ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES (amended)
October 4, 2010
Call to Order
The regular meeting of the Academic Senate, held on October 4, 2010, was called to order at 3:03 pm by James E. Metherall, Senate President. The meeting was held in room L105 Warnock Engineering Classroom Building.
Roll: Stephen Alder, Peter Alfeld, Lisa Aspinwall, Richard Barton, Amanda Barusch, Tami Beck, Joanna Bettmann, David J. Bjorkman, David Blair, John Bowman, Francis H. Brown, Connie Bullis, Steve Carson, Doug Cartwright, George Cassiday, Reaz Chaudhuri, Kuan Chen, Breanne Chipman, Margaret Clayton, Ronald Coleman, Eva Comollo, Suzanne Darais, Larry DeVries, Lee Dibble, Tina Diekmann, Richard Dorsky, Richard Ernst, Jaimee Farrer, Richard Forster, Leslie Francis, Robert Fujinami, Gwyndolynn Gentry, Michael Goodman, Max Hanna, Sandra Hasstedt, Henryk Hecht, Vladimir Hlady, Lauren Holland, Harriet Hopf, Howard Horwitz, Tom Huckin, Eric Hutton, Chase Jardine, Keith Keddington, Sharee Lane, Stephen Lessnick, Anthea Letsou, Joelle Lien, Karl Lins, Kim Martinez, Teri Mauch, Chad Metcalf, Joseph Metz, William C. Michel, Ryan Morison, Chris Myers, Rachel Nardo, Chris Nelson, Lester Partlow, Martin Rechsteiner, Sean Redmond, Alison Regan, Steve Reynolds, Kristina Rodrigues, Andrea Rorrer, Nelson Roy, Sonia Solari, Wilfred Samuels, Sara Schneider, Janet Shaw, James Sibthorp, Joseph Sin, Paula Smith, Sandy Smith, Jeff Stratman, Orest Symko
Excused without proxy: Vincent Cheng, Bruce Gale, Ann Mooney, Kathryn Morton, William Siska
Ex-officio: James Anderson, Paul Brinkman. Fred Esplin, Robert Flores, John Francis, Nancy Lines, James Metherall, Paul Mogren, Susan Olson, Chuck Wight
Others: Ann Floor, Ed Barbanell, Barb Snyder, Mark Matheson, Mimi Walker, Laura Snow
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Academic Senate meeting of August 30, 2010 were approved following a motion from Larry DeVries and seconded by Frank Brown.
Request for New Business
Paul Mogren, faculty representative for Campaign for Community 2010-2011, reminded the Senators of the University’s opportunity each year to offer contributions to a full range of charities and asked them to do what they can to contribute.
The resignations, retirements, faculty appointments, auxiliary and limited term appointments, appearing in the Appendices dated September 20, 2010 and October 4, 2010, were approval following a motion from Larry DeVries which was seconded by Bob Fujinami to forward to the Board of Trustees.
Executive Committee Report
Jim Anderson, past president of the Senate, filled in for Pat Hanna, Executive Committee secretary, in summarizing her written report of the September 20, 2010, Executive Committee meeting.
Report from Administration
Barb Snyder, Vice President for Student Affairs, represented the administration and gave a brief introduction explaining how the U Signature Experience was established. President Young chartered the program, after hearing of the exceptional patient experience program at the University Hospital, to assure that students were not forgotten during these changing times for the University. The Vice President introduced Mark Matheson, Director or the new initiative, and Mimi Locher, Associate Director. Professor Matheson stated that the goals of this initiative are twofold, first, to offer the opportunity for every student to have a transformative, intellectual, educational experience; and secondly, to build on and expand the many successful program currently in place and to advance the culture of the University. Plans to house the office in the Union Building are underway as are plans to organize a teaching summit for all University faculty and staff.
Report from ASUU
Chase Jardine, President of ASUU, reported they enjoyed a great September. The activities of Homecoming week were well attended with 7,000 attended Red Fest, the Legacy of Lowell Bennion Service Day had 1,300 participants, Songfest was expanded to include other groups throughout the campus rather than limiting it to the Greek organizations, and the Homecoming dance was attended by a sell-out crowd of 1,300. ASUU will now focus on initiatives for the upcoming months.
Notice of Intent
Fred Esplin, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, provided a short overview of the requested revision of Policy 9-001, for the naming of University facilities and programs. The revision reflects current practices for the naming of facilities and more clearly outlines regulations for naming programs. A suggestion was made to change descendants to representative in two areas of Section C. Bob Fujinami made a motion to move the request to the Debate Calendar with the two changes which was seconded by Steve Adler and approved.
Laura Snow, Special Assistant to the President, explained the proposed revisions to Policy 9-002 for Honorary Degrees. She indicated that the revisions reflect the current practices, and the rules have been broadened to encourage rather than limit nominations. After a lengthy discussion, it was recommended that the Senator’s suggestions be considered in preparing the policy for the November Senate Debate Calendar.
Policy 9-001 (Honorary Degrees), was moved from Intent to Debate Calendar, and with the two word changes was recommend for approval. Eric Hutton made a motion to approve the policy with including the two word changes and to forward to the Board of Trustees for final approval which motion was seconded by Steve Adler and unanimously approved.
Ed Barbanell, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, explained the revisit of Policy 6-100, the governing policy for all teaching of courses at the University. The purpose is to regulate an unregulated process. A lengthy discussion ensued regarding the admission of final exams, and exceptions in administering accommodations for students. Following a motion from Larry DeVries to table the Policy until November, a vote was taken and failed. After further extensive discussion, Jim Anderson moved to approved the policy along with the two other related documents, Rule 6-100a (Credit no-credit Grading for Undergraduates), and Policy 6-101 (Undergraduate Study and Degrees). The motion was seconded by Bob Fujinami. Two friendly amendments were accepted to accommodate changes in language provided in earlier debate. The motion to approve the policy failed, garnering only a single vote.
The Emphasis in Energy Engineering of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and four Graduate Council Reviews: the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Biology, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Educational Psychology will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final approval.
Jim Anderson, Chair of the Futures Committee, reported that the committee is working to reconfigure the committee and a revised plan for reorganizing the group will go through the Academic Senate Executive Committee and then will be forwarded to the Senate.
The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.