Minutes: September 25th, 2001

Minutes of the Academic Senate Meeting

Of September 25, 2001

Senate Chair Pamela Vaughn called the senate to order at 2:10 pm.

Announcements and Report

Chair’s Report

There was no Chair’s Report, as the Chair wanted to launch into the business

at hand as quickly as possible. The Chair asked for a moment of silence for

the victims of the events of 9/11. The Chair made several announcements. Summer

semester review and assessment committee and the shared governance task force

are meeting. The senate will be receiving reports from both groups as their

work processes and their recommendations develop. The Chair welcomed all new,

second term and continuing senators to the senate. The Chair made a special

not to welcome the representatives of the associate students. The Chair announced

that the senate would continue the vote on the change in the constitution

until we have achieved a quorum. The Chair appealed to faculty to turn in

their ballets. The election for faculty members to serve on the search committee

for Dean of Faculty Affairs has been completed.  The Chair requested that

the agenda be amended so that President Corrigan could speak to the Senate

after item 2 and so that My Yarabinec replacing Johnetta Richard can present

the report from International Programs.

Agenda Item #1 - Approval of Agenda for Meeting of September 25, 2001

M/S/P (Turitz, Steier) to amend the agenda.

Continuing the announcements the Chair asks University Council Patricia

Bartscher to give us an up date on procedures regarding inquires for information

on student records. Bartscher, so of you may have hear that there is

going to be a possible increase in asking for information about students and

employees. Reminding everyone that if you get a request for information of

any employee including faculty, staff, and administrators those requests should

be referred to Denise Fox in Human Resources. If you get any requests for

information regarding any student do not give out that information contact

Susan Dmytrenko the university registrar. Through those offices they will

confirm that the request is from an appropriate person. That the appropriate

measure and safeguards are taken to insure that individual privacies are not

violated. Cherny, will there be something to this effect that goes

into every faculty mailboxes? Bartscher, the message will be sent out

to all department chairs with instruction to place a copy of the message in

faculty mailboxes.

Agenda Item #2 - Approval of Minutes for Meeting of May 8, 2001 and May

15, 2001

Saul Steier requested that the minutes should reflect that he was

present for both meetings.

M/SP (Shrivastava, Steier) to approve the minutes as corrected.

President Corrigan made the following remarks: Pam has asked me to

say a work or two about how we have been doing over the last couple of weeks.

The first response is I think remarkably well. I think the way the students

faculty and staff have come together on this campus in the aftermath of the

horrific events on September 11 have been extraordinary. I particularly appreciate

the support we have had from the Senate Executive Committee and from the CFA

and other during this period of time. It’s been a very good spirit on the

campus. If you have been to any of the events the candle light event, students

in the residence hall, some1200 that first night or one of the rallies outside

of the student union. You would see that the discourse is generally going

on at a level of maturity and sensitivity-sensibility that would make us all

proud. This is not to say there hasn’t been passion statements, or haven’t

been some statement that were meant to hurt or in fact have been misinterpreted

and there for have hurt. But when I hear about what is happening on other

campuses I am very proud of this place. For example I was called only yesterday

by a Chronicle reporter asking if any of our Muslin students felt forced to

leave the campus. The answer is no. I asked why the question. I discovered

that in the area Muslin students are leaving their campuses. Six of them for

example have left the University of San Francisco. (The President cite other

examples) This campus has really come together in an important way. Those

of you who are the old hands around here know that the tone is likely to change.

It can change if we are not careful. When Washington picks up on the pace

in regards to how it handles the situation in Afghanistan and other parts

of the world. If we can continue to keep the same open dialogue. The same

respect for other in the community. I think we will again get through this

one in reasonably good shape. Thank you very much for your support.

Agenda Item #3 - Report from Vice President La Belle

The president mentioned in his welcoming speech this past fall the concept

of destination campus. I though I would walk you through what we have been

teasing out of what is a destination campus versus commuter campus. Why we

are even thinking along these lines. (La Belle spoke from a “Draft for Discussion”

covering the comparative statistics between 1992 and 2000, a copy of the draft

was provided for each senator.) The CSU, especially in Southern California

is experience a dramatic demographic push especially at the freshman level

but also transfer students. A number of the campuses, Fullerton and others,

are increasing very rapidly and the future looks very much the same. One of

the interests of the Chancellor offices is to have SFSU become more of a residence

campus so that some of the pressure from Southern California can be belayed.

Students from Southern California then would come here. (La Belle, continued

and read from the draft document) To summarize SFSU statistics: (1) becoming

more attractive to first time non-commuting freshmen; (2) has been and remains

an attractive upper division institution for transfer students from a reliable

group of feeder institutions; (3) has been and remains a commuting institution

for graduate students; (4) is attracting a larger number of international

students - generally from the same countries and as transfer students not

freshmen; (5) Non-Calif-resident domestic population is very small. Implications:

SFSU has been both a commuting and a destination campus for some time. It

will need to build its non-commuting student population to sustain students,

building a community of social/intellectual/recreative support, building extracurricular

activities, students support services, fellowships and assistantships, recruitment

outside the commuting, new faculty and staff roles and responsibilities. Cherny,

we may want to think about creating a special task force to look at this issue

similar to what has been done at the state level. La Belle, this will

be a major issue for this campus at all levels in planning for the future.

This will also be a topic for the academic deans at a retreat later in October.

Houlberg, these demographics show that are student are from the greater

bay area not just the city. Believe it is confusing to base a ban on the smallest

city within our area. La Belle, the bay areas outside of San Francisco

has two other CSU campuses at Hayward and San Jose. We do draw from areas

outside San Francisco and we can get those statistics for planning purposes.

We do get from CCSF about 1100 transfers students yearly. What we are not

doing very well is of the HS applicants. We only get about 20 percent of those

who apply. One of our challenges to find out how can we increase our “yield”

from freshman applicants. These statistics are a first pass and more needs

to be done.

Agenda Item #4 - Elections

            GE Segment I - Basic Subjects Committee

Wei Ming Dariotis, Asian Studies was elected.

Agenda Item #5 - Report from Professor Johnetta Richards,

SFSU Academic Senate Representative, CSU Academic Council for International

Programs - time Certain No later than 2:35 p. m.

My Yarabinec spoke for Johnetta Richards (attending a conference),

and read from a report a copy of which was provided to each senator. SFSU

is number one in the CSU of students participating in the study abroad program.

The bilateral exchange programs, started by the local departments, 37 students

leaving this semester to participating in these programs. Received a large

number of awards for study abroad, two Fulbright and a Japan Award. The scholar

fund begun last year continues to grow and we were able to give a couple of

$250 awards this year. Faculty continued to participate in the interviews

of the student candidates for study abroad. Finally, thanks to the entire

faculty who have give support and participation in the programs. Especially

thanks to many department who participate in the study abroad programs. Cherny,

thank you for coming I admire what you do and your numbers that speaks very

well for the good work of your office. We owe you all great thanks for making

us the leading campus in study aboard in the CSU. Like to see 10 times the

numbers. Steier, why are the Australian, New Zealand students subtracted?

Yarabinec, these students are on an off cycle. Steier, what

is the status of the Zimbabwe program? Yarabinec, the university there

is far removed from the strife in the country. Things seem to be going very

well. Smith, I went abroad and arranged with My the opportunity to

visit one of our programs. I had a great experience and recommend faculty

to visit there. Yarabinec, if faculty members would like to visit any

our programs please contact the office of international programs.

Agenda Item #6 - Report from Ken Monteiro, Dean, Office of Human Relations

- Time Certain No later Than 2:45 p. m.

Monteiro, thank you for inviting me back [to catch up on the office

of human relations and review the first three years of the office of human

relations]. The office was set up after a recommendation of the human relations

commission, which was established by President Corrigan after his first year.

He reviewed the history of the function of the office development and the

importance of the diversity of the campus, combined several services under

this office (affirmative action, disability services, hiring plans etc.).

It has taken ten years for the structure to take its present form. He discussed

the changes to improve the SFSU facility for the disabled; Discussed the provost

document on diversity issues and how they are discussed was made available

to chairs, available from Academic Affairs; Discussed why we need a diversity

plan, “We still have our problems and we could do better,” …want to improve

our diversity in hiring as we have in the past but we still need to improve.

Need to improve representatives of Women Hispanics, Blacks American Indians

in many areas. Doing well with the core issues of hiring and diversity, Slightly

lower in African Americans when compared with the rest of the nation. Overall

conclusion: we are doing well, we can improve, and it is a process. Summarize

the office response to the events of 9/11. Concluded his report.

Agenda Item #7 - Proposed Resolution Endorsing the Guidelines for Short-Term

Study Abroad Programs: a consent item from the academic Senate Executive Committee

- Time Certain No Later Than 3:10 p. m. (first reading)

Agenda Item #8 - Report form Committee on Committees - Time Certain No

later than 3:20 p. m.

Jim Edwards, chair of the committee, presented the report from

the Committee on Committees to the senate for its acceptance. He reported

that 26 of the 28 committees that were established by senate policy and required

to submit annual reports did so. The senate chair is in contact with and requesting

that the two committees that did not submit reports do so as soon as possible.

Jan Gregory asked senators to take back to their colleagues the suggestion

that many committees made recommendations that might have differed had they

consulted with the appropriate other campus committees or bodies. She suggested

that one of the reasons for lack of consultation maybe that many committee

chairs are not clear on who they should be consulting with. Gregory

ask the senate chair to make a list of the known chairs of the committees

that are not standing committees of the senate and provide the list to senators

so that some of this information can go back to faculty. Chair Vaughn

responded that she would do that as soon as the possible.

M/S/P (Wolf, Steier) the report accepted unanimously

Agenda Item #9 - The Academic Senate - Orientation and Review: Time Certain

No Later Than 3:30 p. m.

Senate chair Vaughn welcomed all new senators and reviewed the procedures

and functioning of the senate.  Vice chair Penny Warren viewed the

functioning of the Executive Committee (Xcom). Warren reported that the make

up of Xcom consist of Senate Chair, Senate Vice Chair, Senate Secretary, and

the elected chairs of the Senate’s standing committees. Two at-large members

elected by the senate each spring and representative of the statewide senate

and the chair of the campus chapter of CFA. Warren continued and outlined

the responsibilities of Xcom. The statewide senators Jan Gregory, Robert

Cherny, and Eunice Aaron reviewed the functioning of the statewide

academic senate. Cherny played the point role and reviewed the functioning,

operation, and policies of the CSU Academic senates. He continued and read

from the statement titled Collegiality in the California State Wide University

System taken from the major policies adopted by the state wide academic senate,

a copy of which was given to all senators. Gregory and Aaron

added their comments. Vaughn reminded senator that they received Association

of University Professors articles on shared governance on July 1, 2001. If

any senator is in need of additional copies please contact the senate office.

She reminded senators that they are responsible to pass the information that

is gained in senate meeting back to their constituencies. Senator Andres

Consoli outlined some of the activities that he uses to pass information

on to the dean, chairs, and faculty of the college that elected him. Vaughn

asked for the chair from the standing committees to report on their jobs.

Vaughn stated that all Executive Committe meetings are open to all

and that Executive Committee meetings are held every Tuesday, 12-2, in the

Verducci room in the University Club.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Edwards

Secretary to the Faculty

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