SF State Academic Senate           

Seven Hills Conference Center – Nob Hill Room

2/05/2013

Academic Senate minutes

 

 

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.

 

ATTENDANCE:

Anderson, David

Avani, Nathan

Azadpur, Mohammad

Baines, AnnMarie

Barranco, Joseph

Bartscher, Patricia

Bettinger, Chris

Boyle, Andrea

Buckley, Linda

Burke, Adam

Carleton, Troy

Chen, Lily

Chernoff, Maxine

Cholette, Susan

Clavier, Sophie

Cleary, John

Collins, Robert

Donohue, Patricia

Drennan, Marie

Evans, Gail

 

Gamboa, Yolanda

Ganji, Ahmad

Gerber, Nancy

Ginwala, Cyrus

Hanley, Lawrence

Harris, Shimina

Hayes, Nancy

Hellman, David

Holzman, Barbara

Hood, Pamela

Howard, Pamela

Lau, Jenny

Lewis, Julia

Li, Wen-Chao

Linder, Martin

Lopez, Eurania

Mendolla, Paul

Pellaud, Isabelle

 

Rosser, Sue

Rourke, David

Salama, Mohammad

Sigmon, Mark

Steier, Saul

Stowers, Genie

Tumbat, Gulnur

Vasche, Jason

Wanek, Linda

Wong, Les

Yee-Melichar, Darlene

Yoo, Grace

 

Absences: Alvarenga, Gabriela (exc); Flores, Oscar (abs); Getz, Trevor (on leave); Lau, Jenny (on leave); Strong, Robert (exc); Usowicz, Thaddeus (abs); Vaughn, Pamela (exc); Williams, Robert (exc);

 

Guests: Brian Beatty, Sacha Bunge, Caran Colvin, Wei Ming Dariotis, Joanne Duke, Jared Giarrusso, Ann Hallum, Bridget McCracken, Robert Nava, Teresa Ono, Shawn Whalen 

 

CALL TO ORDER: 2:12 p.m.

With a quorum present, the meeting was called to order

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  •  (Ginwala)  Faculty members are needed for the Instructional Related Activities Advisory Board for the Spring semester.  Charged with reviewing projects and allocating funding for appropriate projects.  Meeting in the month of February.  Two members are appointed and one vacancy currently exists.  Faculty members do not need to be senate members.  Nominations may be sent to Senator Ginwala (cginwala@sfsu.edu) or Senator Holzman (bholzman@sfsu.edu).
  •  (Ginwala)  Music Department is promoting a performance of “Façade” on March 11, 2013.
  •  (Yoo) Lunar New Year Party from 12 Noon – 2 M on Friday, February 15th in Library Faculty Commons.
  •  (Yee)  Appreciation for the Office Research & Sponsored Programs retreat committee in planning for the January retreat.
  •  (Vice President Nava) Thursday, March 14 at 2 PM in McKenna Theater and a dinner at Julia Morgan Ballroom on Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 6 PM for the President’s Investiture & Alumni Hall of Fame.  There will be a whole week of activities to include a day of service and run/walk for faculty and staff, faculty research panel at the DTC, Theater “Word for Word” presentation, Sutro Collection presentation, and student dance “Noise Complaint.”  Chancellor White will attend with various Trustee members.  The president investiture website will go “live” this afternoon.

 

  1. Approval of the Minutes for December 4, 2012
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points were made:
  1. Minutes are approved as submitted by general consent.

 

  1. Approval of the Agenda for February 5, 2013
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points were made:
  1.  Agenda is approved as submitted by general consent.

 

  1. Chair’s Report
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points/highlights/themes were made:
  1.  Two valuable members are not in attendance this Spring: Ray Trautman (parliamentarian) and Alexander Neland
  2. The SFSU Academic Senate Resolution: Support for Upper Division General Education in WASC Accreditation Guidelines resolution was approved by EXCOM and sent to WASC, and other parties named in the resolution on Friday Jan 25th
  3.   Governor Jerry Brown and Sebastian Schmidt spoke about the future of online learning.  San Jose State partnered with Udacity (provider of Massive Open Online Courses – MOOCs)

 

  1. Report: Standing Committee Chairs & CSU Senators—Brief Updates
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points were made:
  1. APC  (Chernoff) –   CTFD policy and charge proposal is now being reviewed and discussed; University Interdisciplinary Council wishes for APC to review policy changes related to reporting and representation of the committee.
  2. CRAC (Stowers) -   In addition to the items on the senate agenda today;  Guidelines for viewing proposal of Complimentary studies in GE;  BA in Environmental Studies;  and Proposed Concentration in Astronomy are pending
  3. FAC (Salama) –    Review and maintenance of Retention, Tenure, Promotion (RTP), Hiring of Temporary Faculty, and Review of Tenured Faculty to be incompliance with CBA are pending.  Report to the senate on these updates is forthcoming.
  4. SIC (Williams) –  no report available
  5. SAC (Lopez)  –  Shuttles and Campus Safety; work on Online Course Evaluations are pending.
  6. Statewide:  (Linder)  Resolutions around managing enrollment, investing in excellence, and support for faculty (compensation), watching legislation impacting Higher Education; continued prep for advocacy in Sacramento; (Yee-Melichar)  Updates from Chancellor’s Office liaisons; Discussed 12 important items: (1) Follow up on BOT Baccalaureate unit limits; (2) Follow up on Executive Orders related to International Programs; (3) System wide Access to Excellence strategic plan; (4) Cal State Online (intellectual property rights focus); (5) Course Identification numbering systems with community colleges; (6) CSU Grading structures; (7) Resolution related to Cal State Online and Library Resources; (8) Request for a joint committee with CO on “value added quality metrics”; (9) Co-sponsored two Resolutions (Support for an IGETC pathway in the GE breadth, Smoke-free CSU); (10) Sponsored two Resolutions on Support of Upper Division GE within WASC Accreditation Guidelines, and the Elimination of State University Grants and a taskforce to review this item; (11)  Resolution to reaffirm the importance of Graduate Programs, (12)  MOOCS and formed a committee to discuss the impact; (Boyle) Smarter Balance Testing to replace STAR testing across California; Four nominees for Faculty Trustee vacancy – voting in March;  CMS project update (staff side is almost done, but faculty side is not); legislation requiring mandated reporters for child abuse and subsequent training; Graduation goal (54% graduation rates) seems as if it will be met, did not meet goal in the achievement gap for underrepresented student groups; budget as proposed by the Governor (expectations are many, tuition freeze evident)

 

 

  1. Report: Committee on Committees
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Rourke)
  • The following points/highlights were made:
  1. CoC REPORT UPDATE – Of the 33 committees structured within the Academic Senate; 23 Reports were submitted for review.  An Initial draft was provided to members of the Executive Committee and will be made available to the body in the month of February.
  2. CHARGE/PURPOSE –The charge of the Committee on Committees states “Review all committee reports submitted to the Senate and prepare a report to Academic Senate that summarizes the work of the committees and identifies policy issues and other issues of concern that emerge from the reports.  The Executive Committee served as the Committee on Committees workgroup
    1. Beyond providing abbreviated reviews on the actions of the senate’s committees and to better inform the body.  The reports may of interest to committee members of trends and continuing themes for the next committee cycle.
  3. PROCESS - The review process is coordinated through the Secretary of the Senate
    1. The members of the Executive Committee served as the report’s reviewers, author’s, and editors
    2. Reports were submitted throughout the Summer and Fall periods.
    3. Reviews of the committee reports occurred throughout the Fall and Winter periods.
    4. Final report will be made available to the body in February
  4. THANK YOU – Recognition for efforts go to:
    1. Angela Sposito and Nicole Henderson for organizing the incoming reports
    2. Executive Committee members for their time and energy in reviewing the  reports
    3. Finally, to the Chairs who took time and energy to summarize the committee experience and assist new committee chairs in the work they undertake in the next cycle.

 

  1. Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Resolution in Memoriam for David Meredith, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Stowers)
  • The following points/Highlights were made:
  1.   The resolution was read by Shawn Whalen
  2.   The resolution was approved by acclimation

 

 

  1. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review & Approval Committee: Proposed Curriculum Revisions, to the Master’s in Public Administration Program, 1st Reading
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Lee)
  • The following points/Highlights were made:
  1. The proposal consists of a comprehensive review of the curriculum; Consolidating the core curriculum; Added new material; Added two new emphases in the curriculum (Environmental Administration); reorganization of the two elected emphases; Adding a series of one unit courses and updated existing courses.
  2. Comments or Questions related to this item:  How many units were changed?  Does the curriculum continue to use the PA prefix? 
  3. Move (Holzman) to second reading, seconded (Hellman)
  4. Motion passes by majority vote.  Item is considered in second reading.
  5. Move (Collins) to Call the Question
  6. The motion passes by majority vote
  7. The recommendation passes by majority vote.

 

  1. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review & Approval Committee: Proposed Graduate Certificate in Business, 1st Reading 
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Stowers)
  • The following points/Highlights were made:
  1. Proposed certificate is for an 18 unit graduate program in preparation to the MBA program.
  2. Comments or Questions related to this item:  As courses prerequisites to the MBA, what is the financial impact of this addition?  How is the 15% cost administered?  Is this a vehicle for applicants to take more courses and the value associated?  Line 52 – What score is considered passing?  Would current undergraduates be able to take the courses as a certificate program or just as progress within the undergraduate curriculum?  What are the target populations for this certificate program?
  3.   Move (Buckley) to second reading, second (Steir)
  4.   Motion passes by majority vote.  Item is now in second reading.
  5.   Move (Collins) to Call the question
  6.   The motion passes by majority vote
  7.   The Recommendation passes by majority vote.

 

  1. Adjournment—no later than 5:00p. 
  • Moved by (Steier), seconded (Collins).
  • Meeting is adjourned by majority vote

 

Adjournment:  3:13 PM

 

The following documents were shared and discussed within the agenda:

  1. Proposed Resolution in Memoriam for David Meredith, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
  2. Proposed Curriculum Revisions, to the Master’s in Public Administration Program
  3. Proposed Graduate Certificate in Business