Minutes - February 11, 2015 - 3:05pm


Present: Artamoshin, S.; Baratta, C.; Barr, B.; Best, F.; Bilisoly, R.; Bishop, J.; Callery, T.; Cistulli, M.; D'Addio, D.; Duquette, J.; Emeagwali, G.; Fafunwa-Ndibe, S.; Fallon, M.; Foster, P.; Gamache, J.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Ghodsi, R.; Hermes, K.; Johnson, D.; Jones, C.; Karpuk, P.; Kean, K.; Kim, Y.; Kovel, J.; Kullgren, A.; Kurkjian, C.; Mahony, M.; Marquette, C.; McGuire, M.; Moffo Simpson, T.; Nelson, W.; Paolino, J.; Pearson, F.; Phillips, E.; Pozorski, A.; Prozzo, J.; Ragusett, J.; Reasco, A.; Rice, T.; Rosenberg, J.; Santoro, K.; Simmons, R.; Solomon, P.; Spear, E.; Spector, D.; Stookey, S.; Tellier, A.; Thamma, R.; Tomoda, S.; Williams, C.; Wood, R.; Yousman, W.; Zimmerman, R.

Ex-Officio: Adair, S.; Lovitt, C.; Miller, J.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Cohen, S.

Guests: Don Adams (Philosophy); Kathy Czyrnik (Finance); Mark Evans (Geological Sciences); Eugena Givens (Criminology and Criminal Justice); Kathy Martin-Troy (Biomolecular Sciences); Beth Merenstein (Sociology, Chair of the General Education Implementation Committee); James Mulrooney (Assistant to the Dean, SEST); Paul Petterson (Political Science); Kara Russell (Center for Teaching and Faculty Development)

1. Minutes

a. Minutes of December 8, 2014

b. Clarification of Minutes of November 24, 2014

    • Approved unanimously

2. Announcements:

a. AAUP President (M. A. Mahony)

    • There is a new story on CSU Connects. It is about Professor Katherine Sugg, of the Department of English. Invite your Facebook friends in Connecticut (not just the ones affiliated with a CSU) to Like the page. Another recent story, regarding an ECSU faculty member whose research is on PTSD, was picked up by numerous news agencies.
    • AAUP faculty are asked to follow University policy on sexual harassment.
    • This year, there will be elections for CSU-AAUP and CCSU-AAUP officers.
    • The executive council has endorsed the Leadership Group's documents about Transform CSCU 2020.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (O. Mamed for M. Ansarra)

    • SUOAF-AFSCME leaders have been talking to BOR President Gray about Transform CSCU 2020.
    • SUOAF-AFSCME is working with management on changes to job descriptions.

c. SGA (S. Sonet)

    • No report.

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

    • The Student Advisory Committee to the BOR organized a meeting to discuss Transform CSCU 2020; an impressive number fo students across the system (45-50) attended. The FAC was invited, and President Gray sent his executive staff. They went through Transform CSCU 2020, initiative by initiative.
    • The FAC has been meeting with individual members of the BOR.
    • The FAC resolution on financial aid for undocumented students has been approved by faculty governance bodies at 14 campuses in the system. The BOR's Academic and Student Affairs Committee passed a similar resolution, which supports our request for legislative change as long as there is no financial impact.
    • There is an interesting article on the Connecticut Mirror website.

e. Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (K. Russell)

    • The new director of CTFD, Kara Russell, has worked at CCSU for 18 years as a part-time faculty member, and has been involved with CTFD for 3 years. An issue in the past has been the lack of physical space for CTFD; however, this will soon be remedied as CTFD moves to a permanent space on the 3rd floor of Burrill Library. A flyer was distributed to members of the Senate.

f. President of the Senate (S. Cohen)

    • If you are interested in being considered for membership in the Transform CSCU 2020 Steering Committee, please contact Senate President Cohen.

3. Committee Reports

a. Community Engagement Committee (R. Simmons)

    • Report accepted by the Senate

b. Committee on Committees (B. Barr)

c. General Education Implementation Committee (B. Merenstein)

    • Proposal from the General Education Implementation Committee
    • Resolution from the Department of Philosophy
    • Response from the Department of History
    • Response from the Department of Mathematical Sciences
    • Response from the International Education Committee
    • Implementation Committee Chair Beth Merenstein moved that the plan, with accompanying documents, be sent to every academic department on campus for review, as per Curriculum Committee rules; that the plan, with accompanying documents, be sent to the four undergraduate deans for their review; that the plan, with accompanying documents, be sent to the Curriculum Committee, which will have three options: 1) to approve the plan as written, 2) to reject outright, or 3) to approve with amendments; that the Curriculum Committee be asked to devise a plan for determining which courses go in General Education initially, how new courses can be added to General Education, and how the courses in General Education can be periodically reviewed, with the recommendation that any course currently in General Education should remain so in the new General Education at the simple request of the department chair, and that new courses proposed for General Education should continue to be reviewed, as they are now, by the Curriculum Committee's General Education subcommittee; that the plan, with accompanying documents, be sent to the Academic Standards Committee for its review; that the plan, with accompanying documents, be sent to the Academic Assessment Committee, which will be asked to devise a plan to assess General Education, with the proviso that if the committee to use any rubrics as the basis of an assessment plan, those rubrics will be widely and thoroughly vetted by faculty in the relevant disciplines; and that the Curriculum Committee's report, its proposal for putting courses in General Education, the Academic Standards Committee's report, and the Assessment Committee's General Education assessment plan, be submitted to the Senate, which will then discuss and vote on each piece, including the Curriculum Committee's amendments (if any); senators will also be able to propose amendments of their own.
    • Senator King spoke of several concerns with the proposal, including the Critical Inquiry Seminars, the Modern Language requirement, the vagueness of the plan, and the costs associated with the plan's implementation.
    • Professor Don Adams, of the Department of Philosophy, said that the plan contains no guidelines for inclusion of courses in the various General Education categories. He said that a future reform of General Education should be data-driven.
    • Senate President Cohen said that the Implementation Committee was given a difficult charge by the Faculty Senate, but accomplished what it was asked to do. He said that, if the proposal is defeated, we will lose its elements that are not present in the current General Education, such as Writing Across the Curriculum and Critical Inquiry Seminars.
    • Senator Garcia-Bowen said that adoption of a new General Education program may had an impact on our ability to recruit new students.
    • Senator Karpuk said that the process of reforming General Education should have begun with the General Education subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee, not with an ad hoc committee.
    • A motion to call the question was successful.
    • Implementation Committee's motion failed (8 senators in favor)
    • Motion (Best/Foster): To approve the Department of Philosophy's resolution.
      • Motion to amend (Williams/Foster): To send the Department of Philosophy's resolution to the Curriculum Committee as a point of information, when the committee considers what to do about General Education in the future.
      • Approved (1 senator opposed)
    • Curriculum Committee Chair Karpuk said that the Curriculum Committee's General Education subcommittee will consider the Philosophy Department's resolution, the Implementation Committee's report, as well as the letters from History, Mathematical Sciences, and the International Education Committee, in its future discussion of General Education.
    • Motion to approve the Department of Philosophy's resolution approved, as amended (4 senators opposed)

4. Unfinished Business:

a. Transform CSCU 2020

5. Adjournment

    • The meeting adjourned at 5:20pm.