FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
FOR FEBRUARY 1, 2000
(Vol. xxix, No. 18)
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Present: J. Allison, R. Benedict, J. Best, G. Canivez, J. Coons, C. Eberly, B. Fischer, G. Foster, B. Irwin, G. Lockart, N. Marlow, J. Tidwell, M. Toosi, B. Young, G. Kelly. Excused: P. Fewell, K. Bielenberg. Guests: T. Abebe, M. Beurskins, L. Cooper, E. Davidson, L. Drake, J. Moore.
Motion (Benedict/Lockart) to approve the minutes of January 25, 2000.
Corrections: Under IV.B. the last bullet, add: "the situation" to the end.
Yes: Benedict, Best, Canivez, Coons, Eberly, Fischer, Foster, Irwin, Lockart, Marlow, Tidwell, Toosi. Abstain: Allison.
Among other business, ideas for how the library might participate in the faculty development initiatives discussed at the forum: use of campus conference room for annual speakers forum, display areas for student research, use of technology training facility to provide educational opportunities for parents of summer campers, statistical assistance, groups study rooms in which faculty and students could work together.
Change in prerequisites for business courses approved. Revision of Speech Communication major approved. New courses: SPC 2010, Introduction to Communication Theories; SPC 2020, Speech Communication Research; SPC 2030, Applied Communication. Political Science 2003, Introduction to Political Research, replaces PLS2002. Revision of Political Science major approved. Revision of PLS3373, International Political Economy, approved.
Manual for the Masters and Specialists Thesis revised and approved.
Assessment Document discussed and revised.
Discussion of the appropriateness of deriving portions of grades from assessment activities. Presentation of information on writing portfolio project.
Definitions, goals, measures of student learning, process, sample course revision.
Discussion of joint activities with Lake Land College; move of Graduate Schools and International Programs to Blair Hall is progressing; AIS has requested Bill Kirk as their advisor; Frances Murphy will assist as co-advisor. An AIS officer will be invited to attend IPAC meetings. International Student enrollment is 147 for the Spring semester.
Improve textbook rental service but do not abolish it.
Preview EIU, an pre-orientation program will be held on Saturday, March 4. Faculty are needed on "Transition to College" panels. Anyone interested in participating should contact Brent Gage (csbag).
University Studies will be renamed CASA (Center for Academic Support and Achievement), a name that more accurately reflects the responsibilities of the unit. Academic Assessment and Testing will move to Ninth Street Hall, which is wheelchair accessible and where other CASA units are located. Search for a director of this area will resume.
IGP Revisions: employment and recruitment procedures for Administrative positions (IGP #12), Faculty and Academic Support Professionals (IGP #14) were revised to bring them into compliance with federal statues and to streamline the process. Drafts have been circulated since Sp 1999. Holiday schedule for 2000-2001 established. NCAA self-study announced.
Staff morale was discussed. Mr. Cooley and Dr. Nilsen will be working with Human Resources and staff senate on plans for improvement. Livingston C. Lord Distinguished Service award will be given to Ms. Eulalee Anderson at the years of service luncheon on December 7.
Y2K status report: contingency plans have been developed. FPM, ITS, and Housing staffs will be "on call" the night of December 31.
Board report for January BOT meeting was distributed
Senator Eberly communicated that Young and Lasky have been invited to speak on Easterns archeology program at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. The Commonwealth Club is the nations premier program for public affairs.
There have been two requests for volunteers. The first is for the Distinguished Faculty Award Committee. Pat Fewell will chair the committee. It will consist of three senators, a Presidential appointee, two students (graduate and undergraduate), and an alumnus. John Allison and Reed Benedict volunteered to serve. The second is for panel participants for Preview EIU on March 4. The panel discussions will be held in the morning. The purpose of Preview EIU is to encourage students wavering between EIU and other universities to choose EIU. It is also an opportunity to start communicating our expectationsto help them understand how college is different from high school. Any faculty member can volunteer to help with this.
Faculty interested in volunteering to participate in panel discussions for Preview EIU should contact Bonnie Irwin (English)firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senators will be expected to sign up to work two hours during elections.
Nancy D. Marlow, Recorder