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Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting April 18, 2007

The regular meeting of the 2006-2007 Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by President Rick Morrow.  The following senators were present for all or part of the meeting. Alexander, Bartschat, Conley, Courard-Hauri, DeLaet, Dore, Lindbeck, Lyons, Morrow, Nelson, Reed, Richardson, Saylor, Simpson, Spaulding-Kruse, Vitha, Wisniewski, Younger

Absent:  Colins, Larson, Torry,

The March 2007 minutes were accepted.

President Maxwell Report

President Maxwell and Sue Wright, Associate Provost addressed a set of questions concerning the Task Force on Faculty Salary Equity.  They indicated that the Planning Council would be informed of their findings.  One point of concern seemed to be the target percentages and peer comparisons.  The group was assured that what answers can be found would be shared with the Faculty Senate, hopefully during the Fall 07 semester.

President Maxwell noted that the targets selected were at the point when the compensation project started.   He stated that a very appropriate request is to have the Planning Council review those targets.  The Task Force will be making recommendations to the Planning Council.

A question was raised about an upcoming capital campaign.  President Maxwell indicated that case statements are presently being reviewed.  A followup question concerned if any goals had been set concerning deferred giving vs cash for this campaign.  President Maxwell indicated that none had been yet established.

The Board of Trustees meeting is next week and strategic planning issues will be the major topics.

Provost Troyer Report

The Fall 2007 admission forecast looks quite promising, but he remains cautious.  There will be a need for more First Year Seminars.  He stressed that Drake must provide a quality experience.  Although the Virginia Tech incident reminds us that Drake can not promise safety, the institution needs to be prepared to address the concerns of students and parents.  This is expected to be a major parental issue at this June’s Orientation sessions. 

The Board of Trustees has on their agenda a list of promotion and tenure recommendations.  Among other items, the Academic Affairs Committee will be asked to dissolve the Ethics major. 

President Morrow Report No Report

Unfinished Business None presented

New Business

Senators Richardson moved and Vitha seconded motion 07-04:

Approve re-written UCC (University Curriculum Committee) description and charge

The University Curriculum Committee (three year terms)

The UCC will recommend educational policy for the university regarding proposals that have implications that go beyond the individual colleges or those that involve campus-wide requirements. Individual colleges and schools retain authority over their own curricula and programs.

UCC will approve interdisciplinary programs and majors (graduate and undergraduate).

The UCC will implement the general education curriculum, approved by the Senate, including approving individual courses for the categories of the general education program, establishing pre-requisites, and approving assessment procedures for general education curriculum

The UCC will make recommendations to the Faculty Senate and Provost as appropriate for the revision of the general education curriculum or coordination of interdisciplinary programs.

The UCC will have faculty representation from each of the divisions of Arts and Sciences and from each of the professional schools and Cowles Library. One administrative representative from CAAD and the Associate Provost for Curriculum will serve on the committee. The committee will elect its own chair from the faculty members of the committee, to serve a 2 year term whenever possible. In absence of a chair, the committee will be called by the Associate Provost for Curriculum in order to elect a chair. The UCC will report to the Senate at least once a year.

Senator Richardson spelled out the goals of this motion.  The intent is to clarify the committee’s charge as it relates to the curriculum, and interdisciplinary responsibilities.    Senator Alexander asked if the assessment was to be for specific courses or for the AOI’s.  The reply was that the intent is for the AOI’s.  A friendly amendment was offered and accepted to add wording to the third paragraph.  “for general education curriculum”.

Senator Bartschat wondered if there was another way to do the process for the vice-chair.  His concerns included whether a two year commitment would be possible for the committee leadership.  He liked the principle of the position.

An amendment was moved by Senators Bartschat and seconded by Alexander to alter the last paragraph (as shown in italics)

The UCC will have faculty representation from each of the divisions of Arts and Sciences and from each of the professional schools and Cowles Library. One administrative representative from CAAD and the Associate Provost for Curriculum will serve on the committee. The committee will elect its own vice chair from the faculty members of the committee, to serve as the chair the following year. For implementation purposes, the committee will be called by the Associate Provost for Curriculum in order to elect a chair and vice chair.

The amendment passed

The motion passed as amended on a voice vote

Senators Simpson moved and Dore seconded Motion 07-05:

Accept the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 Academic Calendars

With little comment or discussion the motion passed.

The Senate adjourned the regular session at 4:35 p.m.  Secretary, Nancy Geiger