Minutes
March 23
, 2004

UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213

I.  Roll Call

Dr. Richard Schellhammer called the meeting to order at 3:32 pm.  Members present were Dr. Lesa Shaul, Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Dr. Janis Beaird, Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Richard Collison, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Barry Green-Burns, Dr. Mark Griffith, Dr. Stephen Slimp for Dr. Tina Jones, Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Thomas Ratkovich, Dr. Richard Buckner for Dr. Don Salter, Mr. Jim Shelton, Ms. Ann Ketchum, and Dr. Lauren Wells.

II.  Approval of February 17th Minutes

Dr. Mark Griffith moved that the minutes be approved as presented.  Dr. Beaird seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved.

III. Old Business

  1. Alabama Teachersí Retirement System Visit

Dr. Schellhammer reported that a representative from RSA made a visit to campus.  All available appointments with the representative were taken.

  1. Access to Salary Information

Dr. Schellhammer reported that administrative and faculty salary figures are available in the library but there are no names listed along with the salaries.  Dr. Gonzalez stated that at one point in time names were listed along with the salaries.  Dr. Griffith questioned why some administrators were given raises while some were not.

IV. New Business

  1. Report from AAUP

Dr. Wells distributed information regarding the dismissals of two professors at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Dr. Wells stated that the issues that the local AAUP chapter is concerned with are faculty salaries, administrative raises, and intellectual property rights.  The next AAUP meeting is the fourth Tuesday in April.

  1. Online Course Documentation

Dr. Wilkins distributed several documents including adjunct faculty contracts, and UWA/CSU policies and procedures.  Dr. Slimp began the discussion by expressing his opinions about online teaching.  Dr. Slimp stated that he felt that while online courses present a wonderful opportunity for non-traditional students and students with geographic concerns, it also should be recognized that the experience of taking a class online is significantly different from taking it a class in person.  That being the case,  it seems that it might be worthwhile to consider that a distinction be made on transcripts between online and on-campus.

In response, Dr. Wilkins stated that UWA already has online master programs, on-line comprehensive exams.  In addition, no other university marks online courses on transcripts and UWA would be the first institution to do so.  Differences between instructors, tenured, nontenured, adjunct, full time are not made on transcripts.  UWA accepts online courses as transfer courses.

Dr. Griffith made a motion that all online courses be marked and recognized as such on the transcripts.  Dr. Buckner felt that such a mark would imply that the quality of the online courses is inferior and that for graduate students the distinction between the two types of classes are irrelevant.  Discussion turned to the mechanism by which online courses are noted within the current administrative system.  Online courses have different section numbers than on-campus courses, but these section numbers are not displayed on transcripts.  Dr. Griffith withdrew his motion because section numbers are not listed on the transcripts.  Dr. Wilkins noted that policies regarding online courses were vetted through two meetings and every dean and chair.  Most of these have been discussed in graduate and distance learning committees.  Dr. Wilkins informed the members that  98% of online students are public school teachers and are meeting all the criteria for teaching in their state.  Dr. Schellhammer asked if online courses as such would have an adverse effect on enrollment.  Dr. Wilkins expressed that he felt it would.

Discussion turned to the pay scale for online teaching.  Dr. Wilkins talked about some of the developments that led to the current pay scale.  At first, online adjuncts were treated the same as on-campus adjuncts.  This arrangement did not work because there were only a few students in each class and those classes could not be cancelled if the program was to grow.  The new idea was to pay $300 a student up to a certain level.  After this, the program grew by leaps and bounds.  The sudden growth tripled the paperwork for the administrative offices involved.   To adjust for this growth, the current scale was put into place.  Justifying the salary cap on 10 or more students, Dr. Wilkins said that there would not be many universities who offered adjuncts the possibility of $36,000 for teaching four courses.  During the meetings regarding the online BBA program, the pay scale was brought up and everybody at that meeting agreed the pay scale was fair to faculty.  Dr. Wilkins argued that this is an opportunity for our underpaid faculty to have a chance to earn some money and doesnít see how the online courses will be able to operate if some economy of scale is not maintained.

Dr. Schellhammer asked Dr. Wilkins to report on the money collected from online courses.  Dr. Schellhammer asked where does the money from the online courses go?  Dr. Wilkins stated that he did not know.  Dr. Schellhammer asked what is the university doing with the money they get from this program?  Provost Taylor has commented to the Deanís Council that a large part of the money was going to the advertising campaign.

Dr. Wilkins stated that UWA faculty are not forced to teach online as they are at some other universities.  Dr. Griffith said that part of the problem is that some of the issues involved with online courses have been discussed with faculty and some have not.  Dr. Wilkins stated that while faculty might not have been involved, all chairs were.

Discussion turned to intellectual property rights.  Dr. Griffith made a motion to request that a change be made to the third item on the online adjunct contract so that the modified contract will protect faculty interests.  The motion was seconded  by Dr. Green-Burns.  The motion passed unanimously.

Discussion turned to enrollment caps on online courses.  The memorandum  of agreement for the College of Education was distributed.  Dr. Wilkins reminded everyone that the College of Education is under strict guidelines from its specialized accrediting agency, NCATE.  For this reason, the enrollment for online sections are capped at 20.  It was asked if there were any policies in place that will maintain a reasonable enrollment for online course sections.  Dr. Wilkins stated that online course sections will be capped at 30.

  1. Senate Presidentís Report

This item was postponed until the next meeting.

  1. Other

No other business was discussed.

V. Adjournment

Dr. Collison motioned that the meeting be adjourned.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:06 p.m.


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