CCSU Faculty Senate
Minutes—March 1, 2004
VAC 105 3:00 PM
Members Present: Altieri, Austad, Best, Barille, Barrington, Borst, Braverman, Brann, Casella, Claffey, Crundewell, Czyrnik, Duquette, Foter, Fried, Galagher, Gilmore, Gotchev, Gould, Hager, Hedlund, Hensley, Kawicki, Kleinert, Knox, Kurkjian, Leake, Lee-Partridge, Machuga, Marlor, Martin-Troy, Mulcahy, Newman, Odesina, Oliva, Papathanasis, Pevac, Pierog, Pope, Petrosino, Prescott, Pudlinski, Rivera, Salinas, Sarisly, Sevitch, Terezakis, Thornton, Tracey, K., Ulrich, Vicenti, Walo, Williams
Ex-Officio: Altieri, Arends, Demos, Lemma, McCallum, Kremens, Pease
Meeting called to order at 3:06 PM.
Minutes approved Unanimously
- Upcoming Senate Elections
Sharon Braverman announced the Senate election ballot was available on the WEB for the first time. The ballot was sent out to the list serve. Election to be held March 15th provided all slots are filled. Please e-mail or call Sen. Sharon with any nominations
- AAUP Report – William Jones-- not present
- CSU-AAUP President-- David Walsh
CSU-AAUP President asked for faculty help with potential problem. A proposed merger of the CTC, our BOT and part of the Dept. of Higher Education is being made. A twelve member Board of Regents might become the governing body. AAUP opposes such a merger on the following grounds: The Missions of CSU and the Community colleges differ. The community colleges emphasize work force development and CSU is liberal arts. If passed, our contract would be negotiated with Labor Relations Board, which is noted for hard nosed fiscal conservatism, and not our own BOT. It is doubtful that a 12 member board could govern the diverse campuses of DHE, system office, CSU campuses and Community college campuses. The CTC campuses are very different than CCSU. Any citizen can take any course without entrance requirements. Forty eight percent of students at the community colleges are non-matriculated. There are lower academic expectations of students. The benchmark for CTC faculty is 15 credits per semester at 2/3 the salary. Fifty percent of faculty at the Community colleges volunteered to each 18 hours during last year’s financial crunch. The AAUP has a position paper on its Website pertaining to this matter. Dr. Walsh showed the sample resolution of SCSU among others and asked CCSU Faculty Senate to adapt a similar resolution to send to the BOT in the future after consideration of the issues. The Resolution follows:
“In support of the continuation of a separate Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University and in opposition to the merger of the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University with that of any other unit in the public higher education system”.
Whereas, Connecticut State University has a distinct educational mission as a comprehensive four-year liberal arts university with well developed professional schools and graduate programs that include a program in Educational Leadership leading to an Ed.D., and
Whereas, Connecticut State University has the largest number (36,000) of both graduate and undergraduate students of any public university in Connecticut studying at four geographically-distinct campuses in New Britain, Willimantic, New Haven and Danbury, and
Whereas, Connecticut State University has demonstrated its effectiveness among the State public universities by enrolling 59% of all Connecticut high school graduates, registering 53% of all transfer students and by awarding more Bachelors and Masters Degrees and Sixth-Year Certificates than any other Connecticut public university
Therefore, The Faculty Senate hereby strongly supports the continuation of the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System as a separate entity, and vehemently opposes any restructuring of the governing boards of higher education that would place the Connecticut State University and the Community Technical Colleges, or any other unit, under the authority of a combined board. Discussion followed. Sen Sevitch suggested several grammatical and spelling changes. Dr. Walsh stated the manuscript was in process and would be altered.
President David Walsh stated that AAUP is being proactive and is arranging for an aggressive educational campaign. Presentations to the DHE are planned in the near future. Dr. Walsh introduced CSU-AAUP’s new staff member, Ellen Matulewicz, Communications and Research Associate. She is a graduate of Clark University in Worcestor, MA. Specializing in ethics and public policy and also attended the Pace University School of Law. She is a gifted organizer and writer and will serve as an internal organizer.
3. Senate Committee Reports
a. Curriculum Committee-Chris Pudlinski
a. Academic Standards Committee – Sen. Gilmore
“The academic standards Committee recommend limiting students’ registration to 17 credits maximum. Students registering for 18 or more credits must obtain the permission of the Dean of the school of their major.”
Sen. Gilmore explained that students were shopping for courses and took up space only to drop. Statistics from S. Petrosino’s office and S. Braverman showed that 243 students dropped the course between January 23 and February 3 this past year. Sen. Leake asked how many did not drop and found 773 carried 18 credits and 531 kept the credits. Thus, over approximately 500 students would have to get permission under this system. Sen. Salinas objected saying too much structure would limit students opportunity to choose. Sen. Foster mentioned that a compromise might be to use GPA to qualify students for 18 credits. Sen. Sevitch supported the motion saying economic hardships on our students were incredible and we should not lower the quality of the institution by allowing student to overload him or herself. Provost Arends stated the reason that students sign up for 18 credits may be related to motivation. Some students held seats until add-drop was over and approximately 200 seats disappeared this semester while students waiting for seats could not get them. Susan Petrosino stated this added to the work demands. Sen. Prescott pointed out students were allowed to take 18 credits because CCSU wanted them to graduate as quickly as possible. She suggested that early advising might be the most efficient way to handle the problem. Sen Crundwell stated his department wanted students to get the general education completed as quickly as possible so science students could begin special projects and research typical for science students
Motion: failed: 10 yes; 23 No; 3 abstentions
4. Unfinished Business
a. Senator Kawecki proposes “That the current FS-92-10-B Revision of April 1992 be changed to be consistent with Article 6.8”.
Motion carried: 2 abstentions
a. CIE Directorship Search (Prof. Mezvinsky) Deferred
b. Proposed resolution from UPBC to Faculty Senate (Sen. Austad)
“Whereas the concern of the UPBC has been relayed to the CCSU Faculty Senate that it is a matter of grave importance to maintain fiscal stability in these difficult financial times,
We endorse the BOT resolution concerning Fund Balance Guidelines (BR#01- 02) which says in effect each campus must maintain an unrestricted reserve fund of no less that 5% of the University’s total budgeted educational and general expenditures and auxiliary services expenditures for each current fiscal year to provide financial stability in the event of unfavorable economic conditions, and
Whereas CCSU has achieved continuous fiscal discipline, which allows us to maintain the unrestricted fund balance, we week assurance that all CSU units are acting in accordance with this resolution, and therefore
Be it resolved that the CCSU Faculty Senate asks the CSU Board of Trustees to reaffirm and uphold this important resolution (BR #01-02 concerning the Fund Balance Guidelines). Should the CCSU campus adjusted unrestricted balance ever fall below 5%, we pledge to work with our University President to develop a plan to restore this balance within reasonable time”.
Frank Resnick answered questions about the fiscal aspects of the resolution.
` Sen Sevitch moved to accept and secretary forward to the BOT.
Passed: 2 abstentions
Motion passed Unanimously