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Academic Senate: MINUTES 09/17/2002
Members present: Dr. Amelia Ahern-Rindell, Ms Colleen Bender, Dr Susan Brown, Dr. Rich Christen, Rev. James Connelly, Mr. Walt Dawson, Dr. Will Deming, Dr. Thompson Faller,Dr. Laura Genik, Mr. Greg Hill,Dr. Mark Kennedy, Dr. Jack Kondrasuk, Dr. Larry Larsen, Dr. Bohn Lattin, Dr. Larry Lewis,, Dr. Marlene Moore, Dr. Steve Royce, Dr. John Schouten,Ms Heidi Senior. Dr. David Sherrer, Mr. Ron Smit, Br. Donald Stabrowski, Dr. Agnes Tenney, Rev. David Tyson, Dr. Anita Lee Wynne, Dr. Zia Yamayee
Members absent: Dr. Dakshina Murty
The invocation was given by Dr. Anita Lee Wynne
The minutes from the April, 2002, meeting were approved as written.
Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee : The report was given by Dr. Thompson Faller. The Committee met on 9/3/02 to set the agenda for this meeting.
Committee on Committees (C on C) action:
In addition to setting the agenda, a concern was raised about the make-up of the Committee on Committees. One of the members of that committee has taken a position at a different university. The questions was raised about the appropriate way to fill that vacancy or whether it should be filled at this time. Based on discussions with the committee Chair, the Executive Committee determined that, the main body of work of the C on C being already completed, there would not be a need to fill this vacancy at this time. Discussion arose from the floor of the Senate about the wisdom of this decision. While acknowledging that much of the committee work was done, events requiring action of the C of C often arise throughout the year. Specific concerns included the overall makeup of the committee, which now has only CAS members, and the lack of a formal procedure to deal with the event of a change in C on C membership.
Motion: That we have an election to replace the vacancy on the Committee on Committees.
Action: Passed with only two nay votes.
Rank and Tenure Committee (R and T) members terms of office: A concern was raised last spring about the change of length of terms of office from 3 years to 2 years now appearing in the Senate Constitution. After review by the University attorney, the decisions was made that the intention of the vote last spring to alter the R and T committee did not intend to include a change in the length of terms of office.
Action: The terms of office for members of the Rank and Tenure Committee will be 3 years as previously published.
Core Curriculum request: The Executive Committee received a request from a faculty member for more information sharing about the Core Curriculum. This item was referred to the Core Curriculum Committee with no further action taken.
Committee on Committees: Report given by Dr. Steve Royce. The C on C met several times over the summer to make recommendations for Presidential Advisory and Senate Committee. In response to a question from the floor, Dr. Royce informed the Senate that the entire 5-member committee participated in these decisions.
Committee on Rank and Tenure: Report was given by Dr. Thompson Faller for Dr. Dakshina Murty. The committee has begun its deliberations on the applicants for promotions and tenure.
Committee on Teaching and Scholarship: Report given by Dr. Larry Larsen. The committee has not yet met. The call for Butine Grant proposals is going out next Monday with a due date of October 22nd. The plan is to complete the evaluation of the proposals by Thanksgiving. The committee will also do forums for new faculty on October 3rd at noon in the Murphy room and October 4th at 3:30 in the Mago Hunt Theater.
Committee on Faculty Welfare: Report given by Dr. Agnes Tenney. Faculty Welfare developed a proposed policy on faculty-student dating that is on the agenda for today’s meeting. The committee will be meeting regularly on the first Monday of each month at 2:30.
Committee on Curriculum and Academic Regulations: Report given by Dr. Mark Kennedy. Their first meeting will be next Tuesday.
Presidential Advisory Committee Reports
Committee on Student Media: Report by Dr. Rich Cristen. Their first meeting will be next Wednesday.
Committee on Athletics: Report by Dr. Jack Kondrasuk. Their first meeting will be toward the end of September.
Committee on Health and Safety: Report by Dr. Anita Lee Wynne, Senate representative for the committee. The committee has not yet met.
Committee on Computing and Telecommunications: Report by Ms. Heidi Senior. Their first meeting is scheduled for next Thursday.
Student-Faculty Court: Have not met.
Dean’s Meetings: Report by Bro. Stabrowski.1. Students retention: Karen Nelson, University Research, presented data that indicated a 70% level of graduation within 6 years, a 68% level within 5 years and a 65% level within 4 years. While the freshman retention was down a percentage point this year, all others showed improvement. 2. Campus Pipeline: the Registrar is working on a was to have faculty validate student attendance on line rather than have signatures on paper. 3. Shepard Freshman Center: Regina Largent reports that the Center is providing workshops to freshman to help them transition to college life. 4. A workshop is planned for October 25th to focus on enhancing global studies, especially with overseas studies, studies abroad and ROTC. 5. Sabbatical applications have been received for the next academic year and are in the process of being reviewed by the President. 6. The student research fund ($14,000) for student projects and travel are distributed on November 1st and February 1st each year. 7. The decision to drop summer commencement and allow students to graduate in May prior to completing their last summer resulted in 63 students doing this. Of these students all but two graduate and one undergraduate student did not complete their degree requirements by the end of summer. We will keep this process. 8. Orientation was reviewed and thought to go well. 9. The Deans are working on preliminary budgets for next year.
ASUP: Report given by Walt Dawson, new ASUP vice President. New officers have been elected and ASUP is having meetings that are going well. Colleen Bender, new ASUP Secretary also introduced herself.
Proposed Policy of Faculty/Student Dating: Dr. Tenney reported that the policy was developed based on a request from Bro. Stabrowski related in part to feedback from the Northwest Accreditation team. The policy statement was read to the Senate. Discussion ensued about the definition of “dating” and attempts were made to arrive at a consensus on a definition. Several wording options were proposed. It was agreed that the main issue was that the relationship involved an interaction between people in which there was a power difference and where a misuse of authority occurs. Concern was raised that there could be times when conflicts of interest could and had occurred that would not be covered by this policy as stated. Referrals were made to ethical behavior statements of some professional groups. The Senate was reminded that the role of the Senate is to provide a “sense of the Senate” in an advisory role to the Board of Regents and that the final decision would rest with the Board.
Motion: That we accept the Policy as written.
Action: Passed with 2 nays.
Future of the University: Fr. Tyson reported that the Board of Regents is meeting the week. The focus is on strategic planning for the future of the University. He shared with the Senate the active-participant character of this Board. He also reminded us that we are in a position we have not had before at this University with a chance to shape ourselves in whatever way we choose and we should take advantage of that.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by Anita Lee Wynne, Secretary for Academic Senate