Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting
September 13, 2006, 3:30 p.m.
ENGR 209

Charles Riggs , Chair
Linda Jones, Secretary
Minutes Status: Approved

Roll Call:

Present

Officers:  Riggs, Foley, Jones, Fort, Whayne, Rupe

Senators (elected):  Allison, Brady, Comfort, Detels, Di Brezzo, Freund, Gay, Gordon, Hall, Jensen, Johnson, Killenbeck, King, Kral, Lieber, P. Martin, T. Martin, Mayes, Parry, Popp, Riemenschneider, Rupe, Salisbury, Schroeder, Spiegel, Stegman, Je. Turner, Jo. Turner , Wailes, Wall, Wardlow, Waller

Senators (admin):  Bobbitt, Geren, McMath, Smith

Absent

Officers: 

Senators (elected): Gbur, Rosenkrans, James, Tsai, Davidson, Hardgrave, Moiseichik, Deaton, Dennis, Cantrell, Sears, Thomas

Senators (admin):  Allen, Nance, Broyles, Dutton, Greenwood, Lewis, Saxena, Shannon, Weidemann, White, Worrell

I. Call to Order: Charles Riggs, Chair

The Chair called the meeting to order at 3:33.

II. Approval of agenda

The agenda was approved.

III. Approval of minutes from April 19, 2006 meeting and ratify actions from May Consent Agenda conducted by E-mail.

April 19, 2006 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2005to2006/fsminutes041906.htm
May, 2006 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2005to2006/agenda050306.html

The April and May minutes were approved.

IV. Reports

A. Provost Smith reported on the following:

B. Bob Smith/Nancy Talburt: Self-study for UA-North Central re-accreditation visit, April 2007.

Re-accreditation Self Study – Fourth 2010 report coming out in late winter. All four reports are the result of a lot of information being provided ahead of time and, thus, are very important.  Only four institutions in the 19 state area have been allowed to submit a special emphasis report.  Dr. Talburt asked that individuals submit reports electronically to help write the report on the five criteria.  http://uacted.edu/self study/index.html  Hope to have the five criteria up in rough draft form for review in the next couple of weeks. 

  C. Charles Riggs, Chair

Chairman Riggs reported that he and Jeannie Whayne, Campus Faculty Chair, are regularly attending meetings with the Administration. Several items from the past year need to be brought forward:

Two task forces – The first has been working on grading procedures at the U of A.  Recommendations were previously made, in particular the need to look at the methods of evaluation as well as how to improve instruction at the U of A.  A proposal has been received regarding changing the grading system; this proposal was sent to the Academic Standards Committee. 

The second task force dealt with faculty governance. Professor Riggs noted that we will continue to look at this either with the current task force or with a new task force.

V. Old Business

None

VI. New Business

A. Election of new Executive Committee (6 members) - The following members of the Faculty Senate were elected to the Executive Committee:

Neil Allison, Janine Parry, John King, Tom Jensen, David Gay, Timothy Kral

B. Election of new Campus Council (16 representatives)- The following members of the Faculty Senate were elected to the Campus Council:

Charles Rosenkrans, George Wardlow, Neil Allison, Janine Parry, Joan Turner, John King, Bob Brady, Cindy Riemenschneider, Susan Mayes, Norm Dennis, Derek Sears, Tom Jensen, David Gay, Terry Martin, Timothy Kral, Luti Salisbury

C. Consent Agenda

1. Undergraduate course change proposals approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on May 26th and August 25th, 2006 and recommended to the Faculty Senate for approval: Table A.

2. Graduate and dual credit course change proposals approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on April 28th, and May 26th, 2006 and the Graduate Council on May 18th, July 20th, and August 17th, 2006 and recommended to the Faculty Senate for approval: Table B and Table C.

3. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences (Table 1, Attachments 1A and 1B) approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on August 25, 2006 and recommended to the Faculty Senate for approval.

4. Proposed undergraduate program changes for the College of Education and Health Professions (Table 2, Attachments 2A, 2B, 2C) approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on August 25, 2006 and recommended to the Faculty Senate for approval.

5. Proposed undergraduate program changes for the College of Engineering (Table 3, Attachments 3A, 3B, 3C) approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on August 25, 2006 and recommended to the Faculty Senate for approval:

6. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Table 4, Attachment 4A) was approved by the Graduate Council on May 18, 2006 and recommended to the Faculty Senate for approval:

7. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Foundations (Table 4, Attachment 4B) was approved by the Graduate Council on May 18, 2006 and recommended to the Faculty Senate for approval:

8. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering (Table 4, Attachment 4C) was approved by the Graduate Council on July 20, 2006 and recommended to the Faculty Senate for approval:

9. Proposed graduate program changes for the Department of Industrial Engineering (Table 4, Attachments 4D and 4E) were approved by the Graduate Council on July 20, 2006 and recommended to the Faculty Senate for approval:

10. Attachment 1 includes the changes to the policy on Annual Graduate Student Academic Review which were approved by the Graduate Council August 17, 2006 and is for information only.

The consent agenda was approved.

VII. Announcements

On behalf of the Faculty Senate, Charles Riggs, Chair of the Faculty Senate, offered condolences to Professor John King for the loss of his wife, Lynne King.

VIII. Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 4:07 p.m.