UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213
Dr. Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at 3:30
p.m. Members present were Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. Tina Jones, Dr. R.T.
Floyd, Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Joy Cauthron (for Dr. Mark Griffith), Dr. June
Westbrook (for Dr. Louis Smith), Dr. Richard Buckner, Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Ms. Ann
Ketcham, Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Betty Cowan, Dr. Dwayne Massey, Dr. Lesa Shaul,
Mr. Jim Shelton, and Mr. Jim Todd.
II. Approval of November 19, 2002 Minutes
A motion was made to approve the November 19, 2002
minutes by Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec and seconded by Dr. Richard Buckner. The minutes
III. Old Business
Paid Maternity Leave – Dr. Janis Beaird
This was tabled by the Deans’ Council in order for
the Staff Senate to be included in the findings. Dr. Schellhammer noted that at
the Staff Senate meeting the Staff Senate passed the leave policy unanimously.
The issue returned to the Deans’ Council. The Deans’ Council agreed that it was
a good idea, but expressed concerned about funding at this time especially since
UWA would be the only university to offer such a program.
Changing Course Drop Date
Dr. Beaird announced that the drop date has been
moved from seven weeks into the semester to nine weeks.
Dr. Beaird stated that the Deans’ Council did not
feel this was an improvement since faculty would still have to complete
receipts. The option for the flex card was not passed at this time.
Mass E-mail System
Dr. Beaird stated that if faculty are still having
trouble mass emailing their classes, they should contact Mr. Paul Stewart and
the Department of Information Systems.
IV. New Business
Academic Affairs-Dr. David Taylor
Dr. Taylor began by discussing the Teacher
Preparation Report Card. Dr. Taylor explained that on December 9, 2002, Dr.
Holland received a letter from Dr. Ed Richardson, Alabama’s Superintendent of
the Department of Education, stating that two of UWA’s teaching programs had
been placed on alert. Dr. Taylor explained that factors such as small
enrollments or large percentages of teachers teaching in other states may
affect the reporting results of the Department of Education’s report. The
details however were not released to the press, only the fact that UWA’s
teaching programs had been placed on alert. This information was not
sufficiently explained in the press. Around December 19, the Department of
Education mailed the data for their initial report to UWA. Dr. Taylor said he
and Dr. Tom DeVaney, Dean of College of Education, found significant concerns
with the administration of the PEPE evaluations. These concerns centered
around the fact that two of the students mentioned in the report were teaching
out of field and another teacher was not a novice teacher but a second year
teacher who should not have been evaluated. The result of these discoveries
by Dr. Taylor and Dr. DeVaney has been a letter of apology from Dr. Richardson
to Dr. Holland and UWA. Dr. Taylor distributed a copy of this letter to
members of the faculty senate. A new press release from the Department of
Education has been released stating that UWA’s Biology program was all clear
and PE was moved from alert to caution. However, 89% of UWA’s PE graduates
passed the PEPE evaluations. Another concern expressed by Dr. Taylor is that
the numbers being issued by the Department of Education are misleading because
these figures are based on one to four students out of over 300 graduates.
UWA will be issuing another press release on this issue next week.
Dr. Taylor announced that at the urging of AEA
Executive Director Paul Hubbert, P-12, Post-Secondary, and Higher Ed have formed
a coalition and are drafting a report about the status of public education to
be widely circulated and publicized. He added that the general feeling is that
the Special Education Trust Fund is facing its greatest crisis in the history of
education in this state and that thus the time is ripe to bring about
significant change. There is concern that the next fiscal year will bring about
double-digit proration if change does not happen. Dr. Taylor stated that once
the document is completed by the coalition that educators must publicize and
market it so that action will take place.
Dr. Taylor reported that as of today UWA’s
enrollment stands at 1815 as to compared to 1868 in Spring 2002. However, he
stated that more graduate students will be added before the final tally. And,
the 1815 number does not include UWA-CSU students. Therefore, we can add 36
students to the total enrollment, making enrollment only 17 less than last
Spring. There are currently two complete degree programs online. Dr. Taylor
explained that funds from this program are being placed in a separate fund so
that if the program expands faculty can be hired using these funds.
Dr. Taylor reported that at the December meeting,
SACS voted to renew UWA’s accreditation. As always, there are some
recommendations which will be followed-up with a report on September 2003. Dr.
Taylor noted that most of the recommendations have already been addressed. He
noted the major concern is SACS requirement that four full time faculty must
teach in M.Ed. programs. Dr. Taylor said that the wording of SACS is ambiguous
on this point. Dr. Taylor said that UWA is inquiring how other institutions
handled this recommendation. He also noted that the other recommendation that
concerns him is about the Board of Trustees. This recommendation calls for
another visiting team to come to campus in the Fall of 2003 to observe the
day-to-day operations between the Board and administration.
Finally, Dr. Taylor reported that the Child
Development Center is still in the making. He noted that $800,000 request to
ADECA and the change in administration complicates this request. We do still
have $54,000 federal grant and $15,000 in bond monies to go to toward the
project. Dr. Lauren Well, Ms. Melita Booker, and Ms. Patricia Pratt are working
on this project.
Higher Education Report – Dr. R.T. Floyd
Dr. Floyd distributed a copy of his presentation to
ACHE on December 16, 2002.
He stated that we sought greater input on the
planning liaison group with ACHE. Dr. Floyd has been asked to attend and offer
input at these planning sessions. His report addressed distance learning,
perception of universities, and faculty recruitment & retention highlighted his
There being no other business, Dr. Kudlawiec made a
motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:30 p.m. Dr. Richard Buckner seconded the
motion. The meeting adjourned.