Academic Senate of the California State University
MINUTES

Meeting of November 5-6, 1998
CSU Headquarters, Long Beach, CA

 

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 1998, by Chair Gene Dinielli.

ROLL CALL: Senators and alternates (*) attending the meeting were: (Bakersfield) Jacquelyn Kegley, John Tarjan; (Chico) James Postma*, Paul Spear; (Dominguez Hills) Hal Charnofsky, Dick Williams; (Fresno) James Highsmith, Lester Pincu; (Fullerton) Vincent Buck, William Meyer, Barry Pasternack; (Hayward) Judith Stanley, Don Wort; (Humboldt) Elmo Moore, Marshelle Thobaben; (Long Beach) Gene Dinielli, David Hood, Patricia Rozée; (Los Angeles) Dorothy Keane, Rosemarie Marshall; (Maritime Academy) Ralph Davis; (Monterey Bay) J. Ken Nishita; (Northridge) Lynne Cook, Michael Reagan, Gerald Resendez; (Pomona) Rochelle Kellner, Marvin Klein; (Sacramento) Michael Fitzgerald, Cristy Jensen, Louise Timmer; (San Bernardino) Walter Oliver, C. E. Tapie Rohm; (San Diego) Ray Boddy, David DuFault, Dan Whitney; (San Francisco) Eunice Aaron, Robert Cherny, Jan Gregory; (San Jose) Timothy Hegstrom, Bethany Shifflett; (San Luis Obispo) Reginald Gooden, Thomas Hale, Timothy Kersten; (San Marcos) Alison King, A. Sandy Parsons; (Sonoma) Susan McKillop, Peter Phillips; (Stanislaus) Pamela Russ, Mark Thompson; (Chancellor's Office) David Spence.

INTRODUCTIONS

During the course of the meeting the Chair introduced:

William D. Campbell, CSU Trustee

Gary Hammerstrom, Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, CO

Harold Goldwhite, Faculty Trustee and Professor of Chemistry, CSU Los Angeles

Charles Lindahl, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Chancellor’s Office

Donald Moore, Consultant, Association of California State University Professors; Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (non-voting delegate)

Chris Tinson, California State Student Association Liaison to Senate, CSU Dominguez Hills

John D. Welty, President, CSU Fresno

Richard West, Senior Vice Chancellor, Business and Finance, Chancellor’s Office

Johnetta Anderson, Technical Assistant, Chancellor’s Office

Deborah Hennessy, Executive Director, Academic Senate CSU

José Lopez, Clerical Assistant, Academic Senate CSU

Reta Martin, Staff Assistant — Budget, Academic Senate CSU

Margaret Price, Assistant to Executive Director, Academic Senate CSU

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Announcement of Times Certain

Thursday, November 5, 1998

2:00 p.m. David S. Spence, Executive Vice Chancellor

3:00 p.m. William D. Campbell, CSU Trustee

4:15 p.m. Election of Faculty Trustee Nominating Committee

Friday, November 6, 1998

9:30 a.m. John D. Welty, President, CSU Fresno

10:30 a.m. Richard West, Senior Vice Chancellor

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REPORT OF CHAIR GENE DINIELLI

I begin this report to you on All Hallow’s Eve, and I begin to wonder not so much about the state of the CSU, but the state of the soul of the CSU.

Sure…Hal Charnofsky gets to interview the Chancellor for the Academic Senator; Vince Buck gets to go to the site of the British Open University (OU); (soon to be followed by Dan Whitney); Bob Cherny, along with David McNeil and others were able to influence, if not the Globalization Report itself, then certainly the use, if any, to which it will be put (keep tuned!); while planning for the Academic Conference, Cristy Jensen and Dick Williams get more firmly entrenched in the post-CETI activities, along with eight other senators; three new senators (Lynne Cook, Northridge; Jan Gregory, San Francisco; Alison King, San Marcos) are immediately given their choices for standing committees and are given release time for spring 1999; I get to go to such places as Tokyo, Beijing, and Vancouver——all under the auspices of the California Virtual University and the first two of the three cities listed as a member of the governor’s delegation); Jim Highsmith has a host of Senate activities which keep him very busy, not the least of which is his leading the planning for the AAHE pre-conference program on our Baccalaureate Study; Hal Charnofsky’s role as co-chair (with Dave Spence) of the ITL takes on another dimension as Human Resources (HR) and Instructional Resources and Technology join it as partners; we get to add yet another faculty member (Vince Buck) on the OU Advisory Board; etc., but what about our working conditions?

It has become harder and harder to make distinctions between our lives as professionals and our lives as providers for ourselves and others (an effort, in any event, which seems suspect and pointless). The saw which holds that professors have all the luxuries (e.g., their disciplines, their departments, their institutions, their colleagues, their students) and none of the necessities is being driven home with especial emphasis during our current turmoil over what constitutes a living wage.

For many it is also a matter of how we treat one another. Eighteen campus senates want the parties to get on with it. It is time to revise Jesse Unruh’s statement to read: "The stakes are too high to lose out on any opportunity to bring this bargaining to an end." After all, isn’t creating the best environment in which students can reach their educational potential the end to which all our efforts are directed? Any barrier, real or perceived, that curtails our ability to fulfill our mission must be removed. More later.

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Standing Committee Reports:

Faculty Affairs Committee Chair Dan Whitney reported that: although the committee had many important items on its agenda for this meeting, it ended up focusing on two items: collective bargaining and the Cornerstones Implementation Plan.

We had gathered and analyzed resolutions about collective bargaining from 18 of the CSU campus Senates. We had a spirited discussion about what type of resolution the Academic Senate should report out. While not unanimous in our view, we all (I believe) felt strongly that the CSUAS should take a position. We will ask for the waiver in order that the resolution can be voted on and transmitted immediately to the parties. Faculty Affairs Chair Whitney contacted the chairs of Academic Affairs and Fiscal and Governmental Affairs who came on board as co-sponsors of the resolution.

Responding to VC Spence's "Cornerstones Implementation Plan" proved even more difficult, especially since we as yet do not have responses from our constituent campuses. Nonetheless, the committee bit the bullet and decided the best course of action was to develop first a resolution that focused on faculty affairs and then go into the other issues if time permitted. It took the rest of the meeting to write the resolution we titled, "Implementing Cornerstones." Chair Whitney visited the Academic Affairs Committee, and the result was an evening session between Whitney and AA Chair Cherny to meld the work of the two committees. The result, "Concerns and Recommendations Regarding the 'Cornerstones Implementation Plan," is the happy union of the two committees' work. It covers many of the items, and both committees commend it to the assembled Senators.

In addition to the above items, we spent a little time exploring the impact on faculty of moving to year 'round operation. We spent more time discussing the Open University (aka TeacherNet) with an update from CO liaison Gary Hammerstrom. We discussed, and postponed, a resolution by Senator Timmer concerning institutional integrity, performance, and accountability in the CSU. After a visit by Academic Affairs liaison Lorie Roth, we formed a sub-committee to look into new faculty orientation programs. We also had a collective bargaining update from Senator DuFault (CFA liaison) and Sam Strafaci (CO liaison).

Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Bethany Shifflett reported: Called senate’s attention to materials copied for them regarding how ballot measures played out and democratic gains in the Assembly and Senate.

FGA discussions regarding cornerstones implementation mirrored senate's discussion and concern regarding the centralized versus campus-based approach to implementation.

A considerable amount of fine tuning in consultation with Allison Jones and Karen Yelverton took place around a visit to Sacramento by FGA and around legislative days. Tentative schedule will have FGA there February 10 and the senate there for an evening meeting on March 8 followed by meetings with legislators March 9. This is the Tuesday before our March Plenary.

FGA also met with Dave DuFault (senate liaison to CFA) who has already taken steps to facilitate a connection between FGA and CFA. On behalf of committee, Chair thanked Dave.

TEKR Committee Chair Elmo Moore reported that the committee devoted most of its time to two items:

1. A new initiative is being sponsored by the Chancellor's office which is designed to improve the preparation of K-12 math teachers. The large number of current math teachers who are underprepared is a serious problem in California. Several thousand lack even the equivalent of a math minor. Senator Keane, a member of TEKR, will play a leadership role in this project.

2. The project to adapt the British Open University materials for use in the CSU continues and seems to be progressing well. Communication, in particular, has improved. Beverly Young, Associate Director of CSU Teacher Education and K-18 Programs, and Associate Director of CSU TeacherNet, summarized the most recent developments and noted that, in the future, materials will be distributed to the campuses via the campus Senates. We also discussed the duties of the Regional Center directors and Academic Support Faculty and approved job descriptions for both. In addition, we raised a number of issues that should be included in the dialog with Advisory Committee co-chair, President John Welty of Fresno, who will make a presentation at this plenary session. These included items suggested by Vince Buck as well as members of TEKR. (I will leave further detail on the project to President Welty.)

G. E. Chair Ken Nishita reported:

The next meeting of the Chancellor's GE Advisory Committee will be in Spring 1999. Materials on the Cornerstones Implementation Plan were circulated to members by mail. Based on last year’s discussion of Cornerstones, the GE Advisory Committee will explore student learning outcomes for the CSU GE Breadth requirements. Jo Service, Dean, Academic Planning, will begin to canvass the CSU and CCC campuses for their course patterns to complete the United States History, Constitution and American Ideals requirements. The SubCommittee for Course Review will begin their review beginning in March-April 1999.

Institute for Teaching and Learning Senator Hal Charnofsky, newly elected co-chair of the ITL Advisory Board (the other co-chair is Executive Vice Chancellor David Spence), reported on recent developments with the Institute. The new director, Carol Holder (Cal Poly Pomona), will assume her duties on January 1, 1999. Until then, Faculty Trustee Harold Goldwhite, the immediate past director, will assist in seeing that the Institute’s work continues uninterrupted.

Faculty representation on the Advisory Board includes Senators Vince Buck, Jim Highsmith, David Hood, and Rosemarie Marshall, as well as Senator Charnofsky. At the meeting of the Board on October 22, 1998, the members agreed that ITL will act as the primary statewide body to assist campuses with faculty development as it emerges from Cornerstones. Since we do not know what will emerge from Cornerstones, this commitment is not yet defined, but there are funds available when the time comes.

The annual Teacher-Scholar Conference will be held in northern California in Summer 1999 since last year’s conference took place in the south.

ACTION

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Senator Thobaben moved (Kegley seconded) approval of the minutes of September 10-11, 1998. The minutes were approved.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Chair Dinielli requested consent to make the following change: to move Item #9 (approval of the agenda) up to Item #5. There were no objections.

Senator Kersten moved (Marshall seconded) to replace Dr. Spence’s time certain at 11:30, Friday morning, with a time certain for him at 2:00 p.m., Thursday. Motion approved.

Senator Meyer requested consent to add a floor resolution. There were no objections.

The agenda was approved.

Senator Whitney moved (Shifflett seconded) to finish the discussion in progress: Cornerstones - David Spence; which would delay the time certain of Trustee Campbell, with his permission. Motion approved.

TIME CERTAIN: Discussion of Election of Faculty Trustee Nominating Committee——elected were: Robert Cherny, San Francisco, Chair; Thomas Hale, San Luis Obispo; Jacquelyn Kegley, Bakersfield; Barry Pasternack, Fullerton; Judith Stanley, Hayward. Two additional campuses selected by drawing: Dominguez Hills and Northridge.

AS-2433-98/FA SUPPORT FOR A SPEEDY CONCLUSION AND A

FIRST READING/ FAIR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

WAIVER

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University urge the CSU administration and the California Faculty Association to support the needs of the faculty in the collective bargaining negotiations and bring the negotiations to a speedy and fair conclusion.

RATIONALE: To date, 20 CSU campus senates have passed resolutions concerning the collective bargaining negotiations (see attached). Impasse has been declared in the current bargaining between the CFA and the CSU administration. Rapid resolution of the issues and adoption of a fair and equitable contract will allow us to attract and retain a high quality faculty, move toward closing the CPEC faculty salary gap, and continue to provide a superior education to the people of California.

On behalf of the Faculty Affairs Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, and Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator McKillop moved (Marshall seconded) the resolution.

Senator Pincu moved (Spear seconded) to waive the rules to take action on the resolution at the present meeting. Motion carried.

Senator Whitney requested consent to delete "legitimate" before "needs" in the Resolved clause, and to increase the number of campuses in the Rationale to reflect the recently received resolutions. There were no objections.

Senator Spear moved (Pincu seconded) to change the title by inserting "and Speedy Conclusion to the" between "Fair" and "Collective."

Senator Cherny requested consent to make the following change: delete "Fair and" before "Speedy," and add "and a" after "Conclusion." There were no objections. Motion carried.

Senator Meyer moved (Gregory seconded) to delete "and the California Faculty Association" in the Resolved clause. Motion failed.

Senator Gregory moved to amend the Meyer amendment by adding the words "to work with the California Faculty Association" after "CSU administration." Motion failed.

Senator Pasternack moved (Kersten seconded) to call the question.

AS-2433-98/FA motion approved without dissent.

AS-2434-98/AA RESPONSE TO THE "REPORT OF THE TASK

SECOND READING FORCE ON CSU GLOBALIZATION" AND

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University receive the "Report of the Task Force on CSU Globalization" and its cover letter and thank the members of the Task Force for their work; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU endorse the Task Force's recommendations 1 through 7 in the "Report of the Task Force on CSU Globalization":

1. That the global education dimension, including the pursuit of a global ethos, be recognized as an integral part of the Mission of the CSU;

2. That each campus within the CSU consider systematically all the types of activities and programs it wishes to be involved in to promote global education;

3. That current and potential developments in telecommunications and Internet-based technologies be recognized and used as significant means of pursuing the globalization of the CSU, especially in offering courses and programs across international boundaries;

4. That the internationalization of the curriculum be recognized as being at the heart of the globalization of the CSU and that systematic efforts be conducted through individual campus processes, as well as cooperatively across campuses, to promote such internationalization; [and t]hat faculty members be encouraged to internationalize their courses and to contribute as possible to international interdisciplinary studies;

5. That faculty…development programs [to increase faculty members’ involvement in international/global education] be encouraged and facilitated;

6. That efforts to attract and serve international students in various CSU programs be pursued and intensified, with increasing attention as feasible and possible, to contributing to the overall globalization process on each campus;

7. That Study Abroad be recognized as an integral part of the globalization strategy of the CSU and that efforts be made to increase the diversity of programs in duration, content, and opportunities, and to maximize access as well as cost-effectiveness[; t]hat for purposes of balance and diversity, the gradual development of additional opportunities for study abroad be explored in the Pacific Basin countries as well as in the developing countries[; and t]hat systemwide study abroad programs be funded at the level equivalent to the campus average general fund support per FTES; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU endorse President Gerth's elaboration on the obligations of the CSU toward international students, an extension of Recommendation 6: "When a campus brings international students, clearly their educational needs must be met——ESL programs, strong advising programs, and the like"; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU also endorse President Gerth's recommendation that "a mechanism for assessment and accountability will need to be created" as the CSU expands its international/global role; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU not at this time endorse the Task Force's recommendation 8, for the creation of an Office of Global Education in the Chancellor's office, and that the Academic Senate CSU does not endorse President Gerth's recommendation for the decentralization of the CSU International Programs; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU reconstitute its ad hoc Task Force on International Programs, to add to that group representatives from ACIP and, in consultation with the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Academic Affairs staff of the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recommend that the "Report of the Task Force on CSU Globalization" not become system policy until further consideration and integration of principles developed by the Academic Senate’s ad hoc Task Force on International Programs and until more specific recommendations for implementation are developed; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recommend to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees that the CSU Office of International Programs be given a five-year commitment of support, that a formal search be initiated for a permanent director, and that the position of assistant director be restored; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge each CSU campus to support and encourage international/global exchanges, experiences, cultural immersions, and cross-cultural understandings by forming partnerships and joint activities with worldwide, socially responsible institutions including governments, indigenous groups, non-governmental organizations, cultural projects, and business.

RATIONALE: On September 30, 1998, CSU Executive Vice Chancellor David Spence forwarded the "Report of the Task Force on CSU Globalization" and a cover letter from the Task Force Chair, Donald Gerth, to the Academic Senate and to campuses "for review and consultation." His letter to the Academic Senate requested the "thoughtful evaluation of the issues raised and recommendations presented in the Task Force Report," and looked toward action by the Board of Trustees in March 1999.

The Academic Senate CSU is aware of current use of the term globalization to refer to the changes in international commerce, but this is not the primary concern of global education. Instead, global education is based on the premise that there now exists the potential for the emergence of a truly global human society. It is logical and appropriate for the CSU to evaluate the import of these changes for the nature of education in the CSU. Toward this end, in its Baccalaureate Education in the California State University (November 1997), the Academic Senate CSU proposed that the baccalaureate degrees awarded in the CSU should include

Knowledge and skills to participate in democratic decision-making and global civil society. CSU baccalaureate education prepares graduates to participate fully and responsibly in decision-making processes and in global civil society more generally. Graduates possess an understanding of democratic institutions and values, and understand their responsibility to their community. They possess a sense of self-awareness within a broader awareness of kinship with the human community in all its diversity. CSU graduates understand the nature of prejudice and discrimination and reject stereotypic thinking.

And that, in completing their baccalaureate,

Students develop an appreciation of global interdependence and multicultural experiences to break down prejudices and provincial visions and to open their eyes and minds to the diversity of cultures and experiences which define American society and the contemporary world.

In 1996-97, the Academic Senate CSU formed an ad hoc Task Force on International Programs. That group formulated a set of principles on international education and CSU study abroad programs, but then held further action in abeyance pending the work of the Task Force on CSU Globalization created by CSU Chancellor Barry Munitz in Spring 1997. In part as a result of inquiries by that taskforce, on July 8, 1998, Executive Vice Chancellor David Spence presented the "1998 Survey of International Courses, Programs, and Services" in the CSU, noting in his cover letter that, in 1997-98, some 21,500 students were served in some fashion by CSU international programs. This survey provides the most detailed information yet available on the impressively wide array of international education now available throughout the CSU, both programs for CSU students to study abroad and for students from outside the United States to study in the CSU.

On September 23, 1998, Donald Gerth, chair of the Task Force on CSU Globalization, forwarded that group's report with a long cover letter reinforcing some of the report's recommendations, elaborating on some, and introducing some new concerns in addition to those developed in the taskforce's report. The report of the taskforce carried eight specific recommendations:

1. That the global education dimension, including the pursuit of a global ethos, be recognized as an integral part of the Mission of the CSU;

2. That each campus within the CSU consider systematically all the types of activities and programs it wishes to be involved in to promote global education;

3. That current and potential developments in telecommunications and Internet-based technologies be recognized and used as significant means of pursuing the globalization of the CSU, especially in offering courses and programs across international boundaries;

4. That the internationalization of the curriculum be recognized as being at the heart of the globalization of the CSU and that systematic efforts be conducted through individual campus processes, as well as cooperatively across campuses, to promote such internationalization; [and t]hat faculty members be encouraged to internationalize their courses and to contribute as possible to international interdisciplinary studies;

5. That faculty international development programs be encouraged and facilitated;

6. That efforts to attract and serve international students in various CSU programs be pursued and intensified, with increasing attention as feasible and possible, to contributing to the overall globalization process on each campus;

7. That Study Abroad be recognized as an integral part of the globalization strategy of the CSU and that efforts be made to increase the diversity of programs in duration, content, and opportunities, and to maximize access as well as cost-effectiveness[; t]hat for purposes of balance and diversity, the gradual development of additional opportunities for study abroad be explored in the Pacific Basin countries as well as in the developing countries[; and t]hat systemwide study abroad programs be funded at the level equivalent to the campus average general fund support per FTES;

8. That an Office of Global Education (OGE) be created at the Chancellor's Office reporting to the senior CSU officers in charge of academic affairs and that this office be dedicated to serving the CSU campuses in their globalization efforts and plans and in providing a set of valuable systemwide services.

President Gerth's cover letter elaborated at length on the need for greater involvement by the CSU in the world, voiced important cautions about recommendation 6 (having to do with the needs of students who come to the CSU from other parts of the world), expanded on recommendation 8 by providing additional information on the possible roles of such a new CSU administrator, and presented a new proposal, not addressed in the Task Force report, for decentralization of the existing systemwide international programs.

President Gerth's concerns about meeting the needs of international students is appropriate. At times, some in the CSU seem to have seen international students largely as a source of out-of-state fees and have not provided an appropriate range of services to meet their needs for language instruction, tutoring, advising, assistance with housing, and much more. The CSU is by no means alone in this attitude, but when the financial advantage to be gained by attracting international students is put before the obligation of the host campus, no one is well served.

With regard to recommendation 8, neither the report nor the cover letter seems to provide an adequate rationale for creation of such a position nor a clear description of the relation between such a position and other existing programs. Some such new position may well be appropriate, but recommendation for creation of such a position requires a more careful definition of the responsibilities of the position and the relation of the new position to existing programs, both those now located in the Chancellor's Office and those located on campuses.

Similarly, neither the report nor the cover letter provides a compelling reason to justify decentralization, and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Academic Senate CSU found no compelling rationale for decentralization in its brief examination of the matter. On the contrary, the committee found reasons to continue the current approach based in the Chancellor's office——the programs available through the CSU Office of International Programs (OIP) provide an extraordinarily high-quality, cultural-immersion, study-abroad experience at a fraction of the cost of such programs at most institutions. To decentralize those programs might well be to lose important advantages of scale, of access to all CSU students, and of faculty participation from throughout the CSU. None of these issues are addressed in the report or the cover letter.

In recent years, the OIP has gone through a change in leadership, a long period with an interim director, and constant rumors that it was likely to be either significantly restructured or closed. Nonetheless, the staff has carried on and produced high-quality, study-abroad opportunities for CSU students. To continue in this state of uncertainty cannot produce positive benefits. If there is to be any major change in the status of OIP, it must come as the result of careful analysis of the specific programs and of alternatives, and it must be based on the best possible way of meeting the needs of CSU students for study abroad. Because there has been no such careful study, it seems wholly appropriate that OIP and ACIP be given assurance that no changes are contemplated in the near future, that a permanent director be appointed following an appropriate search, that the position of assistant director be restored, and that there be created a regular five-year evaluation cycle comparable to that of campus academic units.

The principles for international programs developed by the Academic Senate’s ad hoc Task Force on International Programs and the recommendations of the Task Force on CSU Globalization need to be integrated and to become the basis for specific recommendations for implementation. It is necessary for the faculty, through the Academic Senate, to be centrally involved in that process of integration and in the development of specific recommendations for implementation.

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee, Chair Robert Cherny moved (Marshall seconded) the resolution.

 

Senator Pasternack moved (Williams seconded) to reorder the agenda by transposing Items 3 and 4, both of which pertain to Cornerstones. Motion failed

 

AS-2435-98/FA/AA CONCERNS AND RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING

SECOND READING THE "CORNERSTONES IMPLEMENTATION PLAN"

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University have serious concerns regarding the "Cornerstones Implementation Plan" as conveyed by the Executive Vice Chancellor (October 16, 1998) which include the following:

1. The Implementation Plan does not recognize campus autonomy and uniqueness as important factors in implementing the Cornerstones Report. Principle 10 of the Cornerstones Report states that campuses shall have significant autonomy in developing their own missions, identity, and programs, with institutional flexibility in meeting clearly defined system policy goals.

2. The Implementation Plan does not include the part of Principle 4 in the Cornerstones Report which relates to faculty scholarship, research and creative activity as essential components to the CSU’s teaching mission.

3. Cornerstones explicitly assigns to the faculty responsibility to develop student learning outcomes and assessment (Principle 1). Where Step A in the Implementation Plan refers to the university, it should specifically assign those responsibilities to the faculty.

4. The Implementation Plan can be interpreted as emphasizing easily measurable outcomes as the sole basis for the awarding of the baccalaureate degree. It ignores the preparation of students for life-long learning, development of social skills through interaction with peers and colleagues, ethical, moral, and social responsibility including effective participation in a democratic society, and appreciation/tolerance for diversity in all of its manifestations (Principle 1 of the Cornerstones Report and the CSU Academic Senate Report on "Baccalaureate Education in the California State University").

5. The Implementation Plan does not emphasize Principle 3 of Cornerstones which stresses the importance of students as active partners with faculty in the learning process including student involvement in scholarship, research and creative activity under faculty guidance that is crucial to CSU’s teaching mission.

6. The Implementation Plan is silent on obtaining negotiated stable funding compacts with the State (Principle 7)

7. The tone of Cornerstones is written positively and the document recommends principles which faculty generally can support and recognize as essential to CSU’s educational mission. The tone of the Implementation Plan, in contrast, is in the form of directives which may not encourage creative campus-based unique solutions and may be perceived by campus constituencies as a "done-deal" as opposed to a stimulus for idea generation.

8. The Implementation Plan is silent on administrative accountability which is embedded in Principle 7 and the "Conclusion: Shared Responsibility." Administrative accountability is an essential ingredient to appropriate management of CSU’s educational enterprise.

9. Planning for the implementation of the Cornerstones goals requires that a collegial and collaborative partnership between faculty and administration must be established (Principle 4a). Successful implementation, as quoted from the introductory paragraph in the Draft Plan of 10/98 "will hinge on faculty being properly supported in their efforts";

and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge that the implementation of the Cornerstones Report be predicated on the principle that campuses shall have significant autonomy in developing their own missions, identity, and programs, with institutional flexibility in meeting clearly defined system policy goals; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge that the Chancellor make as the highest priority section G, rewritten to read, "The CSU and each university will make systematic progress toward achieving the conditions that will allow faculty to carry out their professorial responsibilities," and to revise the remainder of section G as follows:

1. The CSU and each university will provide faculty with a fair and reasonable reward system, including closing the faculty salary gap expeditiously as outlined by Chancellor Reed in his February 6, 1998, letter to Academic Senate CSU Chair James Highsmith.

2. The CSU and each university recognize the importance of faculty scholarship, research, and creative activity as essential components to the CSU’s teaching mission.

3. The CSU will fund a more coordinated effort to "[r]einvest significantly in faculty, through a faculty development and reinvestment program that protects the core resources and ensures additional resources for faculty development and learning" (Cornerstones, p. 21) through such things as:

• increased sabbatical leave opportunities;

• increased funds for travel and participation in professional conferences;

• increased assigned time and other resources to assist faculty in their professional growth;

• greater support for campus faculty development centers; and

• greater support to new faculty during their earlier years as they acclimate to the academic profession.

4. The CSU and each university will seek ways to provide faculty with appropriate opportunities, funding, and conditions to implement Cornerstones initiatives. These will include both seeking funds and other resources and specific targeting of faculty workload and support to recognize the importance of the following:

• assigned time for the development of student learning outcomes and assessment methods;

• assigned time for the conversion of courses to new modes of instruction;

• expanded training programs for the use of technology-mediated instruction; and

• expanded summer and off-term stipends to support the development of Cornerstones initiatives.

5. The CSU and each university will expand funding and other resources for direct instructional support, including:

• increased investment in library resources; and

• increased investment in physical facilities and instructional equipment;

• expanded instructional development and support operations;

• increased investment in faculty computing, smart classrooms, and other educational technology;

• increased clerical staff and office and communication technology;

and be it further

RESOLVED That Section C and C.1 ("Each university will examine its programs to ensure that current programs are needed, effective, and have appropriate and understandable requirement. …") be deleted as separate sections since they do not implement a Principle of the Cornerstones Report and are already part of regular program review conducted on all campuses; that the remaining parts of section C be incorporated into the current section B (quality assurance) and revised as follows:

• Each university shall ensure that full-time students are able to complete baccalaureate degree program requirements within a reasonable length of time. Campus faculty shall determine whether 120 semester (180 quarter) units is a reasonable requirement, and if it is, how it can be accomplished while ensuring a quality education.

• Funds shall be provided for faculty to study the efficacy and advisability of gradually shifting attention in the CSU from a course and unit-based curriculum to one that places greater emphasis on student learning outcomes.

• Articulation practices among system universities and community colleges and policies for General Education will continue to be reviewed and strengthened at both campus and system levels.

• New and concerted attention will be devoted to the articulation of required lower-division major courses and/or competencies, both within the CSU and between the CSU and community colleges. To this end, funds shall be provided for faculty from across all CSU campuses to convene in disciplinary groups, with appropriate consultation with community college faculty, to seek agreement on a common core of required lower-division courses for each major;

and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to develop and implement an assessment plan for accountability of the overall effectiveness and efficiency of its administration and administrative units. The CSU and each university will develop open procedures that assess administrative performance and regulatory accountability. Performance accountability addresses institutional achievements of educational outcomes, campus climate and institutional governance style. Regulatory accountability encompasses resource allocations, personnel transactions, fiscal accounting, and compliance with the law; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge each campus senate to form a task force to plan and govern implementation of the "Cornerstones Report" principles in accordance with its own mission, identity and program, and systemwide policies; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU establish a Cornerstones Task Force based on the principle that faculty are essential to the interpretation, development, and implementation of the Cornerstones Report. The duties of the Task Force should be as follows:

• Research, publish, and distribute individual campus progress reports in implementing of Cornerstones;

• Establish systemwide goals and priorities for implementing Cornerstones; and

• Maintain an ongoing articulation process on Cornerstone implementation with CSU Administration and CSU Trustees.

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee and Faculty Affairs Committee, FAC Chair Whitney moved (Spear seconded) the resolution.

Senator Pincu moved (DuFault seconded) to schedule a special session in December in order to vote on AS-2435-98/FA/AA before the item goes to the Board.

Senator Williams moved (Aaron seconded) to extend debate on the motion. Motion failed.

Senator Pincu’s motion carried.

Senator Whitney moved the agenda.

AS-2436-98/FLOOR CORNERSTONES AND THE CONTRACT

(MEYER)

SECOND READING

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University take no additional action on Cornerstones or its implementation until a new contract between the California State University and the California Faculty Association is approved.

On behalf of the Floor, Senator Meyer moved (Phillips seconded) the resolution.

Senator Pasternack moved (Wort seconded) to waive the rules to take action on the resolution at the present meeting. Motion failed.

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The Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 1998.

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Approved (or corrected)

Date:________________________ _______________________________

Gene L. Dinielli, Chair

 

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Hal Charnofsky, Secretary

 

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Margaret Price, Recording Secretary



 
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