FACULTY SENATE MEETING
Minutes, October 18, 2007
Members: G. Boudreaux, C. Bell, K. Cole, L. Dohse, B. Hass, J. Hartsfield, M. Harvey, H. Holt,
K. Krumpe, A. Lanou, J. McClain, C. McKenzie, M. Moseley, D. Pierce, B. Sabo,
J. Wood; K. Whatley.
Excused: P. Downes, B. Wilson.
Visitors: G. Ashburn, J. Cone, B. Haggard, A. Lange, B. Larson, J. McKnight, D. Miles, G. Nallan.
I. Call to Order, Introductions and Announcements
Dr. Sabo called the meeting to order at 3:20 pm and welcomed Senators and guests. Dr. Downes is attending a conference.
II. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of September 13, 2007, were approved with editorial corrections.
The Executive Committee Report was delayed until later in the meeting.
Faculty Assembly Report
· Last year the sixteen university campuses were surveyed about faculty participation in the evaluation of the Chancellor, Provost, Vice-Chancellors, Deans and Department Chairs. At most schools, faculty are involved in the evaluation of Department Chairs and Deans. At about half the schools, faculty are involved in the evaluation of the Chancellor and Provost. Contact Dr. Nallan for additional data from the survey.
· The General Assembly and the Faculty Assembly expect that all campuses will involve faculty in the evaluation of administrators.
year the sixteen campuses were surveyed about the extension of benefits to
domestic partners. At a big university
such as Chapel Hill, it is possible to extend health insurance benefits to
domestic partners, and
· This year the sixteen university campuses will be surveyed about day care for children of staff and faculty. The Faculty Assembly may propose a resolution about campuses providing day care.
Dr. Nallan related an anecdote that President Bowles told from traveling around the state for UNC Tomorrow. During one of the general comment sessions a fellow raised his hand and said, “I really object to the mission of UNC Asheville. I would never want to send my children to a place where they have to hang out with liberals and artists.” Later, when people were asked specifically what they would want their children to get from an education, the same person said, “Knowledge of a foreign language, a good sense of history, theatre and music, and critical thinking skills.”
Dr. Gwen Ashburn’s report follows:
At Dr. Sabo’s request, Dr. Wood took over as Chair of the meeting.
Dr. Sabo agreed that the Senate should do something about the Code
changes. Senators received the Faculty
Assembly resolution and a
Faculty Senate of the
The motion was seconded by Dr. Moseley. The Sense of the Senate passed without dissent and became Senate Document 0407F.
Dr. Sabo returned to the position of Chair.
IV. Administrative Report
Dr. Whatley reported on a community college proposal to standardize general education across the state. We would be required to accept courses for which students had made a C- or above (the current regulation is C or above.) Also, any course taken at a UNC school would automatically transfer to another UNC school, either as a requirement or elective credit. Any course taken for a general education requirement at a UNC school would automatically transfer to a general education requirement at another UNC school. These changes are not in our best interest. A subgroup volunteered to meet and Ms. McClellan stood in for Dr. Whatley on a telephone conference call.
Harold Martin, VP for Academic Affairs, is opposed to at least two of these initiatives and was going to take an argument back to the community college system saying they could not dictate that we accept courses in which a student had made a C-. Dr. Martin is going to explain to the community college association again that if students take the 44 hour core and receive an A.S. or A.A. degree from a community college, then the UNC schools consider them to have completed a whole general education curriculum. However there is not a one-to-one correspondence between the general education courses that are taken at a community college (or any other UNC school) and the general education requirements taken at any other UNC school, including UNCA. The courses and transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. There are ongoing discussions about the transfer of credits from one UNC school directly to another.
Dr. Pierce expressed concern over our transfer policy and encouraged Dr. Whatley to take a close look at communication from Admissions to the Registrar to Academic Departments. He is of the mind right now where he would not advise a student to transfer to this institution unless they came in with an associate degree. Dr. Whatley acknowledged the problem. They were working on a lot of issues in Admissions. We get multiple transfer students from particular institutions and many of them have had a certain course. We are working to make a list of those courses and what they transfer in as; they plan to post these on the web. We also trying, particularly with AB Tech, to place one of our advisors or transcript evaluators on their campus during key periods in the academic year so that course evaluations can be done officially and students will know which courses will transfer and which courses won’t. We are trying to solve the problem by getting the transcripts evaluated very soon after the students are accepted.
Dr. Sam Schuman has set up a study
group of Chairs and Program Directors to look at delivering the curriculum and
faculty workload. They are: Dave Peifer,
Comments on Draft 2010-11 Calendar and Guidelines
Senators were asked to comment on the draft 2010-2011 calendar and guidelines distributed at the last meeting. Following a brief discussion, Dr. Whatley asked for an indication of acceptance of the calendar. Dr. Sabo said the lack of comments suggested acceptance of the calendar.
Dr. Whatley encouraged faculty to participate in the UNC Tomorrow faculty listening forum on Monday, November 5th from 10-11:30pm in Alumni Hall. The forum has been set up as a direct result of feedback from the Faculty Assembly to President Bowles and it has an open agenda. This is our chance to talk directly to the President of the system and probably the Chair of the Board of Governors and faculty from the Scholars Council.
Dean of Admission
The search for the dean of Admission is still unresolved. Two excellent candidates came to campus; the position was offered to one who decided to remain where he is. The second candidate was not as good a fit as we would like to have. We will reopen the search next spring at a time that is more likely to generate additional applications. Dr. Sabo encouraged Dr. Whatley to send an email to the campus community.
V. Reports from Campus Organizations:
Chancellors Staff Advisory Committee report from JoAnne McKnight
· Employee Appreciation Week. CSAC is partnering with the Chancellor’s office to provide a Community Breakfast at the end of Professional Development week on February 22, 2008. J.C. Boykin, Chair of the UNC Staff Assembly, will speak on how times have changed and how to facilitate a better work environment.
· At the Chancellor’s suggestion, CSAC is reading Building Trust in the Work Place. Supervisors are also encouraged to read it.
· The Chair’s Committee of the Staff Assembly is conducting research to determine how to best articulate and substantiate a request for partial scholarship support for resident children, spouses and partners of staff and family to attend school in the UNC system. The committee will also seek to quantify what staff turn-over now costs the system, in terms of training and other factors.
Ms. Cone’s reported on:
· Sportsmanship Sunday and Other Community Service Projects
Big South Conference Ethical Conduct Policy
Student-Athletes Dinner with the Athletics Director
AD’s 3.0+ Club
· Fall Sports Schedules and Big South Conference Preseason Polls and Honors
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams
will be hosting the Big South Conference Cross Country Championships at Jackson
distributed copies of UNC
· NCAA APR and Graduation Success Reports
· Budget Update
· Fall Special Events for Athletics
Baseball Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament
Big South Cross Country Championships hosted by UNC Asheville
Dr. Pierce asked what impact the bill passed by the legislature had which allows campuses to offer in-state tuition if full athletic scholarships are offered. Ms. Cone said this has had a major impact: This year we have 52 student athletes on full scholarships, almost double the number of students who can go on a full scholarship without spending more money. It was also beneficial to our women’s sports. The university also benefits when those students become in-state because the university receives money for them as in-state students.
Center for Diversity Education
Ms. Deborah Miles reported that the Center for Diversity Education (CDE) works to increase the ways diversity is covered in the daily life of the classroom in grades K-12 and higher education. The CDE is a non-profit organization located on UNCA’s campus. Through an agreement between the CDE Board of Directors and the UNCA Board of Trustees, the Executive Director allocates a portion of her time to UNCA specific projects.
Chancellor Ponder has initiated an effort to change CDE’s status from being located “at” the University to one where the Center is “a part of” the University. Currently, a committee from each organization is being formed to explore how, when, and where that might come to pass.
She listed some Recent and Current Projects
· “Anne Frank: A History for Today”
· Research with students on Bullies/Victims/Bystandarders/Advocates
· Bill of Rights Display
· Performance of Brown vs. Board of Education with Mike Wiley
· A student undergraduate research project on “WNC in the World” – preparing students for the 21st century work world.
· Cultivating relationships with Stephens Lee High School Alumni and other historically black high school alumni associations in NC
· Work with the Education Department on developing and enhancing cultural sensitivity.
· Student Undergraduate Research on:
o People with disabilities in the WNC region – for an exhibit in 2008
impact of emancipation proclamation on
Student Government Association
Tristyn Card reported for the Student Government Association on the following:
· Voter Drive
· SGA Website
· Daycare/ Saturday Morning Childcare
· Input on Mandatory Insurance for Students
New Student Environmental Center
Anna Lange distributed the Student Environmental Center Newsletter prior to the meeting. She was unable to stay and give her report. The newsletter indicates the center is a student led initiative dedicated to increasing campus awareness of environmental issues and improving the environmental performance of our University.
The SEC is funded by the recently approved green fee which pays for new technology, creating visual displays in our green campus buildings and developing campaigns to increase students’ engagement in environmentally responsible behaviors such as recycling, use of alternative transportation, and energy and resource conservation.
Current projects of the SEC include working with faculty to integrate sustainability issues into freshman colloquia courses, developing signage to improve recycling on our campus and working with Alumni and Development to pursue outside funding for renewable energy projects.
Student interns are also working with the student group Active Students for a Healthy Environment (ASHE) to plan a regional discussion on climate change that will take place in January and will feature a number of distinguished campus and community leaders coming engaging in a dialogue about mitigating climate change.
The SEC reports directly to the Student Affairs Division as a student-run entity similar to Underdog Productions or Student Government.
VI. Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report
FWDC 1: Proposal to establish Student Affairs Faculty Advisory Committee
FWDC 1 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 0507F.
Administrative Office Survey
The Administrative Office Survey will be distributed in November. Senators were asked to review the survey cover letter and send comments/suggestions to Dr. Boudreaux. Dr. Harvey suggested asking people to give good feedback and to not use the survey as an outlet for airing unproductive gripes.
Dr. Boudreaux explained changes to the survey. In the previous surveys each office had two questions and one open-ended comment section: 1) performance of functions, and 2) responsiveness of office. Consultant Ephraim Schechter suggested asking one question: “Are you satisfied with the offices’ functioning? If you have particular issues with this office or praise, please tell us about it.” This would cut down on the number of questions and provide the same information.
The last survey was done in 2000. The goal is to tweak it this year and in the future improve it to provide better information. The first priority of the committee was to gather data points. Dr. Gravely can guarantee anonymity but this will not permit tracking non-respondents.
Dr. Krumpe questioned the need for anonymity because standing behind comments limits unproductive griping. Dr. Moseley said that might be true, but many people – staff and untenured faculty – do not feel comfortable criticizing supervisors and they fear retribution. Dr. Krumpe suggested we may need to set aside the effectiveness of institutional offices. If we cannot speak honestly with each other without fear of retribution, that says volumes about this institution.
Dr. Sabo said that is part of what this survey will address. Dr. Moseley said some of that fear may not be justified but it may exist nonetheless. Dr. Whatley pointed out that the campus has done this survey before and it has always been anonymous. In the past we have not gotten a lot of extraneous comments.
Dr. Cole suggested including a section that would capture peoples’ impressions of where communication breakdowns are occurring between offices. Dr. Sabo said that in the meetings on the survey’s design, many opted for the quick fix – a general picture – as opposed to a substantive evaluation. Clearly that is the guideline that FWDC is using – let’s get some information quick, and then proceed to refine it.
Dr. Haas suggested surveying 20% of the offices each year. Dr. Sabo said he made the same suggestion and it was voted down. Dr. Harvey agreed it was a good idea; however you have to understand this has been a result of negotiating with senior administration. FWDC negotiated in good faith and we are going to get some good information. We are not going to evaluate specific personnel – which we wanted to do; maybe next year. Dr. Moseley argued that evaluating 20% of the offices piecemeal would take years to complete. This process will tell us which offices finish in the bottom 30% and we will look at them in more detail to find out how they can improve.
Dr. Pierce suggested an email asking for everyone’s response once they complete the survey.
Dr. Larson asked who the “we” in the cover letter referred to. Dr. Boudreaux said that the Faculty Senate is conducting the survey; Institutional Research will do the work.
FWDC has created a virtual merit system forum; transcripts and notes from the two actual forums can be found there as well as some comments from the UNCA faculty. Dr. Boudreaux has not received any comments since the virtual forum was announced. FWDC is gathering other merit system models to propose – the first proposed models were on the extreme ends of the merit spectrum. Dr. Schuman is encouraging all departments to speak about this at their departmental meetings and forward their suggestions to FWDC for posting to the virtual forum. Dr. Sabo added that Dr. Schuman is convinced that this is and must be a faculty decision.
VII. Institutional Development Committee/University Planning Council Reports
In 2005-06, IDC discussed masters programs and decided to wait until the strategic planning process ran its course. UPC has now inherited the strategic plan and is moving on that front.
At this last meeting IDC
started gathering information regarding people’s thinking about masters
programs. They learned about Bill
Spellman’s suggestions to revive the MLA (master of liberal arts) in which we
have an historical investment, and from Sandra Byrd, Director of the
Dr. Spellman has a three year plan with ambitious goals:
IDC heard from Sandra
Byrd of the
The university has recently received an $80K grant from GA to study the feasibility of a masters degree in Climate and Society in conjunction with NC State to be delivered on our campus. This has come out of a number of conversations Dr. Byrd has been having with climatic data people in the community and leaders who feel it would be popular and desirable for us to have. Dr. Byrd is also talking about offering an MAT (masters of arts and teaching).
IDC wanted to be aware of what people were working on now before it revisited the criteria that IDC recommended on April 13, 2006. They have collected information and hope to bring some recommendations to the Senate regarding what the faculty position is on masters program and to clarify this issue.
University Planning Council (UPC) Report
- Strategic Plan
UPC met with the conveners and think tank people and received the strategic plan from them. UPC is now deliberating to prioritize the goals outlined in the strategic plan.
UPC is reviewing the report from the consultants on diversity. It has elected to start delegating to get some action on the top six (out of 12) recommendations.
The Chancellor is creating a Diversity Action Council. There are a lot of people talking about diversity on campus but are not in a position to do anything about it. The Diversity Action Council (DAC) would include 12-14 people, able to make and coordinate decisions. This Council would be accountable for answering the questions: “What is diversity? What are the goals? How are we doing on this?” The DAC will report to UPC and senior staff. The UPC will then report to the faculty.
VIII. Academic Policies Committee Report
The Academic Policies Committee did not have a report.
IX. Old Business
Student Rating of Instruction
Dr. Boudreaux noted that we have been given a charge to redefine our merit system to consider the student rating of instruction.
Dr. Bruce Larson, Co-Chair of the Provost Search Committee, gave an update on the search. The search committee believes they have an outstanding, impressive and appropriate group of people they are talking with and Dr. Larson hopes the faculty will agree with the search committee, when the candidates come to campus in November. They are talking to nine candidates away from campus.
III. Executive Committee Report
Dr. Sabo reported that the Executive Committee was asked to recommend two faculty members to sit on committees that deal with student fees and tuition. Dr. Downes told the administration that this is the third year that faculty have been asked to serve at the last minute – the process needs to be formalized. Michael Gillum and Linda Cornett have agreed to sit on the Student Fees Committee on a temporary basis.
Dr. Whatley said that we still have a 6.5% cap on student fees. However, because we received additional money for faculty salaries, our cap for tuition increase for this year is quite small – 1.4% (about $30,000.) While there is a committee being formed to look at how that should be allocated, it is such a small amount of money the Chancellor may make a recommendation and ask the committee to approve it. One-quarter has to go toward the faculty salary pool and one-quarter is required to go toward hold-harmless financial aid for students.
There is insufficient
parking on campus now – there will be 200 fewer spaces next year when
construction begins on the Health and
Dr. Sabo adjourned the meeting at 5:35pm.
Respectfully submitted by: Sandra Gravely