CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—May 6, 2002

VAC 105  3:00 PM

Members Present: Altieri, Austad, Benfield, Best, Blatz, Blitz, Brann, Braverman, Calvert, Carter-Lowery, Cassella, Chasse, Cohen, Conway, Crundwell, Czymik, Fried, Garcia, Gilmore, Halkin, Halloran, Hedlund, Hicks, Jones, Larose, Leake, Lemaire, Martin, Martin-Troy, Moran, O’Connell, Osterreich, Phillips, Ribchinsky, Ritzenhoff, Sarisley, Soo, Stoneback, Terezakis, Thornton, Ulrich, Williams, Wolff.

 

Ex-Officio Members Present: V.P Bartelt, Deans Lemma, Higgins, Miller and Whitford, E. Demos (Snr VP.).

 

Guests: Paul Petterson, (Outgoing Chair, Curriculum Committee), Steven Cox (Grad Studies), Chris Pudlinski, (Incoming Chair, Curriculum Committee)

Meeting was called to order by President Best at 3.07 p.m. in Vance 105.

 

I.                    Approval of Minutes of 04/16/02

 

Motion to accept.

Wolffe/Austad

Carried Unanimously

 

II.                 Announcements

 

a.       AAUP Report. Sen. Austad

 

-On April 30, 2002 the State Senate approved the contract between CSU and AAUP 31 for with 5 against. It will now go to the House for ratification.

- On Wednesday there will be the end of year social from 4-7

 

 

III. Elections

Sen. Braverman

 

Passed out a copy of the Faculty Senate Committee membership for 2002-2003. She indicated there was still one vacancy on P & T as she had not received the required number of ballots (174) to validate the run off election and faculty are encouraged to still send in ballots in order to reach a final vote count. The result will be announced in the fall, even if we have to get some old votes from Florida.

 

III.               Senate Committee Reports

 

a.       Curriculum Committee Paul Petterson

 

Presented, for the last time under his chairmanship, the curriculum committee report.

 

Motion to accept.

Wolff/Austad

Carried Unanimously

The secretary presented the following motion:

 

The Department of Political Science requests that Dr Paul Petterson’s term on the University Curriculum Committee be allowed to extend through the 2002-2003 academic year (One-year past his three year term limit) in order to ease the transition for the new Curriculum Chair and that the senate extend its sincere thanks for his outstanding service to the Senate

 

Motion to approve

Benfield/Moran

Carried Unanimously

b.       Information Technology Committee. Sen. Altieri

 

Sen. Altieri indicated that three issues were discussed at the recent meeting of the ITC:

 

(i)                  The subject of campus-wide distribution of e-mail announcements.

Some of the issues are the size of the messages, audiences that are to be reached, topics that are appropriate, how to distribute news of campus events and brevity of messages. To that end the ITC has produced an etiquette guide http://www.ccsu.edu/itc/emailetiquette.htm

Sen. Crundwell: Why do people feel obliged to “reply to all”?

Part timers do not have access to the CCSU system and not all students use their CCSU account, but use other e-mail accounts

Sen. Martin-Troy: Can the access of grades via the web not be dependent on providing an email address?

Sen. Halkin: Students also change e-mail servers frequently

Sen. Hicks: Can we not in some way push the university service?

Sen. Crundwell: Yahoo provides 6 megabytes, we only provide 10.... more space might help

Sen. Altieri this and the other issues raised are certainly being looked at.

 

(ii)                The possibility of a listserv

The committee discussed setting up a listserv to circumvent this e-mail circulation problem. The proposal being that the university community would either be on or off the list serve (at their discretion) and the University would keep a university E mail circulation list. This is out for discussion.

Dean Higgins: Keep with the system of etiquette

Sen. Jones: The topical area should indicate to users if they wish to open an e-mail message

Sen. Blitz: There are three options:

1.       Should use other means such as notice boards for speakers and conferences

2.       Discussion groups should be set up and ascribed to

3.       Should set up just a student account

Sen. Braverman: One problem is the large amount of space taken up by fancy stationary for administrations announcements

Sen. Osterrich: Why must we send to students when they do not all use university accounts?

Sen. Martin-Troy: Did the Arts & Sciences Computer Committee disband?

Sen. Altieri: The creation of the campus-wide Information Technology Committee was not intended to cause the Arts & Sciences Computer Committee to cease operations. The committee has not met during this academic year.

Sen. Halkin: May be weird or paranoid but when she gets unsolicited e mail (e.g. for a favorable rate car loan) should she ignore?

Sen. Altieri: Don't respond to that type of message, even to indicate that you want your name removed from the mailing list, because this lets the sender know that there is a live person out there who is a potential customer.

 

(iii)               Access of the “M” drive remotely

Faculty can now access the “M” and departmental “S” drives remotely. On a PC in Internet Explorer, go to File/Open, click "Open as web folder" and in the "Open" space type:

https://webfiles.ccsu.edu/YourUserName

where YourUserName is the name given to your "M" share. This is usually the same as your email account name. A window will open on your desktop that will allow you to drag files into and out of the share folder. In Netscape or on a Mac you can download files from the M drive to your computer, but you cannot upload files from your computer to the M drive.

 

Sen. Hedlund: Is this server secure?

Sen. Altieri: The ITS server administrators have checked out the process and feel that it is secure.

 

c.       Graduate Studies End of year report. Dr James Malley

 

Dr. Jim Malley, Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, summarized the committee’s activities for the year. He began by highlighting the newly approved mission and graduate tenets that will guide all activities of the graduate school. With the inception of the first doctorate program at CCSU it will be important to continue to strengthen the graduate school so that it will be recognized as a high quality, highly regarded graduate program. He invited faculty and students to attend the first annual Graduate Research and Creative Presentation Day scheduled for May 7, 2002. While the goal to streamline the curriculum process for graduate programs was not achieved, there has been a constructive dialogue that will lead to a more expedited process for ushering curriculum proposals through the process. Current Curriculum Committee bylaws already provide for an expedited process for non-substantive curriculum proposals. The Curriculum Committee has agreed to make these procedures more explicit and public. The GSC passed a number of resolutions that will require ratification of the Senate. Chief among these was a new Academic Dishonesty Policy, and a resolution to recognize Professor George B. Miller for his outstanding service and dedication to advancing graduate education at CCSU. Dr. Malley acknowledged the excellent contributions of Dr. Steve Cox who served as chair of the GSC Policy Committee and Dean Paulette Lemma for her positive and visionary leadership.

 

Sen. Blitz: Is the add/drop policy different from undergraduate?

Dr Malley: Yes, particularly:

Definition-the same

Remedies-different viz:

In graduate studies not workshop, instead a conference with the dean, academic misconduct officer and one outsider. It is deemed more appropriate given the student should already have an undergraduate exposure to misconduct issues but the rights afforded this person are the same.

Sen. Moran: The undergrad policy had a workshop because it was deemed that it would apply across the board. Grad studies should be able to develop such a workshop, especially with regard to preventative measures.

Sen. Chasse: The strength of the undergraduate program is in the workshop

Sen. Leake: Disagree; policy must be more specific and targeted for graduates.

Dean Lemma: Catalogue clearly states “knowing and Understanding”; graduate studies DID look at this extra step. Moreover they present this policy with the clear understanding that they will continue to look and re-look at this issue.

Dr Cox: He re-emphasized strongly what Dean Lemma had said and stressed this is what the departments wanted and it had their broad requirements.

Sen. Blitz: Do undergraduates also need a specific policy if offense in effect under their major?

Sen. Leake: No ...their office can make discipline in this case for the individual.

Sen. Ostereich: Is this not a cut and dried issue?

Sen. Crundwell: In a moment of temporary insanity: Should we separate report approval and the policy?

Sen. Moran: There are generally standard ways, times and reasons for cheating and the underlying reasons are the same. The ethics and morality are different cats.

With a general sentiment NOT to separate them the Senate voted.

 

   Motion to approve the Graduate Studies end-of-year report

Including changes to the existing mission statement, proposed

By-laws changes and a new policy on academic misconduct and the dropping of courses.

Wolff/Martin-Troy

Carried Unanimously

d.       Student Affairs Committee. Sen. Fried.

 

In view of the possible changes to the student government and committee, this item was withdrawn and will be presented to the faculty Senate in the fall. Sen. Braverman has the report

 

e.       University Planning and Budget Committee End of year report: Sen. Blitz. 

1. The strategic plan initiative grants, previously handled by an ad-hoc committee, have been integrated into the UPBC. This year, $250,186 was awarded to the successful proposals (16 or 34) in the second round of grants. A web-site with an on-line database for these grants has been created and will be fully operational for Fall 2002. The projects from the first round of grants should be completed by June 30, 2002.

2. For future rounds of strategic initiative grants, the committee has agreed to tighten mid-term reporting for projects, require more explicit justification of grants relative to the strategic goals of the institution, and propose a limit, without further justification, of $20,000 per grant.

3. On the budget side the powers of the committee are limited. It receives regular reports on the overall state of the university budget and possible deficits. The recommendation for budget rollovers made by the strategic budget initiative group last year has, unfortunately, been reversed. Positive roll-overs, which were to have been retained at 100% were reduced to 5% and then eliminated as part of the administration response to budget cutbacks and an expected deficit.

4. The UPBC, in conjunction with the Facilities Planning Committee, has proposed user groups for each academic building on campus. The Chief Administrative Officer will assist in setting up these groups, to include representatives of the academic departments, administrative depts, and custodial staff in each building, which will meet once a term to discuss major questions of building upkeep and use.

5. As a matter of house-keeping, the following resolution was presented for approval by the Senate: "(1) To add the Senior Vice President as an ex-officio member of the UPBC, (2) To re-affirm that elected members of the committee serve for three year terms." This motion, moved by Blitz, was approved unanimously.

 

 

V. Old Business

There was no old business.

 

VI. New Business

 

a.      Connecticut State University System Foundation: Election

 

Dr Best indicated that historically this position has been filled as part of the duties and responsibilities of the Vice-President of the Faculty Senate. This will continue if there are no objections. There were none

 

b.      Candidates for Graduation

The following Motions were introduced:

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences in the May 2002 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 May 2002 graduation lists for the degrees of B.S, M.S subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements

Vice President Bartelt in the absence of Dean Kremens

…That the faculty Senate approves the candidates from the School of Business in the May 2002 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 May 2002 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 May 2002 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

 

c.      Exceptions to Committee’s Letter from Dr Judd.

 

TO: Dr. Felton Best

President, Faculty Senate

FROM: Richard L. Judd

President

DATE: May 2, 2002

SUBJECT: Exceptions in Department Evaluation Committees

 

In accordance with Article 4.11.4 of the AAUP/BOT contract, I request Faculty Senate approval of the following exceptions for Department Evaluation Committees for the 2002-03 academic year:

Department of Design: Edward Astarita (Marketing) will serve as a member of this department’s DEC and his home department’s DEC. Lani Johnson (Theatre) will serve as a member of this department’s DEC and her home department’s DEC.

Department of Finance: Anita Jackson (Marketing) will serve as a member of this department’s DEC and her home department’s DEC. Jane Stoneback (Accounting) will serve as a member of this department’s DEC.

Department of Special Education: Karen Beyard (Educational Leadership) will serve as a member of this department’s DEC. Anthony Rigazio-DiGilio (Educational Leadership) will serve as a member of this department’s DEC and his home department’s DEC.

I hope the Faculty Senate will approve these exceptions. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

 

Original signed by President Judd.

cc: Provost Bartelt

 

 

VII. Other business

 

a.       Sen. Halkin: noted that she is now on the committee for recommendations for sabbatical leave and that competition is now fierce. Guidelines are available to indicate the basis for recommendation and have been circulated but would like all faculty to be cognizant of both the competition and the fact that guidelines are available for assistance in writing the requests.

b.       Motion: That the Faculty Senate acknowledges and Thanks Dr June Higgins for her long and tireless service to the university and wish her well in her upcoming retirement.

Crundwell/Wolff

Carried Unanimously and accompanied by a standing ovation

 

VIII Adjournment

Motion

Wolff/Crundwell

Carried Unanimously

The meeting adjourned at 4.25. p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard W. Benfield

Faculty Senate Secretary

 

The next meeting of the Faculty senate will be in the fall on September 16, 2002