Minutes for February 10, 2014
The Faculty Senate of Eastern Kentucky University met on Monday, February 10, 2013, in the South Ballroom of the Keen Johnson Building. Senator Pressley called the fifth meeting of the academic year to order at approximately 3:30 p.m. (Original meeting was scheduled for February 3, 2014.)
The following members of the Senate were absent:
|M. Benson*||K. Blevins*||A. Braccia*^|
|R. Cleveland*||M. Cropper*||L. Heath*|
|T. Huffman*||S. Hunt*||R. Johnson*|
|B. Karolich*||K. Keltner-Previs*^||J. Kohl*|
|D. Miller||J. Parrott*||J. Pogatshnik|
|R. Sharp||C. Snider||T. Sigelman*^|
*Indicates prior notification of absence to the Faculty Senate Secretary
^ ALT Malcolm Frisbie attended for A. Braccia
^ ALT John Fitch attended for K. Keltner-Previs
^ ALT Matt Sabin attended for T. Spigelman
Visitors to the Senate: Tina Davis, Registrar’s Office; Sherry Robinson, Provost Office
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The December 2, 2013 minutes were approved as written.
REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT: Senator Benson
- Combs Hall will be razed at the conclusion of Spring semester. A new entry point/gate will be created at the intersection of Barnes Mill Road and Lancaster Avenue.
- The Lancaster Avenue tennis courts are slated to be removed with new courts being constructed near the current indoor tennis facility. Plans for this site will be revealed in the near future, with some very exciting ideas for additional open space intended to be part an effort to beautify Lancaster Avenue. Additional details are forthcoming.
- The complex of McCreary, Keith, Beckham, and Miller Halls will eventually be gutted and repurposed as the EKU Honors Quad. Details are still being refined, but an effort will be made to create an Honors community in the more traditional architecture along Lancaster. The timeline on this move is complicated by the fact that we are considering forming an EKU Housing Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) entity, as a way to collateralize our current housing inventory to raise funds for the remodel of the Honors Quad and other structures. This move may be a few years away given the uncertainty of the timeline involving the establishment of such a Housing Foundation.
- Case Hall and Case Annex will be razed and replaced with a 3 to 4 level parking structure. It is our intent to face the structure with brick to make it fit into this traditional portion of campus next to Keen Johnson. This will be a “fee for parking” structure so that it generates the required revenue to cover the bonds we intend to issue. Additionally, we anticipate restrictions to traffic along University Drive to improve and beautify the look and feel of the Ravine. We are currently working with our Science Building Phase Two architectural team about traffic flow along Kit Carson and ingress and egress issues for this new structure.
Report from Council on Academic Affairs - Senator Vice
College of Education
- Department of Curriculum & Instruction - Endorsement: Elementary Mathematics Specialist (P-5)
College of Arts & Sciences
- Department of Government - Master of Public Administration (MPA)
To replace the GRD 858g oral and GRD 857f written comprehensive examination exit requirement with the field study capstone exit requirements, POL 870 or POL 871, and also to clarify the elective options for the Community Health Administration, Community Development, and Environmental Health tracks.
- Department of Government - Political Science (B.A.)
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Dual Degree Program
Add POL 250 and POL 400W to the 3+2 program curriculum to reflect the current political science curriculum.
- Department of Physics & Astronomy - Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics/Teaching
To revise the Physics/Teaching B.S. program to drop AST 330 and AST 335.
- Department of Psychology - Autism Spectrum Disorders University Certificate
Alter hours for OTS 831 and 846 for OTS majors in the autism certificate program and add 2 additional class choices to the CDS course requirement.
- Department of Psychology - Psychology B.S.
Add PSY 399 and PSY 318 as courses that satisfy the Skills requirement, and PSY 419 as a course that satisfies the Capstone requirement for the Psychology degree.
College of Business & Technology
- Department of Management, Marketing & International Business - Entrepreneurship Minor (for non-business majors)
Remove CCT 101; add CCT 270 to Required Courses, Entrepreneurship Minor.
- Department of Management, Marketing & International Business - General Business B.B.A./ Corporate Communication and Technology Concentration
Remove CCT 302 and add CCT 270 to the Major Requirements in Corporate
Communication and Technology Concentration.
College of Education
- Secondary Education M.A.Ed.
Add AED 761 to the MAED in Secondary Education: Art specialization options (Degree Works PSEUDO).
College of Health Sciences
- Department of Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), Nursing R.N. to B.S.N. Concentration
Add a new course NSC 383, decrease the credit hour for NSC 381 from 5 to 3 and NSC 385 from 5 to 4, and separate out the clinical portion in NSC 486 and 442 from the didactic part of the course. Separating the clinical component from the didactic will allow workload credit to be assigned to both the didactic course faculty and clinical faculty.
- Department of Family and Consumer Science - Community Nutrition M.S.
Change program admission requirements in the following manner: Require a combined GRE score of 290 (verbal and quantitative sections) with a minimum verbal score of 143 and a minimum quantitative score of 140.
- Department of Occupational Therapy - Occupational Therapy M.S. & OTD
Revise the catalog description and credit hours for an accelerated pathway to both the Occupational Therapy M.S. degree and The Doctorate.
- Department of Occupational Therapy (no paperwork)
Change the department name of Department of Occupational Therapy to Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
- Academic Credit for Prior Learning through Portfolio Assessment
Proposal of a procedure to allow credit for prior learning experience through a portfolio assessment process.
- General Studies B.S. Program
Allow students with a General Studies B.S. major to declare a minor.
- Winter Intersession
Consideration for the creation of Winter Intersession between Fall and Spring terms.
Senator Vice moved approval of item 1, seconded by Senator Day. Motion carried.
Senator Vice moved approval of items 2-12, seconded by Senator O'Brien. Motion carried.
Item 13 was presented as an informational item only.
Items 14-16 were presented as discussion items.
Senator G. Hunter made the following motion on item 16 (Creation of a Winter Intersession), seconded by Senator Day. Motion carried.
The Academic Quality Committee moves that the Faculty Senate appoint the AQC to investigate the possibilities of instituting a Winter term and support the committee in consulting with other entities on campus who would be affected by adding a Winter term in order to report back to Senate in April.
GENERAL & STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Senator Pressley
The Faculty Senate Executive Committee met on Monday, January 27th to set the agenda for the February Faculty Senate meeting.
The FBS presentation given by Mark Sandy, Athletics Director, at the December Senate meeting on exploring the college Football Bowl System (FBS) was shared with the Executive Committee. The Budget Committee will review this issue further and seek clarification on the overall financial impact of changing to a new division. Senator Pressley will speak to President Benson about conducting a campus forum on this topic.
The AAUP discussion on Policy 4.6.7, Annual Review of Tenured Faculty & Post Tenure Review will be held on Friday, January 31st in the Keen Johnson Faculty Lounge from 3:30pm-5pm. Senator Pressley will attend.
The Provost and Faculty Senate will host a campus-wide forum on Policy 4.6.7, Annual Review of Tenured Faculty & Post Tenure Review. Senator Pressley will moderate the forum and all faculty members are invited to attend.
Dr. Sherry Robinson gave an update on policies under current review.
- Policy 4.7.3 Faculty Workload is in the review process. A rough draft was shared with the Executive Committee for feedback.
- The drafting team for Policy 4.6.5 Evaluation of Non-Tenured Tenure Track Faculty will be reinstituted. With the recent updates to the Lectureship policy and the current review of the Annual Review of Tenured Faculty & Post Tenure Review policy, Policy 4.6.5 should be reviewed again for consistency.
- Dr. Robinson is forming a drafting team to review the Student Absence/Bereavement policy.
Senator Vice announced that the college meetings held to discuss the Faculty Internal Pay Equity Program (IPEP) were well received. Senator Pressley also attended three of the college meetings and indicated that there were good questions from the faculty. For more information on the Faculty IPEP, visit the Academic Affairs website at: http://academicaffairs.eku.edu/faculty-internal-pay-equity-program-ipep.
Senator Pressley reminded the committee that a slate of candidates for Senate Chair and Vice Chair needs to be determined by the Senate in April.
Senator Pressley attended the Diversity Planning Council retreat in Louisville on January 24th and 25th. A number of good suggestions were made at the retreat and follow-up will be provided about the council’s progress.
There will be a faculty workshop with Dee Fink on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in Perkins Quads A, B, C, and D. Register online at: studio.eku.edu/deefinkworkshop. For additional information see: http://academicaffairs.eku.edu/insidelook/dee-fink-faculty-workshop.
REPORT FROM FACULTY REGENT: Senator Thieme
The Board met Monday, January 13, 2014. At President Benson's request, the Board meetings are hosted by different colleges throughout the year; the College of Arts and Sciences hosted this meeting in the Foster Building.
- Two new members were sworn in: Mr. Alan Long & Ms. Holly Wiedemann (who replace Anita Johnson and Gary Abney).
- Reports were presented to the Board:
- The Finance & Planning Committee and Executive and Academic Affairs Committees presented their reports to the Board.
- Craig Turner, Chair of the Board reported on the progress of the University over the last year, focusing on the appointment of President Benson, the strategic budget reallocation, and other positive initiatives.
- Sarah Carpenter, SGA President, reported on SGA initiatives such as EKU Fan Fridays; the change in the evening shuttle service schedule; safety week; installing parking meters in front of residence halls; and working to help improve advising.
- Dr. Sheila Pressley, Chair of Faculty Senate, reported on faculty concerns such as costs associated with football moving to another conference; salary equity issues; and Post Tenure Review and Financial Exigency Policies.
- Leah Banks, Staff Council President, reported that staff council will work to disseminate health and safety tips across campus and will be focusing on a day of service for the staff.
- President Benson reported on EKU’s partnership with SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region); and reported that EKU will host the Kettering Foundation’s National Issues Forum on January 30.
- Following the individual reports, the Department of Music presented several musical performances featuring the talents of their outstanding students.
- Four action items from the morning business meetings were presented to the Board for approval. All action items were unanimously approved.
The Board retreat will take place February 24 & 25.
AAUP is hosting a discussion with the Board on February 21, 2014, from 3:30-5:00pm. Mr. Craig Turner, Chair of the Board, will be there along with other members of the Board. This is a great opportunity to get to know members of the Board, ask questions, and build positive relationships between the Board and the faculty.
PROVOST REPORT: Senator Vice
Below are upcoming faculty development opportunities:
- “Practical Strategies for Faculty Development and Success” by Dr. Tom Otieno – Wednesday, February 19, 10:30am – Walnut Hall, Keen Johnson Building
- “Designing Instruction for Significant Learning” by author and consultant Dr. Dee Fink – Friday, February 21, 1-3pm – Perkins Quads. (All faculty are invited and registration is free. The first 75 faculty who pre-register will receive a copy of Dr. Fink’s book.)
On Monday, February 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium, Whitlock Building, the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Senate will co-host an open, campus-wide discussion regarding the Annual Review of Tenured Faculty and Post-Tenure Review.
Provost Vice will be working closely with the new division of Student Success, led by Dr. Libby Wachtel and the focused efforts of Dr. Claire Good, Dr. Mike Reagle, Dr. Brett Morris, and Dr. Gene Palka, as they pursue ways to strengthen Advising. Two important tools for advising are the Student Success Collaborative and Degree Works. Prior to August 2014, there will be conversations about maximizing the use of these tools to enhance student success.
The 2013 Fall Semester has marked a new milestone for tutoring on campus. The partnership between the Office of Academic Readiness and Testing and the tutoring centers in the academic departments has resulted in a record number of students receiving tutoring. Most tutors have now earned official certifications.
The Faculty Internal Pay Equity Plan (IPEP) review will begin as Institutional Effectiveness provides each dean and chair with their faculty compensation data. The goal is to identify pay adjustments by April 1. The pay will be retroactive to January 1, 2014. The Faculty IPEP documents and the FAQ regarding the Faculty IPEP are available on the Provost’s webpage at http://academicaffairs.eku.edu/faculty-internal-pay-equity-program-ipep.
Thanks to the good work of the Faculty and all the Departments by using assessment data to make meaningful improvements, EKU was one of three schools to receive the 2014 Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes. The link to the national announcement is at: http://www.chea.org/news/NR_2014.01.14_2014-CHEA-Awards.htm.
Assurance of Learning is an ongoing focus by faculty to (a) identify what students should know and be able to do when they graduate, (b) assess student progress, (c) and identify needed improvements to align student learning outcomes and curriculum to improve student performance. Assurance of Learning Day provides a gift of time for faculty to review their goals, analyze data, and make needed changes. The Assurance of Learning Day in 2014 will be held Friday, September 19, 2014.
U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Education Program Rankings listed EKU’s programs as follows:
- 77th in Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs (1st in KY)
- 93rd in Online Graduate Education Programs (2nd in KY)
- 79th in Online Graduate Nursing Programs (2nd in KY)
Join Provost Vice for lunch, Wednesday, February 5, 12-1:00 p.m., Fresh Food Company, Powell, if schedule allows.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Budget Committee. Senator Hatcher reported that the committee will be meeting with President Benson tomorrow to discuss the issue of Athletics changing divisions. The committee should have something to share with Senate within the next month or two.
The committee will be meeting soon to discuss the other two charges received from the Executive Committee: 1) the drop/add fee and 2) comparing the number of faculty versus the number of staff at our institution and at benchmark institutions.
Information Technology Committee. Senator Kilgore announced that a new Blackboard forum group has been formed and will have their first meeting tomorrow. Anyone interested in participating should send him an email.
Faculty Welfare Committee. Senator Lewis reported that the committee has one charge left to review: summer pay and the prorating of summer pay for faculty. Anyone with comments, suggestions or feedback on this issue should email her.
Senator Vice moved to adjourn at approximately 4:45 p.m.
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