September 5, 2000
(Vol. xxx, No. 3)

I. Call to order by James Tidwell at 2:06 p.m. (Conference Room, 2540 Buzzard Hall)

Present: R. Benedict, G. Canivez, C. Eberly, P. Fewell, B. Fischer, F. Fraker, N. Greer, J. Tidwell, M. Toosi, B. Young, and A. Zahlan. Student Senate Representatives G. Kelly and J. McKay. Excused: J. Best Absent: Student Senator A. Harold. Guests: F. McCormick, M. Beurskens, and J. Niziolkiewicz

II. Approval of the minutes of August 29, 2000.

Motion (Benedict/Fischer) to approve the minutes of August 29, 2000.

Yes: P. Fewell, B. Fischer, F. Fraker, J. Tidwell, M. Toosi, B. Young, A. Zahlan, R. Benedict, C. Canivez, C. Eberly

III. Communications

A. Memo from Associate UPAA Jeff Cross notifying Senate that the School of Adult and continuing Education will pay part of the costs of the spring retirement reception--August 17, 2000

B. Memo from Professor John Allison concerning speech/privacy issues--August 23, 2000

C. E-mail from Judy Baker concerning SURS Presentations and other benefits issues--August 28, 2000.

D. Copy of letter from Professor Andrew McNitt to President Surles concerning role of CAA in development of Internet courses--August 23, 2000. Should not give credit where impossible to verify identification. Had concerns about lack of student/faculty contact. Should treat Internet courses as "new" rather than existing courses within CAA.

E. Letter from President Surles concerning Senate memo about Native American issues at EIU--August 21, 2000. President will place on President's Council agenda for discussion.

F. E-mail from Professor David Carpenter concerning VPBA search--August 29, 2000

G. Minutes of the Council on Academic Affairs--July 26, 2000.

H. Agenda of the Council on Academic Affairs--August 31, 2000

D. Other communications

Chair Tidwell read a letter from President Surles announcing that Dr. Lida Wall was appointed as Acting Provost and VPAA as of September 8, 2000. Surles also thanked the Senate for their time and interest in the President and Vice President’s communications last week.

IV. Old Business

A. Seated two additional non-voting members from Student Senate: Jennifer McKay and Alexandra Harold. McKay is a graduate student in political science. Harold was absent from the meeting.

B. Committee Reports

1. Executive Committee: Chair Tidwell announced that Acting Provost Wall would attend Senate on September 19, 2000. He also received a call from Dr. Abebe to thank the Senate for helping him during the last two years. Abebe wanted to express his appreciation for Senate's input and advice. Tidwell also had a meeting with Bill Witsman addressing comments in the August 22, 2000 Senate minutes dealing with computer services. Witsman said he was not involved in the decision when Keith Andrews’ research was not supported and the computer equipment went elsewhere. Witsman also said that as far as 36 computers not running on the campus network, some connections to the mainframe for high end users were not working at the time, and EIU had to get new software. Fewell suggested that Bill Witsman be invited to the Senate, and that Technology be added to the Senate agenda. Chair Tidwell agreed to list Technology as the main discussion item for September 12, 2000.

2. Nominations:

      1. Council on Faculty Research deadline is this Friday, September 8.
      2. A Faculty Senator has also been requested to serve on the Student Tuition and Fees Review Committee by the Speaker of the Student Senate. A discussion about the purpose of the Student Tuition and Fees Review Committee ensued. G. Kelly explained that the IBHE was considering a recommendation that all state institutions have such a committee following the model used at Eastern Illinois. In the past, students have refused several proposed fee increases due to their perceived lack of value. He said the IBHE plans to observe the work of the committee during the coming year. Toosi volunteered to serve.

Motion (Fewell/Canivez) to approve M. Toosi as the Faculty Senate Representative on the Student Tuition and Fees Review Committee.

Yes: Fischer, Fraker, Tidwell, Toosi, Young, Zahlan, Benedict, Canivez, Eberly, and Fewell

c. Valencia Browning will be replaced by Melanie Burns as the BAS Representative, and Martha Jane Harris will be replaced by Mahmood Butt as the CEPS Representative.

The replacements will pick up on the committee rotation, and serve three full years on the committee.

3. Elections:

a. Fischer reported that people are running for Senate in each one of the three categories. Most positions have two candidates running for office.

b. COTE membership continues to be an issue. Fischer explained the confusion has gone on for some time. Some options available are that: (1) the person who won this year could be a non-voting member this year, then serve years two and three as a voting member, or could (2) wait until next year to serve. Fraker: Offer the person a choice between two and let her make the decision about how she will serve. Fischer agreed to do so.

c. Special Faculty Senate Elections are Sept. 13, 14, 2000, in the Union. Fischer passed a sign up sheet for Senators to serve as election monitors

4. Student-Faculty Relations:

Kelly reported that President Surles and the Vice Presidents attended last week’s Student Senate meeting and touched upon similar items to the Faculty Senate meeting. He noted that EIU was the first campus in the state to install fire inhibitors in a wood frame building, and that it was paid for with student fee money.

5. Faculty-Staff Relations: No report

6. Other Committees:

a. Fischer said the Achievement and Contribution Awards committee met, and flyers with instructions for applications would be distributed to faculty in the next several days.

b. Tidwell: Acting Provost Wall will meet with the Senate Executive Committee some time during this next week, prior to meeting with the full Senate.

C. Other Old Business: None

  1. New Business:

A. Chair Tidwell invited EIU’s Representative to the IBHE Faculty Advisory Committee, Dr. Les Hyder, to the table. Hyder said he went to a meeting in June, and will attend another soon. He thought the group was meaningful and should receive our full attention. Members appeared to be very motivated, but he said he felt strong political undercurrents among the group. He was especially interested in IBHE’s participation in the national Merlot Advisory Group to review Internet courses, and reported that EIU faculty members Newton Key (History) and Patty Poulter (Music) had expressed interest in serving as reviewers. Hyder is currently working with the President’s Office to secure travel funding for training in Nashville, TN, October 14 – 15, 2000, if our faculty are selected as reviewers. Hyder said that Eastern needs a presence at this meeting if we are to participate in setting standards in this area.

Hyder reported other agenda items dealing with faculty salaries not keeping pace with peer institutions, the ratio of faculty to administrators in community colleges, the rapid increase in on-line courses and the student interest in those courses, the number of courses throughout the system taught by adjunct faculty, and access and diversity within higher education. Hyder sees himself as the Senate’s representative and expects to report to the Senate after each meeting of the IBHE Faculty Advisory Committee, as well as to other interested groups. He asked for specific direction from the Senate.

Senators requested Hyder to inquire about rules for state universities dealing with the ratio of regular to adjunct faculty. Zahlan said she would forward a resolution from the UPI House of Delegates dealing with suggested guidelines.

Tidwell said the IBHE Update on the Redesign of Academic Program Review (Item 7, August 22, 2000) Goal 6, Productivity and Accountability, was reminiscent of the old BOG PQP document from the late 1980s, with its suggestion of the allocation of base budgets from lower to higher priority programs. He had heard some faculty say that pits departments against each other. Hyder will work to locate further information.

Fewell requested that a common definition be determined for distance learning, so institutions used the same criteria to develop participation figures. Definitions have not been uniform.

Fischer wanted to know why the faculty/administration ratio was only being reviewed at the community college level. He thought EIU was top heavy as well.

Eberly wanted information about the unfunded mandate from the State Legislature several years ago for each campus to have an Office of Service Learning. What currently is the status of such offices on state university campuses?

Canivez wanted further information about faculty salary issues and the IBHE’s support for them. He was also concerned about faculty intellectual property rights with regard to Internet courses. He said such issues must be addressed to promote faculty support of Internet courses. How will the faculty be compensated, and how does the IBHE view intellectual property rights.

Fewell requested information about community colleges and BA completion degrees. She said there are institutions willing to give their name for the BA completion program from out-of-state, but in-state institutions have their hands tied. Out-of-state institutions do not have to go through the same approval process as in-state institutions.

Young and Fewell were also concerned about academic integrity issues within web-based courses. Toosi said that evaluation of faculty teaching Internet courses is also a concern. EIU is not equipped currently to do any questionnaire evaluating web-based courses. Tidwell said that people working toward tenure and promotion were especially vulnerable. Toosi said that he thought departments were supposed to put something in their DACCs within the next 20 days about evaluating faculty on the Internet.

Senators also expressed confidence that face-to-face faculty/student interaction would not disappear in spite of Internet interest. Concern was also mentioned about Eastern’s niche as an institution, and the clarity of our institutional vision.

Hyder reflected that the political issues were a lot bigger than our EIU agendas.

Tidwell suggested that technology and its implications for EIU would be a good choice as the Faculty Forum topic.

B. Zahlan: what about the freedom of speech issue? Tidwell: the Executive Committee will discuss it with the President.

VI. Adjourn at 3:41 p.m. (Canivez)

Future Agenda Items

a. Fall Forum agenda/date

b. Technology on campus

c. The Honorable Steve Rauschenberger, Chair of the Appropriations Committee of the Illinois State Senate, will meet with the Senate Oct. 10, 2000.

Respectfully submitted,

Charles G. Eberly, Recorder

Following are the unedited candidate statements as presented to the Elections subcommittee:

Faculty Senate:

1 – Semester Term

Russell Gruber – Statement not available Wednesday morning at press time for the minutes.

1- Year Term

William Addison - There are a couple of issues that I would like to see the Faculty Senate address this year. Clearly, the most important issue facing the University at this point is the instability in the higher administration. To its credit, the Senate has already begun to deal with this issue. Hopefully discussions will continue throughout the year as a number of important search committees proceed in their deliberations. Additionally, I would like to see the Senate become more involved in discussions regarding enrollment management. The resolution of issues dealing with transfer admissions, pooled admissions, etc. is likely to play a major role in the continued vitality of the University in the years ahead.

Michael Loudon - My goals for service on the Faculty Senate in 2000-2001 are three: First, I believe the Senate must encourage the replacement of vacant VP positions, especially that of Provost, in order to establish stability and continuity in administrative governance. Faculty can only participate in governance when planning and development can presume stability and continuity in administration. Second, I also hope the Senate will evaluate campus interdisciplinary programs such as Women’s Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies and African American Studies through appropriate representative in order to assess the goals, strengths and weaknesses of these programs toward formulating recommendations for a new Provost. Third, I hope, through the Senate Student-Faculty Relations Committee, to encourage the visibility and importance of nurturing student volunteerism. As faculty, we need to acknowledge the volunteerism that does exist as well as devising the means for expanding volunteer opportunities.

3 – Year Term

Jean K. Dilworth - The following four issues are not new ones but remain high priorities for the Faculty Senate. First the low compensation Eastern Illinois University faculty receive as compared not only to Illinois universities but universities in our neighboring states. Many of Eastern Illinois University’s faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for teaching, research and/or service activities while having quite limited support in all areas. This situation makes recruitment, retention and collaboration difficult.

The second issue and source of frustration for me personally is that of salary negotiations. Only once in twelve years have I and other faculty members known what our salary will be when the academic year begins. Now, I discover that it is not even clear what the monetary compensation will be for those promoted effective, August 21, 2000. We have to have our work ready for the first class day why not know what will our be our compensation. I understand the political process from all levels and I understand that one year the entire process was completed prior to school starting, definitely not March of the next year. Retroactive or no the systems uses our pay raise for several months. We do not get interest on that retroactive pay, do we? Related to this same frustration is the fact that our pay check shows one gross income without a clear indication of how the amount was determined. The deductions are very clear, why no the sources of gross income? This amount is especially confusing if a faculty member teaches off campus courses and is on overload. It is difficult to determine from the payroll information received whether there has been an error. This situation also relates to retention of highly qualified faculty.

The third area of concern is the impact on faculty members of the technology and the students needs or demands of classes everywhere, anywhere, anytime and to meet their preferred schedule. The need for retaining was expected as professional, the requirement of giving/doing more and more at a faster and faster pace with larger classes in more places makes university teaching more difficult each ear. What are the answers to avoid faculty burn-out and remain competitive?

All of the above impact faculty members ability to collaborate between schools/departments with-in Eastern Illinois University and community as well as with national and international business professionals and university colleagues. Faculty Senate should continue to address issues that will assist faculty in these endeavors.