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The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. in the
President's Conference Room at Madison Hall. Present were: Ed Ayers;
Ingrid Soudek; Theo van Groll; Ben Ray; George Cohen; Milton Adams;
Harold Burbach; Marva Barnett; Dan Larson; and Rebecca Kneedler.
Dan Larson, Chair of the Faculty Senate, reviewed the work of
the various standing committees of the Senate. He read the charge of
the newly established Academic Affairs Committee and reviewed issues
to be dealt with by the Committee, i.e., teaching evaluation,
posthumous degrees, and the University diploma seal.
Edward Ayers agreed to chair the Academic Affairs
University Diploma Seal: It was adopted that "Beginning with
the academic year 1996-97, the gold seal will be affixed to the
following diplomas awarded at the University of Virginia: Doctor of
Philosophy, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Education, Juris Doctor,
and the Doctor of Juridical Science. All other diplomas awarded will
have the red seal of the University affixed." This action will be
reported to the Senate at the April 30, 1996 meeting.
Posthumous Degrees: It was determined that each school will
make the determination of the awarding of a posthumous degree within
their individual school. Language will be developed by the Committee
for a statement on the issuance of posthumous degrees. The developed
statement should be brought to the Senate as a motion.
Teaching Evaluation: The Academic Affairs Committee is in
support of added funds for the Teaching Resource Center in order to
move the teaching evaluaiton process forward. The Committee will
develop a statement of rationale in support of this initiative and
bring the request to Peter Low.
The meeting adjourned at 12:00.