OPEN FLOOR PERIOD:  2:00 - 2:10 p.m.

The Open Floor Period provides an informal opportunity for campus community 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:

 

Albiniak, Teddy

Amjadi, Taghi

Barrera, Ana Maria

Bloom, Gilda

Brown, Elizabeth

Castillo, Nestor

Cheng, Chen

Chekuri, Chris

Collins, Robert

Damangir, Sina

Dariotis, Wei Ming

De Barro, Jose A

Denetclaw, Wilfred

Foley, Jacqueline

Gen, Sheldon

Gerber, Nancy

Green, Fred

Harris, Andrew

 

 

Harris-Boundy, Jason

Hines, Ellen

Johnson, Dane

Kakar, Venoo

Kuchins, Noah

Lisy-Wagner, Laura

Lopez, Janet

Miller, Cori

Mooney, Dylan

Okhremtchouk, Irina

Olsher, David

Pasion, Sally

Platas, Linda

Roehrman, Todd

Rubin, Jasper

Sanders, Alison

Shapiro, Jerry

Sinha, Dipendra

 

 

Small, Rachel

Spencer, Dee

Steier, Saul

Stowers, Genie

Summit, Jennifer

Tanner, Kimberly

Thomas, Tom

Turitz, Mitch

Van Velsor, Patricia

Walls, Andrew

Way, Lori Beth

Wilczek, Cindy

Wilhite, Lightfoot

Wilson, Jackson

Williams, Aimee

Wong, President

Wong, Yutian

Yee-Melichar, Darlene

 

Absences: Carcieri, Martin (abs); Leech, Mary (abs); Okhremtchouk, Irina (abs); Scott, Michael (abs); Sev’aetasi, Loretta (abs); Pido, Eric (abs); Soorapanth, Sada (abs); Teh, Kwok-Siong (exc);   

 

Visitors: Jane Dewitt, Sophie Clavier, Claude Bartholomew, Kim Altura, Zuzana Janko, Greeeu, Mi-Sook Kim, Sugie Goen-Salta, Jennifer Trainor, Jennifer Shea, Nancy Robinson, Nina Roberts, Troi Carleton.

 

  1. Approval of the Agenda for May 1, 2018
    • Agenda was approved with the following revision: Sen. Mooney moved that original item #9 become item #7 to accommodate visitors already present, and item #13 became item #8 for the same reason.
  2. Approval of the Minutes for April 17, 2018
    • Minutes were approved as submitted.
  3. Announcements from the Floor
    • Chair Gerber announced the conference “Resisting the Neoliberal University,” which is taking place at Seven Hills on Friday, May 4.
    • Sen. Roehrman announced that the Theater and Dance production of Hair is in its second weekend this weekend.
    • Sen. Yee-Melichar announced on behalf of the Campus Sustainability Committee that there are still tickets available for tomorrow’s “Farm to Fork” event, for the 12 and 12:30 seatings.
    • Sen. Williams announced that it will be Stress Relief Day on Thursday and on Friday, Health Promotion and Wellness will host the Inaugural Mental Health Symposium from 10 – 2 in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
    • Secretary Lisy-Wagner announced that the 2nd annual LCA Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Showcase will be happening at Seven Hills from 10 – 6.  
    • Sen. Foley informed the Senate that an Associated Students representative does not need to be an AS Board member, so she reminded the Senate that the AS Board is not solely responsible for finding student representatives on committees. She also recommended that the SAC committee next year draft language to instruct committees about how to recruit students.
  4. Reports
    1. Chair
      • Chair Gerber reported that this is the last senate plenary with full business, but that next week’s plenary will be a joint meeting of the AY 2017 – 2018 and AY 2018 – 2019 senates. She instructed senators about the transition process from this year to next. She described successes of this year’s senate and some goals for the upcoming years. She also introduced the process of Academic Master Planning and introduced the Opening University Convocation on Thursday, August 23. She explained that the new name is part of the process to be more inclusive of various campus constituents.  
  5. Standing Committees
    1. Academic Policies Committee
      • Sen. Wilson reported that APC discussed the revisions to BRC policy and the Standard Time Blocks policy.
    2. Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
      • Sen. Stowers reported on the accomplishments of CRAC for the year and outlined what is coming before the senate later in the meeting.
    3. Faculty Affairs Committee
      • Sen. Roehrman reported on the work of FAC during the year, including the GTA tuition remission policy which is on today’s agenda.
    4. Student Affairs Committee
      • Sen. Williams reported on the work of SAC during the year, including today’s revision to the anti-bullying policy.
    5. Strategic Issues Committee
      • Sen. Gen reported on the work of SIC this year, including the Administrative Search Pool policy and issues of budget transparency.
  6. Report from the Graduate Council
    • Prof. Jennifer Shea, Chair of the Graduate Council, and Interim Graduate Dean Mi-sook Kim gave a report about the work of the Graduate Council. They discussed what Grad Council has done this year, including the SF State Scholars program and the GTA Tuition Waiver Pilot program.
    • Sen. Yee-Melichar noted that all students pay Student Activities Fees, both graduate and undergraduate, and asked what benefits graduate students receive from Student Activities Fees. Dean Kim answered that more research and discussion needs to take place on this topic.
    • Sen. Wilson asked for more information about the revisions to the Graduate Certificate Policy.
    • Sen. Gen asked whether Grad Council has discussed the downturn in graduate enrollment this year. Prof. Shea answered that it has been a topic of discussion for years.
    • Sen. Pasion asked about surveying graduate alumni both who are working on campus and who are not. Prof. Shea discussed how the current survey has been defined, in order to understand the contributions of graduate study for undergraduate student success.
    • Sen. Dariotis described positive experiences with Web Admit and asked about the upcoming fee waiver program for GTA’s. Dean Kim answered that the logistics of the pilot program still needs to be worked out.   
    • Sen. Stowers noted that the tuition waiver pilot program is not getting enough attention, because people have advocated for this for years and it is an incredible accomplishment.
    • Sen. Denetclaw asked for follow-up information on the presentation.
  7. Report from the Baccalaureate Requirements Committee: Revision to the Appendices to the policy on Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees, Majors, Concentrations, Minors and Certificates
    • Prof. Zuzana Janko, Chair of BRC, gave a report to the Senate about changes made to the appendices of the Baccalaureate Requirements Policy, several of which were made in response to Executive Orders 1100 and 1110 and to facilitate changes to the First-Year Experience. Chair Gerber explained
    • Sen. Wilson asked for explanation of the discussions had at BRC about the Lifelong Learning and Development requirements. Prof. Janko talked about the inclusion of the First-Year Experience in the LLD requirements. She noted that faculty teaching LLD classes would need to include some of the learning goals for the First-Year Experience. Sen. Lori Beth Way also clarified that some of the direction for these changes came from the Chancellor's Office.

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Revision to #S17-255, Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees, Majors, Concentrations, Minors and Certificates (first reading)
    • Chair Gerber reminded senators of the process of moving items to second reading, especially because it is the final action plenary of the year. If an item is not moved to second reading, it will die.
    • Sen. Wilson moved the item, and Chair Gerber spoke in favor of it. Chair Gerber clarified that many of the changes to this policy are motivated by necessary compliance with executive orders. She outlined that we needed to remove area A4 and that area E could no longer be an overlay.
  • Sen. Way yielded time to Prof. Grace Yoo, the First-Year Experience Director. Prof. Yoo noted that the desire for a first-year seminar came out of the Foundations of Excellence committees and a First-Year Seminar Taskforce. She described the inclusion of First-Year Experience goals in area A2 and E as a good opportunity for faculty to offer “dream classes”.
  • Sen. Dariotis noted problems with Executive Orders as impetus for curricular redesign and noted that on Friday the Council for Ethnic Studies for the CSU met and discussed how the Executive Orders will be impacting Ethnic Studies. She predicted that there will be some calls to action around these Executive Orders.
  • Sen. Summit noted that the First-Year courses should be open to all faculty to teach, and that this could be an opportunity for faculty across the institution to think experimentally about what kinds of courses they could be offering to first-year students. She asked what the process might be by which faculty could offer to teach a course in the redesigned Area E. Sen. Way answered that the process will be the standard one for new GE courses. These courses need to be implemented for Fall 2019, so they would need to be submitted this fall. They would also go before CWEP.   
  • Sen. Wu asked whether courses that are in Area E are all First-Year courses or whether some are or not. Sen. Way answered that yes, they will be. Sen. Wu asked whether this would replace ENG 214. Chair Gerber answered that the attempt is, through including writing composition in Area E, to keep the emphasis on writing instruction in the second semester of the first year.
  • Sen. Sinha asked whether the approaches to Lifelong Learning would be different for different departments. He emphasized the importance of lifelong learning in career paths.
  • Sen. Mooney moved the item to second reading, with a second from Sen. Foley. The motion passed.
  • Sen. Wilson proposed an amendment, starting on line 634, so that it would read “All agreed-upon changes will be voted on by the Educational Policies Council and brought to Senate for approval.” Sen. Wilson also explained his rationale. Sen. Stowers seconded the amendment. Sen. Way asked when this change would come into effect, and Chair Gerber answered that it would be effective Fall 2018. The amendment passed.
  • Vice-Chair Albiniak called for a vote, and the motion passed unanimously.
  •    Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Revision to #S12-265, Graduate Council Policy (first reading)
    • Vice-Chair Albiniak moved the item and spoke in its favor.
  • Sen. Hines ceded her time to Prof. Jennifer Shea, chair of Grad Council. Prof. Shea explained the changes proposed, primarily centering on membership.
  • Sen. Turitz recommended a change that representation from the library be a possibility, as well as from all colleges. Chair Gerber recommended that this language be proposed as an amendment.
  • Sen. Stowers moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Turitz. The motion passed.
    • Sen. Turitz proposed an amendment to line 31, to add “and the Library” to the point about college representation.
    • Sen. Gen noted that the current language seems to ask for a librarian who also has experience as a graduate coordinator.
    • Chair Gerber called for a vote, and the amendment passed.
    • Sen. Turitz proposed an amendment to line 30 to read “One faculty representative with experience as a graduate coordinator or equivalent”, seconded by Sen. Collins.
    • Chair Gerber called for a vote, and the amendment passed.
  • Chair Gerber called for a vote, and the motion passed unanimously.
  1. Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed Policy on Graduate Teaching Associate Tuition Waivers (first reading)
    • Sen. Roehrman moved the item and spoke in its favor.
    • Sen. Tanner moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Wilson. The motion passed.
    • Chair Gerber called for a vote, and the motion passed unanimously.
  2. Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed Discontinuance of the Bachelor of Arts in Art: Concentration in Art Education (first reading)
    • Sen. Wilson moved the item and described that this was a divisive issue for EPC.
      • Sen. Harris ceded his time to Dr. Gwen Allen, Chair of the School of Art. Dr. Allen explained how the decision to discontinue the concentration was pursued through shared governance and the credential in Art Education is not being discontinued. She described the requirements for the CSET waiver in Art and how they will remain active after discontinuance of the Art Education concentration. She described the process by which the department chose to discontinue the concentration. She added that the Studio Art concentration prepares students better for teaching art than the Art Education concentration.
      • Sen. Wilson ceded his time to Prof. Nancy Robinson, Interim Dean of the Graduate College of Education. She described the transfer of art education courses (ART 450, 650, 655) to the GCOE as a success. The second and third courses have become credential courses. She described how ART 450 is now a high-enrollment course for the GCOE. She established that the GCOE is very dedicated to the credentialing of art educators. She added that in the seven credential areas that GCOE does offer, each has a Curriculum and Instruction course. Three of them are offered outside the college.
      • Sen. Sinha expressed the opinion that art belongs to the community as a whole, and asked why five people did not vote for the discontinuance and one voted against. The vote was 12-1 in favor of the discontinuance with 5 people not voting. There was no option to abstain. Not all 5 people were on campus when the vote was taken.
      • Sen. Stowers mentioned that one of the members who did not vote chose not to vote because he did not have enough information, and thanked Prof. Robinson for her comments. She added that the transfer of courses to GCOE were a case study for how not to do shared governance. The original two deans who were involved in the original discussion about transferring the courses did not discuss it with the faculty in the GCOE.
      • Sen. Shapiro noted that there are currently finalists for the position of Dean in the GCOE, and that having a new dean come in and perhaps reconfigure pieces that address the needs of the faculty and think about ways in which the college responds to needs of the university and the community. He asked what the compelling urgency is for moving this issue. He recommended that we carry this issue over to next year.
      • Sen. Wilczek noted that these courses were already transferred to GCOE years ago and that the urgency is that the concentration does not comply with EO 1071. She spoke in favor of going ahead with the discontinuance.
      • Sen. Tanner noted that COSE is working to build more pathways to becoming a teacher and wondered why this is moving in the other direction. She asked what is going to be done to encourage people to become art teachers. Prof. Allen answered that they would do publicity on their website and would encourage it through advising.
      • Sen. Wilson mentioned a comment of Sen. Stowers in ExComm, that the Academic Master Plan will be an opportunity to talk about the connections between different parts of the university and the responsibility of different parts of the university to the university mission.
    • Sen. Roehrman moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Johnson. The motion passed, with 7 dissents and 1 abstention.
    • Chair Gerber called for a ballot vote. The motion passed with a vote of 25-16-5.
  3. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Policy on Undergraduate Student Instruction (first reading)
    • Sen. Stowers moved the item and spoke in its favor. She outlined the changes that have been made since the last plenary.
      • Sen. Gen asked whether this is the policy that would provide the foundation for the Experimental College. Sen. Stowers answered that it would, as well as govern other forms of undergraduate student instruction.
    • Sen. Wilson moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Mooney. The motion passed.
    • Sen. Summit spoke in favor of the item and thanked the committee for drafting it. She also spoke in support of the Experimental College.
    • Chair Gerber called for a vote. The motion passed with one abstention.
  4. Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Revision to #S17-243, Charge for the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (first reading)
    • Vice-Chair Albiniak moved the item and spoke in its favor. He outlined the basic revisions.
    • Sen. Stowers moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Wilson. The motion passed.
    • Chair Gerber called for a vote. The motion passed unanimously.
  5. Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Revision to #F15-271, Policy on Assigned Time for Exceptional Levels of Service to Students (first reading)
    • Chair Gerber moved the item and spoke in its favor. She explained the rationale behind the revisions.
      • Sen. Wilson asked how the RTP criteria for different departments will factor in to the process. Chair Gerber noted that this is a continuing issue.
    • Chair Gerber moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Wilson. The motion passed.
    • Vice-Chair Albiniak called for a vote. The motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Minor in History (first reading)
    • Sen. Stowers moved the item and spoke in its favor.
      • Sen. Foley asked whether most minors were more than 15 units. Chair Gerber answered that minors can be this low, and Sen. Stowers added that most minor proposals that have come before CRAC have been in the direction of fewer units. Sen. Foley asked whether we could direct more minors to decrease their number of total units.
    • Sen. Wilczek moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Roehrman. The motion passed.
    • Chair Gerber called for a vote. The motion passed unanimously. 
  2. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Minor in Music (first reading)
    • Sen. Stowers moved the item and spoke in its favor.
    • Sen. Mooney moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Platas. The motion passed.
    • Chair Gerber called for a vote. The motion passed unanimously.
  3. Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee: Proposed update to RF15-337, In Support of Anti-Bullying (first reading)
    • Sen. Williams moved the item and spoke in its favor.
      • Sen. Dariotis spoke in support of the resolution. She related experiences of needing to mediate in instances of student bullying and noted that it is difficult to do without frameworks for restorative justice. She added that students who experience this sort of bullying often drop out or lose the joy of learning.
      • Sen. Foley thanked SAC for their work in changing the policy and noted that the policy is not just for student-to-student bullying, but for all campus constituents.
      • Sen.  Amjadi spoke in favor of the revisions and the overall policy.
      • Sen. Thomas spoke in favor of the revisions.
      • Sen. Wong thanked SAC and asked whether they have consulted with CSUEU, who is also drafting an anti-bullying policy. Sen. Williams answered that they did not, but that they consulted with the Anti-Bullying Workgroup and Christina Sabee, who has done so.
    • Sen. Brown moved the item to second reading, seconded by Sen. Castillo. The motion passed. 
    • Chair Gerber also spoke in favor of the revisions.
    • Sen.  Yee-Melichar proposed an amendment on line 107 to strike the word “student” to read instead “an autonomous Ombudsperson”. The amendment was seconded by Sen. Collins.
      • Sen. Williams pointed out that we already have an ombudsperson on campus, but not an autonomous person who is advocating for students.
      • Sen. Sinha asked whether we can actually legislate against bullying and whether we could include some form of counseling. Chair Gerber directed Sen. Sinha that Senate is currently only addressing the specific amendment.
      • Sen. Dariotis spoke against the amendment. She expressed the opinion that we could certainly have more than one ombudsperson.
      • Sen. Yee-Melichar expressed that her amendment came from a practical concern about the upcoming budget, but that she would like to see an ombudsperson who is open to concerns from faculty, staff, and students.
      • Sen. Foley asked whether the student ombudsperson would be working with students and students or also students and faculty, etc.
      • Sen. Williams argued in favor of retaining the student component.
      • Sen. Dariotis asked us to consider the numbers of complaints we are talking about, so that we may need more people acting as ombudsperson.
      • Vice-Chair Albiniak spoke against the amendment.
      • Chair Gerber called for a vote, and the amendment failed.
    • Sen. Yee-Melichar proposed an amendment to line 111 – 12 to read instead “the Office of the Dean of Students, the President’s Office, and the University Counsel.” The amendment was seconded by Sen. Dariotis. The motion passed.
    • Sen. Sinha requests that students be asked to think about counseling options as well. He proposed an amendment to line 109, adding a line so that it would read: “Resolved, that the university would provide counseling to students suffering harassment.” No senator seconded the amendment.
    • Chair Gerber called for a vote. The motion passed unanimously.
  4. Adjournment
    • The meeting was adjourned at 4:35.