Minutes of November 5, 1996 Senate Meeting
The Academic Senate was called to order by Chair Mark Phillips at 2:10 p.m.
Senate Members Present: Sanjoy Banerjee, Patricia Bartscher,
Marian Bernstein, Mark Blank, Yu-Charn Chen, Michelle Cheng, Robert Cherny,
Jerry Duke, Ken Fehrman, Helen Goldsmith, Peter Haikalis, Ann Hallum, Jennifer
Hammett, Caroline Harnly, Mary Ann Haw, Marlon Hom, Bonnie Homan, William Hopkins,
Rick Houlberg, Todd Imahori, Dane Johnson, James Kelley, Thomas La Belle, Wanda
Lee, Lois Lyles, Hollis Matson, Eunice McKinney-Aaron, Eugene Michaels, Mohsen
Naser-Tavakolian, Mark Phillips, Elisabeth Prinz, Mario Rivas, Roberto Rivera,
Don Scoble, Hamid Shahnasser, Anita Silvers, Peggy Smith, Dawn Terrell, Lana
Thomson, Thaddeus Usowicz, Marilyn Verhey, Patricia Wade, Mary Ann Warren, Penelope
Warren, Nancy Wilkinson, Alfred Wong, George Woo, Darlene Yee.
Senate Members Absent: Sally Berlowitz(exc.), Jay Schrock(exc.),
David Hemphill(exc.), Helen Gillotte(exc.), Will Flowers(exc.), Ken Monteiro(exc.),
Robert Corrigan(exc.), Gary Hammerstrom(exc.), Lee Sprague, Eric Hammer.
Senate Interns Present: Jaymee Sagisi.
Guests: C. Anderson, J. Kassiola, G. Whitaker, E. Seibel, S.
Announcements and Report
- Chair Phillips read a letter from President Corrigan regarding the Senate's
Resolution on Proposition 209 in which President Corrigan stated that,
"In keeping with the spirit of this resolution, I want to reaffirm my
strong support of affirmative action and my confidence that the Academic Senate,
the full faculty and the staff of San Francisco State University will join
me in continuing our efforts to, as the resolution states, 'promote diversity,
equal access, and equal opportunity for students, faculty, and staff.'"
- There is still time to register for the January, 1997 Asilomar
Retreat. Please contact Lana Thomson in the Academic Senate Office regarding
- There will be a conference in Monterey in February, 1997, sponsored by the
Statewide Academic Senate and the Cornerstones groups. The conference
is to involve some 500 to 550 faculty from all CSU campuses, and is to deal
with the various issues that the four Cornerstones groups are concerned with.
- Effective January, 1997, Senator Ken Monteiro has resigned
from the Statewide Academic Senate. Following our Senate policy, he will be
replaced by Senator Eunice McKinney-Aaron.
Agenda Item #1 - Approval of Agenda for Meeting of November 5, 1996
The agenda was approved as printed.
Agenda Item #2 - Approval of Minutes for Meeting of October 8, 1996
The minutes were approved as printed.
Agenda Item #3 - Elections
All-University Committee on International Programs
Nominees for election were: Relda Robertson/Nursing, H. Douglas Brown/English,
Carolyn Fong/Nursing, Andres Consoli/Counseling, Philip King/Economics, Jaime
Gomez/BECA, and Sharon Girard/Music. The votes were taken and Carolyn Fong
Agenda Item #4 - Nominations for CSU Faculty Trustee
Chair Phillips announced that the Chairs of the Academic Senates across
the State have been asked to submit nominees for the CSU Faculty Trustee.
Professor Bernard Goldstein has served most admirably in this capacity
for the past three terms and would not be seeking an additional term. The matter
was briefly discussed. There were no nominees identified.
Agenda Item #5 - CUSP Up-Date
Senator Penelope Warren commented that CUSP is presently discussing
the September, 1996 draft of the SFSU Strategic Plan report. The group has moved
from discussion of the "Combating Discrimination" recommendations
to the recommendations regarding "Community Responsibility and Service."
She commented that the group was not focusing on resource implications regarding
these recommendations (such as implications of assigned time for off-campus
Agenda Item #6 - Report from the General Education Council
General Education Council Chair Susan Shimanoff presented a review
of General Education conducted during 1995-96. She commented on this project
which was undertaken before the beginning of the 1995-96 academic year. She
indicated that she and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Erwin Seibel will leave
a summary of her comments in the Academic Senate Office (attached). First, she
gave thanks to a number of people: the members of the General Education Council,
especially to Don Taylor, former General Education Council Chair; to Rufus Browning,
Jamie Newton, LaVonne Jacobsen, Erwin Seibel, Paul Breen, Carol Poole, Gail
Whitaker, members of the General Education Advising Coordinators [Ramona Knowles,
Chair], the Segment I Committee [Richard Festinger and Donna Cunningham, Co-Chairs],
the Segment III Committee [Bill Perttula, Chair].
Shimanoff then commented on the PRI 1986 and 1995 surveys of faculty,
students and alumni and compared the results of these two surveys; she commented
on the reports from the Segment I and Segment III Committees and various other
reports and data from the Office of Undergraduate Studies and also data from
the Office of University Budget Planning. She then outlined recommendations
for change in quality, content, instruction, and structure as it involved aspects
of the three segments.
Following her presentation, Shimanoff answered a number of questions from
Senators regarding interpretation of the data , cost-effectiveness of the courses
in General Education, grading, and the advisability of limiting the number of
students in courses in a cluster.
Chair Phillips thanked her for her report and the Senate was adjourned at
Secretary to the Faculty