FACULTY SENATE MEETING
Minutes, September 13, 2007
Members: G. Boudreaux, C. Bell, K. Cole, L. Dohse, P. Downes, B. Hass, J. Hartsfield,
M. Harvey, H. Holt, K. Krumpe, A. Lanou, J. McClain, C. McKenzie, M. Moseley,
B. Sabo, B. Wilson, J. Wood.
Excused: M. Burchard.
Visitors: B. Haggard, E. Katz, G. Kormanik, B. Larson, P. McClellan, J. McKnight, G. Nallan, A. Ponder,
I. Call to Order, Introductions and Announcements
Dr. Peg Downes called the meeting to order at 3:20 pm and welcomed Senators and guests. She announced two mottoes she will abide by this year: one (suggested years ago by Mike Stuart) was simple: “Is it good for the students?” The second is: “This is our team!” It is a good team and we can play well.
Thank you to everyone across the university for a remarkable and wonderful
opening of the academic year. She
appreciates the opportunity to work with
· Good news:
first of the C. D. Spangler professorships has been approved. It is the Cary Caperton Owen Distinguished
Professorship in Economics. It is named
in honor of Cary Caperton Owen of
o Along with the people hired by the General Administration (GA) she and our campus experts have been thinking about security issues in the post-Virginia Tech era. GA has not yet identified what themes or directives or opportunities there will be for campuses to be safe and secure. She has asked Vice Chancellor Bill Haggard to assume responsibility of supervising campus police. She hopes that linking those who attend to campus safety and student well-being outside the classroom will balance the concern for personal liberty and the need to make sure that the community is as safe as possible. Campus police will report directly to Dr. Haggard. Pat Hunt and Steve Baxley and others are pleased to help make that transition which will take place between fall and spring semesters.
o Last Friday at the Board of Governor’s meeting, Erskine Bowles praised UNCA for our remarkable strides in having a more diverse university. Specifically:
§ Overall we have 16.9 percent more non-white students compared to Fall 2006.
§ The diversity of our student body has increased from 7.1 percent to 8.2 percent. (The diversity of the entering class has increased from 6.2 percent to 10.8 percent.)
§ President Bowles announced this data in front of the BOG and said this does not happen by accident – a university and its chancellor made this is priority.
§ Instead of being a university which has struggled and made little progress – we now work forward from the ground of a university that is making progress – and that will make it easier for us to be successful.
III. Administrative Report
Student Affairs Annual Report
Vice Chancellor Bill Haggard gave Student Affairs’ annual report. The report includes: Priorities for 2007-08, Budget and Diversity Initiatives 2006-07 & 2007-2008; Student Affairs' Annual Report
Dr. Haggard addressed questions:
Calendars (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11)
Ms. McClellan distributed three calendars approved by the Faculty Senate and Senior Staff (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) and a draft calendar for 2010-11. The administration would like to receive comments from the Faculty Senate before taking it to Senior Staff for final approval.
Guidelines for calendar decisions follow: (includes an editorial change made by Senate)
· Start the Fall semester on a Tuesday. This gives all students a chance to “take care of business” on a workday, without requiring staff to come in on a weekend. Returning students can come in on Monday, and are not required to come in on Sunday. MWF and TR classes will each have two meeting times in the first week. Humanities classes can meet in smaller sections before the large lectures.
· Start the Spring semester on the Wednesday before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This seems to be the best balance between the desire for as many full weeks as possible and the need to allow various offices on campus to process information between semesters.
· Schedule as many full weeks in the semester as possible.
· When possible, split the exam week with a weekend. The students prefer a break in exam week.
· Allow the scheduling of final exams to be informed by the enrollments in courses. When possible schedule exams for heavily enrolled periods which enroll a majority of seniors earlier in exam week.
Ms. McClellan distributed a preliminary Fall Enrollment Report: FTE is up approximately 40 over last year at this time and the freshman class is approximately the same. The diversity figures are encouraging. Admissions is going into three cities they have not visited in the past to reach out to more diverse populations that are not from the larger urban areas.
· The Dean of Admission search is nearing its final days.
· All divisions were allocated approximately 90% of their last year’s expenditure budget figures with the anticipation (not guarantee) that in January departments in need of additional monies will be able to get those monies.
Dr. Ed Katz reported on the Spangler Endowed Professorships:
IV. Approval of minutes
The minutes of April 12, 2007 and May 3, 2007 (4:30pm) were approved with an editorial correction.
The minutes of May 3, 2007 (3:15pm) were approved as distributed.
V. Student Government Association Report
President Tristyn Card reported for the Student Government Association.
SGA’s agenda items include the following:
VI. Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Committee Report
Chair JoAnne McKnight reported for the Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC).
· Distributed a draft report: “Building Relationships While Recreating” on CSAC’s first annual end-of-year planning retreat; CSAC will vote on the report next week.
VII. Executive Committee Report
Dr. Peg Downes reported for the Executive Committee.
Standing Rules and Rules of Order (SRRO)
The Senate discussed recusals, abstentions, and the revised section under the Institutional Development Committee. Dr. Sabo moved to approve IDC’s revision. The motion was seconded by Dr. Moseley and passed.
Dr. Moseley moved to approve the SRRO as amended. The motion was seconded by Dr. Sabo.
The 2007-08 Standing Rules and Rules of Order passed without dissent and became SD0107F.
Faculty Assembly Report
Dr. Downes reported on the Faculty Assembly meeting held last spring.
President Erskine Bowles exhorts us:
· to be good citizens
o by participating in the UNC Tomorrow initiative and by appreciating our Legislature which lately has shown signs of being more appreciative of us;
· to increase Diversity on our campuses
o Faculty Assembly is strongly supportive of this. We can learn from other campuses, particularly UNCG, which Mr. Bowles gave as a model;
· to use to our advantage the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Survey; our Office of Institutional Research is now making arrangements for 100 freshmen to take the CLA this fall and 100 seniors to take in the spring.
o Four UNC campuses currently use the CLA. President Bowles argues the UNC system needs to be proactive in assessing student learning or our nation’s Department of Education will tell us how to do this.
· Dr. Harold Martin, Vice President for Academic Affairs, is notably supportive of all 16 campuses’ procedures to assess administrators/administrative offices.
· Under discussion at Faculty Assembly:
o issues relating to Domestic Partners & Health Insurance (which Faculty Assembly supports)
o issues relating to Criminal Background checks for new faculty: we’ve adopted a comparatively moderate procedure which seems satisfactory.
Faculty Assembly Charter Changes
Dr. Downes explained that proposed changes to the Faculty Assembly Charter came to the Faculty Senate late last spring; Dr. Nallan distributed the proposal to Senators at the time but an official vote was not held. A waiver of the Comer Rule will be necessary to consider the proposal today.
Dr. Moseley moved to waive the Comer Rule. The motion was seconded by Dr. Wilson and passed with one dissenting vote. The document was then considered for Second Reading:
Dr. Downes explained that
the main change being proposed in the “Charter of the Faculty Assembly of the
Each institution having not more than 300 full-time faculty and professional staff members shall choose two delegates; each institution having from 301 to 600 full-time faculty and professional staff members shall choose three delegates; each institution having 601 to 900 full-time faculty and professional staff members shall choose four delegates; and each institution having more than 900 full-time faculty and professional staff members shall choose five delegates.
The number of Faculty Assembly delegates will remain the same at UNC Asheville.
Following a discussion, Dr. Moseley moved to approve the proposal. The motion was seconded by Dr. Boudreaux. Ms. McKenzie made three editorial corrections. The proposal passed as amended without dissent and became Senate Document 0207F.
Goals of the Executive Committee
· Diversity initiatives:
o Engage with SGA, CSAC and Administration inviting “diversity voices” to give us suggestions and updates.
o Waiting for UPC to complete its work on the initial report from the diversity consultants.
o Requesting that each Vice Chancellor’s annual report address diversity initiatives, budgetary matters and updates.
· Supporting and Strengthening University Planning Council (UPC):
o Some current concerns of UPC – the recent report by the consultants on the diversity initiatives
o Strategic plan
· Continuing Development Shared Governance
o Work on a stronger, clearer faculty voice in cooperation with other entities on campus and expanding face to face discussions.
o Securing faculty representation on committees (e.g., search for Dean of Admissions; Registrar)
o Clarification of how faculty are represented on committees (i.e., Enrollment Services, Position Allocation Committee)
who served last year as chairs of committees will be asked to submit one page
reports on the activities of those committees to
· Student Rating of Instruction (SRI)
task force led by Leah Mathews worked for three years on this issue and
presented its final report with recommendations to the Senate in April,
· “Get Our House In Order”
o This is important to the Capital Campaign and to our State Legislature.
Non-departmental “Specialty Funds”
On May 3, 2007, Dr. Lisnerski reported that while reviewing the status of the Distinguished Scholarship Committee and the Honorary Degrees, several faculty members raised questions about a variety of funds that were set aside for specific purposes over the past years. Questions included whether the following funds exist and, if so, their status: the Highsmith Visiting Scholar Fund, three Feldman funds, and an Adjunct Faculty Fund. FWDC asked the University Relations Advisory Committee (URC) to work with Academic Affairs and the Development and Alumni Office in determining the status of these and any other similar funds which may exist, and their purpose(s) and use over the past several years. The URC will also work with the Alumni and Development Office to determine a reasonable reporting mechanism to the Faculty Senate on the status of these funds. At FWDC’s request, Ms. McKenzie contacted Vice Chancellor Massey and received the information on May 7th. URC’s annual report included the information.
Sense of the Senate
It is the sense of
the Senate that the Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Development report annually
on the status of academically related non-departmental "specialty
funds." These include the Highsmith Visiting Scholar Fund, Ruth and
Leon Feldman Professor Fund, Ruth Feldman Outstanding Scholar Award Fund, Ruth
and Leon Feldman Endowment Fund, UNC Asheville Foundation Adjunct Faculty Fund,
as well as other funds that may now or in the future be contained in this
The Specialty Funds were described for informational purposes:
Visiting Scholar Fund, established in 1984. “…shall be used exclusively
to bring in persons of distinguished achievement for residency at UNC Asheville
and the community and will be a source of intellectual stimulation for both
campus and community. The persons shall
be chosen by a committee to be designated or established by the Faculty Senate
of UNC Asheville.” Endowment value:
$69,052. Signing authority:
and Leon Feldman Professor Fund, established in 1983. “…shall be used
exclusively to supplement the compensation of two or more professors at UNC
Asheville to be selected annually by the faculty of UNC Asheville on the basis
of outstanding ability and demonstrated competence in the areas of teaching,
research and published writings, not limited to any particular department or
discipline.” Endowment value:
$79,951. Signing authority:
3. Ruth Feldman Outstanding Scholar Award Fund, established 1987. “…shall be distributed annually in the form of a stipend to be awarded to the student who is selected by the UNC Asheville faculty in the History Department as the outstanding scholar at UNC Asheville.” Endowment value: $46,161. Signing authority: Beth Bartlett. Award presented for FY ’07. Available amount for FY ’08: $1,886.00.
4. Ruth and Leon Feldman Endowment Fund, established in 1974. “…to be used exclusively to provide scholarships for students to attend UNC Asheville.” Endowment value: $39,255. Signing authority: Beth Bartlett. $1,400 used in FY ’07; $1,618 available for FY ’08.
Dr. Wood moved to approve the resolution and the motion was seconded by Dr. Moseley. The Sense of the Senate passed without dissent and became Senate Document 0307F.
Dr. Downes talked with Vice Chancellor Pat Hunt about transportation issues a few times this summer, and she and Bill Sabo met with Dr. Hunt last week about some current concerns. They discussed the need for faculty and staff to park near their buildings. Vice Chancellor Hunt agreed that the number of spaces needed per building could be recounted, reconsidered and, hopefully, redistributed.
Committee will meet at least monthly.
There are safety concerns
in the area between the Bulldog and
VIII. Academic Policies Committee Report
Dr. Bill Sabo reported that Academic Policies Committee’s first meeting will be September 27th.
IX. Institutional Development Committee Report
· Evaluate and assess for both resource implications and consistency with the university’s Mission Statement, Statement on Shared Values, and planning documents.
· Consider ways to improve poor campus communication such as road projects.
· Many faculty are feeling overworked
o there may not be an equal distribution of work among faculty and staff.
· Program assessment and better review and oversight of various university components
o Look at institutional assessment data to identify our weaknesses, areas of concern.
o Contribute to the SACS process without duplicating efforts.
· Bring a statement to the Senate for action to clarify where we stand on masters programs.
· As part of UPC, consider IDC’s positions and initiatives.
X. Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report
FWDC 1: Proposal to establish Student Affairs Faculty Advisory Committee
Highlights of on-going work by the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee:
· Establishing a mentoring program directorship position; since Tucker Cooke stepped down from running the program, it has had good years and bad years.
· Improving the Convocation. This a hot button issue; moving it earlier or later or indoors -- some faculty could not participate due to health issues.
· Streamlining elections by only previewing the 1st two elections – this change cuts down significantly on IT involvement.
week, FWDC will host two open forums on improving the faculty pay merit
· We will be bringing back the Faculty Committee Preference Form (hopefully electronically) and improving the Faculty Committee website so it is searchable and easier to update.
· Updating the Administrative Offices Survey form (with much help from Institutional Research, Christine Riley, an outside consultant and other folks across campus.) It will be administered in November.
o Update the organizational chart which has changed significantly since the survey was last administered in 2000.
XI. Old Business
There was no Old Business.
XII. New Business
Alternate to Replace
Dr. Downes reported that
Dr. Downes adjourned the meeting at 5:35pm.
Respectfully submitted by: Sandra Gravely