Minutes
November 16, 1999

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)

  1. Call to order by Dr. Floyd

    A sheet was passed around for those in attendance to sign.

    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).
  2. Approval of October 19, 1999 minutes
    Ms. Jones moved and Ms. Kudlawiec seconded the approval of the October 19, 1999, minutes. The motion passed.
  3. New Business
    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 administration.

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 program."

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.

  1. Medical Savings Plan
    Dr. 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.
  2. Direct Deposit
    Dr. 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.
  1. Report from Dr. David Taylor, Provost
    1. Double Majors
      Dr. 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.

  1. Adjournment
    Mr. Todd moved that the meeting adjourn. Dr. Bowen seconded the motion and the motion passed. The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 P.M.
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