Minutes - September 19, 2012
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday September 19, 2012 in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Charles McAllister Claudia Ruediger, Ziping Liu, Carol Veneziano, Susan Wehring, Tiffany Parker, Jeff Luetkenhaus, Kevin Dickson, Rick Althaus, Joyce Renaud, David Powell, Willie Redmond, Don Jung, Diana Wood, Sophia Scott, Chris Wubbena, Janice Ward, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Victor Wilburn, Eric Clements, Julie Weathers, Marcus Bond, Larry Bohannon, Doug Atwood, Desma Reno, and Jian Peng. The following alternates were in attendance: Brooke Clubbs and Tim Schmidt. Student Government Liaison Bethany Rosenthal was also present. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was Candide Walton. Alyssa Vandeven, Assistant Director for Human Resources, and Allen Gathman, Associate Dean for Online Learning were also in attendance as guests.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes were tabled until the next meeting.
Alyssa Vandeven, Assistant Director for Human Resources, informed the Senate about the First Annual Health and Wellness Fair. It will begin on Monday, October 22nd , and will end October 26th. It will kick-off with the Big Walk event that starts at Kent Library and goes around campus. There will be door prizes and healthy refreshments. From October 24th to 26th, there will be a wellness screening.
Allen Gathman, Associate Dean for Online Learning, discussed the summer and winter sessions for online classes. He stated there was a 20% decline in enrollment compared to last summer. In a survey students reported that they liked the classes and worked harder than they would have if the class had been face to face. The online statistics have shown that students who take the online classes take fewer classes in the fall but take 2-3 more credits than they would if they took a face to face course.
He stated winter sessions are going well. They started the previous winter with 15 courses, and it has doubled already. Gathman informed the Senate the winter credits are spring credits and summer is not. Concerns about faculty compensation were brought up by Senator Chamberlain. Provost Rosati explained the faculty will be paid the same as if they were teaching summer classes and that it is not considered an overload.
Dean Gathman also brought up that there is a limited amount of space left on the servers. He is advising all faculty to get rid of any documents they don’t need and to back up the documents they do need before deleting them. He has handed out a flyer that gives instruction on how to delete files.
The Repeating Courses Policy and Procedure limit the amount of times a student can retake a class. The issue is with students taking the prerequisite, going to the next level of classes and then going back and taking the prerequisite again to get a higher grade, and therefore raising their scores. Senator Bond stated that it needs to be enforced that when they take the prerequisites, if/when they proceed to the next classes; they can’t go back and take the prerequisite again. Another concern is that if the students can’t retake a class, they take it somewhere else and then bring it back with a higher score. Senator Jung stated that there are issues with this and there should be some changes to the language.
The Student Evaluation Procedures bill change was introduced. A lively discussion followed. Since this was a first introduction no action was taken. Senators were instructed to bring feedback from their departments to the next Senate meeting.
Provost Rosati informed Senate that there will be a new center for Academic and Career Advising. There will be a new director next week and two career advisors within the next month or so. HLC seemed very pleased about their visit here on campus. Their decision is expected in December. Documented transcripts are being requested on all faculty. Human Resource is checking to make sure instructors possess an academic degree relevant to what they are teaching, and at least one level above the level at which they are teaching.President Dobbins will be at the Faculty Senate meeting on October 3rd.
Student Government Liaison
Bethany Rosenthal reported that the goals for Student Government have been approved. They have Dinner with Deans set up for October 29 at 5:30 p.m. The Student Government is also working on the Alice Program to help the college get more prepared in case there is a shooter on campus. There are concerns on how up to date the plan is and which plan needs to be followed. Provost Rosati says they are looking into it.
Legislative Committee Reports
Legislative Committee Reports were postponed due to time.
The Faculty Senate adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held on October 3, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room.