Minutes of the Academic Senate Meeting

of April 24, 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

Bartscher, Patricia

Bernstein, Marian

Blomberg, Judith

Cherny, Robert

Colvin, Caran

Concolino, Christopher

Contreras, Rey

Cullers, Susan

De Vries, Brian

Duke, Jerry

Edwards, James

Elia, John

Ferretti, Charlotte

Garcia, Oswaldo

Garcia, Velia

Gerson, Deborah

Goldsmith, Helen

Gregory, Jan

Harnly, Caroline

Hu, Sung

Hubler, Barbara

Jerris, Scott

Johnson, Sharon

Kelley, James

La Belle, Thomas

Langbort, Carol

McKeon, Midori

Nichols, Amy

Onate, Abdiel

Raggio, Marcia

Sayeed, Lutfus

Scoble, Don

Steier, Saul

Strong, Rob

Su, Yuli

Turitz, Mitch

Vaughn, Pamela

Warren, Penelope

Wong, Alfred

Yip, Yewmun

Senate Members Absent: Shrivastava,Vinay (exc); Smith, Miriam

(exc); Hom, Marlon (exc); Leal-Idrogo, Anita (exc); Gillotte, Helen (exc);

Moallem, Minoo (exc); Johnson, Dane (exc); Collier, James (exc); Corrigan,

Robert (exc); Sagisi, Jaymee; Pasaporte, Erin

Guests: P. Barnes, K. Monteiro, J. Torres, G. Whitaker, J.

Combs, J. Kassiola, M. Kasdan, D. Hemphill, J. Perea, M. Melnick, D. Flowers,

D. Curtis, M. Love, N. Byl, C. Iandoli, Lee-Wan Cheng, T. Cannon

Announcements and Report


Mitch Turitz announced that CFA rebates are available

for Asilomar for those who are not eligible for presidential subsidies.  Chair

Vaughn added that the presidential subsidies are for tenure-track faculty



John Elia reported on action from the Lecturers' Council. 

There was much talk about the structure and aims of the Council, an idea floated

for office space and a phone line, and a number of other suggestions.


Vaughn reminded senators that there are administrative review

committees for Paul Fonteyn, Donald Zingale, and Jacob Perea.  There will

be an administrative review of Provost La Belle in the spring. Please put

forward names of interested faculty to participate in the first three reviews. 


EPC (the joint committee of the Academic Policies Committee

and the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee) will be meeting to consider

discontinuance of the following degree programs: BS in Business Administration:

Logistics Management Concentration only; Minor in Intercultural Skills; Minor

in Meteorology; Construction Practices Certificate Program; Preschool/Daycare/Early

Childhood Education Certificate Program.


Vaughn reported briefly on the Statewide meeting of CSU Academic

Senate Chairs, where their discussion focused on responses to CSU  accountability

indicators and on questions surrounding the CMS management system.  The Statewide

Academic Senate chairs will be sending forward a recommendation for asking

for a financial report on CMS.  They will be working with Gary Hammerstrom

to develop an expanded indicator on campus relations, which addresses shared



Vaughn also mentioned her holiday gift to senators, an article

by Neil Hamilton, "The Academic Profession's Leadership Role in Shared


Agenda Item #1 - Approval of Agenda for December 5, 2000

M/S/P (Gregory, Duke) to remove Agenda Item #4, moving all remaining

agenda items up.

The agenda was approved as amended.

Agenda Item #2 - Approval of Minutes for November 21, 2000

The minutes were approved as printed.

Agenda Item #3 - Report from Vice President La Belle

Vice President La Belle outlined his perspective on the CSU accountability

indicators in the wake of the Statewide meeting of CSU provosts, talking about

what he learned and what he tried to teach concerning the goals that have

been discussed before.

La Belle listed his most significant perspectives, first pointing out that

the goals are not necessarily those of the campuses, with progress to degree

as one example.  Second, these goals require reallocation of resources, but

we do not receive new resources to meet these goals, with remediation as a

significant example, where we shift about $1 million.  Third, there is a lack


leadership from the Chancellor's Office in conceptualizing the problems and

how one might reach these goals.  Fourth, La Belle raised the issue of the

larger meaning of all of this, suggesting, for example, that you cannot tell

what's going on in the schools by telling the legislature how many teachers

we are working with.  Finally, comparisons were not to be made but comparisons

are inherent in this process by taking forty pages of documents and boiling

them down to two pages of tables.

La Belle recounted having shared these perspectives and being told to relax. 

If legislators and trustees are satisfied, then we should be.  This is a political

process, and in some ways the

Chancellor is trying to ward off standardized exit exams for all students.

Speaking specifically about indicator #11, La Belle suggested that we can

already prepare a pretty good institutional profile.  The tricky part is the

outcome part, and he suggests putting that in the department's hands.  He

would not try to disentangle campus and other resources.  He noted that this

first report covers two years; it will come around again in three years. 

He suggested that departments not just submit FARs, including some context,

some narrative and a limit of five pages, and building this process into other

things we are already doing, which would make this something for us and not

just them.  Doing so, we would present them with a thoughtful report about

the achievements of the faculty.  He added that after the department's maximum

five page report, deans would be asked to provide a report that is a maximum

of ten pages.

Agenda Item #4 - Approval of Faculty Representatives to the Filipino Community

Mural Arts Committee

Vaughn introduced this item, summarizing that the Cesar Chavez Student

Center Governing Board has formed a Filipino Community Mural Arts Committee. 

The members include two

members of the faculty approved by the Academic Senate, and the Filipino

Community Mural Arts Committee is requesting that the following faculty be

approved to serve as faculty

representatives:  Wei Ming Dariotis (Asian American Studies) and Helen Toribio

(Ethnic Studies).

M/S/P (Duke, Cherny) to approve.

The vote was taken and the faculty were approved.

Agenda Item #5 - Proposed Revisions to Course Offerings in the Master

of Science Degree in Nursing

Alfred Wong, Chair of the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee,

introduced this consent item, noting that the proposed revisions are in response

to guidelines for graduate nursing education issued by the new national accreditation

organization, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

M/S/P (Edwards, Shrivastava) to second reading.

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

The vote was taken and the proposal was approved unanimously.

Agenda Item #6 - Proposed Resolution on Accountability Indicator #11:

Faculty Scholarship and Creative Achievement

Vaughn introduced this consent item from the Academic Senate Executive

Committee.  She recounted the history of this item in Senate discussions,

adding that items #4 and #5 have been added to this proposed resolution after

discussion with La Belle. 

Vaughn read those two items from the draft resolution in full. 

Robert Cherny asked about the timeline for this item.  La Belle replied

that the campus report is due July 1, but he added that  we were trying to

set up a framework soon so that work could be

started in February.  Cherny asked an additional question of Provost La Belle,

first praising La Belle's statements in his report, then wondering whether

he thought that amendments were in order to do the things he was suggesting,

while speaking in favor of adoption.  Vaughn pointed out that this is a resolution 

containing recommendations, rather than a policy.  La Belle

suggested changing to "suggested" page limits and voiced his pleasure

with the resolution.

Jerry Duke raised a concern about item #4.  He went back to #1, "list

the campus initiatives ..." and number #7, "to assess the support

..."  But in #4 we don't ask faculty to connect their

achievement to the support.  Vaughn replied that #1 addresses data that's

available in administrative offices; #4 is the only one that addresses departments. 

La Belle suggested the difficulty of separating what is due to campus or other

resources, and he believed that departments consider this issue wherever possible,

but the cause and effect is difficult.  Vaughn suggested we could provide

clarification and examples with what goes to department chairs.

Midori McKeon commented that departmental reports and FAR reviews

will be going on at the same time but in a separate manner, which will be

a duplication of effort.  Vaughn first

reiterated the Provost's suggestion to make these various reporting activities

serve more than one purpose; she added that if a department chooses to participate,

there is no reason that a chair cannot use the FARs as the basis for their

department report.

Sung Hu spoke in favor of the guidelines, but he recommended that

we send a copy of this resolution to other CSU Academic Senates.   This was

added to the resolution as a friendly


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

M/S/P (Duke, Bernstein) to close debate.

The vote was taken and the resolution was approved.

Agenda Item #7 - Resolution Honoring Hollis Matson

Chair Vaughn introduced resolutions honoring Hollis Matson and Bernadette

Pichay together.

Chair Vaughn read the following resolution in honor of Hollis Matson:

WHEREAS, Hollis Matson served nobly and ably as Chair of the Academic Senate

from 1994 to 1996; and

WHEREAS, she exhibited, as 'Czarina of Space,' both efficiency and fairness;


WHEREAS, she demonstrated, as friend and colleague, integrity, inspired moral

leadership, wisdom and kindness in all she undertook; and

WHEREAS, she was ever diligent in her advocacy on behalf of faculty and students

and in her desire to improve the quality of life on our campus; and

WHEREAS, she has decided to retire from San Francisco State University after

years of distinguished service; and

WHEREAS, her retirement will leave a void in leadership on this campus which

cannot be filled;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Hollis Matson receive sincere congratulations

and best wishes for a long and happy retirement; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Hollis Matson be enrolled among the legendary

personalities of the Academic Senate and be memorialized in its oral history;


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Hollis Matson receive the title dux femina senatus

docta et emerita; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Hollis Matson be endowed with the deep and everlasting

gratitude of the Academic Senate and the entire University community.

Cherny suggested the following friendly amendment to the penultimate

resolve close: changing title to "titles" and adding the words "and

also caesar spatii emerita."  The amendment was


The resolution passed unanimously with thunderous applause, appropriate laughs,

and a few tears.

After the ritual receipt of old Asilomar gifts--and at least one nice item--Matson

remarked that she was the first eccentric chair that Pichay had to deal with. 

She commented on the thrill and

privilege of accepting this recognition after twenty years on this campus,

and she also noted the exhilaration of her work on the Senate.

Agenda Item #8 - Resolution Honoring Bernadette Pichay

Chair Vaughn read the following resolution in honor of Bernadette


WHEREAS, Bernadette Pichay has served the Academic Senate efficiently, loyally

and unstintingly since 1994; and

WHEREAS, she has dealt with the eccentricities and egos of five Academic

Senate chairs; and

WHEREAS, she knows all policies and where to find them; and

WHEREAS, she has contributed greatly to the success of numerous Asilomars

and Asilo-Campuses; and

WHEREAS, she has demonstrated in all her actions integrity good humor, and

intelligence; and

WHEREAS, she has exercised her best judgment in deciding, at this time, to

do what is best for herself, if not for those she leaves behind;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Bernadette Pichay receive the thanks

of the entire Academic Senate and of all who have served in the Senate sine

1994; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Bernadette Pichay be enrolled among the legendary

personalities of the Academic Senate and be memorialized in its oral history;


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Bernadette Pichay be made an honorary member

of the Academic Senate in perpetuum; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Bernadette Pichay always hold a special place

in the hearts of all who know her but especially in the hearts of all Academic


Cherny added a special note of thanks from the perspective of Statewide

Senators, who have relied on Pichay for processing difficult paperwork in

a way that surpasses all of their statewide

colleagues from other CSU campuses.  He also introduced the following friendly

to the second whereas clause:  "And a larger number of Statewide Senators

whose eccentricities and egos may match or even exceed those of senate chairs." 

The amendment was accepted.

The resolution passed unanimously with thunderous applause and a few tears.

After the ritual receipt of old Asilomar gifts--and a few useful items--Pichay

thanked all Senators for their kindness.

Vaughn thanked Senators for their hard work this semester and wished them

a wonderful holiday.

The Senate was adjourned at 3:10.

Respectfully submitted,

Dane Johnson

Secretary to the Faculty