FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

FOR APRIL 22, 1997

(vol.xxvi,no 28)

 

I. CALLED TO ORDER BY GAIL RICHARD AT 2:10 p.m.

Present: J. Best, G. Foster, F. Fraker, N. Furumo, P. Lenihan, H. Nordin, G. Richard, J. Schmidt, J. Simpson, J. Tidwell, L. Walker, D. Wolf, A. Zahlan. Excused - B. Kirk, G. Lockart. Visitors - B. Anderson, J. Anselment, D. Crews, D. Jorns, B. Jorstad, J. McGrath, T. Weidner, and C. Wise.

II.APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 4/15/97

A motion (Walker/Foster) to approve the minutes of April 15, l997.

Yes - Best, Foster, Furumo, Nordin, Richard, Schmidt, Simpson, Walker, Wolf, Zahlan

III.COMMUNICATIONS

A. Minutes - Council on Academic Affairs - 4/10/97, 4/17/97

B. Intercollegiate Athletic Board - Revised Bylaws

C. Board of Trustees Meeting Materials - 4/21/97

D. Council of University Planning & Budget - Ranking of Initiatives-4/18/97

E. Governmental Relations Report (Chris Merrifield) 4/11/97

F. Minutes - Student Senate - 4/9/97

G. Minutes - President's Council - 4/16/97

IV.OLD BUSINESS

A. Celebration: A Festival of the Arts and Humanities--Dan Crews distributed materials on Celebration and indicated that it would be held Aug. 22, 23, 24. This is the week-end that students are coming back andwill be a way of welcoming students and their parents. Celebration will beheld in the North Quad. Art vendors have been expanded and the number of food vendors has remained the same. Faculty are encouraged to get involved.This is not a "closed shop event" but is a campus event. If faculty areinterested in assisting with Celebration they can contact Dan Crews at csdec1.

 

B.Ad Hoc Committee on Technology Report--James Tidwell distributed a copy of the recommendations from the Ad Hoc Committee. The recommendations were presented and voted on individually.

Motion (Tidwell/Zahlan) to approve Recommendation #l

Faculty must have a major role in the implementation of decentralization because of its impact on teaching and research.

Yes - Best, Foster, Fraker, Furumo, Lenihan, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson,Tidwell, Walker, Wolf, Zahlan. Abstain - Richard

Motion (Tidwell/Zahlan) to approve Recommendation #2

When the operations of ITS are decentralized, the resources also must be decentralized. (This doesn't just mean money but also includes hardwareand other resources.)

Yes - Best, Foster, Fraker, Furumo, Lenihan, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Walker, Wolf, Zahlan. Abstain - Richard

Motion (Tidwell/Zahlan) to approve Recommendation #3

Academic Computing and all related resources and moneys should be moved toAcademic Affairs, and the Director of Academic Computing should report to theVice President for Academic Affairs. Four members of the committee dissented from this recommendation

Discussion - B. Jorstad indicated that computer technology is the only placewhere purchases, etc. are funnelled through Business Affairs. The questionwas raised as to whether the interest is in faculty involvement or in reorganization. It was felt that faculty can have more input if technology items go through Academic Affairs. B. Jorstad indicated that those who dissented on Recommendation #3 were not necessarily opposed to the change but wanted more time to discuss. There was clarification that academic computing is one part of ITS and the decentralization is in functions not in the areaitself.

Yes - Best, Foster, Fraker, Furumo, Lenihan, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Walker, Wolf, Zahlan. Abstain - Richard

Motion (Tidwell/Foster) to approve Recommendation #4.

The University must create both opportunities and incentives for faculty to increase their exposure to and their expertise in newly emerging technologies. Further, the University should create the necessary opportunities for those faculty with technological expertise to share it with other faculty.

Yes - Best, Foster, Fraker, Furumo, Lenihan, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Walker, Wolf, Zahlan. Abstain - Richard

Motion (Tidwell/Furumo) to approve Recommendation #5.

Academic Affairs should create a Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable based upon the model of the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE). The TLT Roundtable Program seeks to improve teaching and learning through more effective use of information technology while controlling costs. It provides a conceptual framework, guidelines, information, and training to form local Roundtables, and a forum for individual colleges and universities to work with peer institutions.

Yes - Best, Foster, Fraker, Furumo, Lenihan, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson,Tidwell, Walker, Wolf, Zahlan. Abstain - Richard

James Tidwell will send the final report to G. Richard and she will send to T. Weidner and D. Jorns. The work of the Ad Hoc Committee is appreciated in putting together thisreport with recommendations.

C. The Counseling Center Report which will include the recommendations of the Faculty Senate will be sent to G. Richard by F. Fraker

D.Committee Reports

1. Elections - Tidwell met with the COTE on 4/22/97 to request them discuss changing their Bylaws so that voting in faculty elections can be done by colleges. The UPC and the Academic Program Elimination Committee are the other committees where changes should be considered. Final election procedures should be ready by the Fall.

2. Nominations - A. Zahlan reported that the report of the committee will be ready for the 4/29/97 meeting.

3. Faculty-Senate Relations - no report

4. Faculty-Student Relations - no report

5. Executive Committee - next meeting 4/28/97

E. Other Old Business

1. Board of Trustees

Officers for next year are: S. Gilpin, Chair, C. Koerner,Vice Chair,N. Anderson, Secretary and T. Johnson, Protem

Approved the naming of Buzzard to Robert G. Buzzard Hall.

Received an audit report on the Development Program. The BOTwill appoint a 3 - 5 person taskforce to discuss the possibleimplementation of the recommendations.

G. Foster asked what the attitude was regarding the housing increase?

G. Richard reported that there was discussion and questions. The BOT was aware of the increase in the minimum wage.

 

Motion (Walker/Zahlan) to go into Executive Session.

Motion (Walker/Fraker) to come out of Executive Session.

There was discussion as to what procedures should be followed to request that the Faculty Senate go into Executive Session. It was theconsensus of the Faculty Senate that after a motion is made and seconded to go into Executive Session that there should be a vote. Additionally,the reason for going into Executive Session should be discussed in advance with a member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.

The issue for which the Executive Session was requested was that G. Richard allegedly made the comment at the BOT meeting that faculty/Faculty Senate would support multi-year contracts for coaches. G. Richard responded that a member of the BOT asked her as a faculty member if the multi-year contracts would be controversial. She responded with her personal opinion and did not indicate the was that of other faculty or Faculty Senate.

L. Walker questioned the changes in Article III and Article IV of the Governing Policies which implied that information about the changes in policies and regulations would be available only in the Library andwould not be sent to interested parties such as Faculty Senate.

The Executive Committee reviewed the Bylaws of the BOT and did notperceive a problem with receiving information. This will be discussedat the Executive Committee meeting on 4/28/97.

2. CUPB

The Goals and Objectives have been revised and additional feedback will be allowed. The Performance Indicators will be used very seriously in the coming years for budget allocation purposes. This has not been done in the past. Departments are concerned that planning initiative dollars are not being given to departments but are directed more towards the university and colleges. The Major Capital Projects and the Capital Renewal Projects were distributed to the members of the Senate. Members are asked to prioritize. There was considerable discussion on the Garfield Avenue PedestrianMall project. H. Nordin noted that the closing of Garfield has beenproposed in the past. It was a bad idea then and it is a bad idea now. The decision to close Garfield before was made on the recommendation of an architect and did not consider the importance of that street.The loss of parking spots is a serious problem and would require theadditional lots to be built. Changing this for aesthetic reasons isnot a valid reason since lots will be built some place else and willaffect another area. In addition to losing the parking spots on Garfield there will be spots lost with the addition to the library.Changes in parking should be an issue discussed by the Parking Committee and this has not been done.

3. Retirement Dinner - G. Richard will represent the Faculty Senate on 4/25/97

V.NEW BUSINESS

A. Agenda Items

1. Faculty Senate Year End Summary Report - 4/29/97

2. Report from Nominations Committee - 4/29/97

3. Election of Faculty Senate Officers - 4/29/97

4. Schedule for Summer Faculty Senate Meetings - 4/29/97

VI.ADJOURN - 4:01 (Walker)

 

Respectfully submitted, Joan K. Schmidt, Recorder