Minutes - March 2, 2011
XLV, No. 13
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
March 2, 2011
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday March 2, 2011, in the University Center Missouriana Room. The following Senators were present: Sophia Scott (Chair), Kevin Dickson (Chair-Elect), Rick Althaus, Larry Bohannon, Stephanie Chamberlain, Eric Clements, Elaine Jackson, Don Jung, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Charles McAllister, Rachel Morgan-Theall, Phil Nacy, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Jian Peng, David Powell, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Claudia Ruediger, Doug Atwood, Seidu Sofo, Sven Svenson, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Victor Wilburn, Diane Wood, and Chris Wubbena. Provost Ronald Rosati and Student Government Liaison Emilee Hargis were also in attendance. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate were Senators Janice Ward and Brandon Christensen.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of February 16, 2011 (45.12) were approved with minor changes, by a voice vote of the Senate after a motion by Senator Elaine Jackson and seconded by Senator Diane Wood.
Chair Sophia Scott made announcements regarding Women in Public Life and the HERI Survey. She then reported that she attended the NCAT Conference in Columbia. The first part of the program focused on what Course Redesign is and the six models which are: the supplemental model, the replacement emporium, fully online buffet and a linked workshop. This conference was in summary a review of what course redesign is and how you do it. They had opportunities to speak with other faculty that were going through the course redesign process at their universities. Some of the comments of the faculty that had been involved in course redesign were that it decreased time in grading and that the technology can track the student time and work, which is really positive. Also, it gives a personalized feedback mechanism for the students. Therefore, students get instant feedback on whether they are getting the concepts or not.
Some of the challenges were communications, student access, faculty buy in, and some infrastructure issues at different universities. If a student is housed in a more rural area sometimes the computers don’t have as fast of internet speed. They are currently searching for courses to go forward from 13 different universities involved in course redesign. The course must be a large enrollment, multi section, undergraduate class. This is a seven stage application process. The deadline for the course readiness instrument is March 15, 2011 and more information is on the website. This university is leading some of the course redesign efforts and a lot of campuses are nervous about course redesign but they are starting to see the benefits of it.
The committee the University of 2020 is in the process of adding five subcommittees: technology, curriculum and academics, the role of faculty, student services and demographics. They are in the process of contacting committee members and chairs of the different sub committees to add to this. The purpose of this committee is to make sure that this university is meeting the needs of the 21st century learner and future students.
Chair Scott reported that the Budget Review committee met while she was in Columbia. Chair-Elect Kevin Dickson was present and reported that the meeting was mostly a review meeting to set the stage for the discussions that will take place in the future. They went over the Governors proposed budget for Higher Education, which is looking at a 7% cut for the appropriation. That has not yet been approved through the House and the Senate, some people believe that the percentage might be increased by the time it comes out of the house and senate, possibly to 10% or greater. There was also a review of the previously approved revenue enhancements. The committee talked most about how the university has already raised tuition for the past two years without assessing the tuition of the students. The committee talked about the letter that they received from the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The letter stated that with the CPI from last year, the university could raise the total tuition by $94.77 and still stay within the CPI Guidelines.
Budget Review will be meeting on March 11th and March 24th to discuss how much to raise tuition and any faculty pay raises at that may happen. The discussion that they had about raises was that the feeling in Jefferson City is that any across the board raises would be viewed very negatively but that Merit raises might be acceptable to have. Any raises given at Southeast are all based on merit; they are not across the board raises that are given. This is very early discussion but Southeast may be in a position to have a small pay increase this year.
Chair Scott attended the chair’s forum and the discussion was in regards to graduate school and the splitting up of duties. They discussed who will be doing what between the Registrar, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Admissions. There was also discussion in regards to summer session and it was agreed upon that for online classes the faculty will receive payment per the contract signed. The chair should offer one section of that course instead of multiple sections and let that course fill up. Once the number of students hits between 36 and 40 then the faculty will get paid for two sections of an online course.
There is a Board of Regents meeting set for March 25, 2011. Some of the items in this meetings discussion will go forward to the Board of Regents Meeting on the 25th.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON REPORT
Student Government Liaison Emilee reported that the Senate has guest speakers last night. One of the speakers was Old Town Cape who talked about the renovations that are going to be going on downtown in the next five years or so. The purpose of that speaker was to get the Student Government ready and motivated for the Southeast Gives Back Campaign. They recognized a few clubs Monday night, and gave an allocation for SEMO Palooza to the Recreation Enhancement Club. The other guest speaker for Monday night was Dr. Randy Carter who talked about helping out with “Enough is enough” week. They are still considering reformations for how Student Government performs elections. Right now some students in different colleges have more interest so they are considering changing the format. They are looking at going to either proportional elections or At Large Elections and they should be voting on that next week.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. Membership, Chair Janice Ward was absent from the meeting, therefore, Chair Sophia Scott reported that membership needs members from the senate to fill the open seats.
B. Professional Affairs, Chair Rick Althuas reported that the committee has an Emeritus Status Bill to present at the end of the current meeting. The committee met last week and they developed recommended language for their section of the handbook. They are continuing work on the Policy/Procedure sections of the handbook. The provost will be attending the meeting with Professional Affairs next week. They are trying to make sure that the handbook is consistent with actual practices. They are working on suggested revisions for Tenure and Promotion Policy. They also need to clarify minor details concerning smaller department promotions.
C. Academic Affairs, Chair Don Jung, reported that the committee met last week and they have new business to present this week at the meeting. The committee has been asked to update the already approved five year calendar to integrate in the intersession and the new structure of summer session into the academic calendar. They are meeting with the registrar to go over dates on the calendar to make sure that the new session integration can be approved. They are discussing the implications of the winter intersession being counted as spring session and what those implications will do to the workload and compensation for faculty.
D. Documents, Chair Joyce Renaud reported that the committee will be meeting with the Johnson Faculty Center (JFC) Governing Committee on March 3rd to see if there are any additional revisions needed. They are hoping to be able to bring that section to the Senate sometime this March.
E. Governance, Chair Walt Paquin reported that the committee met last week and discussed the whole section of Chapter 6 regarding college council. They want to come up with one unified definition of what college council is and what they do. They also want to discuss the subject of the college council membership and how it applies to all colleges.
F. Compensation, Chair Willie Redmond reported that the committee met but that he was not present at the meeting. Chair Scott and Chair-Elect Kevin Dickson reported on the committee meeting. There was discussion concerning summer compensation. They have decided to let this summer go as a pilot session and then begin collecting data to have before changing anything. Senator Willie Redmond is meeting with Kathy Mangels tomorrow to discuss issues dealing with raises. He is planning on calling a meeting next week to discuss Senate Bill about faculty emeritus funding and these issues are going to Budget Review March 11th, 2011.
Senate Bill 11-A-4 – Addition of an additional review Committee called Faculty Advisory Committee for Academic Program Review – A motion to open for discussion was made by Senator Walt Paquin and was seconded by Senator Willie Redmond. Discussion Followed. A vote was taken of all in favor with no abstentions.
Senate Bill 11-A-3 – Academic Program Review Procedures – Chair Scott is going to send out the wording that was presented to all Senators and invite the President to the next Faculty Senate Meeting to discuss.
ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON REPORT
Provost Ronald Rosati passed out example documents. He reported on the status of the search for the Senior Associate Provost. Accepting of applications closed yesterday. They received five applications for the position and the search committee is starting its review of the applications as this time.
He then reported on the status of the Dean’s review. They have collected questions from all of the colleges and they are being sent to Idea to be incorporated into the survey instruments which will be distributed March 21st, 2011. April 8th is the date that the faculty will need to have questions turned in.
Jim Dufek is a Faculty Merit Award Winner and that person is normally the Honors Compilation speaker. Jim has asked to relinquish the responsibility of being an Honors Compilation Speaker to Fred Janzow and Fred agreed; therefore, Fred will be the Honors Compilation Speaker for spring 2011.
Provost Rosati reported on summer school online courses. The cap for online undergraduate courses would be 30 and for graduate courses would be 25. The university does not want to turn away students, therefore, once the cap has been met, they will continue enrolling students. However, the same faculty member does not have to teach all of the students but ideally it would be the same faculty member. When 35 students have been enrolled in an undergraduate course, the university will start prorating the additional students according to the proration schedule. Once a class reaches 40 students the faculty member will get paid for one full section, plus proration from the schedule for last summer, plus 10/12 of another section. Once a class reaches 42 students the faculty member will get paid double and once a class reaches 60 students the faculty member will get paid for a third section. Perspective on summer is that when a section fills they will add another one as long as demand from students is high.
Provost Rosati reported that the Federal Government is discussing whether or not to accept Pell Grant funding for summer courses. If the Federal Government does decide to eliminate Pell Grant funding for summer courses Southeast’s summer enrollment will be effected negatively. It may help winter intersession enrollment, however, it will probably hurt summer enrollment. The AQIP Initiative Proposal deadline is March 4th. They are reviewing how many faculty each college can support with the current semester credit hour completion. Some of the things that are being reviewed over were goals being reached in various colleges and what percentage of goals are have been reached this year and last year. This university as a whole increased 3 percentage points. These are the primary parameters to look at in order to add faculty members.
They are looking at formalizing the roles of Operations of the School of Graduate Studies and Roles of Graduate Coordinators. Some of the colleges have program level graduate coordinators and some only have college level graduate coordinators, they are working on trying to formalize this process.
Provost Rosati reported on the Missouri Alliance for Collaborative Education (MACE). This university is working on five collaborations right now. The first course that is going on via collaboration this semester is between us and the University Of Central Missouri (UCM). This university hopes to expand the collaborations next semester.th
The new business that was presented for discussion was Chapter 2, Section D6-7 (Graduate Faculty Status: Graduate Faculty Assignments & Graduate Faculty Responsibilities, Expectations, and Appointment Procedures); Chapter 3, Section F (Academic Distinction in the Department of Major); Chapter 5, Section E (Academic Fresh Start); and Chapter 3, Section G (Honors Program). There was discussion regarding this new business. This new business will be presented in Bill form at a meeting following.
Faculty Senate entered into Executive Session. The Senate passed Bill 11-A-6, recommending that Emeritus Status be conferred upon Paul J. Lloyd and Michael O. Roark upon their retirement.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made at 4:54 p.m. ***
Approved March 23,2011