FACULTY SENATE MINUTES FOR APRIL 15, l997
I. CALLED TO ORDER BY GAIL RICHARD AT 2:05 p.m.
Present: J. Best, G. Foster, F. Fraker, N. Furumo, B. Kirk, P. Lenihan, H. Nordin, G. Richard, J. Schmidt, J. Simpson, J. Tidwell, L. Walker, D. Wolf, A. Zahlan. Absent - G. Lockart. Visitors - B. Anderson, S. Bordenkircher, E. Collins, M. Christie, C. Gallagher, W. Weber
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 4/8/97.
A motion (Furumo/Foster) to approve the minutes of April 8, l997.
Correction - IV.A. A. Zahlan voted no. IV.B Recommendation #3 -J. Best voted no.
Correction and change in web site access - See above
Yes - Best, Foster, Furumo, Kirk, Lenihan, Nordin, Richard, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Zahlan. Abstain - Walker, Wolf
A. Minutes - Council on Academic Affairs - 4/3/97 and 4/10/97
B. Memo to Jeanne Simpson re: Faculty Senate nominees for Achievement & Contribution Awards Committee
C. Memo to David Jorns re: Distinguished Faculty Award Selection (Marylin Lisowski)
D. Minutes - Council on Graduate Studies - 4/1/97
E. Minutes - Staff Senate - 3/13/97
F. Minutes - College of Science Curriculum Committee - 4/2/97
G. Minutes - Intercollegiate Athletic Board - 4/3/97
H. Letter from Michael L. Weaver, State Representative regarding MAP Grant
I. E-mail from R. Wandling re: resignation from UPC, effective 8/15/97. He will be Chair of the Political Science Dept. on that date.
J. Call from Ron Stearns regarding payment for plaques from l995
K. Communication with G. Foster from B. Whittenbarger regarding the 250 additional parking spots. H. Nordin clarified that the spaces would not be in one lot but would also include additional spaces in existing lots.
IV. OLD BUSINESS
A. Ad Hoc Committee on Technology - J. Tidwell indicated that a report with recommendations would be available at the 4/22/97 Faculty Senate meeting.
B. Faculty Senate Appointment to the Achievement & Contribution Awards Comm. J. Schmidt and G. Lockart were appointed at the 2/25/97 Faculty Senate Mtg.
C. EIU Day in Springfield - G. Foster requested that faculty be reminded of the EIU Day in Springfield on April 30, l997. B. Anderson indicated that two buses will leave at about 8:00 a.m. and return about 5:00 p.m. There is funding for additional buses although the student interest has been somewhat limited because this is the last week of classes. Persons interested in going to Springfield should contact Brian Anderson or Kim Harris at 5522.
D. Committee Reports
1. Elections - J. Tidwell reported that the committee is looking at ways to reduce the confusion and cost by going to voting by colleges. The UPC, COTE and Academic Program Elimination Review Committee have been asked to review their bylaws/operational procedures to determine if voting by colleges is feasible. Faculty Senate facilitates elections to the councils/committees. It does not determine representation. G. Foster reported that election ballots have been reviewed and that Wm. Smith, PE, Health and Leisure Studies was elected by write in and that he was unopposed for the UPC alternate. R. Wohlstein had 2 write-in votes for Faculty Senate.
2. Nominations - A. Zahlan reported that many faculty have volunteered for various committees/boards. Volunteers are needed for the Council for Faculty Research in the area of Pedagogy and Education Theory. Also, the Judicial Board requires a large number of members and therefore diversity is important for representation from all areas of campus. Deadline for application to all committees/boards is noon, April 24.
3. Faculty-Staff Relations - no report
4. Faculty-Student Relations - no report
5. Executive Committee Meeting - 4/7/97. The VPAA search committee would be about l0 members. Faculty Senate will have a representative. The composition of the committee will be determined by the end of the school year with the names of representatives for the positions to be requested early in the fall l997. A. Zahlan asked if the committee would have an opportunity to review the job description prior to the position being advertised.
6. Other Committee Reports
a. L. Walker reported that the Library Advisory Board had met on 4/9/97 to discuss a memo that was sent by several dept. chairs expressing a concern that possibly the input of the Library Advisory Board has not been utilized when decisions are made. L. Walker indicated that funding is a concern of the Library Board particularly in the area of journals and periodicals. J. Best asked if there is a communication breakdown between the Library Board and the Dean. There appears to be an erosion of journal titles for many colleges and funding has remained static while the cost of journals has risen. Several senators expressed a concern that it became increasingly difficult for students to utilize the library for resource materials because the materials simply aren't available. This limits the quality of work and the expectations of students to do research within their program of study. There were questions concerning the formula. L. Walker indicated that it seemed the formula was being used to identify severely underfunded departments but that the allocation of new monies was being determined by the library professional staff. L. Walker reported that in December the Library Board requested a l5% increase from unused monies. T. Weidner indicated that this could not be done but that there would be significant increases in funds for the l997-98 AY. L. Walker reported that the increase is around 5%. J. Tidwell indicated that library acquisitions are now part of the fixed cost and would not appear as part of the planning cost funds. L. Walker reported that many factors are considered when determining monies for each college including the number of students enrolled, the cost of periodicals and whether the discipline is journal driven. No recommendations were made but the Faculty Senate felt the need to continue to monitor the situation.
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. Agenda Items
1. Ad Hoc Committee on Technology Report
2. Final Report from the Counseling Center Taskforce
B. Agenda Items for 4/29/97 - Faculty Appts., Election of Officers, Tentative Schedule for Summer l997
VI. ADJOURN - 3:15 p.m.
Joan K. Schmidt, Recorder
Rep. Michael L. Weaver's letter regarding MAP Grant qualification by proprietary schools:
"As you may know, this bill passed last year over my strong objections but was stalled in the Senate. It appears that they are attempting it again this year and I intend to do all I can to see it defeated. Also of concern is a proposal to increase the MAP ceiling for a fourth year in a row. Such increases benefit private rather than public universities and have the net effect of moving money out of our public universities.
Again, thank you for your support in efforts to defeat this horrible precedence."