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Minutes—January 23, 2012 

VAC 105   3:05 PM
 
 


The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is on Monday 2/13/12 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 http://web.ccsu.edu/facsenate.

Present:

Abadiano, H., Alewitz. M., Alicandro, J., Anderson, C., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Best, F., Bunce, P., Cappella, D., Christensen, S., Cohen, S., Corbitt, T., Delventhal, T., Diamond, C. , Farhat, J., Foster, P., Garcia-Bowen, M., Hoopengardner, B., Horan, M., Hou, X., Johnson, B., Jones, C., Kean, K., Kershner, B., Latour, F. , Mahony, M., Mejia, G., Menoche, C., Morano, P., Mulcahy, C., O'Connor, J., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Percy, V., Pope, C., Ratansi, S., Sanders, D., Sarisley, E., Thornton, E., Vogeler, R., Wood, R.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

Ex-Officio: Sakofs, M.

Guests: Bergenn, E., Hicks, E., Jones, J.

 

1. Approval of Minutes, December 5, 2011
 


Passed Unanimously

2. Announcements
 
           

a. AAUP President (J. Jones)
           

The recognition of Campus Equity Week has been rescheduled for 1/30 at 4:30. This was cancelled last semester due to the snow storm. It will take place in Memorial Hall from 4:30-6:30

CSU-AAUP council elections are coming up. This is an important year to run. The BOR is engaged but not necessarily well-informed on issues related to the CSU system, so it’s a good time to have informed and active voices.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (E. Hicks)
           

  1. Challenges of the reorganization have already begun at The Board of Regents. Information technology professionals have been reorganized with 40 hour people reporting to 35 hour people and a mix of union and non union people doing the same or similar work at disparate rates of pay. There have been significant changes in scope of responsibility without negotiating impact and salary.
  2. We are seeking a side letter to our contract to enable minority recruitment and retention professional development funds, earmarked for members in their 1st three years of service, to be used by any minority member who has not been granted continuing appointment.
  3. There have been reported charges for co-pays on dental cleanings. We are passing that information on and asking members to be vigilant and to report inappropriate charges under the HEP.
  4. There will be a brown bag lunch on Feb 3 for discussion and Q and A regarding the HEP.
  5. We have concerns regarding the under ranking of our job descriptions system wide and about our work being performed outside of our bargaining unit. More to follow on these topics.

c. SGA (E. Bergenn)
           

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

The FAC is really just getting constituted. Three of the members from the CSU system met prior to the BOR meeting last Thursday and the four members from the CSU system had a conference call last week.  I also had a telephone conversation with one of the members from the community college and some e-mails have been exchanged across all the members.  The first formal meeting of the FAC will be help on Feb. 10th at Woodland St.

In conversation, we have stressed three important goals:

        1. To work to institutionalize a strong voice for the FAC.

2. To find common ground across the membership of the FAC so that it can meaningfully contribute to the making of a robust agenda in our required meeting with the BOR

3. To maintain shared governance, especially as this comprises campus autonomy in academic program and curricula design.  

At the BOR meeting last week, the major decisions included:

- The BOR voted for a tuition increase of 3.9% (or a 3.8% increase in tuition and fees) (For reasons, I do not really understand, this turns out to be a 3.3% increase for CCSU students -- and slightly higher percentages for the other schools.

 - The BOR approved a new process for approving new academic programs, which is intended to speed up the approval process from up to 2 years to 60 to 90 days.  

- The BOR discussed a hiring freeze for all non-faculty positions.  As I understand it, they did not vote on this, but decided that a vote was not necessary.  It nevertheless seemed to me that they elected to implement the hiring freeze, but did acknowledge that some exceptions would be granted on a case-by-case basis for essential positions.

In addition, on several occasions, Kennedy, Robinson, and other members of the Board repeated the importance of steering more resources directly to teaching faculty and they dedicated themselves to try to direct more resources to the front-line providers of education, while also reducing the reliance on part-time and adjunct faculty.

e. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)
 


  1. This spring, there will be many positions to fill on several committees as well as the officers of the Senate.  A complete listing of anticipated vacancies will be available for our next meeting and posted on the Senate Web page.  Nominations will be sought between the end of February and the beginning of March, with the final ballot for committees ready by March 26th and results reported out on April 9th. Election of officers will take place on April 9th. Please begin thinking about which committee(s) you would like to serve on and encourage the members you represent to consider running for these important committees.
  2. There’s been considerable concern about the current academic calendar. As it is currently set up, some days of the week have more class meetings per term than others. For instance, next spring, Monday and Friday classes will meet only 13 times, Thursday classes will meet 14 times, and Tuesday and Wednesday classes will meet 15 times. AAUP and the Senate leadership from the four CSUs will be working together to try to eliminate this disparity. If you have ideas how this can be achieved, please contact either Jason Jones or me.
  3. As the Faculty Senate requested, the Ad Hoc Committee for General Education will hold two open meetings this coming Thursday, January 26, for the benefit of those who could not attend the December meeting.  Faculty, students and staff are all welcome.  The times and locations are as follows:


    1. 8:45 am - 10:00 in DiLoreto 309
 
    2. 3:05 pm -- 4:20 pm in Copernicus 232


A copy of the Committee's draft proposal may be downloaded at http://you.ccsu.edu/gened/2012/01/23/open-meetings-this-week/. For additional information about the Committee, contact Dr. Robert Wolff, Department of History (wolffr@ccsu.edu).

  1. The Senate Steering Committee will institute—on a trial basis—bi-monthly teaching and administrative faculty caucuses on non-Senate Mondays here in Vance 105.

  • 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.
  • Ideally, these caucuses would be feeders to the steering committee.
  • 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.
  • Here’s a tentative schedule:
    • 30 January, Teaching Faculty
    • 6 February, Administrative Faculty
    • 5 March, Both
    • 2 April, Administrative Faculty
    • 16 April, Teaching Faculty
    • 7 May, Both?

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.

We have dates for the semester’s two Presidential forums.

14 February, 3:05.  I’ve suggested to President Miller that our topic be Program/Department Consolidation and Elimination.  There's a lot of buzz/concern going around campus right now, and I think the university needs to hear more about it from Dr. Miller.

The second forum will be on Wednesday, 18 April at 1:40. At that time, Sally Lesik and Carolyn Fallahi to present the 2nd half of their Gender and Equity Study.  

I’ll have locations for the forums by out next meeting.


3. Reports--Election Committee 
 


See President's Announcements above.

4. Unfinished Business
   
          

a. Constitution and Bylaws Committee FS 11.12.017B
          

Passed Unanimously

b. Resolution from the UPBC to publish financial data from athletics. FS 11.12.018B (T. Delventhal)

There were initially 5 resolutions put before the UPBC, and one was forwarded to the faculty senate. 4 were voted down in the UPBC. [Clarification to Senate Minutes, Added on 3/26/12: The UPBC minutes of 10/19/11 state in item 3b that one item was passed, one rejected, and the remaining three pulled.]
One reason for this lack of support is because some believe that the Knight Commission report (referenced in Crundwell’s presentation) may not be a good fit for our policies. If we use that report we may be comparing apples to oranges.

There was a request from the floor for additional information on the 4 rejected resolutions. This request passed by a vote of the senators, 19 in favor, 4 opposed.

There was a request from the floor to postpone discussion until we had more complete financial data. The vote to postpone failed with 4 in favor, 39 opposed.

Two different issues came up in discussion.

1) The resolution before the senate, which is essentially already done (the data has been published). A vote in favor will institutionalize the request and make the publication of the data a regular occurrence. This passed with 2 votes against, and all other senators in favor.

2) Because the approved resolution does not cover financial information regarding Academic and Athletic spending per student, the following resolution was proposed:

An agenda item should be added for the next meeting of the Faculty Senate in which G. Crundwell and another member of the UPBC (someone who did not agree to forward any of the other 4 UPBC resolutions to the senate--N.B. See Clarification above added on 3/26/12) to present the content and arguments for and against those resolutions, and especially to present data pertaining to the use of student fees to fund athletics, and the funds spent per athletic student as opposed to funds spent on students not involved in athletics.

Paul Schlickmann asked to take part in such discussion.

G. Crundwell stated that much of his data was in the Powerpoint presentation already attached to today’s agenda. He also suggested that if the faculty senate wants to investigate this further, an ad hoc committee perhaps could take up the issue, since it had already gone through the UPBC.

The question was called--2 opposed to calling the question.

The motion passed with one opposed.


5. Adjournment at 4:20.


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