CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—October 16, 2000

Founders Hall   3:00 PM

Members Present: Abadiano, Altieri, Austad, Benfield, Braverman, Brann, Budwitz, Calvert, Carter-Lowery, Chen, Cohen, Conway, Crundwell, Fried, Garcia, Glarner, Halkin, Jones, Kawicki, Larkin, Larose, Lemaire, Malley, Marcov, Martin-Troy, McCarthy, Merrriman, Morales, Perreault, Phillips, Sarisley, Stawicki, Stoneback, Talit, Thornton, Wolff.

Ex-Officio Members Present: V.P Bartelt, Deans Higgins and Miller, E. Demos (Ex. Asst to Pres.), Seider (for Dean Whitford)

Guests: P. Petterson (Chair, Curriculum Committee), S.Cox (Chair, Graduate Studies), Dean Kleinert (Sponsored programs), F.Frangione

Meeting called to order at 3:05 p.m. by Vice-President Abadiano in Founders Hall.

President Best sent his regrets to the members on his absence due to illness.

I.          Approval of Minutes of 9/18/00

Correction requested by Sen. Altieri on behalf of Sen. Walo, who was absent, that under discussion under New Business (Item VII) Sen Walo’s question should read: What type of technology expertise would be required to be on the Committee?

(Crundwell/Carter-Lowery).  Passed Unanimously

II         Announcements.

·         AAUP Report. Sen. Austad

                        Two issues were addressed.

(i)                  A meeting to address Part-time grievances will be held October 30,2000

(ii)                A meeting with the administration on a new contract has been set for next Thursday (Oct. 19,2000) in Hartford

·         Board Of Trustees meeting of October 5, 2000 at Western Ct. State Univ. Report. V.P Abadiano:

Sen. Abadiano noted that the following are notes of selected information from the BOT meeting primarily focused on items concerning CCSU.  If anyone is interested in the minutes of the entire BOT meeting, she will make a copy available upon request.

President Judd’s Focused Planning Report

  •  CCSU has refocused its strategic plan over the last two years to reflect the new priority of becoming a premier northeast regional university.  New goals have been developed to meet this objective, and funds set aside for grants to those who meet these goals. 

  •  CCSU continues to improve its service to students.  A university-wide committee is in place to improve the registration process. 

  • CCSU enrollment increased 2.7% over last fall.  

Chancellor Cibes’ Report

  • The total enrollment for the CSU System increased for the second consecutive year with a 3.8% increase over fall 1999.  This represents the highest enrollment since 1991 and the highest enrollment of full time students ever.  He commented that this is certainly a reason to ask for additional support from the legislature.  He attributed this growth to the aggressive and diligent efforts of the Presidents and university staff.

  • He was recently in Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation.  He expressed optimism in securing federal assistance for the Jamaican educational programs through CCSU.

  • Online CSU has been the subject of continued discussion at the Presidential level as well as the Academic Affairs and Informational Technology levels.

  •  The various Banner projects are going well and over the next month the student module will be up and running at each university.

  • He and the Presidents continue to try to build support among constituencies and other interested groups for an Ed.D. at Central, Southern and eventually Western.

  • He sent a letter to OPM Secretary Marc Ryan regarding the rescission being imposed on all units of public higher education.  For CSU the amount of this rescission would be $3 million.  He has been working with the University of Connecticut and the Community Colleges and met with Secretary Ryan.  In terms of reducing the amount of the rescission they have not been successful.  Ryan made it clear that it was necessary to keep spending below the cap although he agreed to further discussions concerning the minimization of reductions and the possibility of funding one-time expenditures from state revenues.  Chancellor Cibes believes that reductions in funding for CSU and higher education are counterproductive to achieving the Governor’s goal of vitality in the state and we need to all work together to achieve that vision.

Chancellor Cibes’ Consent Items

  •  Acceptance of a cash gift to CCSU.  The CCSU Foundation, Inc. has made a gift of $10,000 to support the Tutor Corps Program, and the funds have been deposited into the University’s Operating Fund.

Academic Affairs Committee

  • Approval of the resolution concerning  program modification for a specialization in Media Arts in the Bachelor of Arts in Art Degree at CCSU.

  • Approval of the resolution concerning program modification for a specialization in Network Technology in the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Degree at CCSU.

  •  Approval of the resolution revising the Mission Statement of the CSU System to more clearly articulate that offering doctoral degrees is part of this mission, if the CSU universities intend to seek the authority to offer Ed.D. degrees, and in light of the approved CCSU proposal by the BOT to offer an Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership, and in anticipation of SCSU and WCSU to follow the same.  Thus, the CSU Mission Statement should read:

The four comprehensive universities of the CSU System—Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University—are Connecticut’s universities of choice for students of all ages, backgrounds, races and ethnicities.  CSU provides affordable and high quality active learning opportunities which are geographically and technologically accessible.  A CSU education leads to baccalaureate, graduate and professional degrees, including applied doctoral degree programs consistent with its historical missions of teacher education and career advancement.  CSU graduates think critically, acquire enduring problem solving skills and meet outcome standards which embody the competencies necessary for success in the workplace and in life.

Finance and Administration

  • Approval of resolution concerning renaming and increase of the admission Binder Fee.  Since 1983, students admitted to a CSU university for the first time must pay a nonrefundable Admission Binder Fee of $90.00, applied to the tuition charge.  The Binder Fee is used to pay for the administrative processes that come into play when a student commits to the university, and to discourage frivolous commitments by prospective students.  Because of the effect of inflation over the years, the $90 Binder Fee does not appear to discourage these frivolous commitments.  Consequently, based on a poll of eight universities in which the majority charge $150 or more for their Admission Binder Fee, CSU System will increase its Admission Binder Fee to $150, effective commencing with students admitted to the university for Academic Year 2001-02.  Additionally, Admission Binder Fee shall be known as the Confirmation Deposit.

Question: Sen. Crundwell: Which eight colleges were surveyed?

Answer: Unknown

Question: Sen. Martin-Troy: What is a Tutor Corps?

Answer: The Tutor Corps is a systematic tutoring arrangement in place in the Department of Teacher Education.  Volunteer tutors work with elementary, middle, and high school students. 

III.       Elections

There was no electoral business.

IV        Senate Committee Reports

·         Curriculum Committee: P. Petterson

The Curriculum committee submitted the following report to the Senate for consideration.

I.          Department of Chemistry

A.     Revise Chem 121, General Chemistry, to; Prereq.: Math 101 or Math Placement Exam.

B.      Revise Chem 454, Biochemistry, to; Prereq.: Chem 312 (delete Bio 122 or equivalent).

II.         Department of Communication

A.     Revise Comm 427, Television Programming and Production; delete [G] designation.

B.      Revise Comm 428, Advanced TV Production; delete [G] designation.

C.      Revise Comm 480, Television Documentary Production; delete [G] designation.

D.     Add (reinstate) Comm 542, Issues in Communication Law,

Study of the specific issues which arise from the federal, state and local efforts to regulate the use of communication technologies.  Emphasis on practical management information about telecommunications law, international communication law and issues of privacy that arise from the use of new communication technology. Spring (e). Three credits.

III.       Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and others

            Add the following statement:

“No more than 9 credit hours at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.”

            To the following Graduate program descriptions:

            Criminal Justice

            Natural Science (Earth Science, Physics, Science Education)


            IT Management

            Reading and Language Arts

            Physical Education

                Technology Education

            Educational Foundations

International Studies

IV.       Department of Music and others

            Add the following statement:

“No more than 6 credit hours at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.”

            To the following Graduate program descriptions:

            Music Education

            Business Administration

            Business Education

V.        Department of Engineering Technology; revise TC 356, Materials of Construction, to; Prereq.: Math 115 or 119, and ET 150 or IT 150. Fall.

VI.       Department of Psychology; revise Psy 351, Psychological Evaluation, to:

Psy 451, Psychological Evaluation. Prereq.: three courses in psychology.  Principles and problems basic to construction, choice and use of psychological measuring instruments, and study of application to diagnosis. Fall. Three credits.  

VII.      Department of Industrial Technology; revise IT 290, Statistical Process Control  and Metrology, to; Prereq.: Stat 104 or permission of instructor.

VIII. Department Of Art; Revise B.A. in Art, to: add Specialization in Art History (21  

            s.h.): Art 210, 215, 218, 411, 412, 414, 416.

            (NOTE: This was approved at the May 3, 2000 Curriculum Committee meeting,

            and left off the 5/3/00 Faculty Senate Report by accident).

Motion to adopt the Curriculum Committee Report: Martin-Troy/Crundwell

Passed Unanimously

·         Graduate Studies Committee

Stephen Cox as Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee submitted a proposal to change Master's Degree Requirements.


"Courses in which students receive a C- or lower will not be counted for graduate credit in the Planned Program and may not be used to meet prerequisite requirements for graduate courses."

This is a change from the 1998-2000 graduate catalog (p. 12) that read:

"Courses in which students receive a C or lower may not be counted for graduate credit in the planned program and may not be used to meet prerequisite requirements for graduate courses."

This policy was originally passed on March 19, 1998 but was never forwarded to the Senate.

Motion to adopt the resolution: Wolff/Crundwell

Passed Unanimously

V Faculty Standing Committee Reports

There were none.  

VI Old Business

There was none.

VII New Business

Katherine Pirog, on behalf of the Department of Physical Education & Health Fitness Studies, presented a proposal to change an official GPA requirement to 2.50                                                                                           

Background: In March, 1997 the Department of Physical Education & Health Fitness Studies changed the GPA for acceptance in the program from GPA 2.0 to GPA 2.5 in two programs; Athletic Training Education and Exercise Science & Health Promotion. This was for accedittion purposes but owing to an oversight this change was never forwarded to the Academic Standards Committee for approval nor was it forwarded to the Senate.

Sen. Benfield noted that at the Academic Standards Meeting of 10-10-00 the following motion was passed:

“That Athletic Training Education Program GPA be changed from 2.00 to 2.50 for the purposes of accreditation also GPA be changed for the Exercise Science & Health Promotion Option from a 2.0 to a 2.50.”

Motion to adopt the recommendation and motion of the Academic Standards Committee:


Passed Unanimously

Sen. Altieri. Indicated in the past week he had presented three options for distrivbution of minutes and given a lack of requested feeback presumed that all methods worked equally as well.

Some Senators experienced technical problems but Sen. Altieri indicated this was not the fault of the system of delivery rather hardware interfaces.

Sen. Benfield in an associated issue indicated he was producing over 1200 copies of minutes and that agenda items were not being brought to the members attention in sufficient time to allow them to be aware of upcoming issues. This was because of the necessity under the by-laws to get notice in all hands one week prior to the meeting.

            Sen. Benfield presented the following proposal:

-That the minutes of this meeting be distributed in paper form with a clear note that from these minutes onward they will be posted only on our website-paper copies to cease.

- All members who currently receive paper minutes will be informed every semester that they may be found on our website


Motion: That the secretary:

1.Be authorized, within acceptable time limits but as soon as possible, to inform all interested parties (F/T, P/T, admin. Alums) that minutes should now be accessed on the web.

2. That paper minutes be discontinued as soon as possible.

3. Provide, for now, minutes to all Faculty (and part-timers where possible) via E mail.

Friendly amendment(Crundwell) accepted that:

4. That a link to the web address be attached to the E-Mail message


Passed unanimously

VIII Adjournment


Passed unanimously 

See over for important information  

Next Meeting November 6, 2000 at 3.00 p.m.  


Respectfully submitted by Secretary Benfield.




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