CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—September 18, 2000

Founders Hall   3:00 PM

Members Present: Abadiano, Altieri, Austad, Benfield, Best, Blitz, Braverman, Baratta, Brann, Callery, Calvert, Casella, Chen, Cohen, Conway, Crundwell, Czyrnik, Deloy, Fried, Glarner, Halkin,Harmon, Jackson, Jestin, Johnson, Jones, Kawecki, Keefe, Kelly, Larose, Leake, Lemaire, Lubin, Martin-Troy, Malley, Martin-Troy, McCleary, Markov, Merriman, Morales, Moran, Padma, Perreault, Petrausch, Petterson, Phillips, Rohinsky, Sarisley, Schipke, Stanley, Thorton, Walo, Wolff, Whitford, 

Ex-Officio Members Present: Dean Higgins, Dean Lemma, Demos, and Dean Kremens.

Meeting called to order at 3:17 p.m. by Outgoing President Moran in Founders Hall.

I. Approval of Minutes of 5/15/00 (Martin-Troy/Abadiano). Passed Unanimously.

II. Announcements

Carol Austad, Pres. of the AAUP chapter stated that there would be an open meeting on Sept. 27th featuring a speaker on academic freedom. She also stated that the union contract negotiating committee had met regularly over the summer and would meet with the administration team on Sept. 28th, at which time the two sides would likely exchange plans for the contract. Comments by the outgoing Vice-President, David Blitz were followed by comments by the outgoing President, Antonia Moran.

1: David Blitz noted three issues related to the integration of computer technology and our teaching mission: 
(a) Banner: The Banner Project, as is well known, is well over budget, at approx. $24 million or more. This represents an excessive sum of money, though it should be noted that the new relational database will be implemented at 5 sites (the four constituent universities of the CSU system and the system office) over 3 years, which works out to $1.6 million per site per year. Cost overruns, were apparently due to many factors, including (i) the centralization of data at the system office and the need to add additional 
funds for specific university needs; (ii) additional costs to link the centralized system to relevant state offices; (iii) the complexity of a single, albeit relational, database for so large and diverse a set of sites. Faculty are understandably concerned by the cost over-runs, but now that the project is underway, it is in our interest to see it to completion, especially for the student module, which should permit accurate listing and tracking of departmental majors and more informed advising of students. 

(b) OnLineCSU: Blitz noted that the bill proposed by the ad-hoc committee last year and approved by Senate, providing updates to the previous guidelines for students and faculty using OnLineCsu, was declined by the President. This bill had been worked on by representatives of curriculum committee, academic standards and graduate studies. Reasons for rejecting the bill appear to be related to restrictions it placed on the number of courses a faculty member could teach and the number of courses a student could take on-line. The overall bill was one that met with general approval from faculty, and modifications to meet administration concerns should be considered, as these would likely not contradict the basic principles sought by Senate. OnLineCSU is offering only three courses from CCSU this term, which is a small number and points to the need for a clear strategy for on-line courses, especially as concerns programs to be offered in whole or in large part on-line, which are the most effective ways of offering courses on-line. 

(c) University computer policy committee: Blitz pointed out that the lack of a university wide, senate elected computer policy committee makes it difficult to consider best practices and successful strategies for integrating information technology in our pedagogy, as concerns in-class, between class and on-line uses. He suggested that Senate this year consider establishing such a committee as a new standing committee.

Blitz noted, in conclusion, 5 areas that he considered key to the continued success of senate work to improve the institution, based on his service last year as senate vice-president:

1. Focus on quality of teaching, not just quantity. Senate has already passed a resolution unanimously endorsing a restructuring of the teaching load to meet the needs of quality of teaching, inclusion of current research to course work, and integration of information technology. 

2. Combining focus on teaching with real support for research. Teaching is our primary task, but not our sole task, and efforts should be made, consistent with the university mission senate has approved, to increase support for teaching related research, student-faculty research, and faculty research in basic areas of knowledge. 

3. Preserving and promoting upper level experiences. In order for us to maintain ourselves as a full-fledged university, we should safeguard small registration upper level courses (with due consideration for scheduling), as well as independent studies, undergraduate and graduate theses, and other capstone experiences, in order to retain our best students beyond their first year. Senate has a role, as promoter of the quality of the academic experience offered by the university, to consider these issues.

4. Integration of information technology across the board. Information technology is being introduced not only for on-line courses, but also for on-ground classes and between classes (e.g.: discussion groups to continue class debates between classes). There is a continuum of needs that a standing senate committee should consider (as recommended above). 

5. Combination of disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary work. It is important to accommodate both large and small disciplines, encourage multi-disciplinary work (e.g. joint majors for interested students) and promote interdisciplinary programs in order to maintain a diverse knowledge environment. Senate previously had an ad-hoc committee on interdisciplinary programs, and should consider ways and means to promote a diverse mix of disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary programs. 

Blitz concluded by noting that the strategic planning process being implemented by the institution should make needed new initiatives such as these more feasible, and encouraged faculty to participate in the calls for proposals soon to be made by the subcommittees of the strategic planning committee.

Blitz thanked Antonia Moran for her services as President, and her consideration in putting up with his lengthy discourse.

II: Antonia Moran stated that she would be briefer than her colleague in drawing attention to two important areas of senate concern:

1. The ad-hoc committee on remedial (099) courses. This committee was set up to look at the Math and English 099 courses and should be reconstituted with its membership of last year (where possible), in order to return to senate, after consultation with the departments concerned, policies to cover these two courses that are essential to properly preparing needy students for university level work.

2. The ad-hoc committee on academic honesty. This committee had begun to address important issues concerning the culture around plagiarism and misuse of resources, especially internet sources. There is a need to fully define the problem, and propose means to monitor and manage it. 

Both these committees ran out of time, and senate should reconstitute them with as much continuing membership as possible. 

(III) Elections:

Antonia Moran announced that David Blitz was not eligible, as department chair, for election to the executive, nor would she be able to seek re-election, though she intended to continue as a senate member. 

(1) Nominations for president were invited:

(a) Sylvia Halkin nominated Debbie Stanley, who declined nomination.
(b) Kathy Martin-Troy nominated Helen Abadiano, who declined nomination.
(c) Carol Austad nominated Felton Best, who accepted nomination.

No further nominations being made, Kathy Martin-Troy moved that nominations be closed. Sharon Braverman and Debbie Stanley moved that Felton Best be unanimously approved as Senate President. Approved.

(2) Nominations for vice-president were invited:

(a) Kathy Martin-Troy and Peter Osei nominated Helen Abadiano, who accepted nomination.
(b) Guy Crundwell and Faith Cohen proposed Debbie Stanley, who accepted nomination.

No further nominations being made, Guy Crundwell moved that nominations be closed. Francis Keefe conducted a secret ballot election, and announced that Helen Abadiano had been elected.

(3) Nominations for secretary were invited:

(a) Guy Crundwell nominated Richard Benfield, who accepted nomination.
(b) Debbie Stanley nominated Sylvia Halkin, who declined nomination.
(c) Felton Best nominated Paul Altieri, who declined nomination. 

No further nominations being made, Faith Cohen and Carol Carter moved that nominations be closed and that Richard Benfield be unanimously elected. Approved. 

Felton Best, Helen Abadiano, and Richard Benfield conducted the remainder of the meeting. 

III. Senate Committee Reports
There were no Senate Committee reports 

IV. Faculty Standing Committee Reports
1. There were no Standing Committee reports 

A suggestion by Martin-Troy that Senate make nominations for the elections Committee

Nominations: Sharon Braverman
Sylvia Halkin
Peter Lemaire
Robert Wolfe
Evelyn Phillips
A motion was made (Carter/ Austad) to accept the nominations Passed Unanimously.

V. Old Business

1. A request was made for a resolution of the senate to accept bylaw changes and acknowledging the work of the Graduate Studies Committee. Sen. Moran, David Blitz and Steven Cox will meet to bring a resolution to the senate. 

VI. New Business

1. Sen. Moran suggested two ad hoc committee's be reconstituted to continue their work. They are:Ad Hoc Committee on 099 Courses and The Academic Honesty Committee.A motion was made (Martin-Troy/Moran) for continuance of these two committees. Passed Unanimously.Sens. Moran and Leake will call each former members and note they have been re-appointed.

Motion to adjourn (Martin-Troy/Baratta) Passed. meeting adjourned at 4:07 p.m.Minutes recorded by Sens. Blitz and Benfield and submitted by Faculty Senate Secretary Benfield.