Cleveland State University

Faculty Senate

December 4, 2002

I. Eulogy for Howard A. Mims (Speech & Hearing)
II. Approval of the Agenda
III. Approval of the Minutes of the November 6, 2002 Meeting
IV. Discussion on Proposal for a Cleveland State University Honors Program (Report No. 5, 2002-2003)
V.University President's Report
VI. Senate President's Report
VII.New Business

PRESENT: David Adams, E. Anderson, Ball, Barbato, J. Bazyk, Buckley, Charity, B. Cook, Dieterich, Dobda, Doerder, Droney, Ekelman, Forte, Geier, Govea, B. Green, Gross, Hanlon, S. Hill, Jeffres, L. Keller, Konangi, Kuo, Larson, McCahon, J. McIntyre, Misra, Moutafakis, N. Nelson, Nuru-Holm, Ng, L. Patterson, Rom, A. Schwartz, M. Schwartz, M. Smith, Spicer, Thornton, Webster, J. G. Wilson.
ABSENT/EXCUSED: C. Alexander, Annapragada, Atherton, Bagaka's, Bathala, Beckette, Burt, Dillard, Hinds, M. Kaufman, Kiel, Lambert, Lopresti, McLoughlin, Meeting, Nolan, Perkins, Lee Reed, Rosentraub, Sawicki, Scherer, Shah, Sparks, Spiker, Steinglass, Stivers, Tewari, Tumeo, Wadhwa, J. Webb, F. White.

Senate President Vijay Konangi called the meeting to order at 3:08 P.M.

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I. Eulogy for Howard A. Mims (Speech & Hearing)

Professor David A. Metz delivered the Eulogy.

"Howard Alexander Mims was born in Saginaw, Michigan on December 8, 1930. He was the second of six sons born to Stephen W. Mims, Sr. and Naomi M. Mims (nee, Smith). The formative years of his life were spent in the all Black farming community of Boley, Oklahoma. He graduated from Miller High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1948. He attended Highland Park Junior College for one year and in 1952, he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) with a major in Social Science and a minor in English. The Master of Arts degree in Public Address (Communication) was received from Wayne University in 1954 and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology was conferred by Western Reserve University in 1963. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy was received from Case Western Reserve University in Speech-Language Pathology in 1971.

Dr. Mims taught for a year in the Detroit Public Schools until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954. In 1956 he joined the faculty of the Department of Communication at his alma mater, Hampton University, for a period of two years. He worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Cleveland, Ohio Public Schools for six years and taught part time for the Ohio University Cleveland extension before joining the Cleveland State University faculty when the University opened in September 1965. He was the first Speech-Language Pathologist to work at Cleveland State University where he founded the Speech and Hearing program and laid the groundwork for a speech and hearing clinic during his early years at the University.

At the time of his retirement on July 1, 2001, he held the rank of Professor in the Cleveland State University Department of Speech and Hearing with a joint appointment in the Department of Communication. He was also the Director of the Cleveland State University Black Studies Program, a position to which he was appointed in January 1991. In addition to his administrative duties as Director of Black Studies, he taught a Black Studies course in each of his two departments and a summer seminar titled, "Dialect Differences in the School." He was a researcher and frequent lecturer and consultant both locally and nationally in the area of vernacular dialects with a special emphasis on African American Vernacular English (also called Ebonics) as related to school success. In the Department of Speech and Hearing, he taught the course, "Urban Language Patterns" which provided information on African American Vernacular English. In the Department of Communication, he taught the course, "The Rhetoric of Black America," which is a study of the oratory of African Americans from the colonial period to the present. He has lectured on dialect and on Black political and social thought as found in the vast literature of the oratory of African Americans. He has also lectured on other aspects of African American history, life, and culture.

From 1976 until his retirement, he was host and producer of "Images," a public affairs radio forum sponsored by the Cleveland State University Black Studies Program and heard weekly on four Cleveland area radio stations: WNCX-FM/98.5, WZAK-FM/93.1, WCSB-FM/89.3, and WJMO-AM/1490.

For ten years, he managed Lee-Fam Enterprises; he did nation-wide bookings and represented four jazz-oriented musical aggregations. The groups were "The Brass Company," a big jazz brass ensemble led by Bill Lee, Bill Hardman, and Billy Higgins; the "Clifford Jordan Quartet," "The New York Bass Violin Choir," which included seven of America's topp jazz bass players, and "The Descendants of Mike & Phoebe," a jazz-folk ensemble composed of Consuela Lee, Bill Lee, A. Grace Lee Mims, Cliff Lee, and a jazz drummer. This experience in the management of musical aggregations prepared him for his later responsibility as founder/managing-director of the professional not-for-profit sixteen-piece performance and educational jazz orchestra, the Jazz Heritage Orchestra, which is officially in residence in the Cleveland State University Black Studies Program.

Over the years he received numerous awards and honors, including the Hampton University Alumni Merit Award, 1986; the Distinguished Faculty Award from Cleveland State University Black Faculty and Alumni, 1990 and 1996; nominated as "Outstanding Educator of 1993" by Northern Ohio Live Magazine; selected as one of the "Top 15 Educators of the Cleveland area" in "Success Guide," 1991; and recipient of "The First Annual Legends in Education Award" from Metropolitan Cleveland Alliance of Black School Educators, 1996.

Dr. Mims served as President and as Vice President of the Cleveland Chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association, Inc. for several terms, and was Chairperson for 35 years of the Hampton Alumni Scholarship Committee which administers the organization's scholarship fund. He and his wife, A. Grace Lee Mims, chairperson of the annual fund raising Scholarship Benefit Committee of 35 years, have also established their own annual Howard A. & A. Grace Lee Mims Scholarship of $1,000.00 for a Cleveland area student attending Hampton University.

He was a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Cleveland School of the Arts and has served on the Board's Music Committee. He was appointed by Mayor Michael R. White to the Cleveland Bicentennial Planning Committee in 1991. In October 1992, he was appointed by Mayor White as one of 29 members of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission and served on the History Committee of the Bicentennial Commission. Over the years he has served on committees and advisory boards of Cleveland area institutions such as the Cleveland African American Museum.

While at Cleveland State University, he served as an advisor to student organizations and served on and chaired numerous University, College, and Departmental committees, councils, and boards. He has also served on boards and committees of national professional organizations related to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Black Studies. In addition to his other CSU activities, he was a member of the CSU Black Faculty and Staff Organization.

Dr. Howard Mims is survived by his wife of 48 years, A. Grace Lee Mims, and five brothers.

A quote from President Schwartz's Inaugural Address speaks to people like Howard Mims.

"There is a kind of nobility in the work that helps people to change their lives, just as there is a kind of nobility in the very effort to change one's own life. Our students and those of us who meet with them every day come together at the nexus of noble aspirations and noble work. Our society ought to respect that; it ought to treat that as heroic. But of course we live in a society that tragically fails to make heroes of all the people it needs most. And among those persons it needs most are the life-changers among us."

Howard was indeed a life changer. He had a positive effect on thousands of students' lives and he left in place programs that will continue to benefit Cleveland State University and its students."

Senate President Konangi asked everyone to please observe a moment of silence in the memory of Dr. Howard A. Mims.

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II. Approval of the Agenda
Acceptance of the Agenda for December 4, 2002 was moved, seconded, and approved.

III. Approval of the Minutes of the November 6, 2002 Meeting
Acceptance of the Minutes of the November 6, 2002 meeting was moved, seconded, and approved.

IV. Discussion on Proposal for a Cleveland State University Honors Program (Report No. 5, 2002-2003)
Dr. Konangi reported that late last Spring, the Academic Steering Committee appointed an ad hoc Committee to formulate a proposal for an Honors Program. At that time, the President and the Provost wanted the proposal to be formulated by the end of this semester so that it could be used for planning as far as the budget is concerned. At the last Steering Committee meeting, the Steering Committee decided to send this proposal to the University Curriculum Committee and the Admissions and Standards Committee for their recommendation. In addition, the ad hoc Committee wanted a wide-spread discussion within the campus as far as the proposal is concerned and that is why it is on the Agenda for today's meeting.

Dr. Konangi noted that Professor Patricia Falk from the Law School, chair of the Committee, was not able to be here this afternoon because of her class conflict. Professor Sarah Matthews, a member of the Committee will make the presentation and then we will have a discussion on the proposal.

Professor Sarah Matthews, a member of the ad hoc Committee on Honors Initiative, stated that there are at least three members of the Committee present at Senate today -- Barbara Margolius, John Donoghue, and Bill Bowen. Professor Matthews reported that the Honors program has two entry points -- one at the freshman year and then one again at the junior year to take into account a student body that has many transfer students. The Academic Steering Committee has already sent the proposal on to the University Curriculum Committee and the Admissions and Standards Committee. Those Committees will be more appropriate recipients of comments that people may have. The work of the ad hoc Committee essentially is now completed.

Dr. Jane McIntyre wondered if the University Curriculum Committee is planning on holding open hearings or soliciting general comments broadly as opposed to just reviewing it themselves. This is the only opportunity that faculty representatives will have to make specific comments. Professor Walter Rom, chair of the University Curriculum Committee, stated that the UCC would want some wider input to see if there are any concerns, etc.

Professor Jane McIntyre stated that Professor Walter Rom may feel that it is inappropriate at this state or in Senate but, since the Honors program is listed as a discussion item, she has some specific concerns to discuss about the proposal.

Senate President Konangi stated that the recommendation from the ad hoc Committee was that Senate members and faculty members bring up issues so that the University Curriculum Committee and the Admissions and Standards Committee are aware of concerns and they can take them under advisement. Dr. Konangi pointed out that the ad hoc Committee requested that the proposal be posted on the CSU Web Site. The proposal was posted this morning so either late today or tomorrow a mass mailing will be sent to all faculty informing them that the proposal is posted on the internal Web Site.

Professor Jane McIntyre was concerned as to whether or not the numbers that are anticipated would actually be viable to have the broad spectrum of course work that is described in the proposal. Certainly the initial phase in group of 50 students would only support three courses at best. She wondered whether or not this, as an initial cohort, would make for something dynamic and have all of the characteristics that are mentioned in the proposal. If it is really important to have a wide spectrum of courses, then 50 students is not going to be enough to man a wide spectrum of courses. We might end up with two or three people in a class.

Dr. Sarah Matthews responded that the plan is to offer two classes that would be honors classes at the freshman and sophomore year, or maybe three courses per semester. Actually it is a small number of classes to take into account and there would be a relatively small number of students in the freshman and sophomore years. The Committee is very cognizant of the need to have enrollments in the courses.

Dr. Jane McIntyre stated that she was concerned about the language that was mostly in the description of the lower division program that was emphasized, and how important it was to have the course work flexibility that would meet the needs of all the students who have to take classes at different times and for different programs. Professor Matthews stated that the anticipation is that the students are going to be full-time students. The flexibility that Dr. McIntyre was talking to actually refers to primarily the School of Engineering in which their curriculum is very crowded in the freshman and sophomore year. Often they postpone the general education requirements until their junior and senior year, so the flexibility actually is with timing primarily in programs that have curriculums that are very tight during the freshman and sophomore year. Engineering students are admitted during their freshman year unlike Arts and Sciences students who are admitted and then declare majors when they are juniors. So the flexibility had more to do with the program such as the School of Engineering. Computer Science is another one in which the freshman and sophomore years are tightly scheduled. The Committee was trying for flexibility in those situations so that students could postpone some of the honors courses until later in their undergraduate career.

Dr. Jane McIntyre said that she appreciates the fact that the plan is not trying to create a situation where courses for non honor students will be taught by an increasing number of part-timers in order to have regular faculty teaching the honors classes and the budget certainly reflects that. The reference on page 15 of the report is for hiring visiting faculty rather than part-time instructors. She wondered too if that is either realistic or what the impact of that would be on programs in the university more generally. Even though Visiting instructors might be at a higher professional level than some of the part-time faculty, they are in a general way not akin to regular faculty members. She was wondering why the Committee didn't just make the recommendation that, if we want to have a program like this, we have to expand faculty slots.

Professor Sarah Matthews stated that the Committee did have a discussion about this and it wasn't clear how to handle adding faculty positions because the honors courses would be rotating through departments. There was also discussion about whether we actually needed additional faculty. This is a compromise that will probably receive more attention.

Responding to Professor Jane McIntyre's concerns, Professor Barbara Margolius stated that once we have two classes of 50 students in the program, we would actually be offering four courses per semester since there would be about 25 students per class and that would be eight new courses per year. On Dr. McIntyre's second point, the Committee was trying to put the funding at the higher replacement level on the idea that a faculty member actually has more value than just $3,000 per course. The focus was that it should be funded at the level of replacing the faculty member because our expectation is that if faculty are teaching one course in the Honors College that semester, they are devoting half of their time to the Honors College and there is more value to their time than just the $3,000. So it could be used for a visiting position if the money were allocated directly to the department. If the money were allocated in aggregate to the College, then perhaps the College would add a position. Those are issues that will require people in the program to work out specifically.

Dr. Jane McIntyre stated that she does recognize that this was reflected in the budget, but again, she is wondering if that is realistic. For instance, if we are really thinking about something such as every third year Philosophy or some other department has a faculty member in the Honors Program and they are being replaced in that semester, the impact on the regular program of bringing in somebody who is essentially a temporary faculty member, at whatever salary level, is still one of the impacts that has to be assessed and it may not even be realistic as opposed to hiring somebody in that way for one semester or one course which is what it sounds like it would be. The people who teach one course at a time are part-time faculty. Visiting positions are entirely different and it doesn't sound like that is well integrated into this particular plan. That is perhaps one more thing that has to be carefully thought out.

Dr. Barbara Green commented that this proposal is one of the best presentations of this concept that she has seen. She really was skeptical before she saw it. When she looked at the proposal, she felt that it puts a program together that makes sense and does it with minimal negative impact on anyone else. In terms of what Dr. McIntyre was talking about, we have people who go off on professional leave for a semester and we replace them. We are not talking about 20 faculty. We are talking about four sections and a small number of people and we can accommodate them. It does give an opportunity for better students at Cleveland State. If we do get better students, they will bring their friends and others along with them which is something we really need. Students have some honors classes and they are still taking some regular classes. We can see how they are doing when taking classes competing with the regular students which is important. They still have their majors and they are in different colleges. Dr. Barbara Green added that she is really very much impressed with the work the Committee has done on this proposal.

Professor Larry Keller agreed with Dr. Green. He stated that it would be fun to teach in a setting with good students. He would suggest taking footnote number 2 and putting it into the text of the proposal. That data is very telling on retention.

Professor Susan Kogler Hill wanted to go on record to thank the Honors Initiative Committee. They did an extraordinary job in a very short period of time. They answered many of the questions and reservations that faculty had.

Professor David Forte commented to the administration that if and when this program gets going, in order that figures turn around in footnote number 2, it is very important that the students have some kind of profile and creditability within the community and that they be integrated somehow in some informal or formal way with downtown institutions and other places of higher learning so that they feel they are important to our community and they know that we see them as important.

Dr. Njeri Nuru-Holm informed Senate that Cleveland State University has been approved for a charter for Alpha Lamda Delta, a freshman honors organization. Once our formal ceremony takes place, we can look forward to forwarding students who may be interested and eligible for admission into the Honors program.

Senate President Konangi stated that Walter Rom, chair of the University Curriculum Committee, and Lolita Buckner Inniss, chair of the Admissions and Standards Committee, will take the honors proposal under advisement and bring it up most likely in our next Senate meeting. The intention is to start the program in Fall 2003.

V. University President's Report
President Michael Schwartz reported that registration figures for Spring term are up about 22% today compared to one year ago. He commented that he wouldn't get terribly excited about that because Web registration is new and different. If these numbers are even slightly ahead by the time this is over, this could well be the second year in a row where our enrollment was greater in the second term than in the first. He added that if we can turn the enrollment positively and maintain it for the next couple of years, then we will start to grow our way out of some of the problems that otherwise we will have to live with for a long time. President Schwartz said that our capital allocation from the State has been cut 6.7%. We have heard from some rank and file members in the House of Representatives that they thought that maybe higher education was still a little fat and could be trimmed back some more.

President Schwartz commented about establishment of a West Side Center. The kinds of programs we are talking about are not general education kinds of things. We are going to be pretty market-driven in these matters. As far as we can tell, the best markets there are for courses at the graduate level in business, education, and maybe some in engineering. We have had some experience with this at the Lorain County Community College site where we learned the hard way that there are just certain programs that won't pay their own way. The purpose here is to meet what is growing competition and meet it head on in ways that make us convenient for people because that is a clear demand. If a West Side Center works, then we can try another one maybe in the Southwest, maybe in the East, etc. No one would ever be coerced into teaching there. This would be a matter of staffing, as far as possible, with volunteer regular faculty. With the competition for the available students growing, we either become competitive in our own market or we are going to die. Now we have Indiana Wesleyan that is putting up a $6 million facility in Independence. We know that Phoenix is on our doorstep. Myers University is moving in down the street from us at the old University Club.

President Schwartz commented that we went nose to nose with a for-profit with regard to doing a site-based MBA for a major insurance company and we beat that for-profit. They chose Cleveland State University. Today, we are doing one of a couple of information sessions on the MBA at a site at Progressive Insurance. They have signed up, just for an information session, almost 700 employees. So, if anyone has thoughts about ways in which we can do more of this, please contact President Schwartz.

At the last Board of Trustees meeting, President Michael Schwartz broached the idea of a bond issue. The Board was not asked for any action. We just wanted to introduce them to the notion that some capital projects on this campus would probably have to be funded through bonds. First, to break it into bonds that we would then later pay off at a fairly early date from capital money coming from successive capital budgets. That would account for a couple of projects one of which would be the renovation and restoration of the Howe Mansion and for an administrative center to be built on Euclid Avenue so we can vacate Fenn Tower. The idea is to get a private developer to redo Fenn Tower into student housing that it once was. Second, to bond some projects that would then be backed up with revenue streams from memberships, for example, student fees, which would be the case in the matter of a student recreation wellness center and a student union building. It has nothing to do with operating money at all. They would all have to stand on their own merit. The Trustees are more than a little interested in this and we will bring these matters to their attention for some action at the January 2003 Board meeting.

President Schwartz reported that CSU is getting quite a bit of response to the campus master plan and some of the ideas are really very helpful. We are getting some response to it also from a lot of people who aren't on this campus -- people in the community who have taken a real interest in what we would like to do long term. In the long term, of course, being able to do some of those things that are envisioned in that plan, will require capital investment by the State along with some private money.

President Schwartz commented about the Honors program. This was one of the hardest working academic committees he has ever seen and the chair, Professor Patty Falk, did a superb job. She is the person who crafted the language for the proposal. He is personally grateful for it, and, on behalf of the whole institution, he thinks he can honestly say that we all are. It was good work.

President Schwartz encouraged everyone to attend the commencement this Winter, a week from this Sunday, December 15, 2002. It will be a small class and it won't last a long time. If anyone can spare the time, by all means please be there; it is an important event.

Finally, President Schwartz congratulated Professor Qingshan Tan, associate professor in Political Science, who received a $50,000 2002 John J. and Nancy Lee Roberts Fellowship, just one of which is given every year.

Professor Andrew Gross commented that yesterday Susan Lindsey, Registrar, gave a good presentation to the College of Business about grades on the Web, but she also said that paper will still be in use. In view of Mike Droney's presentation one month ago, Professor Gross asked the President to say that we would retain paper grading for the next semester as well. President Schwartz responded, "No." He added that the sooner we get to doing that uniformly, the better off we are going to be.

VI. Senate President's Report
Senate President Vijay Konangi reported on the Program Review Committee. Last year Senate approved a motion to suspend all program reviews and to have an ad hoc committee examine the process for program review. That committee has been constituted. Professor Mike Wells, Urban Studies, is the chair of the committee. The committee is at work reviewing the process.

Senate President Konangi reported on the Ohio Faculty Council. The Ohio Faculty Council has representatives from each of the Faculty Senates in the State. This year, Senate President Konangi and Professor Rodger Govea are the representatives from this Faculty Senate. There are two items everyone should be aware of.

  1. At the last Ohio Faculty Council meeting, members were informed that there was some discussion in the Ohio legislature about mandating some form of general education requirements across the whole State. This upcoming Friday, December 6, 2003, the Ohio Faculty Council will be meeting with Chancellor Chu and he will certainly hear about it. It was fairly unanimous and there really was not much to discuss because everybody says, "On each campus you cannot change the general education requirements."
  2. The second item from the Ohio Faculty Council is regarding agreements for reciprocal tuition arrangements. The Ohio Board of Regents has set up several reciprocal tuition arrangements. These are especially in the Board radius, for example in the Cincinnati area and in Toledo, and they are also doing some in the Southeast where Ohio University is located. The whole idea is to set up relationships between Ohio two-year institutions and four-year institutions and the corresponding institutions across the border. This is meant to increase access for Ohio students so that they can take courses at institutions across the border and they would not have to pay out of state tuition because the Board of Regents would reimburse the sister institution in the other state for the in-state subsidy.

Professor Rodger Govea commented that it is really much more relevant to Youngstown State and the University of Toledo. Those would be most affected by this arrangement.

Professor Santosh Misra asked if there was any discussion, for example, between Kent State and Cleveland State for reciprocal arrangements. Dr. Konangi responded that there is a representative from the Inter-University Council who will be coming to the meeting this Friday in Columbus, and he will certainly bring that issue up. Dr. Konangi noted that this issue was brought up last year to Chancellor Chu and he said that this is for the Inter-University Council to handle.

VII. New Business

There being no new business, the meeting adjourned at 3:50 P.M.


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Cynthia A. Dieterich
Faculty Senate Secretary





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