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Academic Senate: MINUTES 11/20/2001
The meeting was called to order by Dr. Thompson Faller, Chair
Members present: Dr. Rich Christen, Dr. Michael Connolly, Dr. Thompson Faller, Dr. Moira Fallon, Dr. Terry Favero, Dr. Laure Genik, Dr. Tom Hosinski, Dr. Mark Kennedy, Dr. Jeff Kerssen-Griep, Dr. Jack Kondrasuk, Dr. Gary Malecha, Dr. Terry Misener, 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 Wynne, Dr. Zia Yamayee, Ms. Theresa Abbene, Mr. Chris Meyer
Members absent: Dr. Mark Utlaut
The invocation was given by Fr. Tom Hosinski.
The minutes from the October 23, 2001 meeting were approved with one correction.
Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee: Dr. Faller reported that the Executive Committee met on November 6th to set agenda for this meeting.
Committee on Committees: Dr. Royce reported that a meeting is set for next week with a report to the Senate in January.
Committee on Rank and Tenure: Dr. Utlaut was absent.However, Dr. Kennedy reported for him. The committee continues to meet.
Committee on Teaching and Scholarship: Dr. Favero reported that Monday was the deadline for Butine applications. Thirty-one applications were received. Announcement of awards will be in December.
Committee on Faculty Welfare: Dr. Tenney reported that the committee meets the first Friday in each month. Jim Kuffner will be the guest at December’s meeting.
Committee on Curriculum and Academic Regulations: Dr. Kennedy reported that they have met to discuss proposals from Nursing department. See New Business for today’s meeting.
Presidential Advisory Committee Reports
Committee on Student Media: Dr. Christen reported that they met on November 2nd to hear reports from the heads of student media groups. Considered a proposal to have student radio station available campus-wide. Announced award to Beacon for excellence in weekly college newspapers.
Committee on Athletics: Ron Smit reported they have not met.
Committee on Health and Safety: Dr. Wynne reported that they have met and will soon begin building inspections.
Committee on Computing and Telecommunications: Dr. Meisner reported they have met and considered a policy on ethics in telecommunications and were informed of the results of initiation of pipeline.
Student-Faculty Court: Dr. Genik reported they have not met.
Dean’s Meetings: Br. Donald reported that the deans have met weekly. Had one meeting with University officers. Received notices for open faculty positions for next year from deans and received ad for Communication Technical Specialist. Has distributed results of requests for sabbaticals for 2001-02.Met with Director of Communications on the visioning of pipeline and the implications of pipeline use. Is working with ASUP on the issue of time for downloading information. Heard from Dr. Meyers of the Health Center on the issue of testing for students with disabilities campus-wide. Has had an initial conversation with financial officer on cost analysis.
ASUP: Chris Meyer reported that Courtney’s health is improved and she anticipates being back in the spring semester. He recently completed the state of the campus address and characterized it with two words. “content” and “apathetic.”ASUP has received more requests for funds than has available money. They will be working on the budget.
Point of Information and Two Proposals from Committee on Curriculum and Academic Regulations presented by Dr. Kennedy:
- Point of Information: Department of Nursing proposed a Nursing Educator track in the Bachelor of Science degree program. No action required.
- Proposal for a Post-Master’s certificate in Nursing Education for students with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in another area. The proposal has already received approval from the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Proposal passed unanimously.
- Proposal for undergraduate curriculum change in the Nursing Dept. The proposal is to drop Chemistry and to add Biology for nursing majors. Reasons for the change were to align current program with national and state trends and to better equip nurses for the demands of the workplace. Dr. Tenney spoke on behalf of the Chemistry faculty and supported the addition of Biology. However, they strongly opposed the dropping of Chemistry. She asked that an alternative to the proposal be considered. Questions were raised and discussion ensued on the impact of the change for students, the process used to develop the proposal, class sizes, and linkage with the core curriculum requirements. After discussion and a secret ballot, the proposal passed with a majority vote.
- Fr. Tyson reported that the NW Accreditation team has submitted their report to the university. The report was positive. He will be following up in a conversation with the Committee on Colleges on December 15th.
- Dr. Faller reminded the Senators that the next Executive Board meeting is December 4th to set the agenda for January’s Academic Senate meeting.
Adjournment: Was at 5:10 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Moira Fallon, Secretary for Academic Senate