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Indiana State University University Faculty Senate
April 18, Minutes

Indiana State University
Faculty Senate 2005-06


Time:            3:15 p.m.  

Place:          Hulman Memorial Student Union 227

Present:       Chairperson S. Lamb, Vice Chair V. Sheets, Secretary Sr. A. Anderson

                    V. Anderson, B. Evans, B. Frank, C. Hoffman, J. Hughes

Ex-Officio:     R. English

Visitors:        C. Baker, A. Craddock, R. Guell, E. Kinley, G. Minty, S. Powers



I.  Administrative Report

R. English reported that budget planning sessions for the 2006-07 fiscal year are being held this week.


II. Chair Report

No report.


III. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion

1)       Follow-up to last week’s request for an advance global detailing the Board of Trustees agenda for the April meeting—still not known if one will be sent.

2)       Congratulations to the ISU Cheerleading squad for winning the national championship for their division.

3)       Several students contacted by the call-a-thon had been accepted for admittance but had not been previously notified of their acceptance.

4)       Noted that the ISU Fast Facts on the web homepage do not correspond with data forwarded to the Administrative Affairs Committee.

5)       Appreciation expressed for recent changes in the ISU web site; exam schedule needs adjustment to current information.

6)       Congratulations to Senate officers elected by their peers for service next year.


IV. Approval of the Minutes

            Minutes of the April 11, 2006 meeting were approved. (Hoffman, V. Anderson 7-0-0)


V. CAAC: Philosophy, Goals and Learning Outcomes for the First Year of College at ISU

            Recommendation accepted (Frank, Hoffman 7-0-0):

Endorse the philosophy statement for the first year and the goals for students for the first year and include the philosophy and goals in appropriate parts of the Undergraduate Catalog.        


            Guests invited to the table by acclamation.

            Discussion: ISU applied and was accepted for participation by the Policy Center on the First Year of College.  Philosophy is the first of nine Foundational Dimensions statements that constitute a model that provide institutions with a means to evaluate and improve the first year of college.  It is anticipated that the remaining nine will be forwarded for faculty governance review next academic year.  A climate is being built to make the first year of college supportive and engaging for our students.  The committee, chaired by C. Baker, worked through many drafts and reviewed other institutions’ policies to arrive at today’s document.


                                                                                                                         EC#25, 4/18/06

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VI. CAAC: Laboratory Science Course General Education Substitution

Recommendation: Students completing two of the following approved 100 or 200 level laboratory science courses as cognates or required courses within a major or minor will have satisfied both the Foundational Laboratory Science and the Scientific and Mathematical Studies Elective course requirements (SMS:F,E):

ATR 210 & 210L; BIOL 101 & 101L; BIOL 102 & 102L; CHEM 103 & 103L; CHEM 104 & 104L; CHEM 105 & 105L; CHEM 106 & 106L;GEOL 111 & 111L; GEOL 160 & 160L; LIFS 231 & 231L; LIFS 241 & 241L; LIFS 274 & 274L;

PE 220 & 220L; PHYS 105 & 105L; PHYS 106 & 106L; PHYS 205 & 205L; PHYS 206 & 206L


            Guest invited to the table by acclamation.

            After short discussion, approved. (A. Anderson, Evans 7-0-0)


VII. AAC: Academic Calendar 2008-2009

            Guest invited to the table by acclamation.

            Approved with the provision that the mid-term grades due date be adjusted to March 17th.  (Hoffman, Evans 8-0-0)


VIII. Information Item: Notebook University Implementation Committee Interim Report

            Guests invited to the table by acclamation.

            This is the first of four interim reports.  The final report will forwarded to faculty governance.  Clarification that modification to the SIR instrument was not being recommended nor looking at individual faculty’s SIRs but possibly a means to evaluate if good was coming from the initiative.  Intent is for the Teaching and Learning Center to have an increased role in training faculty for use.  Desire is to have a good balance of pedagogy and instruction in the classroom with strong focus on non-tech aspects.

            Noted that this is an interim report, assembled form a variety of subcommittee reports, and still needs considerable editing.  The Committee was commended for the details and preparatory parts of its work.


IX. Old Business



X. New Business

Faculty Scholarship Recipients

            Approved slate of three students selected by the SAC as the 2006-2007 Faculty Scholarship recipients.  (Evans, Hoffman 7-0-0)

Last year there were fewer than 10 applicants--this year there were 41.  Awards for this year: $1000 awarded ($500 fall and $500 spring)--same as last year.  Recipients will be recognized at the April Faculty Senate meeting.


XI. Standing Committee Reports

            Executive Committee liaisons provided updates on respective standing committee activity.


XII.   Motion to move into executive session.  (Hoffman, Sheets 7-0-0)

        Motion to move out of executive session. (Hoffman, A. Anderson 7-0-0)


The meeting adjourned at 5:26 p.m.