1. The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.
a. Ms. Grubman reminded the Executive Committee that they were scheduled to meet with the Board of Governors' consultant regarding President Carothers' review at 3:15 p.m. in the second floor conference room in Green Hall. She noted that Senate officers from 03-04 and 04-05 had been invited in addition to the current members of the FSEC.
b. The Agenda for the November 18 Meeting of the Board of Governors' Academic and Student Affairs Committee was circulated for information. Chairperson Rice said that he planned to attend the meeting.
c. The Executive Committee discussed a request from Provost Swan for re-consideration of issues related to the University Calendar. It was agreed that after the previous year's discussions and the resulting action during the summer that precipitated the amendment to the UNIVERSITY MANNUAL to prevent changes within 18 months of a given calendar, it would probably not be useful to undertake a review of the calendar this year.
The FSEC acknowledged concerns raised about holding classes on state holidays.* They asked Chairperson Rice to suggest to the Provost that the University develop a plan for maintaining services on the few occasions when classes are in session but most State Employees are given the day off.
It was noted that it is impossible to please everyone given the constraints of the fall semester (beginning after Labor Day and ending before Christmas).
d. The Executive Committee discussed a November 9 Memorandum from CBUM to the Executive Committee responding to requests from the FSEC. In the memorandum, the CBUM Committee determined that current regulations preclude non-matriculating students from electing the Pass/Fail option.
With regard to faculty governance issues, the CBUM Committee urged that the FSEC impress on the Provost that it is essential that Deans follow current University Manual procedures with regard to faculty governance issues within colleges. In addition, the CBUM Committee proposed that the FSEC, in consultation with the AAUP and the Provost, determine who belongs to the group of continuing faculty members as specified in 7.10.10, especially with regard to the status of full-time lecturers and long-term non-tenure track people with faculty titles.
The CBUM Committee also proposed changes to Chapter 4 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL, which the Executive Committee agreed to endorse pending clarification of proposed amendments to section 4.50.10. Ms. Grubman said that she would consult with the members of the CBUM Committee clarifying the amendment.
e. The FSEC reviewed correspondence between Chairperson Rice and Professor Emeritus Albert Lott on "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and agreed to urge President Carothers to continue efforts to convince Senator Reed to join other legislators in efforts to eliminate the policy.
f. Chairperson Rice encouraged members of the FSEC read the article from that morning's edition of Inside Higher Ed titled "Solutions for our Future' which discussed concerns of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities.
3. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #3, November 17, 2005 and suggested that Chairperson Rice include the silent art auction for the Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Katrina House and the call for nominations for the Rainville awards in the announcements.
4. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing concern:
a. Senate Action #05-06--3: Following discussion, it was agreed after reviewing all of the materials provided to them and speaking to Dean Cohen and Ms. Langworthy, that the Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee is the appropriate body to consider any suggestions for changes in the conduct system or the Student Handbook.
b. Administrative bottlenecks: Following discussion, it was agreed that the Executive Committee would compile a list of administrative bottlenecks that should be addressed and pursue resolution to the problems as systematically as possible.
Senator Kowalski and Ms. Grubman reported that they would both attend a meeting the following day with representatives of the President's Commission on the Status of Women Staff Subcommittee to discuss how the FSEC and the Commission might work together on issues where concerns overlap or complement one another.
c. Academic Investment & Improvement Model (AIIM): Chairperson Rice reviewed for the FSEC the issues that he, Senator Boudreaux-Bartels, and Ms. Morrissey planned to address in their report to the Faculty Senate.
He also announced that Ms. Black Grubman and Ms. Orabone would be the only people who have access to the faculty log in list for the AIIM, which each will secure in a locked drawer which only they can access.
d. Health Services vs. Professor Wenisch: Chairperson Rice said that he was still waiting for written confirmation from the Director of Health Services that it is their policy to provide written confirmation to students that they have been treated at Health Services.
e. Survey of Faculty Concerns: In preparation for their November 22 meeting with Professor Barbara Costello, the Executive Committee asked Ms. Grubman to provide them with copies of the report by the 2004-05 Executive Committee on the survey that they had conducted last year.
f. Assessment of General Education: The Executive Committee reviewed a draft charge to the University College and General Education Committee on assessment of student learning outcomes. It was agreed that a new paragraph of the Faculty Senate By-Laws, immediately following the charge to and membership of the UCGE Committee was the appropriate location for the section. Ms. Grubman said that she would redraft the proposed new section 4.69 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws based on the FSEC's suggestions and would forward the revised draft to Provost Swan, and Professor Honhart, Chair of the UCGE Committee, as well as Professors Peters and Stevenson.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman