CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—April 30, 2012 

VAC 105   3:05 PM

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is on Monday 5/7/12 in Vance 105 at 2:00.

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., Barr, B., Bigelow, L., Cappella, D., Cohen, S., Delventhal, T., Diamond, C. , Duquette, J., Farhat, J., Foster, P., Godway, E., Greenfield, B., Hoopengardner, B., Horan, M., Hou, X., Jones, C., Kean, K., Kershner, B., Latour, F. , Lisi, P., Mejia, G., Menoche, C., Mione, T., Mulcahy, C., Mulrooney, J., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Percy, V., Poirier, K., Pope, C., Ratansi, S., Reasco, A., Recoder-Nunez, L, Sarisley, E., Shell, G., Tellier, A., Vogeler, R., White, C., Wlodarska K., Wolff, R., Wood, R.

Ex-Officio: Lemma, P., Sakofs, M.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Barrington, C.

Guests: Bergenn, E., Hicks, E., Jones, J., Halloran, P., Seider, S., Valk, C.

The Steering Committee recommended the following items for inclusion on the Consent Agenda:

1. Minutes

Items accepted on the Consent Agenda will be approved without discussion or vote. Please indicate if you would like to have any item removed from the Consent Agenda for discussion and/or floor vote.


Consent Agenda Passed

1. Approval of Minutes, April 23, 2012

Consent Agenda Item-Passed

2. Announcements

a. AAUP President (J. Jones)

The final AAUP meeting and social take place after the senate meeting next Monday.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (E. Hicks)

Our annual meeting takes place on June 25.

We have hired a consultant for the transition of retirement plans.

Rumors about various consolidations and reorganizations are false.

c. SGA (E. Bergenn)

We want to maintain student involvement in governance issues. There are no major plans over the summer, but we want to keep initiatives going so that we can begin the next academic year with high student involvement .

d. FAC to Board of Regents (S. Adair)


e. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

 • Don’t forget that we have one more meeting: 7 May at 2:00 in 105 Vance. We will have three primary points of business:

    1. The Curriculum Committee will present its final report for our consideration,
    2. Conduct an election for the General Education Implementation Committee.
    3. Host Dr. Robert Kennedy, the President of Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education, and Mr. Mike Meotti, the board’s executive Vice-president, who will join us an informal conversation. This will be our opportunity to learn more about their vision for Connecticut State Colleges and Universities in general and CCSU in particular.

• Because the deans, the provost, and the president have indicated that they will entertain approving curricular revisions similar to the Sociology Department’s new major built around several 4-credit courses, I have sent a request to the Academic Standards Committee to develop a set of standards to help the Curriculum Committee and the Senate distinguish between 3-credit courses and 4-credit courses.

• After more IT failures during registration this term, the steering committee has sent a request to Chief Information Officer James Estrada for a root cause analysis for these and other system failures and report back to the Senate in September.  

• After seeing how electronic clickers made voting more efficient and accurate, the Steering Committee has ordered a set. Funds came from the Senate’s allotted budget and from the Provost’s office.

• Don’t forget about the June Baker Higgins Conference and the Women of Influence Gala: .

• The Senate continues to request self-nomination for the ad hoc General Education Implementation Committee. The committee will need 11 members with expertise and/or interest in one or more of the four areas—Artistic and Intellectual Expression; Self, Community, and Society; Scientific Inquiry; and, Mathematical Reasoning—as well as Writing Across the Curriculum and the Critical Inquiry Seminar. Please submit these by 6 May, Sunday, 6:00 pm. Once the self-nominations are received, the Steering Committee will develop a slate for the Senate to vote on 7 May.

To these 11 members, the Committee will include the Chair of the University Curriculum Committee (or a designee) and two students designated by the SGA president. The Curriculum Committee Chair (or designee) will be a non-voting member of the committee.

 All committee elections for Standing Committees have been completed.

A Motion to combine 3a and 4b (both dealing with in residence credit for overseas programs) passed.

3. Reports

a. Graduate Studies Committee (S. Seider) 

FS 11.12.035B

The report was divided into 3 parts. All parts passed unanimously.

4b and the section of 3a concerning in residence credit for overseas courses were discussed together. FS 11.12.036B

This is considered a best practice among many schools.

Grade Appeals would be referred back to the original school

Senator Wolff asked what percentage of grades would come back D or F?

There is no data available on this, but students don’t have to try to claim all of their courses from abroad.

Passed unanimously

b. UPBC (C. Valk)

     Annual Report

     Budget Recommendations

Friday classes are down because of the change in the academic calendar (from 280 down to 80) We are losing students on weekends, and it changes the campus climate. As a result there is less revenue. See the full report above.

c. Promotion and Tenure Committee (P. Halloran)

We need to encourage mentoring at the department and school level. Sometimes people come to the P & T in a very unprepared way or the portfolio is not well presented.

Some departments still do not yet have P & T guidelines.

d. Community Engagement (S. Stookey)

We are new, and in a transitional period. Have been operating for 3 years in an informal capacity. Now we are figuring out how we operate and what our objectives are. A formal report is to come.

Major accomplishments: bylaws, engaged scholarship learning community (which will continue in the fall), book proposal on CE work, creation of a campus-wide community advisory board, ongoing forum of support for people working in CE. We are working to create an inventory for CE work—getting a picture of what’s going on so we can acknowledge it and celebrate it.

4. Unfinished Business

a. Sabbatical Leave Guidelines 4/11/12 FS 11.12.027B

    Proposed Amendment to Sabbatical Leave Guidelines of 4/11/12

Amendment failed with two votes in favor.

Guidelines passed uaninmously.

b. Academic Standards--In Residence Credits for Overseas Programs

Combined with 3a, See above. FS 11.12.036B

Passed unanimously

c. Committee on Committees--Functions and Responsibilities of Standing Committees of the Faculty

Motion to defer to next week.

Deferral passed with 2 opposed.

5. New Business

a. Approval of May-Aug undergraduate and graduate school candidates for graduation: FS 11.12.037B and FS 11.12.038B

Dean Pease for Arts and Sciences
(Sakofs presented for Pease)

Dean Sakofs for School of Education and Professional Studies

Dean Shojai for School of Business
(S. Braverman presented for Shojai)

Dean Kremens School of Engineering and Technology
(C. Anderson presented for Kremens)

Dean Lemma for the Graduate School

Passed uanimously

b. Elections

Systemwide Core Competencies Steering Committee (1 rep, 1 alt)

Systemwide Core Competencies Subcommittees (8 reps)

See attached Transfer and Articulation Policy Implementation Plan

The following names were presented as a slate:

Core Competencies Steering Committee

  • Mark Jackson
  • Mary Anne Nunn (alternate)

Core Competencies Subcommittees

  • Written and Oral Communication in English: Candace Barrington
  • Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning: Sally Lesik
  • Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking: Glynnis Fitzgerald
  • Continued learning, including Information Literacy: Jason Snyder
  • Scientific Knowledge: Tom Burkholder
  • Historical Knowledge: Paul Petterson
  • Social phenomena: Beth Merenstein

• Aesthetic & Ethical Dimensions: Steven Cohen

The slate passed unanimously

c.. CCSU Master Plan (R. Bachoo)

See attached file (to come).

6. Adjournment 4:47