Minutes of Meeting
October 19, 1999
Present: Cohen, Shapiro, Sen, Nyquist-Battie, Mohr, Urbanski, Mason, Roggio, Kavan, Tanner, Rasche, Slaughter, DeHaven, Solano; Absent: Furdell, Bowen
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Academic Programs Committee--Sharon DeHaven: 2 items for the agenda, one for COBA and one from COAS. The committee is concerned about the shortened deadline for catalog changes; the material being submitted is of poor quality, lacking complete information, and the syllabi are not being sent. Sharon plans to talk to Dr. Kline about getting an extension. The committee will meet every two weeks until December; she and Pat are meeting almost daily.
Academic Standards Committee--Pali Sen: 1 agenda item on Revised Latin Honors Policy. There was some discussion on impact on both native and transfer students.
Academic Technology and Support Services Committee--Bruce Kavan: the committee met with the Bookstore representative to ask questions about options for electronic ordering-the Bookstore has several methods in place, including textbook.com, which is owned by Barnes & Noble. It is working on a Resolution for Facilities Planning to wire seats in new classrooms for computer hookups; working on a distributed education policy statement; met with Lynda Lewis to discuss improving the timeliness of removal of incomplete grades. The committee will ask the Academic Standards Committee to require students to have computers. Some discussion on this; it should not be just an academic decision, since it impacts support and technology issues also, which need to be addressed by the UTC. Suggestion that the committee look in the direction of requiring access, not necessarily the purchase of machines. Bruce said that his committee will consider its own resolution, and will bring issue back to this group next time.
Adjunct Affairs Committee--Bob Roggio: committee is gathering information about adjunct pay at other schools; considering ways to phase in pay increases; realize need to convince the President's Office to pay attention to adjunct's problems.
Budget Advisory Committee--Paul Mason: information item for the agenda-budget data.
Faculty Affairs Committee--Judy Solano: 1 agenda item on recommendation on how to spend returned TIP/PEP money; recommend that it go to Summer Teaching grants proposals; committee still waiting for market equity guidelines; there may also be some money for salaries from Academic Affairs in the spring.
Faculty Enhancement Committee--Verna Urbanski: committee members will participate in the Faculty Commons grand opening; working on a mission statement; reviewing Summer Teaching Grants proposals, to finish before holiday break.
Governmental Relations Committee--Terry Bowen: absent
Nominations and Elections Committee--Diane Tanner: 2 vacancies on the SPE appeals; 3 vacancies on Nominations and Elections.
Promotion and Tenure Committee--Bill Slaughter: no report
Research Committee--Cindy Nyquist-Battie: the Provost wants to increase external funding of research activities; only 3 members of the committee are NOT applying for summer scholarship grants, so she needs to get other reviewers, probably past recipients; developing a survey on faculty research needs.
Strategic Planning Committee--Donna Mohr: working with the President's Ad Hoc Committee on the Mission Statement. The President does not plan on bringing the Mission Statement to the Faculty Association as a whole for a vote. Donna is fast tracking her committee to provide information to the Ad Hoc committee. Sam Kimball is drafting a simple statement.
Executive Committee--Kathleen Cohen
Use of Faculty Association rooms in 11/1327-referred to Faculty Affairs Committee.
Association President--Steve Shapiro
Adjourned at 1:35 p.m.