Academic Senate

Reports from the 2016-2017 Standing Committees


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This Month's Issue
Front Page
Message from the ASCSU Chair
Report of the Faculty Trustee
Reports from Standing Committees
 Academic Affairs
 
Academic Preparation & 
   Education Programs 
 Faculty Affairs
 Fiscal and Governmental
   Affairs
Bring Back the Master Plan
Capitol Watch
Resolution Summaries
Academic Affairs (AA)
Jodie Ullman (San Bernardino), Chair
The Academic Affairs Committee had a productive and engaging meeting in which we discussed several interesting topics and submitted  three resolutions for consideration at the plenary.   Our first resolution served as a commendation for the Summer 2016 Institute as  well as a request for continued funding for this important professional development opportunity. The CSU Institute of Teaching and Learning’s Summer Institute is simply outstanding, is one of two professional development opportunities for faculty, and is more critical than ever as faculty strive to incorporate effective teaching strategies into their courses.  More »
Academic Preparation & Education Programs (APEP)
David Barsky (San Marcos), Vice-Chair
APEP brought a resolution to the plenary to reaffirm the commitment of the CSU and the ASCSU to providing equitable access to excellent education, and to call upon the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to reject the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. This resolution was approved without dissent by the ASCSU, and it was picked up by Inside Higher Ed and in an EAB Daily Briefing. Despite the ASCSU resolution, Ms. DeVos was narrowly confirmed by the Senate, and APEP will be paying careful attention to developments in the U.S. Department of Education.

 

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Faculty Affairs Committee (FA)
Thomas Norman (Dominguez Hills), Chair
The Faculty Affairs Committee received reports from both Chancellor’s Office liaisons.  First, Dr. Ganesh Raman, updated us on grant programs and discussed the link between tenure density and research productivity. Later at the request of the Faculty Affairs Committee’s other liaison, Dr. Gerry Hanley, Dr. Leslie Kennedy discussed the role of the Chancellor’s office in assisting with the contracting process with lecture capture providers along with upcoming changes to the library system. Our committee requested assistance in ensuring that faculty intellectual property concerns would be reflected in future vendor screening criteria. More »
Fiscal & Governmental Affairs Committee (FGA)
Praveen Soni (Long Beach), Chair
The Fiscal and Governmental Committee acted on its plans to carry out local advocacy efforts to build relationships with legislators. Several FGA members along with student leaders, Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (ERFA) members, and university personnel visited with local legislators in December 2016 and January 2017 to discuss various issues of concern to the CSU, such as the 2017-18 CSU Board of Trustees budget request, tenure density, student access and success, veteran’s issues, cost of living and faculty housing, and aging CSU infrastructure. The Committee heard reports from the members and thanked them for their efforts, and will prepare lessons from the visits.  The FGA Committee will now prepare for advocacy in Sacramento in April. More »