CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—November 18, 2002

VAC 105  3:00 PM

Members Present:

Abadiano, Altieri, Austad, Beirn, Benfield, Best, Blitz, Brann, Braverman, Capitao, Carter-Lowery, Casella, Conway, Crundwell, Dimmick, Duquette, Fried, Gallagher, Gilmore, Gotchev, Halloran, Hedlund, Hensley, Kaplan, Kim, Kleinert, Koval, Knox, Kurkjian, Marlor, Martin-Troy, Mezvinsky, Mueller, Murphy, O’Connell, Osterreich, Pasero, Perry, Petkova, Sarisley, Schindelman, Sevitch, Sweeney, Taylor, Terry, Terezakis, Thornton, Watson, Williams, Wolff.

 

Ex Officio Members: Provost Bartelt, Deans Lemma, Pease, Kremens.

 

Guests:

Dr Richard Judd, President CCSU.

Matthew Warshauer Chair, Academic Standards Committee.

Chris Pudlinski, Chair Curriculum Committee

Donna Monroe, Chief Personnel Officer

 

Vice- President Abadiano opened the meeting at 3.07; President Best joined the meeting and assumed the chair some five minutes later.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of 10/21/02

 

Motion to approve Minutes of 10/21/02 Martin-Troy/Crundwell

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

  1. Announcements

 

a.                               AAUP Report. Sen. Austad

 

Sen. Austad indicated that since our last meeting serious and wide raging proposals from the governor to address the budget shortfall had been proposed, many of which affect existing and future benefits. Attached is an information sheet that summarizes the debate so far and most importantly a call to action to address these issues and safeguard benefits and pay.

 

b.                               Sen. Blitz.

In a report on a dinner meeting of three faculty senate members (Best, Abadiano, Blitz) and union representation (Austad, White) with the Board of Trustees, Sen. Blitz indicated that this must be characterized as a friendly and open exchange in contrast to the somewhat frosty exchanges that have characterized previous forums. Four major areas were covered:

(i)                  What kind of University are we? To their surprise the Board were made aware that we were both a teaching and a research institution and that much like a marriage and in the words of the song “Love and Marriage” “You can’t have one without the other” Essentially our research guides and informs our teaching. Or…in walking one leg might lead but the other is an integral part and must follow.

(ii)                Who are we? We are a community of Full time and part time faculty each with a role. Why not hire more part timers to teach to relieve stress on the system? Well, full timers must undertake advising, outreach both within and outside the university and research. The solution is more full timer not part timers.

(iii)               What do we do? The issues of loads (5/5 at community colleges versus 2/2 at research institutions like U.Conn and our 4/4) were discussed and aired. Here the issue was one of quantity versus quality bearing in mind item one above.

(iv)              How do we do it? Here the issue was centralization of information technology of things like on-line courses and webct. This was probably the most serious area of disagreement and it was the position of the faculty that this will take us back 5 years. In essence the Board prefers a centralized model (within CSU) and we prefer a distributed model Viz: standardization of some elements but decision–making at the local university level.

 

In summary a fruitful and productive exchange.

 

Sen. Ostereich: Is the Board as incensed over the current government treats to reduce workers and remove benefits?

Sen. Blitz: Thinks the Board is looking for support for items like fee increases

Sen. Austad: …and she sees an associated movement for mutual support for parity across the CSU system in all areas of university governance.

 

c.                               Board of Trustees report. Sen. Abadiano

 

Sen. Abadiano outlined the issues of concern to CCSU from the November 7, 2002 Board of trustees Report. They fall under academic, Development and Finance & Administration. The report is attached.

 

 

  1. Senate Committee Reports

 

a.       Academic Standards Committee. Matt Warshauer

 

Dr Warshauer, Chair of the Academic Standards Committee, presented a report to the Faculty Senate two items that were recently passed by the committee. A revised course repeats policy and a revised grade appeals policy. In view of the fact that a number of senators needed time to take these important changes back to their respective departments, these items were tabled.

They may be found at:

 

http://www.ccsu.edu/facsenate/Agendas/2002-03/Attachments/GradeChangePolicy.htm

 

http://www.ccsu.edu/facsenate/Agendas/2002-03/Attachments/CourseRepeatPolicy.htm

 

 

b.       Curriculum Committee. Chris Pudlinski

 

Dr Pudlinski presented the Curriculum Committee report noting that the topic of diversity courses was still before the curriculum committee and that it is anticipated that this topic, which was in the original minutes will be coming before senate in the near future

Sen. Hicks: Why the elaborate change of numbering for public relations course in the department of Communications?

Dr. Pudlinski: The Department of Communications felt there needed to be a re-sequencing of courses in the Public Relations emphasis viz: they cannot put a re-numbered course into a previously-used number; and it is desired that all 3 courses in this sequence have the same last 2 digits (34).

 

 

Motion to accept Curriculum Committee Report Martin-Troy/Carter- Lowery

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

  1. Unfinished Business

 

            a. The ad hoc committee on Academic Integrity - Guidebook Prof. Moran

 

Professor Moran with a passionate plea for passage never before seen in Senate presented the copy of the guidebook that will be used to guide students and faculty in the area of academic integrity.

Sen. Crundwell: Asked if, under Item A 3 (page 5), he will be able to get a list of prior attendees at workshops.

Sen. Moran: Agreed that under Federal Law identification of such students may be problematic.

Sen. Crundwell: Suggested “…or prior misconduct.”

Sen. Moran: would check if this were possible but begged the guidebook not be held up for this as the committee could make any change necessary.

Sen. Duquette: Are not workshops open to all? Thus making this not an issue.

Sen. Gilmore: Could the information not be obtained just from the learning center to avoid the stigma of acquisition of names from the judicial officer?

Sen. Wolff: … noted that this policy will go on to the University Council and can be adjusted there.

Provost Bartelt: Requested whether indeed the Office of Counsel to the President had seen this guidebook?

Dr Moran: indicated the judicial officer had been extensively and intensively involved in its formulation so legal consistency issues should have been addressed.

Sen. Blitz suggested to remove concern over legal issues as part of the acceptance motion senate could make one change to the policy under page 5, item A. 3. which would now read:

 

"A. 3. You may wish to find out whether the student has taken the academic integrity workshop. The list of students who have taken this course is available."

 

Motion to accept Faculty Guidebook on Academic Integrity with the above change. Martin-Troy/Dimmick

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

  1. New Business

 

There was none.

 

  1. Adjournment

 

Motion to adjourn

Hedlund/Hensley

CARRIED

 

The Senate adjourned at 3.50 p.m

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard Benfield

Secretary

Faculty Senate

 

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE MONDAY DECEMBER 2, 2002.

 

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Needed: CCSU-AAUP Faculty to Organize & Fight Back

Governor Rowland Is Asking YOU to Give Up

Pay Raises, Medical Benefits, Retirement Benefits & More!

How do you feel about it?

 

Problem: Governor Rowland is asking you, as a state employee, to consider:

· Giving back your raises and agreeing to wage freezes

· Paying more for your prescription drugs

· Paying more for health care premiums

· Allowing a reamortization of the State’s pension funds

· Reducing your pension benefits

· In short, giving back $23,000/unionized State Employee over a two-year period

· Concessions of $450 million/year for two years from State Employees

 

Broken Promises: In 1997, SEBAC V negotiated a lock on the current level of health care benefits until 2017, in exchange for a reamortization of the pension fund. Now, the Governor wants to break his promises. He is threatening to lay off workers unless the unions give back what was agreed to in good faith. Through negative campaigning, the Governor wants to create the false notion that state employees are the cause of the problem, and thus should be the solution.

 

Consequences: What are the consequences to CCSU and to you?

· Students will suffer.

· Courses will be cancelled & Programs will be understaffed.

· Recruitment and hiring of qualified faculty will suffer.

· Faculty & student morale will drop.

· The University will not be adequately funded.

· Gains we have made in improving the quality of the university will be reversed.

 

Solution

· CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY and campaign for the good of CCSU, its students, the citizens of Connecticut, and your own professional and personal well-being. Use the following link to locate your State Senator -- <http://www.cga.state.ct.us/maps/Senate/county_mapsenate.htm>. Use the following link to locate your State Representative. -- <http://www.cga.state.ct.us/maps/map.htm>

· ATTEND the Finance & Appropriations Committee Hearing on Thursday, November 21, between the hours of 10:00am and 7:00pm at the LOB, Room 2C

· PETITION the state legislature to make quality public higher education a top priority and to fund CSU in a way that provides adequate resources for high quality public higher education for all of the citizens of Connecticut.

· URGE your state legislators to consider a “fair share budget” including 1) a review of tax exceptions and credits, 2) enacting well-targeted revenue increases aimed at those who can more easily afford it such as the very wealthy and large corporations, 3) enhancing the state’s receipt of federal funds and 4) spending our existing state funds smarter.

· Educate students and the public about these issues.

 

Call, (23790) or e-mail, (aaup@ccsu.edu <mailto:aaup@ccsu.edu>) to volunteer

 

Explanation of SEBAC

CSU-AAUP is one of the 12 member unions of SEBAC, the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition. State law requires the state to negotiate with SEBAC over health care and pension benefits for all state employees. SEBAC is comprised of representatives from all of the state employee unions. CSU-AAUP holds 1150 votes out of a total of 44,055 votes.

CCSU-AAUP 11/18/02