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June 1, 1999
Present: David Gies, Edward Ayers, Richard DeMong, Donald Innes,
Marva Barnett, Louis Bloomfield, Houston Wood, William Johnson,
Sharon Utz, Robert Grainger, Jahan Ramazani, John Lyons, Rebecca
Kneedler, Miles Townsend, Kathryn Neeley, Michael Levenson, Patricia
Werhane, Robert Reynolds, John Portmann, Peter Low
Guests: Senator Emily Couric, Delegate Paul Harris, Delegate
Mitchell Van Yahres
Edward Ayers, Past Chair of the Faculty Senate, welcomed everyone.
The Senators and invited legislators had lunch and conversation.
After lunch, introductions were made and each Senator stated what
school/department they represented. Edward Ayers, who moderated the
discussion, stated that the Senate is establishing a stronger
connection with the State. Mr. Ayers also mentioned the Faculty
Speakers Bureau at the University, which is being developed. Senator
Emily Couric, Delegate Paul Harris and Delegate Mitchell Van Yahres
each gave an opening statement on their views of Higher Education in
Delegate Van Yahres said education in general is going through
re-examination. The State is aiming higher education toward
market-driven forces, with the question being "how do you measure the
product," Delegate Van Yahres stated. Senator Couric commented that
the 4-year graduation rate is one measure of success and suggested
that we be wary of "performance" as a sole measure of accomplishment
in higher education, and the potential of unintended consequences.
Senator Couric urged faculty to support and expand upon any good
ideas from SCHEV and the legislators. Delegate Harris thanked the
group for inviting him to the meeting, and he said the Faculty Senate
should keep their focus toward students and the quality of Education.
Delegate Harris said the quality of education can be measured by
three components: (1) accessibility, (2) affordability, and (3)
accountability. Mr. Harris also noted that higher education should
have steady, predictable funding.
After the legislators gave their opening remarks, they received
questions and comments from members of the Executive Council. The
legislators and the members of the Faculty Senate agreed that the
meeting was very useful, and they agreed to meet again at a later
date. Mr. Ayers and Mr. Gies thanked Senator Couric, Delegate Harris
and Delegate Van Yahres for speaking to the group.
David Gies, Chair of the Faculty Senate, conducted the remainder
of the meeting. Faculty Senate standing committee assignments were
discussed for the Academic Affairs Committee and the Committee on
Research and Scholarship. Recommendations were made for new members
for these committees. Those recommended will be contacted and asked
if they would be willing to serve. In addition, Mr. Gies will review
the rosters for the ROTC Committee and the Faculty Grievance
Committee, and he will work with the chairs of those committees to
appoint new members.
In keeping with the Senate's practice of having a specific topic
or theme to address each year, Mr. Gies discussed with the members of
the Executive Council the possibility of focusing on the theme of
"teaching and research" for the coming year. The Senators agreed with
this initiative as a topic to address this year.
Mr. Gies went over the ongoing work of the Academic Affairs
Committee, which includes the Faculty Senate Teaching Initiative,
work with the Honor Committee, student/faculty interaction, new and
continuing degree programs, the Athletic's liaison, junior faculty
mentoring, and faculty input into the disability policy.
Some of the work the Committee on Research and Scholarship will
undertake or continue are the Faculty Speakers Bureau, the Forum for
Contemporary Thought, the Life of the University discussions, gender
issues, and the future of the Garden Room.
Mr. Gies announced that the Faculty Senate's annual retreat will
be on Friday, September 10, and the retreat will address research and
teaching. The Executive Council will plan one meeting during the
summer in order to map out strategies for the retreat.
The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
Submitted by Sharon W. Utz, Secretary of the Faculty Senate