|FS Minutes - 04-04-11|
The Faculty Senate of Eastern Kentucky University met on Monday, April 4, 2011, in the South Ballroom of the Keen Johnson Building. Senator Taylor called the seventh meeting of the academic year to order at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The following members of the Senate were absent:
*Indicates prior notification of absence to the Faculty
Visitors to the Senate: Sandra Moore, Diversity; Brett Morris, Veterans Affairs; Jerry Pogatshnik, Graduate Education & Research; Sherry Robinson, Provost Office
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT: Senator Whitlock
Senators Frisbie and Whitlock were unable to attend today as they're at the Association of Governing Boards meeting in Los Angeles. Senator Whitlock shared the following in his written report to the Senate.
Last week was exciting for Eastern Kentucky University. On Wednesday Miles Owen, an emergency medical care major, became EKU's first Truman Scholarship winner. More good news came on Thursday when Ethan Kilgore, a physics major, was named a Goldwater Scholar and Avery Scherer, biology, earned honorable mention in that prestigious competition. As more EKU students choose to compete on this very high level, there will be many more such successes to celebrate. Faculty should take great pride in these remarkable evidences of student learning outcomes.
Thursday, EKU was one of 12 institutions submitting proposals to the Commission on Presidential Debates, asking to be considered as a site for one of four debates to be held in next year's presidential election process. Senator Whitlock has already begun the process to generate private support to help accomplish such an undertaking so there will not be a drain on finances.
As reported to the Senate in prior discussions on state budget actions, funds were moved from the second year of the biennium to the first to satisfy maintenance of efforts requirements for the state to receive federal money for elementary-secondary education. The institutions will remind the public policy makers in the executive and legislative branches of their commitment to higher education so this will not impact the funding base for the 2012-2014 biennium.
EKU Diversity Plan. Ms. Sandra Moore was in attendance to introduce a draft copy of EKU's Diversity Plan which ties into the statewide diversity plan. The draft plan has been vetted throughout the campus community. Anyone with additional questions or concerns should contact her. Ms. Moore indicated that the campus community will be given another opportunity to review the plan before it's finalized.
Change to Incomplete Grade Contract Form. Senator Taylor announced that the Change to Incomplete Grade Contract Form has been revised to include the chair's signature. As it is a minor change, it isn't necessary to bring before the Senate for a vote.
Posthumous Degree for Hillary Hadley. Senator Schmelzer moved to approve a posthumous degree for Hillary Hadley, seconded by Senator Roush. Motion carried.
Senate Chair Nominations. Senator Johnson nominated Senator Taylor. Senator Biggin moved to close nominations, seconded by Senator Schmelzer. Motion carried. Election will occur at the organizational meeting in May.
Senate Vice Chair Nominations. Senator Johnson nominated Senator Noblitt. Senator Wray moved to close nominations, seconded by Senator Schmelzer. Motion carried. Election will occur at the organizational meeting in May.
Rules Committee Motion on Regent Election. Senator Rainey moved to approve the following, seconded by Senator May. Motion carried.
In the Faculty Handbook, Part II (Organization and Administration of the University): Board of Regents, we request that the following changes (in bold type) be made in paragraph 3 concerning the Faculty Regent:
Senator Biggin moved, seconded by Senator Thieme, to amend principle number three, line five from: "departmental evaluations shall be given weight that reflects this primary responsibility" to "the criteria is the primary responsibility of the department and the application of criteria can be reviewed by the college and the university committees." The amendment carried.
Senator Matthews recommended that it clearly state somewhere in the principles that promotion and tenure can be applied for separately. Senator May suggested that information could be added to principle two. Senator Wray moved, seconded by Senator Johnson, to postpone discussion to the May meeting to allow senators time to share the information with their colleagues and gather feedback. The motion to postpone carried.
from Council on Academic Affairs - Senator Vice
Program Revisions to Required Hours to Graduate
Senator Vice moved approval of item 1, seconded by Senator Shordike. Motion carried.
Senator Vice moved approval of items 2 & 3, seconded by Senator Richardson. Motion carried.
Senator Vice moved approval of items 4-20, seconded by Senator DeBolt. Motion carried.
Senator Vice moved approval of item 21, seconded by Senator Pianalto. Motion carried.
Senator Vice moved approval of item 22, seconded by Senator Wade. Motion carried.
Senator Vice moved approval of item 23, seconded by Senator Walz. Motion carried.
GENERAL & STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Senator Taylor
Per Dr. Sherry Robinson, there are two additional policies in the pipeline for review. One is teaching by staff and the other is university attendance policy. The review process for these two policies will not begin until the fall semester.
At the February 7th meeting, the Senate approved the Academic Integrity policy. The policy was then reviewed by the Provost Council where some procedural concerns were voiced. Therefore Dr. Robinson has re-convened the drafting team to address those concerns. If changes are made, the Senate will be given the opportunity to review the policy again.
REPORT FROM FACULTY REGENT: Senator
The EKU Board will next convene for a regular quarterly meeting on April 18, 2011 to review recommendations for tuition, housing, and dining levels for the 2011-12 academic year. It is anticipated that the Board will authorize its Executive Committee to act on its behalf within parameters that the Board sets once the CPE determines the tuition guidelines for the state institutions.
REPORT FROM COSFL: Senator Rainey reported for Senator McKenney
The next COSFL meeting will be on April 11th.
PROVOST REPORT: Senator Vice
Academic Affairs strategic initiatives and budget implications will:
The following strategic initiatives have been accomplished through internal re-organization and reallocation.
Future/potential initiatives include the following (not prioritized):
Current budget requests include:
There are three position searches underway:
Senator Vice encouraged faculty to attend the upcoming presentation on "Assurance of Learning: Implementing Critical and Creative Thinking and Communication at Program Level," on April 14 from 9-10am in the Faculty Lounge in Keen Johnson.
Join the Provost for lunch on Wednesday at noon in the Powell Cafeteria, outside the Faculty Dining Room.
FINANCIAL PLANNING COUNCIL: Senator Taylor
A graduate tuition rate and a housing rate were approved at the last FPC meeting.
STRATEGIC PLANNING COUNCIL: Senator Noblitt
Strategic Planning continues to gather comments from the community on the Strategic Plan. The comment period will be over by the end of April; comments received will be fully developed into the plan; and the plan will be submitted to the Board in June.
The SPC and the FPC will be meeting jointly on Wednesday and Friday this week.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Academic Quality Committee: Senator Shordike reported that the committee continues to work on the mid-term reporting issue. Dr. Sherry Robinson is working with the committee to review existing policies and regulations which deal with this issue.
Budget Committee. Senator Johnson announced that the committee will meet with President Whitlock on April 15 to discuss budget issues.
Committee on Committees. Senator Butler announced that the survey for self nominations to University committees has closed, and there were 62 responses received.
Senator Vice moved to adjourn at approximately 5:10 p.m.click here for printable version of minutes
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