ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

MINUTES

TUESDAY, October 4,
2011

SEVEN HILLS
CONFERENCE CENTER, NOB HILL ROOM

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 

OPEN FLOOR PERIOD:  2:00 -
2:10 p.m.

The Open Floor Period
provides an informal opportunity for faculty members to raise questions or make
comments directed to Senate officers or to university administrators.  Please arrive promptly at 2:00 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER: 2:10 p.m.

ATTENDANCE:

 

 

 

Anderson, David

Hayes, Nancy

Sherwin, Paul

 

Barranco, Joseph

Hellman, David

Sigmon, Mark

 

Bartscher,
Patricia

Henderson,
Barbara

Steier, Saul

 

Beatty, Brian

Holzman, Barbara

Stowers, Genie

 

Boyle, Andrea

Lau, Jenny

Strong, Rob

 

Chernoff, Maxine

Linder, Martin

Taylor, Don 

 

Cholette, Susan

Lopez, Eurania

Trautman, Ray

 

Cleary, John

McCracken,
Bridget

Usowicz, Thaddeus

 

Collins, Robert

Ozluk, Ozgur

Vaughn, Pamela

 

Dariotis, Wei
Ming

Privé, Alice

Vredenburg, Vance

 

Drennan, Marie

Rosser, Sue V

Wang, Lihua

 

Gamboa, Yolanda

Rothman, Barry

Wanek, Linda

 

Getz, Trevor

Rourke, David

Vaughn, Pamela

 

Ginwala, Cyrus

Runquist, Beth

Yee-Melichar,
Darlene

 

Hanley, Lawrence

Salama, Mohammad 

 

 

 

Absences: Alvarenga, Gabriela (exc); Azadpur,
Mohammad (on leave F11); Corrigan, Robert (exc); Davis, Harvey “Skip” (exc)
Ferreira, Jason (exc); Garcia, Oswaldo (exc); Girouard, Shirley (exc); Hood,
Pamela (abs); Hyun, Helen (exc);Wagner, Venise  (exc)

 

Guests:  Derek Aitken, Shawn Whalen, Gene Chelberg,
Gail Evans, Helen Goldsmith, Patricia Irvine, Ann Hallum, Linda Buckley

 

With a quorum being present, then meeting
was called to order.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Annoucements
were made.

AGENDA ITEM #1—Approval of the Minutes for September 20, 2011

The Minutes were Approved.

 

AGENDA ITEM #2—Approval of the Agenda for October 4, 2011

Senator Hanley motioned for
the inclusion of a new Item #5: Reports from CFA Chapter President Dariotis and
extend subsequent Items by fifteen minutes. The vote was called. The motion
carried. Senator Salama motioned that the Item #8 (Recommendation from the
Faculty Affairs Committee:  Proposed
Revisions to the Policy on Department Chairs and Equivalent Unit Directors,
#S00-145) become the new Item #7. The vote was called. The motion carried.  The vote was called to Approve the Agenda as amended. The motion carried.

 

AGENDA ITEM #3—Chair’s Report

The Academic Senate heard a
report from Chair Vaughn on key steps to improve Academic Senate meetings.

 

AGENDA ITEM #4—Statewide (CSU) Senators Andrea Boyle, Martin
Linder, and Darlene Yee-Melichar will answer questions on CSU Academic Senate
Issues

Please review the Power Point presentation from the September 20 Senate
Plenary.
Statewide Academic Senators Andrea Boyle, Martin Linder, and
Darlene Yee-Melichar answered questions from the Academic Senate on CSU
Academic Senate Issues related to the Power Point presentation given during the
September 20 plenary. The following questions were raised:

 

a. Of the points brought
to the floor, which do you find most important for our campus?

            i.
The following responses were given:

                              1.
Campus visits by candidates for President.

                              2.
Triggers in the state budget.

                              3.
What our students need to learn.

                              4.
We need to be pro-active and look to shared governance
for leadership.

                              5.
Educational principles for online education and those to which faculty should

                              adhere.

                              6.
Transfer student legislation.

           

AGENDA ITEM #5—Update from CFA President Dariotis

The Academic Senate heard
a report from CFA President Dariotis. The following points were discussed:
current contract negotiations and associated concerns, November actions
surrounding bargaining, the development of more effective communications
avenues, the nature and status of CFA Constitution revisions (e.g., draft
available in early spring), and concerted action on November 17, 2011 with CSU
East Bay and CSU Dominguez Hills. The following questions
were asked by Academic Senators
:

           

1.     Is
it possible to have an update on the Constitution revisions?

2.     Are
CFA meetings closed to members?

3.     Why
is the SF State President not being met with? This is a time
honored
tradition.

4.     What
is your strategy for addressing the concerns of the SF State campus community?

a.    
CFA President Dariotis responded as follows:

                                                                                           
i.    
Emphasis
is being placed on openness.

                                                                                         
ii.    
Meetings
with the President must avoid the appreance of collusion.

                                                                                        
iii.    
Memebers
are excluded from meetings only during debate.

 

AGENDA ITEM #6—Discussion
Item:  Task Force Report on
Curriculum—Time Certain no later than 2:30p.m.

Please review the Final Report of the
Task Force to Review Curriculum posted on both the Senate and iLearn Websites

The Item was discussed. The following concerns and
questions were raised:

 

  1. It is vital to pay
    attention to the components of the Task Force Reports (e.g., policies
    related to transfer students, General Education (G.E.), discontenuance and
    suspension of programs, and the implications these changes will hold for
    the current policies that are in place. 
  2. It behooves us to invite
    the Task Force members to discuss the report and the aspects of campus
    resources upon which these decisions made, what are the next steps, what
    resources are available, and who will be in charge of such changes.
  3. Does UPAC still exist and
    what it the status of committee now?
  4. What is the status of
    these reports? Was there ever a vision for these Task Force Reports?
  5. The Task Force Reports
    will give targets to the Deans and GE concerns are contigent upon  BRC
    progress.
  6. How will consistency in
    General Education be addressed?
  7. Where do we go from here
    in this process? Is there an order that will be followed as we move
    forward? What kind of conclusion can be reached regarding G.E.?
  8. There is a need for an
    overall policy on curriculum. CRAC would be willing to address the need
    for a comprehensive curriculum development policy. It would be an
    important contribution to the campus for a
    overall policy.

 

 

 

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #7—Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs
Committee:  Proposed Revisions to
the Policy on Department Chairs and Equivalent Unit Directors,
#S00-145—Time Certain no later than 4:00p.m.

Senator Salama moved and
explained the Item. The Item was discussed in First Reading and suggestions for
revision were given. The Item will return at a future Academic Senate meeting.

 

AGENDA ITEM #8—Senate Elections for a temporary appointment on
the Board of Appeals and Review (BoAR)

Nominees: Courtney Donovan

Nominations may be taken from the floor.

An election was held.
Senator Courtney Donovan (Department of Geography and Human Environmental
Studies) was elected by acclamation.

 

AGENDA ITEM #9—Recommendation from the Executive Committee:  Proposed Resolution in Support of
Principles of Shared Governance in Reorganization—Time Certain no later
than 3:15p.m.

Senator Hanley moved and
explained the Item.  The Item was
discussed in First Reading and suggestions for revisions were given. The Item
will return at a future Academic Senate meeting.

 

AGENDA ITEM #10—Adjournment—no later than 5:00p.m. 

The Academic Senate
adjourned at 
3:38p.m
.