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November 23, 1998
Joint meeting of the Executive Council and the Academic Affairs
Executive Council Members: Edward Ayers, Kathryn Neeley, Rebecca
Kneedler, Miles Townsend, Louis Bloomfield, Patricia Werhane, Marva
Barnett, Michael Williams, David Gies, Peter Low, Robert Reynolds
Academic Affairs Committee: Richard DeMong, George Mentore,
Robert Davis, George Cohen, Joanne Dugan, Daniel Hallahan, William
Johnson, Barbara Nolan
Guests: J. Milton Adams, Member of the BLS Advisory Committee
William J. Kehoe, Member of the BLS Advisory Committee
Thomas F. Noble, Committee Chair, BLS Advisory Committee
Stephen T. Thornton, Member of the BLS Advisory Committee
Toni G. Wegner, Member of the BLS Advisory Committee
Edward Ayers called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in the Board
Room at Newcomb Hall. Mr. Ayers gave welcoming remarks.
Richard DeMong, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, led a
discussion of the proposed new adult degree program, which will be
offered through the Division of Continuing Education. The Academic
Affairs Committee is charged with approving the program, and then
approval will advance to the Executive Council and then to the full
Senate. The group discussed the proposal and addressed issues raised
by the Academic Affairs Committee during an earlier meeting. Each of
the issues were addressed by the BLS Advisory Committee and given to
the Academic Affairs Committee as an addendum to the proposal. It
was noted that the deans of the schools (Arts & Sciences,
Commerce, and Engineering) that will be involved in the program,
along with Peter Low, Richard DeMong, and Ed Ayers, need to be
involved in a meeting, which will include members of the BLS Advisory
Committee. The purpose of this meeting will be to address any
concerns the deans may have and to ensure that the schools are
comfortable with the program before the Academic Affairs Committee
endorses it. Mr. DeMong called for a motion for the Committee to
endorse the program, contingent upon approval of the deans and
contingent upon funding issues going through Leonard Sandridge's and
Peter Low's offices. A motion was made and seconded. Mr. DeMong
then called for a written vote, which was received and counted,
resulting in a vote of 9 in favor and 1 against.
After the meeting with the deans, Richard DeMong will prepare an
Executive Summary, which will be reviewed by the Executive Council.
After the Executive Council's approval, the proposal and the
Executive Summary will be distributed to the full Senate in advance
of the December 10th Faculty Senate meeting, asking for their
endorsement of the proposal.
Davis Gies, Chair-Elect of the Senate, gave the Executive Council
a briefing on the Forum for Contemporary Thought. Rita Felski, who
is currently in charge of the Forum, will be on leave next year, and
recommendations for her replacement were requested. Recommendations
were made, and those recommended will be contacted.
The status of the arranged meetings between Executive Council
members and members of residence halls was discussed. Those who have
not made initial contact will do so in the coming weeks.
The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
Submitted by Marva A. Barnett, Secretary of the Faculty Senate