_________________ _______Faculty Senate Office
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES – Approved 4/22/2010
April 1, 2010
University Hall, Room 277
Members Present: Chong, Frehlich, Hellenbrand, Lien, Matos (Chair), Spector, Stepanek, Wolfbauer (Recording Secretary)
Members Absent: Bendavid, Broussard, Dungey, Swerkes
Guests: C. Rawitch, D. Schwartz
President Matos called the meeting to order at 1:03 p.m.
1. Approval of Minutes
MSP to approve the Minutes of February 25, 2010 and March 4, 2010 (both sets as revised).
a. Matos reported that the recently approved resolution, “Flexible, Forward-Looking
Enrollment Planning for Individual CSU Campus,” was sent to the Academic Senate of
the CSU, the Chancellor, the CSU campus Senate Chairs, the Board of Trustees, and the thCSU, Northridge Associated Students President on Tuesday, March 30.
b. Stepanek volunteered to attend the CSU Senate Chairs meeting on April 8, 2010 as
Matos is not able to attend.
c. Matos asked the SEC members to begin thinking about faculty members to serve on the
General Education Council. Nominations will be taken at the next SEC meeting on ndApril 22.
3. Policy Item – Educational Policies Committee
Diane Schwartz, Member of EPC
Cynthia Rawitch, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies
2nd Reading – Major and Minor Policy
Schwartz said that the changes recommended by SEC during their last meeting on March 4
have been made to the policy statement. Further discussion and more suggestions were
made by SEC. It was requested that a clean copy of the policy, as it will appear in the
catalog, be added to the end of the document and that the sections be listed in a logical
MSP to forward to the Senate, with suggested changes, for a first reading.
4. Election Results: Faculty Officers, Statewide Academic Senators, Senators-at-Large and Standing Committee representatives
Faculty President (2 year term): Steven Stepanek, Computer Science Vice President of the Faculty (1 year term): Cheryl Spector, English Secretary of the Faculty (1 year term): Sandra Chong, Elementary Education
CSU Academic Senator (3 year term): Jennifer Matos, Biology
CSU Academic Senator (2 year term): Sandra Chong, Elementary Education
Senators-at-Large (six Senators, 2 year terms):
Amy Levin, Social Work; Magnhild Lien, Mathematics; Michael Neubauer, Mathematics; Diane Schwartz, Computer Science; David Wakefield, Child and Adolescent Development; Veda Ward, Recreation and Tourism Management
Academic Technology Committee (1 member):
Mary Schaffer, Cinema & Television Arts
Educational Equity Committee (3 members):
Amy Denissen, Sociology
Ana Sanchez-Munoz, Chicano/a Studies
Dianah Wynter, Cinema & Television Arts
Educational Policies Committee (2 members):
Lawrence Becker, Political Science
Paula DiMarco, Art
Educational Resources Committee (2 members):
Michael Barrett, Library
Barry Cleveland, Theatre
Graduate Studies Committee (3 members):
Leilani Hall, English
Bruno Osorno, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Merril Simon, Educational Psychology and Counseling
Library Committee (1 member):
Lindsay Hansen, Library
Learning Resource Advisory Committee (1 member):
Jill Razani, Psychology
5. 2010-2011 Senate Calendar Approval
Link to approved calendar: http://www.csun.edu/senate/SEC/senatecalendar2010-11.pdf
The SEC reviewed a draft version of the 2010-11 Senate calendar. Wolfbauer mentioned that this proposed calendar is very similar to the 2009-10 Senate calendar and that it takes
into consideration next year’s CSU Statewide Academic Senate meetings and CSU Senate
Chairs meetings. Stepanek pointed out that the calendars for the CSU Statewide Academic
Senate and the Board of Trustees are still tentative and will not be approved until May; so it
is possible that minor changes may need to be made. Spector mentioned that Freshman
Convocation is on September 2, so we may wish to consider an early adjournment.
MSP to approve the 2010-2011 Senate calendar as presented.
6. Review of Standing Committee Minutes
Academic Technology (On 11/10, ATC and ERC held a joint meeting. A resolution was
introduced regarding implementing guidelines on technology impacting instruction; 12/4 –
the resolution was voted against; 11/10, 12/4 – no policies)
Educational Policies Committee (2/10, 2/24 – no policies; Departments are continuing to
reclassify courses with S-factor units to other categories such as C-10 and C-15. Four C-
factor reclassifications have been submitted by the Theatre department; the reclassification
will increase the class size, accommodating a greater number of students.
Extended Learning (10/21 – no policies; there was discussion on changing the committee’s
charge. Discussion may continue on this topic at future meetings; A proposal for a new
Certificate of Advanced Professional Development for Speech-Language Pathology
Assistant Licensure was brought forward. It will go through the normal approval process.)
Educational Resources (11/10 - see the Academic Technology report above)
7. Provost’s Report – Harry Hellenbrand
Provost Hellenbrand mentioned the following:
1. We are expecting a 5-7 percent cut next year; however, we have planned for a deeper cut.
The 5-7 percent cut expectation is based on the assumptions that we’d receive the
general fund dollars, the 10% enrollment cut mandate is enforced, and the federal
stimulus money that we received this year will be replaced by state dollars next year.
2. The Deans were told that they can finalize scheduling for Fall 2010. Plans are in place if
we have to deal with a worst case scenario; we have enough money in reserves as we
have planned for a deeper budget cut. We anticipate a good summer with profits that
will carry over to next year. $2 million dollars in federal stimulus funds will be moved
into the departments; it will be used to save part-time faculty jobs and buy flexibility for
3. We will start the process for hiring between 30-50 new faculty members to begin in
2011-12. New positions are allocated based on either new FTE, SFRs by College,
and/or national averages.
8. Other Business
1. Membership on 2010-2011 Senate Executive Committee – According to the Faculty
Bylaws, the senior Statewide Academic Senator serves on SEC. Elections for the 2010-th2011 SEC committee will take place at the May 13 Senate meeting. SEC discussed
membership given that we have some overlapping positions.
2. Men’s Basketball – Matos read from an article in U.S. New & World Report which
mentions CSUN’s low graduation rate of its men’s basketball players. A suggestion was
made for Matos and other faculty members to meet with Tom McCarron, Rick Mazzuto
and President Koester to get an update on this issue and to see what can be done to
address this concern. Frehlich volunteered to participate in this meeting; other faculty
members suggested include Michael Neubauer and Veda Ward.
3. Late Spring Breaks – Spector expressed her concern about spring break falling so late in
the semester this year and in future academic calendars; she felt that it was not good
pedagogically for our students and it should occur closer to the middle of the semester.
9. Set Agenda for April 15, 2010 Senate Meeting
? Spring 2010 Election Results
? Major and Minor Policy (EPC)
? Senate Reports
Meeting adjourned at 2:53 p.m.
Submitted by: Heidi Wolfbauer, Recording Secretary
Sandra Chong, Secretary of the Faculty