April 9, 2002
Present: Susan Perry, Jenny Clay, Roseanne Ford, Hilary Sanfey, Paul Kingston, Reginald Garrett, Arlene Keeling, Marcia Childress, Robert Grainger
Guests: Abby Fifer, President of Student Council
William Sublette, Director of Development
Susan Perry, Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee, called the meeting to order. Ms. Perry welcomed everyone and thanked the Committee members for their service this year.
Ms. Perry gave an overview of the agenda.
Student on-Line Evaluation
The Committee discussed the development of a student on-line evaluation system, addressing such issues as faculty concerns, technology concerns, including security, and types of questions that should be included in an on-line course evaluation. Ms. Perry distributed a draft that details the goals for an evaluation system and potential questions that should be included in the course evaluation form. From the list of potential questions, five questions should be identified and put on line for students' responses. Ms. Perry asked the Committee to review the questions outlined on the handout and email her with their feedback. She will organize the information and continue working with Abby Fifer, from Student Council, to establish an on-line course evaluation.
Abby Fifer suggested creating a standing committee to work on issues associated with a student course evaluation. Designated Research and Scholarship Committee members should be on the standing committee, as well as other administrators and faculty members. It was noted that this is an on-going effort that involves faculty and students.
Rob Grainger agreed to ask Gene Block, Vice President and Provost, about establishing a steering committee to address the process and logistics of creating an on-line course evaluation at the University.
White Paper for the Faculty Senate Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards
Paul Kingston gave the Committee an update on the work being done to promote the Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards and to establish a permanent source of funding for the program. Mr. Kingston reported that he and Arlene Kneeling are working with Bill Sublette, from the Development Office, to write a White Paper to be distributed to possible donors. Past student-winners will be profiled in the document, along with an overview of how the program works. Mr. Sublette agreed to send a second draft of the White Paper to Mr. Kingston for distribution to the Research and Scholarship Committee and the Executive Council for their review. The White Paper will be given to the full Senate for review, in preparation for the April 23 Faculty Senate meeting. It was suggested that when the Call for Proposals go out next year, a requirement that Award recipients write a thank you not to the Harrison family for their generous support.
Rob Grainger, Chair of the Faculty Senate, thanked the Committee for their hard work this year.
The meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.