Summary of the
Meeting of the Academic Senate, CSU
November 7-8, 2002
Lester Pincu, Secretary
Academic Senate of
The California State University
Chair Kegley stated that since she had provided her report in written form she would not take the Senate's time to read it. She would entertain questions about items in the report.
The following is a summary of parts of Chair Kegley's written report:
ACR-73 Presentation to Board of Trustees, September 17
A presentation was given to the Board of Trustees by Elizabeth Hoffman, representing CFA, David Spence representing the CSU administration, and Jacquelyn Kegley, as Chair of the Academic Senate. ACR-73 is an Assembly Concurrent Resolution (Strom-Martin) that requests that the CSU achieve a 75%-25% balance of tenured/tenured track faculty. The Board of Trustees was told how the three groups had worked cooperatively to develop this eight-year plan and together submitted it officially to the legislature.
The Board was told that although the plan was expensive, it was a very important investment in the future of the CSU and its mission of providing a high quality education for the citizens of California.
14th Annual Envisioning California Conference: Moving California's Master Plan for Higher Education into the 21st Century, September 26-27
Six ASCSU senators attended the two-day conference on the revision of the Master Plan for Higher Education sponsored by the Center for California Studies and the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy, CSU Sacramento, and the Center for Southern California Studies, CSU Northridge. The meetings were intense, at times politely contentious, but always instructive. Players from all sectors of higher education in California were represented. Attendees included staff from the Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education, faculty members and administrators from 15 CSU campuses, 6 UC campuses, 22 community college campuses, a number of independent post-secondary institutions, the central administrations of all three sectors and the independent institutions, educational researchers and policy makers, political representatives, student body leaders, heads of the statewide academic senates, organizations concerned with higher education in California including policy makers within the State, from across the nation and international venues. Representatives were also present from the offices of the Governor, the Speaker, the Legislative Analyst, legislative staff, two legislators, administrators and faculty from public and private high schools, representatives from the unions, PTAs and others.
Chair Kegley participated in a panel, along with Gayle Binion, President of the UC Academic Council, Linda Collins, former Chair of the CCC Academic Senate and William Tierney, Professor of Public Policy, USC on shared governance in the coming decade. The panel was chaired by Cristy Jensen. A major question addressed was the survival of inter-segmental cooperation.
The Task Force on Facilitating Graduation, October 4
The fourth meeting of the Task Force on Facilitating Graduation focused on finalizing their draft report and a set of recommendations on strategies and policies for facilitating student progress toward graduation. The discussion was enhanced by the presence and full participation of four Trustees. This report and the recommendations will be submitted to various constituencies in the CSU by mid-November.
Campus Senate Chairs Meeting- October 10, 2002
The meeting with the Campus Senate Chairs featured a Budget workshop. A panel discussed both system and campus budgeting processes with the purpose of empowering campus academic senates to become more meaningfully involved in budget planning on their individual campuses. Three campus representatives shared insights on budget planning and development as it occurred on their campuses.
Intersegmental Coordinating Council Retreat-Sacramento- October 22-23
The meeting commenced with a report on the new Federal legislation, "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001." Then there was much discussion of the results of a survey on the effectiveness of ICC and its related groups, and actions that needed to be taken. The rest of the retreat focused on a review of five Round Table Initiatives and developing plans for the year to implement and fulfill the goals of these initiatives.
The first Initiative is "Alignment of K-12 Standards and Assessments and Higher Education Admissions and Placements Processes." The work of the CSU and its faculty to augment the California Standards Test in English and Mathematics to allows diagnostic work and placement and ability to enter CSU without remedial work. Those students who do not achieve the scores needed for EPT and ELM waiver will have the opportunity to build skills in the 12th grade through additional course work. This presumably will allow them to pass the EPT and ELM. A pilot will be conducted in spring 2003. The other four initiatives are: (2) "Mobilizing the Resources of All Educational Sectors to Enrich the Capacity of the Teaching Profession in order that Students will reach High Standards; (3) "Expansion of Collaboration in Administrative Applications of Technology;" (4) "Intensify the Delivery of Services Designed to Prepare Students Academically and Inform Them About College:" and (5) "Strengthen the Transfer Process Among and Within Higher Education." Especially interesting for the CSU Senate is the last initiative. A new ICC Transfer Committee has been established. In addition, as Chair of ICAS this year, Chair Kegley established a faculty Task Force on Transfer composed of four senators from each of the three Higher Education segments.
Task Force on Workload- October 24
The Task Force on Workload met to review the "Comparable Faculty Workload Report," i.e. the results from the survey of comparable institutions across the United States on the issues surveyed for the CSU last year. This Task Force has membership from the CSU Senate, CFA, the Chancellor's Office and the Provosts for Academic Affairs. There was extensive discussion of the report and some suggestions for some new tables and summary text. There was also excellent discussion of possible conclusions and recommendations. A draft press release will be developed; the report will be finalized and the Task Force will most likely meet on December 14th.
ELECTION OF FACULTY TRUSTEE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The Senate elected the following to the Faculty Trustee Recommending Committee:
Robert A. Snyder-Chair-Humboldt State University
Kenneth Peter-San Jose State University
Harry Reichman-CSU Hayward
James W. Wheeler-California Maritime Academy
Bobbi Bonace-CSU Monterey Bay
The following two campuses were drawn at lot, and the academic senates of these campuses will each appoint a representative to the Faculty Trustee Recommending Committee:
CSU San Marcos
The Senate passed the following 3 items:
1. Modification of Upper-division Admission Requirements
This resolution recommends that the Board of Trustees amend Title 5, California Code of Regulations, to require students to complete 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units), instead of the current 56 transferable semester units (84 quarter units) to establish eligibility for admission as an upper-division transfer student to a CSU institution. The current definition of upper-division eligibility is confusing to students because transferring with 56 semester units (84 quarter units) does not establish junior level standing. Students with 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) can register as juniors instead of sophomores and, therefore, have a better chance of enrolling in courses needed for graduation, and may be eligible for more financial aid than sophomores based on federal loan limits.
2. Amendment to Bylaw 2a
This resolution would amend the bylaws, section 2a of the Academic Senate of the California State University. The bylaw change restricts officers of the Senate (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and two Members-at-Large) from serving for more than two years consecutively in the same office. This limitation does not apply to members of the Executive Committee in their current positions at the time this is adopted.
3. Call for Reconsideration of Trustees' Proposed Budget
This resolution reaffirmed the Senates' two prior resolutions of May, 2002, which endorsed specific short–term budget priorities and priorities for strategic budget planning. The resolution asserts that the budget request adopted by the CSU Board of Trustees on October 31, 2002 failed to address key budget priorities in the previously cited Senate resolutions and is inconsistent with Senate budget priorities. The resolution calls upon the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to develop a budget request for 2003-2004 academic year that is consistent with the priorities clearly enunciated by the Chancellor, the Senate and other CSU, and other CSU faculty representatives. This resolution further encourages the Chancellor to engage in meaningful dialogue and to collaborate with the Senate in developing strategies to apply the Senate's budget and strategic planning priorities to the current and future budgets.
The Senate moved, as first reading items, the following two resolutions: [Note: These items are being sent out to campus senates for discussion. These items will come up for a vote as second reading items during the Senate's Plenary, January 23-24, 2002.]
1. Whistle Blower Protection
This resolution calls upon campus academic senates to work with their local administrations to review, develop, and approve campus policies on “whistle blower” protection. These policies should be consistent with the provisions of Section 8547.23(c) of the government Code, a part of the California Whistleblower Protection Act, as applied to the CSU by Chancellor's Executive Orders 821 and 822 of May 23, 2002. The resolution also calls upon the campus administrations to designate an individual on each campus to receive such complaints and evaluate compliance with the order. This resolution further calls upon campus senates to work with their local administrations to education faculty and staff about the provisions of both the Executive Orders and campus policy.
2. Role of Faculty in Development and Placement of Curricula in the California State University System
This resolution strongly reaffirms the basic principles articled in Principles and Policies: Papers of the Academic Senate CSU about the primary role of faculty in the development of academic programs, course development, and recruitment decisions affecting curriculum.
3. Apportionment of Senate Seats
This resolution creates a 9th Bylaw with respect to the apportionment of Senate Seats. It charges the Executive Committee with the implementing the apportionment and reapportionment of Senate seats using the formula in Article II Section one of the Senate's constitution. The seats will be determined based on census of Fall FTEF data, and will be announced by the end of January each year. When new seats are added to the senate, they will be filled in the next spring election cycle. When a campus loses a seat, the seat last would be the first seat to complete its three-year term following the announcement of the reapportionment, and not lost until that three-year term expires. This bylaw gives the Senate a procedure for implementing the new constitutional amendment and for keeping apportionment up to date.