California State University, Northridge

Minutes
Council of Chairs Meeting of December 20, 2010 Minutes

In attendance:

I. Minutes approved for November 15th meeting


II. Student Evaluations of Faculty


Discussed the possibility of inviting Bettina Huber from Institutional Research
to discuss what would be possible as far as changing the Student evaluation
procedures and what can be done with the data.


III. Assisting Students with Mental Health Challenges


Visit from Mark Stevens, Director of Counseling Services. Mark introduced
the Manual for Assisting Students in Distress and went over some of the
procedures of the Counseling Services office. Discussed the role of the
Student Behavioral Information Team (which includes members of UCS as
well as Student Affairs and the Police Department). Emphasized the
availability of services to students including an on-call counselor for when
immediate needs arise.


It was suggested that we have a cross-campus meeting on this topic in the
future in order to share best practices in this area.


IV. Budget


Visit from Harry Hellenbrand, Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs. Harry went over the current budget situation, emphasizing that
there was a lot of money coming in the Spring in the form of “one-time
funds.” Trends likely to continue: the state will continue to disinvest in
higher education, so CSUs will be looking more at revenues from student
fees, which are likely to be raised to $5000 next year. The CSUN strategy
has kept us above water during the crisis so far; we need to continue to
figure out strategies for working within diminished budgets. Mostly this
means higher SFRs and continued growth.


Governor Brown will have 60 days to solve the budget; the CSU is likely
looking at a huge cut. Future CSUN strategy includes:


• Raising fees to the national level
• Reallocation of the way aid packages are granted to community
colleges
• Stop discouraging international students
• Preemptive audits for best practices
• Increase pressure for grants and contracts
• Clamp down on technology expenses even more
• Increasing SFRs
• Look at the impacts of changes in curriculum
• Internal reallocations to save money
• Increasing carry forward monies (These have been restricted to 3%
by the CSU but Harry believes we won an argument about this last
week that should push this figure to 20-25%).


Other notable points were that enrollment will continue to increase but will
taper off a bit as other CSUs begin accepting more students as well; the
contract of 2005 is dead; we’ll probably have 700 fewer freshmen next fall
than this year. Also, “it’s like Groundhog Day – I keep waking up and Jerry
Brown is governor.”


V. Future Business


• S-Factor solutions: For our next meeting we should survey our
Colleges regarding potential solutions to the S-Factor issues. Then
after a survey we should invite Penny Jennings from Faculty Affairs to
a future meeting to discuss the issues.
• Recognition of success of junior faculty – this is something to be
discussed at a meeting in the Spring
• Managing Space on campus – there’s a concern that more group study
spaces are needed; this eventually needs to be brought up with the
Chancellor’s office, since the Master Plan has some outdated ideas
about how to allocate space.
• Professional conduct issues (the “best practices” workshop for
assisting students with mental health challenges) should be open to all
chairs.


VI. Announcements


When applying for grants, remember to work with the Library, particularly if
there are any needs for Library staff hours in the grant. The Library can help
faculty plan realistically for budgeting in such circumstances.

 

 

 

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