MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
OF THE FACULTY SENATE
Monday, August 31, 2009; Mason Hall, room D1, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Jim Bennett, Rick Coffinberger, David Kuebrich, Janette Muir, Peter
Pober, Larry Rockwood, Peter
Stearns, Susan Trencher.
I. Approval of Minutes April 17, 2009: The minutes were approved as
Pober expressed his appreciation for everyone's mentoring, quoting Clarence
Darrow; ..we need not agree, but we must disagree with class and civility....
He wishes to move forward, (past)
covered issues; to enable all to have an opportunity to speak. Let's get the work done.
- New Senator Orientation Wednesday Sept
2 3:00 p.m. Robinson B113. So
far two Senators have confirmed they will attend. Two former returning Senators unlikely
- Special Called Meeting on Budget Issues
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 4:00 5:00
p.m. at the Harris Theater with Provost Stearns and Sr. Vice President
Morrie Scherrens announcement to be sent out today.
- Senate Officers Appointed for AY
09-10: Parliamentarian Star
Muir; Sergeants-at-Arms Penny Earley and Heibatollah Baghi; Chair Pro
Tempore Suzanne Slayden.
- FSVA Meeting (tentatively scheduled) for
Saturday, September 12th canceled by FSVA, will meet later in
Progress reports, business, and agenda items from Senate Standing
Academic Policies Janette Muir
Ehrlich motion on grading changes committee to discuss with Susan Jones
credits awaiting proposal from Andrew Flagel (Dean of Admissions) and
also to work with Rick Davis (Associate Provost for Undergraduate
Education). Proposal pertains to undergraduate-level credits, not
for academic clemency from CHSS Student Policies and Appeals
Committee. Basically the proposal
looks art how much time does student have to appeal? In some
circumstances, students may need more time (beyond first semester back). Suggestion made to provide counseling
when students (first) come back, unsure how this works with individuals
colleges/advising officers. Any
recommendations the Academic Policies Committee may make will be
university-wide. How does this
link with completed credits vs. attempted credits (about) three years ago?
new program (to be) launched to step up international student
recruitment. Program to include
first, transitional year in which students would be granted credits for
language classes. In response to a
question raised, the Provost responded should English Language Institute
courses be offered for credit,
would move out of University Life to Provost's Office, one way or
another. Focus first on
opportunities in China; as returns realized, to extend into different
has had some questions about new BAS (Bachelor of Applied Science)
program, vote scheduled in September.
B. Budget and Resources Rick Coffinberger
Planning Team (BPT) Meetings: Rick
attended the June and July meetings, unable to attend August meeting. Hopefully more information will become
available at the end of (next month) regarding state budget cuts. Much discussion about furloughs among
faculty; there are a lot of nervous people. Rick will attend the next BPT meeting Sept. 8th.
further action on salary data occurred over the summer.
discussion about the recent Budget Forum offered by Provost Stearns and
Sr. V.P. Morrie Scherrens on August 10th
see Mason Gazette (August 11, 2009) article for more information
C. Faculty Matters Larry Rockwood
Evaluation of Administrators Survey is ready for distribution next week.
speech policy and related issues:
Morrie Scherrens and Larry
Czarda (VP for Administration) are putting together a proposal. The Faculty Matters Committee, with
Dave Kuebrich and Victoria Rader, will review and provide feedback. Victoria Rader is a member of the
University Life Committee, which is also dealing with this; all working
independently. Professor Jim
Kozlowski met with the Faculty Matters
Committee last year and provided some background information.
Nominations Jim Bennett
slates for the Faculty Senate and University Standing Committees are done.
Thanks to all who volunteered to serve.
E. Organization and Operations
Committee charge revision written up and will be dealt with as soon as
committee has its first meeting.
- External Academic Relations Committee
charge expired. To include materials sent last spring
from (then-committee chair) Debbie Boehm-Davis in revision.
Committee charge revision to include consideration of proposed changes to
Faculty Handbook,- - what if the O&O Committee does not want to accept
this responsibility? Proposed
clarifications to charge of Academic Initiatives Committee: Provost Stearns did send some suggested
language to amend charge last spring; it was too late in the year to bring
back up to the Senate.
Handbook Section 2.10.3 revision proposal to include participation of faculty in assessment of student
learning outcomes, proposed by Karen Gentemann opposition expressed to
add this requirement to faculty duties, particularly for term faculty.
Agenda Items for September 9th
- Provost Stearns Fall 2009 brief remarks
a list of issues for 2009-10 was distributed and will be projected onto
transparencies at the meeting.
- Report from Sharon Pitt on Blackboard
- Report from Walt Sevon on
phone/voicemail issues, we have requested information to post on how to
access phone system. Also we will
ask him to address problems where department copy card servers have been
down; cards cannot be read by machines.
- Election of Officers of Senate and
University Standing Committees.
- Resolution of Appreciation for Mrs.
Nancy DeLaski (from CVPA Senators if received on time)
- Report on English Composition (101) and
(302) exemptions by exam AY 08-09 received June 2009 from General
Education Committee to submit as amendment to their annual report.
New Business/Discussion Topics
the absence of O&O participation in discussion of Faculty Handbook
revision topics, questions about primary affiliation and (specific)
definition of governance rights should be sent to the Faculty Matters Committee.
flu discussion: faculty need to be
prepared for more on-line delivery; as well as allowances for absence from
class due to illness. Student
Health Services is acquiring vast quantities of the swine flu vaccine,
some will be stored in the bio labs.
Provost reported that we are significantly oversubscribed at all levels
good, but an issue too as it creates obvious tensions particularly with
the bookstore, food service lines longer, etc. How does this impact on enrollment targets? Will they shift significantly next
year? The Provost responded that
this will be worked out over time.
Virtually every collegiate unit is over; no one should be anxious. We may want to scale back depending on
what the state does. GMU is the
only state university with an overage need for (more state) money to
support more students. The
percentage of out-of-state students (17%) stable from last year.
Economics Department is very upset about GMU's non-participation in the
National Research Council's assessment of research doctoral programs. GMU was 42nd at the last
rating, anticipated that Economics could have risen to the top 20-25%;
impacting both recruitment and fundraising. The Provost recounted that when the request was received in
2005, $25,000 required to participate.
At that time, the Provost decided this not a sensible investment in
that budget situation, and regretted not consulting widely among the
faculty. We will do an independent
calculation of where GMU would have stood and will post it. Also finds that organizations which
charge that kind of money for this is rather questionable, but
acknowledged his mistake.
classroom technology be moved out from DOIT and come under the Provost's
Office? Present system wagging the
dog in light of many problems with Blackboard last year. Peter Pober will consult with President
Merten on this issue.
response to a question raised, the AP Committee will ascertain whether new
grade forms in use only in CHSS or throughout the university. The new forms bypass the chairs, going
directly to the deans.
Kuebrich received release time for the fall semester, release time for the
spring semester to be discussed once the new chairs are elected.
descriptions for the new associate provost positions will be solicited
from the Provost Office.
for more oversight from recently inactive Nontraditional,
Interdisciplinary, and Adult Learning Committee (NIAL). Discussion about
need for brief semester reports from university committees.
Pober will email Rector Volgenau about President Merten's performance
bonus this year.
contact Rick Davis (Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and
Chair, General Education Committee) about the need for mechanism in which
new program proposals which impact classes in other areas are better
communicated in advance.