Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 4/8/2014









Tuesday, April 8, 2014



2:00 – 5:00 p.m.



Alvarenga, Gabriela

Avani, Nathan

Barranco, Joseph

Bettinger, Chris

Boyle, Andrea

Carleton, Troi

Chen, Lily

Cholette Susan

Clavier, Sophie

Collins, Robert

Cortez, Ronald 

Davila, Brigette

Doan, Therese

Ganji, Ahmad

Ginwala, Cyrus

Hackenberg, Sara

Hammer, Mike

Hanley, Lawrence

Harris, Shimina

Hill, Lorna

Holzman, Barbara

Howard, Pamela

Kilday-Hicks, Russel

Levy, Eileen



Mendolla, Paul

Pasion, Sally

Pelaud, Isabelle

Robertson, Bruce

Rosser, Sue

Sigmon, Mark

Soltani, Sonya

Stowers, Genie

Trogu, Pino

Vasche, Jason

Wanek, Linda

Yee-Melichar, Darlene

Yoo, Grace



Absences: Alamilla Boyd, Nan (exc); Anderson, David (abs); Azadpur, Mohammad (exc); Baines, AnnMarie (abs); Bartscher, Patricia (exc); Buckley, Linda (abs); Troi, Carleton (abs); Chang, Sandy (abs); Donohue, Patricia (abs); Gamboa, Yolanda (abs); Getz, Trevor (abs); Hellman, David (abs); Lau, Jenny (abs); Lewis, Julia (abs); Li, Wen-Chao (abs); McDougal, Serie (abs); Monteiro, Ken (abs); Strong, Robert (abs); Tumbat, Gulnur (exc); Usowicz, Thaddeus (abs); Wilckzak, Cynthia (abs); Williams, Robert (abs); Wong, Les (exc)



Guests: Sasha Bunge, Nancy Gerber, Brian Beatty, Helen Goldsmith, Ann Hallum, Julie Vaquilar, Shawn Whalen



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.

CALL TO ORDER: 2:10 p.m.


Affirmative Action Council meeting 4/9/14, 12:15-1:15, HSS 331

Take a Stand Position to increase funding for CSU

Hosting debate 4/16 LIB 121 12:45-2PM. Campos and Chu, Higher Education

AGENDA ITEM #1—Approval of the Minutes for March 18, 2014


Must defer action, as minutes were not posted to iLearn.


AGENDA ITEM #2—Approval of the Agenda for April 8, 2014




AGENDA ITEM #3—Chair’s Report


1. Angela Sposito underwent emergency cardiac surgery last Thursday. Chair Hanley spoke with her last night; surgery was successful and Angela is in good spirits and eager to return home.

2. Political economy of academic freedom- CA defunding public Higher Ed; allocations fell 40%. 1999 funding same as this year, with 60K additional students. CSU campuses must turn to other revenues and constituencies. With tuition exceeding state funding, we are launching a comprehensive campaign. Related to Academic Freedom, as we market ourselves, we have to be mindful of how we market ourselves. Academic Freedom pushes us toward controversy, yet controversy and criticism may not contribute to successful marketing strategies. This may encourage institutions to look at Academic Freedom differently. According to Desmond Tutu, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.


AGENDA ITEM #4—Report: Standing Committee Chairs —Brief Updates


1. Sen. Bettinger- APC met with CRAC as EPC. Bringing forward recommendation guidelines for 7th cycle program review. Outstanding items not on today’s agenda. Policy on Undergraduate Instructional Aids.

2. Sen. Baines- FAC (absent)- Sen. Hackenberg- FAC met with Pam Hood about Policy on Evaluation of Tenured Faculty; Sabbatical Issues; Electronic WPAF’s.

3. Sen. Barranco- CRAC- reviewed requests for exemptions for Online Course Evaluations.

4. Sen. Carleton- SIC- informal and non-contractual dispute process. SIC excited to report they are working with Ron Cortez and Ann Sherman to move forward. Service survey in progress, distributed last week. Encourage faculty and staff to complete surveys.

5. Sen. Mendolla- SAC- posthumous degrees; sunset policies to see if they’re still valid.

6. Ramon Castellblanch- UBC- elected by Senate to sit on UBC. What he’s seen- discussion of evaluation of kind of teaching we’re doing. Movement nationally to establish standards of education as gainful employment. Primarily focused on for-profits issuing worthless degrees. Gainful employment criteria developed by administration and now being applied to all higher education. Higher education mission seems to be evolving into gainful employment and short circuiting traditional benefits of higher education.


AGENDA ITEM #5—Report: ASCSU delegation


Darlene Yee-Melichar- Sen. Yoo filled in for Sen. Pelaud at last meeting. ASCSU approved 8 resolutions in second reading. First reading items for next meeting- one about online course modalities; SFSU Online Course Modalities, there are five of these. Second first reading item- recommendation for Title V- Master’s Degree- supports language and unit percentages, requirement that 70% of units must be completed in residence and on our campus and designed for graduate study. 60% of units must be graduate level.

Rob Collins- resolution AS 3162- ASCSU and faculty communication- ongoing communication between campus senates and faculty. Reaffirm commitment to engage in communication with presidents and provosts, all faculty email lists, meaningful consultation with campus administration and faculty. AS 3165 and 3166- legislative advocacy positions for CSU in state legislature. ASCSU Ex Comm exemption requests to Title 5 unit limits.

Grace Yoo- first reading, resolution eligibility status for RCSA. Reinstatement of program, commending chancellor for this for faculty of all ranks.


AGENDA ITEM #6 -- Phoebe Kwan, Associate Vice President, Division of Information Technology - - Migration to CMS Campus Solutions – moved and approved 3PM time certain


Phoebe Kwan- report on migration to CS. Working on third system of three- Finance, HR, and Student System, the last one. We’re the 22nd campus of 23 to implement the system. Started project over a year ago- over 1000 different processes, go through and see what future system would offer, and determine gaps. Registration coming up next, requiring more involvement from students and faculty. Going live with registration in the coming month; August will be full implementation and turning off old system. Multiple teams going on at once.

Identified areas that are not perfect, since it’s a delivered system from CSU. Working with other campuses to bridge gaps. CSU-delivered system, can have bolt-on’s, borrowed from other campuses to bridge the gap.

View presentation at

Hope we can have faculty help desk. We currently have one and will be able to address CS questions. Large training sessions will be online, other resources online as well. Maybe something on iLearn eventually as resources evolve.





AGENDA ITEM #7—Recommendation from the Educational Policies Committee: Guidelines for the Seventh Cycle of Academic Program Review


Sen. Barranco- move the agenda item- no second required. EPC developing guidelines for 7th cycle of academic review. We are still in process of completing 6th cycle, focused solely on graduate programs. Evaluating and assessing both undergrad and grad programs in more integrated way. Task was to establish broad guidelines for academic review. When it’s passed, it will be put into practice.

Sen. Stowers- policy looking very good, shows effort of a lot of people, collaborative approach. Editorial issues, what’s now Line 248-253 needs to be moved up so it starts after line 194- being able to do follow up after program review. Now it’s in section that talks about overall process at university level rather than academic program review committee process. Concern that we have left out credential programs, should be option to review them as well. Interested in seeing that we include degree/credential programs to ensure that all academic programs have potential to be reviewed and go through process. Accredited programs and their place in program review process is mentioned; don’t leave out credential programs.

Sen. Holzman- amendment, propose move to second reading. Discussion? Item now in second reading. Debate focus on arguments for or against, or amendments to the motion.

Sen. Stowers- two amendments- first would delete or cut lines 248-253, move them up so they appear after line 194 where CAM is discussed and signed. Become the new line 195. Amendment carries.

Sen. Stowers- amendment which would take phrase “degree programs” and make it degree/credential programs. This phrase occurs on lines 3, 9, 21, 27-28, 41-42, 45, 49, 91, 95, 133, 209, 228, and 231. Motion incorporate other instances of this if we missed any.

Sen. Robertson- served on EPC and considered including credential in the policy but decided against it. Why was that not included?

Sen. Bettinger- did discuss credential programs in sense of credentialing existing under accredited programs. Already accreditation review so took that out. Credential programs not reviewed under accreditation process.

Sen. Holzman- for the motion with question to proposer that there is Line 45 where not sure that credential needs to be there?

Sen. Getz- speak for the amendment, Line 45 is only place it’s really degree specific. Maybe in future, we can have another amendment excluding CEL.

Sen. Barranco- speak in favor of amendment; these are guidelines for 7th cycle review. Specific details of implementation will be hashed out in future policy and handbook will be developed around implementation details. Not too worried about some of these fine wording details as these will be hashed out when handbook is developed.

VOTE ON MOTION: Replace degree programs with degree/credential programs- PASSED

Sen. Bettinger- amendment proposed to alter amended document- in Line 3, University Degree Programs, add footnote to include credential programs not housed in CELIA. Undergraduate, graduate, and credential programs not housed in CELIA.

Further discussion?

Sen. Robertson- amend amendment to remove word “credentials” in search and replace. Has been done, so withdraw the amendment.

No further discussion- AMENDMENT CARRIES. There will be footnote in document.
Question called.

Motion carries unanimously.






AGENDA ITEM #8—Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed Revisions to the Evaluation of Tenured Faculty for Professional Development & Support, Post Tenure Review Policy#S00-122, 2nd Reading


Sen. Hackenberg- moved, no second required. Final revisions made, spirit of policy and importance are about recognizing and supporting faculty achievements and continue to support faculty in their careers.


Sen. McDougal- call the question, Sen. Collins second. Question called.

Vote- Motion carries, thank you FAC for your hard work!


AGENDA ITEM #9—Adjournment—no later than 5:00p.m.


Adjournment- 3:33PM


Submitted by Eileen Levy, Secretary


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