Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 9/9/2014






Tuesday, September 9, 2014



2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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.


Agenda was approved.



Chair Getz thanked everyone for their service on the Academic Senate. Our work is related to the mission of the university, and the Senate’s work is to remove obstacles for success in the university. Academic Senate is moving forward on the Strategic Planning Process through the various committees.

The Summer Senate passed a new Posthumous Degree policy, which was approved by President Wong. Thanks to last year’s Student Affairs Committee for their work on this.


AGENDA ITEM #1—Rules and Operations of the Senate

Vice Chair Carleton welcomed new and returning senators to 2014-2015 Academic Senate. The charge of the Senate within the structure of shared governance is as a primary consultative body that represents the voice of faculty and staff in academic and professional matters in the university. AS also promotes academic excellence and freedom, and follows AAUP guidelines. It supports and promotes the university’s mission of social justice, equity, and diversity, both on campus and away. Review documents on Senate Policy Production and Roberts Rules of Order.


AGENDA ITEM #2—Resolution of Commendation for Helen Goldsmith

Senator Gerber read a resolution of commendation for Helen Goldsmith for her exceptional service, generosity, guidance and inspiration as she retires from San Francisco State.


AGENDA ITEM #3—Resolution of Thanks for Staff Involved in the Implementation of the CS Conversion

Chair Getz read a resolution of thanks for staff involved in the Campus Solutions conversion over the past two years and pledged the support of the Academic Senate to all staff involved in making improvements to the system in the future.



AGENDA ITEM #4—Summer Calendar

Senator Gerber, Chair of APC, reported that APC considered and approved the 2015 Summer Calendar, pro forma. The item was moved to second reading and unanimously approved by the Senate.


AGENDA ITEM #5—Strategic Plan Discussion

The Senate engaged in a review of ideas and potential projects for 2014-2015 based on reports from the Strategic Planning process. Using an iClicker process, 17 questions were posed to the body and Senators indicated their responses to the questions. Please refer back to the original document for questions and possible responses. Results were as follows:


Q1: A- 2; B- 17; C- 4; D- 18

Q2: A-1; B- 10; C- 6; D- 18; E- 9

Q3: A- 1; B- 9; C- 7; D- 19; E- 7

Q4: A- 0; B- 8; C- 12; D- 15; E- 11

Q5: A- 15; B- 11; C- 8; D- 10; E- 1

Q6: A- 2; B- 4; C- 5; D- 35;

Q7: A- 21; B- 9; C- 12; D- 3

Q8: A- 20; B- 9; C-11; D- 3; E- 3

Q9: A- 17; B- 12; C- 5; D- 8; E- 4

Q10: A- 30; B- 9; C- 2; D-2; E- 2

Q11: A- 16; B- 6; C- 10; D- 9; E- 4

Q12: A- 25; B- 11; C- 2; D- 3; E- 4

Q13: A- 24; B- 10; C- 8; D- 2; E-2

Q14: A- 23; B- 13; C- 7; D- 2

Q15: A- 34; B- 8; C- 4; D- 0; E- 0

Q16: A- 25; B- 12; C- 7; D- 1; E- 1

Q17: A- 11; B- 10; C- 8; D- 11; E-6


Discussion followed regarding how the questions were formulated, and mechanisms for feedback. The questions were taken from the various Strategic Planning reports. There will be a draft plan with much opportunity for feedback, and some of this information will inform the discussion process. You can now submit information and responses to reports at, or directly to Shawn Whalen at


AGENDA ITEM #6 – Nominations for BOAR, URC, and PDC

The Senate is seeking nominations for BOAR, URC and PDC. Nominees to date were shared and these individuals will be contacted to determine interest.


AGENDA ITEM #7—Adjournment—no later than 5:00p.m.

Meeting was adjourned at 3:10PM.


Respectfully submitted by Eileen Levy, Secretary, Academic Senate




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