University of North Carolina at Asheville


Minutes, January 28, 1999

Senate Members: R. Bowen, W. Bruce, P. Caulfield, R. Dunning, M. Ghidina, J. Gupton, G. Kormanik, K. Krumpe, P. McClellan, C. McKenzie, C. Pons, B. Sabo, H. Stern, G. Miller

Absent: T. Rizzo, I. Rossell

Visitors: S. Browning, D. James, M. Latz, H. Lee, B. Sensabaugh, A. Shope

I. Call to Order

Dr. Kormanik called the meeting to order at 3:15 p.m. and welcomed senators and guests.

Approval of Minutes
The minutes of December 10, 1998 were approved following an editorial correction.

II. Administrative Report
There was no Administrative Report as Chancellor Reed and Dr. Pitts were out of town.

III. Executive Committee Report
Dr. Gregg Kormanik gave the Executive Committee Report.
Board of Trustees Meeting
Dr. Kormanik reported on Post Tenure Review guidelines, diversity, and reassigned time at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.

Minority Affairs Commission Report
The Minority Affairs Commission report was delayed until Dr. Heon Lee or another representative from the Commission arrived. Dr. Heon Lee had a class until 4:20 pm. Copies of the Minority Affairs Commission Proposals for Campus Diversity were distributed.

Senate Statement on Diversity
EC 2: (Senate Statement on Diversity) was not ready for consideration.

IV. Student Government Association Report
There was no Student Government Association Report.

V. Academic Policies Report
Dr. Bill Sabo reported for the Academic Policies Committee.
First Reading
The following documents were distributed for First Reading:

APC 13: Hist 387: History of Judaism

APC 14: Humanities Minor Revision

APC 15: New French and German Courses for General Education

APC 16: Career Courses in Health and Fitness

APC 17: Special Topics Courses for Engineering (400 level)

APC 18: Chemistry Research Courses

Second Reading
The following documents were considered for Second Reading:

APC 4: Replace Psychology 220 with Psychology 318
Dr. Ghidina questioned why Psyc 318 was four credit hours instead of three hours. Dr. Sabo replied that Psyc 318 will contain additional material and laboratory work. APC 4 passed unanimously and became Senate Document 1299S.

APC 5: Deleting Econ 410, Changes in Finance Concentration, changing Econ 450 and 360. Adding 316
Dr. Sabo made a motion to insert "210" on page 3, section D. The clause would read: "two courses from ECON 210, 305, 310 or 350." Ms. McKenzie seconded the motion. The motion to amend passed. APC 5 passed unanimously as amended and became Senate Document 1399S.

APC 6: Addition of Special Topics Courses for Health and Fitness
APC 6 passed unanimously and became Senate Document 1499S.

APC 7: New Course Numbers for Abstract Algebra Courses
APC 7 passed unanimously and became Senate Document 1599S.

APC 8: Description of Humanities 214
APC 8 passed unanimously and became Senate Document 1699S.

APC 9: Management: Changes in Course Descriptions, Titles, and Prerequisites for Various Courses
APC 9 passed unanimously and became Senate Document 1799S.

APC 10: Changes in Management Minor Requirements
APC 10 passed unanimously and became Senate Document 1899S.

APC 11: Changes in Oral Competency Requirements for Management
An editorial correction was made to APC 11. APC 11 passed unanimously and became Senate Document 1999S.

APC 12: Changes to Chemistry 105 and Chemistry Graduate Record Examination Requirement
In response to Dr. Kormanik's question about the natural science requirements, Dr. Sabo explained that each department in the natural sciences has a 105 class with a laboratory component. The integrated 3-hour science courses are a series of new, innovative courses designed for students to understand the different elements of the natural sciences without a laboratory component. Dr. Gupton commented that there is a trend across the country for general education courses in chemistry to be taught as "chemistry in context." This approach is much more attractive to students who aren't going to be science majors but need to understand that science is important to everyday life. APC 12 passed unanimously and became Senate Document 2099S.

Status of Student Honor Code
The APC will consider the student behavior code after addressing material mandated by the catalog deadline and the concerns of the departments.

VI. Institutional Development Committee/University Planning Council Report:
Dr. Peter Caulfield gave the Institutional Development Committee/University Planning Council report.

Dr. Caulfield explained how the UPC processes department self studies. The Chemistry Department Self Study will be finalized next week. The UPC will consider the Interdisciplinary Studies Program proposals, the Atmospheric Science Department Self Study, the sophomore survey results and its implications for planning, the History Department Self Study, and possibly the Computer Science Department Self Study.

VII. Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report
Dr. Marcia Ghidina gave the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report.
First Reading
The following documents were distributed for First Reading:

FWDC 4: Reassigned Time Policy

FWDC 5: Post-Tenure Review Clarification

FWDC 6: Post-Tenure Review Ranking Term Change

Senate Recommendations Regarding Reassigned Time Policy and Practices

Requests to be taken off the Senate Ballot
The FWDC received a request from Humanities Director Peg Downes, asking that the humanities coordinators be taken off the Senate ballot because they were no longer going to receive reassigned time. Dr. Ghidina stated that with changes in the appropriation of reassigned time in addition to previous requests for release from Senate service, many similar requests may be forthcoming. She asked the Senate for input on the issue, in particular since releasing faculty from Senate service would require a change in the Senate Constitution.

Dr. Browning suggested that the FWDC talk with Dr. Cochran about the arrangements for Humanities coordinators. He understood that the coordinators were given a choice between reassigned time, a stipend or alternative workload requirements. After discussion, Senators expressed opposition to changing the Senate Constitution in order to release faculty from Senate service because of other service activities and workload.

Minority Affairs Commission Report
Dr. Heon Lee gave a historical background on the report which was distributed earlier in the meeting. The proposal is in response to the Senate's request last spring. The report was based on three assumptions: 1) that UNCA has to be diversified; 2) that UNCA is committed to diversity; and, 3) it is a challenge to diversify UNCA, especially along racial lines.

The Commission report contained three proposals: 1) To establish the Office of Minority and Diversity Affairs; 2) To develop a comprehensive strategic plan for diversity; and, 3) To increase the number of competitive and need-based scholarships for minority students. The Senate discussed various aspects of the proposals.

Dr. Sabo made a motion that the Senate accept the report of the Minority Affairs Commission and refer the report to the UPC/IDC for refinement. He asked that the committee return a formal proposal with a time line for the Senate to study and endorse which can then be sent to the administration for implementation. Ms. McKenzie seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Dr. Kormanik thanked Heon Lee, Dee James and other members of the Commission who worked on the report.

VllI. Old Business
There was no Old Business.

IX. New Business
There was no New Business.

X. Adjournment
Dr. Kormanik adjourned the meeting at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by: Sandra Gravely
                                       Marcia Ghidina