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CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—December 7, 2009

VAC 105   3:00 PM

Note: Senate Constitution, Bylaws, Meeting Dates, Agenda and Minutes are posted on the CCSU Pipeline under Faculty Resources/Faculty Senate.

Next Meeting of the Faculty Senate is on January 25, 2010, 3pm, Vance.

Present: Abadiano, H., Alewitz, M., Al-Masoud, N., Anderson, C., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bernstein, S., Bigelow, L., Bigley, M.P., Bishop, R., Bonvicini, F., Button, C., Carberry, T., Crespi, C., Czyrnik, K., DelAma, J., Delventhal, T., Dobler, E., Dziuda, D., Eustis, K., Gigliotti, G., Glagovich, N., Hermes, K., Hicks, L., Horan, M., Iglesias, E., Kapper, M., Karpuk, P., Kurkovsky, S., Larsen, K., Latour, F., Laurent, L., Love, K., Mulcahy, C., Mulrooney, J., O’Connor, J., Oliva, K., Wright, E., Osoba, B., Percy, V., Petkova, O., Pirog, K., Poirier, K., Poppe, K., Ratansi, S., Reagan, T., Sanders, D., Sikorski, J., Sims, D., Spector, D., Stankewicz, K., Tomoda, S., Vogler, R., Wood, R.,

Ex-Officio: Lovitt, C., Sakofs, M., Pease, S., Kremens, Z., Lemma, P.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

Guests: Jones, J., Grasso, L., Tordenti, L. Kiernan, M.

1. Announcements:

a. AAUP President (J. Jones)

  • President Jones reminded the members of the December 8 Chapter Meeting and Social from 4 to 7 pm in the Constitution Room. The topic of discussion will be the Campus Equity Report.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (F. Bonvicini)

  • President Bonvincini announced:
    • E board is gathering information on salary equity
    • The holiday lunch will be held on 12/15/09
    • 1 grievance has been settled
    • Thanks to Susan Petrosino for her service and again to Lisa Bigelow for filling the remainder of Sue’s term

c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

  • President Barrington made the following announcements:
    • Don’t forget tomorrow’s Presidential Open Forum at 11:00 a.m. in the Constitution Room. There is no fixed agenda or topic for the meeting, so please take advantage of this opportunity to bring your questions and concerns to President Miller. He will be there to listen to you.
    • Per the request of the Academic Standards Committee, we’ve taken the Block Scheduling off today’s agenda. We will place the scheduling on the agenda again during the spring term. Meanwhile,
      • I’m returning the proposal to the Academic Standards Committee plus the Graduate Studies Committee.
      • I’m asking Susan Petrosino to resend the current revisions—along with an explanation why these changes are needed--to ALL departments for review.
      • With the Registrar’s Office, I’ll be scheduling three (3) Open Forums early in the Spring term in order to address all concerns and questions.
    • Next, I bring before you an issue for your consideration.
      • Last fall, we received a letter from Chancellor Carter urging us to husband our resources and find ways to reduce our expenses on campus. Under President Miller’s leadership, I think our campus has worked diligently to follow both “the letter and the spirit” of the Governor’s budget reductions without diminishing our students’ experience.
      • In reviewing the CSUS Board of Trustees’ minutes, one discovers the following motion passed by the BOT’s Executive committee: http://www.ct.edu/files/csus-minutes/EC-Minutes-October-01-09.pdf
      • I’m not sure how this embodies either “the letter or the spirit” of the Chancellor’s charge to the four campuses. And I certainly don’t see how this enhances the public perception of the CSU System.
      • But there’s more—and it has the potential for even greater ramifications for the autonomy of our campus and its system of shared governance. In the past, the Human Resources Policy for Presidents and Chancellor stipulated that “no employee shall be disciplined except for cause.” Under a revision passed at the same October meeting, Presidents can now be “non-continued by the Chancellor without cause or explanation and without recourse to the procedures of Article 10.”
      • I bring this before you because I want to know how you think we should react to these policies. You can find links to the documents on today’s minutes. Please email me with your thoughts.

2. Minutes of 11/23/09 were moved for approval by Senator Abadiano. (Passed)

3. Reports:

a. Curriculum Committee

  • Senator Karpuk reviewed the changes approved at the meeting of 12/2/09. He reported that the committee will be working on recommended procedures for determining “D” designator. The following changes to the report were moved from the floor:
    • 7A - Math 152 - Should be 4 credits
    • 7A - Math 221 - Should be 4 credits
  • The report with the changes above were approved by the Senate. (Passed)

*b. Academic Standards:

  • Class Scheduling Proposal: This item was postponed for consideration at a later date.

4. Unfinished Business:

*a. UPBC Update:

  • L. Grasso reviewed the proposed format for project proposals. He suggested amending the form to include definitions of what is “major” as follows:
    • Any proposal that is estimated to cost over $100,000.00 per year or in one-time expenses;
    • Any proposal that moves more than two individuals from one administrative unit to another;
    • Any proposal that requires hiring two or more full time employees.
  • After discussion of the purpose of the proposal, a vote was taken on acceptance of the proposed format with amendments. (Passed)

5. New Business:

a. Approval of December undergraduate and graduate school candidates for graduation:

  • Dean Pease for Arts and Sciences
  • Dean Sakofs for School of Education and Professional Studies
  • Assistant Dean Braverman for School of Business
  • Dean Kremens School of Engineering and Technology
  • Dean Lemma for the Graduate School
    • (Approved)

6. Adjournment:

  • Senator Mulrooney moved to adjourn. (Passed)