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Indiana State University University Faculty Senate
October 2, Minutes

Indiana State University
Faculty Senate 2007-08

Time:           3:15 p.m.  

Place:           HMSU, Room 227

Present:        Chair V. Sheets, Vice Chair A. Halpern, Secretary Sister A. M. Anderson

                     J. Fine, J. Hughes, M. Miller, S. Pontius, T. Sawyer, D. Worley

Ex-Officio:   J. Maynard

Guests:         G. Exoo, R. Kopparty, R. B. Abhyankar, R. Sternfeld – MS Computer Science

                    Lee Ellingson - Construction Management Minor


        I.   Agenda reordered by consensus.

       II.  Motion to invite G. Exoo, R. Kopparty, R. B. Abhyankar, R. Sterfeld to the table. (Anderson/Miller) Approved by acclamation.

      III. Curriculum Proposals

a.       MS Computer Science, new graduate degree (Sawyer/Fine) 9-0-0

                                                               i.      Questions were raised and discussion held regarding the reasoning for the new degree, cost, funding, expectations for the MS in Mathematics, duplication, and out dated information in the proposal.

                                                             ii.      Motion tabled to discuss 2nd curriculum proposal – (Anderson/Miller) 9-0-0

b.       Construction Management Minor, new undergraduate degree (Anderson/Pontius) 9-0-0

                                                               i.      L. Ellingson invited to the table by acclamation

                                                             ii.      There will be no new courses.

                                                            iii.      All of the minor courses count toward the major if a student chooses to continue.

                                                           iv.      Two new faculty have already been hired. One more will be hired to fill an existing but vacant position.

                                                             v.      Discussion was held regarding a 3 hour Mathematics course requirement.

                                                           vi.      Increased desire for employees with this training in many fields.

                                                          vii.      Amendment to motion - Catalog copy must be changed to reflect the 3 hour Math 115 requirement. (Anderson/Pontius) 9-0-0

c.       Motion to return to MS Computer Science, new graduate degree (Miller/Fine) 9-0-0

                                                               i.      Concern was expressed over the University’s ability to present a case to the Commission for adding this new degree as it is currently proposed. Items of concern noted: uniqueness, a need for data to be updated, a need for more information on cost and funding.

                                                             ii.      Discussion was held on the possibility of a specialization under Mathematics. It was noted that the department had rejected that idea earlier, in part due to the desires of certain students.

                                                            iii.      A suggestion was made to table and return to the Mathematics department for possible further consideration of internal alternatives or updates and revisions

                                                           iv.      Question called (Halpern) 3-5-1

                                                             v.      Page 15 of the CAPS Manual was read to clarify the course of action after a Curriculum Proposal receives a negative vote.




      IV.    Administrative Report

d.       The Board of Trustees has been updated on the status of the Presidential Search Committee.

e.       Difficulty continuing without someone doing Greg Goode’s former job for the next 8 months was noted. The administration is looking at making a temporary appointment.

f.        President Benjamin, Provost Maynard, Ken Sauer and Stan Jones are working on a new funding document. A copy will be shared with Chairman Sheets. A meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday. The idea of funding being moved away from enrollment rates to graduation rates is being discussed with the understanding that straight metrics would hurt ISU and IVY Tech.

V.           Chair Report: None

VI.        Approval of Minutes (8-0-1)

VII.      15 Minute Discussion

a.       The Handbook needs to be reorganized to clear up issues of inconsistency and out of date information. A joint taskforce should oversee the process. The consensus is that this is not an immediate priority. In the meantime, identifying, locating, and listing possible items of concern could prove helpful.

b.       Chair Sheets met with AJ Patton. The SGA is proceeding with providing accessible grade distribution for classes greater than 5 individuals.



Whereas a quorum was lost, further discussion will continue next Tuesday.

Meeting ended 5:30 PM