CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—February 12, 2001

Founders Hall  3:00 PM

Members Present: Abadiano, Altieri, Austad, Baratta, Benfield, Braverman, Carter, Carter-Lowery, Chasse, Chen, Cohen, Conway, Crundwell, Fried, Garcia, Gendron, Hager, Halkin, Harmon, Jackson, Jones, Johnson, Larose, Lee, Leake, Lemaire, Lowery, Martin, Martin-Troy, Markov, McCarthy, McCleary, Morales, Moran, Perreault, Petrausch, Phillips, Rodrigues, Rohinsky, Sarisley, Stanley, Talit, Walo, Wolff.

Ex-Officio Members Present: V.P Bartelt, Deans Whitford, Miller and Kremens, E. Demos (Ex. Asst to Pres.) P. Lemma (Grad. Studies) L. Deane (Univ. Council).

Guests: Paul Petterson, Chair, Curriculum Committee, Francis Keefe (Advising center), K.Pirog, T. McCarthy (Athletic Trainer). Tim Crane (Chair, Math)

Meeting was called to order by V.P Abadiano at 3.05 p.m. in Founders Hall.
President Best conveyed his apologies for his absence owing to his duties on the Promotion and Tenure Committee.

I. Approval of Minutes of 12/11/00

Approved
Wolff/Fried

II. Announcements

    1. AAUP Report. Sen. Austad
    2. Indicated there were two issues of importance to the Senate:
      Firstly nominations for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer were now being accepted for CSU/AAUP.
      Secondly all AAUP members should have received a ballot for voting on the recent contract ratification between the Union and management, the most significant provision being for a 4.25% raise with contract negotiations to continue. Sen. Crundwell: Was under the impression it was 3% "across the board" Sen. Austad: No the agreement is for 4.25% but based on a 3% minima and maxima for certain members with the rest according to a set formula.

      For more information there is a:
      CHAPTER MEETING WED FEB 14 IN MARCUS WHITE AT 2.30 P.M.

    3. Board Of Trustees Report. Sen. Abadiano

The report is as follows:

NOTES* on the BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
February 2, 2001

  1. Connecticut State University System

Submitted to the CCSU Senate Faculty
by Senator Abadiano
February 12, 2001

 

Chancellor’s Report A GIANT STEP forward: The State Board of Governors for Higher Education voted unanimously to give the CSU System’s proposed Ed.D. program a chance to start a 5-year pilot program. The next step is the legislature.

Consent Item: The Board approved resolution concerning acceptance of a cash gift to CCSU. The CCSU Foundation, Inc. has made a cash gift of $23,000. to support the Mohegan Sun Men’s Basketball Tournament at CCSU.

President Judd’s Report

  • CCSU is recognized as one of the 16 leadership institutions of greater expectations in the nation by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
  • The Alumni Association is very active in its fund raising campaign: "Count Me In"
  • Faculty and staff received grants for programs to improve CCSU student selectivity and preparedness.
  • CCSU continues to strengthen its diversity training across all university levels.

Academic Affairs

The Board approved the following resolutions:

  • Program Modification for a Hispano-North American Inter-University Specialization in Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture in the Master of Arts in Modern Languages Degree at CCSU
  • Program Modification for a Specialization in Technology Management in the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Degree at CCSU
  • Establishing a Hospitality and Tourism Institute for the State of Connecticut at CCSU
  • Establishing a Center for Africana Studies at CCSU
  • Establishing a Caribbean/Latin American Business Center at CCSU

Finance and Administration

  • The Board approved a revised fund balance guidelines to ensure the maintenance of reasonable positive fund balances by the universities and the system office. The fund balance guidelines will be reviewed at least every three years to determine their adequacy and revised as determined appropriate.

 

 


*Notes are selected information from the BOT meeting focused on items concerning CCSU. If anyone is interested in the minutes of the entire BOT meeting, I will make a copy available upon request.

Sen. Abadiano indicated that the proposal has already been presented to the legislature as of this senate meeting.  She noted some significant issues particularly:

    • The Association of American Colleges and Universities recognize CCSU as one of the 16 leadership institutions of greater expectations in the nation.
    • The Alumni Association "Count me in" program
    • Resolutions establishing:
      Program Modification for a Hispano-North American Inter-University Specialization in Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture in the Master of Arts in Modern Languages Degree at CCSU
    • Program Modification for a Specialization in Technology Management in the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Degree at CCSU
    • Establishing a Hospitality and Tourism Institute for the State of Connecticut at CCSU
    • Establishing a Center for Africana Studies at CCSU
    • Establishing a Caribbean/Latin American Business Center at CCSU
    1. The academic honesty on-line faculty discussion site is now accessible as a result of work by Tom Burkholder, Chemistry.

Sen. Benfield indicated this was an announcement for the agenda to encourage all faculty to provide input to the Committee. They can do this online-The address is:   http://burky.ccsu.edu/discus

This topic will be raised at this (see item VII (a) below) and on March 5 for action.

III. Elections
                There was no election business

IV. Senate Committee Reports
Curriculum Committee-Paul Petterson
The following report was presented:

REVISED BASED ON 2/12/01 FACULTY SENATE MEETING (Approved).

TO: Felton Best
President, Faculty Senate

FROM: Paul Petterson
Chair, University Curriculum Committee

SUBJ: Curriculum Report

The Curriculum Committee submits the following Report to the Faculty Senate for consideration at its February 12, 2001 meeting.

  1. Department of Industrial_Technology
    1. Revise BS in Industrial Technology, to: delete Specialization in Automation; reinstate Specialization in Construction Management; reinstate Specialization in Electronics Technology.
  2.  
  3. Department Of English
    1. Revise ECE 099, Remedial English, to:

    ENG 099, Remedial English. Focus on improvement of basic writing skills, in order to meet entrance requirements for ENG 110. After review of grammar and punctuation, the course emphasizes sentence and paragraph formation and the development of the coherent essay. Students who are required to take ENG 099 must pass the course with a C- or better before successful completion of 30 hours of coursework. NOTE: Letter grade will affect GPA as if ENG 099 were a three credit course, but these credits will not count toward the number of credits required for graduation. Three credits. Fall, Spring, Summer.

  4. Department Of Geography
    1. Revise GEOG 542, Graduate Field Methods in Geography, to:
    2. Prereq.: 3 credits of graduate study or permission of instructor. Advanced field research in physical and human geography. Team and individual research projects. No credit given for students who have taken Geog 442. Three credits. Fall (o). [G]. NOTE: This is a "link" course with GEOG 442.

    3. Revise GEOG 514, Studies In Systematic Geography, to:

    Prereq.: Permission of advisor and instructor. Advanced study in one of the systematic specialities of the department. No credit given for students who have taken a 400 level course on the same topic. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credits. Three credits. On Demand. [G]. NOTE: This is a "link" course with GEOG 400 level topics courses.

     

  5. Department of Mathematical Sciences
    1. Revise MATH 305, Structures of Mathematics III: Number Patterns, to; change prerequisite to: MATH 121 or 119 or Placement Exam; and MATH 213.
    2. Revise MATH 306, Structure of Mathematics IV: Development of
    3. Geometric Ideas, to; change prerequisite to: MATH 115 or 119 orPlacement Exam; and MATH 213.

    4. Revise MATH 409, Mathematics Through Computers, to;
    5. Prereq.: MATH 305 or 306. Exploration of computer software, such as Geometer’s Sketchpad, Logo, and Excel, and the use of Web resources to promote better understanding of mathematical concepts and algorithms. For pre-service teachers of K-9. Three credits. Fall, Spring. [c]

    6. Revise ECM 099, Elementary Algebra, to:
    7. MATH 099, Elementary Algebra. Review of fundamental algorithms of whole numbers, integers, rational numbers and elementary algebra. Students who are required to take MATH 099 must pass this course with C- or better before successful completion of 30 hours of regular coursework. Three credits. Fall, Spring, Summer. NOTE: Letter grade will affect GPA as if MATH 099 were a three credit course, but these credits may not be used to fulfill the number of credits required for graduation.

    8. Revise MATH 101, Intermediate Algebra, to; revise prerequisite to:
    9. MATH 099 (C- or higher) or Placement Exam; revise Special Conditions to: No credit given to students with credit for MATH 115, 119, 121, 122, or 125. This course does not count for General Education.

    10. Revise MATH 404, Topics In Mathematics, to;
    11. MATH 504, Topics In Mathematics. Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Topics in mathematics appropriate for in-service teachers of mathematics and pre-service graduate certification students which are not covered in regular course offerings. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Three credits. Irregular. [G]

    12. Revise MATH 543, Secondary School Mathematics from an Advanced
    13. Viewpoint, to; MATH 543, Secondary School Algebra With Technology from An Advanced Viewpoint. Prereq.: Admission to graduate certification or Master of Science program. For in-service mathematics teachers and graduate certification students in mathematics. Major objective is to expand teachers’ knowledge of new topics and technology for teaching algebra. NCTM standards for algebra will be included. Three credits. Every other Summer. [G] [c]

    14. Add MATH 544, Secondary School Geometry with Technology from

    an Advanced Viewpoint;

    Prereq.: Admission to graduate certification or Master of Science Program. For in-service mathematics teachers and graduate certification students in mathematics. Major objective is to expand teachers’ knowledge of new topics and technology for teaching geometry. NCTM standards for geometry will be included. Three credits. Every other summer. [G] [c]

  6. Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
    1. Add IELP 451, Intensive English Language & American Culture-Level 5: Listening/Speaking;
    2. Prereq.: IELP 401 or permission of instructor. Eight week highly interactive class which includes 10 hours of classroom instruction per week of Level 5 English language listening and speaking. Student activities and several field trips are also included. Non-credit. Fall, Spring, Summer, On Demand.

    3. Add IELP 452, Intensive English Language & American Culture-Level 5: Reading/Writing;

Prereq.: IELP 402 or permission of instructor. Eight week highly interactive class which includes 10 hours of classroom instruction per week of Level 5 English language reading and writing. Student activities and several field trips are also included. Non-credit. Fall, Spring, Summer, On Demand.

 

-----------------------------------------------------

INFORMATIONAL NOTE ON ENG 099 and MATH 099:

The changes noted above will take effect in FALL 2001. The course will carry a grade for all students taking the course. The 30 credit hour rule will apply to all students entering in Fall 2001 or thereafter.

Motion to accept Curriculum Committee Report Baratta/Wolff

Discussion:

Sen. Halkin: Only received the minutes last week and would like to discuss the issues of Eng 99 and Math 99 with her department.
Sen. Crundwell: This is not new; indeed it has been proposed in various forums for over two years. Moreover, Sen. Halkin and Biology have a representative on the Curriculum Committee and it is in part their responsibility to convey such information.
Sen. Wolff: How was the vote at the Curriculum Committee?
P. Petterson: Unanimous
Sen. Martin Troy: There are two possibilities, one is to vote on the minutes in their entirety and the second is to vote on the minutes excluding the Eng 99 and Math 99 issues.
P.Petterson: Noted again that this issue had earlier been before Senate.
Sen. Benfield: This policy came about as a result of a long period (one year) of information gathering and reflection from Academic Standards and this should be recognized.
Sen. Martin-Troy. It is hard to object to this policy with the laudable goal of trying to get students to take Math 99 early-the problem is that it is punitive.
Sen. Leake: It went through Curriculum Committee, as it is a GPA issue
Sen. Halkin: Why not make it simply pass "before sophomore year"?
Sen. Braverman: Can this be reflected in the catalogue copy?
Sen. Leake: Yes the catalogue copy can be supplemented
Sen. Jackson: Spoke to passage of the minutes as it gives incentive through GPA scores.
Sen. Talit: Spoke to the fact that it is not punitive, rather in the classes in English comprehension those without Eng 99 are not as inspired and do not have the requisite study habits.
Sen. Martin-Troy. Can students not be given one semester grace?
Sen. Leake: Data from some 450 records show that the recording of GPA may actually increase GPA’s of students.
Sen. Moran: Can there not be special dispensation for those who just cannot "do" math, have math anxiety, or have other learning issues?
Sen. Chen: The Math department have special courses for dyslexic students, students with special circumstances and indeed they believe they cater to the students who cannot "do" math.
Sen. Talit: Surely we do not make special dispensation for students who cannot write?
Prof Crane: Outlined the problem his department faces with multiple repeats, lack of incentive to complete Math 99, cost of providing teaching faculty and ultimately students with over 100 credit Hours and not having passed MATH 099. He strongly believes, having taught 099 and been a party to these discussions for the last two years, that this change, coupled with their own departmental initiatives, will greatly help this problem.
General feeling to close debate
Point of Order Sen. Moran: Motion needed to close debate and vote

Motion to close debate: Crundwell/Wolff
Debate on the motion: Sen. Halkin Called for roll call to establish if there was a quorum
Secretary undertook Roll Call
Quorum (50% + 1) was present
Question called by Vice-President
Carried
Motion: to accept Curriculum Committee report as presented Crundwell/Wolff
Carried.
3 dissenting votes

VI. Old Business
There was no old business

VII. New Business

a. Academic Honesty Report Sen. Moran
Sen. Moran outlined the forum currently present for input and indicated that more opinions were necessary for it genuinely include all issues and to fully represent the views of faculty. Sen. Chasse again reminded the senate of the literature available on this very important topic.
The intent is to bring it before the senate at the next meeting for possibly a new policy.

b. Status of Ethics Comm. Report-- D. Blitz

In the absence of Prof. Blitz, this report was deferred

c. Athletic training education program: criteria for admission, retention, and transfer - K.Pirog

This item was to have been addressed at the postponed Feb 5. Meeting. In lieu of missing information from academic standards Committee
Motion to table to the next meeting.

Moran/Carter-Lowry
Approved Unanimously

VIII Other business

Sen. Talit: In view of the imminent closure of yet another parking area and the fact that there has been considerable concern expressed over the limited number of shuttles, lack of publicity for the schedules and the poorly designed routes (particularly their distance from student housing) and the fact that there seems to be a movement of the problem from the police to the administration she would like action immediately to address the problems this is causing (lateness to class, confusion).
Sen. Benfield indicated that the Executive would indicate this concern to the President immediately and that the steering Committee would obtain the Presidents response at their next meeting.

VIII Motion to Adjourn

Crundwell/Wolff
Approved Unanimously

Note: There will be no Feb 19 meeting owing to the statutory vacation.
The next meeting will be on March 5 @ 3.00 p.m. in Founders Hall

Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Benfield