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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #36

April 26, 2010

1. The meeting was called to order at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, April 26, 2010 in the President's Conference Room, Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present.

2. The minutes of meeting #35 from April 19, 2010 were approved.

3. The report of the Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee (LOOC) was added to the agenda for the April 29th Faculty Senate meeting, replacing the Joint Classroom Steering Committee report. There will be no reception following the Faculty Senate Meeting

The Committee discussed the procedure for appointing a student representative to the Joint Committee for Academic Planning (JCAP). The Committee discussed the wording of how the student representative would be selected, and accepted Vice President Dougan's suggestion to change the student representative to the President of the Student Senate or his/her designe

4. Chairperson Swallow brought up the editorial in The Good 5¢ Cigar concerning the vote in Sakai on possible changes to the academic calendar to make up for some of the weather-related cancellations during the spring semester. The Committee decided to invite the Editor of the Cigar to the Faculty Senate meeting on the 29th; discussion of the process used for the calendar vote is on the agenda.

5. The Committee discussed the Intellectual Property Policy, and the events that followed the Board of Governors' changes in 1999. It was noted that the University had continued to follow the policy as posted on the web. The Faculty Senate materials from that time period are only in paper format in the University Archives in the Library, and they will be reviewed in an attempt to locate any discussion of changes in the meeting notes. It was suggested that the Executive Committee create a report with a timeline to show the sequence of events. Discussion ensued regarding the meaning of the Board of Governors' decision dated March 18, 1999, as it was not clear what the Board of Governors intended to do. The archival materials from the Board of Governors will also be reviewed.

6. The Committee discussed recent news from the Task Forces. Chairperson Swallow will ask for a brief update from the Academic Plan Task Forces, as some committee members were wondering if the task forces were still on target to provide the anticipated mid-summer reports. Senator Eaton reported that the Enrollment Management Task Force was looking at the discussion of "value" in relation to costs, and where students who leave the University continue their education. Senator Izenstark reported that the Online Learning Task Force was working online and has planned another meeting. The Ad Hoc Committee on 4-Credit Courses and Curricula has developed separate surveys for department chairs and for senators to gather input, as there is not sufficient time to hold a public forum to solicit feedback.

7. Ms. Grubman reported that administrator evaluations are proceeding as planned.

8. The committee reviewing the Confucius Institute has met and will be contacting those who have worked with the Institute directly to solicit comments, and will ask Professor Ma if she would like to add additional names to the list. The committee asked Dr. Ma for a full budget report.

9. Chairperson Swallow brought the Committee up to date on the Interim Administrator Appointments. A search for the Vice Provost of Enrollment Management is in the works. It was noted that the position of Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, which is filled by a faculty member, should allow the appointee to have time to get up to speed. It was noted that administrative sections of the manual require updating on these issues, but this would be left to the next Executive Committee.

10. Vice Chairperson Ordoñez noted that the University Manual requires mention of the Academic Plan in a number of sectio

11. There was no unfinished business.

12. Under new business, the committee briefly discussed topics that Chairperson Swallow and Vice Chairperson Ordoñez might discuss with President Dooley at their next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Amanda Izenstark