FOR MARCH 2, 1999
(Vol. xxviii, No. 21)


I. Call to order by James Tidwell at 2:03 p.m. (Conference Room, Booth Library)

Present: J. Allison, J. Best, J. Coons, C. Eberly, P. Fewell, N. Furumo, R. Gholson, B. Irwin, N. Marlow, J. Tidwell, M. Toosi, L. Walker, A. Zahlan. Excused: G. Foster, G. Lockart. Guests: T. Abebe, B. Addison, D. Gregg, M. May, M. McMahon, D. Ochwat.

II. Approval of the minutes of February 23, 1999.

Motion (Irwin/Walker) to approve the minutes of February 23, 1999.

Yes: Allison, Best, Coons, Eberly, Fewell, Furumo, Irwin, Marlow, Tidwell, Walker, Zahlan. Abstentions: Gholson, Toosi.

III. Communications

A. Minutes of Council on Academic Affairs-February 18, 1999

B. Minutes of Council on Graduate Studies-February 16, 1999

C. Minutes of COEPS Curriculum Committee-February 22, 1999

D. Memo from Environmental Health and Safety Committee


IV. Old Business

A. Committee Reports

1. Executive Committee.

a. CUPB Report. Chair Tidwell distributed copies of the CUPB Operational recommendations for 2000. He drew the Senate's attention to the IBHE capital improvements, which lists the Fine Arts Center Renovation and Expansion as 14th. The state may fund through number 18. This means EIU could have two major capital improvements going on at the same time. Other EIU items are ranked 45 and 46 on the list. He also noted that Governor Ryan cut about 1.3% from the IBHE recommended budget.

b. Reception for President Surles. Tidwell has talked with Sue Kaufman about a joint reception with UPI on either April 28 or 29. It was asked whether it would be more appropriate for Faculty Senate to join the Student and Staff Senates for a reception. The reception would be open to the campus and the community.

2. Nominations Committee. The call for Senate nominations to University committees will come out in two weeks.

3. Elections Committee. The names of candidates for the faculty elections and the candidate statements/responses to questions are attached to the minutes. Elections will be held on Wednesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 25 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Faculty senators signed up to work for 2 or (preferably) 3 hours.

Motion (Irwin/Allison) to approve the candidate slate.

Yes: Allison, Best, Coons, Eberly, Fewell, Furumo, Gholson, Irwin, Marlow, Tidwell, Toosi, Walker, Zahlan.

Motion (Zahlan/Coons) that we put "no statement received" next to the names of those who did not submit statements.

It was noted that there may be many good reasons for not submitting a statement, and this action could hurt a good candidate's chances for election.

Yes: Allison, Coons, Eberly, Furumo, Irwin, Marlow, Toosi, Walker, Zahlan. No: Best, Fewell, Gholson. Abstentions: Tidwell.

4. The IBHE Faculty Advisory Committee met at Eastern on Friday, February 26. The morning session was a panel discussion on quality in education-the fifth goal of the Illinois Commitment (formerly the Citizens' Agenda). One of the concerns expressed was how to measure quality. The IBHE FAC members were reluctant to support the use of standardized tests. B. Addison, CAA Chair, and guest at the meeting, said that the Assessment Plan Task Force at EIU in their preliminary proposal is looking at using the ETS standardized essay exam to measure critical thinking. More about this proposal will be presented during the next two weeks.

5. Screening Committee for Director of Financial Aid. The closing date for applications is Friday. The committee will meet next week to discuss candidates.

B. Spring Forum. Motion (Allison/Toosi) to approve the Faculty Senate Spring Forum on The Quality of Education at Eastern: The Role of the Faculty to be held Tuesday, April 13, 1999, at 2:00 p.m. in the Buzzard Auditorium.

Yes: Allison, Best, Coons, Eberly, Fewell, Furumo, Gholson, Irwin, Marlow, Tidwell, Toosi, Walker, Zahlan.

C. Distinguished Faculty Award. Chair Tidwell is investigating plaques for this. Next week the Senate will appoint the committee.


V. New Business

Proposed Center for Faculty Development. VPAA and Provost Abebe explained his vision of what the concept for a faculty development center includes: a commitment to re-invest in the University's greatest resource, its faculty; a goal of improving teaching and learning; a means of identifying and coordinating existing faculty development resources and opportunities on an ongoing basis; development of a process for directing resources to the development of additional faculty development opportunities; and a process for evaluating the effectiveness and improvements resulting from a reinvestment in faculty development. He wants the faculty to define and develop the center because they would be the primary beneficiaries of the institution. In 1995 a task force on faculty roles and responsibilities identified a lack of a faculty development center as a threat to quality. This would be a cohesive plan to match individual faculty development plans to that of the institution. VPAA Abebe recommends establishing the center in accord with the recommendations of the task force by appropriately funding and staffing it so the faculty needs could be addressed. The center would be staffed by a director and one support staff person. The rest of the funds would be devoted to faculty development activities. Senators asked questions and discussed the following issues:.

How can we propose this when many faculty do not have technology now? He has allocated funds for those purposes. These things will be done simultaneously. With what has been allocated no one should be without a computer that can deal with Y2K.

Different departments have different needs. Decentralization allowed them to address those specific needs. It is hoped that this center will consider those needs. The center is in addition to the activities within the colleges.

Now there are all these little pots all over campus. Will this pool all of these? As long as we maintain the source of those resources, this would be a good idea to have them under the same umbrella.

It would be beneficial for the center to provide a template of information about EIU to support faculty writing grants.

There was some concern about creating a new bureaucracy and having money go there. It was hoped that the faculty will be in better shape with this. Today about $17 per faculty member is spent for development. This will improve the funds available for faculty.

Assessing the accomplishments of this center will be difficult. Evaluating its success needs to be part of the plan.

Faculty Senate could be a valuable asset for getting feedback from the faculty for the team designing this center.

The Senate requested a Senate appointment to the design team.

VI. Adjourn at 3:42 p.m. (Walker)

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy D. Marlow, Recorder

Future Agenda Items

A. Ad hoc drafting committee to improve efficiency

B. Distinguished faculty award