University of North Carolina at Asheville


Minutes, April 30, 2009 (3:15 pm)




Members:  C. Bell, K. Cole, L. Dohse, B. Haas, M. Harvey, G. Heard, J. Konz, B. Larson, A. Lanou,

                 M. Moseley, L. Nelms, J. McClain, E. Pearson, D. Pierce, L. Russell, B. Sabo, S. Wasileski,

                 B. Wilson; G. Ettari; J. Fernandes; A. Ponder.


Visitors:      G. Ashburn, R. Bindewald, L. Friedenberg, K. Garbe, S. Haas, E. Katz, K. Krumpe, L. Langrall,

                  J. Leffe, A. Shope, T. Tieman.




I.       Call to Order, Introductions and Announcements

         Dr. Dohse called the meeting to order at 3:19 pm and welcomed Senators and guests. 


II.      Approval of minutes

         The minutes of March 19, 2009, were approved with one editorial correction.   


III.     Executive Committee Report

         Dr. Lothar Dohse reported for the Executive Committee. 

         Delivering the Curriculum Task Force

         The Delivering the Curriculum (DTC) Task Force is completing its proposal and Senators will receive it before the end of the semester.  Senators are asked to review the document this summer in preparation for discussion next fall.  Dr. Dohse cautioned that the document will not bring cheer.  General Administration is requiring that we make certain changes and we have limited options.  The document will be a guiding policy for Academic Affairs to use regarding reassigned time, the number of courses we teach, and the number of students we teach so we will be in compliance with State expectations. 

         Reflections of the year

         Dr. Dohse reflected on the Senate’s work this year based on last year’s statements by then-Senate Chair Peg Downes and his own comments.   

·   Work with new Provost 

o        The Executive Committee is now part of the Provost’s Cabinet and was active in an advisory capacity.  Presently there is a healthy and productive working relationship between the Senate and the Provost’s office. 

·   Improve shared governance

o        This is an ongoing project.  The Senate has made some strides especially with the Provost’s office and with the annual reports that are delivered by the administrative offices.

·   Develop policy to determine faculty’s merit

o        This issue was moved to a lower priority.

·   Complete ILS General Survey

o        The survey has been completed, the results are presently being compiled, and a report is expected in the next academic year.  The Senate also adopted guidelines for ongoing assessment of ILS.

·   Develop Policy Delivering the Curriculum

o        Work is almost completed and will be submitted to the Senate for comments and discussion in the early part of the Fall 2009 semester.

·   Move from 3 to 4 hour courses

o        Due to the implementation of the 4 course per semester requirement by General Administration, this proposal will no longer be considered as a general university goal in the immediate future.

·   Administer Perception Survey of Administrators

o        No perceptions survey of administrative offices was implemented this year.  Instead a more thorough periodic review process of administrative offices by the Senate is being considered.

·   Implement new Student Ratings of Instruction Procedures

o        Starting in the Fall 2009 a new (experimental) form will be used for student evaluations of instructors. 

·   Maintain good communications between the Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Committee and the SGA.

·   [New]  Obtain a stronger voice on the Board of Trustees

o        In past years the Faculty Senate Chair was allowed to give a short report to the Board of Trustees during their meetings.  It is hoped that this tradition is re-instituted. 

         Staff Mentor Service Award

         The Senate recognized Sandra Gravely, who received the Staff Mentor Service Award. 


IV.     Institutional Development Committee and University Planning Council Reports

         Dr. Betsy Wilson reported for the Institutional Development Committee and the University Planning Council.

University Planning Council Report (UPC)

         UPC received a budget update from the Chancellor (similar to those received campus-wide) and had an opportunity to contribute input on establishing some budget priorities for the next two years.  The UPC will meet on May 20 where there will be another opportunity to look at budget priorities for the next two years.  

Update on Mission Statement

         UPC tweaked draft 4 of the Mission Statement and now has a final draft (IDC 1) which will be distributed to the 2009-10 Faculty Senate this afternoon.  After the Senate considers the document on May 7, 2009, it will be considered by the UPC on May 12, the Board of Trustees on May 16, and then it will go to the Board of Governors for their approval in June. 

         Thank You

         Dr. Wilson thanked IDC:  Dan Pierce, Bill Haas, Amy Lanou, Linda Nelms, and Jeff Konz for their very hard work on IDC this year.  Dr. Lanou thanked Betsy Wilson for the great job she did in leading IDC with grace.


The agenda was modified.

         Remarks from Chancellor Ponder

         Chancellor Ponder said most of the Faculty Senate meetings this year have taken place when she has been representing us at the Board of Governors.  She was happy to be with the Senate today and to have a few minutes on the agenda.  Dr. Dohse and Dr. Fernandes suggested some categories for her remarks.  She will be happy to answer any questions or address other topics.   

         Major accomplishment for this year:

·         She asked the Senate to join her in taking full credit for Jane Fernandes.  A round of applause followed.  Dr. Ponder thanked the Senate for accepting and working with such a gifted and powerful leader as Jane Fernandes as our Provost.  Her first year has been a very smooth, highly credible, transition.  She looks forward to working with Jane for many years and she speaks for the Senate as well. 

·         Other major accomplishments:

o        Extraordinary student successes this year.  Many of us had an opportunity to celebrate those at the Student Awards and Leadership event dinner banquet and many Senators gave excellent presentations.  She recognized over half of the students who received an award, either from departments or from leadership activities outside the classroom.  Congratulations to Senators as representatives of the faculty for a triumphant year with the accomplishments of our students.

o        Student Affairs and the accomplishments of our students.  Factoids:  almost half of our students did some sort of campus or outdoor recreation activity; hundreds were involved in service learning or regular volunteering this year.  We had a 98% retention rate among students living in the residence halls at the end of the fall semester.  This is a good step and an indicator of potential improvement in retention generally. 

o        Growth, Strategy and Placement of our Endowment.  Our endowment was at its highest a few months ago (over $25,000,000).  At the end of last month it was down to about $20,000,000.  That loss compares very favorably with other endowments elsewhere in colleges and universities.  We have the advantage of having that placed with UNC Management.  The Endowment and Investment Committee got a briefing from the UNC management CEO about ten days ago.  We are very current and our Trustees and Foundation folks working on that are highly aware of what is going on there. 

o        Creating Endowed Professorships.  We are the only campus in the system to be ahead of the Spangler match.  We created the Owen Chair with the gift of C.D. Spangler and his wife and their foundation in 2007.  We created the Paddison Chair in 2008; the Glaxo Smith Kline Chair in 2009, and most recently the Roy Carroll Chairs in Arts and Sciences for 2010.  They are recently created endowments and only the first of those has had someone (Joe Sulock) seated in the endowed chair.  President Bowles is engaging in a conversation with President Spangler to see if he might provide a bridge for the endowments of two or three years until those endowments are covered so that we might take more advantage of them. 

o        Work on the Budget with the Legislature.  As she briefed at the All Campus meeting, we did very well in the Board of Governors budget that was approved.  We did fairly well in Governor’s budget proposal, and we did exceptionally well in the Senate proposal.  However, the Senate budget was calculated on last month’s revenue numbers for the state and is probably too optimistic.  But the Senate and the House will have that high watermark as part of the negotiation when they get to committee.  Less cuts for UNC Asheville is not the most wonderful rallying cry; however in every briefing, in every public situation, President Bowles has reiterated that cuts have to be differentiated by economies of scale and specificity of mission. 

o        Diversity:  we have made a number of steps on diversity and inclusion this year thanks to the work of many Senators and especially Jane Fernandes.  We have a definition, we have opened an Intercultural Center, and our student demographics are considerably improved.  The Fall ’08 incoming freshmen non-white students was 15%.  The all-student non-white fall statistic was 12.6%.  Three years ago we were in single digits.  Several Senators are working on a potential exchange with NC A&T.  She is especially appreciative of the work of the faculty on coming together in this time of economic crisis:  teaching courses they had not planned to teach, serving students in extra ways and enduring the interruption of your plans in terms of managing the budget.  She is especially grateful that faculty have helped work through this process in a way that has made sure that our students have suffered least of all and that our staff find the work that we are doing here on managing the economic crisis to be well-communicated and credible.   

o        Mission:  the discussion that was rendered out of the strategic planning process was perceived by some to be incomplete and now she is very grateful for the work of IDC and another multi-constituency group, and especially Betsy Wilson’s leadership along with Jane Fernandes to make sure that everyone has a say on that. 

o        University Planning Council:  the UPC is coming into its on now at the conclusion of its second year.  She is grateful to all of its members.  The topics that they have dealt with this year included implementation of planning and budgets.  It is a very effective and increasingly helpful group.  She credited UPC on their work on benchmarks and targets so that we can implement the strategic plan.  Dr. Fernandes calls this building a culture of evidence.  We are making slow, but some, progress on that.

o        Recurring Funding:  was a major accomplishment this year though it was cut pretty quickly.  The recurring funding that we got in 2008 was the first ever. 

o        Fundraising:  we had an extraordinary fundraising year, especially in this economic environment.  If we get no more major gifts between now and June 30th we will have completed an over $8,000,000 year with gifts and pledges.  Janet Cone and Wilma Sherrill are especially to be thanked for their acumen in their work in that way. 

o        Anonymous Gift:  None of us know who the donor/donors might be and UNC Asheville was among the first to be notified of our gift in March.  They seem to be proportioned to the size of the campuses.  They seem to be (except for Kalamazoo College) all public universities.  And they seem to have the curious attribute of all being led by women.  They happen to be quite a nice set of accomplished women – people with really great reputations.  Molly Broad, now at ACE, plans to invite all of the college presidents to Washington to talk to each other about gratitude, and to put out our own statement not mediated through the media.  However that is the other attribute of this anonymous gift:  UNC Asheville was mentioned by name on ABC News on a Friday night on the Rachel Maddow show as the cocktail moment, the good news story at the end of MSNBC’s program, and also in The New York Times. 

·         Areas of Focus for next year: 

o        Continuing to build our culture of evidence with Dr. Fernandes and the Senate working on that.  She was pleased to know that the Senate is working on student learning outcomes. 

o        The Athletics evaluation is underway and about half of the administrative offices’ evaluations will be finished by June 30th – that is on track. 

o        We are making progress on the strategic plan and we need to do that during this time of constrained resources. 

o        We need to learn from our marketing and branding study. 

o        The website: reworking what we say and mean about the university. 

o        We will be dedicating what we hope will be a fully equipped Zeis Science and Multi-Media building around a celebration of Founders’ Days.

o        We will come out of this budget crisis.  


·         Challenges that the University Faces:

o        Creating a culture of evidence needs to be part of what we all do and a greater part of how we pursue our shared strategy. 

o        We need to continue to do better on diversity and inclusion, in terms of both membership and behavior and that is also everyone’s job. 

o        We need to continue to work on retention factors such as admissions and expanded aid and scholarship, residential capacity for students on our campus, and on-campus employment.  Retention is also everybody’s job and faculty are an important element in students’ lives – they love you most of all and you mean the most to them of anything that we can do. 

o        We need to help perspective students understand the real value of UNC Asheville so that we can continue to enroll exceptionally fine students. 

o        We need to cultivate legislative and philanthropic support for the university. 

·         Two factoids:  we put together about three years ago a pandemic flu plan.  The people involved have been convened by Bill Haggard, and are in contact with the Buncombe County Health Department and with the General Administration.  There are no confirmed cases in North Carolina but there are elsewhere in the United States and we will continue to monitor this very carefully.   

·         Last night the U.S. House and Senate passed a concurrent budget resolution which essentially paved the way for Congress to consider the President’s plan on PELL grants expansion and on direct loans.  College affordability at the federal level that has an impact on our students will then have a likelihood of changing significantly. 


·         Dr. Moseley expressed, on behalf of FWDC, the hope that some guidance will be forthcoming from the administration about how faculty will take furloughs.   

o        Chancellor Ponder said because the Governor’s office issued two statements in two days – one correcting the other – she has seen the list of questions on clarification.  We do not know the answer to that yet.  It is called a flexible furlough but it actually does not function that way.  It is a pay cut with some paid leave in exchange, and it is most clearly understood in how it would affect full-time SPA staff.  The rest of us have no idea how to implement that.  As soon as she knows, you will know.

·         Dr. Dohse thanked Chancellor Ponder for coming.  He said he believed with good leadership you can get good things done and he is very happy the list of accomplishments is that long. 


V.      Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report

         Dr. Merritt Moseley reported for the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee.

         Second Reading:

         The following document was considered for Second Reading:


FWDC 11 (Revised):  Revision of the process for Administering Student Evaluations of Instruction

               (Revision of SD0308F; Faculty Handbook


This document was revised in response to Dr. Lanou’s astute request for clarification.  The sentence: “No class with fewer than six students enrolled at the time of evaluation should be chosen to be evaluated” has been deleted and replaced with:  “No class with fewer than six students enrolled at the time of evaluation should be used as one of the classes to satisfy the 50% requirement, though faculty are encouraged to evaluate all classes.”  FWDC 11 (Revised) passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8209S.


         Changes in the State Health Plan (SHP)

         Dr. Moseley outlined changes to the State Health Plan:

·         8.9 percent increase in premiums for employees/dependents each year for the next two plan years.

·         Increased deductibles, co-pays.

·         Routine eye exams will no longer be covered as of next January.

·         A wellness provision will require those who smoke to move to the 70/30 plan a year from July, and those who are determined to be seriously overweight be moved to the 70/30 plan by July 2011. 


The people in Human Resources want to make sure that faculty do not see any of this as being sneaky.  The re-enrollment period is the first week in May.  Faculty are asked to watch the website: Human Resources as well as the State Health Plan (SHP) website.  Emails and reminders will be distributed throughout campus and information sessions are planned within the next two weeks to ensure everyone understands the ramifications.   

Thank You

         Dr. Moseley thanked FWDC members:  Bruce Larson, George Heard, Ellen Pearson, and John McClain for their hard work this year.  He is pleased with some of the things they have been able to accomplish.


VI.     Academic Policies Committee Report

         Dr. Bill Sabo reported for the Academic Policies Committee.

         First Reading [Unanimously approved by APC]

         APC 84:   Establish new course, ATMS 230, FORTRAN for Meteorologists to replace CSCI 142


         APC 85:   Sunsetting Courses


         APC 85 was amended by two friendly amendments:  BIOL 442 and IST 263 were removed from the list of courses to be deleted from the catalog.  

Second Reading [Unanimously approved by APC]

The following documents were considered for Second Reading:


         APC 65:   Remove Psychology and History courses from K-6 licensure requirements

         APC 65 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8309S.


APC 66:   Require a Study Abroad experience for the INTS major;

                        Remove foreign language as an option for fulfilling international experience requirement

         APC 66 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8409S.


APC 67:   Update requirements for areas of emphasis in INTS major

         APC 67 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8509S.


APC 68:   Change credits hours and descriptions for INTS 361 and 362

         APC 68 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8609S.


APC 69:   Allow other courses as option to INTS 499 for major

         APC 69 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8709S.


APC 70:   Remove “Choosing an Area of Emphasis” in INTS minor;

               Add ECON 250 as an introductory course option in INTS minor

         APC 70 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8809S.


APC 71:   Add three new Dance classes: DAN 131, 132, 133

         APC 71 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8909S.


APC 72:   Change prerequisites for DAN 230, 237, 238, 310, 335, 337, 338

         APC 72 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9009S.


APC 73:   Change title and description for DAN 231; Change description for DAN 235

         APC 73 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9109S.


APC 74:   Delete DAN 331; Add new course, DAN 330

         APC 74 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9209S.


APC 75:   Change requirements for Minor in Dance

         APC 75 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9309S.


APC 76:   Addition of new courses to the HWP curriculum:  HWP 260,

               284, 290, 292, 333, 335, 345, 350, 355, 360, 480

         APC 76 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9409S.


APC 77:     Change course description for HWP 380

         APC 77 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9509S.


APC 78:   Edit requirements for minor in Health Promotion; Delete minor in Sports Medicine

         APC 78 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9609S.


APC 79:     Add course descriptions for Health and Wellness activity classes

         APC 79 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9709S.


APC 80:   Delete HWP 182 as a required course for HWP majors;

               Change required courses for the major in HWP

         APC 80 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9809S.


APC 81:   Add new courses, INTS 325, 345, and 350 as options for INTS concentration;

                        Add ECON 355 as option for INTS


         Dr. Sabo made editorial corrections to APC 81 that were inadvertently not included. 

         APC 81 passed as amended without dissent and became Senate Document 9909S.


APC 82:   Change foreign language requirement for INTS major

         APC 82 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 10009S.


APC 83:   Edit required courses for INTS major; Edit competency requirements for INTS major

         APC 83 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 10109S.


Status of ILS Survey

APC looked at a draft summary of the ILS Survey.  Highlights:

·      133 people started the survey

·      128 people completed the survey

·      The response rate was 62 percent for regular faculty. 

·      Only 2 adjuncts completed the survey. 

·      If adjuncts, who did receive notice of the survey, are included, the response rate was in the low-40 percent.  

·      Comparing the responses based on divisional representation (humanities, social science, natural science) there appears to be general agreement that this campus does not think the ILS program is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but people were generally satisfied with most of its components.  Some work needs to be done but no one said let’s change everything immediately.  Given these general comments, it seems wise to proceed with the plans for long-term review that APC submitted and the Senate approved (SD0808F).  Dr. Bell has agreed to look at the raw data, evaluate it, and add some conclusions.  The open-ended comments still need to be evaluated but that will take time. 

   Thank You

            Dr. Sabo thanked Sally Wasileski, Chris Bell, Mark Harvey, Lorena Russell and Karen Cole for their work on APC, noting the Faculty Senate, and the faculty generally, were very well served by them.  They did an outstanding job.  


VII.    Administrative Reports

         Student Government Association
Steven Haas said it had been wonderful getting to work with the Faculty Senate through this academic year and he looked forwarding to seeing Senators next year. 


·         Dr. Konz asked if the administration had responded to Bill 015 to relocate the Study Abroad Office.

o        Mr. Haas said the request has been passed on to the administration.  Mr. Cortland is going to meet with Pat McClellan and other administrators to discuss moving the office.  Students would like to have the Study Abroad Office connected with the International Center in Highsmith Union.   

·         Dr. Dohse referred to Bill 016 (revision to Academic Calendar for Fall 2009 – Spring 2010) and said it seems that SGA is not happy with the process or how the calendar was changed.  

o        Mr. Haas agreed with Dr. Dohse’s assessment, but said SGA is very excited about conversations in the future for the next calendar year. 

·         Dr. Dohse thanked Mr. Haas.  The Senate likes the process in which SGA submits a report prior to Senate meetings.  It saves paper and it works very well for the Senators. 

·         Mr. Haas introduced Rene Bindewald.  Ms. Bindewald will attend meetings next fall and will report for SGA second semester.  


VIII.      Old Business
         Thank You
Dr. Dohse thanked all the Senators for working very hard through this semester.  He tries to run a reasonably efficient Senate meeting and was pleased that we have adjourned meetings before 5:00pm except for once where we had to talk about trays in the cafeteria. 
         He gave a special thank you to those Senators who will be leaving us:
  to Karen Cole and Mark Harvey: APC is one of the hardest working committees and you do a great job. 
  to John McClain: the elections seem to move along smoothly because they are working.  Thank you for making elections run so smoothly these last two years. 
  to Merritt Moseley, Betsy Wilson, and Bill Sabo:  you run your respective committees and also helped run the Senate and worked with the Provost in her projects.  A big appreciation goes to you for all your work. 
  The next person is someone he is delighted to work with.  “She cannot imagine how happy he has been to have her sitting there!  Jane, I am so happy you came to UNCA and I am pleased you are with us and I know I speak for the whole faculty.”  A round of applause followed! 
  The reason we communicate well is because of the work of people who help us:  Liz Langrall, Tara Tieman and Regina Pente.  Thank you for making this happen.
  Thank you to Sandra Gravely for all her work this year. 
         Thank You
Dr. Sabo thanked Karen Cole, John McClain, Mark Harvey, Merritt Moseley and Betsy Wilson who are rotating off the Senate, and also Sally Wasileski who will be on leave. 
         “Legislative bodies by their very construction and nature are notoriously inefficient.  If it was not for certain people diligently keeping tabs of its records and taking care of the detailed work on the most complex issues and coordinating its activities they would never succeed.  There are three people who deserve recognition for their activities in this regard and actually for saving us, as a group, a lot of embarrassment.” 
         “Till has already recognized our invaluable assistant Sandra Gravely, and to her I express again the entire Senate’s appreciation and particularly that of APC.” 
         “Perhaps the most unsung contributor to this group is the person that allows APC to function.  Unless you are on that committee, it is difficult to comprehend how hard Alicia Shope works and how valuable her contributions are.  On behalf of the Senate, and particularly the APC, and indeed on behalf of the entire UNCA faculty, thank you so much Alicia.”  A round of applause followed.” 
         “Finally, we owe a debt of gratitude to an individual who somehow manages to walk that fine line between fairness – that is allowing us to discuss and debate – and firmness – forcing us to focus on the central issue and the big questions.  We have made a number of important decisions this year and unfortunately none of us knows whether or not they all turn out to be good ones.  But I am sure that everyone here will agree that one year ago we made one decision for which we have no regrets at all.  Till Dohse – when we chose you as Chair we showed some collective wisdom.  Thank you.”  A round of applause followed.  “Till, you are a selfless person, and we want you to do something for yourself.  Accept this gift on behalf of the Senate in appreciation for your hard work and diligence.”     

IX.     New Business
         There was no New Business. 


X.      Adjourn
Dr. Dohse announced that the 2009-10 Senate organization meeting will convene in five minutes.  He adjourned the meeting at 4:18pm. 


Respectfully submitted by:        Sandra Gravely

                                                Executive Committee