CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—December 5, 2011

VAC 105   3:05 PM

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is on Monday 1/23/12 in Vance 105 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: Abadiano, H., Alewitz. M., Alicandro, J., Anderson, C., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bigelow, L., Cappella, D., Cohen, S., Diamond, C. , Dukes, C. , Durant, M., Dziuda, D., Farhat, J., Foster, P., Garcia-Bowen, M., Godway, E., Greenfield, B., Hoopengardner, B., Horan, M., Hou, X., Iglesias, E., Johnson, B., Johnson, M., Jones, C., Kean, K., Kershner, B., Latour, F. , Mahony, M., Mejia, G., Menoche, C., Mione, T., Mulcahy, C., Mulrooney, J., O'Connor, J., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Poirier, K., Pope, C., Ratansi, S., Reasco, A., Sanders, D., Slaga, S., Tellier, A., Vogeler, R., Walsh, S., White, C.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

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

Guests: Bergenn, E., Hicks, E., Jones, J., Tordenti, L., Wolff, R.


1. Approval of Minutes, November 28, 2011

Approved unanimously

2. Announcements
a. AAUP President (J. Jones)
There will be a chapter meeting on Wed 12/7 at 4. We will discuss the efforts to increase the number of tenure-track lines, and also provide updates on the reorganization of higher education. The business part of the meeting will be followed by a social.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (E. Hicks)
There will be a holiday social on 12/14.
Steward training begins on 12/16.
There is interest in an Administrative Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents (much like the Faculty Advisory Committee). Such a committee would have to be created by statute and would therefore have to be introduced through legislation on the state level.

c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

At our 24 October meeting, SGA President, Eric Bergenn, submitted a proposal asking that the SGA be allowed to elect or appoint student members to the Faculty Senate.  Per the By-Laws and Constitution Committee this would require an amendment to the Senate Constitution, which would have to be passed by the Senate and ratified by a majority vote of the entire faculty.  After extensive discussion, the Senate Steering Committee has decided not to ask the By-Laws and Constitution Committee to develop a proposal.  Instead, we are encouraging the SGA to take advantage of the positions currently available to students on the Standing Committees of the Faculty.  To make it more likely that students can participate fully in the committees, we will ask all the standing committees to determine their meeting dates for the next academic year immediately after the conclusion of the spring elections.  

In addition, to ensure more input from students on matters that directly affect them, the steering committee recommends two more actions. (1) Inviting SGA leadership to all Senate meetings, including them on the Senate distribution list, and allowing for SGA announcements—just as we do for other entities. (2) Asking faculty committees to send decisions that directly affect students to the SGA for review before the Senate vote is conducted.  We will request that SGA input is part of the Committee’s report.

On Thursday, 8 December, 3:05-4:20, the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee for General Education will hold another campus-wide meeting to discuss its ideas for the revision of General Education. The meeting will be held in 231 Copernicus Hall. Faculty, students and staff are all welcome.

Please share this meeting time with your constituencies and encourage your colleagues to attend the forum.  For more information, visit the blog at where suggestions and ideas regarding General Education are posted, or contact Robert Wolff.

3. Reports
a. Graduate Studies Committee (S. Seider) FS 11.12.012B

The only action item in the report concerned the DNAP admission requirements, both for entry-level and advanced-level specialization.
Passed unanimously

b. Ad Hoc Committee on General Education (R. Wolff)
There is a state mandate of 44 credits for General Education. That is why we use that number of credits. When asked how or if the state defined general education, Wolff wasn’t entirely sure, but that could easily be determined.
Under this proposal, the Critical Inquiry Seminar CIS would replace current First Year Experience courses.

Sean Walsh from Physical Education and Human Performance stated that some inclusion of a wellness initiative was very important to General Education (there is no requirement for that in the proposal).

Robert Wolff said that various departments have wondered how their current general education offerings will work into the proposed Gen Ed program.
The courses don’t disappear, but can fit into the program in some other way. So the wellness initiative—though not required in the current draft—is not eliminated, but can be counted in one of the areas.

Wolff stated that he thought of this current proposal as a best fit curve—trying to respond to the input from faculty and students.

Asked if the SGA had been consulted on this proposal, Wolff stated that there had not been direct SGA involvement, but several students have given input. Wolff stated that we all should ask our students for feedback on this.

In our four categories, we aren’t trying to draw sharp lines of exclusion.

When asked who will take up the baton about developing this proposal further, if/when it is passes, Wolff responded that the senate will have to take that up to empower the right body.

This is a chance for all of us to step back and think about what we teach. Why do I teach this class? Do I want to keep teaching it? Would something else be better?

Provost Lovitt inquired if we were thinking yet about Learning Outcomes and Learning Objectives for CIS, and if CIS will have a structure similar to FYE? Will FYE objectives be linked with CIS?
Wolff indicated that this proposal should not complicate any existing programs. Hopefully, it will be simpler and clearer.

Are there any ideological underpinnings to this proposal besides simplicity?

There are no longer set aside call-out requirements (such as 3 credits of history), but now more general areas of study. In this model, a liberal arts education still matters—it is still a foundation for any higher degree.

We hope CIS courses will come from all four schools.

Wolff stated that our current academic infrastructure should work well with new model of CIS (or Information Literacy). We do not have to start from scratch.

Could a student place out of CIS?  Probably not.

There will be special sections of CIS for transfer students.

Several spoke to the role of foreign languages in the Gen Ed program. Is there a place for introductory language courses? Can they be counted as electives in GenEd? We need to broaden the presence of foreign languages because we are part of a global community.

c. Academic Integrity Committee (M. Jackson) FS 11.12.013B
Summary of Changes
New Policy
New Form

There are a few holes in current policy that we want to address with these changes. 1. We have a procedure for appeals, but no deadline for the appeal. We thought some deadline would be appropriate. 2. Because sometimes the misconduct can be resolved administratively with consent of the student, instructor, and the Office of Student Conduct, review by the faculty hearing board is no longer required.

Notification “in writing” could be an e-mail, or even writing on a student paper—anything that can be a “document”. Just indicate on the form what method of notification in writing was used.

Approved unanimously

d. Committee on Committees –GSC Bylaws revision (F. Latour) FS 11.12.014B

Summary of Changes
GSC bylaws with annotations highlighted
GSC bylaws (clean)
Passed with one opposed and 3 abstentions

e. Constitution and Bylaws committee
The changes proposed here offer a provision to fill a vacancy if a senate officer leaves for a semester. Because senate bylaws stipulate that any change of the bylaws requires at least 7 days notice, we will not vote on this at today’s meeting. It is being presented for consideration and feedback. We can’t vote on this until our next meeting. 

In the event of an absence of one of the officers, reassigned time will be transferred over to the person filling the vacancy.

4. New Business
a. Approval of December undergraduate (FS 11.12.015B) and graduate (FS 11.12.016B) school candidates for graduation:
    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
    Dean Lemma for the Graduate School

Passed Unanimously

b. Resolution from the UPBC to publish financial data from athletics FS 11.12.017B
Supporting Documents: UPBC Minutes 10-19-11, Report to UPBC from G. Crundwell

There was some preliminary discussion of this motion, but many senators were leaving. Because this matter did not seem to be easily expedited, a motion was made to defer this item to the next meeting of the senate. The motion to defer passed with 30 voting in favor and 3 against.

5. Adjournment
 at 4:50