CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—May 09, 2011

VAC 105   3:05 PM

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is on Monday 9/12/11 in Founders Room at 3:05.

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

Present: Alewitz. M., Anderson, C., Ayalon, A., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bernstein, S., Best, F., Bigelow, L. , Bigley, M.P., Blitz, D., Calvert, J., Cappella, D., Christensen, S., Crespi, C., Czyrnik, K., Dukes, C. , Dziuda, D., Farhat, J., Foster P., Garcia-Bowen, M., Greenfield, B.  , Halkin, S., Hensley, P., Horan, M., Iglesias, E., Jarmoszko, A., Jones, C., Kapper, M., Kean, K., Kershner, B., Koh, K., Latour, F. , Mahony, M., Mamed, O., Mejia, G., Menoche, C., Mulrooney, J., O'Connor, J., Odesina, O., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Percy, V., Pirog, K., Pope, C., Poppe, K., Ratansi, S., Sadanand, N., Sikorski, J., Vogeler, R., White, C., Wood, R.

Ex-Officio: Kremens, Z., Lemma, P., Lovitt, C., Pease, S., Shojai, S., Wilson, E. (for Sakofs, M.)

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

Guests: Braverman, S., Gendron, M., Hedlund, J., Jones, J., Washko, L.

1. Approval of Minutes, April 25, 2011

Passed with one abstention

2. Announcements      

a. AAUP President (J. Jones)      

Our last chapter meeting is next Tuesday May 17 from  3-7 in the Nutmeg Room in Memorial Hall. At the meeting we will discuss the status of contract negotiations for the new contract.

There have been many rumors about the collective bargaining process with Governor Malloy. Please be wary of news/reports/rumors about SEBAC that doesn’t come from the union.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (F. Bonvicini )      


c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

1.  The Senate’s ad hoc committee on General Education has developed an online survey.  You and your colleagues should have received an email with a link and instructions for completing the survey.  Please take a few minutes in order to complete the survey thoughtfully.  And then, take a few more minutes to urge your colleagues to do the same. 

 2.  As you probably remember, the CSU system office shifted our academic calendar so that we start and end our semesters earlier.  With these changes, the Senate meetings prescribed by our bylaws will not entirely mesh with the school calendar.  For now, we will maintain the regular dates with these exceptions: we will add meetings on December 5 and March 26, and we will cancel the meetings on December 12 and May 14.

 3.  Our first meeting for next fall will be on September 12 in Founder’s Hall followed by a wine and food reception in Davidson courtyard.

 4.  We received the following response from President Miller regarding the Senate’s resolution to End Harassment of Community Artists. See his response here.

 5.  The Academic Standards Committee has submitted a report that will be posted online as part of the Senate’s permanent record.  The committee will not be presenting that report at today’s meeting because all of the items have already been brought before the Senate across this academic year.

 6.  This past year, the Senate and I have been wonderfully served by its Steering Committee: Jim Mulrooney, Burl Barr, Tim Reagan, Kathy Czynik, and Otis Mamed.  I couldn’t have gotten through this year without their advice, guidance, and good humor.  Thanks for all your help.

 7.  University-wide elections.  The first item on today’s agenda is the in-Senate elections.  Beyond that, however, we have university-wide elections that need to run as soon as we get enough nominations.  So here’s what you need to do: corner your colleagues and get them to nominate themselves for these committees. 

 8.  At the last meeting, we sent the Program Review Policy to an ad hoc committee for review.  As I’ve remotely watched the process, it’s become clear to me (and to others) that this policy needs more work than this ad hoc committee can do in 2 weeks.  Therefore, the report and motion has been removed from the agenda, and I will be sending the policy to the following committees.

    • First, I will ask the provost to send the policy to the chairs committees from each of the four schools for their review, recommendations, and approval.
    • Next, I will send the Policy to the Curriculum Committee for it to determine what (if any) input it should have in developing the policy.
    • Finally, I will send it to the Assessment Committee to complete the vetting process and then to present it to the Senate.

If, along the way, one of these committees makes substantial changes, then they should send it back to the previous committee or committees.

9. Because of pressing child care schedules, President Barrington asked that the report from the child care task force be moved ahead in the agenda to position e.

Passed unanimously.

3. Committee Reports

a. Elections

The Elections Committee distributed ballots a number of committees to be elected by the senate. The results were given at the end of the meeting.

b. Curriculum Committee

Report FS 10.11.025B

D. Adams reminded departments to check the new shadow catalogue (which will become the new catalogue) to make sure nothing has accidently been dropped. He then presented the report.

The report passed unanimously.

Bylaws Revision FS 10.11.026B

There was some discussion about the criteria for “I” designation.

The bylaws revisions passed unanimously.

Lastly, D. Adams said that he had completed a review of the work of the curriculum committee over the last dozen years or so. On average, he stated, there are about 350 curricular changes to the catalogue per year, that’s 700 changes per catalogue. Are these changes necessary? With such a question he is not suggesting that faculty not make changes. But he is asking what the impact of such a constantly changing catalogue may on students. There will be a more detailed report on this topic in the fall.

c. Promotion and Tenure FS 10.11.027B (G. Grundwell)

The Promotion and Tenure report included 3 action Items. Item #1 was not moved. Item #2 (bylaws request) was sent to the Committee on Committee, because they vet all bylaws requests. 

The open forum will be delayed until the fall. He also assembled data from several years to give to next year’s committee.

Item 3 was moved and passed unanimously.

d. Committee on Committees (F. Latour)

Annual Report

Correction to Promotion and Tenure Committee by-laws FS 10.11.028B

Passed unanimously.

Revised Academic Integrity Committee by-laws FS 10.11.029B

Passed unanimously.

Revised Academic Assessment Committee by-laws FS 10.11.030B

Passed unanimously.

Revised by-laws of the Faculty Senate and Summary of Proposed Changes FS 10.11.031B

Passed Unanimously.

e. Child Care Task Force  (L. Glaser) FS 10.11.032B

L. Glaser presented a summary of this very comprehensive report, which includes data on Child Care in respect to (among other things): current needs, the CCSU history, obstacles to implementation, and responses by other colleges/institutions. The end of a report includes a wish list--or action plan-- of options for CCSU to be sent to the master planning committee. The Senate voted on sending the wish list the Master Planning committee.

Passed unanimously.

f. Academic Integrity

The data in this report are not complete, obviously, because the semester is not yet complete. The numbers will certainly go up.

We’ve been working hard on the website. We want it to be useful for students and faculty on all things related to Academic Misconduct.\academic integrity.

g. Academic Standards

      Annual Report

      School of Business policy FS 10.11.033B

This proposal for the School of Business retains their current academic requirement for admission to the program, but then shifts to the university standard for graduation.

Passed unanimously with 1 abstention.

      Course Withdrawal Policy

The purpose of this withdrawal policy is to help the completion rate. There are many students who overextend themselves and pushing the withdrawal option later into the semester may help with this goal.  The recommendations here are in two parts: pushing back the last date for withdrawal, and limiting the number of withdrawals to 5.

Both Mary Horan and Carl Lovitt presented information about the proposal.

Provost Lovitt stated that we graduate 25% in 4 years and 49% in 6 years, and he commented that if we don’t change what we do, our outcomes won’t change.

Withdrawal policies are one way that institutions have proactively changed these outcomes. This policy helps students build academic momentum. The prevailing idea is to try to create policies that keep students from doing themselves harm. We looked at other institutions to see what they have done. This policy is modeled on policies adopted by peer institutions.

A discussion ensued in which a number of points came up:

How do we help students make wise choices? Will this policy contribute to that or not? Might it not encourage students to overextend themselves?

We want students to succeed, but we need to help students to learn to look at the big picture and be realistic. This is a way of setting the bar reasonably high.

On the one hand, there is the belief that not many people would be influenced by this policy (few students have more that 5 Ws), and others suggested that it would have a major impact.

Some senators asked why we should cap the number of withdrawals at 5. Is there something special about that number? Answer: It came from a model from a peer institution that seemed to be successful.

There was a motion to separate the bill into two parts—

Part 1-included items 1, 3, 4

Part 2 included item 2 (limiting # of withdrawals to 5)

Part 1: Passed unanimously with 1 vote against. FS 10.11.34B

Part 2: Failed with 11 votes for, 18 against, and 7 abstentions

A motion to move new business up to this spot was approved.

h. Diversity

Report accepted into record

i. Graduate Studies  FS 10.11.35B

2 general policy items for action; 3 departmental policy action items.

Passed unanimously 

j. Information Technology

There is a new IT website at 

Recommendation for New Listserve FS 10.11.036B

The recommended listserve is not meant for exchange. It’s for announcements only.

Passed with one vote against and one abstention

Annual Report

k. International and Area Studies

Accepted into record

l.. Student Affairs

Accepted into record

m. University Athletics Board Report and Data

Student athletes are improving in terms of retention, graduation rates, and GPA. The board is enthusiastic about these data as well as about other changes that the new director Paul Schlickmann is ushering in.

4. Unfinished Business

Report and Revised Policy Statement from Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Program Review. Plus supporting documents.  [This item was removed from the agenda and sent to committee. See announcements from President Barrington at top of the agenda]

5. New Business    

Approval of May - August undergraduate (FS 10.11.037B)

and graduate (FS 10.11.038B) school candidates for graduation:    

Dean Pease for Arts and Sciences    

E. Wilson for Dean Sakofs of School of Education and Professional Studies    

Dean Shojai for School of Business    

Dean Kremens School of Engineering and Technology    

Dean Lemma for the Graduate School

Passed Unanimously

6. Adjournment at 5:15