Faculty senate meeting offers updates on presidential search

By Dominick Ferlito

Dec. 11, 2017

Bernie Moreno and Dan Moore, both members of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees, updated the Faculty Senate on the search for President Ronald M. Berkman’s successor at the Faculty Senate meeting on Nov. 29.

“The search firm went out and searched the world,” Moreno said to the Senate.

The firm hired to lead the search for Cleveland State’s next president received over 100 applicants.

Then the firm presented 17 of those candidates to the university search committee.

The search committee, headed by Moreno, asked all 17 candidates six standard questions through Skype interviews and narrowed its search down to a final five to be interviewed in person in December.

“A lot of work went into the past two or three days of interviews,” Moreno said. “President Berkman and [the Faculty Senate] have made it so that we have much higher goals and aspirations for what Cleveland State can do.”

The Senate also heard from Maurice Stinnett Ph.D, chief diversity officer at Cleveland State, regarding the university’s continued efforts to combat hate.

Stinnett informed the Senate about the panel discussion “Combating Hate Within the Framework of the First Amendment.”

“Everybody didn’t agree,” Stinnett said, “but at least we left with perspective.”

The Division of University Engagement has planned several more events geared to combating hate in the university, all of which will be open to the public.

Stephen Gingerich Ph.D, chair of the University Faculty Affairs Committee, presented a few additions to the current Student Evaluation of Instruction Principles and Policies.

All of the additions help to establish adequate anonymity for students while establishing thresholds to protect instructors from bad data.

Several faculty members said that they received better and more accurate data when the university used scantrons.

But Marius Boboc Ph.D, vice provost for academic planning, emphasized that the cost of returning to paper was not worth a potential rise in response rates, and therefore was not realistically feasible.

Berkman reported the approval of a tuition guarantee for incoming Cleveland State freshman.

“Miami, Ohio University, and Ohio State have all made similar guarantee programs,” Berkman said. “All of the Northeast Ohio institutions have agreed to do something like this as well. This is to prevent an arms race among Northeast Ohio institutions.”

Berkman also reported that Cleveland State has received a little more than $15.3 million, $12 million of which will be dedicated to upgrades to the Main Classroom and Science buildings.

“Those who populate both buildings know that those buildings have been neglected for decades,” Berkman said.

“The rest of this [money] is to make sure that nobody goes tumbling down the elevators in Rhodes Tower,” Berkman said to laughs from the Senate.

“And if the elevators weren’t enough, the bathrooms in Rhodes Tower will finally be renovated so it doesn’t feel like you’re at the old Orange Bowl or Jacobs Field.”



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