The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #67 on 
November 11, 1996:


MOTION PASSED
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The UAF Faculty Senate moves to continue the tabling of the 
Withdrawal/ No Basis grade issue until the December 9, 1996 
face-to-face meeting.


	EFFECTIVE: 	Immediately


	RATIONALE:  	The Curricular Affairs (CA) and the 
		Developmental Studies (DS) Committees have a 
		sub-committee tasked with developing a compromise 
		motion.  This  sub-committee is meeting by 
		audioconference and will report back to CA and DS from 
		which a motion will be sent to the Faculty Senate.  

		The December 9, 1996, Senate meeting is face-to-face 
		allowing for full participation of all Senators.


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The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #67 on 
November 11, 1996:


MOTION PASSED (22 aye, 6 nays)
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The UAF Faculty Senate moves to approve the Core Review 
Committeeıs recommendation on when basic Core skills courses 
shall be accomplished.

	Beginning Fall 1997 all students are required successfully to 
	accomplish English 111X prior to enrollment in written 
	intensive (³W²) courses and Communication 131X (or 141X) 
	prior to enrollment in oral intensive (³O²) courses.  Exceptions 
	are allowable on the basis of permission of instructor.


	EFFECTIVE: 	Fall 1997


	RATIONALE: 	Having spent a week with Jim Ratcliff 
		discussing the University's mandate for Effectiveness 
		Evaluation, we have identified an obvious flaw in the way 
		the University has enacted the CORE curriculum.  For 
		whatever historical reasons the current lack of an 
		imposed time frame for accomplishing CORE skills has 
		come about, if the University is serious about current 
		efforts to do a curriculum-enhancing assessment and to 
		improve the retention of a greater percentage of 
		incoming students, it is time to change the expectation 
		of when basic CORE skills courses shall be accomplished.

		As the requirements stand, no student is required to 
		complete basic skills courses at any specific point 
		before graduation.  This situation is antithetical to any 
		sense of what those courses are intended to accomplish.  
		If, as stated, we intend to give our students the tools 
		with which to be competitive, both in classes at the 
		University and life experience beyond, the most primary 
		skills of writing, speaking, and working with diverse 
		groups must be a part of the educational experience as 
		close to the student's entry into the educational process 
		as we can accommodate.  How can we expect to 
		encourage content education of students who are 
		preoccupied with a lack of or deficit in basic student 
		skills?  And how can students participate in experiences 
		that encourage retention if a lack of basic skills robs 
		them of the satisfaction that learning successes 
		engenders?  It is the position of the Core Review 
		Committee that English IIIX and Communication 131X (or 
		141X) should be accomplished, as a requirement, in the 
		student's first year of classes.  In recognizing that such 
		a shift in requirements, while it is in line with practices 
		at many other state universities, might be a hardship to 
		this University, we believe that we must require basic 
		skills courses to be completed before the end of the 
		sophomore year.  Both Communication and English serve 
		over 100% of demand by the end of enrollment.  Given the 
		anecdotal experience of teaching faculty in regard to the 
		current policy vacuum, we submit this motion.


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The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #67 on 
November 11, 1996:


MOTION PASSED (unanimous)
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The UAF Faculty Senate moves to eliminate the requirement for an 
advisor's signature on a registration form for all continuing 
graduate students

Furthermore, it will become policy of the University of Alaska 
Fairbanks starting in Fiscal Year 1998 that all graduate research 
assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowship and tuition 
scholarship stipend letters contain the following language: 

	tuition paid as part of graduate assistantships, fellowships, 
	or tuition scholarships covers only courses approved by the 
	student's Advisory Committee. 

	EFFECTIVE: 	July 1, 1997

	RATIONALE: 	The signature requirement was originally 
		instituted to ensure that 1) graduate students get 
		advising and work closely with their advisor and 
		committee in course selection; and 2) the university 
		and/or grants which pay tuition are not paying for 
		courses that are not reasonably related to the progress 
		of the student.  However, it was the consensus of the 
		Graduate Curricular Affairs Committee that the 
		requirement to obtain an advisor's signatures for 
		registration did not meet either of these goals, and could 
		be construed as paternalistic towards graduate students. 
		However, removal of the signature requirement leaves 
		concern about oversight of the classes being taken by 
		those graduate students receiving research or teaching 
		assistantships, fellowships or tuition scholarships.

		After further discussion of the role of faculty advisors 
		and the necessity for advisors to play a pro-active role 
		in reaching out to students to track class enrollment, 
		progress and performance, and discussion on the 
		necessity for the University to be clear about what 
		courses a student can take when the UAF or a research 
		grant is paying for tuition,  the motion above was 
		unanimously approved by members of GCAC.


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The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #67 on 
November 11, 1996:


MOTION PASSED (unanimous)
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The UAF Faculty Senate moves to amend Section 3 (ARTICLE V: 
Committees) E., PERMANENT, 8. of the Bylaws as follows:

((   )) =  deletion
CAPS = addition

8.	The Faculty Appeals and Oversight Committee shall be 
composed of two tenured faculty members, elected from each 
college/school and confirmed by the Faculty Senate, who shall serve 
for a two year term. Members' terms will be staggered to provide 
continuity. ((This committee will function as an appeal body for 
issues of faculty prerogative, oversee evaluation of academic 
administrators, and make recommendations to the Provost or 
Chancellor.))

A promotion/tenure appeals subcommittee composed of five tenured 
faculty will hear all promotion and/or tenure reconsideration 
requests and report its findings to the Chancellor according to 
University of Alaska Fairbanks Regulations, Section IV,B,4. THE 
SUBCOMMITTEE WILL BE SELECTED BY THE CHAIR OF THE FACULTY 
APPEALS AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND WILL NOT INCLUDE 
FACULTY FROM THE UNITS IN WHICH THE REQUESTS FOR 
RECONSIDERATION ORIGINATED.  NO TWO FACULTY FROM THE SAME 
UNIT, AS CURRENTLY ELECTED TO THE COMMITTEE, WILL BE SELECTED 
FOR THE SUBCOMMITTEE.

Committee members shall constitute a hearing panel pool to serve 
as needed on grievance hearing panels, AS SPECIFIED IN REGENTS' 
POLICY 04.08.08.VI.A.

Committee members shall oversee the process of evaluation of 
academic administrators. 

A NON-RETENTION APPEALS SUBCOMMITTEE COMPOSED OF FIVE 
TENURED FACULTY WILL HEAR ALL NON-RETENTION RECONSIDERATION 
REQUESTS AND REPORT ITS FINDINGS TO THE CHANCELLOR.  THIS 
SUBCOMMITTEE WILL CONDUCT BUSINESS IN THE SAME FASHION AS 
THE PROMOTION/TENURE APPEALS SUBCOMMITTEE, I.E., WILL REVIEW 
THE AVAILABLE DOCUMENTS AND MAKE A DETERMINATION ON 
WHETHER OR NOT APPROPRIATE POLICY AND DUE PROCESS WAS 
FOLLOWED.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS SHALL REVIEW ISSUES DEALING WITH FACULTY 
PREROGATIVE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POLICY CHANGES TO 
THE FACULTY SENATE.

	EFFECTIVE: 	Immediately

	RATIONALE:  	This motion clarifies the charge of the 
		committee as currently stated in the Bylaws. It also 
		adds a non-retention appeals subcommittee to hear 
		non-retention reconsideration requests.  This will 
		provide an avenue for appeals by non-retained faculty 
		similar to that provided by the promotion/tenure appeals 
		subcommittee for faculty who are denied tenure or 
		promotion.


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The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #67 on 
November 11, 1996:


RESOLUTION PASSED (17 ayes, 12 nays)
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WHEREAS, current UA Board of Regents policy calls for faculty 
	returning from a sabbatical leave to submit a written report; 
	and 

WHEREAS, the Faculty Development, Improvement, and Assessment 
	Committee of the UAF Faculty Senate recommends that an oral 
	report to the faculty of the university, one in the series of 
	Faculty Seminars sponsored jointly by the Faculty Senate, 
	Provostıs Office, and the Academic Unit in which the faculty 
	member holds their appointment, be a new requirement of the 
	returning sabbatical leave faculty member; and 

WHEREAS, this fosters intellectual exchange within UAF academic 
	community, reinforces the legitimacy of sabbatical leaves to 
	reinvigorate faculty, and provides opportunities to share UAF's 
	research and scholarly traditions and experiences with the 
	broader constituencies of UAF and the community statewide; 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the UAF Faculty Senate 
	recommends the development of a Faculty Seminar Series.  
	The purpose of the seminar is to enable faculty returning from 
	sabbatical leave to share their experiences with the University
	community and the public at large.  The Senate anticipates that 
	faculty will be required to participate. 


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The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #67 on 
November 11, 1996:


MOTION PASSED (unanimous)
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The UAF Faculty Senate moves to amend Section 3 (Article V:  
Committees) A., of the Bylaws as follows:

((   ))	=	deletion
CAPS	= 	addition

A.	An Administrative Committee will be composed of the 
chairpersons of all standing and permanent Senate committees, AND 
THE PROVOST OF THE UNIVERSITY SHALL BE AN EX OFFICIO, NON-
VOTING MEMBER.  SPECIFIC DUTIES OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE 
COMMITTEE IN ITS OBLIGATION TO FULLY PREPARE THE AGENDA AND 
MATERIALS FOR EFFICIENT OPERATION OF THE SENATE ARE:

	1.  	RECEIVE REPORTS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, 
	THE PROVOST, AND, AS DEEMED TIMELY, OTHER INDIVIDUALS, ON 
	ISSUES OF CURRENT AND FUTURE IMPORTANCE TO THE SENATE;

	2.  	ACCEPT AND REVIEW THE MOTIONS OF STANDING AND 
	PERMANENT COMMITTEES, AND FROM MEMBERS OF THE 
	ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE;

	3.  	MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE MOTIONS ARE READY FOR 
	SENATE ACTION TO THE MAXIMUM DEGREE POSSIBLE, AND IF 
	NOT, REFER THEM BACK FOR FURTHER WORK AND/OR DIRECT 
	THEM TO OTHER RELEVANT COMMITTEES THAT MAY NOT HAVE 
	CONSIDERED THE MOTIONS;

	4.  	MOVE THE MOTIONS TO THE SENATE'S AGENDA;

	5.  	REVIEW AND APPROVE OTHER ITEMS OF THE SENATE'S 
	AGENDA, AS DEEMED NECESSARY;

	6. 	REVIEW REPORTS OF ALL COMMITTEE WORK IN PROGRESS; 
	AND

	7.  	DISCUSS OTHER ISSUES, THAT MAY OR SHOULD LEAD TO 
	LATER COMMITTEE AND SENATE ACTIONS.

IN ADDITION,

	8. 	WITHIN THE SCOPE OF AUTHORITY GRANTED BY THE 
	SENATE AT THE LAST MEETING OF THE SPRING SEMESTER, THE 
	ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE WILL REPRESENT THE SENATE 
	FROM THE CLOSE OF THE LAST SENATE MEETING IN THE SPRING 
	UNTIL THE OPENING OF THE FIRST SENATE MEETING OF THE FALL 
	SEMESTER; AND

	9.	AT THE FIRST MEETING IN THE FALL SEMESTER MAKE A 
	REPORT OF ALL ACTIONS CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME OF THE 
	SENATE SINCE THE LAST MEETING IN THE SPRING SEMESTER.


	EFFECTIVE: 	Immediately

	RATIONALE: 	The duties and obligations of the 
		Administrative Committee are not clearly defined in 
		the Constitution and Bylaws, and can vary from year to 
		year based on the experiences and desires of individuals 
		chairing the committee.


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The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #67 on 
November 11, 1996:


MOTION PASSED (unanimous)
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The UAF Faculty Senate moves to appoint an ad hoc committee to 
study the relationship and/or structures of faculty governance at 
universities in which the faculty are unionized, and to report back to 
the Senate in a timely manner.  Members will be:

	Rich Seifert, Chair, Faculty Development, Assessment & 
		Improvement Committee
	Diane Bischak, Chair, Faculty Appeals & Oversight Committee
	Norm Swazo, Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee

	EFFECTIVE: 	Immediately

	RATIONALE: 	Significant interest has been expressed for 
		a senate study of these issues, and one committee has 
		already formed a subcommittee.  A coordinated effort is 
		required.  Greater understanding of these relationships 
		can aid the Senate in its preparations for the new 
		environment.  Three individual committee chairs have 
		agreed to serve on such a committee.  



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The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #67 on 
November 11, 1996:


MOTION PASSED (unanimous)
==============

The UAF Faculty Senate moves to confirm that any and all UAF 
courses were included in the course compression and course 
approval motion passed by the Faculty Senate's #59 meeting dated 
November 13, 1995.

	EFFECTIVE: 	Immediately

	RATIONALE:  	In the Curricular Affairs meeting dated 
		October 11, 1996 this issue was discussed and it was 
		moved in committee to confirm that the 500 level 
		courses were included in the November 13, 1995 motion.  
		The November 13, 1995 motion originally came from the 
		Curricular Affairs Committee.


Motion in question:

	Any course compressed to less than six weeks must be 
	approved by the college or school's curriculum council.  
	Furthermore, any core course compressed to less than 6 weeks 
	must be approved by the Core Review Committee.  

	Any new course proposal must indicate those course 
	compression formats in which the course will be taught.  Only 
	those formats approved will be allowed for scheduling.