ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

MINUTES

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2007

SEVEN HILLS CONFERENCE CENTER, NOB
HILL ROOM

2:00 - 4:10 p.m.

ATTENDANCE:

Avani, Nathan

Gomes, Ricardo

Robertson, Bruce

Behrooz, Maziar

Hayes, Nancy

Shapiro, Jerald

Bloom, Gilda

Kohn, Jim

Sheldon, James

Bollapragada, Ramesh

Levine, Josh

Shrivastava, Vinay

Boyle, Andrea

Linder, Martin

Smith, Alastair

Chattopadhyay, Sudip

Luna, Debra

Steier, Saul

Chelberg, Gene

Mahan, Dianne

Stowers, Genie

Cheung, Yitwah

McCracken, Bridget

Suzuki, Dean

Chou, Fangyu

Meredith, David

Trautman, Ray

Collins, Robert

Minami, Masahiko

Ulasewicz, Connie

Danner, Don

Modirzadeh, Hafez

Van Dam, Mary Ann

Dariotis, Wei Ming

Moody, Laura

Whalen, Shawn

DuVal, Derethia

Rehling, Lu

Yang, Nini

Fielden, Ned

Quita, Isabel

Yee, Darlene

Absences: Armenta,
Isidro (abs); Corrigan, Robert (exc); Davis, Harvey (Skip)(exc);

Fuentes, Enrique (abs); Gemello, John (exc); Gonzales, Dan
(abs); Hood, Pamela (abs); Hubbard, Donna (abs); Jaimes-Guerrero, A.J.(abs);
Jones, Terry (abs); Landry, Lynette

(exc);Morishita, Leroy (exc); Neely, Francis (abs);
Rothman, Barry (abs); Saffold, Penny (exc); Salama, Mohammad (abs); Taylor,
Don (abs)

Guests: Bob Cherry; Ann Hallum; Helen Goldsmith; Elise Wormuth;
Caran Colvin; Sheldon Axler;
Beverly Voloshin; Nelson Graff

Enjoyed a musical performance by Senator Hafez Modirzadeh.


CALL TO ORDER: 2:19 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Steve Kawa,
the Executive Director for the Willie L. Brown Jr. Leadership Center, was introduced
to the Senate. Mr. Kawa said that the goal of the Center was to foster
opportunities for SF State students with local government agencies. More
information about the Center can be found at: http://www.sfsu.edu/~wbcenter/index.html

2. Deadline for
Distinguished Faculty Awards, Friday, December 14, 2007

3.
Holiday Reception immediately following today’s meeting

AGENDA ITEM
#1—Approval of the Agenda for December 11, 2007

The agenda was approved by unanimous voice vote.

AGENDA ITEM
#2—Approval of the Minutes for the November 27, 2007

Minutes are attached on
GREEN.

Senator Fielden asked that
comments he made from the floor at the November 27 meeting be included in the
minutes. Secretary Meredith said that the minutes for November 27 would be
revised to include his remarks. With that change the minutes were approved by
unanimous voice vote.

AGENDA
ITEM #3—Report from Oswaldo Garcia, Focus the Nation Teach-In, January
30, 2007

Professor Garcia previewed
this event for the Senate. More information can be found at: http://bss.sfsu.edu/envstudies/climate.html

AGENDA ITEM
#4—Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Resolution on Focus
the Nation on Climate Change Teach-In , 1st
& 2nd
Readings

Senator Whalen moved the
Resolution for the Executive Committee. It passed on a voice vote with
abstentions.

AGENDA ITEM
#5—Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Policy
on Graduate Continuous Enrollment , 1st
Reading—proposal to be heard no later than 2:35 p.m.

The Senate held a long and
vigorous debate on this issue. Supporters of the policy said that it would
bring graduate policies in line with undergraduate policies and encourage
graduate students to complete their degrees; those opposed said that the policy
was punitive toward graduate students and failed to take into account the many
good reasons students have for taking temporary leave from their studies. The debate
terminated at 3:20 because of a time-certain for the next item. Senators Steier
and Levine remained on the speaker's list.

AGENDA ITEM
#7—Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee:
Proposed Revisions to the MS Degree in Computer Science, New Concentration in
Computing and Business 1st
Reading—proposal to be heard no later than 3:20 p.m.

Senator Linder moved the
proposal for the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee. Senator Steier moved
the item to second reading, with a second from Senator Shrivastava. The motion
passed by unanimous voice vote. The proposal then passed by unanimous voice
vote.

AGENDA ITEM
#8—Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee:
Proposed Revisions to the BA Degree in English, New Concentration English
Education, 1st Reading—proposal
to be heard no later than 3:40 p.m.

Senator Linder moved the
proposal for the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee. Senator Steier moved
the item to second reading, with a second from Senator Avani. The motion passed
by unanimous voice vote. The proposal then passed by unanimous voice vote.

AGENDA ITEM
#6—Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Academic Senate
Reapportionment, 1st Reading

Senator Meredith moved the
recommendation for the Executive Committee. As the time for adjournment, 4:00,
had been reached, Senator Steier moved to extend the meeting for five minutes,
with a second from Senator Chelberg. The motion passed by unanimous voice vote.
The item will return for second reading at the next Senate meeting.

AGENDA ITEM
#9—Adjournment—no later than 4:00 p.m.

Senator Steier moved to adjourn,
with a second from Senator Rehling. Their motion passed by unanimous voice
vote. The Senate adjourned at 4:10 PM.