Faculty Senate Minutes

The Faculty Senate met on Monday, December 3, 2001 at 3:15 in the Cumberland Room.

18 Senators were present for the meeting: Carl Bell, Roland Bergman, Daniel De Palma, Geri Crawley-Woods, Sonya Evanisko, Richard Gibson, Judy Kepple, Barbara Kemerer, Jim Lewin, Barbara Maxwell, Alec Mihailovs, Jim Pantle, E.S. Phillips, Parvin Rahnavard, J. W. Thatcher, Joyce Webb, Bob Willgoos, Denis Woods

Other Senators: Jack Schmidt, Ed Snyder, Irving Tucker

Guests: Dr. Sylvia Shurbutt

1. Minutes of the November 5, 2001 meeting were approved as distributed.
2. Items for agenda will be brought forth in committee reports, after a report from Dr. Sylvia Shurbutt on the Advisory Council of Faculty Meeting.

Advisory Council of Faculty Report
Dr. Shurbutt presented a brief and informative view of the Chancellor's vision to shape higher and public education to the Faculty Senate. The plan includes: strengthening admission standards, raising standards in teacher education, using electronic delivery of courses, etc. She spoke about the Statewide Compact bullets, merit pay, and relations with the Advisory Council of Classified Employees. She asked for input for the ACF presentation to the Higher Education Policy Commission.

Committee Reports
1. Admission & Credit (Senator Thatcher ) No report
2. Affirmative Action (Senator Lewin) Senator Lewin reported there is a new Director of Multicultural Affairs. Fall 2001 minority enrollment was approximately 7%.
3. Assessment [NCA] (Senator Pantle) Senator Pantle reported there is a new delayed plan for assessment.
4. Bylaws (Senator Phillips) Senator Phillips distributed a resolution on the retention of the Computer Services Committee. It was M/S/P.
5. Computer Services (Senator Mihailovs) Senator Mihailovs reported the Computer Services met with the TOC; they concluded the Senate committee was useful for faculty input. The Committee is also reviewing WebCT and Blackboard.
6. Curriculum & Instruction (Senator Webb) Senator Webb announced the next meeting will be December 10, 2001.
7. Ethics (Senator Crawley-Woods) Senator Crawley-Woods asked the Senate if the ad hoc committee on ethics should remain. It was M/S/P that the Committee should convene and write a mission statement to be reviewed by the Senate.
8. Gateway (Senator Kemerer) No report
9. Library (Senator Bergman) No report
10. Professional Development (Senator Philllips) Senator Phillips distributed a document on the criteria necessary to apply for a faculty professional development reassignment. The proposal was M/S/P.
11. Research Ethics (Senator Tucker) No report
12. Scholarship & Awards (Senator Kepple) No report

Old Business
1. Distribution of Minutes: Senator Maxwell reported the Senate's minutes have been added to the College's minweb.
2. Discussion on the proposal for a Senate resolution regarding the final examination period continued from November. It was M/S/P to postpone action on the motion until February. At that time the Chair of the Calendar Committee has consented to be present at the Faculty Senate to answer questions and discuss issues regarding the preparation of the Shepherd College calendar.

New Business
1. Senator Lewin distributed a petition concerning adjunct faculty. It was M/S/P to discuss Lewin's petition in February.

1. Senator Willgoos presented a report on the permanent three percent cutback slated by the Governor to be effective for the academic year--2002-2003. President Dunlop is currently working on the institutional response to the Governor's proposal. The President welcomes suggestions via e-mail on specific cuts and/or possible student tuition increases.
2. Senator Pantle reported the NCA report is currently available on the Academic Affairs Web.
3. Senator Webb reported the Debate Team successes during fall, 2001.

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate will be February 4, 2002 at 3:15 p.m. in the Cumberland Room.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Maxwell

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