Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting
March 11, 2009, 3:30 p.m.
ENGR 209

Inza Fort, Chair
Linda Jones, Secretary
Minutes Status: Approved

Roll Call:

Present

Officers: Fort, Freund, Brady, Allison

Senators (elected):  (ARCH) Wall; (ALFS) Rosenkrans, Miller, Rom, Ahrendsen; (ARSC) Comfort, Parry, DeCoster, Scheide, Spiegel, Freund, Brady, Kral, Rhoads; (WCOB) Ellstrand, Hardgrave; (EDHP) Hagstrom, Stegman, Dibrezzo, Smith; (ENGR) Hall, Heymsfield; (LAW) Killenbeck; (LIBR) Zou; (At-Large) Curington, Goodstein, James, M. Jensen, Gay, Murphy, Turner, Salisbury, Martin, T. Jensen.

Senators (admin): Gearhart, McMath, Greenwood, Geren, McCray, Lewis.

Absent

Officers: Jones, Rupe

Senators (elected): (ARCH); (AFLS) Evans, Savin; (ARSC) Behrend, Turner, Yang, Van Brahana; (WCOB) Bouwman; (EDHP) ; (ENGR) Deaton; (LIBR) ; (At-Large) Riggs, Robinson, Starks.

Senators (admin):  Verma, Shannon, Schwab, Worrell, Beene Ballard, Saxena, Nance, Henderson Allen.

I. Call to Order: Inza Fort, Chair

Meeting was called to order at 3:30

II. Roll Call

Roll was called

III. Approval of Agenda

IV. Approval of minutes from February 11, 2009.

February 11, 2009

The minutes were approved.

V. Reports

A. Chancellor's Report

Veterans Task Force - Surge of veterans returning to college after the war effort is concluded. We wish to be ready to serve the veterans upon their return. One initiative that is particularly important is the proposal to accept courses that are accredited by the American Council on Education for Transfer Credit. It is hoped that the Senate will give this serious consideration.

Economic Climate - Bad news - SEC schools are experiencing serious problems: USC is facing a 30% cut in the budget with potential layoffs. There are only seven states left in the nation that are not experiencing serious problems. Arkansas is one of those states and hopefully we will stay that way. We are working hard to save funds, working hard to be as frugal as possible. No reallocation in the works. Enrollment appears to be steady, we're not seeing huge increases, nor huge declines. We're not budgeting for an increase and are trying to be conservative. Hopefully we can get through the year without cutbacks. Doing all we can to get through this period.

Organizational Restructuring - Potential restructure of our administration underway. Considering the placement of Student Affairs and realigning it with Academic Affairs. To continue to strengthen our "students first" ideal, our students need to be more closely aligned with the fundamental purpose of the academy - to serve the students and see that they get their degree and move out into the world. The full integration of educating a student shouldn't be done by separate entities of the academy. 3/4 of the institutions in the country, and 3/4 in the SEC have this model that the Chancellor is suggesting. The study continues.

B. Faculty Senate Chair's Report

Attached Report

C. Razorback Readership Program

Offers free newspapers to students - The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, USA Today, The Morning News and the New York Times. Around for three years. 11th best readership in the country. Our students are reading more papers than most college students. Now want to educate the faculty on using the paper as a supplement to using textbooks. USA Today program has teaching resources available to support this program in the classroom.

D. ASG Student Poll (Carter Ford, ASG President)

Over 4,000 UA students completed the poll. Students indicated that they did not wish to pay an athletic fee to lower ticket prices. They also wished to have more printing stations on campus. They also wished to increase sustainability on campus. Fall break was widely supported as well. Other items were also included in the poll as seen in the attached report below:

Student Poll

E. Campus-wide Common Reading Program (Kevin Fitzpatrick)

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Dept. of Sociology, stated that they have begun the conversation of developing a common reading program on campus. It would engage our campus and the larger community as well. It proposes a single book that would be brought in at the beginning of the academic year with all freshmen receiving a free copy and engaging in reading groups within departments or schools, for example. It is all in the works. It is proposed that the author would come in to give a presentation to the entire campus and outside community. Also, looking at engaging all of the local libraries and local high schools in the program as well; an intellectual synergy in NWA during a period of three to four months. Cost is unknown at this point. The selected book is "The Devil's Highway".

VI. Old Business

None

VII. New Business

A. Recommendation on Course transfer for Veterans from the Committee on Admissions and Transfer of Credit (Molly Jensen).

Document

Motion of approval comes to the Senate from the Committee on Admission and Transfer of Credit.

Motion passed

B. Recommendation on Teaching Evaluations from Teaching Council

Powerpoint Presentation

Ro DiBrezzo and David Gay reported on the faculty evaluation as presented in the Powerpoint presenation above. Five recommendations within the proposal. Motion with a second from the Teaching Council.

Motion passed

C. Consent Agenda

The following items are referred to the Faculty Senate for review and action at its meeting scheduled for March 11, 2009:

1. Undergraduate and School of Law course change proposals approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009: Table A and Table D.

2. Graduate and dual credit course change proposals approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on January 23, 2009 and the Graduate Council on February 19, 2009: Table B and Table C.

3. Undergraduate and graduate courses were approved to remain inactive even though the courses listed in Table E have had been inactive for the past three years and approved to delete the courses listed in Table F that have had been inactive for the past three years. Both tables were approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on January 23, 2009 and the Graduate Council on February 19, 2009.

4. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences – Department of Economics – ECNCBA - BA, Economics - (Table 1, Attachment 1A) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009.

5. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences – Department of Agricultural and Extension Education – AECTBS - BSA, Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology - (Table 2, Attachment 2A) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009.

6. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences – Department of Agricultural and Extension Education – ACOM-M, Minor in Agricultural Communications - (Table 2, Attachments 2B and 2C) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009.

7. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences – School of Human Environmental Sciences – APSTBS – BSHES, Apparel Studies (Table 2, Attachment 2D) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009.

8. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business – All Minors in Business for both Business and Non-Business majors (Table 3, Attachment 3A) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009.

9. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business – All Walton College and Departmental Scholars Programs (Table 3, Attachment 3B) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009.

10. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business – Department of Accounting – ACCTBS – BSBA, Accounting (Table 3, Attachment 3C) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009.

11. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business – Department of Accounting – ACCTBS – BSBA, Accounting – BSIB Concentration (Table 3, Attachment 3D) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009.

12. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business – Department of Accounting – WACT-M – Accounting Minor for Business Students (Table 3, Attachment 3E) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009.

13. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business – Department of Accounting – ACCT-M – Accounting Minor for Non-Business Students (Table 3, Attachment 3F) was approved without opposition by the University Course and Programs Committee on February 27, 2009.

14. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders - WDEDED – EDD, Workforce Development Education (Table 4, Attachment 4A) was approved without opposition by the Graduate Council on February 19, 2009.

Motion to remove ECON 3413 from Table A of the Consent Agenda.

The remainder of the Consent Agenda was approved.

VIII. Announcements

No announcements

IX. Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 5:10