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February 27, 1998
Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order at 12:00 in Room 389, Newcomb Hall. In attendance were Ed
Ayers, Rebecca Kneedler, Janet Horne, Michael Smith, Sharon Utz,
Miles Townsend, Robert Grainger, Marva Barnett, Ben Ray, Peter Low,
and Robert Reynolds.
Guests in attendance were: Polley A. McClure, Vice President,
Information Technology and Communication; Charlie Grisham, Chair,
University Committee on Information Technology; Sondra S. Stallard,
Dean, Division of Continuing Education; and Rachel Most and Adria
LaViolette, from the Anthropology Department.
Mr. Ramazani welcomed everyone to the meeting. The Committee
members introduced themselves to Polley McClure, who attended the
meeting to address technology issues.
Ms. McClure spoke to the Council members on three computer-related
issues: dial-in modems, student computer ownership issues, and
integrated computer systems.
Robert Grainger outlined faculty concerns regarding dial-in
modems. Ms. McClure and the Council members discussed those concerns
and possible solutions to them.
Ms. McClure distributed two documents related to the student
computer ownership issue: an outline of the issues involved in
considering whether to adopt a requirement for student ownership of
computers and a resolution enacted by the Student Council of the
University of Virginia. This resolution says the First Year Class of
the Year 2000 shall be required to enroll with a computer. The group
had an informative discussion on the pros and cons of this
Ms. McClure then led a discussion on the issue of integrated
systems. She said the purposes of this initiative are to meet the
needs of the academic units, to meet the needs of students who
complain because of limited access to services on the Web, and to
update the technologies in use.
Mr. Ramazani thanked Ms. McClure for discussing these important
technology issues with the Executive Council.
Mr. Ramazani introduced Sondra Stallard, who attended the meeting
to present a new degree program proposal for adult students in the
Division of Continuing Education. The program will be called the
"Bachelor of Liberal Studies." She said this is to be a part-time
undergraduate degree program. There is a demand for such a program,
because it will raise the standard of literacy, and it will offer
Commonwealth employees educational enhancements, Ms. Stallard said.
She said this program is not meant to displace the community college
system, but rather it will build on existing community college
educational programs. Optional areas of concentration for a Bachelor
of Liberal Studies degree are Humanities, Information Technology, and
Business. The program is being designed to meet the needs of people
who are balancing careers and families, and will initially be offered
to the citizens of Central Virginia. Ms. Stallard said the program
is projected to make money within a few years. There will be a
faculty advisory board, which will oversee all operations of the
degree program. The faculty advisory board will be made up of three
faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, and one each from the
McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Engineering and Applied
Science, and the office of the Provost. They will serve as advisors
to the dean of Continuing Education on matters pertaining to the
Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree. The president of PVCC will also
serve on this board.
Ms. Stallard asked for the Executive Council's endorsement of the
program, and she said she would bring this proposal to the Board of
Visitors at the June meeting and seek their approval .
Because there is a short timeline involved for getting approvals,
the issue will be addressed by the Executive Council in consultation
with the Academic Affairs Committee, and the Executive Council will
report back to Ms. Stallard.
The meeting adjourned at 2: 15 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate