CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—December 3, 2001

VAC 105  3:00 PM

Members Present: Abadiano, Altieri, Austad, Baratta, Benfield, Best, Blitz, Brann, Braverman, Budwitz, Calvert, Carter-Lowery, Cassella, Chasse, Cohen, Conway, Crundwell, Fried, Garcia, Gilmore, Halkin, Hicks, Johnson, Jones, Kjell, Larose, Leake, Lemaire, Martin, Martin-Troy, Merriman, Moran, O’Connell, Odesina, Phillips, Ritzenhoff, Sarisley, Stanley, Stoneback, Terezakis, Thornton, Williams.

 

Ex‑Officio Members Present: V.P Bartelt, Deans Whitford, Higgins, Lemma, Miller and Kremens,

 

Guests: Francis Keefe Advising, Susan Pease (Crim), Jeanne Sohn, Charles Mate-Kole (Psyc)

Meeting was called to order by President Best at 3.12 p.m. in Vance 105.

 

I.                    Approval of Minutes of 11/19/01

 

Motion to accept.

Martin-Troy/Halkin

Carried Unanimously

 II.                 Announcements

 

a.       AAUP Report. Sen. Austad

1. Recent data from the CSU System Office 2000-2001 annual report shows that the overall percentage of PT-FTEs are 31.2%; CCSU-38.46%; ECSU-31%; SCSU-32.46%: WCSU--16%

2. The Board of Trustees is meeting Friday and AAUP will send a delegation and attempt to speak to the full board on the state of negotiations and the issues outstanding

3.The national AAUP have seen the issues for which we are fighting as a major area of concern and will be more active in the campaign to reduce or stabilize use of Part time faculty.

 

III.               Elections

 

There were no elections.

 

IV.              Senate Committee Reports

 

There were no Senate Committee Reports

 

V.                 New Business (moved up the agenda to permit extended discussion of old business)

 

a. Candidates for Graduation

 

The following Motions were introduced:

 

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences in the December 2000 graduation lists for the degrees of B.A, B.S and B.F.A subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Dean Higgins

 

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Technology in the December 2000 graduation lists for the degrees of B.S, M.S subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Dean Kremens

 

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Business in the December 2000 graduation lists for the degrees of B.S subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Dean Miller

 

 

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Education in the December 2000 graduation lists for the degrees of B.S, and M.S subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Dean Whitford

 

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Graduate Studies in the December 2000 graduation lists for the degrees of M.A., M.B.A., M.Sc. and Six-Year-degree subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Dean Lemma

 

All seconded by Secretary

All carried unanimously

b. Resolution to restore Dr. Olusegun Sogunro

Dr. Lemaire presented the following resolution for senate consideration:

 

The Faculty Senate hereby resolves to request President Judd to restore Dr. Olusegun Sogunro to his position of Assistant Professor, with full back pay, for the Spring semester of 2002 (Academic Year 2001-2002) under the conditions of his initial appointment in the Department of Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University

 

Sen. Crundwell: What is the historical background to this situation...he had little information on which to consider this resolution.

Dr Lemaire outlined the chronological sequence of events that brought us to this point in time. (This chronology is available for consultation at the offices of the AAUP and was forwarded with the resolution to the President along with some signed petitions)

Sen. Mezvinsky: Two issues: Has the President had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Sogunro and then possibly act on this and what is the status of the grievance procedure?

Sen. Lemaire: The President has indicated he sees it as an administrative issue and will not meet with Dr. Sogunro and the results of grievance is not public knowledge

Sen. Blitz: When he came to Central in 1989 he experienced exactly the same situation, with problems with the University “assisting” with his visa and the Office of Naturalization and Immigration disorganized and unable to move with the necessary speed. Thus this situation comes as no surprise and thus Dr. Blitz strongly supports this motion.

Sen. Ritzenhoff: Similar problems arose in her case in her immigration from Germany

Sen. Terezakis: this motion is extremely important to right the wrong that has clearly occurred

Sen. Lapuerta: In her case all her documentation went to Spain!

 

Motion: The Faculty Senate hereby resolves to request President Judd to restore Dr. Olusegun Sogunro to his position of Assistant Professor, for the Spring semester of 2002 (Academic Year 2001-2002) under the conditions of his initial appointment in the Department of Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University with full back pay for the fall of 2001

Lemaire/Blitz

Carried Unanimously

 

c. Graduate Studies: New mission Statement and other issues. Dr Jim Malloy

 

Dr Malloy covered the following areas:

 

Graduate Open House - There will be an open house for students interested in exploring the possibility of attending graduate school on February 6, 2002 in the Constitution Room of Memorial Hall. The snow date is February 13. There will be radio announcements and newspaper ads. Departments may wish to send letters to prospective students.

 

Graduate Research Day - The Graduate Studies Committee approved the concept of a Graduate Research day. Preparations are under way to have the first Graduate Research day in early May.

 

Academic Honesty Policy - Now that the an Academic Honesty Policy has been approved by the Senate for undergraduate students, the Graduate Studies Committee plans to review it to determine its applicability to graduate students. The Policy Committee will be reviewing it on December 13 at 1:30 in Henry Barnard Hall, Room 114. Interested persons are invited to attend.

 

Graduate Mission and Tenets - The Graduate Mission and Tenets document was approved by the Graduate Studies Committee on November 29, 2001. The document was distributed to members of the Senate.

 

By-Laws Change - The Graduate Studies Committee revised its by-laws on November 29, 2001 to clarify the roles and responsibilities of its committees. The word subcommittee was changed to standing committees and the functions of each committee defined. The scholarship committee will take on the additional responsibility of coordinating the Graduate Research Day.

 

Motion (Fried/Phillips) to accept by-laws change of Graduate Studies Committee.

Approved.

 VI.              Old Business

Jeanne Sohn noted that the Academic Reorganization Committee had met on November 28 to discuss its final recommendations. She reported on some preliminary thoughts that were being discussed for the report to the Provost and the President with the caveat that nothing had been made final.

 

With reference to the Draft Recommendations of Nov. 8, she noted that the Committee would probably recommend that a committee be formed to investigate further the development of a Chairs Institute. Likewise a committee would possibly be recommended to review the possibility of altering the weekly schedule.

 

Regarding the creation of an Office of General Studies, Ms. Sohn reported that there were a number of negative reactions to the concept and that the Committee would have to consider how to proceed. The recommendation regarding the four school reorganization plans would remain in the final report but with no positive recommendation for any single one of them. The report would contain all of the comments that had been sent to the Committee along with the information collected on peer institutions and elsewhere.

It was planned to submit the report to the Provost and to the President before Christmas.

 

Discussion at this point was not recorded with the concurrence of the senators in view of the extensive discussions and the need to permit wide-ranging debate.

President Best did indicate that the November 28, 2001 report of the Gen Ed Sub committee should be read into the minutes:

 

To: Jeanne Sohn, Chair, Academic Reorganization Committee

Felton Best, President, Faculty Senate

From: Stephen Adair, Chair, General Education Subcommittee

Re: Proposal for Office of General Studies

 

The General Education Subcommittee met on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 and voted unanimously to recommend that the Office of General Studies not be created. In general, the sentiment of the Subcommittee was that the proposal was misguided, misinformed and based on a misdiagnosis of the stated problems. Several points of discussion were addressed in support of this overall recommendation:

·         The rationale for the proposal is presented as the “lack of preparedness of students at all levels,” which is then attributed to the need for “more structure and guidance.” The Subcommittee was entirely unconvinced that another administrative office would enhance student learning and preparedness.

·         The Subcommittee was in general agreement that students need to be linked early in their career with an academic advisor and that too many students do not see an advisor regularly (even if they have been assigned to one), but concluded that an Office of General Studies was wholly unnecessary to meet this need. Simpler solutions, such as requiring alternate pin numbers to register or the submission of signed forms to register, and a greater effort by currently existing offices, would more effectively address the problem.

·         The Office of General Studies would obviously require significant financial resources. The Subcommittee felt such resources would be a wasteful and needless expense, and thus an inefficient means to address the defined problems.

·         Members of the Subcommittee suggested an Office of General Studies might unintentionally further stigmatize all general education courses by implying that first and second year courses are remedial and are only the preliminary work before the “real education” begins. Such perceptions would further undermine the learning objectives of the General Education curriculum and reduce student motivation.

·         The proposal recommends an advisory board consisting of “representatives of the deans of the academic schools, the Registrar or representative, and faculty representatives of the academic schools.” Such a board would not be representative of the Departments that teach the majority of General Education courses. This removes the administration of the General Education program from the faculty who teach it, which in the long term would weaken the coherence of the program and the capacity to realize learning objectives.

 

The Subcommittee did discuss the possibility of a new Faculty Senate committee on General Education, similar to the Graduate Studies Committee, which would not be a subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee, but which would address issues of advising, assessment, orientation, pedagogy, and coherence of the General Education Program. The Subcommittee, however, did not vote or have a specific recommendation on this matter.

 

 The following were motions/resolutions arising from the discussions:

 

Motion Blitz/Austad

To refer the report of the Academic Reorganization Committee to the Budget and Planning Board for evaluation of fiscal (budgetary) and Planning implications

Motion Carried (with one opposed (Sen. Moran) and two abstentions)

 

Motion Crundwell/O’Connell

To vote on each of the four Initiatives proposed by Committee on Academic reorganization as outlined by Ms Sohn.

 

1. Motion to create a Chairs Leadership Institute

12 for

1 opposed

17 Abstentions

Carried

2. Motion to restructure the weekly schedule to provide a 4.5-hour mid-week "no class time" block

1 for

21 opposed

6 abstentions

Motion defeated

3. Motion to create an Office of General Studies with advising, learning center, guidance, and retention responsibilities

8 for

18 against

3 abstentions

Motion Defeated

 

4. Motion to reject all four plans proposed by the Academic Reorganization Committee for restructuring Schools, and reject any other plan for restructuring Schools that would involve splitting current members of the School of Arts and Sciences into different Schools

28 For

4 against

2 abstentions

Motion Carried

VII.            Adjournment

Motion to adjourn

Crundwell/Baretta

Carried Unanimously

      The meeting adjourned at 4.45. p.m.

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate will be December 17 at 3.00 p.m. Please note that this is a change from what was proposed at the conclusion to this meeting. Senate will convene in order to address business that cannot wait until February 4 2002. 

Respectfully submitted

Richard W. Benfield

Faculty Senate Secretary