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Indiana State University University Faculty Senate
September 18, Minutes

Indiana State University
Faculty Senate 2007-08

Time:  3:15 p.m.

Place: Hulman Memorial Student Union 227

Present:  Chairperson V. Sheets, Vice Chair A. Halpern,

               Secretary Sr. A. Anderson, J. Fine, J. Hughes, M. Miller

               S. Pontius, T. Sawyer,

Absent:  D. Worley

Guest: J. Pohlen



Motion to reorder the agenda (T. Sawyer, S. Pontius  8-0-0)


I.                    Minutes for 9-11-07 approved as amended.  (S. Pontius, T. Sawyer  8-0-0)

II.                 Information Item:

Jeff Pohlen, a representative from the Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) met today to discuss his charge, which is to perform an information technology internal scan of a wide and diverse cross section of ISU Colleges, Departments, Committees as well as key individuals, in order to gather data on how the campus community might begin to think strategically concerning matters related to the use of information technology.


He informed the committee about his endeavors on behalf of ITAC, soliciting advice and input from the committee about ways to approach the project so that any data received could be compiled and submitted to ITAC in preparation for recommendations which might be included in the overall Information Technology Strategic Plan encompassing the years 2008-2010.


ITAC is seeking data about strategic uses of information technology as it assists us by improving student success, supports faculty research efforts and other stated institutional goals. The process will be ongoing over the next several weeks.

a.        Recommendations:

i.         Contact Chairs and ancillary units.

ii.       Create an interactive website.

iii.      Send out a short informational Global piece. Follow up a week later with the informational piece and the questionnaire.

b.        Note was made that ongoing IT problems may hinder progress.

III.               Old Business – None

IV.              New Business - Standing Committee slates

a.       CAAC

Add Feng-Qi Lai and Sandra Allen

Motion to accept and to replace outgoing members alphabetically

(M. Miller, S. Pontius 8-0-0)

§         Barbara Skinner, term ending 2008, replaced by Sandra Allen.

§         Lucy White, term ending 2009, replaced by Feng-Qi Lai

b.       FAC

Add Dale Ann O’Neal

      Motion to accept (T. Sawyer, S. Pontus 8-0-0)

V.                 Fifteen Minutes

a.       SGA has requested access to all faculty grade distributions. Questions were raised regarding the purpose. What would the SGA do with the information?

b.       Enter Executive Session 4:07 PM  (T. Sawyer, S. Pontus 8-0-0)

Exit Executive Session 4:27 PM

c.       Dr. Kevin Snider has requested names as he organizes the NCA

process. Questions were raised regarding what NCA is looking for. What

works at other schools? How was it done 10 years ago? It was decided to hold a special Executive Committee meeting next Tuesday – not a formal meeting day. K. Snider will be invited to discuss his ideas and needs, and to answer questions.

d.       Steve Pontius cited an article in the Chronicle for Higher Education which

      described a new way of studying graduation rates. He suggested that the

      administration and Stan Jones be made aware of the article.

e.       Student Code of Conduct was discussed regarding how it applies to

student websites. Without impacting freedom of speech, can off-campus student websites be controlled? Improper website content can reflect negatively on the University.

f.        Administrative Report – None

g.       Chair Report - None


The meeting adjourned at 4:42 PM.