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Academic Senate: Minutes 3/19/2013
I. Call to order and announcements
II. Roll call
Present: Michael Andrews, Ray Bard, Father Beauchamp, Russ Butkus, Rich Christen, Mike Eom, Tom Greene, Kyle Hamm, Drew Harrington, Brian Els, Susan Hinken, Aziz Inan, Larry Larson, Nick McCree, Tamar More, Dan Pierce, Alex Santana, Susan Stillwell, Karen Ward, Matthew Warshawsky, John Watzke
Not Present: Julia Balistreri, Mark Utlaut, Kaye Wilson-Anderson
III. Invocation: Larry Larson
IV. Approval of minutes from February 19, 2013: Minutes approved.
Presentation by Alan Timmins, Vice President for Financial Affairs
Presentation is focused on the finance and budget update for this academic year of 2012-2013.
The state of the university is good.
2. Revenue analysis: Tuition and fees, 66%; room and board, 18%; gifts and contributions, 6%; grants and contracts, 5%; off-campus programs, 5%.
3. Spending analysis: 75% academic and student life, 52% of which is in instruction; 32% resident life and athletics; 11% on student services; 5% on off- campus programs. Enrollment trend is up, a bit down for 2014, about 2%, at record level for applications. Tuition has gone up and so has aid per student. Financial aid breakdown: government aid has decreased; annual scholarships have decreased; endowed scholarships have increased slightly from last year; unfunded aid has maintained. Tuition changes: 4 and a half percent increase in tuition this year. Endowment Trends: back on the upswing this year. Notre Dame manages the universities endowments.
4.. Budgets: this year the university has additional resources of $800,000 and budget requests of 3.4 million.
5. The university received two large gifts; three million dollars from the Fields estate and one million from Liz James.
VI. Standing Committee Reports
a. Executive Committee, Larry Larsen
The Executive Committee met March 5. Thank you to the Senate Members whose terms are up.
b. Committee on Committees, Susan Hinken
No work to report.
c. Committee on Rank and Tenure, Mark Utlaut (absent)
Rank and tenure is continuing to do their business.
d. Committee on Teaching and Scholarship, Aziz Inan
1. Committee met three times. One meeting was about other means of evaluating teaching.
2. Another meeting focused on Butine proposals; the committee members finalized their decisions letters will be sent this week. An announcement will be placed in UpBeat and Pilots UP.
3. The committee discussed selecting faculty awardees; applicants are submitting their materials by the end of this week, and then the committee will meet to discuss faculty materials. A decision will be made during the second week of April.
4. The committee discussed Faculty Development Day. An announcement was placed in UpBeat for proposals; the committee is working on the days schedule.
e. Committee on Faculty Welfare, Tamar More
1. Committee is working on student accommodations.
2. Committee asked for faculty input about statement of inclusion and a policy on it. Committee received a lot of feedback. Laura Trout met with Paul Myer who is chair of the Ad Hoc committee.
f. Committee on Curriculum and Academic Regulations, Russ Butkus
Committee met to discuss the proposal for the new physics track (see New Business below).
VII. Presidential Advisory Committees
a. Committee on Student Media, Kaye Wilson Anderson
b. Committee on Athletics, Alex Santana
c. Committee on Health and Safety, Dann Pierce
d. Committee on Information Technology, Gary Mitchell
Moving forward and working on a proposal.
e. Committee on Sustainability, Rich Christen
VIII. Other Reports
a. Father Beauchamp
Fr. Bill reported on the changing ways in which courses are now being taught, e.g., the use of books, on-line instruction, etc. A task force is being assigned to look at the use of technology and courses. The goal is to have a plan by December 2013.
b. Dean’s Meetings, Dr. Greene
1. The University Core Curriculum Committee (UCCC) met and is working on managing the core; things are progressing. One issue is assessment and this will be addressed before the semester is out. The writing assessment is especially important.
2. The Deans have been narrowing the valedictorian awards, the awards for each academic unit, and the faculty leadership award.
3. The Deans are working on the resources requested by departments with the budget in forefront.
4. The Deans are looking at the strategic plan and accountability, specifically the academic divisions. The Deans have responded to ASUP resolutions concerning the final drop date and 100% refund. Also concerned about internships and transitions, and co-curricular, post-grad opportunities. Another resolution is focused on how do students manage their debts, retirement; they want transition classes to help them manage their own affairs. Business school is offering courses to help with financial prudency.
1. Tonight is speech night. Faculty should encourage students to come. It’s at 7:30 in the Commons.
2. Elections will be next Tuesday and Wednesday March 26 and 27 and faculty are encouraged to remind students that April 2nd and 3rd will be run-off elections and that’s right after we come back from Easter. The more enthusiastic the students are, the better the voting will be.
IX. New Business
a. Proposal from Executive Committee regarding changes to the Senate by-laws.
Proposal suggests changes be made to the current sections of the By Laws to allow for the Committee chairs of Teaching and Scholarship and Curriculum and Academic Regulations to be non-elected senators.
1. The proposal to amend the Senate By-Laws was accepted and will now be submitted to the Board of Regents for approval.
b. Proposal from Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations regarding a new Physics track.
Proposal is for a BS in physics with a specific concentration for students who are interested in an education career teaching high school science or physics.
1. This would be a single major rather than the current options of double majors with a minor or a major with two.
2. Proposal has more specific requirements for courses.
3. Students would automatically be eligible for a math minor.
4. A small correction; restrict the statistics option to only statistics rather than switch subjects or probability.
5. The proposal was passed.
Next meeting April 16th with Senator elections and new members. The Executive Committee will meet April 2 at 4:00.
XI. Adjournment at 5:09.