MINUTES UAF FACULTY SENATE MEETING #100 MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2001 WOOD CENTER BALLROOM
I The meeting was called to order by President Duffy at 1:35 p.m. A. ROLL CALL MEMBERS PRESENT: MEMBERS ABSENT: Bandopadhyay, S. Amason, A. Box, M. Kramer, D. Bristow, W. Lincoln, T. Bruder, J. Lindahl, M. Butcher, B. Mortensen, B. Curda, L. McLean-Nelson, D. Davis, M. Murray, M. Duffy, L. Rybkin, A. Gardner, J. Shepherd, J. Garza, D. Zilberkant, E. Hartman, C. Illingworth, R. OTHERS PRESENT: Lin, C. Chukwu, G. Lindahl, M. Ducharme, J. Mammoon, T. Gold, C. Mason, J. Gregory, G. McBeath, J. Hacker, R. McRoy, P. Layral, S. Robinson, T. Lind, M. Rosenberg, J. Martin, W. Roth, M. Morrison, J. Swazo, N. Myers, N. Weber, J. Reichardt, P. Wiens, J. Trabant, T. Uzzell, S. Wilson, D. NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT: Culbertson, S.-President, UAFSC Banks, S. - President, ASUAF Collins, J. - Dean, SOM Graduate Student, GSO Leipzig, J. - Dean, CLA Tremarello, A - University Registrar B. The minutes to Meeting #99 (February 5, 2001) were approved as distributed via e-mail. C. The agenda was approved as distributed via e-mail with minor modification of order. II Status of Chancellor's Office Actions A. Motions Approved: 1. Motion to amend Section 3 (Article V: Committees, Standing, Permanent) of the Bylaws by deleting E. 9. 2. Motion to amend the Foreign Language Advanced Placement Credit policy. 3. Motion to recommend UAF Administrators be reviewed on a four year cycle according to Guidelines. B. Motions Pending: 4. Motion to approve the Certificate and A.A.S. degree program in Dental Assistant. 5. Motion to approve the Certificate and A.A.S. degree program in Tribal Management. III A. Comments from Chancellor, Marshall Lind - Chancellor Lind indicated that we still have a long way to go with the legislature in terms of funding. UA is still making the case for the $16.9 million. You have to look carefully at the numbers that they use. A lot has to do with what is the base that we really start at--is it the base that we expect it to be or is it $5 million lower. Chancellor Lind encouraged faculty to do what they can as they have the opportunity to let the legislature know the important of the budget request. The Board of Regents will be meeting this week in Juneau and a lot of people will be meeting with legislators. We need to keep that figure ($16.9 million) in front of them and point to all the things we have been able to do as a result of what we have gotten and those things we need this year. All of the initiatives that people worked hard on--those are the things we are trying to get with the funds. We have some good initiatives and we need the money to do them. It is nice to see how the various pieces are fitting together with the work done on the initiative at the state level, how those are working in conjunction with the initiative that are going forward with at the federal level, as well as some of the ideas that are being proposed by President Hamilton. President Hamilton will be making proposals to the BOR this week regarding the use of the BP funds. These compliment one another and are tied to the academic development plan. It good to see that we have a plan in place and some of these funding directions are going down the same path. Last year we had a successful private fund raising effort. It was $9.2 million dollars and did not include money from the Rasmuson foundation. We will continue to work hard on that front to get as much private money as we can. It is a challenge because there are not that many opportunities in the state. We will keep looking for new sources. We have to be very active outside the state as well. This year with the Rasmuson money it includes $5+ million for the library, $5+ million for the museum, and $4+ million for fisheries. We are very fortunate and very appreciative of the support from the Rasmuson family. Chancellor Lind shared an overhead regarding facilities. It provided an update on where we are with regards to facilities on campus. They have been under pressure to use the money the legislature has given them and now they have a plan in place to spend the funds. John Bruder asked about the Bristol Bay Campus. Chancellor Lind indicated that the legislature has not yet dealt with any portion of the capital budget. Godwin Chukwu asked about the BP funds. Chancellor Lind indicated that the money was in the University Foundation. President Hamilton will be speaking to the Board of Regents this week to get some conceptual approval as to the broad categories the money will be used. Then he will go to the Board of Trustee for their concurrence. B. Comments from Provost, Paul Reichardt - Provost Reichardt announced that Dan Johnson, Provost at UAA has taken a job as President at the University of Toledo. The motions pending include the Certificate & AAS in Dental Assistant. At his request Ralph Gabrielli has been asked to add some detail in regards to budget and projections for the number of student in the program and the number of graduates. New programs in the health sciences are under intense scrutiny by statewide and the Board of Regents. The Certificate & AAS in Tribal Management has been returned to CRA and Interior-Aleutians to provide additional development in the write-up to distinguish between the two programs. The only difference in the two packets was the list of courses. It was not clear to him what guidance will be given to students as to which one to choose and what each of the two were intended to accomplish. Provost Reichardt wished to talk about the approach SAC and statewide administration are taking to coordination of distance delivered courses and programs. A about a year ago SAC produced the White Paper on Distance Delivery in which they outlined a number of challenges and opportunities and the responses to those. Recently they have revisited the White Paper. An update is being circulated. In the process of looking at things it became apparent that we need to formulize the way we make decision about collaborative and cooperative programs that are distance delivered. There are three general areas. One area is curriculum--what is needed in terms of courses and programs. Clearly curricular issues are the purview of the faculty. The second area has to do with the implementation. Once we decide we want to deliver something in a collaborative way, how do we go about doing it, how do we insure we have the right support. The final issue is how do we determine the policies under which we will operate. The proposal in detail is that the Faculty Senates would have the responsibility to approve curriculum and degree programs and the condition under which we will distance deliver. The faculty sign off on decisions and then the administration ratifies the Senate motions. If, however, we want to do something in collaboration with other MAUs (i.e., BA in Education) and all three programs require two science courses, it doesn't make sense to offer six science courses by distance. They might decide to assign one MAU the responsibility to create and deliver three courses. How do we go about reaching those decisions and making sure the courses meet the requirement? The only thing SAC and the UA system can do is give or withhold assistance in publicity about what is offered. Decisions would be made by a six member inter-MAU curriculum planning team which would be advisory to SAC. Each faculty senate will appoint one member and each provost will appoint one member. SAC would then have responsibility for policy implementation and strategic planning. Once we decide what we will do then the Distance Education coordinating council will decide how we will do it. There will be a number of campus representative on that council. SAC will be meeting this week to discuss the draft and then will be meeting on March 23 with the Faculty Alliance. Ron Illingworth stated that this draft did not include collaboration with the unions particularly in regard to workload and intellectual property rights. Those are elements that have significant relationship to what courses get offered. Provost Reichardt indicated that in an earlier draft had the labor management committees in the faculty box. However, they are not faculty--they are labor management committees. The unions are not part of the curriculum process or policy development and implementation process at the university. They are not part of the delivery process of the university. The unions and the CBA present some boundaries to what we can and cannot do. John Bruder asked about the role of CDE and cross-regional offerings. Reichardt indicated that they would be part of the coordinating council and may be taped for some systemwide responsibilities in terms of implementation. Peter McRoy asked about curriculum oversight. Provost Reichardt indicated that the curriculum planning team would advise SAC on curriculum issues that are not MAU specific. This process and group will only deal with those things they have agreed to do collaboratively. This structure would replace UALC. C. Comments from Debbie Wilson, UAF Dining Services - Debbie Wilson is with UAF Dining Services which was formulated over a year ago. They are responsible for the dining facilities on campus. The most obvious renovations on campus have been to Wood Center. In addition, the West Ridge Cafe just completed their renovation. They have an expanded menu. Other facilities include The Campus Cache and the Pub. They have spend roughly $550,000 on the campus since July of last year to upgrade facilities. Some of the services provided include: Presto lunch service, cold weather lunch delivery service, catering, gift certificate, birthday cakes, and gift baskets. Debbie Wilson provided a gift basket which was won by Ron Gatterdam. Food Service Advisory board was created to oversee dining services. It is composed of faculty, staff and students. The most recent charge of the committee is the renovation of Wood Center and the Lola Tilly Commons. If you are interested in serving on the committee please contact Debbie Wilson. IV Governance Reports A. ASUAF - S. Banks No report was available B. Staff Council - S. Culbertson Scott Culbertson gave a report of what the Staff Council has been involved in. The University is working on a new classification system. To get everything started they have been giving presentations at the various campus. Staff Council put together an informational forum on the union process. They invited the various unions interested in the university, as well as university human resources representatives to discuss how it will all work. Staff Council is selling raffle tickets to support the Carolyn Sampson Scholarship fund. C. President's Comments - L. Duffy Larry Duffy provided the following comments as a handout. Commencement for the Fairbanks campus and TVC will be held on Sunday, May 13 this year at the Carlson Center. Rural community campus will be hold their commencements locally. In thinking about graduation over the last few years, I remember the hard work of former Senate President Ron Gatterdam and members of the Faculty Affairs Committee - fighting for the principle that its the right of UAF faculty to award students their degrees. Every year about April, the Senate reviews the degree candidate list and a motion is passed. However, "right" never came without "duties" and responsibilities. It seems to me if faculty have the right to award degrees, they have at least two duties. The first duty is to grade in a fair, honest and non- discriminatory way. The second duty is to attend graduation to honor the students who have worked hard and hopefully developed into fellow travelers in the search for knowledge. Graduation lets us step back from our daily tasks and see, as these young people go forward, that we are helping in making the world a little better place. Please encourage your colleagues to attend graduation! There is plenty of room - let's start a UAF tradition of all faculty - tripartite, bipartite, full-time, part-time, research, term, whatever - attending and celebrating the success of UAF students at graduation. Also, in regard to student success, the quality of programs, light cycle, cultural environment and many other factors make success difficult for some UAF students. To help these students, Dr. Wanda Martin is developing an Early Warning-Alert program. This is going to require faculty working closely with these students. Unlike what some critics feel, I think our faculty does an OK job in the area of advising. At a research university like UAF, balancing competing demands is difficult. As you will see in Standard 4 we do just as well as other research universities. However, remember advising is a "duty" that we must improve upon if we expect our "rights" to be respected by the citizens of Alaska. Other comments by Larry Duffy included a reminder that Senate elections are taking place. He encouraged participation by faculty. V New Business A. Motion to approve a new integrated B.S./M.S. degree program in Computer Science, submitted by Curricular Affairs & Graduate Academic & Advisory Committee Ron Illingworth, chair of Curricular Affairs introduced the motion. This is an accelerated program which allows students to obtain a BS and MS in five years. Jim Gardner indicated that the Graduate Academic & Advisory Committee also reviewed the program proposal. The switch from the bachelor to master's degree level should occur during the junior or senior year. The motion passed unanimously. MOTION PASSED ============ The UAF Faculty Senate moves to approve a new integrated B.S./M.S. degree program in Computer Science. EFFECTIVE: Fall 2001 Upon Board of Regents' Approval RATIONALE: See full program proposal #66 on file in the Governance Office, 312 Signers' Hall. *************** Executive Summary B.S./M.S., Computer Science The Department of Mathematical Sciences proposes a NEW integrated Computer Science BS/MS degree program for qualified undergraduate students to complete BS and MS degrees in a shorter time than traditional BS plus MS degrees. The combined accelerated degree for Computer Science undergraduate students is designed for students to complete both a Bachelor in Science and a Master in Science in five years. The basic rationales for the program are: 1. Better use of University resources 2. Leverage existing strong BS programs to increase graduate enrollment. 3. A national trend in a highly demanding field 4. An attractive option for qualified undergraduate students Students, university, and industry are three most important components for the technology advancement. Since this is an integrated program for excellent students through planning and commitments, it is a win-win-win (WWW) program. Students can finish both degrees in shorter time without sacrificing educational quality in the discipline. The university can retain excellent undergraduate students in the graduate program and increase the enrollment and throughput. Computer science graduates have accepted positions with Microsoft, IBM, SUN, DEC, ARCO, BP as well as government agencies (state and federal), research institutes and centers. They are main stream workforces for the information era. *************** B. Motion to amend the Constitution dealing with research faculty membership on Senate, submitted by Faculty Affairs Peter McRoy, chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee introduced the motion. This was brought back from the motion introduced last year. The changes are in respect to the length of time research faculty are on contract. Currently research faculty are counted for faculty representation on the Senate but are unable to serve on the Senate. The motion will be voted on at the next senate meeting. *******FIRST READING****** MOTION ====== The UAF Faculty Senate moves to amend Article III, Section 2 of the UAF Faculty Senate Constitution as follows: [[ ]] = Deletions CAPS = Additions ARTICLE III - Membership Sect. 2 Voting members of the Senate must EITHER hold academic rank [[and must be]] WITH full-time CONTINUING APPOINTMENT AT [[permanent employees of]] the University of Alaska FAIRBANKS OR HOLD SPECIAL ACADEMIC RANK WITH TITLE PRECEDED BY 'RESEARCH' OR 'TERM'. EFFECTIVE: Upon Chancellor approval RATIONALE: The number of research faculty on campus has increased in recent years. Members of this faculty group seek participation in faculty governance as well as representation on the Faculty Senate. This change accommodates this group of faculty. *************** C. Motion to add Senate agenda item on budget presentation, submitted by Faculty Affairs Peter McRoy stated that this is a broad responsibility of Faculty Affairs Committee and it was felt that the Senate should be involved in the budget process. Larry Duffy indicated that the Chancellor and Provost had no objection. The motion passed unanimously. MOTION PASSED ============ The UAF Faculty Senate moves that the Senate agenda will include a standing agenda item on the university budget and it associated priorities, to be presented by the Chancellor and/or designated representative. EFFECTIVE: Immediately RATIONALE: Review of the university budget is one of the charges of the Faculty Affairs Committee. *************** D. Nomination for President-Elect Larry Duffy opened nominations for President-Elect. A nomination has been received for Godwin Chukwu. Nominations will remain open until the next Senate meeting at which time the election will take place. VI Discussion Item A. Accreditation - Dana Thomas & Ron Gatterdam See: http://www.uaf.edu/provost/accreditation/draft/ 1. Standard 1 - Institutional Mission and Goals 2. Standard 6 - Governance and Administration 3. Standard 9 - Institutional Integrity Larry Duffy indicated that today's discussion would center on the above standards. Standard 2 - Educational Effectiveness and Standard 4 - Faculty will be discussed at the next Senate meeting on April 2nd. Ron Gatterdam indicated that the standards are up on the web. There is the capability to send email back to them with comments. They would like to have comments from a broad perspective. What is up on the web is a rough draft and is not complete--it is a first public draft. It is the intent of the administration to use the document for future planning as well as accreditation. Discussion on Standard 1, 6, and 9 continued and additional comments can be submitted on the web site (see address above). Ron Gatterdam asked for comments on the disconnect between the Fairbanks campus and the rural campuses. Ron Gatterdam indicated there is a disconnect between the institutes, the main campus, and the rural campuses as well. Dana Thomas indicated that discussion on Standard 6 did not go below the college/school level. VII Public Comments/Questions Joy Morrison, Office of Faculty Development, asked for ideas for faculty development. Bob Lucas will be here for two workshops on March 20-21 sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Programs. The Faculty Development web page is under the Provost's web page. All the training sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development is on the web. Joy Morrison also asked for assistance for the Faculty Handbook. They are looking at training for UAF faculty on the topic of distance education. Tonya Trabant and Susan Uzzell from Career Services spoke about the upcoming Career Expo on March 7 and 8th. The National Student Employment is the week of April 2-6. It will include a student job fair and the exceptional student employee award. VIII Committee Reports A. Curricular Affairs - R. Illingworth A report was attached to the agenda. Ron Illingworth expressed his concern over the program proposals that were returned directly to CRA without notification to the committees which approved them. B. Faculty Affairs - P. McRoy A report was attached to the agenda. C. Graduate Academic & Advisory Committee - J. Gardner A report was attached to the agenda. D. Core Review - J. Brown No report was available E. Curriculum Review - S. Bandopadhyay No report was available F. Developmental Studies - J. Weber A report was attached to the agenda. The Committee met with Chancellor Lind and Provost Reichardt on Thursday and President Hamilton today about the UA Scholars Program and developmental studies in general. President Hamilton assigned two tasks for the committee to look at. A general discussion of the underprepared student and the role of the university took place. G. Faculty Appeals & Oversight - G. Chukwu No report was available. H. Faculty Development, Assessment & Improvement - T. Robinson A report was attached to the agenda. IX Members' Comments/Questions - none X Adjournment The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m. Tapes of this Faculty Senate meeting are in the Governance Office, 312 Signers' Hall if anyone wishes to listen to the complete tapes. Submitted by Sheri Layral, Faculty Senate Secretary.