Academic Senate of the California State University
MINUTES

Meeting of March 11-12, 1999
CSU Headquarters, Long Beach, CA

 

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 1999, by Chair Gene Dinielli.

ROLL CALL: Senators and alternates (*) attending the meeting were: (Bakersfield) Jacquelyn Kegley, John Tarjan; (Chico) Samuel Edelman, Paul Spear; (Dominguez Hills) Hal Charnofsky, Dick Williams; (Fresno) Jacinta Amaral, James Highsmith, Lester Pincu; (Fullerton) Vincent Buck, Bill Meyer, Barry Pasternack; (Hayward) Judith Stanley; (Humboldt) Elmo Moore, Marshelle Thobaben; (Long Beach) Gene Dinielli, David Hood, Patricia Rozée; (Los Angeles) Marshall Cates, 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, Dan Whitney; (San Francisco) Eunice Aaron, Robert Cherny, Jan Gregory; (San Jose) Timothy Hegstrom, David McNeil, Bethany Shifflett; (San Luis Obispo) Reginald Gooden, Tom Hale, Timothy Kersten; (San Marcos) Alison King, A. Sandy Parsons; (Sonoma) Susan McKillop, Peter Phillips; (Stanislaus) Mark Thompson; (Chancellor's Office) David Spence.

INTRODUCTIONS

During the course of the meeting the Chair introduced:

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

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

Myron Hood, Chair, Academic Senate, San Luis Obispo

Dorothy Keane, Assistant Director, K-18 Mathematics Preparation, CO

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

Joan Otomo-Corgel, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

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

REPORT OF CHAIR GENE DINIELLI

These are not the best of times for the CSU: embitterment over the failure to reach a bargaining agreement, dispiritedness over the apparent unwillingness of the state to fund fully public policy priorities it places on the CSU, and unwarranted faculty bashing. What to do?

In this context, it becomes hard to attach the appropriate meaning and energy to activities that so govern our lives as faculty. We do go on, although this plenary may see action on a motion to withhold work on such matters as Cornerstones, until a fair and reasonable contract is struck. It is to be hoped that the meeting that was held yesterday in Sacramento between the CFA and the CSU administration was productive and that some good news comes out of that meeting.

You’ll recall that to accommodate the senate’s preconference presentation at the San Diego AAHE of our Baccalaureate Study, we had a somewhat shortened plenary in January. The Senate owes a debt of gratitude to Jim Highsmith for the thorough way he planned the event which contributed to the success of the presentation so well done by Dorothy Keane, Paul Spear, Marshelle Thobaben, and Jim Highsmith. The Senate was well served.

The office and I hope that the over 200 communications sent in the last two months (email and hard copy) have kept you informed and up-to-date. It has been a roller-coaster ride for all of us. I will, however, mention the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates and its effort, supported by Cristy Jensen and Dick Williams, to acquire data and create a descriptive matrix of regional articulation, agreements, and lower-division major preparation requirements.

I am certain that you join me in welcoming Vince Buck back from his visit to Saudi Arabia. Cristy Jensen and I have been working with a group formed by Dave Spence to begin discussions on what is increasingly being called "accountability measures." Bernie Goldstein is on that committee and has contributed immensely.

The Cornerstones Implementation Plan was distributed on Tuesday. What should be new about it is the greater acknowledgement of the roles of students and alumni/ae, along with timelines attached to the activities listed in the plan.

And now news comes from San Luis Obispo…

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Standing Committee Reports:

Academic Affairs Committee Chair Robert Cherny reported that the committee discussed a variety of issues, including a letter for Chair Dinielli and Executive Vice Chancellor Spence to send to all CSU faculty on copyright issues; AS-2439-99/AA, Multiple University Program Policy Development; ELM/EPT and related remediation issues (including the possibility for a taskforce on the issue); CalStateTEACH issues, especially the role of AAC in approving curriculum; Cornerstones implementation; SB 58 and service learning; AS-2441-99/AA, Endorsement of Pending Legislation to Authorize Benefits to Domestic Partners; YRO; and the academic renewal policy. Resolutions were developed or refined on Multiple University Program Policy Development, SB 58, and Benefits for Domestic Partners. Allison Jones and David Spence joined the commmittee for its discussion of ELM/EPT and remediation; the executive committee joined the committee for its discussion of the CalStateTEACH curricular approval process; Erika Freihage joined the committee for its discussion of SB 58 and service learning. FAC joined AAC for the discussion on YRO and domestic partners.

Faculty Affairs Committee Chair Dan Whitney reported that the committee had another fun and interesting committee meeting, made all the more so by the defeat of the CFA/CSU TA and the public presentation of questionable content by Chancellor Reed at SLO. The former resulted in a motion, AS-2442, on the Agenda. This morning we had the benefit of a visit from Cordelia Ontiveros from Human Relations (CO) who briefed us on the ongoing meetings between CSU and CFA and who made constructive comments on the motion. The Chancellor's comments in SLO did not result in a motion from the committee, although we discussed the possibility of censuring him; it may still happen.

We postponed a resolution on Cornerstones Principle #9, Campus Contributions to Community and Society. We will revisit it in April unless the Meyer motion passes prohibiting us from working on Cornerstones implementation.

We met jointly with Academic Affairs about YRO. As usual, we found our joint meeting productive and useful. I'll let Senator Cherny, who "chaired" the joint meeting report.

While meeting jointly with Academic Affairs we agreed to co-sponsor the Domestic Partners resolutions authored in the main by Senator Spear.

Senator Pasternack gave us an update on CMS that resulted in discussion about its value.

I and Gary Hammerstrom talked briefly about CalStateTEACH.

Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Bethany Shifflett reported:

1. Committee reviewed bills being tracked and will forward several for review

to TEKR, AA, & FA

2. Guest visits:

• Cristy Jensen - Discussion of CPEC & CTC

Wide ranging discussion on initiatives and legislative agendas.

• Richard West - Discussion of Budget, Technology infrastructure buildout

and Year Round Operations.

Based on Senate hearings, West optimistic that some additional money will be

directed to the CSU as part of the May revise - highly dependent on governor.

Discussions with governor's office on a new compact ongoing. With respect to accountability measures, focus presently on facilitating intersegmental transfer, facilities usage, and time-to-degree/coursework availability.

With respect to technology, West was asked to insure that information was getting out to campuses regarding the linkage and timing of infrastructure buildout and CMS projects.

3. Discussion of February and March visits to Sacramento

February visits with legislators very positive. The repeat visit in March was very informative and afforded the FGA committee the opportunity to meet with CFA (this visit also very productive and beneficial). The meeting with FGA focused on Teacher Ed legislation.

4. List of whom to try to see leg days finalized. Senators reminded that April 12 we meet at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and a meeting. Senators meet in small groups the 13th with legislators. Focus of leg day visits:

Restoration of budget in areas of:

Compensation

Technology

Stable funding (AB 14/compact)

Year Round Operations

Teacher Preparation

G. E. Chair Ken Nishita reported that the GE Advisory Committee met on February 11, 1999. Four issues were discussed: (1) schedule for the IGETC/CSU GE Breadth course review, (2) possible revision of the IGETC/CSU GE Breadth Course Review process, (3) progress of the review of CCC curricula for the United States History, Constitution, and American Ideas requirements, and (4) implications of the Cornerstones Implementation Plan (revised version, 1/21/99) on Title 5 and GE requirements.

There are about 800 CCC courses submitted for review this year. The GE Subcommittee has planned six meetings on March 4, 5, 25, 26, and April 1, 2. After a spirited discussion of a possible revision of the CCC/CSU course review process, the consensus of the Committee was that the existing review process has many merits over that of the UC process. The Committee recommended continuing the CCC/CSU review process without major change. In order to reduce the number of confusing or unclear outlines that require faculty review, the Committee recommended that the CSU Staff attempt to judge course outlines with even more authority.

The CCCs will submit their curricula for the American Institutions requirement by mid-April. Faculty members in history, political science and ethnic studies will augment the GE Subcommittee for Course Review. Faculty volunteers who would like to assist in the development of this review process in the summer are welcome.

Campus Visits Faculty Trustee Harold Goldwhite reported on his ongoing series of visits to campuses, often in company with Senate Chair Dinielli; of the warmth of the welcomes by members of the campus communities; and of his and Chair Dinielli's interest in visiting all the campuses of the CSU in the near future.

ACTION

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Senator Shifflett moved (Kegley seconded) approval of the agenda. The agenda was approved.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Senator Marshall moved (Pincu seconded) approval of the minutes of December 11, 1998. The minutes were approved.

AS-2436-98/FLOOR CORNERSTONES AND THE CONTRACT

(MEYER/PHILLIPS)

SECOND READING

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University take no additional action and urge campus senates to take no such action on the Cornerstones implementation plan document or, if passed by the Trustees, their implementation steps until a new contract between the California State University and the California Faculty Association is approved.

Senator Pasternack moved (Phillips seconded) to add the phrase "and urge campus senates to take no such action" between "implementation" and "until." Motion approved.

AS-2436-98/Floor (Meyer/Phillips) motion approved.

Senator Gooden moved (Parsons seconded) to reconsider Item 1, Cornerstones and the Contract. [action occurred following Item 3, AS-2440-99/EX]

Senator Buck moved (Spear seconded) to close debate. Motion approved.

Senator Whitney moved (Highsmith seconded) to adjourn. Motion failed.

Senator Boddy moved (Cates seconded) to add to the Resolved clause after "document" the words "or, if passed by the Trustees, their implementation steps." Motion approved.

AS-2436-98/Floor (Meyer/Phillips), as amended, motion approved.

AS-2439-99/AA MULTIPLE-UNIVERSITY PROGRAM POLICY

ACTION DEVELOPMENT

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University recommend that campus senates and administrations consider the policy of CSU Chico on multi-university programs in formulating their own policies on multi-university programs, certificates and master’s degrees; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recommend that the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor support the efforts of campuses to develop policies and implementation procedures that facilitate the development and administration of policy for multi-university programs and degrees among CSU campuses while preserving campus autonomy of the participating campuses.

RATIONALE: With the recent advances in computer technology, in general, and instructional technology, in particular, many universities have developed and offer academic coursework and programs to students located at remote and/or distant sites. This technological capacity has also made it possible for the State of California to offer, through its virtual university, a vast array of coursework taken from many campuses enabling students to complete coursework from multiple campuses and obtain a degree or certificate from one of the participating campuses. Other universities, attempting to combine faculty expertise, share limited resources, and/or offer unique and specialized programs have developed multi-university programs such as master’s degrees, certificates, majors, options, and minors.

Participation in multi-university and joint programs generally requires formalized agreements between the participating institutions. Issues such as program management, identification of universities offering the degree and program and those whose participation is by offering coursework, determination of program development and coursework, admissions and matriculation, provision of advising and other student services, fee collection and FTES generation need to be addressed.

Last year, CSU Chico developed a policy on multi-campus programs to address and provide a framework for solving the many issues facing universities in their development of multi-university or joint programs. The document respects the campus autonomy of participating institutions, provides articulation and reciprocity agreements and offers a solution to the roles and responsibilities of participating campuses in the development and management of joint or multi-campus programs.

The policy further provides guidelines, procedures, and criteria for identifying partner universities, nationally and internationally, and guidelines for approval of multi-university programs and degrees. It identifies two basic types of multi-university programs: One, when one university offers the master’s degree or certificate but students may complete coursework offered by that or participating campuses, and Two, where multiple universities jointly or collaboratively offer the certificate, major, minor, option, or master’s degree. The policy also provides guidelines for the administration of multi-university programs such as admissions and records, determination of campus(es) offering the degree, program or certificate, provision of student services including advising and library and information resources, fee collection and FTES accumulation.

The development and administration of multi-campus programs and degrees within the CSU would be significantly enhanced if campuses could agree on policy and implementation issues regarding the development and offering of multi-university programs.

AS-2439-99/AA motion approved without dissent.

AS-2440-99/EX ACADEMIC SENATE CSU CALENDAR

SECOND READING OF 1999-00 MEETING

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University adopt the following schedule for the 1999-00 academic year:

1999 Location

September 8-10 Committees/Plenary Headquarters

October 8 Interim Headquarters

November 3-5 Committees/Plenary Northern California

December 3 Interim Headquarters

2000

January 19-21 Committees/Plenary Headquarters

February 11 Interim Headquarters

March 8-10 Committees/Plenary Headquarters

April 7 Interim Headquarters

May 3-5 Committees/Plenary Headquarters

; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate CSU be authorized to change the schedule of meetings approved, with adequate notice to the Academic Senate CSU, if the Trustees alter their schedule, or if budgetary constraints require a change.

RATIONALE: The California State University Board of Trustees is considering the adoption in May 1999 of the following schedule for Trustee meetings in 1999-00:

1999 Location

July 7-8 (Wed-Thur) Headquarters

September 14-15 Headquarters

November 16-17 Headquarters

2000

January 25-26 Headquarters

March 14-15 Headquarters

May 16-17 Headquarters

On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Buck moved (Charnofsky seconded) the resolution.

Resolution of Commendation for Dorothy Keane, CSU Los Angeles, was read by Senator Marshall.

Senator Spear requested that the Chair rule whether items 7 and 8 of the agenda are considered implementation of Cornerstones. The Chair ruled that items 7 and 8 are implementation of Cornerstones.

Cherny moved to recess for lunch and to meet in committees while awaiting distribution of resolutions. No vote was taken.

Chair’s ruling on item 7 and 8 objected to by Senator Buck at least until the items were before him.

Body voted not to sustain ruling of the chair.

See AS-2436-98/Floor (Meyer/Phillips) above.

Senator Buck moved (Marshall seconded) to recess. Motion carried.

AS-2445-99/AA SUPPORT FOR PENDING LEGISLATION, SB 58 (HAYDEN)

FIRST READING/ SERVICE LEARNING FOR POSTSECONDARY STUDENTS

WAIVER

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University support the establishment of a statewide service-learning center, and a service-learning grant program such as that provided in SB 58 (Hayden), Service Learning for Postsecondary Students, as introduced; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Legislature and the Governor to provide funding for service-learning centers through the proposed grants program in such a manner that the funding for the grants program be in addition to the annual budget awarded to the CSU, and not in competition with those dedicated funds; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge members of the Legislature and the Governor of the State of California to support SB 58 (Hayden) contingent upon appropriate funding; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor, Board of Trustees, California Faculty Association, campus presidents, and campus senates and their counterparts in the other higher education segments to support SB 58 (Hayden) contingent upon appropriate funding.

RATIONALE: The Academic Senate CSU supports innovative teaching approaches, as well the development of resources to support faculty engaged in innovative teaching approaches. SB 58 defines service learning as an innovative teaching approach that combines academic study with structured community service activity, which is carried out in the context of academic education and integrated into the curriculum. The Academic Senate CSU recognizes that service learning enhances student academic learning, provides a context for theory through practical application in the community, fosters civic engagement and career exploration, and at the same time meets the needs of California communities.

Furthermore, the Academic Senate CSU recognizes that CSU students provide over 28 million hours of service to California communities each year. Connecting this interest in service to the academic curriculum may further engage CSU students in their learning experiences.

SB 58, Service Learning for Postsecondary Students, encourages the development of service-learning programs that provide the integration of service into courses and curricula and it creates centers that serve as hubs and catalysts for the growth of service learning. The Academic Senate CSU recognizes that service-learning pedagogy is already being utilized by some CSU faculty. The development of centers would provide coordination among, and support for, the individual faculty members already using this pedagogy and would encourage other faculty to use service-learning pedagogy. SB 58 would strengthen efforts underway at each CSU campus to support faculty and students engaged in service learning. It would provide the needed coordination to develop effective partners with community organizations and other CSU faculty, including the ability to collaborate to obtain federal grants to support mutually beneficial service learning activities.

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

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

Senator Jensen moved (Kegley seconded) to add "as introduced" in the first Resolved clause after the title of the bill. Senator Highsmith requested consent to make the following change: to move the title of the bill to the end of the first Resolved clause and add before it, "such as that provided in." There were no objections. Motion approved.

AS-2445-99/AA motion approved.

AS-2441-99/AA/ FA/FGA ENDORSEMENT OF ENABLING

FIRST READING/ LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE BENEFITS

WAIVER TO DOMESTIC PARTNERS

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University support legislation that would define "domestic partners," provide for the registration and termination of domestic partnerships with the Secretary of State, and require a health facility to allow a patient’s domestic partner and other specified persons to visit the patient as in AB 26 (Migden): Domestic Partners, as introduced; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU support legislation that would authorize the Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) to provide health benefits plan coverage to state and local employers who "elect to include within the definition of family member, domestic partners, as defined, who have submitted certificates of eligibility to the board" as in AB 107 (Knox): Public Employees’ Health Benefits: Domestic Partners , as introduced; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge members of the Legislature and the Governor of the State of California to support AB 26 (Migden) and AB 107 (Knox); and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor, Board of Trustees, California Faculty Association, campus presidents, and campus senates to support AB 26 (Migden) and AB 107 (Knox).

RATIONALE: The Academic Senate CSU has previously recognized the legitimacy of domestic partnerships and supported the extension of benefits to domestic partners of employees (AS-2196-94/AA & FA: Recognition of Domestic Partnership and Extension of Employee Benefits in the California State University to Domestic Partners and their Dependents) and supported legislation that would have provided for registration and termination of domestic partnerships (AS-2205-94/AA: Legislative Recognition of Domestic Partnership: Registration, Termination, and Rights Thereof). The Academic Senate CSU has also urged the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, and California Faculty Association "to redress the fundamental unfairness of policies that exclude domestic partners and their dependents from employee benefits" and urged the parties to bargain for agreements that provide for employee benefits to domestic partners and their dependents (AS-2196-94/AA & FA).

AB 26 (Migden): Domestic Partners defines "domestic partners" and provides for a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of State and establishes conditions for termination of a domestic relationship. It also adds to the Health and Safety Code the requirement that a health facility "allow a patient’s domestic partner, the children of the patient’s domestic partner, and the domestic partner of the patient’s parent or child to visit" unless specified conditions prevail, such as no visitors are allowed, the visit would endanger the health or safety of the patient, the patient does not want the person to visit, and restrictions on visitation (viz., hours of visitation, number of visits).

AB 107 (Knox): Public Employees’ Health Benefits: Domestic Partners authorizes the Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System to provide health benefits plan coverage to state and local employers who elect to include domestic partners within the definition of "family member." It also defines "domestic partner" and termination provisions for said partnership in nearly parallel form as are provided in AB 26 (Migden).

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

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

Senator Jensen requested consent to make the following change: to add after "support" in the first Resolved clause "the status of domestic partners of California State employees as affirmed in" before "AB 26"; and add after "support" in the second Resolved clause "authorization for PERS to provide health benefit plan coverage as contained in" before "AB 107." Senator Cherny requested consent to make the following change: to delete "such" after "support" and add "that would define" after "legislation" and move "as in AB 26 (Migden): Domestic Partners, as introduced" to the end in the first Resolved clause; and to delete "such" after "support" and move "as in AB 107 (Knox): Public Employees’ Health Benefits: Domestic Partners, as introduced," to the end of the second Resolved clause. Senator Jensen was in agreement with those changes. There were no objections.

AS-2441-99/AA/FA/FGA motion approved.

Senator Cherny moved (Highsmith seconded) as a special order of business that the Senate move into a committee of the whole for the purpose of considering a motion of censure. Motion approved.

Senator Pincu moved (Highsmith seconded) to go out of the committee of the whole, move into executive session, and go back into committee of the whole. The Chair ruled motion out of order.

***Senator Boddy moved (Edelman seconded) to add to the resolution drafted by Senators Cherny and Whitney "On March 12, 1999, the Chancellor apologized to the CSU faculty for his earlier statements" as the third Whereas clause; and to call the resolution "Rebuke" instead of "Censure"; and in the first Resolved clause substitute "condemn" for "censure," delete "insulting," and add "and all their implications" after "faculty." In the second Resolved clause, insert "to conduct himself in accord with" before "the model," add "and mutual respect" after "collegiality"; and as a last statement or Resolved clause, "At this time the Senate defers further actions and will set its future path in the light of the Chancellor’s performance."

Senator Meyer moved (Phillips seconded) to amend by adding "extend this apology to all CSU faculty" following "Reed to" in the second Resolved clause.

Senator Cherny moved (Kersten seconded) to move all questions before the committee of the whole. Motion carried.

Meyer amendment failed.

Boddy amendment approved.

Senator Pincu moved (Kersten seconded) to move out of the committee of the whole—rise and report. Motion approved.* * *

Senator Boddy reported to the body that the committee of the whole voted in the majority to pass a motion of rebuke.

AS-2446-99/ REBUKE OF CHANCELLOR CHARLES B. REED

COMMITTEE OF

THE WHOLE

FIRST READING/

WAIVER

WHEREAS, An effective working relationship between a faculty and an administration must rest on mutual respect, and

WHEREAS, The Chancellor has publicly disparaged the faculty of the CSU, most recently at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo on March 7, 1999, and

WHEREAS, On March 12, 1999, at a meeting of the Academic Senate of the California State University, Chancellor Charles B. Reed apologized to the CSU faculty for his earlier statements; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University condemn Chancellor Charles B. Reed's disparaging comments about the faculty, and repudiate all their implications; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU call upon Chancellor Charles B. Reed to conduct himself in accord with the model of collegiality and mutual respect presented in "Collegiality in the California State University System" (AS-1529-84/FA, approved March 7-8, 1985) and adopted by the CSU Board of Trustees on September 18, 1985.

On behalf of the Committee of the Whole, Senator Boddy moved (Edelman seconded) the resolution.

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

Senator Parsons moved (Hood seconded) to delete the last Resolved clause: "At this time the Senate defers further actions and will set its future path in the light of the Chancellor’s performance."

Senator Shifflett moved (Pasternack seconded) to close debate. Motion carried.

The Parsons amendment was approved.

Senator Pasternack moved to close debate. Motion carried.

AS-2446-99/Committee of the Whole motion approved.

AS-2442-99/FA OPPOSITION TO IMPOSITION OF TERMS AND

FIRST READING CONDITIONS BY THE CSU

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University call on the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor to continue bargaining in good faith and to refrain from imposing their "last, best offer" or any other terms and conditions of employment that have not been approved by a majority vote of the membership of the California Faculty Association; and be it further

RESOLVED: That should such terms and conditions be imposed, the Academic Senate CSU urges the campus senates to refrain from developing criteria and standards, procedures, or structures related to the implementation of any imposed terms and conditions of employment.

RATIONALE: The faculty of the CSU rejected a Tentative Agreement due in large part to concerns about the deleterious effects such an agreement would have on educational quality in the CSU. Imposition of the "last best offer" would further erode faculty governance and morale and lead to diminution of educational quality.

This resolution is affirmation that HEERA provides for collegial governance and for collective bargaining. A negotiated agreement is the desired outcome of the bargaining process, an outcome consistent with the spirit of HEERA. Imposition of terms and conditions is contrary to the spirit and intent of HEERA.

On behalf of the Faculty Affairs Committee, Chair Whitney moved (Rohm seconded) the resolution.

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

Senator Gregory moved (Rohm seconded) to amend the first Resolved clause by adding "further extend the 1995 bargaining agreement," before "continue bargaining." Motion failed.

AS-2442-99/FA motion approved.

AS-2443-99/FGA WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS & COLLEGES:

FIRST READING/ COMMISSION’S PROCESS TO REVISE ITS STANDARDS OF

WAIVER ACCREDITATION AND THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

OUTLINED IN THEIR HANDBOOK OF ACCREDITATION

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University commend the commission for its outreach to its many constituents and particularly to the faculty in its region; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU encourage the Commission to continue to solicit the advice of faculty throughout the process of revision on all matters pertaining to Accreditation standards, policies and procedures; and be it further

RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be sent to the Executive Director of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

RATIONALE: The commission has embarked on a two-year process intended to revise its standards and policies by January 1, 2001. As part of its ongoing effort to include all voices, the commission held a conference with faculty representatives from public and private institutions in our region. Commissioners’ genuine solicitation of constructive criticism and open exchange of information with faculty was well received and should be acknowledged and encouraged to continue.

On behalf of the Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee, Chair Bethany Shifflett moved (Hood seconded) the resolution.

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

AS-2443-99/FGA motion approved unanimously.

AS-2444-99/FGA AB 126 (RUNNER): YEAR-ROUND OPERATION

FIRST READING/

WAIVER

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University chair draft a letter to Assembly Member Runner (and cc CSU Administration) making the following points regarding AB 126.

AB 126 "would require that during the three-year period commencing with the beginning 2001-2002 academic year the University of California and California State University phase in an expansion of their academic services so that commencing with the beginning of the 2004-2005 academic year each campus of University of California and California State University systems shall offer to all of its students the opportunity to pursue their studies and to make progress toward degrees during a fully operational year-round schedule."

The two key rationales articulated in AB 126 for a fully operational year-round schedule are:

"1) Year-round academic programs at universities provide students with opportunities to graduate sooner and with more flexibility in scheduling their coursework. 2) Year-round academic programs at universities fully maximize the use of current facilities and allow campuses to accommodate more students."

AB 126 further states that it is "the intent of the legislature that funding for the expansion of academic programs pursuant to the bill be provided in the annual Budget Act."

We believe that the effectiveness of a fully operational year-round schedule hinges on whether there is a narrow funding of specific courses, or as we hold vital, a commitment by the legislature to fully fund a fully operational year-round university that maintains the quality of our existing programs and faculty.

We urge that funding for fully operational year-round schedules

a) provide the necessary office spaces, technology infrastructure, etc, so that faculty can continue to progress toward existing campus expectations on retention, tenure and promotion.

b) be sufficient to maintain high quality programs and faculty with the appropriate expertise. This calls for an appropriate balance of the proportion of full to part-time faculty.

c) be total cost funding (rather than marginal). The necessary funding extends far beyond the narrow teaching costs of specific courses. It includes, in addition to the cost associated with a & b above, a full year-round program of advising and other student services.

We note that AB 126 calls for CSU and UC to "provide reasonable accommodation for faculty members to address any additional workload resulting from year-round operation." The implication of this language is that AB 126 if passed would lead to or might require additional workload. Aside from the potential impact on the quality of the education of our students addressed in a, b, & c above additional workload, even with, "reasonable accommodation" (presumably through compensation) is likely to diminish the quality of the education provided to our students. We therefore urge that AB 126 make an explicit commitment to the necessary funding so that a fully operational year-round schedule does not result in changes that adversely affect educational quality, faculty assignments, or faculty workload.

On behalf of the Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee, Chair Bethany Shifflett moved (Jensen seconded) the resolution.

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

Senator Highsmith requested consent to make the following change: to add "that adversely affect educational quality, faculty assignments, or faculty" before "workload" at the very end of the document. There were no objections.

AS-2444-99/FGA motion approved.

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The Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 1999.

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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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