Minutes
May 18, 1999

Date: May 18, 1999

Time: 3:30

Presiding: Dr. Kathleen Pittman

Secretary: Dr. Manley Blackwell

I. Call to Order by Dr. Pittman

Roll Call by Dr. Blackwell

Present: Dr. Jay Wenger (for Dr. Richard Schellhammer), Mrs. Melissa Holycross, Mrs. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. David Taylor, Dr. Sheri Baggett-McMinn, Dr. Vicki Spruiell, Dr. Patricia DeMay, Dr. Barry Green-Burns, Dr. June Westbrook, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Mrs. Sylvia Homan, and Dr. Lee McGavin.

II. Approval of Minutes

Mrs. Kudlawiec moved for approval of the minutes from the April 20 meeting. Dr. Spruiell seconded, and the motion carried.

III. Old Business

Report by Melissa Holycross

Melissa Holycross presented a report which began with information on the new UWA Student Satisfaction Survey. The former survey was a combination of three other documents; consequently, numerous redundancies appeared. Some questions have been deleted while others have been added.

The survey begins with a memo stating its purpose. Afterwards, students are asked questions concerning a variety of issues, including academics, advising, and the various units on campus. A section entitled "Miscellaneous," which deals with students’ values, has been added. Because the University Mission Statement makes reference to student values, an instrument for measuring them needs to be in place.

Mrs Holycross then reported on revisions in the "Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Guide." She is working closely with Dr. David Taylor and the Deans’ Council on this project. Some changes include modifying the calendar and streamlining the forms. With new policies, it will be possible to establish critical departmental needs before the budget-planning deadlines need to be met. Also, the long-range planning will change to three years, and the current five-year planning will be eliminated.

After revisions are complete, the Institutional Effectiveness Council will examine the document and make recommendations to Dr. Roach.

IV. New Business

A. Report by Dr. David Taylor, Provost

Dr. Taylor began by commending Mrs. Holycross for her work. Afterwards, he reported on various projects which he is involved.

He is presently in the process of filing the annual Consent Decree Report. The Consent Decree is designed to remove vestiges of segregation from higher education in Alabama. The report includes information regarding the faculty and administration, student enrollment patterns, and admission requirements. He then distributed a document showing the number of majors from each ethnic group enrolled in the various colleges and disciplines. He is concerned about the low number of minority faculty members on campus and hopes programs like the Minority Fellowship Program will help. This program provides financial assistance to minority graduate students who agree to teach here for a specified amount of time after graduation.

Dr. Taylor then presented a report on program viability. He distributed a document divided into two parts. The first is a list of programs placed on inactive status and/or terminated. The second provides information on those which are non-viable. He feels all non-viable programs will ultimately prove viable with the exception of the Chemistry program. The Early Childhood major will soon be merged with Elementary Education, which is viable. Although there are few chemistry majors, all courses listed in the chemistry curriculum except for two are required for other majors. He hopes this will justify keeping the Chemistry major.

Dr. Taylor also reported on the Articulation and General Studies Committee. The common basic curriculum requirements went into effect in Fall 1998, and the Articulation Agreement will go into effect Fall 1999. U.W.A. is currently working on a web-page, accessible by students, which lists the various course requirements from institutions across the state.

The Provost’s office is also involved in other activities. They include the following:

A. Working to bring more international students on campus.

B. Working toward rewarding faculty members who supervise theses for the masters degrees and Honors Program.

C. Working with the Institutional Effectiveness Committee to formulate an Intellectual Properties Policy. This policy would state how profits from faculty members’ research projects would be shared between the individual faculty member and the institution.

D. Dr. Neil Snider has developed a web-based course in the Library Media field. The Distance Learning Committee and the Provost’s office will be monitoring its progress.

E. The Handbook for Faculty and Professional Staff will be revised by August 15. The revisions will include the new post-tenure review policy.

Dr. Taylor also reported that three academic policies have been revised. Previously, a student receiving the grade of "D" or "F" could not retake the course at another institution. This policy has been modified to allow exceptions with the permission of the Provost.

Previously, a student receiving a "D" or "F" could retake a course, but a student receiving a "C" or above could not. This policy as been modified to allow any student desiring a higher grade to retake a course.

Students are currently allowed to take up to eight of the final quarter hours in a degree program by correspondence or at another institution. The number will change to fifteen semester hours.

A question was asked concerning efforts to streamline registration. Dr. Taylor stated that the new "Confirmation Form" has already been helpful. The Deans’ Council is in the process of investigating software designed for registration. Dr. Taylor said he hopes to make the most current information from the registrar’s office assessable to each faculty member through his/her individual computer as soon as possible.

B. New Senate Representatives

Dr. Pittman reminded members that divisions which elect new representatives during odd-numbered years should be ready to make such announcements before the June meeting.

C. Adjournment

With no further business to discuss, Dr. Westbrook moved to adjourn, Dr. Baggett-McMinn seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

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