Academic Senate of the California State University
MINUTES

Meeting of November 2-3, 1995
CSU Headquarters, Long Beach, CA

 

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 1995, by Chair James Highsmith.

ROLL CALL: Senators and alternates (*) attending the meeting were: (Bakersfield) Jacquelyn Kegley, Ernie Page; (Chico) Kathleen Kaiser, James Postma, Paul Spear; (Dominguez Hills) Hal Charnofsky, C. Dick Williams; (Fresno) Jacinta Amaral, James Highsmith, Lester Pincu; (Fullerton) Keith Boyum, Vincent Buck, Albert Flores; (Hayward) Judith Stanley, Don Wort; (Humboldt) Elmo Moore, Marshelle Thobaben; (Long Beach) Gene Dinielli, Barbara Franklin, Simon George; (Los Angeles) Harold Goldwhite, Dorothy Keane, Rosemarie Marshall; (Northridge) Roberta Madison, Elliot McIntire, Gerald Resendez; (Pomona) Peter Clark, Edward Fonda, Rochelle Kellner; (Sacramento) Juanita Barrena, Cristy Jensen, Sylvia Navari; (San Bernardino) Walter Oliver, J. Paul Vicknair; (San Diego) David DuFault, Annette Easton, Francis Stites, Dan Whitney; (San Francisco) Robert Cherny, Gary Hammerstrom; (San Jose) Allison Heisch, David McNeil, Robert Milnes; (San Luis Obispo) Reginald Gooden, Tom Hale, Timothy Kersten; (San Marcos) Terry Allison, Edward Thompson III; (Sonoma) Robert Girling; (Stanislaus) Richard Levering, Thomas Young; (Chancellor's Office) Peter Hoff.

INTRODUCTIONS

During the course of the meeting the Chair introduced:

Celia Adams, K-12 Representative to TEKR, Harrison School, LAUSD

Linda Larson, K-12 Representative to TEKR, Whittier High School District

Patrick McDonough, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

Eric Mitchell, University Affairs Director, California State Student Association

Donald Moore, Delegate-Consultant, Association of California State University Professors, and Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association Representative to the Academic Senate

J. Ken Nishita, Planning Faculty, CSU Monterey Bay

Lorie Roth, Interim Director, Academic Services and Professional Development

Diane Vines, Vice President, Academic Development, CSU Institute

Bradley Wells, Executive Assistant, Business and Finance, Chancellor’s Office

Todd Wilander, ASI President/CSSA Statewide Academic Senate Representative

Johnetta Anderson, Technical Assistant, Chancellor’s Office

Andrea Cullins, Staff Assistant - Budget, Academic Senate CSU

Deborah Hennessy, Executive Director, Academic Senate CSU

Margaret Price, Staff Assistant - Documents, Academic Senate CSU

Gina Worthington, Clerical Assistant, Academic Senate CSU

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Announcement of Times Certain

Thursday, November 2, 1995

2:30 p.m. - Diane Vines, Vice President for

Academic Development, CSU Institute

4:30 p.m. - Barry Munitz, Chancellor

Friday, November 3, 1995

11:00 a.m. - Molly Broad

Executive Vice Chancellor

REPORT OF CHAIR JAMES HIGHSMITH

The past two months have been ones of great activity and considerable progress on many issues. The Senate is blessed with a group of very hard working committee chairs who are ensuring that no document containing relevant information goes unreproduced.

The Joint Boards Meeting. The beginning of this week featured an historic joint meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees, the CCC Board of Governors and the State Board of Education (K-12). The primary focus of the meeting was establishing common ground for dealing with basic skills preparation for California’s students. Discussion groups dealt with Standards, Assessment and Pedagogy, with participation from Harold Goldwhite, Gary Hammerstrom and Allison Heisch, respectively, in the discussion groups. Trustee Bernie Goldstein was instrumental in the planning of the meeting together with David Leveille. They are to be congratulated along with Senior Vice Chancellor Peter Hoff and Chuck Lindahl. Senator Hoff made an exceptional morning presentation regarding standards and, along with leader (and Board Chair) Jim Considine, kept the standards discussion on track in the workshop session. In conjunction with the meeting, the Education Round Table released a statement being provided you entitled "Collaborative Initiatives to Improve Student Learning and Academic Performance, Kindergarten Through College," which includes a suggested process, using faculty task forces, for reaching consensus in the California education community about standards and assessment of basic skills. The Senate will be called on very shortly to identify faculty expertise for this process. Various aspects of the collaborative initiatives, it is hoped, will be funded by Prop 98 money through a series of intersegmental budget proposals.

Remediation Issues. The heart of remediation concerns is that of student preparation in the basic skills of English and mathematics. The Trustees’ remediation hearings and correlative campus meetings began in the latter part of September and conclude today and tomorrow in Fresno. These last two months have brought the opportunity for the process to be informed by the experience of the campuses and of the public and broader education community. It appears that many trustees have revised their views concerning this topic as CSU stakeholders made their concerns known.

The trustees’ agenda item to be considered in January 1996 will be substantially altered from the subcommittee report we have been working with since July. We, the faculty, as the group who will have the responsibility to implement educational policy also have the opportunity and responsibility to continue to shape those policies that deal with student preparation and with student educational development. You and your campuses should be commended for the serious attention you have given these fundamental issues of student preparation and curriculum. It is now our obligation to give our best advice and direction to assure that CSU’s mission is not forgotten -- our mission of broad access to a high quality education that has so enriched our society. It is also our responsibility to assure that the opportunity is not lost to work in partnership with other education sectors to improve education for all California’s students beginning in elementary school.

CSU Enrollment. Good news: student enrollment is increasing. CSU is projecting an enrollment of 253,000, exceeding our budgeted target of 252,000. Headcount enrollment is now over 328,000 students. FTES enrollment increased by 6,000 from last year on the 20 long-established campuses, and Monterey Bay and the Maritime Academy accounted for about 1,000 more FTES.

1996-1997 CSU Budget Request. The System Budget Advisory Committee met October 23 at San Diego State. The Administration will propose that the CSU seek additional funding consistent with the Governor's compact: a 4% general increase, plus increased debt service, additional employer contributions for federal taxation (amounting to $30 million), additional revenue for a 2000 FTES increase for 96/97, and the 95/96 general revenue shortfall of $7.5 million. A request will be made for another $30 million to replace a proposed 10% State University Fee increase for 96/97. As last year, the Trustees will be asked to take a fee action giving notice that the SUF will rise by 10% if replacement funding is not provided.

The net total of newly requested funds is $114 million with approximately $68 million slated for compensation, $12 million for additional enrollment to the campuses (@ $5600-5900 per FTES), $15 million for mandatory costs, $9.6 million for physical plant, $4.5 million for academic / technological support, and $5.4 million for special initiatives (including $1.9 million to maintain the buildings at Monterey Bay).

The capital budget depends on bonding being available. Another uncertainty is how potential financial aid reductions at the federal level might affect our enrollment. (Large numbers of California students in all higher education segments, for example, are legal immigrants with Pell grants and/or subsidized Stafford loans. Federal legislation is being considered that would curtail federal aid eligibility to legal immigrants.)

Technology. The January Board of Trustees meeting will likely include consideration of a major item on technology initiatives. (Academic Senate representatives are involved in this Integrated Technology Strategies (ITS) initiative through membership on the SPI Team, CLRIT, CTI, and CIMIT.) The Strategic Planning Integrator (SPI) Team, called together to identify systemwide technology initiatives, was enlarged to include faculty in late summer and began meeting in mid September. Harold Goldwhite, Marshelle Thobaben and I have participated in an identification and screening process that has focused on improving the teaching and learning environment for faculty throughout the system.

There is a growing awareness that technology investments will need to be made without the assurance of immediate productivity gains. Widespread deployment of technology in the service of learning will require substantial and regular investments not only in infrastructure and equipment, but also in faculty development, staff training, and continuous staff support. This is not a new experience for the sciences, but there is now a broader appreciation throughout the academy of technology’s role in a contemporary education.

SPIT will meet again on November 15 and our project selection will likely occur then. Projects being seriously examined include collaborative teaching and learning, improving network infrastructure, technology training centers, and an 800 CSU technology help line. I had hoped to receive a draft report from the consultant to share with you at this meeting, but it is not yet here. As soon as it is available, I will provide it to you so that you can give us informed feedback.

The Academic Conference. Planning is continuing and the standing committees have been asked to determine how they can best contribute to the conference with its theme of examining the future of baccalaureate education in the CSU. William Plater, the author of the article "Future Work: Faculty Time in the 21st Century" (distributed earlier), has agreed to be our keynote speaker on Friday evening February 16. The Chancellor will speak that evening as well. Saturday will be given over to the exploration of various topics related to the baccalaureate. The academic vice presidents have been invited not only to attend, but also to bring key faculty who are leading academic policy changes through the campus senates to participate in the dialogue. The planning committee will meet next week and then pursue consultation with the vice presidents' representatives. The conference hotel is the Long Beach Hilton and the Senate will participate in conjunction with the interim meetings that will occur on the 16th.

CSU Outstanding Professor Recognition. Campus and senate officers have been notified formally of the changed nature of the CSU Outstanding Professor process as determined by this Senate last spring. The issues related to the change were first discussed with the campus senate chairs at our meeting in October. A major desire of your executive committee has been to make the recognition and honoring of these colleagues also an opportunity to educate and demonstrate the strength of CSU faculty throughout the system. I am pleased to be able to announce that the Institute for Teaching and Learning spring Conference will focus on "Exemplary Teaching: The CSU at the Forefront." The Senate will co-sponsor the event which will feature invited presentations by this year’s CSU Outstanding Professors and a recognition dinner. This will be a superb opportunity to showcase and share the abilities of many of our finest university teachers. I would like to thank the ITL Board and especially its faculty chair, Marshelle Thobaben, and director, Patricia Hart, for making this event possible. Details will be forthcoming in the near future.

Classes of 2001 to 2005 Project. This project’s steering committee has met twice and authorized two initial studies, one examining student demographic issues and the other examining likely employment and economic scenarios. The Senate has volunteered the services of the services of several faculty including Senator Girling in examining the work product of these studies being undertaken by Chancellor’s office staff.

The Senate Budget. We have resolved all outstanding budget questions favorably for the Senate, and our year end projection is for a very small deficit. Given our margin of error and flexibility, I feel comfortable authorizing the remaining assigned time to be provided to campus accounts. I have asked Deborah Hennessy to contact all those who were to receive additional assigned time to be sure that it is still needed by those individuals. If you cannot accept further time, please notify Ms. Hennessy so that we can use the resource elsewhere. I still have serious concern that we may have to curtail travel late in the year. I would like to avoid this, so please economize where possible by sharing transportation and lodging.

The Building. You will note that the seismic retrofitting of the headquarters building has begun and will continue over several weeks. It is likely we will experience some related disruption in the office’s work. Please be patient with the staff as they have no control whatever over the work schedule and cannot predict when disruptions may occur. In addition, we have lost voice mail several times in the last several weeks. I fully expect to have computer network disruptions at some point during our retrofitting.

Important Miscellany. The Accountability Measures project steering group has met once and discussed objective, easily quantifiable measures to address in an initial approach. Bernie Goldstein and other assessment experts will be called on by the group to discuss issues related to learning assessment and its role in accountability. In answer to my call for interested persons, I have received the names of a dozen or more faculty interested in volunteering their expertise in the assessment arena.

The Senate, through its chair, has been asked to participate in a national videoconference panel dealing with the distance education student as a catalyst for change. This is the second in a series entitled "Educating Amy" that CSU is presenting in conjunction with the higher education system of Maine. It will air November 29.

The Senate has been asked to organize a faculty panel discussion during the December 10-12 conference on "The Education of the New California Workforce: Exploring the Role of Higher Education in Job Preparation and Economic Development" in San Francisco.

Harold Goldwhite’s book, Creations of Fire, a history of chemistry written as a resource for science teachers, has just been published by Plenum press. Harold’s co-author, Cathy Cobb, a former CSULA professor, now teaches at Augusta College.

CSU and SUNY faculty leaders will meet in LA on November 18 to discuss issues related to a proposed joint dialogue on faculty productivity.

(Separately, a Productivity Task Force, a subcommittee of CSU System Budget Advisory Committee, will examine aspects of productivity in higher education and the CSU. President Armiñana will chair and faculty will serve on the group, including Tom Young, chair of the Senate's fiscal and governmental affairs committee.)

Collegiality

I have left unreported some of the ongoing issues such as student fees where you, through your committee work and discussions, are having substantial effects on the development of policy. For example, our raising of the financial aid questions surrounding campus based fees was important in stimulating consideration of practical consequences. My experience over the last two months is that there is a degree of increased administration-faculty openness, discussion, information-sharing and general collegiality on issues the Senate seeks to address. We should encourage this.

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Standing Committee Reports:

Academic Affairs Committee Chair Gary Hammerstrom reported that the Academic Affairs Committee considered seven items of business at this meeting.

1. Remedial Education. Meeting jointly with TEKR, the committees were briefed by Faculty Trustee Bernie Goldstein about the sea change in attitudes of key trustees regarding remedial education as a result of the six public hearings held around the state. After discussion, the committees agreed that a Senate resolution ought to include both our concerns regarding the initial (July) subcommittee report and a set of principles that the Senate would like to see incorporated in a revision of the that report. A resolution incorporating these ideas was drafted, discussed and approved by the committees, and forwarded for Senate action with a recommendation for waiver of the rules for consideration of action at the current session.

2. Student Fee Policy. The committee discussed the implications of the change in how this item was to be presented to the Trustees in November; that is, as an information/

discussion item rather than an action item. Since the Trustees were not being presented with proposed policy changes, the committee, in cooperation with F&GA, drafted a broad resolution supporting limited delegation of fee authority to campus presidents, urging limits on differential fees, urging the continuation of existing policy providing fee revenue or waivers to mitigate the effects of fee increases for students receiving financial aid, and urging the continued consultation with the Academic Senate on future fee policy proposals. This resolution was forwarded to the Senate as a first reading item.

3. Revised Guidelines for Honorary Degrees. After limited discussion, the committee drafted a resolution supporting the proposed changes. The resolution was forwarded to the Senate with a recommendation for waiver of the rules for action at the current session.

4. Proposed Revision to SUAM Sections 1502.06 and 1502.07. The committee was asked to review and comment upon these proposed revisions pertaining to the definition and use of extended education service areas. After brief discussion, the committee formed a subcommittee to examine the issues for further discussion at the December interim.

5. Statement of Issues and Recommendation from the ASCSU Technology Task Force. The committee was asked to review and comment upon two papers received from the Technology Task Force. A subcommittee was formed to review these documents and lead the discussion at the December interim.

6. Findings, Reports, and Recommendations from CLRIT. The committee was asked to review and comment upon a paper from CLRIT entitled Removing Obstacles to the Use of Instructional Technology. The subcommittee formed for the previous item was asked to include this document within the scope of their work.

7. The Future of the Baccalaureate. In the brief time remaining, the work of two subcommittees previously formed, was discussed.

The committee also heard from liaison reports from Cher Thomas (Academic Affairs, Chancellor’s Office), Paul Spear (CLRIT), and Kathy Kaiser (General Education).

 

Faculty Affairs Committee Chair Vince Buck reported that the FAC continued work on the items on its agenda, discussed some variations on those themes, developed its contribution to the Senate retreat and had a useful discussion with Senior Vice Chancellor Hoff.

1. PSSI compilations. Keith Boyum is compiling the criteria and standards and procedures from various campuses for the committee; and for distribution to all campuses.

2. Vote of no-confidence. The committee decided that it would be useful if Dan Whitney raised this item with the Chancellor at the plenary session which he did. (The Chancellor said that he had no problem with a resolution on this matter.)

3. Faculty Development. The committee decided that it would be useful to survey campuses to see what is being done in this area. Peter Hoff agreed to assist in this matter.

4. Leadership Awards. The committee discussed agendizing Campus Faculty Leadership Awards at a future meeting. Vince Buck agreed to send out a survey to campus chairs on this matter.

5. Peter Hoff. Peter Hoff attended our meeting in response to our request to discuss his responses to our Faculty Reward position paper. It was a useful discussion and the committee appreciated his candor, and was cheered by his support of collegial governance and his efforts to ensure that academic priorities drive the budget. We mostly appreciated the opportunity to continue the discussion on faculty rewards, and not have the conversation cut off by official responses. In the course of the conversation, the role of the faculty in strategic planning was clarified. It was also determined that the committee should have a conversation with Patrick McDonough on this matter. Vice Chancellor Hoff encouraged the committee to come up with a statement on the role of part-time lecturers in the CSU.

6. Retreat. The committee decided that the general topic of its contribution to the faculty retreat would be: The Baccalaureate and the Faculty: To what ends should faculty direct its efforts? Subtopics would include recruitment, collegial governance and the faculty reward structure.

 

Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Tom Young reported that the Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee discussed the 1996-97 CSU Trustees’ Budget fee policy surveying campus senates’ role in budgeting and strategic planning, support for CSSA’s resolution on voter registration, and the committee’s plan for the upcoming Senate retreat.

 

Committee on Teacher Education and K-12 Relations Chair Dorothy Keane reported that the committee discussed work-to-career; worked on remedial education issues with the AAC; three committee members will be part of the school reform discussion sponsored by Gary Hart in Sacramento in December; an API grant was awarded to CSULA to examine multiple

subjects teachers must take.

 

GE-Breadth Advisory Committee Chair Kathleen Kaiser reported that the committee had its first meeting this week. Discussion covered: IGETC review; distance learning and general education; Information Skills Competency conference November 16-17; studio courses and activity courses; Future of the Baccalaureate; SB 450: Identical numbering required for courses with same titles systemwide.

 

Council of Library Directors, CIMIT (Commission on Institutional Management and Information Technology) Liaison to the Council Allison Heisch reported that the Council’s purpose is the "Library of the Future."

 

CLRIT (Commission on Learning Resources and Instructional Technology) Senate Representative Paul Spear reported that the commission will meet in December. He attended the SUNY-CUNY meeting in New York and discussed intellectual property rights among other issues in technology. He met with many publishers to discuss on-line publication of books and journals, or individual pages, financed by student fee.

2:30 Time Certain: Diane Vines, Vice President, Academic Development, CSU Institute Diane Vines spoke about the Institute in depth, its activities and ventures.

 

4:30 Time Certain: Barry Munitz, Chancellor

Chancellor Munitz spoke on a variety of subjects including: 1) Comparison institutions for faculty salary 2) The joint conference of governing boards, CSU and CCC with members of the State Department of Education 3) Remediation (on the January agenda of the BOT) 4) Re-examining the Master Plan, via a grant from the Hewlett Corporation to hire the Rand Corporation 5) Budget––second year of the compact between the CSU and the Governor’s Office (the executive branch) 6) FTES for fall 1995 up 6,000––well past the one percent requested by the governor.

The body was recessed, by Chair Highsmith, at 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 1995.

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The body was reconvened at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, November 3, 1995, by Chair Highsmith.

11:00 Time Certain: Molly Broad, Executive Vice Chancellor

Executive Vice Chancellor Broad addressed the budget, enrollment which exceeded the one percent asked by the governor and which will/should trigger a four percent increase for CSU. We are asking for $115 million increase, ($68 million for compensation). California’s economy is on the upswing. There is optimism about our budget.

There may be a re-evaluation of what a full-time equivalent graduate student is. We will be attempting to move from 15 to 12 units, which is the way most universities rate graduate students. VC Broad was told by the Director of Finance that the issue is an internal matter. She believes we should be re-assessing this topic anyway even though the economic impact could be considerable.

The capital budget is her greatest concern. We are in a crisis in the CSU over lack of adequate capital funds. The Governor is not eager to float any more revenue bonds. Whether or not we can get a ballot issue approved for either March or next November is "a crap shoot." She commented on the proposed student fee policy, technology initiatives, and illegal immigration.

ACTION

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Senator Wort moved (Pincu seconded) approval of the minutes of September 7-8, 1995. Senator Dinielli requested the time of adjournment to reflect the accurate time: 11:45 a.m.; Senator George’s school corrected to read physics and astronomy. The minutes as amended were approved.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Senator Kegley moved (Spear seconded) approval of the agenda. Chair Highsmith requested consent to change the order of the agenda by placing Item 5 before Item 4. There were no objections. The agenda was approved.

AS-2296-95/EX REVISION OF BY-LAWS

SECOND READING

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University change its By-Laws: by renaming the governmental affairs committee the Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee; by eliminating the committee on statewide and international programs and assigning its responsibilities to the Academic Affairs Committee; by renaming the teacher education committee the Committee on Teacher Education and K-12 Relations, by deleting the Affirmative Action Specialist, the Budget and Finance Specialist, and the Student Affairs Specialist and their responsibilities, and by providing for the appointment of specialists with designated duties as determined by the Executive Committee.

RATIONALE: During the 1995 Academic Senate CSU retreat, the senators recommended

a) expanding the responsibilities of the Governmental Affairs Committee to include fiscal affairs;

b) expanding the responsibilities of the Academic Affairs Committee to include the responsibilities formerly charged to CSIP;

c) maintaining and expanding the scope of the Teacher Education Committee to incorporate concerns relating to K-12 education.

 

Academic Senate of the California State University

Bylaws

Bl-1 Definitions and Amendment Procedures

a. Definitions

The rules and regulations of the Academic Senate, beyond those already specified in the Constitution and its amendments, shall be designated by Bylaws, Rules of Order and Standing Rules.

(1) Bylaws are those rules and regulations pertaining to organization (including officers, major committees, and other agencies authorized to conduct business in and for the Senate), duties of said officers or agencies, and other such matters as may be specifically required by the Constitution and its amendments.

(2) Rules of Order are such rules and regulations concerning parliamentary procedures not covered in Robert's Rules of Order (Revised) or direct amendments thereof.

(3) Standing Rules are those rules and regulations which cover all other matters pertaining to the conduct of the business of the Senate. (Robert's Rules of Order provides for such temporary changes of procedure.)

b. Amendment Procedures

(1) Bylaws shall be amended by presentation of the text of the proposed amendment at one meeting and approval by an affirmative vote of a majority of those present at the next regularly called meeting.

(2) Rules of Order shall be amended by presentation of the text of the proposed amendment at one meeting and approval by an affirmative vote of a majority of those present at the next regularly called meeting.

(3) Bylaws and Rules of Order may also be amended by prior written notice and by a two-thirds affirmative vote of those present at a regularly called meeting.

(4) Standing Rules shall be amended by affirmative vote of a majority of those present at a regularly called meeting.

Bl-2 Officers, Duties and Procedures for Nomination and Election

a. Officers

The Senate annually shall elect a Chair, Vice Chair, and a Secretary. The officers of the Senate shall serve until regularly succeeded.

b. Duties of the Officers

(1) The Chair shall preside at meetings of the Senate and the Executive Committee. He or she shall be responsible for communications with the faculties of the colleges. He or she shall have the authority to convene regular and special meetings of the Senate. Requests for expenditures of State Funds in connection with the Senate activities shall be subject to the approval of the Chair or his or her designee.

(2) The Vice Chair shall assume the duties of the Chair, when the Chair is unable to serve. He or she shall be responsible for carrying out such other duties as may be delegated to him or her by the Senate, the Executive Committee, or the Chair.

(3) The Secretary shall keep the minutes and the records of the Senate and shall carry out such other duties as may be delegated to him or her by the Senate, the Executive Committee, or the Chair.

(4) An individual designated by the Executive Committee shall be responsible for the regular production and distribution of a newsletter for all the faculties of The California State University.

c. Time of Election

The election of officers shall be held annually at the first meeting of the new Senate. The duly elected officers of the Senate shall assume their duties on June 1 following their election, except that the new Executive Committee may meet earlier than June 1 in order to begin the organization of Senate assignments and responsibilities for the coming year.

d. Election Procedures

(1) Offices shall be filled, starting with the office of Chair, in successive order with nominations and election by secret ballot.

(2) Every senator shall have the opportunity to make nominations.

(3) All nominees shall be listed on the first and subsequent ballots alphabetically. Those having the highest number of votes, and whose votes, when added together, constitute a majority of the votes cast, shall appear on the next ballot. Voting shall continue in this manner until one candidate receives a majority of votes cast.

(4) In the event that a new representative has not been elected in time to participate in the election of Senate officers at the first meeting of the new Senate, the outgoing representative shall be entitled to vote in such elections.

e. Vacancies in Elected Positions

(1) When the Chair's position is vacated due to resignation or other reasons, the Vice Chair shall assume the title and responsibilities of the Chair.

(2) When the position of Vice Chair, Secretary, or Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee is vacated, the position shall be filled by election at the next regular Senate meeting after the vacancy occurs, according to the election procedures stated in Bl-2,d.

(3) When the position of Immediate Past Chair is vacated on the Executive Committee, the position shall remain vacant.

Bl-3 The Executive Committee

a. Membership

The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers, the Immediate Past Chair and two Members-at-Large. The Members-at-Large shall be elected annually at the time of the election of officers and in accordance with section Bl-2,d.

b. Duties and Authority

(1) The Executive Committee shall be responsible for preparing the agenda, for advising the Chair regarding the conduct of the Senate business, and for such additional duties as the Senate may assign.

(2) The Executive Committee shall have the authority to act for the Academic Senate of The California State University between meetings on items requiring action before the next meeting of the entire body.

(3) The Executive Committee shall appoint the members of the standing and special committees of the Senate, and consultants to the Senate, including specialists.

(4) A majority of the Executive Committee may direct the Chair to call a meeting of the Senate.

(5) The standing and special committees shall appoint their own subcommittees, subject to the approval of the Chair of the Senate, who shall consult with the Executive Committee.

Bl-4 Committees and Specialists

a. Standing Committees

The Senate shall have, but not be limited to, the following standing committees:

(1) The Academic Affairs Committee,

(2) The Faculty Affairs Committee,

(3) The Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee, and

(4) The Committee on Teacher Education and K-12 Relations

b. Special Committees

The Senate may establish special committees as needed.

c. Specialists

The Senate may have specialists, with designated duties, as shall be determined by the Executive Committee each year.

d. Appointment of Chairs

The Chairs of the standing and special committees, and the specialists, will be appointed annually by the Chair of the Senate, with the approval of the Executive Committee.

e. Membership

Members of the standing and special committees shall be appointed annually. At least two-thirds of the members of each committee of the Academic Senate shall be appointed from the members of the Senate. Chairs of the committee shall be members of the Senate. No member of the Senate shall be appointed to more than one standing committee. Appointees who are not senators shall be appointed only after consultation with the senators of the campus from which they are appointed.

f. Responsibilities of the Committees

(1) The Academic Affairs Committee:*

The Committees shall make recommendations to the Academic Senate on matters of statewide concern, including but not limited to, the following areas:

(a) systemwide aspects of academic planning;

(b) general or liberal arts education;

(c) criteria for state approval of specific curricula, programs or degrees;

(d) accreditation;

(e) statewide requirements for admission, retention, and graduation of students;

(f) credit by evaluation;

(g) minimum conditions for the award of certificates to students;

(h) academic standards;

(i) grading standards and symbols;

(j) systemwide aspects of program review;

(k) new program allocation;

(l) joint doctoral programs;

(m) systemwide aspects of the basic directions of academic support programs;

(n) library development;

(o) research related to educational programs;

(p) academically related fiscal matters;

(q) systemwide aspects of student services;

(r) policies governing the awarding of honorary degrees;

(s) matters relevant to statewide and international programs;

(t) research, planning, formation, allocation, and delivery of programs outside traditional campus service areas;

(u) extended education, campus-based study abroad, faculty participation in international programs, faculty exchange, student exchange, and activities between and among campuses;

(v) statewide and international programs and the resources to serve non-traditional as well as international students;

(w) such other matters as may be brought before it by the Executive Committee or the Academic Senate CSU.

The committee shall maintain liaison with the Advisory Committee on International Education, the Academic Council on International Programs, the Commission on Extended University, and other committees and commissions as designated.

(2) The Faculty Affairs Committee:

The committee shall make recommendations to the Academic Senate on matters of statewide concern, including but not limited to, the following areas:

(a) criteria and standards for the appointment, retention, promotion, evaluation and tenure of academic employees as well as preservation of the principle of peer review and evaluation through the direct involvement of appropriate faculty in these decisions;

(b) professional development, including minimum criteria and standards to be used for programs designed to enhance and maintain professional competence such as the awarding of sabbaticals and other academic leaves;

(c) systemwide policies governing the appointment and review of presidents and academic administrators;

(d) policies governing the appointment and review of systemwide executive officers and academic administrators;

(e) academic freedom and responsibility;

(f) professional matters not collectively bargained;

(g) other professional matters which may overlap items being collectively bargained where such matters have substantial academic or educational effects;

(h) the role of faculty in institutional governance;

(i) such other matters as may be brought before it by the Executive Committee or the Academic Senate.

Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee:

The functions of the committee will be:

(a) to monitor, evaluate, and make recommendations on system budgets including strategic and academic initiatives;

(b) to evaluate plans and make recommendations to achieve adequate funding for the cost of instruction;

(c) to monitor and make recommendations on the assessment of faculty productivity and its relationship to the budget planning process;

(d) to evaluate and make recommendations on current and evolving measures of accountability as they relate to the budget planning and evaluation process

(e) to work closely with the Chair of the Academic Senate to provide support for Academic Senate positions and policies before the Legislature and other governmental bodies;

(f) to propose legislation and policies for consideration by the Legislature and other governmental bodies consistent with Academic Senate policy;

(g) to work closely with the Chair of the Academic Senate to provide support for Academic Senate positions and policies before the Legislature and other governmental bodies;

(h) at the direction of the Chair, to represent the Academic Senate before governmental bodies;

(i) to assist the Chair in determining the timeliness and accuracy of Academic Senate resolutions directed to the Legislature;

(j) to work with standing committees of the Academic Senate in researching resolutions directed to the Legislature;

(k) to develop a cooperative working relationship with the Office of the Chancellor and the Trustees so that the CSU can, whenever possible, present a unified approach to the Legislature;

(l) to inform the Executive Committee and the Academic Senate of relevant matters pending before the state government.

(4) The Committee on Teacher Education and K-12 Relations:*

The committee shall evaluate and make recommendations on matters regarding the CSU’s relationship with K-12 and shall maintain liaison with appropriate K-12 representatives on matters of teacher education. The committee shall also make recommendations to the Academic Senate on matters of statewide concern, including, but not limited to, the following areas:

(a) CSU policies and statewide activities affecting campus teacher education and other credential programs;

(b) state legislation and regulations concerning the requirements for credentials under the jurisdiction of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing;

(c) state legislation having potential impact on the CSU responsibility to educate school personnel;

(d) intersegmental efforts to improve teaching at all levels; and

(e) such other matters as may be brought before it by the Executive Committee or the Academic Senate CSU.

g. Reporting Procedures

All standing and special committees, unless otherwise specifically directed by the Senate, shall report to the Senate. Their recommendations shall not be considered policy statements until formally approved by the Senate.

Bl-5 Establishment of the Official Roster of the Senate

The alternates from the several campuses shall at each meeting at which they are official delegates present to the Secretary of the Senate their names and the names of the senators whose places they are taking.

Bl-6 Voting on Substantive Motions

(1) Voting on substantive motions may take place at any meeting of the Academic Senate CSU when the reports giving rise to the motions have been distributed to all senators at least two weeks in advance.

(2) Substantive motions based on reports which have not been distributed to all senators at least two weeks in advance shall take place only after a second reading of the motion at a meeting subsequent to the meeting at which it was first introduced, except that the Academic Senate CSU, by three-fourths vote of those present, may waive this requirement. The motion to suspend the rules to waive this requirement shall be debatable.

Bl-7 Establishment of Faculty Newsletter

(1) There shall be established a faculty newsletter coming from the Academic Senate CSU and sent to all CSU faculty at appropriate times.

(2) Funds shall be provided for this newsletter from the Senate budget.

Bl-8 Session of the Academic Senate

The session of the Academic Senate CSU shall be from June 1 through May 31.

Senator Spear requested a friendly amendment in which to clarify the Resolved clause by adding "and assigning its responsibilities to the Academic Affairs Committee" after "statewide and international programs"; and adding at the end of the clause "by deleting the Affirmative Action Specialist, and the Student Affairs Specialist and their responsibilities, and by providing for the appointment of specialists with designated duties as determined by the Executive Committee." There were no objections.

AS-2296-95/EX carried unanimously.

 

AS-2299-95/FA(REV) AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION

SECOND READING

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University recommend to the faculty of the CSU the following constitutional amendment regarding Senate membership:

Section 3. Membership

Members of the Academic Senate shall consist of

(a) two members elected from each institution with less than ten-thousand full-time-equivalent enrollment,

(b) three members elected from each institution with more than ten-thousand full-time-equivalent enrollment but less than twenty-thousand full-time-equivalent enrollment,

(c) four members elected from each institution with more than twenty-thousand full-time-equivalent enrollment,

(d) the immediate past chairman of the Academic Senate if he is not an elected member,

(e) the Chancellor or representative as an ex officio member.

For purposes of this section, full-time-equivalent enrollment shall mean the average total full-time-equivalent enrollment reported for the September–June academic year in which an election is held.

Section 1. Membership

The Academic Senate shall consist of a maximum of 54 members.

(a) The apportionment of 51 elected campus representatives shall be determined as follows:

one senator from each campus with a Full Time Equivalent Faculty (FTEF) of 100 or fewer;

two from each campus with an FTEF of over 100; and

one additional senator for as many campuses as possible apportioned on the basis of highest FTEF.

(b) The membership of the Academic Senate shall also consist of:

the immediate past chair of the Academic Senate, if not an elected member;

one emeritus, a faculty member, to be selected by a method determined by the Academic Senate; and

the Chancellor or designee as an ex-officio, non voting member.

Senator Navari moved (Spear seconded) to close debate.

AS-2299-95/FA motion defeated.

 

AS-2300-95/AA/TEKR COMMENDATION FOR THE CSU WORKGROUP

FIRST READING ON UNDERPREPARED STUDENTS

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University commend the CSU Workgroup on Underprepared Students chaired by Alex Gonzalez, Provost, CSU Fresno, for its excellent Final Report of June 1995 containing a set of nine guiding principles for remediation which stress "both the need to maintain fidelity to the CSU’s commitment to access and to serving a culturally and ethnically diverse California population, and to provide campuses with the necessary flexibility to address the remediation issue locally as dictated by local campus conditions."

RATIONALE: The set of nine guiding principles for remediation provided by the CSU Workgroup on Underprepared Students serve as a firm foundation for the CSU in examining issues and evolving policy regarding remedial/ developmental education. They demonstrate a thoughtful approach to this topic developed by a joint committee of CSU faculty and administrators with broad experience in undergraduate education.

On behalf of the Committee on Teacher Education and K-12 Relations and the Academic Affairs Committee, Senator Keane moved (Hammerstrom seconded) the resolution.

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

AS-2300-95/AA/TEKR motion carried unanimously.

 

AS-2301-95/AA/F&GA STUDENT FEE POLICY IN THE CSU

FIRST READING

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University support the consolidation of fee policies and procedures into a single comprehensive policy document; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU support the development of a fee policy that delegates the Chancellor’s authority to adjust mandatory campus fees, user fees, and penalty fees, to the campus presidents provided that consultation with appropriate campus constituencies on charging fees and allocating fee revenue is exercised in a manner that is consistent with policies adopted by the Board of Trustees; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Board of Trustees in any fee policy they may develop, to set limits on the permissible range of differential fees that may be established; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Board of Trustees to continue its student financial aid policy contained in the document, entitled Policies for Pricing and Strategies for Paying (1993), of allocating at least one-third of new student fee revenue to financial aid or providing fee waivers, so as to mitigate the effect of new fees upon students eligible for and receiving financial aid; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to continue the consultative process by giving the Academic Senate the opportunity to analyze and respond to any future policy proposals on student fees.

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee and Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee, AAC Chair Hammerstrom moved (Young seconded) the resolution.

 

AS-2302-95/AA/TEKR Response to Proposed Policy Changes and

FIRST READING Actions Related to Basic Skills Preparation for Admission to and Continuous Enrollment in the CSU

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University, now as in the past, support and assume responsibility for enhancing and facilitating student learning in the CSU from entrance through graduation; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU commend the Board of Trustees for engaging the people of California in an open dialogue about the writing and quantitative competencies of students in all segments of education, and support adoption of policies and programs by the CSU that would contribute directly to student achievement of competencies in writing and quantitative reasoning; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU affirm its commitment to admit and educate the upper one-third of the California high school graduating class as envisioned in the State Master Plan for Higher Education and oppose any changes to Title 5 at the present time which would establish new requirements for admission to the CSU based on specified levels of achievement in writing and quantitative reasoning as recommended in the Subcommittee's Report; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Board of Trustees not to adopt approaches to remedial education that are likely to reduce access to the CSU in particular for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged student groups; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU encourage campuses to continue and strengthen efforts to ensure that students needing remedial/developmental work are enrolled in appropriate courses in a timely and sequential manner, and oppose the recommendations contained in the Subcommittee Report to revise Title 5 that would disqualify students from continued enrollment in the CSU if they have not completed remedial/developmental or General Education breadth English and mathematics requirements within a specified time frame; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU endorse the nine principles for remedial/developmental education adopted by the Workgroup on Underprepared Students in its Final Report, June 1995 (see attachment); and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Board of Trustees to incorporate in any policy that it may adopt on basic skills preparation for admission to and continuous enrollment in the CSU, the nine principles for remedial/developmental education adopted by the Workgroup on Underprepared Students in its Final Report, June 1995; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to work with the Academic Senate CSU to develop a comprehensive multi-year plan to improve the writing and quantitative reasoning competencies of CSU students which implements the nine principles of the Workgroup on Underprepared Students in its Final Report, June 1995; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to include, in this comprehensive multi-year plan to improve the writing and quantitative reasoning competencies of CSU students, strategies that enhance the subject matter and professional education of preservice and inservice teachers in ways that prepare them to teach mathematics, reading, and writing effectively; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to work collaboratively with the Academic Senate CSU, faculties in K-12 schools, the California Community Colleges, and the University of California, in efforts to review and standardize basic skill competencies and methods of assessment of these basic skill competencies; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Board of Trustees to join with the governing boards of the other educational segments to engage state government in efforts to identify the costs and provide adequate support for education in California.

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee and Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee, AAC Chair Hammerstrom moved (Keane seconded) the resolution.

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

Senator Keane requested consent to delete "Office of the" from the eighth Resolved clause, delete "by" and add "which," and change "implementing" to "implements." There were no objections.

Senator Barrena moved (Stites seconded) to amend the second Resolved clause by deleting "support the Board of Trustees in their interest to address concerns pertaining to the basic skills preparation of students entering the CSU and the writing and quantitative reasoning competencies of graduates of the CSU" and inserting "commend the Board of Trustees for engaging the people of California in an open dialogue about the writing and quantitative competencies of students in all segments of education," before "and support adoption of policies..." Motion carried.

Senator Heisch moved (Keane seconded) to replace "5-year" with "multi-year plan" in both the eighth and ninth Resolved clauses. Motion carried.

Senator Boyum moved (Navari seconded) to delete from the third Resolved clause "at the present time." Amendment failed.

Senator Barrena moved to add to the eighth Resolved clause "by the end of the 1995-96 academic year." There was no second.

Senator Navari moved to add to the eighth Resolved clause "to be presented to the Trustees." There was no second.

Senator Gooden moved (Barrena seconded) to extend debate. Motion failed.

Senator Kaiser called for the vote.

AS-2302-95/AA/TEKR motion carried.

 

AS-2303-95/AA PROPOSED REVISION OF GUIDELINES FOR THE FIRST READING AWARDING OF HONORARY DEGREES

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University support the proposed revision of the Guidelines for the Awarding of Honorary Degrees in the CSU included in Attachment A to Agenda Item 1 of the November 7-8, 1995, meeting of the Board of Trustees’ Committee on Educational Policy which would allow for the conferring of honorary degrees in the names of the CSU and an individual campus, and urge the Board of Trustees to approve the proposed revision (see attached).

RATIONALE: The current Guidelines for the Awarding of Honorary Degrees in the CSU provide (Section 1.B) that "All honorary degrees shall be conferred by the Board of Trustees of the California State University, and only in the name of The California State University." The proposed revision will expand this section to provide that "All honorary degrees shall be conferred by the Board of Trustees of the California State University, and only in the name of The California State University or in the names of The California State University and a campus."

This policy change, and the other procedural changes proposed to implement this policy change, will allow for greater recognition of the individual CSU campus participating in the award of an honorary degree.

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee, Chair Hammerstrom moved (Spear seconded) the resolution.

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

AS-2303-95/AA approved without dissent.

 

AS-2304-95/F&GA STUDENT VOTER REGISTRATION AND PARTICIPATION

SECOND READING

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University urge the Board of Trustees to support civic involvement, good citizenship and political participation among CSU students by encouraging each university president to:

1. distribute voter registration materials through campus infrastructure, such as class schedules; and,

2. supply Vote-by-Mail cards campus-wide through residential life and other student oriented programs; and,

3. implement steps to establish polling places on campus

RATIONALE: The demographics of CSU students (high mobility, low wages, single status, etc.) act to depress voter registration and voter participation. Studies suggest that when students can overcome these barriers to registration, their voting rates approximate those of the general population. Greater student voter registration and political participation enhances civic involvement and good citizenship. It can facilitate political education among students and enrich political discourse. It is consonant with the 1985 mission statement of the Board of Trustees which supported the goal of preparing "significant numbers of educated, responsible people to contribute to California's schools, economy, culture and future." The Governor has stated that governing boards, such as the CSU Board of Trustees, "should retain the authority to determine their policy regarding voter registration."

On behalf of the Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee, Vice Chair Thompson moved (Young seconded) the resolution.

Senator Navari moved (Barrena 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 12:40 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 1995.

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Approved (or corrected)

Date:________________________ _______________________________

James M. Highsmith, Chair

 

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Hal Charnofsky, Secretary

 

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Margaret Price, Recording Secretary



 
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