Current Minutes

 

SENATORS

I.  Call to Order:  Chair, John C. Pijanowski 

John C. Pijanowski, Faculty Senate Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:30.

II. Approval of Agenda

Agenda approved

III.  Approval of Minutes

May 2023

Minutes approved

IV.  Reports

A.  Terry Martin, Provost

  • Deans Search Update
    • Bumpers bringing candidates in late Sep/Early Oct
    • Announcements will happen right before candidates arrive for their visit - 3 or so days
    • Additional announcement on the day of the public presentation
    • Law school dean candidates here mid to late Oct
    • WCOB candidates will come in late January
    • ARSC candidates will come to campus in February
  • Student Success:
    • Treveor Sharpe reports to Jim Gigantino- will head up a steering committee
    • Represent all academic units/colleges and student success offices
  • Faculty compensation study
    • Study has started
    • Study will be wrapped up in December
    • Drill down to Dept level, CIP codes for diff degrees
  • Provost updates on Water break in Kimpel
    • 249 Sections of classes were affected- moved on Monday
    • As of today (9/13) only 2 classrooms remain
    • 93 fans going on the first floor to dry out
    • 1 inch water line with 80 psi burst
  • Questions for Provost from Senators
  • Question from Tim Kral (BISC)
    • Before the pandemic, ARSC requirement that we had to require a DEI statement from applicants. Now there is an academic excellence statement.

B. John C. Pijanowski, Faculty Senate Chair

  • He thinks we have some of the strongest/best structured campus governance
  • A lot of it has to do with the people behind it, we are civil and productive
  • Lots of work is coming from behind the scenes
  • Lots of work from provosts office- Jim Gigantino and Terry Martin
  • Work on the faculty handbook
  • Thanks to Stephen Caldwell for the smooth handoff
  • Samantha Robinson has worked hard to become campus faculty chair
  • Important that all of us are faculty, both administrators and faculty in non-admin roles

C. Susanne McCray, Enrollment Report

  • Total enrollment: 32140 students, 3.9 increase over 2022
    • Slow and steady growth up, after 2021
  • Grad enrollment- 4 students difference (4 fewer than last year – 4273 this year)
  • Undergrad 2023 enrollment 27471
  • Freshman this year 6344 enrolled
  • Last year, we waitlisted extensively bc we wanted to avoid 7500 in one class
    • Last year 7096
    • This year, we tried to keep it lower, but we ended up with lower enrollment than anticipated
    • Aggressive waitlist affected roommates who wanted to attend together, triplets who wanted to attend together, waitlisted procrastinators so they didn’t end up coming,
    • Second largest class in our history, but an appropriate size
  • Incoming class- 3.79 GPA for incoming freshmen. GPA of the incoming class has been going up. In 2012 It was a 3.6 and we’re steadily increasing.
  • Arkansas freshman enrollment: 5.3% increase in Arkansas new freshmen. Total of 2981.
  • Gender- still an imbalance. We’re not allowed to look at it. We can for recruitment
    • We are trying to recruit male students and outreach as we have more women than men. Female students have higher retention rates in college so that helps us.
  • Diversity enrollment: 23% last year, 22.7% diversity this year in fall 2023 overall enrollment. We think it was out of state- waitlisting, especially from Texas in terms of Latinx groups.
    • Trying to encourage diverse folks to apply early bc waitlisting happens later
    • Diversity enrollment is increasing year by year
  • Fall 2024: Already have 10,000+ applications. We think this is happening early this year bc of more aggressive waitlisting last year

Questions for Suzanne from Senators

  • Question from Bumpers: waitlisting may affect out-of-state students, and that affects smaller colleges that may need to recruit out-of-state students to keep their programs afloat
    • Suzanne says we can change GPA requirements for undersubscribed majors, etc.
  • Question: Has there been a calculation of how many students can this campus handle?
    • Provost Martin answers this: Years ago, we said 30,000, but we haven’t hit that because of the online students
    • Our current 32000 enrollment includes 4000 online students, so we haven’t hit it yet.
    • Provost said we’re starting with an outside consultant about space utilization survey/assessment

V.  Old Business

None

VI.  New Business

A.  Academic Policy 1200.40

B. Academic Policy 1200.50

VII. Consent Agenda:  The following items are referred by the Undergraduate Council and the Graduate Council for review and action by the Faculty Senate at its meeting scheduled September 13, 2023:

  1. Course Change proposals – including undergraduate courses approved by the Undergraduate Council on August 4, 2023, graduate courses approved by the Graduate Council on August 17, 2023 (1_coursechanges_report_09132023). Details related to course changes may be viewed at: https://nextcatalog.uark.edu/courseleaf/approve/.  Under the “Your Role” field, select Faculty Senate.
  1. Undergraduate Program Change Proposals approved by the Undergraduate Council on August 4, 2023 (2_programchanges_report_09132023).
  1. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business, Department of Management – MGMTBS – Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (2a_mgmtbs_report_09132023, 2a_mgmtbs_deletion_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_09132023).
  2. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business, Department of Management – MGMTBS-HRMG - Management: Human Resource Management Concentration (2b_mgmtbs-hrmg_report_09132023). 
  3. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business, Department of Management – MGMTBS-OLMG - Management: Organizational Leadership Concentration (2c_mgmtbs-olmg_report_09132023).
  4. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business, Department of Marketing – RETLBS – Retail, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (2d_retlbs_report_09132023, 2d_retlbs_deletion_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_09132023).
  • No questions on the consent agenda
  • Consent agenda approved 
  1. Additional items/Announcements:

None

VIII. Announcements

IX. Adjourn 

 

SENATORS

Faculty Senate Agenda
Oct 2023

I.  Call to Order:  Chair, John C. Pijanowski 

John C. Pijanowski, Faculty Senate Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:30.

II. Roll Call: Secretary, Adnan Alrubaye

III. Approval of Agenda

Agenda approved

IV.  Approval of Minutes

Oct 2023

Minutes approved

V.  Reports

A.  Terry Martin, Provost

  • Dean searches: Bumpers College interviewed; following two weeks, we will announce the selection.
  • Law school: We will announce the candidates next Wed. We have four candidates.
  • Walton College, in late January. Fulbright COllege is in February.
  • Federal government shutdown: we were prepared and will be prepared in case of a shutdown.
  •  The Chancellor delivered a good State of the University address today.
  • Questions:
    • A question about not including diversity statements in hiring announcements. Provost Martin: You can ask for a diversity statement if it is related to the advertised job. Some questions can be asked face to face. 
    • Are hiring committee paperwork subject to FOIA? The Provost’s answer: likely YES. Also, you can’t make ethnicity, gender…etc part of your hiring decision.

B. John C. Pijanowski, Faculty Senate Chair

  • Dr. Pijanowski thanked the Provost and the Chancellor for helping with the Faculty ombuds office. This is very important to all faculty.
  • Faculty finished their conflict of interest on WD on time without issues.
  • The 2023-2024 Faculty Handbook has been published. Thank you to Dr. Jim Gigantino’s office for helping clean up the Faculty Handbook.
  • Today is the Faculty Promotion celebration.

VI.  Old Business

A.  Academic Policy 1200.40

B. Academic Policy 1200.50

    • Dr. Gigantino briefed the faculty on the policy.
    • This regulation ensured that online courses were eligible for federal funding.
    • The first policy aligns our university definition of credit hour with the federal definition of the credit hour. The policy is to align with the newly revised policy.
    • The second policy is a requirement by the Department of Education: how the faculty engage in online educucation.
    • If we don’t have those two policies, our students can not get federal loans or federal aid.
      • The floor is open for discussion:
    • Policy 1200.40: No discussion. Move to vote. All in favor: All. Academic policy Academic Policy 1200.40 is approved unanimously.
    • Academic Policy 1200.50, the floor is open for discussion; a question is in regards to how the Provost’s office will assess the faculty's online teaching. Answer: We will create an FAQ living document to add questions and answers. The Provost’s office will help with this effort. Faculty should ask their constituents what kind of questions they have. We will start with faculty questions. No more questions. Move to a vote on Academic Policy 1200.50  is approved unanimously.

VII.  New Business

None

VIII. Consent Agenda:

The following items are referred by the Undergraduate Council and the Graduate Council for review and action by the Faculty Senate at its meeting scheduled October 11, 2023:

1. Course Change proposals – including undergraduate courses approved by the Undergraduate Council on September 22, 2023, graduate courses approved by the Graduate Council on September 21, 2023 (1_coursechanges_report_10112023). Details related to course changes may be viewed at: https://nextcatalog.uark.edu/courseleaf/approve/.  Under the “Your Role” field, select Faculty Senate.

2. Graduate Program Change Proposals approved by the Graduate Council on September 21, 2023 (2_programchanges_report_10112023).

 a. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Civil Engineering – ENEGMS – Environmental Engineering, Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (2a_enegms_report_10112023, 2a_enegms_deletion_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_10112023).

b. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Research Methods – HRDEED - Human Resource Development, Doctor of Education (2b_hrdeed_report_10112023, 2b_hrdeed_curriculum_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_10112023).

c. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Research Methods – HRDEMH - Human Resource Development, Master of Human Resource Development (2c_hrdemh_report_10112023).

d. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction – CIEDPH – Curriculum and Instruction, Doctor of Philosophy (2d_ciedph_report_10112023, 2d_ciedph_curriculum_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_10112023).

e. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation – PHEDME – Physical Education, Master of Education (2e_phedme_report_10112023).

  • No questions on the consent agenda
  • Consent agenda approved 

IX.  New Business

None

X. Announcements

XI. Adjourn 

SENATORS

Faculty Senate Agenda
Nov 2023

I.  Call to Order:  Chair, John C. Pijanowski 

C. Pijanowski, Faculty Senate Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:30.

II. Roll Call: Secretary, Adnan Alrubaye

III. Approval of Agenda

Agenda approved

IV.  Approval of Minutes

Oct 2023

Minutes approved

V.  Reports

A.  Terry Martin, Provost. Jim Gigantino provided teh Provost's report

  • Deans search update: Jeff Edwards has been named the Dean of AFLS starting Jan 01, 2024. Thanking JF for his efforts as interim Deam. Law School candidates have been on campus. A new dean will be announced by the end of November. Late January for candidates for teh Walton College and end of February for Fulbright COllege.
  • Preparing for possible shut down on Nov 17 is ongoing.  
  • Staff classification and compensation study is ongoing since the summer. The new classification is under review. After the review, the classification piece will be complete, and we will start teh compensation piece will be in teh spring. Faculty salaries study will be conducted, and recommendations will be made.

B. Deb Korth, Chair of general education and core curriculum committee

    - GELO-Data-AY 22 23

  • We have over 50000 pieces of data that were submitted. 92% of our students scored suffecient rate, which is 2, 3, or 4.
  • There will be more information. MOre in-depth data will be provided to the Teaching Academy and Fulbright College chairs.
  • This fall, every learning outcome will be assessed. 

    -Procedures to Record Outcomes Spring 2023

C. John C. Pijanowski, Faculty Senate Chair

  • Faculty Senate meeting for next month is on Dec 06 to accomodate for final exams.
  • Faculty Holiday Reception is on Dec 05th at the SEC Club.
  • Introduce the Faculty Senate Executive Committee FSEC: Chair Pijanowski thanked the FSEC.

D. Chris Bryson, Academic Initiatives, and Integrity

Academic Integrity EOY Report - 2022-2023

  • End of year report above presented to Faculty Senate.
  • There was big spike in cases during Covid.
  • Cases take 7-10 business days to go back to the instructor.
  • Questions: None

VI.  Old Business

None

VII.  New Business

     A. Chris Bryson, Academic Initiatives, and Integrity_ insert the document

      - AI Policy-Proposed changes to Faculty Senate Fall 2023 

  • The last time this policy updated was before the pandemic. The Board meets twice a year.
  • Feedback from the last 4 years was shared with constitunets, the COunsel, and all changes were based on benchmarking data and everything was reviewed multiple times.
  • Chris explained the changes in the policy. Changes were marked with red in teh document. 
  • Questions: None

      - AI-Sanction Rubric (Proposed changes for Faculty Senate Fall 2023) 

  • The new policy is trying to account for AI in our plagiarism policy.
  • The library is working on new policy to allow students to cite AI as a source. 

      B. ESL Committee Membership Change_Dean Ed Bengston 

  • The GSIE no longer partners with SILC, and that is as a result of their vendor license being terminated in Aug 2023. Because of the departure of SILC, the ESL committee change removed a SILC representative and replace it with WLLC member. The ESL committee voted on this change. We still have two more seats being filled in the ESL committee.

VIII. Consent Agenda: The following items are referred by the Undergraduate Council and the Graduate Council for review and action by the Faculty Senate at its meeting scheduled November 8, 2023:

1. Course Change proposals – including undergraduate courses approved by the Undergraduate Council on October 27, 2023, graduate courses approved by the Graduate Council on October 19, 2023 (1_coursechanges_report_11082023). Details related to course changes may be viewed at: https://nextcatalog.uark.edu/courseleaf/approve/.  Under the “Your Role” field, select Faculty Senate. 

2. Undergraduate Program Change Proposals approved by the Undergraduate Council on October 27, 2023 (2_programchanges_report_11082023).

a. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences, Department of Food Science – BREWCP – Brewing Science, Certificate of Proficiency (2a_brewcp_report_11082023, 2a_certificate_of_proficiency_in_brewing_science_course_list_with_changes_11082023, 2a_certificate_of_proficiency_in_brewing_science_course_list_11082023).

b. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematical Sciences – MATH Dept Honors – Mathematics Departmental Honors (2b_math_dept_honors_report_11082023).

c. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, School of Journalism and Strategic Media – JOPLBA – Journalism/Political Science, Bachelor of Arts (2c_joplba_report_11082023).

d. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, School of Journalism and Strategic Media – JOPLBA-ADPR – Journalism/Political Science: Advertising-Public Relations Concentration (2d_joplba-adpr_report_11082023).

e. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, School of Journalism and Strategic Media – JOPLBA-BCST – Journalism/Political Science: Broadcast Concentration (2e_joplba-bcst_report_11082023).

f. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, School of Journalism and Strategic Media – JOPLBA-NEWS – Journalism/Political Science: News-Editorial Concentration (2f_joplba-news_report_11082023).

g. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business, Department of Business Dean – WCOB Honors – WCOB College Honors Requirements (2g_wcob_honors_report_11082023).

h. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business, Department of Finance – FINNBS – Finance, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (2h_finnbs_report_11082023, 2h_finnbs_online_delivery_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_11082023, 2h_updated_exhibit_a_and_b_online_bsba_in_finance_11082023).

i. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Walton College of Business, Department of Finance – FINNBS-FNMG – Finance: Financial Mgmt/Investment Concentration (2i_finnbs-fnmg_report_11082023, 2i_finnbs_online_delivery_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_11082023, 2i_updated_exhibit_a_and_b_online_bsba_in_finance_11082023).

j. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Education and Health Professions – EDUC Honors – EDUC College Honors Requirements (2j_educ_honors_report_11082023).

k. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering – DATA-M – Data Analytics Minor (2k_data-m_report_11082023). 

3. Graduate Program Change Proposals approved by the Graduate Council on October 19, 2023:

a. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Architecture and Design Dean – DSGNMDS-IWDS – Design Studies: Integrated Wood Design Concentration (3a_dsgnmds-iwds_report_11082023).

b. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Architecture and Design Dean – DSGNMDS-PRES – Design Studies: Preservation Design Concentration (3b_dsgnmds-pres_report_11082023).

 c. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Research Methods – EDSTMC – Educational Statistics and Research Methods Post Master's Certificate (3c_edstmc_report_11082023).

d. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Graduate Dean – STMDGM – Statistical Methods and Design Graduate MicroCertificate (3d_stmdgm_report_11082023).

e. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation – EXSCMS – Exercise Science, Master of Science (3e_exscms_report_11082023).

f. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation – PBHLMPH – Public Health, Master of Public Health (3f_pbhlmph_report_11082023).

g. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Political Science – PADMMP – Public Administration and Nonprofit Studies, Master of Public Administration (3g_padmmp_report_11082023).

h. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Political Science – PLSCMA – Political Science, Master of Arts (3h_plscma_report_11082023). 

4. Additional items/Announcements:

- Licensure Revision to Allow Master’s Class Options (PHEDBS) – Revising a Certificate/Degree Licensure without Academic Program Changes

(4_licensure_revision_coversheet_and_section_c_phedbs_11082023).

Consent agenda passed .

IX. Announcements

X. Adjourn at 4:17 pm

SENATORS

Faculty Senate Agenda
Dec 2023

  1.  Call to Order:  Chair, John C. Pijanowski 
  2. Roll Call: Secretary, Adnan Alrubaye

III. Approval of Agenda

Agenda approved

  1. Approval of Minutes

Nov 2023

Minutes approved

  1. Reports
  2. Terry Martin, Provost
  • Law School: Cynthia Nance will serve until June 2026. The Law School Dean search didn’t succeed. We will not have a search next year, but we will resume the search the year after.
  • Walton College: The committee meeting will decide on the candidates that will be invited to campus in January.
  • Fulbright College: We will invite candidates in February. We will announce the candidates' names on the Monday before they come to campus.
  • FY25 budget: We are in the middle of the budget discussions. We will finalize the budget in April or May.
  • Staff classification and compensation study: We are finalizing the classification and trying to equalize the classifications across the campus. The compensation will be looked at as part of the budget.
  • Faculty compensation study: The Provost will meet with the committee next week, and we will provide more information in January.
  • The GSIE is looking at graduate students' compensations, and we will adjust as we move into next year’s budget.
  • Workday student: We will deploy WD students next year. We have 200 testers across campus to test the system and provide feedback. Our admission process for next fall will be active. The Uconnect will remain active and have the information from Summer 2025 and back. Dave Dawson is leading the team and doing an outstanding job.
  • Blackboard Ultra: We will move entirely in the fall of 2024.
  • Commencement on Dec 16. We will be using metal detectors.
  • The Provost thanked Senators for the shared governance.
  1. John C. Pijanowski, Faculty Senate Chair

- Senator Pijanowski thanked the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

- We have two days left for RazorGifts to participate in this staff gifts holiday program.

  1. Scott Turley, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities

Scott Turley didn’t attend the meeting.

  1. Old Business
  2. Chris Bryson, Academic Initiatives, and Integrity_ insert the document

      - AI Policy-Proposed changes to Faculty Senate Fall 2023 

  • Questions or discussion: No discussion or questions
  • Vote: Policy passed unanimously.

      - AI-Sanction Rubric (Proposed changes for Faculty Senate Fall 2023) 

  • Questions or discussion: No discussion or questions
  • Vote: Policy passed unanimously.
  1. ESL Committee Membership Change_Graduate School and International Education
  • Questions or discussion: No discussion or questions
  • Vote: Policy passed unanimously.

VII.  New Business

 None

VIII. Consent Agenda Consent Agenda:  The following items are referred by the Undergraduate Council and the Graduate Council for review and action by the Faculty Senate at its meeting scheduled on December 6, 2023:

  1. Course Change proposals – including undergraduate courses approved by the Undergraduate Council on November 17, 2023, and graduate courses approved by the Graduate Council on November 16, 2023 (1_coursechanges_report_12062023). Details related to course changes may be viewed at https://nextcatalog.uark.edu/courseleaf/approve/.  Under the “Your Role” field, select Faculty Senate.
  1. Undergraduate Program Change Proposals approved by the Undergraduate Council on November 17, 2023 (2_programchanges_report_12062023).
  1. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Department of African and African American Studies – AAST Dependent Major – African and African American Studies Dependent Major (2a_aast_dependent_major_report_12062023).
  2. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, School of Art – AREDBFA – Art Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts (2b_aredbfa_report_12062023).
  3.  Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Education and Health Professions, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation – RESMBS – Recreation and Sport Management, Bachelor of Science (2c_resmbs_report_120620232c_resm_proposed_curriculum_course_descriptions_120620232c_resmbs_program_changes_outline_120620232c_resm_proposed_curriculum_table_120620232c_resmbs_curriculum_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  4. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Education and Health Professions, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation – RESMBS-READ – Recreation and Sport Management: Recreation Administration Concentration (2d_resmbs-read_report_12062023).
  5. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Education and Health Professions, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation – RESMBS-SPAD – Recreation and Sport Management: Sports Administration Concentration (2e_resmbs-spad_report_12062023).
  6. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Education and Health Professions, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing – NURSBS-LNBN – Nursing: LPN to BSN Option (2f_nursbs-lnbn_report_120620232f_nursbs_curriculum_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  7. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Education and Health Professions, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing – NURSBS-PLRN – Nursing: Pre-Licensure BSN Option (2g_nursbs-plrn_report_120620232g_nursbs_curriculum_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  8. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Education and Health Professions, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing – NURSBS-RNBN – Nursing: RN to BSN Option (2h_nursbs-rnbn_report_120620232h_nursbs_curriculum_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  9. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Education and Health Professions, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing – PLNBN – Nursing (Pre-LNBN) (2i_plnbn_report_120620232i_nursbs_curriculum_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  10. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Education and Health Professions, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing – PNURS – Nursing (Pre-Nursing/Health) (2j_pnurs_report_120620232j_nursbs_curriculum_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  1. Graduate Program Change Proposals approved by the Graduate Council on November 16, 2023:
  1. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering – BENGPH – Engineering (Biological Engineering), Doctor of Philosophy (3a_bengph_report_12062023).
  2. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Business Dean – GSB Admission-Doctoral – Graduate School of Business Doctoral Admission Policy (3b_gsb_admission-doctoral_report_12062023).
  3. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Business Dean – GSB Admission-Master's – Graduate School of Business Master's Admission Policy (3c_gsb_admission-masters_report_12062023).
  4. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Research Methods – ADLLED – Adult and Lifelong Learning, Doctor of Education (3d_adlled_report_120620233d_adlled_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  5. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Research Methods – ADLLED-AELD – Adult and Lifelong Learning: Adult Education Leadership Concentration (3e_adlled-aeld_report_12062023).
  6. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Research Methods – ADLLED-CCLD – Adult and Lifelong Learning: Community College Leadership Concentration (3f_adlled-ccld_report_12062023).
  7. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction – PSBLMC – Building-Level Administration K-12 Post Master's Certificate (3g_psblmc_report_120620233g_psblmc_cip_code_change_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  8. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction – PSDLMC – District-Level Administration Post Master's Certificate (3h_psdlmc_report_120620233h_psdlmc_cip_code_change_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  9. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Economics – ECANMS – Economic Analytics, Master of Science (3i_ecanms_report_12062023).
  10. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Geosciences – GEOGMS – Geography, Master of Science (3j_geogms_report_120620233j_geogms_cip_code_change_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  11. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Geosciences – GISTGC – Geospatial Technologies Graduate Certificate (3k_gistgc_report_120620233k_gistgc_cip_code_change_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  12. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation – ATTRMA – Athletic Training, Master of Athletic Training (3l_attrma_report_12062023).
  13. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of History – HISTMA – History, Master of Arts (3m_histma_report_12062023).
  14. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of History – HISTPH – History, Doctor of Philosophy (3n_histph_report_12062023).
  15. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Management – MGMTPH – Business Administration (Management), Doctor of Philosophy (3o_mgmtph_report_12062023).
  16. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Marketing – MKTGPH – Business Administration (Marketing), Doctor of Philosophy (3p_mktgph_report_12062023).
  17. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Music – MEDDGC – Music Education for Students with Differences and Disabilities Graduate Certificate (3q_meddgc_report_120620233q_mesngc_title_change_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  18. Proposed graduate program change for the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing – NURSDP – Nursing Practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice (3r_nursdp_report_120620233r_nursdp_curriculum_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_12062023).
  19. Proposed graduate program change for the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing – NURSDP-FNPR – Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (3s_nursdp-fnpr_report_120620233s_dnp_before_and_after_updated_12062023).
  1. Additional items/Announcements:
  1. Courses Inactive 3 or More Years will be deleted, effective Fall 2024 (4b_undergraduate_courses_inactive_3_plus_years_fall_2023_120620234b_inactive_graduate_courses_3_or_more_years_fall_2023_12062023). Please refer to Academic Policy 1622.11, which governs course review.

Consent agenda: passes unanimously.

- Justin Chimka, Honorary Degrees Committe

IX. Announcements

X. Adjourn 

 

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Jan 2024

  1.  Call to Order:  Chair, John C. Pijanowski 
  2. Approval of Agenda

Agenda approved

III.  Approval of Minutes

Dec 2023

Minutes approve

IV. Reports

  1. Terry Martin, Provost
  • Inclement weather policy: We have three modes of operation or closures during bad weather. One is a campus closure, which happened today. But we can continue with our delivery of courses, whether it's recorded lectures or any other method. We also have an early closure option when we have inclement weather. If we need to close campus early, and then we also have a delayed opening option. With all of these, you're able to deliver your course content through various means. We have another mode that I don't talk about much. It's probably not listed in our policy. It happens when we have a major power outage, internet outage, or a major catastrophe that happens on our campus, and we just want to close the campus for a period of time, and that's still an option.
  • An update also on the staff classification compensation study, faculty compensation study, and graduate student compensation study. All those studies are ongoing. One of the major questions is, how do we pay for all of this? It will cost the campus money to adjust the compensation levels. But we're looking at that as part of our budget. We hope to have a plan to address some of the compensation issues. We won’t be able to meet all the needs, but we're certainly going to start addressing it in and try to create a 2-year plan. The budgeting is still underway.
  • Workday student continues to progress and move forward to your schools starting in the next two years. Schools within the U of a system are implementing part of Workday student this year in their admissions. UACONNECT will remain active for a year. In other words, we'll be able to go back and look at historical data.
  • Blackboard Ultra: We will switch to Blackboard Ultra this fall of 2024. Some faculty have already switched, but everyone must switch to Blackboard Ultra by Fall 2024.
  • Deans searches:
    • Arts and Sciences: The candidates will come to campus in February. The search committee is in the process of trying to identify the candidates to bring to campus. We will be announcing the candidates close to the date of when they're coming.
    • Another project is the campus Space Utilization project. We have some external help with getting this project off the ground. This project will run for nearly a year, and our goal is to identify the status of utilizing our space, how we're utilizing it. Then, we need a system to use to manage and utilize our space in the best way possible. I need to remind everyone that we are one campus and one university. We are the University of Arkansas. We have over 32,000 students. We have 10 colleges, and we have more than 260 academic programs, and we do work together. B.

2. John C. Pijanowski, Faculty Senate Chair

      • I only have two items to share:
        • First: I've been invited to a meeting with other representatives from campuses around the State Little Rock by the system office to have a discussion about two proposed board of trustee policy changes. I'll know more about that after I attend the meeting, and I'll be able to share more of what I learned in our February meeting.
        • The second item is our nominations, and the Elections Committee is moving into the nominations phase. Expect some communications from them soon. For various positions, including at large Senate positions, Promotion and Tenure, and other University Committees. If you're interested in doing what I do here as chair of the campus faculty and Senate, and you're not sure what this all looks like, then you should, by all means, feel free to reach out. I'm happy to answer any questions that you have. We have a few former Senators and Senate chairs in the room as well, and I'm sure anybody would be willing to answer any questions.

V. Old Business

 None

VI. New Business

  1. Proposed Academic Calendar
    1. The next year is the 2026/2027 showing all academic dates. All dates have been approved.
  2. Proposed Calendar Policy Change 1200.30

Gary Gunderman presented the calendar and the proposed calendar policy change and addressed the Senator's questions.

VII. Consent Agenda:

The following items are referred by the Undergraduate Council and the Graduate Council for review and action by the Faculty Senate at its meeting scheduled January 17, 2024:

  1. Course Change proposals – including undergraduate courses approved by the Undergraduate Council on December 15, 2023, graduate courses approved by the Graduate Council on December 14, 2023 (1_coursechanges_report_01172024). Details related to course changes may be viewed at: https://nextcatalog.uark.edu/courseleaf/approve/.  Under the “Your Role” field, select Faculty Senate.
  1. Undergraduate Program Change Proposals approved by the Undergraduate Council on December 15, 2023 (2_programchanges_report_01172024).
  1. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geosciences – ERSCBS – Earth Science, Bachelor of Science (2a_erscbs_report_011720242a_erscbs_curriculum_revision_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_01172024).
  2. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geosciences – GEOG-M – Geography Minor (2b_geog-m_report_01172024).
  3. Proposed undergraduate program change for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geosciences – GISTCP – Geospatial Technologies Undergraduate Certificate (2c_gistcp_report_011720242c_gistcp_cip_code_change_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_01172024).
  4. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Education and Health Professions, Department of Curriculum and Instruction – EDSTBS-PARA – Educational Studies: Para-Professional Transition Concentration (2d_edstbs-para_report_01172024).
  5. Proposed undergraduate program change for the College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering – MEEGBS-AERO – Mechanical Engineering: Aerospace Concentration (2e_meegbs-aero_report_01172024).
  1. Graduate Program Change Proposals approved by the Graduate Council on December 14, 2023:
  1. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Civil Engineering – CVEGMS – Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering (3a_cvegms_report_01172024).
  2. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Civil Engineering – CVEGPH – Engineering (Civil Engineering), Doctor of Philosophy (3b_cvegph_report_01172024).
  3. Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Music – MUSCMM – Music, Master of Music (3c_muscmm_report_01172024).
  1. Additional Items/Announcements:
  1. NAS Millington, TN Site - Deletion of an Organizational Unit (previously used for the in-person Master of Science in Operations Management program) (4a_nas_millington_tn_site_deletion_of_instructional_center_ltr_of_notification_rev_bot_01172024).

The consent agenda passed unanimously

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