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Academic Senate: MINUTES 04/15/2003
Present: Dr. Amelia Ahern-Rindell, Dr. George Battistel, Dr. Jim Carroll, Sr. Maria Ciriello, Rev. James Connelly, Dr. Carol Dempsey, Dr. Karen Eifler, Dr. Thompson Faller, Dr. Laura Genik, Dr. Greg Hill, Dr. Mark Kennedy, Mr. Larry Larsen, Dr. Marlene Moore,Dr. John Schouten, Dr. David Sherrer, Ms. Diane Sotak, Br. Donald Stabrowski,Dr. Agnes Tenney, Rev. David Tyson, Dr. Anita Lee Wynne
Absent: Amerigo Brioche, Brendan Hochstein, Dr. Bohn Lattin, Dr. Larry Lewis, Dr. Dakshina Murty, Dr. Steve Royce
Invocation: The invocation was given by Dr. Faller.
Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee: Dr. Thompson Faller gave the report.Minutes of the March senate meeting were accepted as corrected.The Executive committee reviewed process for the election of senators and proposals that would be considered at this meeting and established the agenda.
Committee on Committee: No report was given, as there was no action taken since the last Senate meeting.
Committee on Rank & Tenure: No report was given, as there was no action taken since the last Senate meeting.
Committee on Teaching & Scholarship: Mr. Larry Larsen gave the report. There has been no meeting since the last Senate meeting, but the committee will meet next Tuesday the 22nd.
Committee on Faculty and Welfare: Dr. Agnes Tenney gave the report. The committee has met and has two things come before the committee. One was a review of all the University documents dealing with a small immerging subset of the faculty.This is a group of faculty who are tenured or on the tenured track but is not fulltime. It is unclear among these faculty exactly what their responsibility are compared to full time faculty who are tenured or on tenure track. The committee went through all University documents and identified areas in which the description of fulltime faculty occurs. In all of these cases, except for one, changing the description from fulltime regular to regular faculty would allow these faculty members to be full participants in university life. These changes were discussed by the Executive Committee and will be brought to the Senate in the near future.The second issue that came before the committee related to matters of academic freedom. The committee recommends that a faculty forum be instituted sometime next year to discuss academic freedom at a Catholic University. CAS has agreed to sponsor such a forum, but it has yet to be determined if it would be one event or a series throughout the year.
Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations: Dr. Mark Kennedy gave the report. Two items of business are brought to the Senate today.
Presidential Advisory Committee Reports
Committee on Student Media: No report as Dr. Rich Christen was absent.
Committee on Athletics: Dr. John Schouten gave the report. The committee determined that pre-registration for athletes had gone well. It was recommended that pre-registration occur even in the off-season because there really is no off-season for athletes and because it went so smoothly.
Committee on Health & Safety: Dr. Anita Lee Wynne gave the report. The committee met to look at the emergency plan and it is going well. The plan should begin to be implemented next year.
Committee on Computers & Telecommunications: Ms. Heidi Senior gave the report. Topics of discussion were increasing the network speed by limiting student bandwidth uses, CTS organizational chart, budget, and planning documents. Software training and how best to provide it for faculty and revision of the ethical use policy were also discussed. Charging for lab and library printing will be on the agenda for the next meeting.
Student & Faculty Court: The report was given by Dr. Laura Genik. There was no action taken since the last Senate meeting.
Deans Report: The report was given by Bro. Donald Stabrowski: We are going to experiment with 30 faculty this year doing grades online. Karen Nelson updated more freshman and senior survey results and would be happy to discuss those in an afternoon setting. The freshman orientation schedule has been planned. We also evaluated Founders Day activities and had a positive impression. We had a preliminary report on computer updates for the year.
ASUP: No report
Information item: A committee is appointed every two years to look at the senate bylaws and constitution and make suggested changes.The committee’s proposed changes are in a document given to Senators today. Action on these recommendations will be in the September Senate meeting.
Proposal to create a new math course: Dr. Mark Kennedy presented the proposal. The new course would be Math 115, Teaching Mathematics with Technology. This is a new course that will focus on new teaching strategies at the middle school level. While it is offered to anyone, its focus is education majors since it is an endorsement for middle school mathematics plus it helps them to prepare for the Praxis exam.The committee felt it was an excellent course and it was passed unanimously.
Action: The proposal was adopted by unanimous vote of the Senate. It will take effect September, 2003.
Proposal to reduce the number of credits in the undergraduate nursing program from 130 to 124: Dr. Mark Kennedy from the CAR committee presented the proposal. This proposal came from the School of Nursing. The reduction in hours was part of an overall review and revision of the nursing curriculum. Three of the hours reduced have in effect all ready occurred with the reduction in philosophy course hours as part of the new core. The other three hours reduction was made by dropping three credits of electives. In addition three credits of core requirements was moved from the upper division to the lower division. The rationale is to provide more time in the upper division for the nursing students who have a heavy load of clinical hours off campus.
Action: The proposal passed unanimously. The change would take effect September , 2003.
Elections were held and the following are the results:
Chair of the Academic Senate: Dr. Anita Lee Wynne
Secretary to the Senate: Dr. Bonn Lattin
Chair of Committee on Committees: Dr. Steve Royce
Chair of Rank and Tenure: Dr. Dakshina Murty
Chair of Teaching and Scholarship: Mr. Larry Larsen
Chair of Faculty Welfaare: Dr. John Schouten
Chair of Curriculum and Academic Regulations: Dr. Mark Kennedy
Members of the Committee on Committees:
Dr. Elayne Shapiro
Dr. Richard Gritta
Fr. David Sherrer
Dr. Norah Martin
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 4:50 P.M.
Respectfully submitted, Dr. Anita Lee Wynne, Secretary to the Senate