Faculty Senate Minutes

for November 12, 1996

I. Chair Gail Richard called the Senate to order at 2:00 p.m.

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

No record of guests.

II. November 5, 1996, Minutes were approved with the following corrections: J. Schmidt was absent and did not second motion. Walker/Schmidt (?) moved to approve the minutes with corrections. Approved 12-0-2.

Yes: Best, Foster, Furumo, Kirk, Lenihan, Nordin, Ozier, Simpson, Tidwell, Walker, Wolf, Zahlan

Abstain: Richard, Schmidt

III. Communications

A. Letter from Richard Funk regarding salary compression

B. Handout from Vice President Olsen regarding Senate presentation

C. Memo and packet from Charles Evans regarding reconvening Task Force on Lower Division Student Academic Services

D. Minutes from Intercollegiate Athletic Board

E. Memo from Bud Sanders supporting University College

F. Copy of memo (10/18/96) to Charles Evans from College of Arts & Humanities Chairs stating unanimously agreed upon concern/recommendations regarding University College Proposal.

IV. Old Business

A. Senator Ozier volunteered to serve as acting recorder for the remainder of the semester. /moved to accept Ozier as acting recorder for remainder of the semester. Motion passed 12-0-2. Yes: Best, Foster, Fraker, Furumo, Kirk, Lenihan, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Walker, Zahlan Abstain: Ozier, Richard. At 2:32 Ozier assumed recorder responsibilities.

B. Senators Kirk and Fraker reported the Taskforce on the Counseling Center is continuing to meet, deliberate, and write a report for submission before the semester ends.

C. Discussion of the Senate's Position on the University College resumed. Nordin suggested the Senate's position reflect the CAH Chairs recommendations. Richard expressed the need to encourage faculty to vote. Foster, Zahlan, and Walker cautioned against telling faculty how to vote. Simpson/Furumo moved that the Faculty Senate endorse the concept and purpose of the proposed unit (University College) through a reorganization of services to enhance benefits to students and the university.

Walker stated that the referendum preempted the Faculty position. Simpson disagreed.

Zahlan/Walker (?) moved to split the motion. Chair Richard overruled the motion based on the structure of the motion.

After discussion of the overruled motion, Zahlan reframed the motion.

Zahlan moved to divide the motion and recommend that the Senate endorse the concept of the proposed unit University College); recommend that Senate endorse purpose of a reorganization of services to enhance benefits to students and the University.

Discussion continued.

Simpson/Furumo moved that, within the context of the eight recommendations regarding the proposed unit (University College) offered by the Faculty Senate October 22 and published in the Minutes, the Faculty Senate endorse the concept and purpose of the proposed unit (University College) through a reorganization of services to enhance benefits to students and the university.

After lively debate and discussion, the question was called. The motion passed 12-2-1. Yes: Best, Foster, Fraker, Furumo, Kirk, Lenihan, Nordin, Ozier, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Wolf. No: Walker, Zahlan. Abstain: Richard

Chair Richard will forward the results of the vote to the Task Force on University College as the Faculty Senate's position.

After a brief discussion of the Senate's interpretation of the University College Referendum results, Senator Lenihan presented a typed motion.

Lenihan/Best moved the following:

Resolved that the faculty senate views a yes vote in the upcoming as indicating substantial support for the original task force recommendation and disapproval of the senate's recommended changes in that report. The senate views a no vote as substantial disapproval of the task force report and disapproval of the senate recommendations on that report. The senate views the casting of a blank ballot as substantial disagreement with the task force report and substantial support for the recommendations of the senate.

Senators Foster, Best, Richard, Tidwell, and Lenihan noted ambiguities existed within the motion.

Lenihan/Best moved the following:

Resolved that the faculty senate views a yes vote in the upcoming as indicating substantial support for the original task force recommendation and disapproval of the senate's recommended changes in that report. The senate views a no vote as substantial disapproval of the task force report and disapproval of the senate recommendations on that report. The senate views the casting of a blank ballot as substantial support for the recommendations of the senate.

After further discussion, Simpson/Nordin moved to call the question. The motion passed 10-2-3. Yes: Best, Fraker, Furumo, Kirk, Lenihan, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Wolf. No: Ozier, Walker. Abstain: Foster, Richard, Zahlan

Chair Richard called for the question on the Lenihan/Best motion on Senate's interpretation of the University College referendum results. The motion passed 9-3-3. Yes: Best, Furumo, Kirk, Lenihan, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Wolf. No: Foster, Ozier, Walker. Abstain: Fraker, Richard, Zahlan

D. Committee Reports

1. Elections: Senator Foster reported the University College Referendum voting will occur in the Union lobby outside the Union Bookstore November 19 and 20 between 8:00-4:00. Two senators needed to sign up to work each hour, except during Faculty Senate meeting time at which time one Senator will staff the polls. After verification of signatures on the petition, 151 of the 160 were valid. The nine invalid signatures were not listed on the Unit A list. The number of valid signatures constituted 31% of the Unit A faculty.

The language of the referendum will be as petitioned:

FACULTY REFERENDUM

Mark your ballot to express your view concerning the creation of a University College at Eastern Illinois University.

I am in favor of the creation of a University College (darken in 1A).

I am not in favor of the creation of a University College (darken in 1B).

2. The Faculty-Staff Relations committee will meet November 14.

3. Chair Richard reported for the Executive Committee. The Gateway Program is under review, seeking legal advice, and in a state of flux with no decision to change the current program. The intent of the proposed program is to protect the program and support minority students. Recommendation #3, Division of Student Services is on hold with no immediate position. The IBHE Update: EIU continues to focus on strong programs and demonstrates its accountability. However, the IBHE disapproves of EIU's de-centralized budget and wants to cut programs.

At 3:49 Acting Recorder Ozier left to teach 4:00 class.