Cleveland State University

Faculty Senate

DECEMBER 3, 2008

I. Approval of the Agenda for the December 3, 2008 Meeting
II. Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 5, 2008
Report of the Faculty Senate President
University Curriculum Committeel
University Admissions and Standards Committee
University Faculty Affairs Committee
VII. Report of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer
VIII. Report of the President of the University)
IX. New Business

PRESENT:  Barrow, Beasley, Belovich, Berlin Ray, Cagan, Dixit, Duffy, Goodell, Gordon-Pershey, C. Hansman, Kalafatis, S. Kaufman, Komar, Larson, Little, Madhavaram for Gross, Meier, Meiksins, Mikelbank, K. O’Neill, Rashidi, G. Ray, H. Robertson, E. Rogers, Rom, J. Sawicki, Shukla, Silberger, M. Smith, Steinberg, Sterio, Tukel, Visocky-O’Grady, Vonderwell, Welfel, Weyman, J. Wilson, Xu, Yu, Zhou.

C. Bailey, Benmerzouga, Bonder, Droney, Ghorashi, Hanniford, Heinrich, Markovic, McLoughlin, Olson, M. J. Saunders, M. Schwartz, D. Stewart for L. Patterson, Sutton.

ABSENT:  C. Alexander, C.C. Bowen, W. Bowen, Hollinger, M. D. Jones, Mensforth, B. Ray, Tebeau. 

 Anagnostos, J. Boyle, Q. Brooks, Carlton, Drnek, E. Hill, Mearns, Nuru-Holm, L. E. Reed, Sadlek, Scherer, Thornton, Vogelsang.

ALSO PRESENT:   Engelking, Jeziorowski.

Senate President Jerzy Sawicki called the meeting to order at 3:05 P.M.

I.          Approval of the Agenda for the December 3, 2008 Meeting

            Acceptance of the Agenda for the December 3, 2008 meeting was moved, seconded and approved.

II.        Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 5, 2008

            Acceptance of the Minutes of the November 5, 2008 meeting was moved, seconded and approved.

III.       Report of the Faculty Senate President

            Senate President Jerzy Sawicki reported that he had attended a meeting of the Ohio Faculty Council at the Ohio Board of Regents on November 14, 2008.  During that meeting, Chancellor Eric Fingerhut briefed OFC by telephone and emphasized two points.  First, the Chancellor mentioned that Ohio is making progress in terms of implementation of his ten-year strategic plan.  Specifically he noted progress on enrollment and the tuition increase.  He also praised the feedback from many constituencies.  State leaders at universities had noted that the plan has received national attention.  Senate President Sawicki said that he is sure that some members of Senate noted the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education magazine about the Chancellor’s plan.  The tension has generated a positive impression of policy makers in the State which was the point of the plan.  Second, the Chancellor spoke about the budget.  He noted that the challenge will be in the next biennium and it will be difficult to keep momentum in the face of this difficult economy.  The Chancellor said that the next budget will not be slow grow or flat.  It will be a contraction budget.  He appealed to everyone to remain calm and to have a positive attitude.  The Chancellor said, however, that the initial budget numbers might change if we see that the economy recovers.  He emphasized that higher education will be a priority within the Governor’s budget but that it might not feel like a priority given the overall context of the tight budget.

            Senate President Sawicki commented that it looks like the next year for Cleveland State University will be bad in terms of finances.  The State budget allocation will be much lower and this is the time that the Faculty Senate Budget and Finance Committee will probably play one of the most important roles among all Senate committees.  The charge to the committee is to provide an effective channel through faculty and other university constituents that can have significant input into the budget process.  The committee can receive timely information about the process and can provide advice and assessment through the process.  The Greenbook contemplates that the committee should report at each Faculty Senate meeting on current and future budgetary matters.  Due to the seriousness of the current and coming budget issues, it was proposed at the last Academic Steering Committee meeting that this Greenbook stipulation will be enforced.  Senate President Sawicki noted that he has asked the Senate Budget and Finance Committee to report on what is happening with the Cleveland State University budget at every Faculty Senate meeting starting with the first Senate meeting in 2009.  In addition, to ensure fuller and swifter communication over financial and budgetary matters, the Academic Steering Committee recommended that the chairperson of this committee should serve as an ex officio voting member of the Academic Steering Committee.  The committee members were encouraged to stay in continuous contact with Vice President Jack Boyle and his staff regarding the budget. 

IV.       University Curriculum Committee

            Proposed Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering
            (Report No. 12, 2008-2009)

            Professor John Jeziorowski, chair of the University Curriculum Committee, reported that he has one item for Senate’s consideration this afternoon.  This item has to do with the proposed Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering.  He noted that this is a full proposal.  The PDP for this proposal was previously reviewed and approved by the UCC on March 18, 2008 and the proposal was presented to the Steering Committee for informational purposes on April 9, 2008.  The full proposal for the MS in Biomedical Engineering was previously considered by the UCC and approved with modifications on November 14, 2008.  Responses to and revisions made to the document were submitted to the UCC by Professor Joanne Belovich via email.  The revised proposal was presented to the Academic Steering Committee of Faculty Senate on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 and was withdrawn from further consideration at that time due to questions that could not be answered at the Steering Committee meeting.  Since that time, UCC has formulated those questions and communicated them to the principles of the proposal, received responses to the questions, circulated those responses to the UCC membership, and the UCC membership by majority vote approved once again the MS in Biomedical Engineering proposal.  The UCC presents the proposal to Senate today for consideration and discussion.  Professor Jeziorowski noted that Senator Joanne Belovich, the principle of the proposal, is at Senate today to address details if there are questions that he is unable to answer.

            Senator Peter Meiksins inquired, as a point of information, if the members of Senate have seen the proposal.  Professor Jeziorowski responded that the proposal was emailed to Senate members on Tuesday, December 2, 2008.

            There being no further discussion, Senate President Sawicki noted that the University Curriculum Committee has proposed a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering and asked Senate members to vote.  The proposed Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering was approved unanimously by voice vote.

V.        University Admissions and Standards Committee

Proposed Articulation Agreement between Cleveland State University Engineering Technology Department and Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Engineering Technology Program (Report No. 13, 2008-2009)

            Senator Peter Meiksins, chair of the University Admissions and Standards Committee, stated that the Committee has a proposal to create an Articulation Agreement between Cleveland State University’s program in Engineering Technology and the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Engineering Technology program.  He noted that this proposal was submitted to the Committee some time back and the Committee reviewed it very carefully.  Fortunately, the University Registrar sits on the Admissions and Standards Committee and was able to help with the technical issues of how one articulates with a secondary educational system.  Essentially, the CSU Engineering Technology program is offering the students in this program, who follow the program as outlined, either waivers for some requirements that might ordinarily be imposed on students that did it through the regular process or/and credit for courses taken while in high school.  The courses for which they would get credit are courses designed by and overseen by CSU Engineering Technology faculty and there are various conditions on what the students have to do in order to gain credit for them.  The qualification that needs to be added is that under State law, some of these credits that are being given here are essentially mandated that post-secondary institutions must accept them.  Cuyahoga Community College does accept them.  What might otherwise happen is that these credits would simply be accepted by Tri-C and then would be transferred to us through Tri-C.  So, we are simply doing what we probably would wind up doing anyway by accepting these credits and that persuaded those members of the Admission and Standards Committee including him, who had questions about the wisdom of giving students credit for high school level courses at the college level, to approve this proposal.  The largest number of credits that a student could acquire is either 16 or 18 in one of the two programs and there are fairly clear guidelines as to what is supposed to happen.  The Admissions and Standards Committee was satisfied that the program is in fact going to have very careful oversight over what goes on in the high school program and that the students who come over here would be admissible under our normal admissions standards.  In the end, the Admissions and Standards Committee recommended approval of the Articulation Agreement.  Senator Meiksins noted that there are some people here who represent the program.  Professor Majid Rashidi has been involved in the program so if Senators have questions, he will refer them to Professor Rashidi.

            Senator Aushtosh Dixit asked if there needs to be an extra coordination mechanism if we are getting the credits directly from the institution rather than from Tri-C.  Senator Meiksins responded that there are provisions in the agreement that a representative of the program at Cleveland State University will be charged with this and the chair of Engineering Technology is charged with making regular reviews of the program and submitting a written report on the nature of that review so that there is some record of what happened and some paper trail essentially documenting the fact that we are keeping an eye on what’s going on.

            Senator Dixit commented that he was thinking it maybe creates an additional burden on us because of whatever Tri-C was doing.  Senator Meiksins stated that he understands that the courses in question are courses in which CSU faculty will have been involved at least in the design phase so that they will have some oversight of it and in some respects it simplifies it and there is additional quality control here inasmuch as now we are directly involved in stipulating what the content of the curriculum should be.

            Senator Stephen Duffy inquired if this is the first Articulation Agreement we’ve ever had with a high school.  Senator Meiksins responded that this is the first one he knows of but it is not the only one on the table.  There is another one on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the Admissions and Standards Committee from another college.

            Senator Duffy stated that he finds that a little curious because he has been out to a number of high schools and these organizations have Articulation Agreements with many universities.

            Senator Peter Meiksins inquired of Ms. Heike Heinrich, Director of the Partnership Program in Enrollment Services, if CSU does have other Articulation Agreements.  Ms. Heinrich replied that there is an Articulation Agreement in Business.  Senator Meiksins noted that we obviously have not done very much of this kind of thing for whatever reason.

            There being no further questions or discussion, Senate President Sawicki noted that the University Admissions and Standards Committee has proposed an Articulation Agreement between the Cleveland State University Engineering Technology Department and the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Engineering Technology Program and asked Senators to vote.  The proposed Articulation Agreement between the Cleveland State University Engineering Technology Department and the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Engineering Technology Program was approved unanimously by voice vote.

            Senate President Jerzy Sawicki stated that the next item is the report by the University Faculty Affairs Committee from Professor Gary Dyer, chair of the committee.  Unfortunately, Professor Dyer informed him (Jerzy Sawicki) that he has a class right now and he cannot provide the report and he designated Senator Connie Hollinger, a member of UFAC, to present the report.  Unfortunately, Professor Hollinger informed Senate President Sawicki that due to some circumstances that happened today, she cannot attend the Senate meeting so if there is no objection, he (Jerzy Sawicki) proposes that this report be presented by Faculty Senate Vice President James Wilson.  In addition, he noted that this is the first reading of the proposal since it is a revision of the Personnel Policies and Bylaws.

VI.       University Faculty Affairs Committee

Proposed Revision to the Personnel Policies and Bylaws, Section 8.2.3 Article III, D) Academic Steering Committee – First Reading
            (Report No. 14, 2008-2009)

            Vice President James Wilson stated that the Academic Steering Committee recommended a revision to the Bylaws because members were not familiar with the budget.  Earlier in the year he had recommended including the chair of the Budget Committee on the Academic Steering Committee and the Steering Committee agreed that the chair of the Budget Committee should be a member of the Steering Committee.

            Senator Stephen Duffy commented that given the state of finances for higher education in Ohio, he wondered if he could move to suspend the second reading of the proposed revision to the Bylaws and move to approve this proposal today.

            Senator Peter Meiksins stated that the Bylaws say how you can vote.  You cannot vote on the motion when the first reading is being held.

            Senate Vice President Jim Wilson noted that the Steering Committee can invite the chair of the Budget Committee to attend meetings until the proposed revision goes through the process.

            Senator David Larson suggested having a resolution to invite the chair of the Senate Budget and Finance Committee to attend meetings of the Steering Committee until Senate approves the proposed revision to the Bylaws.

VII.     Report of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer

            Provost Mary Jane Saunders noted that Barbara Margolius just stepped into the room and she would like to thank her for serving as the Director of the Honors Program from its inception.  She has done an excellent job.  Everyone applauded. 

Provost Saunders also noted that Professor Liz Lehfeldt will be going on sabbatical during the spring.  She mentioned the importance of Liz’s work on the General Education Committee and the first year experience as well as working with the Learning Communities and the Library Staff.  She wanted to thank Liz Lehfeldt for doing all of that. 

Provost Saunders reported that Chancellor Eric Fingerhut would be coming to campus on Thursday, February 5, 2009 and will be meeting with the Students and Faculty the morning of Friday, February 6, 2009.  He likes to visit with the students and the faculty.  At this point, Provost Saunders asked for volunteers to educate the Chancellor on what CSU is all about.

Provost Saunders talked about enrollment.  The President is putting together a President’s Commission on Enrollment.  The administration, faculty and deans have been working on this and will continue through the spring as we move ahead.

Lastly, Provost Saunders thanked everyone for a successful semester and for all of their hard work.  She wished everyone a happy holiday break.

Senator Stephen Duffy commented, relative to enrollments and the number of parents from the Buffalo, Columbus, Cincinnati areas, it would have been helpful to have seen what we marketed in those areas and what brought them to our campus.  It is a good idea to screen what goes out in the various markets.

Vice President Mike Droney noted that before a presentation is put together, students are informed that if they are in the area, they should check out our website at:  He added that we buy mailing lists from SAT and ACT.  In addition, our recruiters actually go into the high schools.

Provost Saunders stated that having potential undergraduates visit with faculty is a great idea.

VIII.    Report of the President of the University

            President Michael Schwartz reported that the presidents have been summoned to the Governor’s Office tomorrow morning and to the Chancellor’s office at 3:30 P.M. to continue the conversation on the budget.  There will not be good news.  This budget has already been cut twice and the universities have been spared in both of those.  We are going to be asked to shoulder some of this burden.  The cut will be over $600 million, and it could be as much as $7.3 billion.  The Governor has a very strong commitment to higher education.  Senator Harris, President of the Senate, said it will be very difficult to pull the rug out.  President Schwartz noted that he has said to his Cabinet that there are a few things to be thinking about here – matters of health and safety on this campus.  We cannot let those things go or we will not survive.  It is a fundamental obligation of the university to put on our academic side the highest possible level given the resources we have.  Sixteen thousand students are on our campus every week.  Now is the right time to commit to the highest level programs as we can because it is all about them, the students.  There will be no damage to our existing revenue sources.

            President Schwartz reported on enrollment growth.  He heard from Vice President Mike Droney that applications for spring, both undergraduate and graduate, are up.  That is good news.  Health and safety, academic programs and things that provide revenue for those programs – those things we cannot touch much.  President Schwartz stated that in his 33 years in higher education, this is the toughest situation he has seen in Ohio.  He reported that has recommended the following:

            A hiring freeze
            Curtailing all out-of state travel
            Stopping overtime
            Asking departments to curtail holiday parties

President Schwartz noted that all suggestions and ideas about how we might manage this crisis will be taken very seriously.  This will not be pretty.

            Senator Jennifer Visocky-O’Grady commented that at Kent State in the art department, there are no Monday-Wednesday-Friday classes; only Monday and Wednesday classes in order to save money.

            Senator Elizabeth Welfel asked how the student loan credit crunch is going to effect enrollment.  President Schwartz responded that we have not felt that here.  This is a big concern.  We may see some transfer of students from small private schools to public schools.  We might have concern about tuition increases.

            Senator Diane Steinberg inquired if the applications have been processed yet.  Vice President Mike Droney replied that yes, they have been processed.  Spring of this year was compared with spring of last year – undergraduates, transfers, and domestic graduates. 

            27% graduates
            6% freshmen
            7% international undergraduates and they are up

Continuing, Mike Droney stated that we are down on international graduates, anticipating their costs and tuition.

            Senator Stephen Duffy asked if we are on schedule with completion of the new dorm.  President Schwartz replied that the first plan was to sell bonds and secure those bonds for revenues – even general receipts bonds.  There are no bonds left in this market.  We worked with the banks.  We will break ground for the new dorm in January 2009.

            Senate Vice President Jim Wilson asked if the economy is affecting our ongoing projects.  President Michael Schwartz replied, “No.  We are going to be okay.”

            Senator Dixit commented that this might be a good time to hire because if nobody is hiring, we are going to get better faculty.

            President Schwartz commented that whatever the cut is from the State share of instruction, we also had somebody investing in the market.  Kids are still going to school and research is ongoing.

            Senator Elice Rogers said that she wanted to acknowledge the work of Professor Mareyjoyce Green, Director of the Women’s Comprehensive Program, who will be retiring this year.  If we look at social policies and the cultural landscape, Mareyjoyce Green has done much work there and will be greatly missed.

IX.       New Business

            There being no further business, Senate President Jerzy Sawicki asked for a motion to adjourn.  It was moved, seconded and the meeting adjourned at 3:55 P.M.


                                                            Heidi H. Meier
                                                            Faculty Senate Secretary


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