University Faculty Senate Minutes
Date: November 16, 1999
Time: 3:30 P.M.
Presiding: Dr. R.T. Floyd
Secretary: Ms. Shannon White (for Dr. Neil Snider)
A sheet was passed around for those in attendance to sign.
- Call to order by Dr. Floyd
Present: Dr. Ed Roach, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Ms. Shannon White, Dr. David
Taylor, Ms. Nancy Kudlawiec, Ms. Tricia Taylor, Dr. Betty Cowan (for
Dr. Pat DeMay), Dr. June Abrams, Dr. Barry Green-Burns (for Dr. van
der Jagt), Mr. Richard Thurn, Dr. Gene May, Ms. Donna Miller, Ms.
Tina Jones, Mr. Jim Todd, Mr. Charlie Cook, Dr. David Bowen (for Dr.
Schellhammer), and Dr. Reekie (for Mr. Smith).
Approval of October 19, 1999 minutes
Ms. Jones moved and Ms. Kudlawiec seconded the approval of the
October 19, 1999, minutes. The motion passed.
Dr. Floyd asked the Senate to allow a change in the order of the
agenda so Drs. Roach and Taylor could speak first and discussion of
Old Business could follow their reports.
A. Report from Dr. Ed Roach, President
Dr. Roach asked the Senate if anyone had any questions or
comments on topics he could address. Dr. Bowen asked about the
outcome of discussions over the Noel Levitz program, referring to
the last Senate meeting where faculty expressed dissatisfaction with
the program. Dr. Roach said that Dr. Taylor was discussing the
program with the Deans Council. Dr. Roach mentioned interest in the
program came from Dr. Hines and his concern regarding student
retention. He emphasized that he thought the most important part of
the program was to help students and provide them with the proper
counseling and support they needed. He then asked if there was a
solution-oriented approach to the problem expressed by the faculty
over Noel Levitz. Dr. Bowen felt that the university could develop
its own program for help in retention and advising guidance and gear
it towards the younger faculty members.
Dr. Taylor spoke up in regards to the Noel Levitz materials, the
Student Success Coordinators, and the recent second session with the
Noel Levitz representatives in each of the Colleges. There was
discussion among the faculty regarding meetings of each of the
Colleges with the Noel Levitz representative.
Dr. Roach said he was supportive of the program but if there were
problems he wanted to deal with them in a solution-oriented forum
and not have an adversarial relationship between the faculty and
Discussion on specific topics regarding advising continued including
online registration, the help line, two-year schedules, and the
movement of Student Support Services under Academic Affairs. Dr.
Taylor said he would bring the issue of two-year schedules up at the
next Deanís Council meeting.
Discussion continued on the Noel Levitz program and its relationship
to UWA. Dr. Roach said he would like for the faculty to look at the
Noel Levitz endeavor not as Noel Levitz but as "our
Discussion among members continued over deficiencies of the program.
Student orientation was discussed in relation to scheduling and
advising. Senate members expressed concern over the past problems
with scheduling and advising during orientation. Concerns regarding
the ability to schedule students for remedial classes was brought up
and discussed. Dr. Taylor asked the faculty to contact their chairs
and deans when they had problems with scheduling classes.
Dr. Floyd asked the Senate to move onto the next order of business.
- Medical Savings PlanDr. Roach addressed the issue of a Medical Savings Plan. Dr.
Roach said he was interested in getting more specific information
on the Medical Savings Plan and how UWA could implement this type
of plan. He stressed that he was interested in the idea and would
pursue it but it may not be possible if it involved additional
staffing or costs. Dr. Roach stressed just because UWA had not
implemented this type of plan before would not mean it could not
be pursued at this time. Dr. Taylor mentioned that the plan had
been looked into before by Mr. Noland but was not pursued. Dr.
Roach asked Dr. Floyd to help compile particulars of the program
from other institutions.
- Direct DepositDr. Roach then addressed the issue of Direct Deposit and
reiterated he was interested in pursuing the feasibility, but
again stressed that cost considerations would need to be looked
at. Discussion among Senate members ensued regarding the
particulars of electronic fund transfers.
Dr. Roach then spoke about his meeting with the Foundation and
briefly described the Technology 2000 initiative to raise funding
for the university. He then answered a few questions regarding the
time frame of the initiative.
Dr. Floyd then asked if there were any more questions for Dr.
Roach. None were asked and Dr. Floyd thanked Dr. Roach for coming
to the meeting.
- Report from Dr. David Taylor, Provost
- Double MajorsDr. Taylor then spoke on the subject of double majors. He said
that the option of a double major within a college and in two
separate colleges was possible. A committee was working out the
details of this and it should be fine by spring of 2000.
2. Accreditation Agency Visits
Dr. Taylor then moved on to speak about the upcoming
accreditation reviews. He passed out a handout showing a proposed
calendar for the SACS Self-Study and spoke briefly about
individual college reviews. He said committees were in the process
of being formed. Dr. Taylor stressed that during the upcoming
review the university has to show how it has engaged in the
planning and assessment process. He also reminded the Senate that
documentation was important to the self-study. Dr. Taylor then
listed the six criteria the university was cited for in the
previous NCATE self-study and briefly addressed the continual
problem of faculty diversity. He also noted that of the 94 total
NCATE criteria we met all of the others.
Dr. Taylor noted that the Athletic Training Program had received
accreditation from CAAHEP.
3. Faculty Workload & Hours Draft
Dr. Taylor then spoke on the development of a Faculty Workload
Policy. A draft of the policy now in progress of being written was
passed out to Senate members. Dr. Taylor stressed that it was a
general policy and he did not expect chairs and deans to spend
their time calculating workload hours, but that the policy would
be used to address problems with faculty workloads. Dr. Taylor
asked the Senate to give feedback about the draft to Dr. Floyd.
Dr. Floyd asked that comments be given to him by December 1, 1999.
Dr. Floyd asked if there were any more questions for Dr. Taylor.
No questions were asked. Dr. Floyd then thanked Dr. Taylor for
attending the meeting.
Dr. Floyd then noted the late time and asked the Senate if they
would like to move to have a second meeting at a later date to
take up the remaining items on the agenda. It was agreed to set a
new meeting for December 1, 1999.
- AdjournmentMr. Todd moved that the meeting adjourn. Dr. Bowen seconded the
motion and the motion passed. The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 P.M.