CCSU Faculty Senate
Agenda—December 6, 2010

VAC 105   3:00 PM

Al-Masoud, N., Alewitz. M., Arena, J., Ayalon, A., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bernstein, S., Bigelow, L. , Bigley, M.P., Christensen, S., Crespi, C., Czyrnik, K., D'Addio, D., Day, B., Delventhal, T., Diamond, C. , Dukes, C. , Dziuda, D., Farhat, J., Greenfield, B.  , Hicks, L. , Horan, M., Iglesias, E., Jarmoszko, A., Kapper, M., Karpuk, P., Kean, K., Koh, K., Kurkovsky, S., Latour, F. , Lisi, P., Mahony, M., Mamed, O., Menoche, C., Mione, T., Mulrooney, J., Odesina, O., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Passaro. M., Percy, V., Pirog, K., Poirier, K., Poppe, K., Ratansi, S., Reagan, T., Sadanand, N., Sianez, D., Sikorski, J., Thamma, R., Wang, W., White, C., Wood, R. , Wright, E.

Kremens, Z., Lemma, P., Lovitt, C., Miller, J., Pease, S., Sakofs, M., Shojai, S.

Guests: Dimmick, C., Murphy, G., Nunn, M. A., Tordenti, L.

1. Approval of Minutes, November 8, 2010
Moved by Kapper; seconded by Latour.  Passed unanimously.

2. Announcements
    a. AAUP President (G. Murphy)
There will be a chapter meeting at beginning of the holiday social on Wed. 3:00 12/8.
During the last chapter meeting there was a discussion regarding the filing of a grievance about the University’s current practice on emergency hires. The motion for a grievance passed, and the AAUP will file a grievance on the emergency hires issue.  Notification of the grievance was sent to department chairs on 12/5.

    b. SUOAF-AFSCME Vice-President (E. Hicks)
The holiday luncheon will be on Dec. 15th.
Starting on Dec 14th the union will begin arbitrating parts of the most recent SEBAC agreement.

    c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

1.    Because we move to the new scheduling blocks this spring, the starting time for the Senate meetings will shift slightly from 3:00 to 3:05. 
2.    Last year, the system-wide Committee on Student Opinion Surveys issued a final report that now needs to be evaluated by all four Senates.  To get the process started on our campus, I am forwarding the report to three committees:
•    Academic Standards Committee,
•    Academic Advising Committee, and
•    Assessment Committee
All three committees will have useful perspectives on Student Opinion Surveys.
3.    Next spring, the Provost and the Faculty Senate will co-sponsor an informational session on the new Access2Success Initiative.  Please join us on Thursday, 3 February, at 3:05 in Torp Theatre.
4.    At our last meeting, UPBC requested four changes to its charter.  President Miller concurred with two of the recommendations, suggested a slight modification in wording in the a third, and regarding the fourth, suggested that the Senate make certain that one of its representatives to the FPC be a member of the UPBC.
5.    Also, at out last meeting, the Senate passed a motion regarding the proliferation of 1-year emergency hires.  For President Miller’s response, please see the attached letter.

3. Committee Reports
    Curriculum Committee FS 10.11.011B
Passed unanimously  [PASSED]

   Assessment Committee (Report on CLA) FS 10.11.012B
The motion proposes: 1) The continued use of the CLA (Collegiate Learning Assessment) as an instrument of assessment at CCSU and 2) requires the publication of the CLA results as part of the VSA (Voluntary System of Accountability).
The CLA is a nationally normed measure of student achievement.
The 3-year pilot study is over, and it is time to renew this process or begin another one.
Members of the current and past Assessment Committee explained several aspects of the CLA: 
It is the most cost effective way of moving forward with assessment.
Data from the CLA will be released to the public, and CCSU has scored quite favorably in past years with the CLA.
CCSU may quit using the CLA at any time if we choose to, but another instrument would have to be put into place which would consume time and resources.
The CLA is not the only instrument in CCSU’s portfolio of assessment.
The CLA combined with our own assessment instruments is very useful.
Abandoning the CLA may have impact on accreditation issues.
The CLA is administered to freshman and seniors. This is the first year we have a full range of data. It’s very cost effective, for testing.
Passed with 5 abstentions, zero no votes. All other senators in favor. [PASSED]

4. New Business
Approval of December undergraduate candidates for graduation FS 10.11.013B
Motions made by:
Dean Pease for Arts and Sciences
Dean Sakofs for School of Education and Professional Studies
Dean Shojai for School of Business
Dean Kremens School of Engineering and Technology

Seconded by Senator Latour
Passed unanimously. [PASSED]

Approval of December graduate school candidates for graduation FS 10.11.014B
Motion made by Dean Lemma for the Graduate School
Seconded by Kapper
Passed unanimously [PASSED]

5. Adjournment at 3:44