FACULTY SENATE MEETING
Members: L. Atkinson, B. Butler, R. Booker, L. Cornett, J. Konz, B. Larson, D. Lisnerski,
S. Mills, G. Nallan, P. Nickless, D. Pierce, B. Reynolds, I. Rossell, M. Ruiz, S. Walters.
Visitors: J. Burges, T. Glenn, A. Gravely, L. Holland, S. Honeycutt, A. Shope, K. Whatley.
I. Call to Order
Dr. Padilla is attending a meeting
of the Chief Academic Officers in
III. Approval of minutes
The minutes of
The order of business was modified.
XI. New Business
Election of Alternate to replace Tracy Brown
Nickless reported that Tracy Brown is resigning from the Faculty Senate for
health reasons. The Executive Committee
has accepted his resignation with great sorrow.
Each year, three alternates are elected to the Senate. Earlier in the year,
Nickless explained that the Executive Committee looked at the composition of
IDC – the four member committee would have had one member from the Natural
Sciences and three members from the Humanities.
The Executive Committee has asked
IV. Administrative Report
Kathy Whatley did not have a report, but indicated she would be happy to answer
A summary of Dr. Archer Gravely’s enrollment report follows:
· NC public high school graduates are projected to increase by 10,000 from 2004 to 2013. Most of this increase will occur in the piedmont as the western and eastern areas of the state will remain relatively stable.
· Key statistics for UNCA’s Fall 2004 enrollment compared to Fall 2003:
· Headcount: 3,485 (+ 4.1%)
· FTE: 3,201 (+ 5.8%)
· Student Credit Hours: 44,825 (+2.6%)
· Black students: 94 (+20.5%)
· Minority total: 277 (+14.9%)
· New Freshmen:
Ø Number: 707 (+18%)
Ø Mean SAT: 1,169 (+0.3%)
Ø Mean H.S. Rank: 76 (0.0%)
· New Transfers: 228 (-25.0%)
§ We are projecting an annual FTE of 3,153 which exceeds our 2,999 budgeted FTE by 154.
§ UNCA is projecting to grow approximately 125 annual FTE per year for the next two years.
This rate of increase will yield an annual FTE of 3,275 in 2005-06 and 3,400 in 2006-07.
§ The projected Fall headcount for 2005 is 3,660 and 3,768 in 2006. These headcount projections
fall within the August 2004 IDC recommendations for adjusting the 3,500 cap to exclude
non-degree and graduate students.
§ These enrollment projections will create 22.17 new faculty positions and over $3M in new
funding for 2005-06. In 2006-07, UNCA will receive an additional 9.44 faculty positions and
$1.3M in the enrollment change budget.
Dr. Konz noted that without an explicit directive from the Office of the President, we should not presume that the growth of high school graduates translates into an imperative for us to have growth.
Dr. Lisnerski asked if there had been any talk about not meeting the budgeted revenue targets this year. Mr. Honeycutt indicated that he had not heard this, however UNCA has experienced about $500,000 in budget cuts this year.
Administration canceled classes at today
Senate discussed the decision to cancel classes at today. Dr. Whatley explained that the administration
based its decision on weather information, emergency personnel, and the power
V. Executive Committee Report
Dr. Nickless gave the Executive Committee Report
Constitution Revision Update
the next meeting, Senators will receive a draft constitution that incorporates
the suggestions of the 2003-04 Senate. A
special campus-wide Senate meeting will be devoted to working on the draft and
finalizing a document to submit to faculty members. The special meeting will be held on October
Goals for 2004-05
· Continue to emphasize communication. One reason why the Senate has moved its meetings to Karpen 006 is to create an inclusive atmosphere and increase the number of visitors who attend meetings.
· Continue to improve communication with the administration. A top priority is to clear up the planning process and resolve how we are going to move forward with planning.
· Highlight diversity efforts. Dr. Nickless will pursue this with Heidi Kelley and Dwight Mullen. She anticipates reports to the Senate on some of our challenges and successes in these areas.
Empowering IDC to fulfill duties/responsibilities of UPC
Dr. Rossell explained that at the last meeting, Dr. Lisnerski questioned whether IDC could fulfill UPC’s function without formal approval by the Senate. Last fall, UPC voted that IDC could fulfill UPC’s functions for the 2003-04 year. She only called UPC meetings when absolutely necessary – to vote on the Engineering and ILS proposals. She preferred to not call UPC meetings this year. Half of the seats on UPC are vacant, and it seems unnecessary to fill the vacancies just to delegate the duties to IDC. IDC thought perhaps the Senate could vote to allow IDC to fulfill UPC’s function. UPC and IDC are intertwined and both have Senate documents. The history of UPC is complicated, but there is a Senate document that outlines its membership and specific duties. If the Senate created this document, then the Senate should be able to modify it.
Dr. Rossell made the following motion: “For this academic year, or until further notice, the Faculty Senate empowers IDC to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of UPC.” Dr. Reynolds seconded the motion.
Dr. Konz asked if this implies that the Senate plans to make UPC disappear through documentary action this year. Dr. Rossell replied that UPC does not appear in the revised Constitution. We will have an opportunity to discuss this at length at the October 28 special meeting. The proposed
wording “For this academic year, or until further notice…” allows the Senate to revive UPC and fill the vacant seats. Because Mark Padilla currently holds three seats on UPC, we would need to rewrite the membership to have a workable committee.
Dr. Nickless clarified that last year the Senate was hopeful that it would have clarification on how the planning process was going to work, and have a better idea of what type of committee would
evolve that would replace UPC. That has not happened. That is one reason the Executive Committee said it would be working with the Chancellor to clear up the planning process. Hopefully this will be the last year that we have this limbo.
Dr. Larson noted that UPC has historically been the only place where faculty members and administrators were able to come together and talk about issues that are of concern to the university as a whole. He appreciates that if some folks do not want to play, that it is hard for that function. Is it really the case that people do not want to play? Dr. Rossell stated that it is partly because some of the administrators travel a lot and often miss meetings. She asks them to send a designee, which they have been willing to do. But often, the designee has not participated in UPC meetings, or did not receive the document ahead of time. UPC would be discussing voting on a document and the designee often did not have the historical perspective on the issue that the administrator had. It was not satisfactory in terms of getting things done.
Dr. Lisnerski stated that the motion
does not preclude IDC from inviting administrators to its meetings. Dr. Rossell added that Dr. Padilla generally
attends UPC meetings; Kathy Whatley and
Dr. Larson understood that one of the goals for the Executive Committee is to improve communication in the university. This is an area where the possibility for regular communication is actually going to be eliminated. Is there an alternative structure that could be developed?
Dr. Rossell stated that the Executive Committee hopes to meet monthly with the Chancellor to facilitate communication so that we hear about things before they happen, not afterwards. Certainly that has a lot of implications for planning.
Dr. Larson stated that if the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate were to meet on a regular basis with the Chancellor, and perhaps the Chancellor’s senior staff, it could play some of the same function. Dr. Nickless noted that she was not sure that it would, but one of the Executive Committee’s top priorities is to discuss the planning process and come up with a solution. The motion passed unanimously.
VI. Student Government Association Report
Mr. Tarik Glenn reported for the Student Government Association.
Due to the weather, Freshman elections will be held October 4-5th instead of September 27-28th. Freshman students need to tell the students who they are and what they want to do for the campus.
Porscha Yount hopes, in the next two or three years, to be able to implement an alternative, affordable insurance for older students.
VII. Academic Policies Committee Report
Dr. Jeff Konz reported for the Academic Policies Committee.
APC’s first meeting was canceled last week due to the weather. Although APC has not arrived at any decision about what it will focus on this academic year, Dr. Konz has been sending members some issues for consideration beyond the normal curricular documents. It will continue its effort to address the issue of consistency in the Catalog, with regard to style and structure of program descriptions. A style sheet may emerge out of this exercise.
It has been suggested that APC investigate plus/minus grading and the impact it has had in a number of dimensions, most of which have to do with questions of equity. He has created an initial list of issues for APC to think about in this regard. APC will decide if this is an issue that it wants to
address when it meets next Thursday.
VIII. Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report
Dr. Don Lisnerski gave the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report.
Goals for 2004-05
· Develop a nominating process for establishing a slate of candidates for election purposes. An approved process would then be included in the revised Constitution.
· Develop an oversight process for reviewing faculty development activities on campus.
· Be more active in the establishment of policy and document writing than in tasks.
· Develop a recommendation for the administration on the establishment of a formal exit interview and questionnaire process for faculty separating from UNCA.
FWDC will also be working on the third
revision of the committee assignment listings.
One problem is that several faculty serve on multiple committees and
task forces, while other faculty do not serve on any committees. Hopefully, a tentative schedule of committee
assignments will go out soon. FWDC is
waiting for committee assignments from the Chancellor, the VCAA, VCSA, and
The Senate agreed that changes in position titles on committees (such as changing VCAA and VCSA to Provost) are editorial and do not require Senate documentation.
Dr. Lisnerski reported that as FWDC worked on committee assignments, it questioned the overlap of duties of some committees and ILSOC. For example, we have a First-Year Experience Advisory Committee and its duties are now performed by ILSOC.
Questions were also raised about the
duplication of work in the Writing Across the
Curriculum Committee and the Writing Intensives. It was suggested that the Director of the
Dr. Lisnerski supported modifying the composition of ILSOC; the change would add to communication as the directors are very involved in these areas. FWDC will communicate with Dr. Konz about adding ex officio members to ILSOC’s subcommittees.
IX. Institutional Development Committee Report
Dr. Irene Rossell reported for the Institutional Development Committee (IDC).
Proposal on Global Issues Concentration within IST
- Recommendation and comments
IDC recommended that Dr. Cornett’s proposal be forwarded to APC. The proposed concentration has received demonstrated support from across campus and is worthy of further review. However, IDC brought the following concerns to the attention of APC and the Faculty Senate:
· IDC questioned whether there may actually be some hidden adjunct cost. Dr. Cornett does not have specific courses that she has requested adjuncts for, but there will be three new interdisciplinary study courses that she will either teach herself or seek others from across
campus to teach. This concerns IDC, as it seems likely that at least some faculty volunteering to teach these courses would seek release from other teaching obligations within their departments, perhaps necessitating their chairs to request adjunct instructors to cover departmental needs. The resource implications are that this could increase the university-wide demand for adjunct positions, which have been limited in recent years.
· Dr. Cornett presently receives no secretarial support. If the proposed concentration is approved and becomes popular with students, her need for secretarial assistance will increase.
· Last spring Dr. Padilla and IDC agreed that the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IST) should be reviewed, with a task force looking at the role of this program at UNCA, particularly in light of the new ILS. This review was proposed to take place in Fall 2004, concurrent with IDC reviewing Dr. Cornett’s proposal for a Global Issues concentration within IST. Dr. Ed Katz has informed IDC that a meeting has been planned to discuss IST and decide whether a task force should be formed. IDC is concerned about adding another concentration to IST when several bodies at this university have agreed that the program needs to be reviewed.
Task Force on Enrollment Growth and University Size
IDC and the Executive Committee finalized the membership of the Task Force on Enrollment Growth and University Size. There will be 16 members, who are listed below. Dr. Rossell thanked those who volunteered to serve on the task force. Selections were based on several factors, including the need to balance the membership by division and rank, and the ability of the members to meet during the designated meeting time.
The task force will begin meeting soon, and will hold a series of campus meetings to get input from across the UNCA community. Faculty are encouraged to attend these meetings and share their vision of the size and nature of our university.
- Task Force Membership:
Co-chairs: Irene Rossell and
of IDC: Irene Rossell,
4 additional faculty: Peg Downes, Chris Bell, Dee Eggers, Keith Bramlett
Provost: Mark Padilla
Institutional Research Director: Archer Gravely
Admissions Director: Scot Schaeffer
Diversity/Multicultural Affairs representative: Dwight Mullen
Student Affairs Representative: John Bucher
CSAC representative: Leanna Preston
Chancellor's appointee (to be determined)
Change in location of IDC Minutes
IDC minutes are now available on the Faculty Senate web page. There is also a link to access IDC and UPC minutes from previous years, which are on the Office of Institutional Research web page.
X. Old Business
Nickless reminded Senators that Dr. Friedenberg raised the issue of the Faculty
Handbook editor at the last meeting.
There is an old Senate document saying we shall appoint a Faculty
Handbook editor every two years. Dr.
Chuck Bennett is the current editor and he did not know he was appointed for
only two years, but he did not feel strongly about remaining in that
position. As it stands now, Academic
XI. Other New Business
Dr. Nickless encouraged new Senators who would like to have an orientation, to send her an email. She will set up a small, informal setting where Senators can ask questions. All Senators are welcome to participate.
Dr. Nickless adjourned the meeting at .
Respectfully submitted by: