George Mason University
Approved Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting
November 24, 2003

Present: J. Bennett, L. Brown, P. Buchanan, R. Coffinberger, M. De Nys, E. Elstun

Chair Jim Bennett opened the meeting at 10:00 am.

I. Approval of Minutes
The Minutes of the November 12, 2003 Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed.

II. Announcements
Jim Bennett and Rick Coffinberger reported on the hiring interviews of the three candidates for the Director of the Equity and Diversity Services position.

III. Old Business
A. Executive Committee Annual Report
The report is now considered a letter from the Faculty Senate since the full Senate adopted it last week. It will be placed on the Faculty Senate website, and will be announced by an all-faculty e-mail. The President, Provost, and Deans and Directors will also receive a hard copy. It was noted that George Mason’s AAUP conference will be endorsing the document.

IV. Reports from Senate Standing Committee Chairs
A. Academic Policy

The University Task Force on Academic Standards report will also be put on the Faculty Senate website and the motions that were approved last week will be sent to the necessary administrators.

The Committee will meet on December 9th to hear reports from the Task Force on Midterm Grading and the Task Force on Academic Progress. Time permitting, the Committee will also discuss the issue of transfer students graduating with honors.

B. Budget & Resources
The Committee will report on their salary data analysis to the Faculty Senate at the December meeting. The Committee continues to work on the issues of retirement funds and summer school compensation.

C. Faculty Matters
The Committee is reviewing tenure issues, including the new “entrepreneurial” criteria for tenure instituted by the BOV.

D. Nominations
The Committee is still searching for a replacement nominee for Jim Heath on the General Education Committee. The Committee will also review the University Communication with the BOV Committee to assess whether it needs to be disbanded or renewed.

E. Organization & Operations
No report.

V. New Business
The next Executive Committee meeting will be held on January 5, 2004 at 10:00 am in 318 Enterprise Hall.

VI. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 11:16 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Debi Siler
Clerk, Faculty Senate

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