amendments should be prepared
    in advance of the meeting, and handouts for Senators distributed at the
    meeting.
  • Because motions become the Senate’s property, it is
    necessary to strike a balance between the Senate’s desire to “trust” the
    originating committee’s formulation and its responsibility to approve,
    amend or reject motions as it deems appropriate.
  • All documents distributed in hard copy to Senators
    before meetings are available on the Senate’s web site.

AGENDA ITEM #4— Academic Senate Elections

Senators Danner, Hellenga, Ulasewicz, and Van Dam were
nominated for the 2008-2009 Senate Elections Committee. Senator Danner withdrew
his nomination. Senators Hellenga, Ulasewicz, and Van Dam were appointed by
acclamation.

Sudip Chattopadhyay, Associate Professor, Economics; Harvey
(Skip) Davis, Assistant Professor, Nursing; and Genie Stowers, Professor and
Chair, Public Administration, were nominated for the University Budget
Committee, to fill one 1-year and two 3-year terms. A motion to close
nominations passed by unanimous voice vote. Professors Chattopadhyay, Davis,
and Stowers were then appointed by acclamation.

AGENDA ITEM #5— Presentation on Western Association of
Schools and Colleges Accreditation Review (WASC), AVP of Academic Planning and
Educational Effectiveness, Linda Buckley—report to be heard no later than 2:45
p.m.

Dr. Buckley reported to the Senate on San Francisco State
University’s WASC Institutional Proposal; a copy of the proposal was included
as an attachment to the Senate’s agenda. Following her report, Dr. Buckley
responded to questions raised by several Senators.

AGENDA ITEM #6— Recommendation from the Executive
Committee: Proposed Resolution in Support of the WASC Proposal, First Reading

Senator Yee-Melichar, on behalf of the Executive Committee,
moved that the Senate adopt the Resolution in Support of San Francisco State
University’s Proposal to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Senator Yee-Melichar then described the resolution and the Executive
Committee’s reasons for supporting the resolution. Senator Rehling moved the
item to second reading. The motion to move to second reading was approved by
unanimous voice vote. The motion to adopt the resolution was then approved by
unanimous voice vote.

AGENDA ITEM#7—Recommendation from the Academic Policies
Committee: Proposed Resolution on Suspension of General Education Curriculum
Revisions, First Reading

Senator Dariotis, on behalf of the Academic Policies
Committee, moved that the Senate adopt the Resolution on Suspension of General
Education Curriculum Revisions. Discussion of this item included the following:

  • The resolution needs to include a definition of
    “complete proposals.”
  • The General Education Council wants more than “an
    idea”; they want completed proposals that do not need to be returned for
    any revisions.
  • Proposals that were returned by the General Education
    Council last semester will be entertained, if they are submitted by
    October 15.
  • The General Education Council will define “complete
    proposal”.

The speakers list was exhausted. The Chair urged Senators to
bring issues related to the resolution to APC’s attention before their next
meeting on September 16. The motion will return to the Senate in second reading
on September 23.

AGENDA ITEM#8—Recommendation from the Academic Policies
Committee: Proposed Revision to the Repeat of Courses Policy, First Reading

Senator Dariotis, on behalf of the Academic Policies
Committee, moved that the Senate adopt the Revision to the Repeat of Courses
Policy. Encouraged by the Chair’s solicitation of a broader discussion than the
one policy revision proposed by APC, the discussion of this item included the
following:

  • SF State’s policy can be more restrictive than the
    CSU Executive Order on course repeats, but not less restrictive. The
    policy passed in Spring 2008, #S08-248, needs one revision, to come into
    compliance with a revised Executive Order.
  • When will the restrictions on repeating a course
    begin? How will students, staff, and faculty be informed of the policy?
    What is the timeline to inform students when policies are approved, and
    what is the timeline to implement policies? (Answer: Normally, policy changes are implemented in
    the following academic year. There are ways other than bulletin statements
    to inform students.)
  • Can department chairs and college deans grant
    exceptions, as allowed in the policy, which would be in conflict with the
    Executive Order’s restrictions?
  • The exception clause in #S08-248 is greatly
    appreciated.
  • How does the grade cut-off for repeating a course
    apply to graduate students, given the different grading policy for
    graduate students?
  • How does a student’s bulletin year influence the
    interpretation of this policy? (Answer: “Bulletin rights” are historically
    tied to graduation requirements, not to policies.)
  • How are CR/NC grades interpreted in the grade cut-off
    for repeating a course?

The speakers list was exhausted. The Chair urged Senators to
bring issues related to the course repeat policy to APC’s attention before
their next meeting on September 16. The motion will return to the Senate in
second reading on September 23.

AGENDA ITEM#9—Recommendation from the Executive
Committee: Proposed 2008- 2009 Standing Committee Assignments, First Reading

Senator Boyle, on behalf of the Executive Committee, moved
that the Senate approve the 2008-2009 Standing Committee Assignments. Several Senators
noted that their unit identifications were incorrect. All Senators were
encouraged to send typographical and identification changes to the Secretary.
Senator Behrooz moved the item to second reading. The motion to move to second
reading was approved by unanimous voice vote. The motion to adopt the standing
committee assignments was then approved by unanimous voice vote.

Chair Whalen declared the meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.