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December 9, 1998
Present: Edward Ayers, David Gies, Jahan Ramazani, Kathryn
Neeley, Rebecca Kneedler, Janet Horne, Patricia Werhane, Miles
Townsend, Richard DeMong, Louis Bloomfield, Peter Low
Ed Ayers, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to order
at 12:00 noon, in Newcomb Hall, Conference Room 481. Mr. Ayers
welcomed everyone, and he ask Richard DeMong, Chair of the Academic
Affairs Committee, to report on the progress of the proposed Bachelor
of Liberal Studies program.
Mr. DeMong gave an update on the work of Academic Affairs
Committee and the Executive Council toward approving the proposed
adult degree program, which will be offered through the Division of
Continuing Education. He reported that the Academic Affairs
Committee is ready to support the program, contingent upon budget
reviews, which will include tuition and fees and consultation with
the three deans who are involved in the program. The deans involved
are Melvyn Leffler, Arts & Sciences, Richard Miksad, Engineering,
and Carl Zeithaml, Commerce. Also, suitable acronyms for each of the
courses still need to be decided.
Mr. DeMong distributed a memo he has written, which will accompany
an Executive Summary that outlines the BLS program. He said the BLS
Committee has addressed the Academic Affairs Committee's original
concerns with the program. Specifically, he mentioned the paragraphs
that address where the faculty, advisors and mentors for the BLS
program will come from, projected enrollment figures, who will be
able to take the BLS classes, and the financial goal of the BLS
The members of the Executive Council approved the BLS program, and
the program will go before the full Senate on December 10, 1998.
Peter Low gave a brief report on the upcoming visit by H.H.
Mr. Ayers led a discussion regarding a message from Bill
Crutchfield, a member of the Board of Visitors, and the proposed name
change of Clinch Valley College. It was decided that Mr. Ayers would
draft a response to Mr. Crutchfield's message. He will let Mr.
Crutchfield know that the Council discussed the issue, with a variety
of views. Mr. Ayers will ask Mr. Crutchfield to meet with the
Executive Council for further discussion on the name change.
Mr. Ayers asked the group how the meetings with residence halls
are going, and he asked that everyone send him a brief e-mail message
after their meetings with the halls.
The meeting adjourned at 1:38 p.m.
Submitted by Marva A. Barnett, Secretary of the Faculty