ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

MINUTES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2007

SEVEN HILLS CONFERENCE
CENTER, NOB HILL ROOM

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

ATTENDANCE:

Avani, Nathan

Gomes, Ricardo

Robertson, Bruce

Behrooz, Maziar

Hayes, Nancy

Rothman, Bary

Bloom, Gilda

Hood, Pamela

Saffold, Penny

Bollapragada, Ramesh

Jaimes-Guerrero, A.J.

Salama, Mohammad

Boyle, Andrea

Kohn, Jim

Shapiro, Jerald

Chattopadhyay, Sudip

Levine, Josh

Shrivastava, Vinay

Chelberg, Gene

Landry, Lynette

Smith, Alastair

Cheung, Yitwah

Linder, Martin

Steier, Saul

Collins, Robert

Luna, Debra

Stowers, Genie

Corrigan, Robert

Mahan, Dianne

Suzuki, Dean

Danner, Don

McCracken, Bridget

Taylor, Don

Dariotis, Wei Ming

Meredith, David

Trautman, Ray

Davis, Harvey (Skip)

Minami, Masahiko

Ulasewicz, Connie

DuVal, Derethia

Modirzadeh, Hafez

Whalen, Shawn

Fielden, Ned

Moody, Laura

Williams, Robert

Garfield, Diane

Neely, Francis

Yang, Nini

Gemello, John

Rehling, Lu

Yee, Darlene

Absences: Armenta,
Isidro (abs); Chou, Fangyu (abs); Gonzales, Dan (abs); Jones, Terry (abs); Hubbard,
Donna (abs); Morishita, Leroy (exc); Van Dam, Mary Ann (exc)

Guests: Marilyn Verhey;
Patricia Bartscher; Helen Goldsmith; Gail Whitaker; Kaela Brown; Enrique
Fuentes; Jesse Bevan; James Sheldon; Natalie Franklin

The
meeting was preceded by a video presented by Senator Connie Ulasewicz showing
her students preparing a fashion show last spring. Dr. Ulasewicz emphasized the
diversity of the students and the collaborative skills required to create the
show.

CALL
TO ORDER: 2:11 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Chair
Kohn will meet with the Senate Chairs from all CSU campuses next week. Topics
under discussion include the Academic Technology Initiative, Access to
Excellence (Long-range Planning) and the recent Statewide Senate recommendations
on drops, withdrawals, incompletes and repeat (DWIR) grades.

2. The
selection process for a pool of candidates for the Faculty Hearing Panels will
proceed. (See presentation by Raymond Castellblanch below.)

3. Four
student representatives to the Senate have been selected: Enrique Fuentes
(at-large), Jesse Bevan (Student Affairs), James Sheldon (Academic Policies)
and Natalie Franklin (Student Affairs).

4. The
Romberg-Tiburon
Center will hold an open house on Sunday, November 4,
11:00-3:00.

AGENDA
ITEM #1—Approval of the Agenda for September 25, 2007

The
agenda was approved.

AGENDA
ITEM #2—Approval of the Minutes for Academic Senate meeting on September 11,
2007

The
minutes from September 11 were approved.

AGENDA
ITEM #3—Report from Marilyn Jackson, Office of International Programs:
International Education Week—report to be heard no later than 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Jackson reminded the Senate that SF State
is the leading CSU campus for international students and US students studying
abroad, and she outlined many internationally-themed activities that will take
place during International Education Week (November 13-16). She encouraged faculty to announce events in their
classes, open their classes to guests if international content is being
presented, and to plan special events for International Education Week.

(Continuation of
Announcements)

Ramon Castellblanch,
Assistant Professor of Health Education and President of the SF State chapter
of CFA, addressed the Senate regarding the election of a pool of candidates for
Faculty Hearing Panels. More detailed information has been sent to all
Department Chairs.

AGENDA
ITEM #4—Report from Gail Whitaker: Update on the College
of Extended Learning and the Downtown CampusReport to be heard no later than 2:45 p.m.

Dr.
Whitaker discussed the growth of programs, especially CEL programs, at the
Downtown
Campus and at other off-campus
locations. SF State plans to occupy 125,000 square feet of office, laboratory
and classroom space at the Downtown
Campus.
Once the second phase move is completed later this semester, CEL will
have moved almost all of its staff to the Downtown Campus.

AGENDA
ITEM #5—Report from Gene Chelberg: Update Accessible Technology
Initiative—Report to be heard no later than 3:05 p.m.

Mr.
Chelberg discussed the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI), which as three
components: assuring accessibility of all on-line resources for all students,
faculty, staff and the public; assuring timely accessibility of all course
materials for all students; and assuring that all new electroni
c hardware, software and services is universally accessible. This is a CSU-wide
initiative. The campus component maintains a website at www.sfsu.edu/access.

AGENDA
ITEM #6—Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Revisions
to the Academic Senate Bylaws: Clarification of Consent Items—1st Reading

The
Executive Committee recommended a modification to Senate Bylaw III.A.10 to
bring it in line with Senate Bylaw II.C.8, which was modified by the Senate
last spring. This subject concerns the use of “consent items” in Senate
meetings. The proposal was moved by Senator Whalen and seconded by Senator
Steier. There was little discussion. Senator Chelberg moved to promote the item
to second reading, and Senator Levine seconded the motion. A ¾ vote being
required, the motion to go to second reading passed by a voice vote. The main
motion then passed by acclamation.

AGENDA
ITEM #7—Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Revisions to the
Faculty Statement on Course Requirements, Academic Senate Policy # S82-90—1st Reading

The Executive Committee recommended a revision of the Faculty Statement on Course Requirements. It was moved by Senator Whalen and seconded by Senator Steier. A lively discussion ensued. At the end, Dr. Kohn ruled that the motion would remain in first reading at the next Senate meeting October 9.

AGENDA
ITEM #8—Senator Responsibilities

The
discussion of Agenda Item #7 took the Senate passed its scheduled adjournment,
so Item #8 was not discussed.

AGENDA
ITEM #9—Adjournment—4:03 p.m.