ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

MINUTES

TUESDAY, October 7, 2008

SEVEN HILLS CONFERENCE CENTER, NOB HILL ROOM

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

ATTENDANCE:

Avani, Nathan

Hellman, David

Rehling, Lu

Bartscher, Patricia

Holzman, Barbara

Rothman, Barry

Behrooz, Maziar

Hussain, Mahmood

Salama, Mohammad

Boyle, Andrea

Jin, Leigh

Shapiro, Jerald

Bugayong, Arlene

Kohn, Jim

Sheldon, James

Burke, Adam

Lau, Jenny

Sherwin, Paul

Chelberg, Gene

LePage, Pamela

Shrivastava, Vinay

Chen, Yu-Charn

Levy, Eileen

Sinha, Dipendra

Cheung, Yitwah

Li, Wen-Chao

Sveinsdottir, Asta

Corrigan, Robert

Luna, Debra

Taylor, Don

Danner, Don

Mahan, Dianne

Trautman, Ray

Dariotis, Wei Ming

McCarthy, Chris

Ulasewicz, Connie

DuVal, Derethia

McCracken, Bridget

van Dam, Mary Ann

Fuentes, Enrique

Minami, Masahiko

Whalen, Shawn

Gemello, John

Modirzadeh, Hafez

Wingard, Leah

Gomes, Ricardo

Moody, Laura

Yee, Darlene

Gubeladze, Joseph

Neely, Francis

Hellenga, Kate

Noble, Nancy

Absences:
Robertson, Bruce (on leave Fall 08); Hom, Marlon (exc); Landry, Lynette (exc);
Morishita, Leroy (exc); Flatt, Sylvia (abs); Rosegard, Erik (abs); Chou,
Fang-yu (abs)

Guests: Gail
Evans, Gail Whitaker, Ann Hallum, Ronald Caltabiano

CALL TO ORDER: 2:13 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. A call for proposals for the 2009 SF State Faculty and
Staff Development Retreat, to be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at the SF
State Downtown Center, was announced in the October 6, 2008, edition of Campus
Memo. Information is available online at http://www.sfsu.edu/~senate/retreat/

2. The CSU’s Office of International Programs has announced
openings for 2010-2011 International Programs Resident Director assignments in
China, France, Italy, Japan, and Spain. These positions are open to tenured or
tenure-track CSU faculty in full-time teaching or administrative positions.
Contact the Academic Senate office or visit www.calstate.edu/ip
for more information.

3. Faculty interested in being nominated for the CSU Faculty
Trustee position must submit a completed application to the Academic Senate
office no later than Monday, November 17, 2008.

AGENDA ITEM #1—Approval of the Agenda for October 7,
2008

The agenda was approved by acclamation.

AGENDA ITEM #2—Approval of the Minutes for the
September 23, 2008, meeting of the 2008-2009 Senate

The minutes were approved by acclamation.

AGENDA ITEM #3— Report from Chief Kirk Gaston and
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Gayle Orr-Smith of the University Police
Department: Emergency Preparedness Week, October 20-24, 2008

The Senate heard a report from Chief Kirk Gaston on
Emergency Preparedness Week. Planned activities include a week-long blood
drive; a university-wide shelter-in-place drill, which includes a test the
mass-notification system and staff response to the notification, but will not
require any action by faculty or students; neighborhood emergency response team
training; and expanded emergency first-aid and CPR training.

AGENDA ITEM #4— Recommendation from the Academic
Policies Committee: Proposed Academic Calendar for Summer 2009, First Reading

Senator Dariotis, on behalf of the Academic Policies
Committee, moved that the Senate approve the Summer 2009 academic calendar.

Discussion points included:

  • Academic
    Resources informed APC that there is not enough time to implement a new,
    ten-week session in Summer 2009.
  • APC heard
    a preliminary report from Linda Buckley, AVP for Academic Planning &
    Educational Effectiveness, on the efficacy of the five-week sessions. The
    preliminary conclusion is that students who complete a course in a short
    session perform the same in a “follow-on” course as students who completed
    the initial course in a regular session.
  • The
    efficacy of five-week courses may be highly dependent upon the subject,
    instructional methods, and student projects.
  • Responsibility
    is placed on the department chair to determine which courses can be
    effectively taught in the summer session.
  • Faculty
    who believe a ten-week session is necessary should be given the
    opportunity offer courses on that time scale.
  • The
    staggered start of the eight-week session can create advising problems for
    students, because R2 starts too late for students to drop R1 courses.
  • What is
    the purpose of summer sessions? Are they primarily to help SF State
    students make progress towards graduation, or to enable external students
    to enroll in SF STATE courses? The start date of the R2 session
    accommodates the second purpose.
  • The
    desired ten-week session should not replace the eight-week session.
  • Major
    classroom maintenance and refurbishment must be scheduled during the
    summer; the ten-week session would impinge on these activities more than
    the other three sessions.
  • APC will
    develop a perpetual summer calendar policy. Once approved, the policy will
    eliminate annual debate and enable long-range planning.

AGENDA ITEM #5— Recommendation from the Curriculum
Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Degree Name Change, B.S. in Industrial
Design with Concentrations in Industrial Technology and Product Design &
Development, and B.S. in Visual Communication Design
, First Reading—Proposal to be heard no later
than 3:15 p.m.

Senator Shrivastava, on behalf of the Curriculum Review and
Approval Committee, moved that the Senate approve name changes of degrees
offered by the Department of Design and Industry.

Senator Holzman moved that the motion be moved to second
reading. The motion failed.

Senator Shrivastava reminded the Senate that it approved, in
May 2008, a revision of the Design and Industry Department’s degree curricula
and a consolidation of its degree programs into a Bachelor of Science in
Design, Concentration in Industrial Technology; Bachelor of Science in Design,
Concentration in Product Design & Development; and Bachelor of Science in
Design, Concentration in Visual Communication Design. Unfortunately, those
degrees are not included in the CSU Higher Education General Information Survey
codes (HEGIS). The CSU Chancellor’s Office suggested several alternative degree
names. The current motion seeks only to change the names of the degrees; the
curriculum remains as approved in May 2008. The new degree titles are Bachelor
of Science in Industrial Design, Concentration in Industrial Technology;
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Concentration in Product Design &
Development; and Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design.

Senator Levy moved that the motion be moved to second
reading. The motion passed by voice vote.

The main motion, now in second reading, was approved by
voice vote.

AGENDA ITEM #6—Recommendation from the Curriculum
Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Revisions to the Masters Degree in
Public Health
, First
Reading—Proposal to be heard no later than 3:30p.m.

Senator Shrivastava, on behalf of the Curriculum Review and
Approval Committee, moved that the Senate approve a revised Master of Public
Health degree program.

Senator Salama moved that the motion be moved to second
reading. The motion passed by voice vote.

The main motion, now in second reading, was approved by
voice vote.

AGENDA ITEM #7—Adjournment—no later than 5:00 p.m.

Senator Salama moved that the meeting be adjourned. The
motion passed by voice vote. Chair Whalen declared the meeting adjourned at
3:26 p.m.