SF State Academic Senate           

Seven Hills Conference Center – Nob Hill Room

10/16/2012

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:

Alvarenga, Gabriela Anderson, David

Avani, Nathan

Azadpur, Mohammad

Baines, AnnMarie

Barranco, Joseph

Bartscher, Patricia

Bettinger, Chris

Boyle, Andrea

Buckley, Linda

Chen, Lily

Chernoff, Maxine

Cholette, Susan

Clavier, Sophie

Cleary, John

Collins, Robert

Donohue, Patricia

Drennan, Marie

 

Evans, Gail

Gamboa, Yolanda

Ganji, Ahmad

Getz, Trevor

Hanley, Lawrence

Harris, Shimina

Hayes, Nancy

Hellman, David

Holzman, Barbara

Hood, Pamela

Howard, Pamela

Lau, Jenny

Lewis, Julia

Linder, Martin

Lopez, Eurania

Mendolla, Paul

Pellaud, Isabelle

Prive, Alice

 

Rosser, Sue

Rourke, David

Steier, Saul

Stowers, Genie

Strong, Robert

Tumbat, Gulnur

Usowicz, Thaddeus

Vasche, Jason

Vaughn, Pamela

Wanek, Linda

Williams, Robert

Yee-Melichar, Darlene

Yoo, Grace

 

 

Absences: Flores, Oscar (abs); Gerber, Nancy (abs); Ginwala, Cyrus (exc); Li, Wen-Chao (abs) ; Neylon, Alex (abs); Salama, Mohammad (exc); Sigmon, Mark (abs); Wong, Les (exc)

 

Parliamentarian: Ray Trautman

 

Guests: Brittany Alvine, Sacha Bounge, Caran Colvin, Sarah Craig, Jared Giarruso, Helen Goldsmith, Ann Hallum, Patricia Irvine, Betsy Kean, Hydra Mendoza, Linda Oubre, Saylan Turkkan, Shawn Whalen

 

CALL TO ORDER: 2:10 p.m.

With a quorum present, the meeting was called to order

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • No announcements were made.

 

  1. Approval of the Minutes for October 2, 2012
  • This item was discussed. Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points were made:
  1. Motion (Lopez) to approve.  Seconded (Chernoff).
  2. Minutes are approved by majority vote.

 

  1. Approval of the Agenda for October 16, 2012
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points were made:
  1. Motion (Holzman) to amend the agenda to move item #4 to agenda item #5 and vice versa.  Seconded (Collins)
  2. Agenda is amended by majority vote with “Standing Committee and AS CSU updates” switched in order to proceed “Discussion with Hydra Mendoza, SF Public Schools”.
  3. Motion (Lopez) to approve the agenda as amended.  Seconded (Chernoff)
  4. Agenda is approved as amended by general consent.

 

  1. Chair’s Report
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points were made:
  1.    Online Education Policy was signed by President Wong.
  2.   Acknowledgement of Executive Committee discussion with President of the Community College of San Francisco Academic Senate to discuss accreditation and financial situation.
  3. VoterFest was a success last 10/10/2012.  Ballot initiative education, live speakers, voter registration, and hot dogs were available.  Special thanks to    Jared Giarrusso, Government Relation; Senator Robert Williams, for speaking at the event; Senate office staff Angela Sposito, Nicole Henderson, Cynthia, Daniel and Anthony for assisting in voter registration; and Vice Chair, Rob Collins, for sitting in on planning meetings.

 

  1. Standing Committee Chairs & CSU Senate Reports
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points were made:
  1. This item was amended to proceed discussion of Hydra Mendoza (former agenda item #4)
  2. APC  - (Chernoff)  Proposed Revision for Minimum Grade Requirement; Academic Freedom Policy is next in line
  3. CRAC – (Stowers)  BS in General Business Administration Concentration and Certificate in Commercial Real Estate is currently being considered by the senate; Guidelines for departments when considering private industry interest in developing partnerships in curriculum.
  4. FAC – (Vaughn) – Review of existing policies to be incompliance with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, hosting CTFD Advisory Board Chair for discussion
  5. SIC – (Williams) – BRC and WASC Report review is pending; Recommendation being formed around discontinuance and Institutional Review Committee (IRC) being formed
  6. SAC – (Lopez) – Student appointments are pending; AVP – Student Affairs presentation on services available to students; Sunset policy review is pending.
  7. AS CSU Senators – (Linder/Yee-Melichar/RewanzBoyle):  Fiscal and Government Affairs Committee is working on reaching out to legislative candidates regarding the benefits of higher education and SF State University; Graduate Student State University Grants are on the radar of the Fiscal and Government Affairs Committee; Gain greater understanding of and transparency around CSU budget; Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC)  brainstorming in which online education (source materials, faculty development, delivering quality education, use of social media, online learning and relationship of corporate America and corporate profits); Academic Affairs Committee is working on (1) statewide resolution necessary for  upper division general education  (2) Review campus input and refine resolution in response to the amended Board of Trustees agenda item #3 which is now an information item, (3) revisions to resolutions for an Executive Order on systemwide baccalaureate Nursing policy  (4) collecting and reviewing concerns and questions related to International programs (5) Calstate online program and Commission of Library Directors, (6) Progress on system wide commitments of the Access to Excellence strategic plan, (7) Review Course repeat policy

   

 

  1. Discussion with Hydra Mendoza, SF Public Schools
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points/Highlights were made:
  1.      This item was amended to follow Standing Committee and AS CSU Senate reports (former agenda item #4)
  2. Presentation slides were reviewed in the discussion.
  3. Appointed under Mayor Newsom and continue under Mayor Lee.
  4. Also appointed to a term on the Board of Education and was the Board’s immediate past president.
  5. San Francisco Promise – Idea predicated on the question, “How do we get more of our local students (SFUSD) eligible and enrolled in SF State?”  This program starts in the 6th grade and provides financial and academic support.
  6. Bridge to Success – program designed to double the number of low income youth who achieve a certificate or professional training through City College.
  7. Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) – is designed to build a community network.
  8. Partnership between SFUSD and  SF State also achieves stronger:  Teacher training opportunities; Headstart; Public Relations support and advocacy; Real Estate (School of the Arts transaction); Partnerships; Advocacy
  9. Questions and comments included:  Any updates or news on CTE?; Any partnerships or grants that are joint projects with SF State and SFUSD?; Is the Mayor’s office involved in supporting City College during the current concerns?; What is the landscape of the propositions/ballot initiatives for the November 6th election? Youth Commission is seeking candidates to continue working on legislation from the Mayor’s office.  Students from ages 12-24 are encouraged to participate.

 

  1. Update on the Office or Research & Sponsored Programs & Faculty Development Retreat from Associate Vice President Jaylan Turkkan
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points/highlights were made:
  1. Flyer  on the event was passed among senators
  2. Date:   January 23 and 24th, 2013 in the Library.
  3. This day is a series of “how to” workshops and focus on faculty creativity
  4. Retreat related activities can be found at:  Retreat2.sfsu.edu
  5. Senators are asked to form affinity and interest groups in preparation for the retreat.
  6. Dean of Faculty Affairs, Sache Bunge highlighted (1) a reception acknowledging authors of books/textbooks, acknowledgement of art and artists around campus, and recipients of grants; (2) Poster session acknowledging faculty who created posters and talks in the last year.  Further details are to come from the Faculty Affairs Office

 

  1. Academic  Senate Elections
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chair Hanley)
  • The following points were made:
  1.   All-University Teacher Education Committee—Senate Representative, 1-year term
  2. Nominations include:
    1. (Avani) nominates (Linder), second (Holzman).  (Linder) accepts the nomination
    2. No further nominations from the floor
    3. (Linder) is appointed by acclimation.

 

  1. Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Revisions to the S11-255, Section II.B Minimum grade requirement in all Basic Skills courses (Areas A1-3; B4) in General Education at San Francisco State, Minimum Grade Requirement, 1st Reading
  • This item was discussed.  Moved by (Chernoff)
  • The following points were made:
  1. This item has been discussed and reviewed several times through the senate and standing committee.  A, B, C, No Credit has been endorsed in those conversations to be compatible with transfer students.  BRC recommends this proposed revision.
  2. Line 30 needs to be edited to remove the first “the” to read “the these courses, such substitution - whether it be for an individual or a program – shall”
  3. College of Business Dean’s council opposes the A, B, C, No Credit endorsement and advises a study on time to completion or complete a fact-based analysis.  No credit may be perceived as failing and requiring a student to retake a course with an original grade of C- may affect time to graduation.
  4. Support for the revision may assist students who are in jeopardy of entering probation.
  5. How many students who receive a significant number of C- grades persist and are successful in their college careers?
  6. The grading policy in broader context may need to be reviewed.
  7. Move (Chernoff) to second reading, seconded (Collins).
  8. Motion passes by majority vote.  Item is in second reading.
  9. The question is called (Bettinger), seconded (Collins).
  10. The item passes by a majority vote.

 

  1. Recommendation from Curriculum Review & Approval Committee: Proposed New Concentration in General Business under the B.S. in Business Administration, 1st Reading
  • This item was not discussed.  Moved by (Stowers)
  • The following points were made:
  1. College of Business helps this concentration will assist students in their persistence to degree attainment.  The proposal was unanimously endorsed by CRAC and recommends its approval.
  2. Line 30 needs to be edited under the student learning goals to the following, “(5) Students understand the ethical, legal, political, social, and cultural and environmental issues related”
  3. Move (Holzman) to second reading, seconded (Hellman).
  4. Motion passes by majority vote.  Item is in second reading.
  5. The question is called (Hayes), seconded (Collins).
  6. The item passes by a majority vote.

 

  1. Recommendation from Curriculum Review & Approval Committee: Proposed New Undergraduate Certificate in Commercial Real Estate, 1st Reading
  • This item was not discussed.  Moved by (Stowers)
  • The following points were made:
  1. Proposal originated by private industry in the San Francisco community as a proactive measure. 
  2. Undergraduate curriculum committee negotiated the initial structure of this certificate with regard to assessment, administrative support, and field training.
  3. The proposal was unanimously endorsed by CRAC and recommends its approval.
  4. Has there been an assessment of demand?  Courses are already being delivered and are at full enrollment.  Further assessment will need to continue.
  5. After two years continued funding through BOMA SF Foundation will be assessed.
  6. Second proposal involving private funds being used to support curriculum proposals.  CRAC will evaluate these types of proposals for faculty governance involvement, ethical considerations, etc.
  7. Move (Evans) to second reading, seconded (Collins).
  8. Motion passes by majority vote.  Item is in second reading.
  9. The question is called (Hayes), seconded (Collins).
  10. The motion is defeated by majority vote.
  11. Discussion continued in favor of the item with concerns related to the funding changes over time, and who the private sponsors  of the proposal
  12. The question is called (Collins), seconded (Vaughn)
  13. The motion passes by majority vote

   

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

 

Adjournment:  3:47 PM

 

The following documents were shared and discussed within the agenda:

  1.  Proposed Revisions to the S11-255, Section II.B Minimum grade requirement in all Basic Skills courses (Areas A1-3; B4) in General Education at San Francisco State, Minimum Grade Requirement
  2. Proposed New Concentration in General Business under the B.S. in Business Administration
  3. Proposed New Undergraduate Certificate in Commercial Real Estate