MINUTES
UAF FACULTY SENATE MEETING #87
MONDAY, APRIL 5, 1999
WOOD CENTER BALLROOM


I	The meeting was called to order by President Schatz at 1:30 p.m.

	A.	ROLL CALL 
	
	MEMBERS PRESENT:		MEMBERS ABSENT:
	Bandopadhyay, S. 		Bader, H.
	Barnhardt, C. 			Deal, S.
	Basham, C.  		 	McLean-Nelson, D.
	Bruder, J. 			Norcross, B.
	Conti, E. (L. Duffy)		Olson, J.
	Corti, L.			Porter, D.
	Curda, L. 			White, D.
	Dinstel, R.  			
	Fitts, A.				
	Gatterdam, R.			
	Grigg, S. 			OTHERS PRESENT:
	Illingworth, R. 		Caldwell, P. 
	Johnson, T.. 			Gregory, G.
	Lando, C. 			Kan, J.
	Luick, B.			Kelley, J.
	Manfredi, R.			Layral, S.
	McBeath, G. 			Lind, M.
	Mortensen, B.			Reichardt, P.
	Musgrave, D.			Thomas, D. 
	Nance, K.     			
	Perkins, M.  			
	Reynolds, J.
	Sankaran, H.
	Schatz, M.
	Sonwalkar, V.
	Weber, J.
	Whalen, M.
	Yarie, J.
	Zilberkant, E.


	NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT:	NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT:
	Richardson, J.-President, ASUAF 	Fletcher, H. - GSO
	Leipzig, J. - Dean, CLA  		Alexander, V. - Dean, SFOS
	Tremarello, A - Registrar		Frey, B. - President, UAFSC	

	B.	The minutes to Meeting #86 (March 8, 1999) were 
approved as distributed via e-mail.  

	C.	The agenda was approved as distributed via e-mail.


II	Status of Chancellor's Office Actions
	A.	Motions approved: 
		1.	Motion to amend Section 3, (ARTICLE V:  
			Committees), E., PERMANENT, 8. of 
			the Bylaws 
		2.	Motion on graduate transfer credits 
	B.	Motions Pending:  
		1.	Motion prohibiting faculty from 
			receiving a graduate degree from UAF.


III	A.	Comments from Chancellor Joan Wadlow - 

Chancellor Wadlow was ill and not available for a report.


	B.	Comments from Provost Paul Reichardt -

Provost Reichardt indicated that the semi-annual deans/directors/ 
governance planning meeting held last week was very good.  
Participants continued to identifying current and future priorities 
for the institution.  There was broad based support for 
reinvigorating and broadening support for the teacher preparation 
program.  In addition, there was affirmation of the fact that UAF is 
the research unit of the system and we need to pay attention to 
state needs.  

Reichardt announced plans to do a post-mortem of the university 
promotion/tenure and evaluation procedures.  He will solicit 
comments after completion of the review cycle in May.  Reichardt 
will work with Ron and Madeline to put together a group for a 
thorough review.  After reviewing 96 files in a month he got a 
glimpse of what the faculty do.  The review has given him a view of 
the collective efforts and accomplishments of the faculty.  

Jerry McBeath asked about the UA budget.  President Hamilton will 
only talk about the need for $16.3 million.  There is currently a 
signature drive that we should all get involved in and get outside 
support for.  McBeath also asked about the effort of the Board of 
Regents going early to Juneau to lobby.  The University needs to 
address state needs.  However, there is only an informal system by 
which the University learns of state needs.  We need a better way of 
identifying these needs.  AQSI is one area.   Another way is to look at 
the employment needs in the state.  We need to look at areas and 
opportunity in each field.  Also health care is a rising field of 
employment that can be looked at.

Larry Duffy asked about the status of giving the GRE exams at UAF.  
Ann Tremarello indicated that they have been working with ETS to 
provide testing.  Joe Kan said that Patty White indicated there may 
be a possibility for testing but it will cost UAF a one time fee of 
$20-30,000.  Kan has approved that expenditure.  Maynard Perkins 
indicated that Nome offers approximately 5-8 GRE exams a year and 
would like to continue.  John Bruder from Dillingham indicated they 
also have students who take the GRE through that campus.  


	C.	Comments from Chancellor Marshall Lind - 

Chancellor Lind indicated that it was a pleasure to be at the Senate 
meeting.  He knows a number of the faculty and looks forward to the 
opportunity to meet others.  He has lived in Juneau for 28 years and 
in Alaska since 1961.  He has been Chancellor at UAS for the last 12 
years.  He has had the opportunity to see a number of changes in the 
state and Lind is excited to be involved in Alaskan issues.  UAF is an 
institute he has admired for a long time.  There is a lot of talent.  It 
has a first rate faculty, staff, and facilities.  UAF is an important 
institution in terms of the state.  Lind believes that change is good, 
it is stimulating, and this move is a great opportunity.  He has sat 
through many Board of Regents meetings and sees a change in what 
is happening.  There is a much more positive discussion about the 
University, at least with the Board of Regents.  He is also watching 
community support grow for the University grow as Hamilton visits 
different communities.  

Chancellor Lind looks forward to working with UAF.  He appreciates 
the chance to informally meet with people so that they get a better 
feel for who he is and for him to have the opportunity to know 
faculty.  He knows there is a great deal of sensitivity regarding the 
fact that the Chancellor was appointed and many felt they did not 
have the opportunity for input.  Lind will do what he can early on to 
let UAF know that he recognizes that and will work with us and 
together be a part of a team that will move this university forward.  
Lind has great deal of respect for Chancellor Wadlow.  She has done 
an excellent job.  She has laid the groundwork for many things.  What 
he can bring to the position is years of experience and knowledge of 
what has gone on around the state.  He wants to be a part of the team 
as the three universities work together to move the entire system 
forward.  UAF need to do everything it can to get enrollment up.  As a 
system there is a need to get more Alaska students to stay in the 
state.  A lot of people in the state are watching to see how 
responsive UA is as an institution to meet the state needs.  People 
believe in what the University is doing.  Many people in the state 
have some contact with the University.  However, they are asking us 
to be responsive to the various needs that exist in Alaska.  There are 
a number of people who still feel there are no community colleges in 
the state.  The University is still fulfilling that need, but it is under 
a different structure.  Lind believes that we have the ability to 
respond to these needs.  Chancellor Lind indicated that he will spend 
a lot of time listening to people and hopefully in the fall will speak 
more specifically about what his plans will be.  

Jerry McBeath asked Lind to share his interest areas both domestic 
and international.  Lind indicated that his background is in public 
education.  It will be high on his list of priorities.  He is also 
interested in the activities of the rural campuses.  His first years in 
Alaska were spent in the Lower Yukon and Kuskokwim area and he is 
very interested in rural campuses.  Other areas include how we 
respond in the areas of vocational/technical education--the 
Certificate and AAS degree programs.  The programs that have been 
successful in Southeast are also an important part of UAF.  These 
include marine biology and environmental science.  We need to 
utilize our laboratories.  UAF has excellent programs in math and 
science.  Another interest that will receive attention because it is 
important to the state and the university is fisheries.  Accreditation 
for the School of Fisheries and Ocean Science is coming up in 2001.  
There is a need for more facilities.  On an international basis, UA 
has a joint MPA program with the Yukon Territory and UAF also has 
other joint ventures.  Another area of interest is Taiwan.  


IV	Governance Reports

	A.	ASUAF - J. Richardson

The big issue ASUAF is addressing is the chronic funding shortfall to 
KSUA of $20,000 a year.  There will be a referendum.  

The statewide Coalition of Student Leaders reviewed the draft Board 
of Regents policies on student dispute resolution.  

The Legislature consumes a lot of time.  There will be a number of 
audioconferences at the Legislative Information Office concerning 
the university budget.  Students at the three main campuses are 
planning a statewide student rally in support of UA's $16.3 million 
funding.


	B.	Staff Council - B. Frey

The following report was distributed as a handout

Staff Council Report for Meeting #107, April 2, 1999

Staff Training Committee:  There are two Supervisory Training 
sessions to be held in April:  April 8 at 10:00am in Wood Center 
Conference Room C will be "How to Keep Employee Performance 
Issues from Affecting Your Performance".  April 27 at 3:00pm in 
Wood Center Conference Room C will be "Interviewer Strategies: 
Finding the Best-Fit Employee."  The Training Committee is also 
working hard on the Longevity Awards Program which will be held 
early in the afternoon on May 13, followed directly by the Staff 
Picnic.

Rural Affairs Committee:  This committee is working on a joint 
catalog for all rural campuses.  This will avoid overlap of catalogs 
and brochures for each campus.

The Elections, Membership and Rules Committee opened nominations 
for President-elect at the last meeting.  Next year's President-elect 
will be elected at our meeting on May 12.

 The Ad Hoc Picnic Committee is working on putting together the 
Staff Picnic for May 13.  The theme will be "Surfin' into Summer".  
The raffle drawing will not be held at the picnic this year, rather, it 
will be held at the June Staff Council meeting.

President Hamilton will be honoring a staff member from each 
campus this year with a "Make Students Count" award.  This award 
will recognize the extraordinary work of a staff member who really 
does make students count.  Nomination forms and requirements can 
be picked up in the governance office.

Respectfully submitted,
Bev Frey, President, UAF Staff Council


	C.	President's Comments - M. Schatz

Madeline Schatz stated that this has been an incredible year of 
change.  During her tenure as Senate President, UA got a new 
president, four new regents, two new union contracts, and the 
Chancellor has resigned.  The Senate president and president-elect 
do get a course release but due to the needs of the Music department 
she has not been able to take the course reduction.  It has been a 
very interesting year and she has learned more in the past two years 
than at any other time in her teaching career.  She has also received 
a lot of hate email and has learned that the Senate president gets 
blamed for many things.  She has also learned about administrators 
being human beings.  

The recent Senate elections were mostly uncontested.  It saddens 
Schatz to see this.  The Faculty Senate has an opportunity to make a 
difference in the University.  When things have happened over the 
past two years, it is part of the responsibility of the Senate to be 
involved.  Faculty can have influence over what happens at the 
University.  The biggest change she has seen is in the Board of 
Regents.  Their attitude has drastically changed.  It is important to 
stay in touch.  The job with the Senate is important.  


V	Public Comments/Questions - none


VI	New Business

	A.	Motion to amend the petition process (exceptions to 
academic policy), submitted by Curricular Affairs 

Jerry McBeath indicated that Jan Ohmstede, Coordinator for Student 
Disability Services, has looked at the petition process and made the 
following recommendations for language changes to the petition 
policy.  The major department still remains the only one with the 
right to waive requirements.  The motion passed unanimously  

MOTION 
=======

The UAF Faculty Senate moves to amend the petition process 
(exceptions to academic policy) as follows:  

CAPS = 	Additions
[[   ]]  =	Deletions

	1.  	For matters involving the CORE CURRICULUM:  Faculty 
		advisor, head of the department in the curricular area 
		involved, through the Graduation Office to the chair of 
		the Core Review Committee.  An appeal of the chair's 
		decision will be referred to the Provost for resolution.

	2.  	For matters involving the MAJOR OR MINOR DEGREE 
		REQUIREMENTS:  Faculty advisor, department head in the 
		major or minor area, to the Graduation Office.  An appeal 
		of this decision will be referred to the Dean in the major 
		or minor area for resolution.

	3.  	For OTHER matters:  Faculty advisor, dean/director of the 
		college/school of the student's major (who will consult 
		with the appropriate department head(s)) to the 
		Graduation Office.  An appeal of this decision will be 
		referred to the Provost for resolution.  

	4.	FOR PETITIONS SEEKING TO WAIVE OR SUBSTITUTE 
		DEGREE REQUIREMENTS OR OTHER MATTERS ON THE BASIS 
		OF DISABILITY, THE UAF COORDINATOR OF DISABILITY 
		SERVICES WILL BE CONSULTED.

		By the end of September, the Registrar's Office will 
		supply the Curricular Affairs Committee with a brief 
		summary of petition actions taken during the previous 
		academic year.


	EFFECTIVE:  	Immediately
				Upon Chancellor Approval

	RATIONALE:  	The Senate's motion revising and simplifying 
		the petition process did not make provisions for students 
		with disabilities.  Those who have interpreted the ADA 
		and in particular Section 504 recommend that when 
		petitions are sought on the basis of a student's 
		disability, that the disability services office be 
		consulted to determine if the student's documentation 
		supports the request.


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	B.	Motion authorizing the UAF Honors Program to institute 
an Honors Thesis Scholar Option as a part of its offering, submitted 
by Curricular Affairs 

Jerry McBeath introduced the motion and indicated that a motion on 
Departmental Honors had been before the Senate last fall and it was 
referred back to committee for coordination with the Honors 
Program. The committee will continue to look at departmental 
honors.  The Honors Thesis Scholar Option is an alternative that is 
currently being offered to students.  The motion passed unanimously.  


MOTION
=======

The UAF Faculty Senate authorizes the UAF Honors Program to 
institute an Honors Thesis Scholar Option as a part of its offering.  
Applicants for the Honors Thesis Scholar Option must have a 
cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, or a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the 
semester preceding application.  They will present a letter of 
application no later than the end of their junior year, along with two 
letters of recommendation, to the Director of the Honors Program.  
Students accepted to complete the Honors Thesis Scholar Option 
must complete 12 hours of credit in honors courses and must 
complete an Honors Thesis (paper, project, performance, or other 
substantial work agreed upon by the thesis committee) for 3 hours 
of credit in their senior year.  Of the 12 hours of honors courses, a 
total of 9 may come from the honors core offering.  At least 3 of the 
12 hours must be accomplished as contract hours in connection with 
a regular upper-division course in the student's major.  Graduates 
who successfully defend their honors thesis and fulfill course 
requirements will have "Honors Thesis Scholar" printed on their 
diploma and on their official transcript.


	EFFECTIVE:  	Immediately
				Upon Chancellor Approval

	RATIONALE:  	The Honors Program currently offers honors 
		graduate designation to members of the program who 
		successfully complete 27 hours of honors credit in 
		addition to a 3-hour honors thesis and who maintain a 
		3.5 GPA.  In the past, the honors program has best 
		served the needs of students who enter UAF directly out 
		of high school and has attracted an impressive number 
		of National Merit Scholars and recipients of UAF 
		Chancellor's scholarships.  The addition of the Honors 
		Thesis Scholar Option will enable the honors program to 
		better satisfy the needs of nontraditional students, 
		transfer students, and others who show promise later 
		in their academic careers.  The Honors Thesis Scholar 
		Option would be available to all UAF students, whether 
		on the main campus or residing away from Fairbanks.  
		The Honors Thesis Scholar Option also would give UAF 
		departments a way to encourage excellent students who 
		show particular promise as they concentrate on upper-
		division courses in their major.


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	C.	Motion to amend Section 3, (ARTICLE V:  Committees, 
Permanent) of the Bylaws by deleting E. 2., submitted by Service 

Kara Nance indicated that she has been on the Service Committee for 
five years.  During this same time the Provost's Outreach Working 
Group was formed.  This group parallels and duplicates the efforts of 
the Senate committee.  Madeline Schatz indicated that the Provost 
asks for a Senate representative for the Outreach Working Group.  
The motion passed unanimously. 

MOTION
=======

The UAF Faculty Senate moves to amend Section 3 (Article V:  
Committees, Permanent) of the Bylaws by deleting E.2. (The Service 
Committee) and renumbering  the remaining sections as appropriate.


	EFFECTIVE:  	Immediately

	RATIONALE:  	Duplication of the Provost's Outreach Working 
		Group which includes a Senate representative.  This 
		action minimizes duplication and accomplishes the same 
		result.  


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The Senate expressed a desire to have a motion recommending 
continued representation on the Outreach Working Group.  This 
motion passed unanimously.



MOTION
=======

The UAF Faculty Senate moves to recommend that the Provost 
continue to ask the Senate for representation on the Outreach 
Working Group.  

	EFFECTIVE:  	Immediately


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	D.	Motion to recommend list of administrators for 
evaluation, submitted by Faculty Appeals & Oversight 

John Kelley indicated that the Faculty Appeals and Oversight 
Committee was tasked to come up with a list of administrators for 
review.  There are two administrators that were not included 
(Director of the Arctic Region Supercomputer Center and the 
Director of the International Arctic Research Center) and he added 
them to the list for the 2001-2002 review cycle.  Ron Illingworth 
stated that the Director for the Center for Distance Education and 
Independent Learning needs to be added.  The Alaska Cooperative 
Extension Director also needs to be added.  Clif Lando stated that we 
spend too much time on evaluation.  Janice Reynolds asked about the 
reason for including some administrators and not others.  John 
Kelley said that it was in the rationale.  Jerry McBeath moved that 
this motion be referred back to committee to look at narrowing the 
list to only those administrators that evaluate faculty.  Madeline 
Schatz indicated that the Senate passed a motion five years also 
establishing a process for the faculty's role in the evaluation of 
administrators.  This motion contains the list of positions to be 
evaluated.  The motion to send it back to committee for additional 
consideration passed.  

MOTION REFERRED BACK TO COMMITTEE
===================================

The UAF Faculty Senate moves to recommend to the Provost that the 
following administrators be reviewed:


1999-2000
Executive Dean, College of Rural Alaska
Director, School of Agriculture & Land Resource Management
Director, UAF Museum
Director, Institute of Marine Science
Director, Bristol Bay Campus
Director, Chukchi Campus
Director, Interior-Aleutians Campus
Director, Tanana Valley Campus
Director, Geophysical Institute
Dean, School of Fisheries and Ocean Science

2000-2001
Director of Library
Dean of Graduate School
Dean, College of Natural Resource Development & Management
Director, School of Mineral Engineering

2001-2002
Director, School of Management
Director, School of Education*
Dean, College of Liberal Arts*
Dean, College of Science, Engineering, & Mathematics*
Director, Institute of Arctic Biology*
Director, Institute of Northern Engineering*
Director, Kuskokwim Campus
Director, Northwest Campus

*If present temporary person is still in place in 2001


	EFFECTIVE:  	Immediately

	RATIONALE:  	The Appeals and Oversight Committee was 
		tasked during fall semester 1998 with reviewing the 
		policy for the evaluation of administrators.  The primary 
		qualification for selection for periodic review by the 
		Provost's Office was administrators holding academic 
		rank whose positions directly impact the academic 
		programs and whose performance directly affects the 
		ability of faculty to carry out their academic duties.


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	E.	Resolution to ratify the election of President-Elect.

Nominations for President-Elect were closed by President Schatz.  
Ron Gatterdam asked that the election be ratified by acclamation.  
The following resolution passed.  

RESOLUTION
===========

BE IT RESOLVED, That the UAF Faculty Senate ratifies the election of 
Larry Duffy as President-Elect of the UAF Faculty Senate for 1999-
2000 by acclamation.  


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	F.	Status of amendments to the UAF Faculty Appointment 
and Evaluation Policies & Regulations for the Evaluation of Faculty, 
Faculty & Scholarly Affairs

John Yarie indicated that the committee looked at both documents 
and to a large extent eliminated everything that is now covered by 
contract.  He asked Senators to look at the drafts distributed as 
handouts and make recommendations to the committee by Monday, 
April 12.  


VII	Committee Reports 

	A.	Curricular Affairs - G. McBeath

A report was attached to the agenda.


	B.	Faculty & Scholarly Affairs - J. Yarie

No additional report was made.


	C.	Graduate & Professional Curricular Affairs - M. Whalen

A report was attached to the agenda.


	D.	Core Review - J. Brown

The following report was distributed as a handout.  

In the meeting of 24 March, 1999 the CORE Review Committee acted 
on the following:

The Committee accepted, with language revisions, a motion to be 
forwarded to Curricular Affairs regarding language credit for UAF 
students.  Professor Kaplan, Professor Basham, Dr. Martin, and the 
Chair of CORE Review met several times to work out a motion that 
will eliminate the need for UAF students to petition various minor 
problems accumulating around how language credit is accepted at 
UAF.  The motion has been rewritten and forwarded to Professor 
McBeath's Committee.

The Committee has acted unanimously to support the Philosophy 
Department's claim to authority over presentation of classes bearing 
the Philosophy Department's disciplinary credit and presented 
elsewhere in the UAF system.  The Committee based its support on 
the historical documents of Governance cited by the Philosophy 
Department.  The Committee feels that presentation of courses in 
different formats and locations and choice of faculty presenting 
courses must conform to the final authority of UAF Departments.  
This seems obvious in regard to the quality of education offered 
through UAF credit, as well as in maintaining the integrity of the 
assessment processes that lead to UAF accreditation.

The Committee accepted the late Assessment of ECON/PS 100X 
submitted by Professor McBeath and commended the assessment of 
that area.

The Committee granted "O" and "W" designation to ANS 350.  The 
Committee authorized the compression of LS 101X into a three-week 
format.

The Committee issued invitations to all parties interested in the 
determination of whether ATM 101 will carry a CORE natural science 
designation to attend the next (7 April, 1999) CORE Review meeting 
for open discussion prior to a Committee vote on the matter.

The Committee would like to welcome Jordan Titus and Suzanne 
Bordelon to membership beginning next year and to offer 
appreciation and thanks to Renee Manfredi and Judy Shepherd for 
their strong participation and service to the Committee.

Jin Brown, Chair
CORE Review Committee


Madeline Schatz encouraged everyone to read the second paragraph of 
this report.  Ron Illingworth indicated that this is a result of a 
discussion which has not yet been resolved between the Center for 
Distance Education and the Philosophy Department.  


	E.	Curriculum Review - C. Basham

The committee approved a number of academic changes and will be 
acting on the BAS at their next meeting.  


	F.	Developmental Studies - J. Weber

The following report was distributed as a handout.

Minutes of The Developmental Studies Committee, March 25, 1999
Chancellor's Conference Room

Attending:  Rich Carr, Richard Clausen, George Guthridge, Marjie 
Illingworth, Ron Illingworth, Wanda Martin, Joe Mason, Greg Owens, 
Kay Thomas, Lisa Thomas, Jane Weber.

The following items were discussed:

Outcomes Assessment:
	Greg gave an update on the data from Outcomes Assessment.  
Marjie reported that she now has data on DEVS 193 to answer the 
question on the success of students taking academic probation 
classes.

DEVM 072:
	In the process of changing the designator of DEVM 070 to DEVM 
105, no one addressed the designator of DEVM 072.  Jane feels that 
this course should not be left at 072, since it is an extension of 
DEVM 070/105.  Some suggested solutions include using the 105 
designator, but identifying the course with a session designator, or 
using DEVM 106, or creating a special section of 105, or using a 
variable credit (3-4 credit) option.   We will look into the variable 
credit option, possibly for Spring 2000.

AQSI:
	Jane handed out information on AQSI.  She and Cindy are 
attending meetings with Carol Barnhardt and others to draft a 
proposal for the faculty senate on ways the university can respond 
to the needs of students who do not pass the High School exam.  We 
discussed the impact of this exam on the GED, but at this point, the 
GED will not change.

Next meetings:
	The next meeting is scheduled for April 22, from 1-2 PM.


	G.	Faculty Appeals & Oversight - J. Kelley

A report was attached to the agenda.


	H.	Faculty Development, Assessment & Improvement - 
			D. Porter

No report was available.


	I.	Graduate School Advisory Committee - L. Duffy

There will be a meeting on April 12 and April 19th.  Agenda items 
include the GRE and enhancement of UAF graduate program proposal 
review.  


	J.	Legislative & Fiscal Affairs - S. Deal

A report was attached to the agenda.


	K.	Service Committee - K. Nance

No report was made.  


	L.	Ad Hoc Committees 

The following report from the Ad Hoc Committee on AQSI was 
distributed as a handout.


To: 	President Hamilton, UAF Faculty Senate

From:   UAF Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Alaska Quality 
Schools Initiative:  Carol Barnhardt (co-chair; School of Education, 
Fbks. Campus), Jane Weber (co-chair; Developmental Studies/Math, 
Fbks. Campus), John Bruder (Mathematics/Bristol Bay Campus), Jerah 
Chadwick (English/Interior-Aleutian Campus), Cindy Hardy 
(Developmental Studies/English, Fbks. Campus), Joe Mason (English, 
Northwest Campus), Delena Norris-Tull (School of Education, 
CRA/Rural Alaska Science & Mathematics Network), Kay Thomas 
(Rural Student Services, Fbks. Campus)

The Alaska Quality Schools Initiative is a state educational reform 
initiative which includes four main components:  (1) student content 
and performance standards and the new "high stakes" High School 
Graduation Qualifying Exam, along with mandatory benchmark exams 
in grades 3, 6 and 8; (2) new standards for teachers and 
administrators; (3) new school standards; and (4) a family, school, 
business, and community network.

In response to President Hamilton's request that we address the 
university's role in the Alaska Quality Schools Initiative, the ad hoc 
committee appointed by the UAF Faculty Senate has outlined the 
following goals and recommendations:

Goals:
*Assist Alaska's schools in preparing their students for success in 
meeting the goals of the Alaska Quality Schools Initiative.
*Assist Alaska's schools in preparing their students to meet the 
Alaska content and performance standards.
*Assist Alaska's high school students in preparing for the Alaska 
high school graduation qualifying exam.
*Assist school districts in professional development of teachers 
and administrators toward meeting the goals of the Alaska Quality 
Schools Initiative.

The response by the University of Alaska must be in support of the 
entire Initiative and not just the immediate needs of students as 
they prepare for the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.  The 
qualifying exam assesses students solely in mathematics, reading, 
and writing.  The Alaska Quality Schools Initiative, however, 
incorporates standards in a much wider range of knowledge, 
including the sciences, technology, the arts and humanities, history 
and government.

Recommendations:

1.  Immediate needs related to the Alaska Quality Schools Initiative.  
In response to the immediate need of Alaska's students as they 
prepare for the high school graduation qualifying exam, the 
university can provide additional educational opportunities for the 
following three populations:

*Students who do not receive a high school diploma because they did 
not pass the qualifying exam.
*High school students seeking additional preparation for the 
qualifying exam.
*Teachers and administrators seeking professional development in 
relation to preparing students for the benchmark and high school 
qualifying exams.

Currently, the University of Alaska system provides college 
preparatory coursework in mathematics, reading, writing, and 
college study skills to students attending the university.  However, 
these programs are not coordinated between MAUs, or even between 
units within each MAU.  The Alaska Quality Schools Initiative 
demands increased coordination of efforts between the University of 
Alaska, other higher education institutions, public and private 
schools, the Alaska Department of Education, community and 
business and professional organizations.

2.  Long-term needs related to the Alaska Quality Schools Initiative.  
Institutions in Alaska must develop new strategies and structures 
that will support collaboration across units that traditionally have 
not worked closely together (i.e. units within the UA system, the 
Alaska Department of Education, Alaska's School Districts and 
individual schools; Native organizations, community and business 
groups).

Here we outline a possible structure to support the Alaska Quality 
Schools Initiative.

The "Alaska Quality Schools Initiative Regional Centers for 
Excellence" model:

We propose the development of a coordinated set of Centers for 
Excellence in the major urban and rural centers of the state.  These 
would be structured to facilitate and coordinate activities related 
to the needs and goals identified in the Alaska Quality Schools 
Initiative.  The Centers for Excellence would provide educational 
support and opportunities for students, teachers, and school 
administrators.  Through collaboration, the Centers would facilitate 
sharing of facilities, expertise, facilities, and resources.

Each Alaska Quality Schools Initiative Center for Excellence would 
require a full-time coordinator who would coordinate efforts 
between all of the Alaska Quality Schools Initiative stake holders 
within and across regions.  These positions, and the activities 
associated with them, can gain supplemental financial support with 
funding through: joint appointments within the university and 
between the university and school districts; faculty development 
programs; revenues generated from tuition and fees; in-kind 
contributions; and grants.

Several programs and numerous faculty in the statewide higher 
education system currently provide services that are directly linked 
with the Alaska Quality Schools Initiative goals.  In addition, a 
significant number of programs and faculty provide services across 
units.  The proposed Alaska Quality Schools Initiative Centers for 
Excellence should provide coordination between the following types 
of programs:  Developmental Studies, rural Adult Basic Education 
programs, distance-delivered degree programs such as the Rural 
Development degree and the new BAS degree; School of Education 
programs; the Rural Alaska Science and Mathematics Network; the 
statewide Special Education and School Administration programs, 
the Rural Educator Preparation Partnership program (REPP), and the 
Microcomputer Support Specialist Program.


Carol Barnhardt indicated that one thing they learned though the 
committee is that we all donšt know very much of what goes on 
around campus and across MAU's.  We need to work within our own 
units to find out how we can best help students.  UAA also has an ad 
hoc AQSI committee. There is a need to redefine what we do and how 
we do it.  We also need to define our role and how we respond to the 
needs of K-12 education.  



VIII	Discussion Items - none



IX	Members' Comments/Questions

Linda Curda commented again about the listing of rural site 
graduates in the Fairbanks graduation program as in absentia and 
requested they be listed under their own campus sites.  

Bret Luick was asked by Rich Seifert to let faculty know about the 
Fulbright Luncheon.  

Linda Curda indicated that the Usibelli awards will be announced at 
the next Senate meeting.  

The Admission Office would like to get information on each 
department to write up a pamphlet sheet for distribution to 
prospective students.  



X	Adjournment

	The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 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.