University of North Carolina Asheville


Minutes, May 6, 2010 (3:15pm)



Members:   C. Bell, R. Berls, G. Boudreaux, L. Dohse, G. Ettari, V. Frank, G. Heard, J. Konz, B. Larson,

                        K. Moorhead, L. Nelms, E. Pearson, K. Reynolds, L. Russell; J. Fernandes.


Excused:      B. Haas, A. Lanou, D. Pierce, M. Sidelnick.


Visitors:        M. Alm, S. Capone, P. Catterfeld, L. Friedenberg, E. Katz, G. Kormanik, K. Krumpe, L. Langrall,

                        L. McCane, P. McClellan, S. Mills, G. Nallan, A. Ponder, B. Schaffer, A. Shope, S. Subramaniam. 



I.         Call to Order, Introductions and Announcements

            Dr. Lothar Dohse called the last meeting of the 2009-10 Faculty Senate to order at 3:16pm and welcomed Senators and guests. 


II.        Approval of minutes  

            The minutes of April 8, 2010, were approved with editorial corrections.


            The agenda was modified.

III.       Executive Committee Report

            University Counsel

            Dr. Dohse introduced our new university counsel Lucien “Skip” Capone.  Mr. Capone said he was thrilled to be at UNC Asheville.  Prior to coming to Asheville he was the university counsel at UNC Greensboro for nearly nineteen years and he was at the NC Attorney General’s office for fourteen years. 

            Mr. Capone said he has an open door policy and he is here to help serve in any way that he can.  At UNC Greensboro he worked with faculty on a number of issues: helping faculty ferret through liability concerns around field trips, intellectual property issues, and working with faculty committees on policy issues.  He encouraged faculty to call him or send him an email and let him know how he can help. 

            Reflections of the year

            Dr. Dohse said the 2009-2010 academic year brought with it a number of challenges for the Faculty Senate.  Our work in addressing these challenges resulted in a number of documents that will have an impact on the future of this University.  He highlighted these in this retrospective.


            Major documents passed are:

   The University Mission Statement – May 7, 2009

   Delivering the Curriculum outlining our workload – October 8, 2009

   Student Learning Outcomes setting our educational goals – January 21, 2010

   Approving the move to electronic Student Ratings of Instruction – March 18, 2010


            In addition there were areas of major discussion:

   The closing of the research centers EQI and Mossbauer  – September 3, 2009

   Better communication with the Board of Trustees – November 5, 2009

   Elimination of the German program – December 3, 2009

   APC Report of Faculty Perception of ILS, and response to criticism of Policy on Cluster courses – November 5, 2009 and February 11, 2010


            Certain items were part of campus discussion, but are on-going projects that will be part of the Senate’s Agenda in the future.  Specific items for the next year are:

   The campus response to the budget crisis

   Review of our Tenure and Reward Systems

   Implementation of the electronic Student Rating of Instruction format

   Preparation for the 2012 SACS reaccreditation


            As the campus evolves, additional items may become important for the Faculty Senate to consider in the future.  These are:

   The growing role of Student Affairs in the education of students

   Managing larger workloads with smaller budgets

   Incorporation of new programs to our campus, including distance learning and programs jointly run with other universities.


            Remarks from Chancellor Ponder

   Chancellor Ponder thanked Dr. Dohse for his service as chair of the Faculty Senate. 

   Pisgah House is open and we have held 42 events at the House since February 4.  Over 1,400 people have visited, some from every constituency: students, community leaders, alumni, faculty, trustees and donors.  Members of IDC/UPC are invited to the House on Friday.  On Monday there will be a faculty reception after the final faculty meeting of the year.  Three retired faculty members will be recognized for their service by the naming of those endowed scholarship funds. 

   Chancellor Ponder thanked faculty for teaching so well and for taking on a heavier teaching load.  If faculty had not stepped forward, the cuts to the rest of the university would have been worse.  She is grateful for the faculty’s work and involvement in that way.  “Your work with the Provost on Delivering the Curriculum will give us a transparent and equitable way to know where we are in terms of teaching responsibilities and delivering the curriculum. “

   Thanks to the contribution of the commencement selection committee, the honorands this year include: civil rights leader Bernice Johnson Reagon, the legendary coach Dean E. Smith who is being recognized for integrating basketball when other great coaches of that era were far behind, and our local Hall of Fame recipient coach Roy A. Williams. 

   This will be our largest graduating class; any student who was qualified to complete their work in December (that was snowed out) may come.  The accomplishments of our students were wonderful this year and let us congratulate them in person.     

   The Board of Governors’ budget was positive for us because it followed the plans that we enacted last year.  The magnitude of what we have to deal with was recognized in the BOG budget.  It  also offered a substitute tuition plan.  Instead of having all the tuition dollars go into the general fund  half of those dollars are pledged to financial aid for students who need help.  The Governor’s budget is dire from the perspective of the university.  As usual, we take our lead about what would be beneficial from the General Administration. 


Several days ago Chancellor Ponder joined almost all of the chancellors and President Bowles at the invitation of Senator Mark Basnight and six other senators in the leadership of the Senate.  Senator Basnight asked them to make it clear to the people of NC that it would be damaging to the university to follow the governor’s budget.  Chancellor Ponder wants our faculty to understand that we are attempting to make it easier and more likely for the Senate to help us as they put forward their budget proposal, and more difficult for the House to hurt us as they follow with their budget.  The conference and the conclusion of this legislative session are slated to be complete in July.  With the same message, we need to alarm the legislators but reassure the campus that we are in the middle of a process at this particular point. 


Dr. Ponder also met this previous Monday with Senator Nesbitt who is now the majority leader in our area.  Yesterday, she worked with some of our local media and Chancellor Bardo from WCU, and Chancellor Peacock from ASU.  This included a noon WLOS taping for 5:00-6:00pm and a meeting with the editorial board of the Asheville Citizen-Times.  There was an initial printed article today and she anticipates more in the editorial section over the weekend.  Our message is: It takes decades to build up a wonderful university and only a session in the legislature to destroy it.  The responsible cuts have been made and to cut significantly further will actually undermine the quality of the university in a way that it would take years to recover from, if possible at all.   


   Chancellor Ponder has completed her service as the drafter of the summary of the 17 university campuses and the three major affiliates that was her committee assignment on the presidential leadership qualities.  That work was completed yesterday when the entire report was submitted.  The process now includes only members of the Board of Governors, but based on the advice and material that we put together. 

   It has been a challenging year but also an extraordinary one.  A few of the things that have gone right this year: we have a new web page, we have some of the most talented students admitted that we have ever had, we got the Princeton Review ranking as one of the greenest colleges, the university’s home “Pisgah House” opened and it distinguishes the university, we dedicated Zeis for Science and Multimedia, we named some endowed funds for staff in the fall, and faculty in the spring, we acquired the Rhoades property into the Foundation and then from the Foundation into the university.  That was an appropriation of an additional $1.75 million that had otherwise not been previously budgeted.  We created the first endowed fund from the Janvirve Foundation to the NC Center for Creative Retirement.  Janvirve is not able to contribute directly to the university but can contribute to that special program.  Again, with thanks and gratitude, she congratulated the senators on a very fine year. 


            Dr. Heard asked if the tuition increase would be 6.5 percent, which we proposed, or 8 percent proposed by the Board of Governors.  Chancellor Ponder said the tuition increase has not been determined at this time.  The Board of Governors sets the tuition unless it is in conflict with what the legislature does.  The Governor did support that change in her budget and it is highly likely we will prevail with what we proposed. 

            Dr. Dohse asked what faculty could do to help as a response to the budget.  Chancellor Ponder recommended that the Faculty Senate join as some of the other Faculty Senates have done, to ask the legislature to fund the university responsibility and to eliminate consideration of draconian cuts that would affect the quality of the academic program. 

            Dr. Dohse asked Senators for feedback.  Dr. Nallan distributed a resolution that East Carolina passed.  He said that the Faculty Assembly has asked each of the universities to pass a similarly worded resolution. 

            The Senate discussed ECU’s resolution at length and made several edits.  Mr. Berls made a motion to approve the revised resolution.  Dr. Larson seconded the motion.  The Sense of the Senate Resolution follows:




Whereas, education plays a vital role in our State’s future economic health and the aspirations of millions of North Carolina families; and,


Whereas, an educated and highly skilled workforce is necessary for the economic progress of the State; and,


Whereas, the University of North Carolina System plays a leadership role in educating the people of our State and in the overall economic growth of North Carolina; and,


Whereas, continued excellence depends upon sustained, adequate funding; and,


Whereas, the projected budget cuts are alarming, especially following budget cuts over the past two years; and,


Whereas, the budget cuts will limit access to higher education for many residents of our State at a time when higher education enrollments are growing; and,


Whereas, academic reputations are built slowly over many years, and once compromised cannot be easily regained; and,


Whereas, the University of North Carolina General Administration estimates that any budget cuts in excess of 2% would harm the academic core of the University and significantly reduce the quality of academic instruction and student experiences at all UNC campuses; and,


Whereas, the University of North Carolina has already absorbed approximately $300 million or 29% of the current state budget reversions while the University represented only 13% of the total state budget; and,


Whereas, the proposed state budget currently recommends a reduction of 5.9% or $154 million (a 3.9% reduction on top of the existing 2% cut) for the UNC System; and,


Whereas, 75% of the state budget allocated to the UNC System supports personnel expenses making it impossible to absorb large cuts without eliminating more jobs; and,


Be It Resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of North Carolina At Asheville urges the State Legislature to prevent the most serious erosion in the quality of higher education in North Carolina by providing sufficient and appropriate funding for higher education by restricting additional budget cuts to no more than 2% ; and,


Be It Further Resolved that the State budget include full funding for need-based financial aid to ensure access to higher education for the people of the State of North Carolina; and,


Be It Further Resolved that the State Legislature appropriately continue its historical commitment and attention to our State’s higher education needs as envisioned in the original Act of Incorporation (1789) for the University of North Carolina by providing adequate higher education funding to ensure “the happiness of a rising generation, and endeavor to fit them for an honorable discharge of the social duties of life by paying attention to their education.”

The Sense of the Senate Resolution passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7210S. 

Brief Report on Changes effecting the University

       Pharmacy School coming to UNC Asheville

Dr. Dohse mentioned that the UNC Board of Governors approved UNC-Chapel Hill’s plan to expand its Pharmacy School program to UNC Asheville in partnership with Mission Health System.  The satellite pharmacy program will be based at UNC Asheville.  This will mean that some space will have to be assigned to this group.  That is an issue to be resolved in the 2010-11 academic year.  Presently some space has been earmarked in Zeis. The school is significant in size; estimates range from 6-12 offices and several classroom spaces designed to the pharmacy school. 

       Elaine Fox’s Position [Director of Extension and Distance Education]

            Dr. Elaine Fox should not be left unnoticed by the Faculty Senate.  Elaine works in the adult education extension program and she is retiring.  For a while it was unsure whether or not her position would be filled, but it now looks like it will be filled.  Dr. Dohse noted that the person in this position will actually bring money to the school.  As a public institution, he would see it as a concern if the position was left unfilled. 

       Wireless Web Connections

            Dr. Dohse reported that according to Jim Kuhlman, UNC Asheville will soon have wireless internet on campus.  New Hall, Zageir and Karpen may have wireless connections by early next fall with the rest of the campus being online within a year’s time.   


IV.      Faculty Welfare and Development Committee

            Dr. George Heard reported for the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee.

            Alternate Faculty Conciliator

            Pam Laughon has been chosen by the Student Government Association as the Alternate Faculty Conciliator commencing in Fall 2010, becoming the Faculty Conciliator in Fall 2011. 

            Report on electronic Student Rating of Instruction (SRI)

            FWDC have met to discuss best practices in the implementation of electronic SRIs.  In order to estimate an acceptable response rate we need to know the current response rate.  This data was recently furnished – there is an overall average of 83.8% of students enrolled in the course at the actual time of administration, but individual department averages vary from 64.9% to 96.8%.  There will be meetings with vendors over the next few weeks to determine the capabilities of the software and from there we will present a set of protocols to most effectively implement SRI while monitoring response rates and changes in data over the first iterations.  We request that the raw data be made available immediately so any global changes in response rates and averages can be factored in to decision making processes by the Committee of Tenured Faculty and by Department Chairs in writing their supporting letters.

            Report on changes to Code 600

            FWDC has been working to complete changes to the Faculty Handbook.  The work will be reviewed by the incoming FWDC before being brought to Faculty Senate.  These will come in as four separate documents:

   Changes to Faculty Grievance Committee, requiring that all qualified complaints go to mediation before coming to the full Committee.

   Changes to policies on non-reappointment of tenure-track faculty, delineating the responsibilities of the Faculty Committee on Hearings, and the route of appeal in the case of a decision to not reappoint.

   General changes to Tenure policies (including the deletion of the mandatory retirement).

   Elimination of Section 13.1 and replacement with a single link to the UNC Code.


            Dr. Heard thanked the members of FWDC, Ellen Pearson, Gary Ettari, Greg Boudreaux and Bruce Larson for their hard work during the year. 


V.        Institutional Development Committee/University Planning Council Reports

                Ms. Linda Nelms reported for Institutional Development Committee and University Planning Council.

University Planning Committee (UPC)

       Much of the discussion was about the UNC Pharmacy School satellite program at UNC Asheville.  Dr. Ponder has said that UNC Asheville does not have to put up money nor raise money for the program. 

       Chancellor Ponder gave an update on the UNC Presidential search process.   

       Debbie Griffith made a recommendation to establish a new strategic plan workgroup focused on giving more attention to publicizing UNC Asheville’s academic reputation. 

       Provost Fernandes talked about the responses to the campus climate questionnaire.  The Diversity Action Committee will continue to work with it.  She also discussed reconciling the student learning outcomes with the elements of the strategic plan.  In her opinion, the reconciliation is a matter of semantics – there are no obvious areas of conflict.  Dr. Fernandes simply wants to make sure that there is no confusion or concern if someone mistakenly perceives two sets of outcomes. 

       Ms. Nelms said her comments to the Senate are often compressed because of time and recommended that those who want more information access the minutes Archer Gravely writes so excellently for UPC  (

            Institutional Development Committee (IDC)


       IDC had a very unstructured and relaxed end-of-semester discussion on goals for next year.  They discussed the process related to the UNC Pharmacy School satellite program at UNC Asheville.  Given that this was generated externally and brought to the campus, our typical process of discovering what the impact would be was lacking.  IDC will look at how those changes that might not have been generated on campus can be better integrated with the campus. 

       IDC discussed the upcoming SACS assessment and the role that the Faculty Senate should have in it.

       IDC also discussed additional issues of faculty governance.


            Ms. Nelms thanked Amy Lanou and Dan Pierce, both of whom are away today on a mission to further their faculty development.  To her awe, these are two people who had books published while they were members of the Faculty Senate and IDC.  They always provided very good input.  She thanked Bill Haas:  we all know that he is ill and we are hopeful that he is doing well.  She thanked Jeff Konz whose departure from IDC is voluntary as he takes on the responsibilities of dean.  She is delighted that we had a chance to work with Jeff and feel sure that we will see more of him in the future.  She thanked her friend Kevin Moorhead, who did not rotate off the Senate – she is delighted that he will be back next year.

VI.      Academic Policies Committee Report

            Dr. Chris Bell reported for the Academic Policies Committee.

            First Reading

            [Unanimously approved by APC]
The following document was considered for First Reading:
            MINOR Document

            APC 83:   Sunsetting Courses


            Courses that have not been taught for four years are dropped from the Catalog unless the departments offer a rationale for keeping them.  The document will be considered for second reading at the organization meeting today. 

           Second Reading [Unanimously approved by APC]
           The following documents were considered for Second Reading:

            APC 41:     Editorial Changes outside of the Education Department.

            APC 41 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7310S.

            APC 54:     Change AP credit for U.S. History.

            APC 54 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7410S.

            APC 56:     Delete SPAN 320 from Spanish curriculum.

            APC 56 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7510S.

            APC 57:     Add new course, SPAN 345, Spanish for Business;
                                Add new course, SPAN 498, Senior Seminar in Spanish.

            APC 57 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7610S.

            APC 58:     Change course descriptions for SPAN 481, 482 and 495.

            APC 58 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7710S.

            APC 59:    
Change requirements for major and minor in Spanish.

            APC 59 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7810S.

            APC 64:     Change titles and course descriptions for HW 100, 101, 102, 103.

            APC 64 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7910S.


            APC 65:     Edit the introductory narrative for Health and Wellness Promotion.

            APC 65 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8010S.

            APC 66:     Add new courses to the HWP curriculum: HWP 190, HWP 250, HWP 294. 

            APC 66 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8110S.

            APC 67:     Change prerequisites for HWP 335, HWP 380, HWP 390. 

            APC 67 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8210S.


            APC 68:     Change course descriptions for HWP 225 and HWP 310.

            APC 68 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8310S.


            APC 69:     Change title, description and credit hours for HWP 420.

            APC 69 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8410S.

            APC 70:     Change course number and description for HWP 325.  

            APC 70 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8510S.

            APC 71:     Change course description for HWP 459.

            APC 71 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8610S.

            APC 72:     Change major and minor requirements for HWP.

            APC 72 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8710S.

            APC 73:     Add new elective courses to the HWP curriculum: HWP 315, 316, 317, 320, 343, 365, 401.

            APC 73 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8810S.

            APC 74:     Editorial changes to courses requiring a course from HWP 152-155 as a prerequisite.

            APC 74 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8910S.

            APC 75:     Change course titles for MMAS 151, 222, 322, 330.

            APC 75 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9010S.

            APC 76:     Add new course, MMAS 342 to the curriculum.

            APC 76 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9110S.

            APC 77:     Change MMAS 255 to 344, and add a prerequisite.

            APC 77 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9210S.

            APC 78:     Editorial changes to Aesthetics and Social Awareness.

            APC 78 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9310S.

            APC 79:     Add new courses, NEUR 216 and 480; Changes to Requirements for Minor in Neuroscience.

            APC 79 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9410S.

            APC 80:     Increase credit hours for POLS 220 and resulting editorial changes.


            Dr. Moorhead made the observation that by and large Political Science is teaching three four-credit hour courses instead of four three-credit hour courses.  He can appreciate why this was done administratively.  If other departments follow this lead, at some point this will become a problem if we have to follow the Delaware Study.  Dr. Bell said APC discussed this.  APC 80 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9510S.


            APC 81:     Delete ATMS 105, replacing it with ATMS 111 and 113, Understanding the Atmosphere.

            APC 81 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9610S.


            APC 82:     Editorial Changes resulting from deletion of ATMS 105 and addition of ATMS 111 and 113.

            APC 82 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 9710S.


Dr. Bell thanked the members of APC: Rob Berls, Volker Frank, Kitti Reynolds, Lorena Russell and Mark Sidelnick.  He also thanked administrators Keith Krumpe, Alicia Shope and Sandra Gravely. 

VII.     Administrative Reports

            Provost Jane Fernandes reported for Academic Affairs. 

            Thank You

            Dr. Fernandes thanked everyone on the Faculty Senate for a very engaging and thought-provoking year.  Some really important issues were discussed and resolved, or left unresolved.  This Senate is a great group and you have the best interests of the university and the students at the forefront of your mind and that is what will make the university strong going forward, especially in this budget.  Thank you for great work. 

            Dr. Fernandes also thanked the Executive Committee for taking her into their discussion and letting her participate as a colleague.  She thanked Dr. Nelms, Dr. Bell, Dr. Heard, Dr. Dohse and Sandra Gravely for meeting with her and allowing her to know more about the issues that are important to you.  She is in awe of Dr. Dohse’s running a great meeting and managing difficult discussions and letting all of the perspectives come forward to get a good understanding and decision.  She has been honored to work with Dr. Dohse for the past two years and she hopes they will keep working together in a different way in the future. 

            Change in our commencement ceremony

            Students brought an issue to the university’s attention related to inclusion of all in the various aspects of our campus.  When she met with some of the students they particularly mentioned that commencement was a very problematic area for them, especially since they are friends with some who will be graduating this year who use wheelchairs.  The path that students in wheelchairs take is viewed as a very isolating path and it is the antithesis of what a commencement should be – which is about all of us together.  The university made a decision that we will not be using the stairs of Ramsey Library for commencement starting with this commencement and going forward with other commencements unless or until we have another better long term strategy which we are working on.  In the meantime, all paths to commencement will not involve steps.  We will all be walking the same path.  To be clear, this is not about a legal accommodation or about an ADA accommodation because we do that already.  The students were working on something much greater – an idealistic view of our community -- even though there was a reasonable accommodation, it is not an inclusive accommodation and it set some people off on the path of isolation which we want to avoid.


VIII.    Old Business

            There was no Old Business.    


IX.       New Business

            Dr. Dohse noted that he has worked with some senators for three years and he has now been Chair for two years.  “It has been a little taxing but he is proud to work with people like you.”  He said he would never have said yes to two years if he did not have such strong support.  He thanked the Executive Committee:  Linda Nelms, Chris Bell, and George Heard.  They made the difficult times a lot easier to work through.  He thanked Sandra Gravely who has stayed by his side, keeping him straight, and making sure that he did not goof off or forget things.         

            Dr. Bell presented a gift to Dr. Dohse from the Faculty Senate and said he hoped the Senate had not been too taxing.  We appreciate the light you have been – thank you so much.


 X.       Adjourn

            Dr. Dohse said the 2010-11 Faculty Senate organization meeting will commence in five minutes.  He adjourned the meeting at 4:35pm.


Respectfully submitted by:          Sandra Gravely

                                                                Executive Committee