Minutes: March 6th, 2001


of the Academic Senate Meeting

of March 6, 2001

The Academic Senate was called to order by Chair Vaughn

at 2:10 p.m.

Senate Members Present:
Aaron, Eunice Alvarez, Alvin Avila, Guadalupe Cherny, Robert Collier, James Colvin, Caran Concolino, Christopher Corrigan, Robert Cullers, Susan deVries, Brian Duke, Jerry Edwards, James Elia, John Johnson, Sharon La Belle, Thomas Ferretti, Charlotte Garcia, Velia Gerson, Deborah Gillotte, Helen Goldsmith, Helen Gregory, Jan Harnly, Caroline Hom, Marlon Hu, Sung Hubler, Barbara Jerris, Scott Johnson, Dane Langbort, Carol Leal-Idrogo, Anita Amy Nichols Onate, Abdiel Raggio, Marcia Sayeed, Lutfus Scoble, Donald Shrivastava, Vinay Smith, Miriam Steier, Saul Strong, Rob Su, Yuli Turitz, Mitch Vaughn, Pamela Warren, Penelope Williams, Robert Wong, Alfred Yip, Yewmun

Senate Members Absent: McKeon, Midori

(exc); Contreras, Ray (exc); Blomberg, Judith (exc); Moallem, Minoo (exc);

Bernstein, Marian (exc); Bartscher, Patricia (exc); James Kelley (exc);

J. Sagisi; E. Pasaporte; Oswaldo Garcia

Guests: P. Barnes; J. Combs; Ted DeAdwyler;

Anna Bishop; Jane Bernard-Powers; Jeanne Wick; J. Kassiola.

  • Announcements and Report
President Corrigan talked to the Senate about

where we as a campus are going with regard to the FMI review process. He

first thanked the Senate Executive Committee for counsel at various stages.

He also thanked the CFA leadership on this campus for their handling of

this issue, particularly how they have given him space in a civil environment

to consider this issue. He thanked his cabinet colleagues for their counsel

and 466 faculty colleagues who took part in the survey, 40% of tenured/tenure-track

(t/tt) faculty, which is for us a very very high turnout for a survey of

this kind. He was also struck by fact that 60% of the t/tt faculty did not

participate in the survey. [secretary's note: the results of the survey

were as follows: 312 - NO to proceeding with FMI this spring; 159 - YES

to proceeding with FMI this spring]. This makes for a more complicated decision.

Corrigan went on to explain that this is a decision

that is difficult for all of us, not so much whether you are for or against

merit pay but because of the peculiarity of our campus situation. He reiterated

that we are not without a contract; there is a contract in place, and collective

bargaining means bargaining a successor contract from the premise that what

is in the old contract is in fact an agreement under which you operate unless

you change it. The bargaining process also demands that you offer up some

items in exchange for those that you want. There is a commitment that SFSU

would in fact complete its FMI review in the spring semester. Corrigan elaborated on discussion that we are

out of sync with the other campuses. He reiterated that he believes our

calendar is better, and he noted that as of March 1, 2001, we were the only

campus in system that was able to provide all compensation

increases for faculty. He added his continued concern about the nature of

our environment that makes it difficult for our faculty--especially younger

faculty--to have a decent wage and a decent quality of life, noting some

of the exorbitant costs for living in the Bay Area. He added that to some

extent there is a generational issue here with some faculty much more comfortable

than others, listing some of these differences. Corrigan summarized the two good arguments that

he has heard over and over again about why he should abort the FMI process

for this spring: first, we don't know what the pay package will

look like; second, we don't know what the process will

be in the review of faculty for a merit pay increase. He detailed some of

the negotiations between the CSU administration and the State Government.

He noted that there has been little progress on CSU and CFA review of merit

pay programs. Thus, the argument advanced to him is that in the absence

of knowledge of the new guidelines, it is premature of us to go ahead.

Corrigan commented that the Senate Executive Committee

were both persuasive and elegant on why the FMI process on this campus should

be aborted, especially in terms of this last point. He then explained that

he put on the table a couple of conditions that he would guarantee were

we to go ahead with the review process: first, he would honor recommendations

from the departments in so far as they were endorsed by the deans. He would

not cut the recommendation at the President's level if it was supported

by the deans, though he would have the 10% presidential pool to augment

those increases. He added the caveat that the departments would honor the

process; that is, basically what was done this year rather than the last

year with individual review and some kind of assessment on an individual

basis of the quality of the faculty. He added that this would apply to all

faculty recommendations and not just t/tt. Corrigan explained another

condition with regard to the President's pool. If we were to go ahead with

the FMI process, and we had less money than we were allocating to the departments

now, he would dedicate all of the dollars from the president's pool plus

other dollars that might be available in order to bring up the recommendations

as best he could to what had been proposed by the department and approved

by the dean. Corrigan addressed an outstanding issue: what

would the Merit Plan look like and will there be one. The Faculty Activity

Report (FAR) deadline has passed; decisions for putting forward faculty

for SSIs must be made this week. The next step on that calendar is the March

16 deadline for the Department Chair to pass Department recommendations

on to the Dean and then an April 13 deadline for the Dean to report to the

president with a May 11 deadline for Presidential decisions. After talking

with Dean of Faculty Affairs, the President confirmed that, if we chose

to, that calendar could be modified as follows: the presidential decision

by May 25, deans to president by May 1, with departments having from March

23 to April 20 to do departmental deliberations on the merit increases.

Corrigan concluded that it is his considered judgement--because

we can revise that calendar and we might have some movement with regard

to dollar amounts and process--to hold back from aborting the process entirely

at this time. If departments wish to start the review process now, he encourages

them to do so, and he will honor those decisions. If, on the other hand,

most departments choose to wait him out on this until March 23, the process

can begin then at the department level. He is not persuaded that losing

the opportunity to put dollars in the hands of our faculty early on should

be lost because of indecision at the statewide level, and he is not persuaded

that he should make a hasty decision today over concerns about our ability

to stay within that calendar. He added that he cannot go beyond the middle

of March, but that he might make a decision earlier when he has more clarity

on what process will be used. Corrigan amplified his perspective on that process,

considering it inconceivable that any change in the Merit Pay Process would

involve taking away from the departments the right to review faculty and

make recommendations about compensation. He doubts that the role of the

Dean would be compromised in any new process. If there is any level of review

that might be compromised, it would be the role of the President, and, based

on last year, he is comfortable with that. He added that Presidents should

have the authority to deal with equity. Corrigan summarized by saying

that, if he makes a decision not to go forward in the Process, it will be

made on the basis of the fact that we have no evidence before us that we

are likely to get that extra 2% and not much evidence that the people arguing

on our behalf statewide will be able to deliver on a process that will get

us a contract quickly. In that situation, Corrigan threw out a challenge

to the Senate in order to avoid frittering away our ability to get major

funding out of the state because we do not have our act together: given

that we have the major leadership in the legislature in our area, the Senate,

CFA, and Administration, need to do our best to bring the leadership to

the campus and face them with three or four or five hundred faculty members

in an educational situation and show them why we have this need and what

that increase in compensation can mean for this faculty. Corrigan concluded that he is holding off on the

decision to abort the FMI process in order to see what happens. He is prepared,

if he does abort the decision, to ask us to join him in order to get better

funding out of the state. He also asks our forbearance, giving a little

more time on this issue for the opportunity to see how the contract bargaining

goes, which may allow us to be at the head of the pack and get the money

that our faculty need.


Senate Chair, Pamela Vaughn reported briefly on

the CSU Academic Conference, which included Statewide Senators, Campus Senate

Chairs, Provosts, Presidents, the Chancellor briefly, and many Trustees.

Vaughn commented on the Chancellor's speech, noting

its canned and promotional nature that seemed not directly addressed to

the people in front of him. He mentioned our recent resolution, singling

us out for our alleged position on the "necessity" of FMI--a comment which

prompted her to email the Chancellor and suggest that he re-read the entire

resolution. She also could not resist quipping to Board of Trustees Chair

Lawrence Gould that it occurred to her that the Chancellor read our resolution

much as the NRA reads the second amendment to the Constitution. She reiterated

to Gould the importance of the Chancellor's office reading and understanding

the report of the CSU Academic Senate Merit Pay Task Force. Vaughn then summarized Gould's speech, where he

insisted on the harmony among the Trustees and stated that his primary concerns

were workload, housing, salaries and benefits much more so than merit pay.

He is also very concerned about keeping parties to bargaining talking to

one another. Informally, Gould made clear his belief in the partnership

between the Board of Trustees and Faculty, not just the Board of Trustees

and the Chancellor's Office. Vaughn described the major concerns brought up

by Senate Chairs, summarizing that most clustered around imposition by the

central administration of priorities that may not be shared priorities on

each campus, e.g., common calendar and year-round-operations. This resulted

in a resolution from Chairs of Campus Senates reminding the Chancellor and

the Board of Trustees of the role of the faculty in deciding on their calendar

and curriculum. To illustrate this feeling, Vaughn quoted from her

colleague Ted Ruml at CSU-San Bernadino: "The main point is that nobody

has been consulted. Given the lack of consultation, it is easy to see the

common calendar as leading to common CMS course numbers, leading to common

lower division course descriptions, leading to common lower division textbooks

. . . leading ultimately to complete homogenization of the twenty-three

campuses. An alternative way of putting this is that the faculty have engaged

the Borg [a Star Trek allusion]: 'We will assimilate you. You will comply.

Resistance is futile.' The Borg are, if nothing else, 'efficient.'"

Vaughn also noted the wonderful discussions of

university and community partnerships like our own presentation by Dean

Zingale on the Lake Merced project. She mentioned brilliant presentations

from the statewide Academic Affairs Committee, led by our Senator Cherny,

which provided some chilling perspectives on the future, and one on which

Senator Gregory collaborate from statewide Faculty Affairs. Statewide Senator Eunice Aaron noted Harold Goldwhite's

remark about how representative the group was, meaning the various segments

of the system: staff, faculty, administrators, trustees, etc. Aaron shared

with him an alternative perspective from a colleague who said the conference

seemed like being at Pebble Beach for its absence of diversity. She suggested

the need for an incubator to get faculty involved in shared governance,

to get everybody in it so that we can truly represent the students that

we teach.

Agenda Item #1 - Approval of Agenda for March 6,


Vaughn moved that the agenda be amended to reverse

items three and four and to postpone the chair's report to closing.

The agenda was approved as amended.

Agenda Item #2 - Approval of Minutes for Meeting of February

20, 2001

The minutes were approved as written.

Agenda Item #3 - Proposed Revisions to Academic Senate

Policy #S86-96 Establishing the Liberal Studies Council

Academic Senate Vice-Chair Helen Goldsmith introduced

this consent item from the Senate Executive Committee, noting that she is also

the Liberal Studies Program c\Coordinator. She summarized that most of the changes

are to bring us in line with where we are today as opposed to where we were

in 1986. The changes came out of deliberation within the Liberal Studies

Council and in response to the recent program review.

Robert Cherny suggested adding explanation regarding

the differences in items #1 and #2. Specifically, he asked for clarification

on what the policies and principles are that do not

involve curricular review that are involved in #1. Jane

Bernard-Powers, Liberal Studies Council Chair, replied that the policies and

principles that govern the program have to do with issues like assessment, interaction

with departments, and other things related to running the Liberal Studies Program.

She added that they were careful not to identify the Program as a department,

but it does have some attributes of a department. The governance of the program

does not necessarily fall under curriculum review. Cherny followed up by posing

an additional question, noting that #2 is a significant limitation on #1. He

asked whether, if we approve this change, are we delegating to the Liberal Studies

Council the power to constitute themselves. Jerald Combs noted that the old policy said we would

recommend policy to the senate, which meant we would be running back and forth

here all the time. He pointed to the addition of "operating under the aegis

of the Academic Senate" and suggested that this model is parallel to the General

Education Council; major policy changes would come back to the Senate.

Vaughn added that all due reference to curricular

review and reporting to the Senate is in this document.

M/S/P (Duke, Hu) to second reading.

M/S/P (Hu, Shrivastava) to close debate.

The vote was taken and the policy was approved unanimously.

Agenda Item #4 - Agenda Item #4 - Report from Vice President

La Belle

Vice President La Belle reported on the College of

Extended Learning. He characterized its importance as our "front-door" to the

community with its professional development courses, and winter and summer terms.

He reminded us of its strong leadership under Peter Dewees, and suggested that

new CEL Dean LucyAnn Geiselman will carry that forward. He noted the

close working relationship between CEL and the university at large, and he recounted

the success of CEL in a very competitive environment, pointing to the multimedia

center as an example of CEL finding a niche. CEL has been a very important fiscal

resource, too. La Belle then discussed these changing times with

the general fund supporting summer session, which puts CEL into a transitional

phase in search of a new marketplace. He then laid out some of the past summer

numbers, summarized past profit-sharing and supplemental fees, and suggested

that colleges will need to be weaned from the supplemental fund. La Belle went into the CEL transition in greater detail,

noting a human resources review of staff, the search for new market niches,

and the plans for a new downtown campus building in the next half dozen years.

He also mentioned a new multimedia center in Oakland and the expansion of the

American Language Institute. La Belle stated that CEL anticipates a deficit this year,

and concluded that it is incumbent upon all of us to think through how CEL can

assist our programs, how CEL can remain healthy in order to remain that "front

door" to the community

Agenda Item #5 - Agenda Item #5 - Proposal for a Master

Calendar of Events

Helen Gillotte, Chair of the Student Affairs Committee

(SAC), yielded to Barbara Hubler, chair of the

implementation committee for this proposal. Hubler provided a brief history

of this proposal, noting how it came out of a survey of student needs that indicated

a need for some way of finding out all that was going on across campus: a master

calendar. A campus-wide task force took up this challenge and has produced this

proposal. Hubler moved that Senate approve this proposal and forward it to President

Corrigan for his consideration and implementation.

M/S/P (Gregory, Aaron) to second reading.

M/S/P (Edwards, Steier) to close debate.

The vote was taken and the proposal was approved unanimously.

Vaughn thanked Jeanne Wick and all the others

who worked so hard on this proposal. Great applause erupted.

Agenda Item #6 - Proposed Resolution on Adoption of a

Policy on the Administration and Processing of Teaching Effectiveness Evaluation


Penelope Warren, Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee

(FAC), introduced this consent item, recalling

the lively discussion we had around gathering student feedback of teaching effectiveness.

The question of the common core of questions has been dealt with by the Senate,

but guidelines for the administration of such an instrument had been set aside.

This proposal represents research on practices that are current around campus;

part of the impetus for this proposal is that sometimes even positive evaluations

of teaching effectiveness were called into question because there was no control

on how those instruments were administered. It is important to be beyond the

appearance of impropriety. Caran Colvin added that FAC felt that the administration

of the instrument is as important as instrument itself. This proposal is a collection

of the best practices on campus. Saul Steier raised a question about #4 since he often

does not know ahead of time which student will carry the evaluations to the

department office and feels trapped by the rigorousness of that rule. Vinay Shrivastava asked about specific guidelines

for evening and weekend classes when the office is closed. Colvin replied that

it would be up to the department to make that determination. Vaughn followed up with respect to Steier's question

whether we would consider the instructor notifying the department upon leaving

the room as sufficient notice. Colvin replied that this would be in keeping

with the spirit of the policy. Marlon Hom noted that we have a policy on teaching

evaluation, suggesting that this might be overkill to have this as a policy

rather than as guidelines or principles. Robert Wiliams wondered where

this policy is. Dean Barnes echoed Colvin's rationale for this policy

by noting that this is a this is a prelude to the uniform teaching instrument,

which will not be worth diddly without some uniform policy for the administration

of the instrument. Anita Leal-Idrogo asked about #5, on reasonable accommodations,

suggesting that the instructor does not usually do this alone, which makes this

misleading; she also asked about on-line course evaluations for on-line courses,

which have been developed by some faculty in lieu of policy. Cherny raised a concern going back to students in

evening classes given responsibility for these documents when the department

office is closed: in some cases slipping under the door is not realistic, so

we have to say that students take them home and turn them in the next morning,

unless we assign a paid staff member. Scott Jerris responded to Cherny's concerns by noting

they have a drop box at the office of the dean in the college of business.

Provost La Belle spoke in favor of the friendly amendment

to include the Disability resource Center; he also commented on on-line courses

noting that the guidelines for on-line courses include the need to identify

the way in which assessment will be conducted.

M/S/P (Warren, Smith) to second reading.

Sung Hu suggested a modification of La Belle's friendly

amendment, so #5 would read: "administrator of the evaluation process" rather

than the instructor. Warren explained that they were thinking of the prior thought

and arrangement that would be needed in order to make appropriate accommodations;

that is, they were addressing instructor responsibility here. The Committee accepted La Belle's friendly amendment and rejected

Hu's. Vaughn suggested the following language for #5: "The

evaluation process is subject to ADA regulations and reasonable accommodations

shall be made in advance." Steier asked if they wanted to delineate instructor

responsibility, and, if yes, suggested: "The professor shall give sufficient

notice of the date of evaluation so that appropriate arrangements may be made

in advance." Miriam Smith spoke in favor of "reasonable accommodation"

but raised a question about "in advance" since, if student is already in class,

reasonable accommodation is already being made. Vaughn suggested it might be

better to just stop it at "made." Jan Gregory suggested another friendly

version: "instructors shall arrange for reasonable accommodation in conjunction

with the Disability Resource Center." Jerry Duke commented on #2 with regard to night and

weekend classes: the instructor could walk with the student, open the office,

and have the student deposit them in the office. La Belle offered that the provost's office will work with

each Dean's office to develop a drop box or alternative arrangement.

Leal-Idrogo returned to #5, noting that not all accommodations

involve DRC; she offered the following suggestion for #5 that would accommodate

everything: "The evaluation process is subject to ADA regulations." Jeanne Wick offered the following gentle suggestion

for those departments using the computer tally sheets: drop them in boxes lightly.

La Belle promised that they would be padded boxes. Cherny thanked the Provost for providing resources to do

this, noting the repeating problem of students wanting to deliver things to

departments after hours. La Belle specified that his office would pay for a drop box for each college. Gregory commented

that department drop boxes might be appropriate since some large departments

have many night classes. FAC Chair Warren replied that departments can figure

out policies that are keeping with principles that are articulated here. To

clarify #5, she added that we have now arrived at a friendly amendment as follows:

"The evaluation process is subject to ADA regulations."

M/S/P (Colvin, Alvarez) to close debate.

The vote was taken and the proposal was approved unanimously.

Agenda Item #7 - Proposed Academic Affairs Faculty Recruitment

and Hiring Handbook

Vaughn introduced the discussion of the Academic Affairs

Faculty Recruitment and Hiring Handbook, recalling the previous senate discussion

and reiterating that this is not a Senate document but one that comes from the

Dean of Faculty Affairs, with the Senate providing feedback. This new version

is here in case there are further comments or discussion points. Cherny first stated that the document does look better

each time and then raised a question about the section on "Checking the Candidates'

References (8): given that candidates supply three letters, what is involved

in checking the references? Dean of Faculty Affairs Paul Barnes noted several

changes in that paragraph and explained that calling referees is standard practice

for finding out additional information. Cherny followed up by asking

for further clarification, noting the required letters of recommendations (3),

and still wondering what the committees are responsible for checking in the

section on "Checking the Candidates' references." Barnes suggested a prudent

approach: there may be cases where the committee does not feel the need to check

the references or cases where they feel it is necessary. Hu suggested a couple of minor changes: p. 5, sixth bullet

from the top still has "search committee" and should be changed to "hiring committee";

p. 12, last paragraph, second line, should read "often" not "oftern." He also

suggested the need to provide guidelines about how to handle negative information

(8), acknowledging the difficulty of doing so while suggesting that this very

difficulty is part of the reason that committees need guidelines. Deborah Gerson raised a concern about the basis on

which we are checking references of names that were not generated by the applicant,

noting several examples of how this might be unfair. La Belle first agreed that

the paragraph on checking references might need further revision; with specific

regard to checking references not on the candidates list he described a situation

whereby the committee might ask a named referee whether there is anyone else

they would recommend that the committee speak to. He added that there is no

legal requirement to notify the candidate. He also added that it is difficult

to cover every conceivable issue, so common sense and logic are most important,

and we could add that the Dean of Faculty Affairs is available for consultation.

Vaughn wanted to clarify what committee was being

referred to in various comments above, noting that there is no Senate committee

that clarify the language here. Cherny suggested that the material on conference interviews

(7-8) may need to have an introductory sentence since there are two different

types of conference interviews being discussed in a single paragraph.

Gregory commented that many issues of clarity might

be resolved by changing many passives to actives and putting agents into the

sentences. She volunteered her skills to do so to general assent. Vaughn encouraged Senators who have raised comments

on the floor to send actual text of suggested changes to Dean Barnes.

Carol Langbort noted that the section on keeping files

(3) seems to contradict what is in the video; she suggested double checking

one with the other.

The Senate was adjourned at 3:50.

Respectfully submitted,

Dane Johnson

Secretary to the Faculty

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