FACULTY SENATE MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 4, l997

(vol.xxvi,no.l9)

I. Called to order by Gail Richard at 2:02 p.m.

Present: J. Best, G. Foster, F. Fraker, N. Furumo, B. Kirk, P. Lenihan, G. Lockart, H. Nordin, G. Richard, J. Schmidt, J. Simpson, J. Tidwell, L. Walker, D. Wolf, A. Zahlan

Guests-B. Anderson, J. Anselment, C. Gallagher, D. Jorns, J. McGrath, B. Schnackel, Ted Weidner, Terry Weidner

II. Approval of the minutes with the following corrections: IV.A.5-insert "faculty" so the statement will read -"Is there a procedure for the faculty line?" Add "student"- Taskforce on the Integration of Undergraduate Student Services. Committee Reports - F. Fraker - Is the 90 day consultation in effect if this is considered to be a new plan? V. New Business, change precedent to precedence.

A motion to approve with corrections(Walker/Wolf) Yes-Best, Fraker, Furumo, Kirk, Lenihan, Lockart, Richard, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Walker, Wolf, Zahlan

Abstain - Foster, Nordin

III.Communications

A. Letter from Dean Hohengarten regarding the election of members for the Admissions Review Committee

B. Letter to VPAA regarding faculty appointment to the Screening Committee for the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

C. Thank you letter to Mark Haines for his presentation at the l/28/97 Faculty Senate meeting

D. Minutes of the Council On Graduate Studies - l/2l/97

E. Memo from Judy Gorrell regarding a 5% increase in the Faculty Senate Contractual Service Budget - l/3l/97

IV. Old Business

A. Faculty Forum on University Technology Policy and Planning, Feb. 20, l997. The information was distributed via campus mail for general distribution to all faculty.

B. Strategic Positioning Objectives for Eastern Illinois University

President Jorns answered questions about the objectives and indicated that these objectives are in the formative stage and that he expectedinput from campus constituencies. There is no specific timeline established at this time. These objectives are a statement of aspirations and not all may work out as intended. President Jorns felt it important for the campus to set high goals. He also indicated that he looked to the Faculty Senate to be the primary voice for the faculty.

Questions asked were:

Educational Quality

l. L. Walker - #l- What is "inspired core"?

2. G. Foster - #5 - Does "one semester of course work" mean credit hour?

3. A. Zahlan - Commended the committee for #2 and #3

4. There were questions regarding the requirement for student participation in real world, off campus activities - #6

5. There were questions as to what was required to "establish Eastern as Illinois' Designated Selective Institution of Higher Education"--#9

Personnel

l. L. Walker - #l - What does "ethically grounded mean"?

2. F. Fraker - #5 - What would be included in professional development activities?

3. #7 - Would professional development activities also apply to skilled trade?

There were questions about the funding for the professional development activities.

Student Body

l. J. Best - Questions were raised about the percentage of transfer students at EIU as compared to like institutions. There is a perception that possibly the number of transfers at EIU is disproportionate to like institutions.

Facilities

l. Kirk - Is there a timeline for correcting deferred maintenance.

2. Ted Weidner reported that things are better than they have been but Eastern has a long way to go.

ACTION - Faculty Senate members will take the document back to departments for input. Specific changes and recommendations should be sent to Gail Richard and she will compile the information for Faculty Senate discussion if desired. The compilation of the recommendations will be provided at the February l8, l997, Faculty Senate meeting.

C. Open Meetings on Campus

It was the general consensus of the Senate that there is not enough evidence at this time to suggest that the Faculty Senate should take action on this issue. Closing taskforce meetings and other campus meetings is not a violation of the law. The Faculty Senate Constitution, Article IX, Section 5 requires open meetings. The issue of shared governance was discussed with the conclusion that representatives from Faculty Senate on taskforces and committes provided for input from the Faculty Senate through the committee member.

 

D. Committee Reports

l. Nominations- Union Advisory Board Representatives

2. Elections - Admissions Review Committee

3. Faculty-Staff Relations - Sandy Bingham Porter will discuss the idea of a joint reception at the 2/l3/97 Staff Senate Meeting.

4. Faculty-Student Relations - Jason Anselment distributed copies of the JOINT SENATE RESOLUTION 96-97-01.

Motion (Simpson/Kirk) to approve the resolution:

WHEREAS, the Academic Calendar Committee has issued proposed calendars for the l998-99, l999-2000, and 2000-2001 academic years; and

WHEREAS, these proposals contain an uneven number of class days in the fall and spring semesters (74 class days in each fall semester and 73 class days in each spring semester); and

WHEREAS, in each fall semester, classes are in session for fifty-four (54) consecutive class days while classes are held for a maximum thirty (30) consecutive days in the spring.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty and Student Senates of Eastern Illinois University do hereby recommend that the proposed calendars be amended to include a fall semester break on one Friday during the month of October in the years l998, l999, and 2000.

Motion (Simpson/Kirk) to table the resolution.

5. Search Committee for Director of Athletics - Last candidate will be coming in Feb. 5 & 6. Evaluation forms are due to Gail Richard by 2/7/97.

6. Executive Committee of Faculty Senate - l/30/97. Future meetings are 2/l0, 3/3, 3/24, 4/7 and 4/28

V. New Business

A question was raised as to whether the reorganization of the School of Business was an item to discuss. L. Walker suggested that if faculty have specific concerns about the reorganization that these could be presented to the Faculty Senate for possible discussion.

Adjourn at 4:00 p.m. (Walker)

Respectfully submitted,

Joan K. Schmidt, Recorder

Agenda items for Feb. 11:

Dean Gladsky - The Year 2000 Program

Taskforce on Administrative Evaluation and Taskforce on Counseling Center Reports pending.