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The LAST Academic Senate Meeting will be held on TUESDAY, May 5th, 2015.


Community Time (with snacks) begins at 2pm.

NEW LOCATION for SPRING 2015:: 1908 Smith in the MVS Decision Making Center

Academic Senate Announcements and Reminders

Election Information

Elections for Senate and Senate Advisory Committees: The Committee on Committees is conducting elections through 5pm May 4th. The link to the ballot went out on Monday, April 27th.

If you have any general questions, please contact Ruben Alarcon ( AND Colleen Delaney ( AND Erich Fleming (

Fiscal Policies Webpage

The Fiscal Policies Committee now has a website link off of the senate committees page. Included are relevant items and documents as cited in recent senate meetings.

Senate Structure Survey

The Survey on Senate Structure went out on April 27th. The results of this survey will determine the charge and direction for a new Senate Structure Task Force for Fall 2015. If you have interest in serving on the task force in the fall please contact Jeanne Grier (

Agenda Overview and Links to Materials

All materials for the May 5th meeting can be accessed through the following link:

We have a full agenda of Continuing Business items. Three policies are coming forward from Faculty Affairs: Policy on Composition of MPP searches which aligns senate and administrative policies, Policy on Faculty Director of Mission Centers which outlines how directors are seated into the positions, and the Policy on Student Evaluation of Teaching which revisits the issue from a different perspective than previously presented. The Policy on Centers and Institutes is updated to be in compliance with a new executive order. Student Academic Policy and Procedure Committee is presenting an updated Policy on Unit Load Limitation. From Curriculum, the MA in Psychology is presented in which we see new forms for graduate programs that replace the former "long form". Additionally, senate exec offers a Resolution on Tenure Track Hiring.

Some of these documents are amended based upon the feedback from the first readings. Here is a summary of changes to the respective documents as received by senate executive for the April 28th meeting:

1. SP 14-15 MPP Policy: Text under purpose moved to policy

2. SP 14-16 Center Directors: Delete reference to “four” mission centers since that number may change in the future.
3. SET Policy:

  • a. Global replace SET/ Student Evaluation of Teaching with “SRT”/ “Student Ratings of Teaching” and delete change of name. FAC said “no” to calling the instrument a “Student Opinion of Teaching.”
  • b. “Could we have instruments specific to individual courses/ departments?” Committee belief is “no”, we need to have a common set of questions for RTP purposes across all courses. The optional questions at the college and program level should allow additional mechanisms for gathering information specific to courses.
  • c. There was concern about the length of the instrument. The current instrument is 20 close-ended and 3 essay questions. The proposed SRT in the policy could be 20 + 2 + 3 + 3 = 28 questions. We discussed this and revised the policy to state: 15 (max) required closed ended, 2 (max)optional college-level close ended, 2 (max) optional program-level close ended, 3 (max) required open ended, 2 (max) optional college-level open ended, 1 (max) optional program-level open ended. This wording is reflected in section II.A. The proposed length is 15 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 25 max questions.
  • d. There was concern about the 12th week being too early. The original Senate Policy (02-02) stated the 12th week but current practice has been to implement in the 15th and 16thweeks. We made a change to implement the SRT during the last two weeks of instruction but before finals.
  • e. Voting rights in program areas: according to the policy, lecturers and TT faculty have equal vote despite program bylaws. We believe that this is pretty clearly spelled out and that it over-rides program bylaws.
  • f. A request was made for the SRT to indicate the number of students enrolled in the course, the number completing the SRT (as well as individual items), and the percentage of students completing the SRT. A change to IV.A. now reflects this.
  • g. “Wouldn’t having faculty providing incentives and some not providing incentives to complete the SRT distort the normed data?” FAC believe that we need normed data and that faculty should make every effort to encourage a high return rate on their SRT’s. If all did, then this is a non-issue.

4. Psychology MA (there are two documents):
The modifications made were two the Proposal document included removal of the need for additional Tenure lines and the release time for supervision of theses. In addition, the budget was corrected to reflect these changes and to correct a calculation error in the original document.

The Adjunct form was modified to remove the need for additional Tenure lines.

Please note that "Intent to Raise Questions" has moved down the agenda to after "New Business" as an attempt to prioritize our business and informational items. This seems to have worked well and been well received by those in attendance.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

University Committees

Please be on the lookout for a call to participate in University Committees. This past year the University Committee process was decentralized with committees being assigned to the Vice President of each Division. All tenure track and lecturer faculty with 6 WTU are eligible to volunteer. Senate Officers make recommendations to each Vice President from the list of faculty volunteers.The committee appointments will be made in spring for Fall 2015.

Honors Convocation

The 2015 Honors Convocation to be held on Saturday, May 9th, at 6:30 p.m., in the Broome Library Plaza. A reception will follow immediately after the ceremony. Please join us as we celebrate the academic and leadership accomplishments of our graduating seniors. This is truly a significant event in the academic lives of our students and I know they look forward to seeing their mentors and teachers present.

To those who plan to robe and process, an RSVP is necessary for seating arrangements. Click here to RSVP.

For further questions please contact Merissa Stith, Asst. Manager of Conferences & Events, at or 805-437-8548.

(Gayle Hutchinson, 3/27/15)


The 2015 commencement ceremony is on Saturday May 16th. Please note that there are two ceremonies – the morning ceremony begins at 9:00 am and the afternoon ceremony begins at 3:00 pm (a listing of the programs included in each ceremony is available at Please note that for faculty participating in commencement ceremonies on May 16 there will be a Faculty and Staff Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Café, Student Union. If you plan to participate in Honors and/or Commencement, and have not already done so, please contact the bookstore as soon as possible to secure rental or purchase of regalia. (Dan Wakelee, 4/20/15)

3rd Annual GE Design and Assessment Institute, June 1-2

Are you teaching a General Education class or classes in the fall? Would you like to think about re-booting that class -- transforming a favorite assignment into a Signature Assignment; learning to work with rubrics to gauge student learning; or exchanging ideas with other colleagues who share your challenges?

If you know your fall schedule includes GenEd, come join us for a day and half institute where we will feed and caffeinate you, and you will earn a stipend for your Signature Assignment development and implementation/assessment of it in the fall through folioCI. We recommend that faculty talk to program chairs about plans for applying. More information (including application link) can be obtained by contacting Marie Francois. The deadline to sign up is May 10 -- limited to 12 people.

This is an opportunity for Academic Programs to identify GE learning outcomes for courses in A-E categories that don't yet align with GE SLOs from Senate Policy 06-06 (for more information, see "How to Submit a GE Course" at and send faculty to the Institute to develop assignments for SLO assessment for those courses. Programs are also invited, of course, to send faculty to the Institute for courses that have already gone through committee and align with SP 06-06. Some programs have used the Institute to think about scaffolding outcomes across the lower and upper division for GE courses that also serve as major requirements (with the added bonus of the ensuing GE assessment doubling as program assessment).

Let me know if you have any questions, (Marie Francois, 4/30/15)

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