CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 1:40 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2000, by Chair Gene Dinielli.
ROLL CALL: Senators and alternates (*) attending the meeting were: (Bakersfield) Jacquelyn Kegley, John Tarjan; (Chico) Samuel Edelman, Kathleen Kaiser; (Dominguez Hills) Hal Charnofsky, Dick Williams; (Fresno) James Highsmith, Lester Pincu; (Fullerton) Vincent Buck, Bill Meyer, Barry Pasternack; (Hayward) Calvin Caplan, Don Wort; (Humboldt) Elmo Moore, Marshelle Thobaben; (Long Beach) Gene Dinielli, Fumio Hamano, David Hood; (Los Angeles) *Frederick Anderson, Marshall Cates; (Maritime Academy) James Wheeler; (Monterey Bay) J. Ken Nishita; (Northridge) Lynne Cook, Michael Reagan; (Pomona) *Peter Clark, Rochelle Kellner; (Sacramento) Michael Fitzgerald, Cristy Jensen, Louise Timmer; (San Bernardino) Jeanne King, *Joel Stein; (San Diego) Ray Boddy, *Brent Rushall, Dan Whitney; (San Francisco) Eunice Aaron, Jan Gregory, Darlene Yee; (San Jose) Timothy Hegstrom, David McNeil, Bethany Shifflett; (San Luis Obispo) Reginald Gooden, Myron Hood, Timothy Kersten; (San Marcos) Dick Montanari, A. Sandy Parsons; (Sonoma) Susan McKillop, *Robert Tellander; (Stanislaus) Pam Russ, Mark Thompson; (Chancellor's Office) David Spence.
During the course of the meeting the Chair introduced:
David Ernst, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Information Technology, CO
Harold Goldwhite, Faculty Trustee and Professor of Chemistry, CSU Los Angeles
Gary Hammerstrom, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, CO
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)
Charles Reed, Chancellor
Toby Sexton, California State Student Association Liaison to Senate, CSU Long Beach
David Spence, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer
Deborah Hennessy, Executive Director, Academic Senate CSU
Reta Grays, Staff AssistantBudget, Academic Senate CSU
Margaret Price, Assistant to Executive Director, Academic Senate CSU
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS
REPORT OF CHAIR GENE DINIELLI
The chair's report is always a happy effort, because there is so much to trumpet about the remarkable but often unnoticed achievements of our members on so many fronts. Sometimes, however, those achievements don't get the notice they deserve. None of the following people, moreover, sets about seeking public notice for their activities. We know that they act as members of the "guild" and, in my estimation, act in such a way as to advance the academic enterprise in the CSU. To be involved effectively in this enterprise seems to be reward in itself; they seem to want only to rest solely on their record of accomplishments.
So it is gratifying to see that some of the good work of our senators is noted, from time to time, by wider audiences.
In this respect, I am certain that the whole Senate shares my joy in congratulating Jackie Kegley for having been given the Wang Trustee Award not only for her contributions to teaching, scholarship, and service but for her unremitting commitment to students.
Vince Buck, as he has announced, will not return to the Executive Committee, a role in which the Executive Committee and the Senate were blessed not only by the clarity in which he transmitted his views but also in the pleasant, agreeable, and witty way in which he did (and still does!) so.
Congratulations also to David McNeil, who has received his campus' distinguished faculty leadership award. It is a well-deserved and public acknowledgment of David's long-time commitment to governance.
Lynne Cook has been in Washington this week as part of a group addressing national concerns regarding learning disabilities. She is advising the U. S. Department of Education on future policy.
Marvin Klein, as you may have heard, has had to leave the Senate to help his campus in a new capacity, that of acting vice president for academic affairs.
By way of summary, the Senate itself has also had a record of achievement which should be noted. The list is partial, for the number of small victories here and there often go unreported. Support for first-time senators, though long in coming, has been achieved for the last two years. Strong influence on the Trustees' policy on accountability and Cornerstones implementation has led to clear distinctions between accountability and assessment: assessment is to be used solely for the improvement of teaching and learning, and only to be used up to the level of program review on each campus. The Senate, as a result of Dave Spence's call in a recent plenary, is now actively involved in supporting initiatives for faculty-to-faculty, disciplinary discussions on such matters as lower-division major preparation. (The list of initiatives has been provided to the Senate.)
The chair sits in on the provosts' meeting and gets to voice the Senate's positions. I have also been invited to the Trustees' retreat for the last two years.
There is, however, much more to be done. We have been successful in returning the area of "criteria and standards" to the Senate, with full agreement of both bargaining parties. As you know, "criteria and standards" is now off the table, and at some appropriate time, we will discuss HEERA's use of the word evaluation and under whose purview that term belongs.
The list of issues goes on: getting the Trustees and the administration to fold the Senate earlier on so that it is not in a reactive role, having more influence on the CSU positions when it goes public in Sacramento, and protecting the role of the faculty in shared governance.
I believe that the Senate has done good work for its constituents. The achievements, moreover and in large part, have come about collegially.
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Standing Committee Reports:
Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee On behalf of FGA committee, Chair Shifflett reported that the ASCSU's leg day visit to Sacramento on April 12 was exceptionally successful. On the senate side 9 visits were made, on the assembly side we made 13 visits. In addition Senators Jensen and Shifflett met with the Assistant Secretary of Education Diana Fuentes-Michel. In summary the legislative agenda focused on:
Chair Shifflett expressed deep appreciation to those who believed this type of endeavor important enough to arrange to be able to participate and encouraged everyone to participate next year. This April the senate was able to build on the excellent foundation FGA worked hard to put in place over the past two years. A sustained effort is now needed.
- Funding for enrollment growth
- Funding for Technology & Telecommunication
- Funding for teacher prep initiatives
- Library resources
- Funding for Science and Technology program equipment
- Funding for deferred maintenance
Summarizing this past year's work, Chair Shifflett described the year as productive and indicated that the committee enjoyed good working relationships with Richard West, Allison Jones, and Karen Yelverton and staff. Committee members did a particularly good job cultivating healthy relations with members of the legislature.
TEKR Chair Lynne Cook reported that the Committee on Teacher Education and K-12 Relations will be presenting a resolution asking for systemwide acceptance of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) approved examinations and subject matter preparation programs at any CSU campus as sufficient evidence of subject matter preparation for teacher certification candidates. The committee discussed standards and processes used by teachers seeking national certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). A major theme of the committee's discussion was the NBPTS process as a teacher-driven and controlled initiative and the need for any CSU-NBPTS initiative to be developed collaboratively by CSU faculty and P-12 teachers. Various strategies for ensuring faculty leadership of any CSU efforts in this area were considered.
The committee heard updates on two legislative initiatives of special interest to the CSU teacher education programs. The Technology Initiative to provide professional development opportunities for P-12 teachers to improve their instruction through technology is in the planning stages. The CSU issued RFPs and has reviewed many collaborative CSU-K-12 proposals and selected several for funding. CSU is fronting $3.5 million for start up and hoping to expand the program when an anticipated $25 million is authorized and appropriated by the legislature. The proposed Governor's Teaching Fellowship program will be discussed in hearings next week.
A major focus of the committee's work over the past two days was its review of CalState TEACH. The committee reviewed and critiqued the collaboratively developed RFPs for a formal evaluation contract and for a series of smaller mini-grants to be conducted by CSU faculty. The RFP for the external evaluation focuses on summative evaluation of the matters identified and cited by the 1999 Senate Ad Hoc Committee on CalState TEACH. The mini-grants focus more on formative evaluation concerns which have the potential to suggest program improvements in CalState TEACH and may have implications for improvement of campus-based programs. TEKR met jointly with the Faculty Affairs Committee and with CalState TEACH Director Dr. Jodi Servatius to discuss areas of concern regarding faculty workload and academic freedom.
Committee Chair Lynne Cook expressed thanks to Vice Chair Tim Hegstrom and TEKR committee members for their valuable work during the year.
Faculty Trustee Harold Goldwhite After its excursion to San José for a very successful March 2000 meeting, the Board returns to the familiar Golden Shore venue with two new appointees, Trustees Murray Galinson and Shailesh Mehta. As usual, I will selectively highlight matters on the Board agenda.
The Committee on Finance will hear a status report on the 2000/2001 budget ahead of the Governor's revised May budget, due on May 17. All indications are for a large surplus and some increased funding above that proposed last December for the CSU. The Committee and the Board will also be asked to approve a Joint-owners agreement to facilitate funding of the CSUCI infrastructure, and a conceptual plan for private sector development of a major soccer stadium complex at CSUDH.
Two substantial Final Environmental Impact reports and Master Plan revisions are agendized for the Committee on Campus Planning, Buildings and Grounds: the Permanent Coachella Valley Off-campus Center of CSUSB in Palm Desert; and the Center for the Musical Arts at Sonoma State. Schematic plans for more student housing at Fullerton, a bookstore and dining services building at Los Angeles, and an athletics administration and hall of fame building and a parking structure at San Diego will also be presented for approval.
The Government Relations Committee will consider whether to recommend that the Board should go on record favoring an initiative which it is hoped will qualify for the November 2000 ballot lowering the majority required for local school facilities bonds from two-thirds to 55%.
The Committee on Organization and Rules will finalize the Board meeting schedule for 2000-2001 and will propose clarification of the Board rules of Procedure making it explicit that members of the public may directly address all board committees on each agenda item during the committee's consideration of the item.
The agenda of the Committee on Educational Policy is perhaps noteworthy for an item that is not present. There is no scheduled action on the 120-unit minimum for baccalaureate degrees. The Committee will hear information on the 1999 SNAPS survey; proposed Title 5 revisions on Community College Credit Transfer to Teacher Preparation programs and on Admission Standards for Teacher Preparation Programs (both matters which the Senate has taken up); and Notable Accomplishments in CSU Teaching, Research and Scholarship: CSU Summer Arts.
Finally, the Wang family Excellence Awardees for 2000 will be introduced to the Board, and will be guests at a dinner hosted by the Chancellor.
CSUCI Faculty Council Lynne Cook reported that a member of the CSUCI Faculty Council has been appointed as liaison to appropriate Regional Articulation Groups in the area. The Council is developing a statement on articulation and transfer that will reflect positions of the ASCSU and will guide their work. The Council clarified its role as representing the ASCSU which serves as "the faculty" until such time as CSUCI has its own faculty. This role is especially critical for academic and personnel planning, acceptance of gifts, and K-14 relations.
In a recent meeting the Council tentatively identified program areas which will be the first targeted for development. These include general biology; teacher education; computer science; management; language, literature, and arts; and environmental studies. Tentative position descriptions are being drafted that will describe the expertise and qualifications needed by the initial planning faculty. The Council is designing a recruitment and selection process that will enlist the ASCSU in serving on or nominating others for search and selection committees. It is anticipated that the first 18-20 planning faculty will be a combination of CSU faculty who are on leave or have retired, some CSU faculty from other campuses, and some faculty recruited from outside the system. Nontraditional interviewing and selection processes are being developed. The Council will meet May 25-26 and participate in the graduation ceremony for CSUN's program at CSUCI.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Senator Caplan moved (Wort seconded) approval of the agenda. The agenda was approved.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Senator Kegley moved (Wheeler seconded) approval of the February-March 2000 minutes. The minutes were approved.
Senator M. Hood proposed a procedure to expedite the agenda as follows: to automatically consider all items as second read items so that discussion for a waiver for each item is unnecessary; and that each item is given a time limit of 20 minutes for discussion. At the end of 20 minutes, the version of that item on the floor will be voted up or down at that point. Senator Gooden suggested that instead of voting at the end of 20 minutes the item could be kept in suspense until the other items have been acted upon and then return to it.
The Chair ruled that we would treat each item as second reading; allot 20 minutes for each item--within those 20 minutes, 10 minutes would be allotted for those in favor and 10 minutes for those against; keeping the three pro and three con rule operable; if the item is not finished by the end of the 20 minutes, it will go to the bottom of the agenda and will be taken up later on. Also if the item has been completed before the 20 minutes is up, we will go directly to the next item.
Senator Highsmith moved (Hood seconded) a waiver on all items before the house. Motion approved.
AS-2481-00/FA PRINCIPLES FOR YEAR-ROUND OPERATIONS
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University urge the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to adopt the following principles regarding year-round operations (YRO):
- That the decision to recommend year-round operations on a campus shall be made jointly by the faculty and administration on that campus.
- That prior to conversion to year-round operations, CSU shall obtain full funding from the legislature. (See the Feasibility Study on Year-Round Operations, California State University: A Report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, April 2000 [cf. pp. 16, 18: "Costs and Funding for YRO" and "Student Financial Aid."])
- That funding to the individual campuses shall be sufficient to maintain high quality programs in every academic term (i.e., simply extending the academic calendar to 12 months) without altering adversely the ratio of tenured/tenure-track to temporary faculty.
- Where academic calendars are extended to 12 months, CSU shall provide adequate resources for facilities, equipment, and instructional supplies (e.g., office space, computer support, library resources); support staff; and maintenance of facilities and equipment.
- Faculty and administration working together shall determine the campus academic calendar.
- Individual campuses through their normal curricular processes shall choose which programs and courses are appropriate for year-round scheduling.
- The CSU and individual campuses shall investigate and develop creative means to encourage students (a) to enroll during the summer, and (b) to use facilities fully throughout the year.
- Faculty shall not be required to teach year-round, i.e., for any consecutive 12-month period.
- Salary and benefits for members of Unit 3 and for support staff shall increase proportionately or greater than proportionately if they work year-round.
- Lecturers' eligibility for health and other benefits shall be based on their total annualized teaching load; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU review systemwide policies and procedures that may be affected by these principles; and be it further
RESOLVED: That this resolution be distributed to campus senates, all faculty, all academic administrators, appropriate non-academic administrators, and the boards and members of the California Faculty Association, the California State Students Association, and the California State Employees Association.
RATIONALE: In light of the anticipated student demand for entry to the CSU, there has been much discussion throughout the state on the implementation of year-round operations for all of the CSU. While the Academic Senate CSU is not opposed to the concept of year-round operations, it is imperative that the principles of this resolution be adhered to and used to develop subsequent policy.
Some of these principles cannot be implemented without mutual agreement between the CSU and the collective bargaining agents. In addressing this advice to all parties, the Academic Senate CSU is fully aware of its rights under the 1985 statement on "Collegiality in the California State University."
The faculty of the CSU constitute the memory and conscience of the institution. It is not just our right but our responsibility to address all of the problems of the University and to propose solutions thereto.
Senator Highsmith requested consent to make the following changes in the first Resolved clause: delete "be free to" before "choose" in no. 6; add "i.e., for any consecutive 12-month period" after "year-round" in no. 8. There were no objections.
Senator Highsmith moved (Edelman seconded) to add "or greater than proportionately" after "proportionately" in no. 9 of the first Resolved clause. Motion approved.
Senator Hood moved (Edelman seconded) to close debate on the resolution. Motion approved.
AS-2481-00/FA was approved.
AS-2489-00/FGA SHARED GOVERNANCE IN THE CSU
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University recommend that the Chancellor, in collaboration with the Academic Senate CSU and Trustees, establish processes to ensure a) greater faculty involvement in shared governance at all levels, b) greater and more timely interaction with faculty representatives as initiatives are planned, developed, and implemented, c) candid and effective communication during decision making including explanations when decisions are contrary to faculty recommendations, and d) that an annual joint evaluation by the Chancellor and Academic Senate CSU Chair be conducted on the state of shared governance in the CSU; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recommend that the Chancellor and the Academic Senate CSU Chair report on the evaluation of the state of shared governance at the ASCSU's first meeting each academic year.
RATIONALE: Shared governance is necessary for the assurance of educational quality and the proper functioning of an institution of higher education. As the Board of Trustees' report on Governance, Collegiality, and Responsibility clearly states "collegial governance allows the academic community to work together to find the best answers to issues facing the university." CSU faculty point to the need for improved and more explicit procedures that enhance and ensure effective shared governance at all levels. The San José State University Academic Senate Out of Crisis paper (11/99) and subsequent campus senate resolutions express anxiety over a perceived isolation of the Chancellor and Trustees from campuses. Endeavors to offset this anxiety and promote understanding are essential to improving shared governance. The Asilomar Academic Conference (11/99) is an excellent example of the benefits to be realized when the Chancellor, faculty, and Trustees have an opportunity to interact. An annual meeting of faculty and Trustees to discuss the CSU's needs, for example, could be one of many mechanisms employed to enhance shared governance. In addition, Trustee involvement periodically with Academic Senate CSU standing committees might be considered. Improved communication and collaboration are central to improving the level of trust and respect each of us holds for the other. The faculty seek tangible evidence that the Chancellor and Board of Trustees truly understand their concerns.
Senator Highsmith requested consent to make the following change: in the first Resolved clause to delete "systemwide" before "initiatives" in b). There were no objections.
Senator Buck moved (Highsmith seconded) to change "recommend" to "urge" in the first line of the first Resolved clause. Motion failed.
Senator Hood moved (Edelman seconded) to close debate on the resolution. Motion approved.
AS-2489-00/FGA motion approved without dissent.
AS-2490-00/FGA COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION WITH CAMPUS SENATES ON FISCAL AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) encourage campus senates to join the ASCSU's effort to establish and/or maintain good relations and effective communication with their local representatives in the State Senate and Assembly; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU encourage campus senates to establish liaison with their campus Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Offices or representatives.
RATIONALE: One consequence of term limits is that fewer state legislators and staff remain in the Capitol with the knowledge and experience needed to effectively tackle the needs of the CSU. For this reason, it is increasingly important for campus senates to a) establish good working relations with members of the State Senate and Assembly and b) develop expertise in the areas of fiscal and government affairs so they can be effective advocates for sound education policy. Working with campus fiscal and governmental affairs staff as well as the ASCSU, campus senates can become better informed with respect to fiscal and government issues affecting education under consideration in the legislature and help shape the legislative agenda of the CSU. This effort begins with enhancing communications from the ASCSU to campus senates on issues and initiatives under consideration in the State Legislature that affect the CSU system. The ASCSU's Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee can facilitate communication by:
Providing campus academic senate chairs information to familiarize them with their local representatives in the State Senate and Assembly and legislation related to the CSU.
Providing campus academic senate chairs information on fiscal and government issues, including the budget, and positions of interest to the statewide academic senate.
Continuing to provide links to the text of bills being followed by the Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee on our web site (http://www.calstate.edu/acsenate).
Senator M. Hood requested consent to make the following changes: in the first Resolved clause to insert "establish and/or" before "maintain," and "their local" before "representatives" There were no objections.
AS-2490-00/FGA motion approved unanimously.
AS-2491-00/FLOOR STATEMENT ON COLLEGIALITY (Highsmith, D. Hood)
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University reaffirm the statement on collegiality adopted by the Academic Senate CSU and the CSU Board of Trustees in 1985, known as "Report of the Board of Trustees' Ad Hoc Committee on Governance, Collegiality, and Responsibility in the California State University."
RATIONALE: Both the Academic Senate CSU and CSU Board of Trustees from time-to time should reaffirm the principles of collegial and shared university governance.
AS-2491-00/Floor (Highsmith, D. Hood) motion approved.
AS-2492-00/AA REVISION OF THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO TITLE 5 REGULATIONS ON UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University urge that the Board of Trustees' Committee on Educational Policy revise its Agenda Item (originally presented at the Board of Trustees' meeting of January 25-26, 2000) as follows:
- To separate their consideration of changing the minimum unit requirement for the awarding of degrees from all other proposed changes to Title 5, and to forego action on other proposed changes in Title 5 language pertaining to undergraduate degree requirements until the Academic Senate CSU, with the advice of the campus senate chairs, reviews Title 5 and studies the full range of issues related to degree requirements in the context of CSU accountability principles and Cornerstones Principle 10.
- On page 3, rewrite the second sentence in the first full paragraph to read: "Each campus will re-examine the unit requirements for graduation and provide a monitoring system to ensure that justification is provided for all program requirements that extend the baccalaureate unit requirement beyond 120 units." [This removes the adjective "acceptable" before "justification" and eliminates the expression "the normative minimum".]
- In the following paragraph ("Discussion"), strike the word "strongly" in the first sentence, which will then end "establish no greater total-unit requirement for a degree program than can be justified."
- At the end of the "Discussion" paragraph, add the following sentence: "It is understood that baccalaureate unit requirements are to be reviewed on campuses by faculty in the course of regularly scheduled program reviews."
- On page 4, the text of Title 5 Section 40500 (e) should read: "A minimum of 120 semester units shall be required of each candidate, including at least 40 semester units in upper-division courses or their equivalent. Each campus shall establish and maintain a monitoring system to ensure that justification is provided for all program requirements that extend the baccalaureate unit requirement beyond 120 units." [This changes "total of at least" to "minimum of," removes "acceptable" before "justification," and removes "the normative minimum of."]
- On page 6, insert the words "at least" before the number 120, so that Section 40503(c) begins: "Requirements. Each candidate for the degree shall have completed at least 120 semester units...."
RATIONALE: The faculty have primary responsibility for certain curricular decisions, including "the establishment of minimum conditions for the award of certificates and degrees to students" (cf. "Collegiality in the California State University System," adopted by the Academic Senate of the California State University in March 1985 and accepted by the Board of Trustees). In the coming academic year the Academic Senate of the California State University, with the advice of the campus senate chairs, anticipates reviewing Title 5 and studying a full range of issues related to degree requirements in the context of CSU accountability principles and Cornerstones Principle 10.
Senator Meyer moved (Pasternack seconded) to add "The requirements of national accreditation bodies shall be considered as appropriate justification of greater total units." at the end of no. 2 in the Resolved clause. Motion failed.
Senator Meyer moved (Pasternack seconded) to add a new no. 6 to read: "Strike Item B on page 4 of the main document." The Chair ruled that the motion was out of order.
Senator Boddy requested consent to make the following change: at the end of no. 1 in the Resolved clause delete "such time as the campuses can give advice to the Academic Senate of the California State University" and substitute with wording from the Rationale "the Academic Senate CSU, with the advice of the campus senate chairs, reviews Title 5 and studies the full range of issues related to degree requirements in the context of CSU accountability principles and Cornerstones Principle 10." after "until." There were no objections.
At the conclusion of the 20-minute time limit, the body responded affirmatively to vote on the item.
AS-2492-00/AA motion approved without dissent.
Senator Highsmith moved (Meyer seconded) to amend the agenda by adding an Item 12, Memorandum of Understanding Between the California Community Colleges and the California State University. Motion approved.
AS-2493-00/AA COLLEGIALITY IN DEVELOPING ACADEMIC DIRECTIONS FOR CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHANNEL ISLANDS (CSUCI)
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University commend CSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer David Spence for working with the Academic Senate of the California State University assigning responsibility for curricular planning at CSUCI to CSU faculty through the Academic Directions and Transitions Task Force of the Channel Islands Academic Advisory Council, and establishing the Statewide Senate Faculty Council (SSF Council) for CSUCI, thereby acknowledging the responsibility of the faculty for establishing the academic programs of CSUCI; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU commend the Office of the Chancellor for its reaffirmation of the principles of collegiality under shared governance while establishing a new campus. The role of the Statewide Senate Faculty Council in the CSUCI startup has been defined to include (1) the structuring and designing of all aspects of the academic programs at CSUCI, (2) direct involvement in selecting the president, provost, and other academic officers of CSUCI, and 3) participation in determining the initial cohort of faculty for CSUCI; and be it further
RESOLVED: That it is important to affirm the process through which primary responsibility for the academic development of new campuses within the CSU occurs through the Academic Senate CSU. The Senate looks forward to similar close collaboration in the establishment of future institutions.
RATIONALE: The California State University System is the largest publicly- funded system of higher education. It works as well as it does, in part, because of the supportive, collegial atmosphere that principles of shared governance have engendered throughout the system. It is through the vertically collaborative efforts of administrators, faculty, and bargaining representatives that institutional and programmatic excellence has been attained. The successful application of the principles of shared governance requires true cooperation as well as both the principled commitment and the ongoing effort of all involved in the process. When these exist, especially at critical junctures in the governance process, they are worth noting and commending.
AS-2493-00/AA motion approved unanimously.
AS-2494-00/AA RECEIPT AND APPRECIATION FOR THE COUNCIL OF LIBRARY DIRECTORS' DRAFT STRATEGIC PLAN (JANUARY 2000)
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University commend the Council of Library Directors for consulting with the Academic Senate CSU and for its extensive work in preparing the draft strategic plan for CSU libraries; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU look forward to receiving the final draft of the plan and to working with the Council of Library Directors to enhance library holdings and services in the CSU.
RATIONALE: The Council of Library Directors has consulted with the Academic Senate CSU on strategic planning for CSU libraries. The Senate looks forward to even greater collaboration on library issues, including the obtaining of resources and the relationship between the roles of library faculty and disciplinary faculty in support of information competence.
AS-2494-00/AA motion approved unanimously.
AS-2495-00/TEKR SYSTEMWIDE ACCEPTANCE OF SUBJECT MATTER PREPARATION PROGRAMS
RESOLVED That the Academic Senate of the California State University recommend that, for applicants to teacher credential programs, each campus shall accept as sufficient evidence of subject matter competence one of the following options established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC): (1) completion of an appropriate, currently CCTC-approved subject matter preparation program from a CSU campus, or (2) a passing score on an appropriate, CCTC-approved subject matter examination. Campuses may not impose additional coursework or examinations on qualified applicants meeting either of these criteria.
RATIONALE: The faculty of the CSU are committed to offering and maintaining subject matter preparation programs of high quality. There is a rigorous, faculty-controlled process for developing campus-based subject matter preparation programs that meet standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The CCTC provides careful periodic review of these programs to ensure that coursework meets the California standards. While all subject matter preparation programs in the CSU are not identical, they all meet the same standards.
Senator Kaiser moved to add at the beginning of the Resolved clause "That the Academic Senate of the California State University recommend to the Chancellor." At the conclusion of the 20-minute time limit, the body responded affirmatively to vote on the item.
AS-2495-00/TEKR motion approved.
This item was then placed at the bottom of the agenda with a placeholder for Senator Kaiser's suggested amendment while the Senate was awaiting determination of where the "recommendation" was to be sent.
AS-2496-00/FGA CSU BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR 2001-2002
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University endorse the following budgetary priorities for the development of the CSU Trustees' Proposed Budget for the 2001-2002 academic year:
- That the compensation component of the budget be sufficient to make faculty salaries competitive with comparable institutions so that we may continue to attract and retain the highest caliber faculty. Specifically, compensation should be sufficient to eliminate the CPEC salary gap.
- That there be a stable funding plan to meet CSU's needs to ensure educational quality and to achieve and maintain closure of the CPEC faculty salary gap. Discussion should be opened with the Department of Finance to reach agreement on definition of costs.
- That sufficient funding be provided to support instruction for all anticipated student enrollment. Funding formulas for YRO education should be consistent across the entire academic year.
RATIONALE: The State of California continues to enjoy large increases in its revenues. The CSU, during the fiscal difficulties of the early 1990s, absorbed per student reductions in inflation adjusted levels of resources. These shortfalls are reflected in the substantial increase in class size student faculty ratios, inability to recruit faculty to meet the rising student demand, inadequate library acquisitions and student financial aid. The CSU absorbed these reductions in a spirit of public service to our students and the people of the State. The CSU has consistently affirmed that these reductions were not sustainable permanently without degradation of the quality of education and limitation of access to qualified students. Also, given the salary gap for CSU faculty, it is very difficult both to recruit and retain quality faculty who are responsible for providing quality education. The Academic Senate CSU believes that adequate support should be restored and funding increased so that CSU can attract faculty of the highest quality and remain accessible to all qualified students.
Senator M. Hood moved (McNeil seconded) to add "and address the faculty workload issues" after "gap" in no. 1 in the Resolved clause.
Senator Cherny requested consent to make the following change in the Hood amendment: after "sufficient" insert "to begin to redistribute the faculty workload." There were no objections.
Senator D. Hood moved (Shifflett seconded) to close debate on the amendment. Motion approved.
The Hood/Cherny amendment failed.
Senator M. Hood moved (Cates seconded) to add a new no. 4 to the Resolved clause "That there be a request for a one-time budget augmentation to sufficiently fund the ongoing development and implementation of CMS within the CSU." Motion failed.
Senator Pasternack requested consent to make the following change: to add to no. 1 in the Resolved clause "to make faculty salaries competitive with comparable institutions" after "sufficient"; and add "Specifically, compensation should be sufficient to eliminate the CPEC salary gap" at the end. There were no objections.
Senator Kersten requested consent to make the following change: Strike in no. 3 of the Resolved clause "and that the CSU and the Department of Finance re-examine allocation methodologies in light of a number of operational changes." There were no objections.
Senator Kersten moved (Whitney seconded) to delete no. 4 of the Resolved clause. Motion approved.
AS-2496-00/FGA motion approved without dissent.
FACULTY RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University urge the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, and the California Faculty Association to join the Academic Senate CSU in addressing the critical need to replace CSU faculty members approaching retirement with new tenure-track hires, taking aggressive measures to make the CSU competitive in recruiting new faculty and retaining existing faculty; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the aggressive measures considered and adopted to the extent possible include, but not be limited to:
- A substantial faculty salary increase that makes CSU faculty salaries competitive with comparable institutions; specifically, the average CSU faculty salary should be greater than the average CPEC faculty salary.
- A reduction in faculty workload to make CSU equivalent to our comparable institutions, five or six 3-unit courses per academic year rather than eight or nine.
- Fiscal measures to increase flexibility in hiring replacement tenure-track faculty:
- Funding to carry out recruitments as soon as vacancies can be reasonably anticipated, e.g., when tenured faculty enter FERP or pre-retirement reduction in time base.
- Renewal of the FERP program to provide early warning of vacancies and to enable mentoring of newly hired faculty by retiring members.
- Funding to allow hiring above the normal entry salary level when deemed necessary.
- Funding to allow selection committees discretion in hiring the exceptionally strong candidates to fill needs anticipated beyond the immediate vacancies.
- Carry-forward of funding for recruitment to a following year effort in those cases where the current selection is inadequate or current offers are refused.
- Creation of a program to assist faculty in procuring housing.
- Funding to provide sabbatical leaves to all faculty who are eligible and recommended by peer committees.
RESOLVED: That each campus senate take a lead role in establishing a task force of administrators, senate, and union leadership to develop a faculty recruitment and retention plan which incorporates 1-4 above.
RATIONALE: That there is a crisis in faculty recruitment and retention is obvious to all involved. At the same time that the CSU is preparing to handle another "Tidal wave" of students, large numbers of faculty members are reaching retirement age, especially on the campuses which had huge growth in the 1960s and 1970s.
As the Academic Senate of the system, we have the responsibility to make rational plans for the future of the University, in light of its past. Students come and go, as do administrators, and with term limits there is little institutional memory left in the Legislature. The Faculty is the long-term stakeholder group in the University, and it is clearly within the scope of our responsibility and authority to make substantial recommendations to ensure the survival of excellence in the CSU.
The specific proposals outlined have implications in the area of collective bargaining, and our recommendations are addressed to both sides, which will have to work out the details in negotiations, in which the Senate is not a participant. Our hope, however, is that these potential solutions to mutual problems will inform the conversations on both sides leading to their contract proposals, and that at least in this critical area the traditionally adversarial relationships can be put aside in pursuit of mutual goals.
Senator Stein moved (Highsmith seconded) to add f. to second Resolved clause "Funding to provide for at least the equivalent of one semester of sabbatical leave at all CSU campuses regardless of campus calendar."
Senator Kersten moved (Shifflett seconded) to close debate on the amendment. Motion approved. Stein amendment failed.
Senator Kaiser requested consent to make the following change: in no. 2 of the second Resolved clause to replace "comparable" with "equivalent," and to replace "competition" with "comparable institutions." There were no objections.
Senator Pasternack moved (Meyer seconded) to add no. 5 to second Resolved clause "Funding to provide sabbatical leaves to all faculty who are eligible."
Senator Highsmith moved (Cates seconded) to close debate on the amendment. Pasternack amendment approved.
This item was then placed at the bottom of the agenda.
AS-2498-00/AA STATE UNIVERSITY GRANT AWARDING POLICY
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University commend the work of the Financial Aid Advisory Council in attempting to resolve the current impasse in State University Grant (SUG) allocations based on changes in the enrollment patterns of SUG-eligible students and increases in the number of students receiving Cal Grants; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU express appreciation to the Chancellor for implementing the recommendation of the Financial Aid Advisory Council to revise the SUG awarding policy to allow campuses to award students with an expected family contribution (EFC) of $4000 or less a State University Grant equal to 100 percent of the State University Fee paid by the student.
RATIONALE: Current SUG policy awards funds on a sliding scale based upon expected family contributions. Under this policy a majority of campuses have been unable to award all of their allocated funds. This change in policy will permit SUG awards to fully cover the State University Fee and will put SUG on a par with the fee coverage for Cal Grant Recipients. Full fee coverage by SUG will serve as an incentive to encourage summer enrollments and will significantly simplify awarding for the various summer fee schedules being proposed by campuses.
AS-2498-00/AA motion approved unanimously.
AS-2499-00/FLOOR MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY (HIGHSMITH)
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University support the memorandum of understanding between the California Community Colleges and the California State University because it will further Academic Senate and CSU policy on articulation and transfer of students to the CSU, as well as related educational issues of concern to both systems, and because it will assure that implementation of these CCC-CSU agreements are carried forward through the shared governance processes of the respective academic senates and systems.
RATIONALE: Increased cooperation between the CCC and CSU and their respective academic senates will be required to improve articulation, to increase transfer rates, and to improve the preparation of students in public higher education in California. The Memorandum of Understanding assures that shared governance between the respective academic senates and administrations will be the basis for the ongoing implementation of CSU and CCC policies on these matters.
Senator Highsmith moved (Kaiser seconded) the resolution.
Senator Highsmith moved (Edelman seconded) to waive the rules to take action on the resolution at the present meeting.
Senator Edelman moved (M. Hood seconded) to close debate on the waiver. Motion approved.
Motion to approve the waiver failed.
After the Chancellor spoke, and following the Organizational Meeting, the action items were again addressed.
Returning to item 8, AS-2495-00/TEKR:
Senator Charnofsky requested consent to make the following change: "That the Academic Senate of the California State University recommend that," at the beginning of the Resolved clause. There were no objections.
AS-2495-00/TEKR motion approved.
Returning to item 10, AS-2497-00/FA:
Senator Pasternack moved (Meyer seconded) to amend his amendment [adding a no. 5] by adding at the end, as suggested by Senator Boddy, "and recommended by peer committees."
Senator Highsmith moved (Wheeler seconded) to close debate on the amendment. Motion approved.
Pasternack amendment approved.
Senator Pasternack moved (Wort seconded) to delete in no. 1 of the second Resolved clause "across-the-board" before "faculty"; replace "puts" with "makes" after "increase that"; add "faculty salaries competitive with comparable institutions" after "CSU" instead of "ahead of the CPEC gap"; and continue with "Specifically, the average CSU faculty salary should be greater than the average CPEC faculty salary." Motion approved.
Senator Jensen moved (Wheeler seconded) to add a third Resolved clause "That each campus senate take a lead role in establishing a task force of administrators, senate and union leadership to develop a faculty recruitment and retention plan which incorporates 1-4 above." Motion approved.
Senator Buck moved (Highsmith seconded) all questions before the house. Motion failed.
Senator Thompson moved to add in no. 4 of the second Resolved clause "all" before "faculty." Motion failed for lack of a second.
AS-2497-00/FA motion approved.
Senator Wheeler moved (Jensen seconded) to reconsider AS-2481, Item 1.
Senator Reagan challenged the presence of a quorum. It was determined there was not a quorum, after counting those present.
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The Chair declared the meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2000.
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Approved (or corrected)
Gene L. Dinielli, Chair
Les Pincu, Secretary
Margaret Price, Recording Secretary