Faculty Senate Minutes, October 15, 1996

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I. Called to order by Chair Gail Richard at 2:02 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 L. Walker, D. Wolf, A. Zahlan

Visitors: B. Anderson, R. Augustine, G. Aylesworth, J. Baker, R. Beebe, C. Evans, L. Gosselin, M.A. Hanner, J. McGrath, T. Weidner

II. A motion (Walker/Schmidt) to approve the Minutes of October 8 as corrected passed (14-0-0).Yes: Best, Foster, Fraker, Furumo, Kirk, Lenihan, Nordin, Ozier, Richard, Schmidt, Simpson, Walker, Wolf, Zahlan

Corrections: IV.C.6.c. Reporting for the Athletic Director Search Committee, Chair Richard reported that the Committee has an October 15 date for closing applications.

Senator Walker objected that an entire discussion had been omitted from the Minutes re: input offered the Secretary re: preparation of the Minutes. Chair Richard and Secretary Simpson expressed that they understood the exchange in question to have been informal and not falling within the Minutes of regular business. Senator Walker demurred. Senator Walker said that he is concerned with (1)generalizations in the Minutes, (2) tone, and (3) the need for the Minutes to reflect a speaker's intent. Senators Walker and Zahlan approved attempts to condense the volume of the Minutes, but Senator Zahlan wished the Secretary to be more explicit in placing corrections in context. Senator Ozier rejoined: "I kinda like the Minutes!" Consistent with prevailing style, direct quotations are reported within quotation marks. All other discourse is reported in summary or paraphrase form.

III. Communications

A. CGS Minutes from 10/1/96

B. CAA Minutes from 10/3/96

C. Student Senate Minutes from 10/9/96

D. from Chair Richard that CUPB meets Friday, October 18, at 3:00 and that she will attend the meeting.

E. from Dr. Weidner re: the Council of Deans' sending a representative to speak with the Senate

F. from Senator Zahlan re: the Proposed University College

IV. Old Business

A. University College

1. Report from Counseling Center Taskforce --

Members of the Taskforce include Bill Kirk, French Fraker, Laurent Gosselin, Jackie McGrath, Bob Saltmarsh, Karola Alford, and Charles Evans.

Senator Fraker reported that the Taskforce has identified unclear areas which include implications for UPI, the identify of the Counseling Center as a teaching arm or a counseling arm only, information on evolution of staffing changes, and budget numbers.

Senator Kirk added that the Taskforce is getting a sense of the recent history of the matter at hand.

A report is pending.

2. Reports from Council of Chairs; Council of Deans

Dr. Bob Augustine represented the Council of Chairs. He related that the Chairs insist on following the curriculum committee structure of the University strictly in the exploration of such matters as non-discipline specific degrees. He added that the "unit" should never develop degree-based programs. Of primary concern is that the Reading, Writing, and Math Centers remain integral elements of their respective home departments. He said that the Chairs spoke strongly that major-seeking students need more support and that the concept of University College provides that support. In response to Senator Best's comment that the name "College" is a useful convention in reference to such a program, Dr. Augustine said the term provokes "extreme emotion after restructuring." However, "you can object to the name and still support the concept and structure as it exists on other campuses."

Dr. Gary Aylesworth added that Chairs tend to think in the long term and that vagaries tend to be filled in over time. He said that he wants matters spelled out clearly to prevent "role accretion." He specified that he has no problem with the term "College" or with heading the unit wit a Dean, but that unless the role of University College is carefully specified, the University might fall victim to eventual unintended consequences.

Re: the Council of Deans, Dr. Weidner communicated with the Senate (III.E.) the following memo:

At its weeks meeting today, the Council of Deans discussed your request to express its views on the proposed University College. The Council of Deans did not express reservations about the proposed leadership structure in University College and, therefore, will not be sending a representative to the Faculty Senate to discuss this issue.

3. Report from Faculty Senate Members

a. Chair Richard distributed her collation of issues re: the University College Proposal sent to her by Senators.

b. She defined the next order of business to be to decide on procedure. Re: the twelve items listed in the Report of Issues in descending order of frequency of submission, she said the Senate has two choices: (1) we can approach the items one at a time without formal motions and depend on simple majority by consensus, or, (2) we can use formal motions and debate. She reiterated that the role of the Senate is to facilitate discussion, to provide feedback on the concept of the University College.

c. Discussion drifted from the definition of procedure to discussion of individual items in the Report, including a wide variety of commentary such as Senator Zahlan's assertion that we need an organized and codified piece of paper "to get the picture" and Senator Foster's comment that "We are seeking specificity. We are the process, offering increasingly more specificity."

d. Chair Richard said the present discussion was neither direction nor recommendation. "Next week we will start again."

4. Ms. Johnetta Jones spoke from the floor re: the proposed University College. "If we do not adopt the concept, what do we do with the 'academic boat people'?" She said that the pool of students adrift without majors is increasing due in part to multiple changes of majors gone awry. We have prided ourselves on retention and graduation rates, but our numbers are slipping. She said that we are no longer "number two" in providing a good degree at an affordable price but have lost that place to ISU. She stressed that we need to pay more attention to graduation rates. She concluded that, "If you don't like the University College concept, what will you put in its place?"

B. Graduate School Tuition Waiver Option for Employee's Children.

1. Senator Kirk reported that the present policy of half-waivers for undergraduate tuition waivers is a matter of law and specifically cannot be applied to graduate tuition. Any such policy on this campus would have to come out of the Graduate School budget.

2. Dr. Gosselin added that no discussion of tuition waivers is likely to come out of Springfield because of the recent controversy re: waivers. Such a policy might be done internally as could early retirement policy but such matters would be matters for negotiation.

3. This item will remain on the agenda.

C. Committee Reports

1. Nominations -- Susan Woods has resigned from the Parking Appeals Committee.

2. Elections -- No report

3. Faculty-Staff Relations -- Chair Richard instructed the Committee to consult with John Flynn, Chair of Staff Senate for feedback on graduate tuition waivers.

4. Faculty-Student Relations Committee -- No report

5. Other Committee Reports -- No reports

D. Other Old Business -- None

V. New Business

A. Agenda Items

1. University College: the report from Faculty Senate members, Faculty Senate issues

2. Graduate tuition waivers

3. Senate Taskforce on the Counseling Center

B. Other -- None

VI. Moved to Adjournment by Senator Walker, the Senate adjourned precisely at 4:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

John Simpson, Secretary