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Academic Senate News

Rick Luttmann is our representative to the Academic Senate. Below are his notes from AS meetings.

Summary of Academic Senate meeting 16 May 2019

The most significant issue at this meeting was the continued Second Reading of a major proposal from EPC (Educational Policies Committee) for the complete restructuring of the SSU program in General Education, and the consideration of a proposal to refer the proposal to the full faculty for a referendum vote.

As previously noted, this proposal has been in gestation for over a year. It was originated by the General Education Revision Committee before being brought to EPC. The committee had begun its work before the Chancellor’s Office disOrders on the subject but after the WASC report on our GE program. According to EPC Chair Jenn Lillig, there was robust discussion about all major issues, and naturally some intractable disagreements, but the final document was approved unanimously.

Before this item came up for discussion, however, several other matters were considered.

The Senate agreed to posthumous awarding of a degree to a student who was killed in an automobile accident the previous week, Brayan Pena Rodriguez.

S&F announced the results of the election for two Senators to serve At-Large on the Executive Committee. The only two candidates were the incumbents, so they will serve for the next academic year.

The proposal to revise the charge to SAC was approved at the Second Reading. The changes are minor and mostly bring the charge up to date.

On the Second Reading of Strategic Priorities for 2019-2020 from APARC, the proposal passed.

On Second Reading, continued from the previous meeting for lack of time, the request from SAC to endorse the Academic Advising Task Force report was passed.

Regarding the GE reform: At the request of a Senator, a proposal to refer the GE reform package to the full faculty for a referendum vote was agendized. This action was considered before the discussion of the GE proposal itself, since that discussion would be rendered moot by a vote to put the matter to a full faculty referendum. Compelling arguments were made that this referendum is appropriate, considering the magnitude of the changes involved, their controversial nature, and the significant concerns many faculty members not on the Senate have raised. On the other hand, some Senators believed the Senate would be shirking its duty as a representative body to “pass the buck” to the whole faculty. Timing issues were raised as well, since there would be no time for a referendum until the fall term begins, and meantime the Administration would be forced to “impose” in order to meet the Chancellor’s Office requirements. But on this point, some argued that letting the Administration impose rather than “pulling the trigger on ourselves” might be an appropriate way to protest.

On a paper ballot vote, the motion for a referendum failed 6 to 18.

Thereafter, several relatively minor amendments were adopted and the revised package was approved.

Summary of Academic Senate meeting 2 May 2019

The most significant issue at this meeting was the Second Reading of a major proposal from EPC (Educational Policies Committee) for the complete restructuring of the SSU program in General Education.

As previously noted, this proposal has been in gestation for over a year. It was originated by the General Education Revision Committee before being brought to EPC. The committee had begun its work before the Chancellor’s Office disOrders on the subject but after the WASC report on our GE program. According to EPC Chair Jenn Lillig, there was robust discussion about all major issues, and naturally some intractable disagreements, but the final document was approved unanimously.

Before this item came up for discussion, however, several other matters were considered.

There was a proposal to revise the charge to SAC, up for a First Reading. The changes are minor and mostly bring the charge up to date.

There was a First Reading of Strategic Priorities for 2019-2020 from APARC.

The Second Reading of the request from SAC to endorse the Academic Advising Task Force report was continued to the next meeting for lack of time.

At a previous meeting, a motion to endorse and associate ourselves with a resolution from the Academic Senate at CSU Chico was considered; this resolution made a negative recommendation to the Statewide Academic Senate regarding the (statewide) GE Task Force report. At the second Reading on 18 April, the proposer made a motion to substitute a milder and more neutral resolution from the Fullerton Academic Senate. The body agreed to substitute this document for the one from Chico in the motion under consideration. However, due to lack of opportunity to carefully review this newly substituted document, the Senate voted to continue the matter till this meeting, and the document was approved.

Regarding the GE reform: A Senator asked to agendize a proposal to refer the GE reform package to the full faculty for a referendum vote. However, the discussion of the GE package itself consumed all of the remaining meeting time, even including several extensions beyond the usual 5:00 adjournment time. So, this matter was continued to the next meeting on 16 May 2019, the final meeting of the Academic Senate for the Spring 2019 term.

Several motions to amend were considered.

I moved to divide the question, and consider various parts of the proposal separately. There was considerable discussion about how to divide the question, whether into five parts, four parts, or three parts. After settling on considering a motion to divide the proposal into three parts, the motion to divide was defeated.

Then I moved to change the language regarding GE Instruction Developmental Courses from “required” to “recommended”. After considerable (and heated) discussion, this motion was passed, although with far from a majority.

Then I moved to delete the four pages on “Sea Lanes”, on the grounds that, however promising an idea this is, it is far from fleshed out and is not ready for Senate endorsement. This motion was defeated.

As time ran out, the GE revision (as well as the proposal for a full-faculty referendum) was continued to the next and final Senate meeting.

Summary of Academic Senate meeting 18 April 2019

The most significant issue at this meeting was the First Reading of a major proposal from EPC (Educational Policies Committee) for the complete restructuring of the SSU program in General Education. Because of the enormousness of this proposal, the usual period of 15 minutes for a First Reading was extended to 45 minutes and then increased by 10 minutes.

This proposal has been in gestation for over a year. It was originated by the General Education Revision Committee before being brought to EPC. The committee had begun its work before the Chancellor’s Office Disorders on the subject but after the WASC report on our GE program. According to EPC Chair Jenn Lillig there was robust discussion about all major issues, and naturally some intractable disagreements, but the final document was approved unanimously.

The changes proposed are too complex to be detailed here. Those interested in the details are advised to look at the Senate agenda here, pages 9 through 68.

At the previous meeting, a motion to endorse and associate ourselves with a resolution from the Academic Senate at CSU Chico was considered; this resolution made a negative recommendation to the Statewide Academic Senate regarding the (statewide) GE Task Force report.

At this second Reading, the proposer made a motion to substitute a milder and more neutral resolution from the Fullerton Academic Senate. The body agreed to substitute this document for the one from Chico in the motion under consideration. However, due to lack of opportunity to carefully review this newly substituted document, the Senate voted to continue the matter till the next meeting (8 May 2019).

The third item of business was a First Reading of a proposal from SAC to endorse the Academic Advising Task Force Report. This Report thoroughly revises and strengthens the entire Advising structure for students at SSU.

Finally, a proposal was considered for First Reading from Structure and Functions to amend the By-Laws to change the name of the Faculty Subcommittee on Sponsored Programs (FSSP) to the Faculty Subcommittee on Scholarly Activities (FSSA). Principally this change is to recognize a de facto increase in the scope of the Subcommittee’s interests. The Senate voted to waive the First Reading and went on to pass the amendment to the By-Laws.

Other matters which came before this Senate meeting:

President Sakaki reported on a very successful “Open House” the previous weekend. The purpose was to recruit undecided students and their families to apply for admission to SSU. She also reported that the 28,000 applicants to the CSU who do not get into their choice of campus will be redirected to other campuses which are short of applicants, including ours. Finally, she noted that the fee for application materials, which was last raised from $45 to $55 in 1989, has been raised to $70.

Provost Vollendorf reported on the ongoing searches for Deans in Business/Economics and Social Science. She also briefly described a proposal for an upper-division GE mathematics requirement that might kick in about 2025.

CFO Lopes reported on new policies for Gift Acceptance, and that there have been changes in the way internal fees are calculated for auxiliaries using University resources.