Minutes for February 2, 2015
The Faculty Senate of Eastern Kentucky University met on Monday, February 2, 2015 in the South Ballroom of the Keen Johnson Building. Senator Day called the fifth meeting of the academic year to order at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The following members were absent:
|D. Allen*||A. Brumfield||L. Higgins|
|S. Hunt||B. Karolich*||E. Morrett*|
|D. Ricketts||D. Robinson||K. Smith*|
|C. Snider*^||B. Stinnett*||S. Szabo*|
* Indicates prior notification of absence to the Faculty Senate Secretary
^ ALT Melissa Powell attended for C. Snider
Senator Day introduced Sharon Edwards, the new parliamentarian for Senate.
Senator Day welcomed Dr. Cynthia Resor from the College of Education who will be filling the unexpired term for Karen Maloley.
The AAUP is holding a forum on Faculty Governance in Kentucky on February 20 at 3:30pm in the Faculty Lounge.
Senator Day is trying to get recent faculty photos to update the Senate website. Senators should let him know if they are willing to have their photos taken.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The December 1, 2014 minutes were approved as written.
REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT: Senator Benson
Below are some recent highlights and other items of interest.
- Metacognition Events for Faculty, Students
A series of sessions featuring noted metacognition scholar Dr. Saundra McGuire are scheduled for Feb. 19 and 20.
- EKU Receives National Honor for Community Engagement
EKU is among only 361 U.S. colleges and universities (approximately 5 percent of the total of institutions) selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive the Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Eastern was first honored by Carnegie in 2008.
- CARES Offers Community Grants for Improvement Projects throughout Region
Many faculty work closely with community partners throughout our service region, and EKU’s Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement and Stewardship (CARES) is maximizing those opportunities by inviting communities throughout our 22-county service region to submit proposals for one of five $10,000 CARES community grants.
- EKU Recognized for STEM Efforts, Partners with Schools
EKU was recently recognized as one of the top 125 STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) colleges and universities in the nation, and now we are partnering with five high schools Madison Southern, Berea Community, Pulaski County, Pulaski Southwestern and Beechwood) to advance among teens awareness of and preparation for STEM fields.In December, Victory Media announced EKU's designation as a 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved College.
- Online Degrees Rank among Nation’s Best
EKU ranks among the best nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s recently announced 2015 Best Online Education Program Rankings.
- Freshman Academy for Diverse Students Building “Culture of Achievement”
Forty-seven of the 51 Academy participants (92 percent) were in good academic standing heading into the current spring semester. The participants’ average GPA for the fall was 2.97, eclipsing the average GPA for all freshman minority students, and 14 students achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Cortes-Castaneda Wins Colombia’s Highest Honor for Excellence in Literature
Cortes-Castaneda, who teaches Spanish language courses in EKU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Humanities, was invited by the Colombian government to receive the José Eustasio Rivera Award, Tierra de Promision during their centennial anniversary of Colombian literature.
- History Professors Receive National Honors
Books by two EKU history professors have earned national awards.
- “Mississippi Praying: Southern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975,” by Dr. Carolyn Dupont, assistant professor of history, earned the annual Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History.
- “The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity,” by Dr. Todd Hartch, professor of history, was recognized by Christianity Today magazine as the year’s best book in Missions/Global Affairs.
- Mock Trial Team Captures Title at Windy City Invitational
The EKU Mock Trial Team continued its stellar season with a first-place finish in the Windy City Invitational, hosted by Northwestern University Jan. 17-18 in Chicago.
- Revamped Scholarship Model Attracting More of Best, Brightest
Faculty can expect to welcome increasing numbers of the best and brightest students, thanks to a revamped model for merit-based scholarships that gives equal weight to ACT and SAT scores and high school GPA.The University committed an additional $1.7 million to its scholarship budget for the Fall 2015 class, and that translates to 100-150 additional merit scholarships.
- Commencement Honors Graduates and Honorary Degree Recipients Grayson, Carloftis
EKU’s fall commencement on December 13 honored 1,424 degree candidates: 92 associate degree candidates, 1,033 bachelor’s degree candidates, 285 master’s degree candidates, 1 specialist degree candidate, and 13 doctoral degree candidates.Also, Trey Grayson and Jon Carloftis received honorary doctoral degrees and addressed the degree candidates.
- EKU to Host Statewide Celebration of National TRIO Day on February 28
To celebrate the national day, more than 500 Kentucky TRIO students and staff will gather on our campus for various academic competitions, and to attend workshops, take campus tours, draw inspiration from speakers, and participate in the Kentucky TRIO Day Academic Competition awards ceremony.
In 1909, Eastern’s first president, Ruric N. Roark, died in office. His wife, Mary, served as interim president for 13 months but was never officially recognized for her service. Today the Board of Regents officially ratified Mary Roark as our official second president of Eastern Kentucky University. In March there will be an official unveiling of her portrait in the Keen Johnson building.
Today the Board passed the bond issuance for improvements to the football stadium which will also be a multi-purpose facility.
Policy 4.6.16 - Dismissal of Faculty. Senator Elliott moved for approval of Policy 4.6.16, seconded by Senator Whalen. Motion carried.
Posthumous Degree. Senator Turner moved to approve a posthumous degree for Michael S. Hogg, an Applied Engineering Management major, seconded by Senator Chandra. Motion carried.
Election to R&R Committee. Senator Fitch was nominated and accepted by acclamation to fill the vacancy on the Rights and Responsibilities Committee.
Report from Council on Academic Affairs - Senator Vice
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work
- Bachelor of Social Work in Social Work
Social Work program has revised its mission and goals to more closely align with expectations of the accrediting body.
Department of Art and Design
- Bachelor of Arts in Art
- Art History Core Courses: Add “or 390W” and “467”.
- Teacher Education Concentration: increase hours from 40 to 41 hours.
- Professional Education Requirements: replace requirements per the College of Education; increase hours from 34 to 35; add General Education footnote.
- Liberal Arts Concentration: Add “467”.
- Total Degree Hours: increase hours from 120-125 to 120-126.
Department of Biological Sciences
- Bachelor of Science in Biology
- Major Requirements-Core Courses: add Gen Ed-E4 after BIO 111; add “(4)” after BIO 112.
- Botany Concentration: increase hours from “15-16” to “19-20”; add “(4)” after BIO 521, 531; add “(1)” after CHE 432.
- General Biology Concentration: replace “At least 3 hours chosen” with “Three (3) hours”; add “CHE 352/352L(4), PHY 132(5)”.
- Microbial, Cellular & Molecular Biology Concentration: remove BIO 530; add “(4)” after BIO 531, 535; add “(1-3)” after BIO 598.
- Pre-Medical Sciences Concentration: Add “(4)” after BIO 342, 531, 535, 546, 547; add “(1-3)” after BIO 598; add “(if not previously taken)” after CHE 430 or 431; add “(1)” after CHE 432.
- Pre-Vet Science: Add “BIO 331”; reduce hours from “6” to “3”.
- Supporting Course Requirements: replace “Supporting courses for all options” with “All options”; increase total hours from “11-13” to “14-15”.
- Additional Supporting Course Requirements: strike “General Biology Concentration”; add “(4)” after CHE 362/362L for both Pre-Medical and Pre-Vet.
- Free Electives: revise hours from “16-28” to “12-28”.
- Bachelor of Science in Biology/Teaching
- University Graduation Requirements: replace “ESE 499” with “CED 499”.
- Supporting Course Requirements: decrease total hours from “24-28” to “21-25”; add “(4) (ᴳElement 4)” after CHE 111L; add “(4)” after CHE 112L, 361L, 362L, and STA 270L; remove “CSC 104”; replace dropped MAT courses with new, equivalent courses.
- Professional Education Requirements: increase total hours from “34” to “36”;
- revise in accordance with recent College of Education curriculum changes.
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
- University Graduation Requirements: add “(4)” after BIO 320; add “(3)” after BIO 598.
- Core Courses: revise from “27-28” to “28”; remove GLY 504, course no longer exists.
- Supporting Courses: replaced dropped MAT courses with new, equivalent courses; remove BIO 328; replace “CHE 495” with “CHE 495B”.
- Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management
- Core Courses: remove GEO 425, which no longer exists.
- Supporting Course Requirements: increase hours from “14” to “14-15”; remove dropped MAT courses and replace with new, equivalent courses; add MAT 234/234H.
- Free Electives: revise from “7” to “6-7”.
Department of Chemistry
- Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
- University Graduation Requirements: update ACCT requirement to reflect recent curriculum changes.
- Chemistry Core Requirements: hours from “28” to “27”; remove “484(1)”.
- Chemistry Concentration: remove “Concentration”; revise hours from “18” to “20”; add “484(1)”; remove “515(5)”; revise additional hours from “3” to “9”.
- Fermentation Science Concentration: add a new Fermentation Science Concentration.
- Pre-Professional Concentration: remove “Concentration”; revise hours from “14” to “15”; add “484(1)” and “(3)”.
- Chemistry Supporting Course Requirements: remove “Concentration”; remove “ECO 230”; replace dropped MAT courses with new, equivalent courses.
- Fermentation Science Supporting Course Requirements: add new Fermentation Science Concentration Supporting Course Requirements.
- Pre-Pharmacy Supporting Course Requirements: Add “ECO 230”; replace dropped MAT courses with new, equivalent courses.
- Pre-Professional Supporting Course Requirements: replace dropped MAT courses with new, equivalent courses.
- Chemistry Teaching Supporting Course Requirements: revise hours from “14-15” to “11-12”; replace dropped MAT courses with new, equivalent courses; remove “CSC 104 or CSC 212”.
- Professional Education Requirements: replace with new requirements per the College of Education.
- Free electives: revise from “0-26” to “0-25”.
- Total Hours: revise from “120-123” to “121-122”.
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Update MAT courses with new equivalent courses for Biochemistry, Pre-Medical or Pre-Dental, and Chemistry Supporting Courses.
Department of Computer Science
- Certificate in Productivity, Innovation, & Technology
Remove the “CSC” prefix and replace with “INF” prefix.
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Major Core Requirements: Add 1 credit hour of CSC 494, 495, 496 or INF 495. Increase hours from 24 to 25.
- Computer Science (General) Concentration Core Requirements: Add CSC 541, and reduce required courses from 2 to 1.
- Computer Science (General) Supporting Course Requirements: Revise MAT courses to reflect MTST renumbering changes, indicate General Education courses.
- Computer Technology Supporting Course Requirements: Add NET 395 as a course option, revise MAT courses to reflect MTST renumbering changes.
- Bioinformatics Supporting Course Requirements: Replace BIO 348 with MAT 565, revise MAT courses to reflect MTST renumbering changes, and adjust hours to reflect revisions.
- Interactive Multimedia Supporting Course Requirements: Revise MAT courses to reflect MTST renumbering changes and correct hours from “30” to “30-33”.
- Computer Forensics and Security Supporting Course Requirements: Revise MAT courses to reflect MTST renumbering changes.
- Statistical Computing Supporting Course Requirements: Remove STA 401 and add STA 308 to course options, revise MAT courses to reflect MTST renumbering changes.
- Decrease Free Electives from “1-15 hours” to “0-14 hours”.
Department of Geography and Geology
- Bachelor of Arts in Geography
- University Graduation Requirements: remove “GEO 498.
- Major Requirements: revise from “15” to “24” hours: add GEO 110, GLY 108,
- GEO 351, 456.
- Major Electives: revise from “24” to “18” hours; replace “18” with “15”; add “Up to 6 hours may be selected from GLY 303, 315, 351, 408, 482, 512, 535”.
- Remove Supporting Course Requirements.
- Free Electives: revise from “37” to “38”.
- Bachelor of Science in Earth Science/Teaching
- University Graduation Requirements: ESE “499” with “561”.
- Supporting Course Requirements: increase hours from “6” to “7-10”; indicate which courses count towards Gen Ed; replace MAT “108” with “120”; remove “CSC 104 or CIS 212.”
- Professional Education Requirements: revise in accordance with College of Education standards; increase hours from “34” to “40”.
- Free Electives: revise hours from “0-10” to “2-7”.
- Bachelor of Science in Geology
- University Graduation Requirements: ACCT requirement.
- Remove Major Requirements in its entirety.
- Revise Major Requirements to create two new concentrations (Academic and Professional).
Department of Government
- Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration 3+2 Dual Degree Program
Correctly list MPA Program requirements, consistent with the Graduate Catalog.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
- Minor in Actuarial Science
Replace dropped MAT and STA course numbers with new, equivalent course numbers as a result of MTST curriculum changes.
- Minor in Mathematics
- Revise description language to more accurately reflect program requirements.
- Replace dropped MAT and STA course numbers with new, equivalent course numbers as a result of MTST curriculum changes.
- Add MAT 303 or 480 to course options.
- Minor in Mathematical Sciences
- Revise description language to more accurately reflect program requirements.
- Increase credit hours from 18 to 20.
- Replace dropped MAT and STA course numbers with new, equivalent course numbers as a result of MTST curriculum changes.
- Minor in Mathematics/Teaching
- Revise description language to more accurately reflect program requirements.
- Minor in Statistics
- Revise requirements for the Minor in Statistics to ensure students have a fundamental background in statistics.
- Replace dropped MAT course numbers with new, equivalent course numbers as a result of MTST curriculum changes.
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
- Core Courses, subparagraph (a): replace dropped MAT courses with new, equivalent courses based on recent MTST curriculum changes.
- Core Courses, subparagraph (b): remove MAT 475 and revise language consistent with style guide.
- Supporting Course Requirements: decrease hours from 6 to 3 and indicate STA 270 counts towards Gen Ed Element 2; add Gen Ed footnote.
- Free Electives: increase hours from 34 to 37.
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Teaching
- University Graduation Requirements: replace “Math” with “Mathematics”; Replace “ESE 499” with CED 499”.
- Major Requirements: replaced dropped MAT courses with new, equivalent courses.
- Mathematics Teaching Concentration: replaced dropped MAT courses with new, equivalent courses.
- Supporting Course Requirements: Remove CSC 104 and indicate STA 270 counts towards GE-E2; revise supporting course requirements hours (Mathematics Teaching) from 9 to 3 and (Computer Science/Mathematics Teaching) 6 to 0.
- Professional Education Requirements: revise in accordance with recent College of Education curriculum changes and add Gen Ed footnote; increase hours from 34 to 37.
- Free Electives: add line to indicate Free Electives at 0 hours.
- Total Degree Hours: decrease from 120-126 to 120-123.
- Bachelor of Science in Statistics
- Core Courses: reduce hours from 43 to 39; remove STA 501 and add 380, 570, and 580; remove MAT 124/124 and replace dropped MAT courses with new, equivalent courses based on recent MTST curriculum changes.
- Supporting Course Requirements: increase hours from 3 to 4; add MAT 234/234H.
- Free Electives: increase from 34 to 37 hours.
Department of Music
- Bachelor of Music in Music
- University Graduation Requirements: Replace “EMS 499” with “CED 499.”
- Performance/Vocal Concentration: add MUS 221(1); remove MUS 520(1).
- Emphasis in Music Industry: remove “Concentration”; add 300(0) and PUB 415S.
- Emphasis in Music Industry-Recording Arts: remove “Concentration”; add 300(0).
- Music Education/Instrumental: add 251A(.5), 251B(.5), 252A(.5), 252B(.5), 351A(.5), 351B(.5), 352A(.5), 352B(.5).
- Music Education/Vocal: add 251A(.5), 251B(.5), 313(2), 351A(.5) 351B(.5).
- Professional Education Requirements: revise requirements per College of Education curriculum changes; increase hours from 31 to 33.
- Total Degree Hours: increase from 120-132 to 120-134.
Department of Psychology
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Child and Family Psychology Concentration: add PSY 321 as a course option; revise order of PSY 318 and 377 to clarify they are course options within the concentration.
- Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
- Revise requirement language to more accurately describe program requirements.
- Research Courses: reduce hours from “9” to “6”; remove “846, 888 or 890 or approved elective”; add “862”.
- Theory Courses: increase hours from “16” to “24”; add “802, 803”.
- Techniques Courses: decrease hours from “19” to “16”; add “(1)” after 827; remove “857S, 871”; add “881”.
- Experiential Course: decrease hours from “16” to “9”; replace “10” with “9”; remove “899”.
- Total Hours: decrease from “60” to “55”.
- Graduate and Doctoral Programs General Info & Admission Requirements
Revise the catalog language for the Psychology Graduate and Doctoral Programs (General Information and Admission Requirements).
College of Business and Technology
Department of Agriculture
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
Drop CCT 201 and CSC 104 and add INF 104 in the Supporting Courses.
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (General Pre-Vet Option)
- Switch courses between Veterinary School Requirements and Supporting Courses
- Drop 2 courses AGR 372A (1) and AGR 377 from Core Courses
- Change one Supporting Course from ECO 230 to 120.
- Change MAT 108 to 120, 109 to 122, 124 to 234 and 261 to 211 in Supporting Courses
- Reduce credits for BIO 384 from 4 to 3
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Transfer Pre-Vet Option)
- Switch courses between Veterinary School Requirements and Supporting Courses.
- Drop one course AGR 372 A (1) from Core Courses
- Change MAT 108 to 120, MAT 109 to 122, MAT 124 to 234 and MAT 261 to 211.
- Reduce credits for BIO 348 from 4 to 3 credit hours
- Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
Drop CCT 201 and CSC 104 and add INF 104 in the Supporting Courses.
Department of Applied Engineering and Technology
- Applied Engineering Management Minor
Change MAT 107 to 114 under Requirements
- Bachelor of Science in Applied Engineering Management
- Change MAT 108 to 120 in text and in Supporting Courses
- Delete “or MAT 261” in Supporting Courses
- Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
Change MAT 108 to 120, MAT 117 to 217, and MAT 261 to 211 in Supporting Courses.
- Network Security & Electronics BS
Change MAT 107 to 114 in Supporting Courses
Department of Management, Marketing, and International Business
- Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business
- Remove MKT 304 and 320 from the list of courses under the General Business option
- Change MAT 107 to 112 and CSC 104 to INF 104.
- Add MKT 435, new course, to General Business option list of MKT courses.
- Change INS to RMI in General Business and Global Supply Chain options
- Add MGT 435, new course, to Global Supply chain option
- Removal of “6 hrs from: CIS 335 or, AEM 400, MGT 406, or MKT 312”.
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
Replace MAT 107 with 112 and CSC 104 with INF 104 in Supporting Courses.
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
- Remove MKT 304 from the list of courses under the Music Marketing option.
- Replace MGT 340 with MKT 455 in the PGA Golf Management option
- Replace MAT 107 with 112; CSC 104 with INF 104; and MUH 272 with 273 in Supporting Courses.
College of Education
Center for Advising, Recruitment & Educational Services
- Admission to Professional Education
- Remove the prior admission test requirement
- Add EDF 103 as a requirement for admission
- Add EDF 310 and CED 150 as a requirement for all transfer candidates
- Remove CED 200 as an admission requirement
- Update the Office Name and other wording
- Professional Education Requirements
Update professional education requirements for all colleges and programs.
Department of School of Clinical Educator Preparation
- Bachelor of Science in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (P-12)
Move the B.S Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (P-12) Elementary Education (P-5) option from the current program display to the B.S. in Elementary Education Concentration leading to dual certification in elementary and Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education P-5 Teaching
Revise the Elementary Education Program.
- Bachelor of Science in Special Education Teaching
Move the B.S. Special Education/Teaching LBD-Elementary Education (P-5) option from the current program display to the B.S. in Elementary Education Concentration leading to dual certification in elementary and LBD.
College of Health Sciences
Department of Exercise and Sports Science
- Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
- Eliminate the Physical Education, General (non-teaching) Concentration.
- Expand the Physical Education, P-12 Teaching Concentration to a dual teacher certification in P-12 Teaching PE & Health Concentration.
- Update the Physical Education, Physical Fitness & Wellness Management Concentration.
- Add NFA 201 as the required Wellness class for both concentrations.
- Remove CIS 212 or CSC 104 from supporting requirements.
Department of Family and Consumer Science
- Minor in Nutrition
- Delete NFA 321, 505, 507, 509, and 517 from list of minor electives.
- Add NFA 303, 325, and 326 to list of minor electives.
- Bachelor of Science in General Dietetics
- Changes to program description and admission requirements.
- Remove FRM 352 from Core requirements.
- Add STA 215 as a Support requirement.
Department of Health Promotion and Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Public Health
- Remove School Health Concentration from Department of Health Promotion and Administration as will be combined with B.S. Physical Education.
- Add HEA 410 to Community Health Concentration.
- Remove HEA 420 from Community Health Concentration.
Office of the Registrar
- Repeating Courses Catalog Language
- Allow the best grade to replace the lower grade.
- Add a statement stating that a notation displaying included and excluded grades will appear on the transcript.
- Add a catalog statement “Students seeking permission for a third enrollment shall meet with a professional advisor to review why they have not previously been successful in the course, and to assess whether the student is in an appropriate major.”
- Update grade options.
Information Items for future Action
- Catalog Language Revisions
Student Success Seminars
Revise Language: Add requirement for AGS & Clarify language (Undergraduate Catalog, p. 47)
Comprehensive Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
Revise 2B: Student Success Seminars (Undergraduate Catalog, p. 48)First Year Courses
Revise Language: Add requirement for AGS & Clarify language (Undergraduate Catalog, p. 82)
Senator Vice withdrew item 41 for today but will bring it back for action at a later time.
On behalf of CAA, Senator Vice moved the following items for approval:
- Items 1-40 and 42-46. Motion carried.
- Item 47. Motion carried.
Item 48 was listed for information only but will come forward later for action.
GENERAL & STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
REPORT FROM SENATE CHAIR: Senator Day
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee has been active for more than a year now, outlining the parameters of the university’s strategic plan. We have gathered lots of input from faculty and the broader campus community and the plan has been fairly well received.
To enrich the student experience at Eastern, the president has launched an ambitious, student-centered program to revitalize the central campus. Senator Benson will provide a full briefing in March.
Faculty have a central role to play in student success, and that manifests itself in the classroom, and increasingly through online instruction. Faculty need to be aware that the university’s contract with BlackBoard, our current Learning Management System (LMS), expires in a number of months. A committee will be forming this spring to look at options. Please keep an eye out for opportunities to get involved in the decision-making.
There will be a Faculty Forum on the Annual Review of Tenured Faculty tomorrow at 3pm in the O’Donnell Auditorium, Whitlock building. Please encourage colleagues to attend.
Seven additional policies are currently being reviewed with even more yet to come as we work toward SACSCOC reaffirmation in 2017. Drafting teams are presently at work on:
- Evaluation of Academic Administrators
- Post Tenure Review (may be getting a new title)
- A drafting team will form soon to begin work on the Policy on Policies
The Executive Committee is reviewing the following three interim policies
- Interim policy on the Consumption and Serving of Alcoholic Beverages on Campus
- Interim Faculty and Staff Tuition Waiver Program
- Interim Return to Work Program regulation.
- This spring the Professional Development Workgroup will begin looking at a policy on the Evaluation of Part-time Faculty.
Chief among these policy changes will be drafting an amendment to our Policy on Policies. In reviewing the policy, efforts should be made to assure that:
- each and every educational program for which academic credit is awarded is approved by the faculty and the administration.
- the institution places primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of its curriculum with its faculty.
- the institution, including its colleges, schools, and departments, publishes policies outlining the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters.
REPORT FROM FACULTY REGENT: Senator Thieme
The Board of Regents met earlier today for a regular quarterly meeting.
Below are some highlights from the meeting.
- Mr. Craig Turner was unanimously reelected as chairman of the board.
- The four sub-committees of the BOR presented their business meeting reports to the Board
- The BOR heard reports from Craig Turner (chair of BOR), Kyle Nicholas (SGA president), Richard Day (chair of Faculty Senate), Leah Banks (president of Staff Council), and President Benson.
- As a proponent of change, Mr. Turner stated it is time for EKU to separate itself from the pack – this will be a transformational year for EKU. We are looking at projects that will create synergy for the students. EKU will have to create its own destiny. With less and less funding coming from the state, we will need to be more creative; our growth is dependent on fundraising.
- SGA’s new constitution and by-laws went into effect January 2015. Discussed making Colonel Cash more user-friendly (on and off campus); discussed plans for a student fee of $150 per semester to fund a new student rec center and student union.
- Staff Council concluded their elections to fill positions; Staff Council will host another lunch for faculty/staff due to the success of the last one.
- President Benson introduced the members of the President’s Leadership in Action Academy; stated that differentiation is the key to setting EKU apart and that the $150 student fee will be a pivotal moment in the history of EKU.
- Scott Cason stated that Bullhorn Creative was hired to create a marketing/brand message for EKU.
- Dr. Sandra Moore was presented a Resolution of Appreciation
- All action Items from the morning business meetings were presented to the Board: All action items were unanimously approved.
- The BOR went into executive session for the purpose of discussing pending litigation, property issues, and personnel issues.
The next BOR meeting will be April 27, 2015, hosted by the College of Education.
Link to the 2014-2015 Operating Budget:
For additional budget information go to:
PROVOST REPORT: Senator Vice
Senator Vice shared the following highlights and other items of interest:
- Winter Session
With 30 course offerings, over 190 students, and an 89 percent completion rate, EKU’s inaugural Winter Session has concluded with great success. Two courses travel abroad and one service learning course traveled to the Everglades to work at a state park.
- Strategic Plan
EKU is in the process of developing our next Strategic Plan, Make No Little Plans, A Vision for 2020. Beginning this semester, eight cross-functional Strategic Initiative Teams will begin work on Phase II of the Strategic Plan development process. Action plans and KPIs will be ready to share with the campus-at-large by April.Academic excellence is the first goal area in EKU’s new Strategic Plan. The Academic Excellence Strategic Initiative Team was formed and began meeting last week to discuss this goal. (See: member list).
- STEM Jobs Gold Award
EKU has been ranked as a Gold Status 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College by Victory Media. The complete list and further information regarding the 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College rankings can be found at stemjobs.com/2015-stem-jobs-approved-colleges.
- Mentoring Project
The Deans’ Council recently approved a proposal submitted by Dr. Jon Gore, Director of Undergraduate Research, to recognize EKU’s outstanding faculty mentors. The Outstanding Mentor Award grants professional development funds to selected faculty members who plan to engage students through significant mentorship opportunities. Faculty members who wish to be considered for the award will be invited to submit a proposal and a budget, as well as evidence of past mentorship activities. One faculty member in each college will be selected annually to receive the Outstanding Mentor Award.
- Outcomes Impacting Student Learning
As an outcome of the program’s Assurance of Learning Day, EKU’s Homeland Security program hosted an Undergraduate Research Showcase on December 4, 2014. International student, Florian Geishofer, was attracted to EKU’s program over other US programs because of its emphasis on critical thinking.
- Meaningful Change and TracDat
One of EKU’s primary focal points going into 2015-16 will be identifying meaningful changes relating to student learning. The attached document helps identify where meaningful change fits in our overall Assurance of Learning Model.TracDat is used to report the improvements made in academic programs. Please see the attachment, Exemplar Meaningful Changes Intended to Improve Quality, for outcomes that Institutional Effectiveness has identified as effective ways to report changes resulting from assessment.
- It Works For Me, Metacognitively
Charlie Sweet, Hal Blythe, and Rusty Carpenter announced that in Fall 2015 they will be soliciting contributions to the ninth book in their “It Works For Me Series.” It Works For Me, Metacognitively will be a peer-reviewed book of practical strategies for employing metacognition in the classroom.
- Proposed Psy.D program
Because the Psy.D. will be EKU’s fourth doctorate, we are required to seek SACS-COC’s approval to change our status from Level V to Level VI. SACS-COC has responded with a couple of minor questions and we have provided the additional information requested. We anticipate feedback and final approval from the SACS by end of February
Provost Vice shared the following update on Academic Affairs’ searches:
- Dean of Justice and Safety - Dean Deborah Whitehouse, chair; Committee is formed.
- Dean of Honors College - Dean Jerry Pogatshnik, chair [With the President’s support and approval, EKU will be transitioning to an Honors College.] Committee is yet to be formed.
- Vice Provost - Dr. Shirley O'Brien, chair (Internal Search); Committee is formed.
- AVP for Institutional Effectiveness - Associate Dean Rose Perrine, chair; Committee is formed.
Below are some important upcoming dates:
- February 3, 3 p.m., O’Donnell Auditorium – Open Forum: Annual Review of Tenured Faculty Policy
- February 9 - Deans’ and Chairs’ Winter Retreat
- February 11, 3 p.m., Library 108 –Faculty Open Forum: to discuss the Honor’s Director Search
- February 19-20 – Dr. Saundra McGuire’s student lecture and faculty workshops on metacognition.
- March 14-18, 2016 – Spring Break 2016
- EKU and Madison County Schools are collaborating to schedule concurrent Spring Break weeks on alternating years.
- February 21-23, 2017 – SACS On-Site Reaccreditation Visit
Provost Vice will be attending a CPE meeting in Frankfort on Wednesday, February 4. So the February lunch with Senators is cancelled.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Acacemic Quality Committee. Senator Hunter reported that the committee met with Dr. Ken Ryalls, IDEA Center President, on Wednesday, January 28. He shared the following information:
- IDEA is being revised, with a new version out in Spring 2016 – EKU is not currently in line to receive the new version because we are on the “old platform
- IDEA recommends including “essential” and “important” learning objectives in syllabus so that language is familiar to students when completing evaluations
- Statements/questions students respond to are written on a 9th grade level, on average
- Adjusted score differs from raw score because it factors in students’ self-reporting of motivation and work habits, and class size
- When receiving results, p. 3 is most important – that tells instructors where they can get better, which is how IDEA believes ratings should be used
- Additional information can be found at http://ideaedu.org, including Paper #50 and Technical Report #12.
Dr. Ryalls is willing to return to campus to work on developing an evaluation system using IDEA.
Budget Committee. Senator Hatcher reported that the committee’s main charge this year was to become more proactive in the university’s budget process. In the past, faculty enjoyed significant representation on the university’s Financial Planning Council. The council served as an advisory group throughout the budget process. However, the role of the council has been unclear in recent years. Accordingly, faculty, many who served on this council, expressed concern about current faculty input in the university’s budget process. From our discussions as a committee and with the Executive Committee, we came to an agreement that asking for more faculty representation on President Benson’s Administrative Council would address this concern and help our committee achieve its primary charge for the year. President Benson was very accommodating to faculty concerns and increased the number of faculty positions on the Administrative Council. The council now has five faculty representatives on it.
To also be more proactive on financial matters, the Budget Committee has started holding regularly scheduled monthly meetings. The meetings are being advertised through EKU Today.
Furthermore, the Budget Committee plans to help advertise the financial information available on the university’s budgeting-related websites and include budgeting information on the Faculty Senate’s webpages.
Information Technology Committee. Senator Kilgore shared the following:
- Wi-Fi is being updated across campus
- Some offices are seeing LINK, the new phone system, implemented
- Faculty laptops and tablets are being reviewed this week in Combs 408. Drop by to review what is being offered for the next three years and submit an evaluation of the products.
- The contract for BlackBoard expires in just a little over a year in June. Jean Marlow is asking for volunteers to serve on a committee to review LMS systems. Interested faculty should contact her.
Senator Vice moved to adjourn at approximately 4:35 p.m.
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