Southeast Missouri State University

Minutes - April 11, 2012

XLVI, No. 16
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
April 11, 2012

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in the UC Indian Room. The following Senators were present: Kevin Dickson (Chair), Janice Ward (Chair-Elect), Diane Wood (Membership Chair) Rick Althaus, Marcus Bond, Stephanie Chamberlain, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Ziping Lui, Charles McAllister, Phil Nacy, Jian Peng, Joyce Renaud, Claudia Ruediger, Seidu Sofo, Carol Veneziano, Julie Weathers, Victor Wilburn, David Powell, Willie Redmond and Chris Wubbena. The following alternates were in attendance: Brooke Clubbs, Brad Deken, Ann White, Brenda Johnson and Haohao Wang. Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur was also in attendance. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate were Larry Bohannon, Doug Atwood and Tiffany Parker.

Approval of Minutes

No minutes to approve.

Old Business

Chair Dickson called the Faculty Senate Meeting to order and let the Faculty Senate know that this is the last business meeting of the 46th Session.

Senator McAllister brought forth Bill 12-A-24 – Adding a New “Student Credit Hour Definition” Section. Senator McAllister moved to approve Bill 12-A-24 and Senator Wubbena seconded. Discussion followed. A vote was taken to pass this bill with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-24 passed unanimously.

Senator McAllister brought forth Bill 12-A-25 – Adding a New “Student Credit Hour Definition Procedures” Section. Senator McAllister moved to approve Bill 12-A-25 and Senator Wood seconded. Discussion followed. A vote was taken to pass this bill with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-25 passed unanimously.

Senator McAllister brought forth Bill 12-A-26 – Revising “Incomplete Grades” to establish a Policy Section. Senator McAllister moved to approve Bill 12-A-26 and Senator Wubbena seconded. Discussion followed. A vote was taken to pass this bill with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-26 passed unanimously.

Senator McAllister brought forth Bill 12-A-26 – Adding a New “Repeating Courses Policy” Section. Senator Wubbena seconded. This was tabled by Senator Peng and seconded by Senator Chamberlain. The vote on tabling was 13-yes and 11-no. Bill 12-A-26 passed. Senator McAllister brought forth Bill 12-A-27 – Revising “Incomplete Grades” to establish a Procedures Section. Senator McAllister moved to approve Bill 12-A-27 and Senator Wubbena seconded. Discussion followed. An amendment was made to the bill and passed unanimously. A vote was taken to pass the amended bill with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-27 passed unanimously.

Senator McAllister brought forth Bill 12-A-28 – Revising “Grade Appeal Procedures” to establish a Policy Section. Senator McAllister moved to approve Bill 12-A-28 and Senator Weathers seconded. Discussion followed. A vote was taken to pass this bill with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-28 passed unanimously.

Senator McAllister brought forth Bill 12-A-29 – Revising “Grade Appeal Procedures” to establish a Procedures Section. Senator McAllister moved to approve Bill 12-A-29 and Senator Peng seconded. Discussion followed. A vote was taken to pass this bill with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-29 passed unanimously.

Senator McAllister brought forth Bill 12-A-30 – Revising “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act/Buckley Amendment” to establish a Policy Section. Senator McAllister moved to approve Bill 12-A-30 and Senator Redmond seconded. Discussion followed. A vote was taken to pass this bill with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-30 passed unanimously.

Senator McAllister brought forth Bill 12-A-31 – Revising “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act/Buckley Amendment” to establish a Procedures Section. Senator McAllister moved to approve Bill 12-A-31 and Senator Wubbena seconded. Discussion followed. A vote was taken to pass this bill with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-31 passed unanimously.

Senator McAllister introduced Textbook Rental policy. Senators raised concern about the lack of supportin the current system for e-texts, course packs, and software codes. Senator McAllister moved and Senator Ruediger seconded. Senator DiStefano moved to table and Senator Peng seconded. Vote passed.

Chair Report

Chair Kevin Dickson reported that the Senators for the 47th session should be receiving an email regarding their preferences for Committees. They will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference and will hopefully be chosen to serve on one of those three committees. They cannot guarantee first choice preference because they are limited by the bylaws that state that each college should be represented in each committee. The deadline for these preferences is next Wednesday so that the new Executive Committee has two weeks to form the committees to have them completed by May 2nd meeting.

Three weeks from today Commissioner Russell and Dr. Rusty Monhollan will be on campus and visit with the Senate. They have been asked to talk about the current budget situation, future trends for higher education in Missouri, challenges for higher education and any questions that they have for faculty.

Administrative Liaison Report

Provost Rosati reported on the new LMS – Learning Management System. The new system will be a remote learner. Some Faculty have volunteered to start using the LMS this summer. They have more using it in the fall and are looking for additional people who want to volunteer to use it next fall. There will be training sessions all next year and the plan is that by the end of 2013 the university will be entirely switched over to the remote learner. They system administrators will be on campus to do an initial learning session probably the Wednesday or Thursday of the week prior to classes starting for the fall.

There are two big speakers coming to campus, one on the Student Learning Outcomes and one on the LMS. They will have training sessions where people will be able to play around and check out the new systems.

Student Government Liaison

Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur reported that the Student Government emptied out discretionary funds on Monday giving them out to Student Organizations for conferences. The Student Government approved a resolution to allocate $5,000.00 out of the carry forward account to help the SEMO Observatory Project.

Elections have been completed and all of the same people will return next year. They are looking for feedback on the Shuttle service at SEMO through a Shuttle Survey given to students. End Report.

Legislative Committee Reports

Governance – Met a couple of weeks ago and the end of year report will be prepared for next week.
Professional Affairs –Two weeks ago Professional Affairs met at an hour and a half meeting with the Provost present. They discussed Faculty Designations. Had discussions on the Intensive English Faculty
Academic Affairs – Senator McAllister thanked the senate for their feedback this year. Senator Jung is working on his end of session report and that will be before the senate next week.
Compensation –Senator Lee DiStefano reported that the Compensation committee will meet this Friday. They are going to request a raise and put forth a proposal to increase RNTT merit pay. She reports having reviews from different insurance companies possibily bidding next year.
Documents –The most recent activity was related to the Grievance Policy and it was voted on at the last meeting.
Membership –No Report

Adjournment

The Faculty Senate adjourned at 5:06 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held April 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the UC Indian Room.

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