CCSU Faculty Senate
Minutes—December 17, 2001
VAC 105 3:00 PM
Members Present: Abadiano, Altieri, Benfield, Brann, Braverman, Calvert, Capatao, Carter-Lowery, Chasse, Cohen, Conway, Crundwell, Czymik, Garcia, Halkin, Hermes, Jones, Kim, Lapuerta, Lefebvre, Lemaire, O’Connell, Odesina, Osterrich, Pudlinski, Rodrigues, Sarisley, Terezakis, Ulrich, Williams, Wolff.
Ex-Officio: Deans Miller, Whitford, & Kremens,
Guests: Dick McCallum, Academic affairs and Paul Petterson Chair Curriculum Committee.
Sen. Altieri noted that some grammatical errors and errors of omission in the draft had been corrected and the web version is up-to-date.
Motion to approve: Wolff/Carter-Lowry
a. AAUP Report. Sen. Terezakis for Sen. Austad.
Summarized AAUP activities since the last faculty senate meeting:
1) A contingency of faculty from each of the four campuses attended the BOT meeting in Hartford as observers on December 8th. We were a noticeable presence and reminder of our resolve to encourage them to maintain the cap on part time instruction. At the conclusion of public business, the BOT went into Executive Session with our four campus Presidents to discuss contract negotiations, so we are not privy to know what was said. The next BOT meeting is scheduled for February 1st at 10:00 AM. If you would like to attend, please let us know. The room is small so only 3-4 people from each campus can really fit into the space.
2) Each of the four campuses is circulating a brochure to explaining the current situation regarding the part time cap and a letter to students to send to those people whose decision-making is relevant to our part time cap. It is the week of finals so we don't expect a tremendous response this week. We will go full force in the beginning of the semester since educating our students and the public is so important.
Some have inquired, "Is it ethical to ask students to be involved in faculty labor concerns?” Please, remember, this is an issue that has to do with QUALITY EDUCATION---THEIR EDUCATION. Every student and parent who pays tuition and taxes needs to be concerned!
3) The following letter has been written by the four local campus AAUP Presidents (Eastern, Western, Southern, and Central) and been sent to all members of the BOT, Chancellor Cibes, the University Presidents, and Robert Frahm of the Hartford Courant.
4) We will be working over Christmas break and will report on developments at the next meeting. Please watch your e-mails over break. Keep in contact. Have a great Holiday!
Dr Harmon then read the text of a letter sent by Sen. Austad to the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Lawrence McHugh (Copy at the end of minutes):
There was no elections business
IV. Senate Committee Reports
a. Curriculum Committee. Paul Petterson
Motion to approve: Wolff/Crundwell
V. Old Business
There was no old business
VI. New Business
There was no new business
Motion to adjourn: Wolff/Crundwell
Meeting adjourned at 3.35 p.m.
The next meeting is on Monday February 4, 2002 @ 3.00 p.m. in Vance 105
December 14, 2001
Mr. Lawrence McHugh
Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
393 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Dear Mr. McHugh:
We would like to correct a misperception that occurred at the BOT open forum with faculty and staff on November 8th at Central Connecticut State University. Chairman McHugh quoted a statistic from The Hartford Courant, which we believe to be in error. The Hartford Courant stated that the actual Part-time Percentage for the CSU System was at 20%. Some faculty stated that this percentage was in error and that part-time faculty actually teach more than 20% of the courses at each university.
Based on Faculty Workload Reports, we calculate the actual percentage of instructional load credit taught by part-time faculty for the 2000-2001 Academic year are as follows:
WCSU 29.00% – 30.00%
To quote Mark Twain,
“There are lies, damned lies, and statistics” applies. We want to
point out that the way in which these statistics are calculated pursuant to the
formula in the Collective Bargaining Agreement do not give a totally accurate
picture. Article 10.8.4 states; “Part-time percentage for a particular
university shall be computed by multiplying by one hundred (100) all load credits
earned by part-time members (excluding all part-time credits attributable to
sabbatical leave, sick leave, retraining coverage and research load credit)
divided by the aggregate faculty load credits for the particular university
based upon the date for the particular academic year.” Part-time faculty
are teaching even more courses and students than these numbers indicate. The
percentage calculated by the formula in Article 10.8.4 underreports the actual
percentage. Stated another way, when a CSU student enters the classroom, he or
she has nearly a one-third chance of being taught by a part-time faculty
December 14, 2001
Is it really quality education to have so many courses taught by faculty members who are treated as second-class citizens? They have no office, no office hours, and no phone, serve on no committees and are not treated as full members of the University community. They receive substandard wages, no benefits, and have no guarantee of continued appointment.
Again, for the sake of our students and quality education in Connecticut, we ask that you reconsider your stance and stop your efforts to remove the part-time cap both at the State Labor Board and in contract negotiations/arbitration.
Original signed by Carol Austad
Carol Shaw Austad, CCSU-AAUP Chapter President
John Kavanagh, SCSU-AAUP Chapter President
Ross Koning, ECSU-AAUP Chapter President
Katy Wiss, WCSU-AAUP Chapter President
Cc: Chancellor William Cibes
Robert Frahm, Hartford Courant