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CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—November 28, 2011

VAC 105   3:05 PM

 

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is on Monday 12/5/11 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 http://web.ccsu.edu/facsenate.

Present: Alewitz. M., Alicandro, J., Ayalon, A., Bantley, K., Baratta, C., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Calvert, J., Cohen, S., Corbitt, T., Delventhal, T., Diamond, C. , Durant, M., Dziuda, D., Farhat, J., Foster, P., Fothergill, W., Garcia-Bowen, M., Greenfield, B., Hoopengardner, B., Hou, X., Johnson, B., Jones, C., Kean, K., Latour, F. , Lisi, P., Mahony, M., Menoche, C., Mione, T., Morales, A., Morano, P., Mulcahy, C., Mulrooney, J., O'Connor, J., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Percy, V., Perdue, L., Pickering, R., Piper, B., Poirier, K., Pope, C., Reasco, A., Sadanand, N., Sanders, D., Sarisley, E., White, C., Wood, R.

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

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

Guests: Bergenn, E., D'Addio, D., Jones, J.

 

1. Approval of Minutes, November 14, 2011

Approved unanimously

2. Announcements

            a. AAUP President (J. Jones)

Jones met with President Miller following the last senate meeting. There Jones emphasized to Miller that departments that have repeated special appointments present a situation that needs to be addressed. Miller acknowledged this and Jones considers this acknowledgment as positive news. It is still up for discussion which departments are likely to garner attention first.

There will be more on this topic at the next chapter meeting, as well as more on the restructuring of higher ed. The next chapter meeting is Wednesday 12/7 from 3-7—as usual, the business part of the meeting will come first, followed by a social.

            b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (E. Hicks)

No announcements

            c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

    • 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 http://you.ccsu.edu where suggestions and ideas regarding General Education are posted, or contact Robert Wolff.
    • President Miller and the Faculty Senate will host the term’s second forum, on Wednesday, 30 November, at 3:05, in the Connecticut Dining Room.
    •  As you probably realize, the caucus for teaching faculty scheduled for 31 October was cancelled because of the power outage. Rather than immediately reschedule it, the Steering Committee and I have spent considerable time discussing the best way to implement these caucuses in the upcoming spring term. We have developed several ideas. Before we implement any of them, however, we’d like to have your feedback. Please consider our ideas, develop some of your own, and send feedback to any member of the steering committee: me, Burl Barr, Jim Mulrooney, Cara Mulcahy, Joe Farhat, and Kathy Poirier.

Some of our ideas:

  • Use the first and third Mondays of each month—that is, non-Senate meeting Mondays—for two caucuses, one for teaching faculty, another for administrative faculty.
  • These will be primarily for Senate members, but non-Senators may attend.
  • They will be an opportunity for Senators to ask questions about developing issues and to communicate concerns that are not readily addressed through our system of Senate committees.
  • Once a term—probably at the beginning of the term—both caucuses will meet together.
  • Ideally, these caucuses would be feeders to the steering committee.
  • The first term of caucuses would be something akin to a pilot. If we like the general set-up, then we can ask the Constitution and By-Laws Committee to incorporate them officially into the Senate’s routine.

    • I’d like to see these caucuses help us take advantage of the unique opportunity our Faculty Senate affords us. By bringing together teaching faculty, administrative faculty, coaches, counselors, and librarians, our Senate provides a wonderful forum for working together for common goals, which include developing ways to improve student learning and to make CCSU a wonderful place to work and learn.

3. Reports

Election Committee—update on FAC election.

Elections closed last week. In order to have a representative elected by a majority vote, there will be a runoff between the top two vote recipients (S. Adair and B. Barr). The ballot will go out today.

Curriculum Committee (D. Adams) FS 11.12.009B (subdivided into three bills—see notes below--FS 11.12.009, FS 11.12.010B, FS 11.12.011B)

Several important proposals were included in the Curriculum Committee report for today. The first was a Doctoral Program in Nursing Anesthesia. Accreditation policies are changing and by the year 2025 an MA in this subject area will no longer meet basic credentials for practitioners in the field. Although that seems like a long time away, approval processes can be slow, and there is no reason to delay.

The program will require one new FTE which has already been approved.

The tuition will be the same as that for EdD students.

This is a very lucrative program. There will be no other like it in Southern New England.

The other large item in the report concerned a redesign of the sociology major that involves the conversion of several 3-credit courses into 4-credit courses.

Deane Pease worked with the sociology department as they re-imagined the curriculum. She ran a workshop to provide information about converting courses from 3 to 4 credits, and other departments can consult with her on this topic as well.

There was some discussion about what constituted the difference between 3 and 4 credits since the number of classroom contact hours is not changing. In general, the 4 credit courses will have a strong research or community engagement component.

A motion was made to divide the curriculum committee report into three components which could be approved or not independently of one another:

1. Nursing

2. Sociology Major Redesign

3. All other items in the report

This motion was seconded and passed with 4 abstentions, 2 opposed, and all others in favor.

A vote was held on item #3 now FS 11.12.011B which passed unanimously.

Discussion resumed on the redesign of the Sociology Major.

Some senators expressed their support, saying that it seemed like a good way to deal with faculty load.

Several senators expressed that their 3 credit classes may already meet the 4 credit threshold, and wondered if this change would bring about inequity between departments and/or credit inflation.

D. Adams indicated that the rationale for 4 credits went beyond hard work or difficult assignments—there needs to be a new component to the class (not necessarily more classroom contact hours).

The question was called: 25 voted for, 5 against, 12 abstentions

 

The vote on the Sociology Major passed with 41 for, 1 against, 5 abstentions.

The vote on the Nursing program passed with 3 abstentions and all other votes in favor.

 

5. Adjournment at 4:00


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