The Executive Council
October 18, 2004 - 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Board Room, Newcomb Hall
Present: Marcia Childress, Houston Wood, Robert Davis, Deborah Johnson, Arlene Keeling, Stephen Wilson, Claire Cronmiller, Kenneth Schwartz, Larry Bouchard, Milton Adams
Marcia Childress, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to order.
The Committee read the minutes for the September 27, 2004, meeting.. A motion was made to approve the minutes, the motion was seconded, and it passed unanimously.
Kenneth Schwartz, chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee, told the Executive Council that the Committee has reviewed and approved the request to close three degree programs, one in Surgery, and two in Engineering and Applied Science. The programs are:
Marcia Childress called for a vote by the Executive Council to approve closure of the three programs. There was a motion to approve the closures, the motion was seconded, and it passed unanimously.
Kenneth Schwartz reported that the Academic Affairs Committee has formed a Subcommittee on Faculty Honor Perspectives. This subcommittee will include members from the Academic Affairs Committee, a Student Council representative, a representative from the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Honor Committee, a student representative, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the chair of the Honor Committee, a representative from the Arts & Sciences Dean's Office, and a representative from the Board of Visitors who will also represent the Alumni Association. The subcommittee will have its first meeting on Thursday, October 21st. Mr. Schwartz commented that there is already a healthy dialogue taking place around the University regarding the Honor System.
Marcia Childress gave an overview of the agenda of the Faculty Senate meeting on October 21, 2004. Council members also discussed the Charter Initiative and issues that faculty are concerned about if the initiative is passed, including employee advocacy, procedures for working out the details of charter status, and faculty input into this process.
Ms. Childress announced that the Faculty Senate and General Faculty Council will hold a joint information session on the Charter Initiative with Leonard Sandridge on November 12, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., in the Harrison Institute Auditorium in the new Harrison/Small Library. She encouraged everyone to attend.
Ms. Childress will meet on Friday, October 22, 2004, with the Rector of the Board of Visitors. Ms. Childress and the Councilors discussed issues that might be raised at that session.
The Councilors briefly discussed Classified Research Policy, which continues in effect but which states that "Projects involving classified research must be considered by the Classified Research Committee, a standing committee of the Faculty Senate." The Council changed this language to read: "Projects involving classified research must be considered by the Research and Scholarship Committee, a standing committee of the Faculty Senate." A motion was made to approve this revision in the Classified Research Policy, the motion was seconded, and it passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 10:35 a.m.
Submitted by Deborah Johnson, Secretary of the Faculty Senate