University Faculty Senate

Executive Committee (EC) November 11, 2008 Minutes
2008- 200

Faculty Senate Executive Committee
November 11, 2008

Approved November 18, 2008
November 11, 2008 Minutes

Indiana State University
Faculty Senate 2008-09

Present: V. Sheets, S.A. Anderson, J. Fine, A. Halpern, C. Hoffman, S. Lamb, S. Pontius, T. Sawyer, D. Worley

Guests: R. English, R. Guell and E. Kinley I.

Approval of the Minutes of November 4, 2008. (TS/SL) 8-0-0.

 II. Administrative Report (R. English)

 a. Reminder – Installation of the President this week.

III. Chair Report

Welcome all. As we all know, this is a celebratory week, as we formally “install” Daniel Bradley as the President of Indiana State University. We are all pleased that Dan has agreed to serve as our President, and I look forward to participating in the installation ceremony on Thursday. I hope to see you all there.

 At the President and Mrs. Bradley’s insistence, we are also using this week to celebrate ISU’s contributions in the areas of Community Service and Engagement. I compliment them and Teresa Exline, chair of the Installation Committee, for this decision, and note there are many events planned for this week beyond just the installation ceremony. I had the occasion to see John Dau’ s presentation last evening; he clearly redefines what it means to be a contributing member of a community and should be an inspiration to us all.

I also note that the Installation banquet, planned for Wed. evening has raised $10,000 for the Wabash Valley United Way, something we can all be proud of.

With the installation of a new President comes the potential for a new beginning. New ideas and initiatives should be expected as he and we attempt to move ISU forward. I imagine that some of these initiatives will receive widespread support with relatively little discussion; others are likely to be controversial and should engender debate, and discussion, and will require buy-in from various campus groups if a change is to be made.

What is the role of governance in this process? We all want the new President to be successful. Yet, I think we would all agree that we should not simply rubber-stamp the administration’s agenda; nor, however, should we simply refuse to consider anything that might require a change in entrenched habits of operation.

In my opinion, we should encourage open and full discussion of all initiatives, soliciting, respecting, and considering the various points of view that come forward, especially critiques that are raised, and we must work collaboratively with our colleagues in the administration to revise and reshape initiatives to assure their (and indirectly our own) success (recognizing that “success” may sometimes be defined by external entities). Doing so will demonstrate the effectiveness—if not always the efficiency—of the shared governance system.

IV. New Business

a. Student Dismissal Policy Sheets explained whey the student dismissal policy was not on the agenda this week for a vote, despite the prior EC vote that it be discussed. He stated that he felt the plan was not viable at the present time and that the Provost and the President should be present to discuss it at the next EC meeting.

 b. Pilot of an On-line Course Evaluation System (E. Kinley) Discussion of on-line course evaluation system with same pages distributed.

1) Kinley stated that the system integrates both with the portal and Banner software.

2) Could be used with on-line or face-to-face course.

3) Dated is aggregated and under control of individual faculty.

4) Collections could be restricted to particular time points by course (as well as viewability of results).

 5) FAC recommendation is to support a pilot test with Nursing.

6) This system was identified as a response to charge last year. A motion was made to go forward with pilot as planned. (TS/SP) 9-0-0.

c. Support Staff Speaking Role at Senate

1) FAC supports a constitution change to allow a speaking role for a Support-staff council rep.

 Motion to forward recommendation of speaking role. (AH/SP) 9-0-0. d. 4-day academic calendar (discussion presented to in Administrative Report)

1) English stated that Academic Affairs is moving forward with the model for 4-day summer academic schedule for summer 2009. He stated that exceptions can be made for special courses (e.g., week-long workshops) that need to stay open for 5 days.

2) The 4-day model will be advantageous to all faculty, staff and students who travel long distances to get to work. It could also save money on utilities if some buildings could be closed. Kinley mentioned that another benefit is that it would enhance our “sustainability” project by reducing the university’s carbon foot print (due to reduced driving of students and faculty).

3) S. Lamb mentioned that the AAC seemed supportive of this model.

4) Discussion pursued regarding the language associated with the model as it relates to some departments remaining open for 5 days and what would constitute exceptions by department chairs and deans especially concerning lab work.

5) Sheets stated he will send to R. English for revision. He stated that English and the Provost need to clarify the language of the proposal. Discussion tabled – awaiting clarification of desired motion.

V. 15 Minute Open Discussion (Concerns, Clarifications and Announcements)

a. Sheets asked if there were any plans for SAC transition.

b. An announcement was made by Sheets regarding the audio conference for Family Friendly policy. It will be held next Tuesday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. Sheets stated that he will see if someone from FEBC or FAC can go. Sheets also stated that we will need a liaison at A & S Faculty council. It was determined to raise with Senators at next Senate meeting.

c. Pontius stated that he feels that EC is working diligently to help the new President succeed. It was also observed among members that the Senate seems to be moving through various agendas items fairly rapidly, maybe too rapidly, and that maybe things need to slow down a bit. Pontius also stated that he believes that there will be individual faculty evaluations by spring 2009.

 d. Sheets stated that the next informal meeting with the President will be on November 21 at 3:00 p.m. on the 9th floor of HMSU.

VI. Committee Reports

AAC - none

AEC - will meet tomorrow and discuss 4 proposals

CAAC- Geography, Geology & Anthropology - proposal for addition of GEOL 110. Discussion of Banner implications.

FAC - primary charge CEP in reference to the way faculty are treated. Jamie Houston visit.

FEBC - will meet tomorrow – probably discuss health insurance.

GC - none

SAC - none

URC - discussion of brochure and the funding of 6 proposals

Meeting adjourned 5:04 p.m.

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