Minutes for May 5, 2014
The Faculty Senate of Eastern Kentucky University met on Monday, May 5, 2014, in the South Ballroom of the Keen Johnson Building. Senator Pressley called the eighth meeting of the academic year to order at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The following members of the Senate were absent:
|S. Barracca*||R. Cleveland*||P. Coen*|
|H. Frederick*||L. Heath||M. Holbrook*|
|E. McClees||J. Pogatshnik*||E. Presley*|
|I. Slusher*^||C. Velotta*|
*Indicates prior notification of absence to the Faculty Senate Secretary
^ ALT Evelyn Parrish attended for I. Slusher
Visitors to the Senate: Deann Allen, Curriculum & Instruction; Tina Davis, Registrar; Teri Giles, Model Lab School; Steven Higginbotham, English & Theatre; Matthew Howell, Government; Connie Lamb, Bacc & Graduate Nursing; Emily Morrett, Model Lab School; Jeff Neugebauer, Mathematics & Statistics; Donna Ricketts, APN Nursing; Sherry Robinson, Provost Office; Camille Skubik-Peplaski, Occupational Therapy; Kelly Smith, Libraries; Brandon Stinnett, Model Lab School; Steve Szabo, Mathematics & Statistics; Candace Tate, Provost Office; Jarrod Thaxton, Biological Sciences; Ralph Turner, Curriculum & Instruction; Elizabeth Wachtel, Student Success; Cui Zhang, English & Theatre
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The April 7, 2014 minutes were approved as written.
REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT: Senator Benson
Amy Braccia, Biological Sciences, and Sandy Hunter, Safety, Security, & Emergency Management, were recently presented with Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year awards.
The inaugural cohort of the President’s Leadership in Action Academy (PLAA) has been announced. The 18 participants are: Kishore Acharya, Scott Arias, Ryan Baggett, Stephen Caudill, Kellie Ellis, Katherine Fair, Anthony Lamanna, Jason Marion, Salome Nnoromele, Tom Otieno, Jennifer Ott, Karen Peavler, Bernardo Scarambone, Matt Schumacher, Caelin Scott, Jennifer Strauel, Jennifer Wies and Ryan Wilson.
Scott Cason has been named Vice President for Communications and Marketing at EKU. His first official day on campus will be July 1.
The 2014-16 Foundation Professors are Dr. Richard Crosby, Department of Music, and Dr. Kenneth Tunnell, School of Justice Studies.
Below is an update on several capital projects:
- The Hall of Distinguished Alumni has received a much-needed overhaul and update
- The Carillon Bells are again ringing for the first time since 1999.
- Newly renovated space in the Ault Building basement for the Department of Construction Management. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for August 26, 2014
- Ground breaking for Phase II of the Science Center is scheduled for August 26, 2014. a ribbon-cutting
The entire campus community is encouraged to stay informed and contribute its input into the University’s ongoing strategic planning process. A campus-wide survey was distributed by e-mail recently to all faculty and staff, and the web site devoted to this vital undertaking (strategicplanning.eku.edu) includes an online suggestion box. Focus groups have also been consulted.
The University has entered into second phase of its three-phase, multi-year Comprehensive Compensation Program. Phase Two focuses on internal pay equity through the Faculty Internal Pay Equity Program (Faculty IPEP) and the Staff Internal Pay Equity Program (Staff IPEP), utilizing $1 million in recurring funds.
Because of limited resources to complete Phase 2 in one year, its implementation is intended to be incremental over multiple years as funding is available. During the analysis phase of the IPEPs, more than $2.3 million in salary adjustment needs were identified for 646 employees, which would cost the University more than $3.3 million per year to fund, including the resulting benefit costs.
Report from Council on Academic Affairs - Senator Vice
College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Chemistry
- B.A. & M.S. Chemistry, 3+2
Revise the current B.A. and M.S. Chemistry Accelerated 3+2 program
- B.S. & M.S. Chemistry, 3+2
Revise the current B.S. and M.S. Chemistry 3+2 program.
- B.S. & M.S. Forensic Science, 3+2
Revise the current B.S. and M.S. Forensic Science 3+2 program.
- M.S. Chemistry
Revise the current M.S. Chemistry program.
Department of Computer Science
- M.S. Applied Computing
Allow CSC 707 to be taken as an elective
College of Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
- B.S. Middle Grade Education
Change prefix of CNM to BIO in Science emphasis; course number changing to 590.
- B.S. Elementary Education
Change prefix of CNM to BIO in Multidisciplinary.
- M.A. Teaching
Make EGC 889 - Master of Arts in Teaching Capstone Seminar the exit competency for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program to replace the GRD requirements.
- M.A.Ed. Literacy P-12
Replace the GRD requirements, GRD 878g and 878h, with the EME 865 Capstone as the exit requirement for the program.
- M.A.Ed. Elementary Education
Replace the GRD requirements, GRD 878a and 878b, with the ETL 804 Capstone as the exit requirement for the program.
- M.A.Ed. Middle Grades Education
Replace the GRD requirements, GRD 878c and 878d, with the ETL 804 Capstone as the exit requirement for the program.
- M.A.Ed. Secondary Education
Replace the GRD requirements, GRD 878i and 878j, with the ETL 804 Capstone as the exit requirement for the program.
- M.A.Ed. Gifted Education
Replace the GRD requirements, GRD 878e and 878f, with the ETL 804 Capstone as the exit requirement for the program.
Department of Educational Leadership
- Ed.D. in Leadership & Policy Studies
Create two tracks in the Doctor of Education Program: (1) Leadership and Policy Stuides and (2) Counselor Education and Supervision.
College of Health Sciences
Department of Associate Degree Nursing
- A.S. Nursing
Separate the clinical portion and create new courses.
Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
- B.S. Child and Family Studies
Change Admissions requirements, change Core courses and Concentration courses. Drop Special Education Minor in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Concentration.
- Bachelor of General Studies
Create a BA General Studies in (1) Human Services Track, (2) Paraeducator in Special Education Track, and (3) Paraeducator in Education Track.
- Associate of General Studies - Veterans Studies Concentration
Remove VTS 300, 349, 350, 490 from curriculum options.
- Certificate in Veterans Studies
Remove VTS 300, 349, 350, 400, 49j0 from curriculum options; (b) revise information about Director and Program.
- Minor - Veterans Studies
Remove VTS 300, 349, 350, 400, 490 from curriculum options; (b) Add alternative Capstone option; (c) revise information about Director and programs
College of Health Sciences
Department of Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing
- Post-Doctorate Certificate in Nursing Practice for Neuroscience APN
Create new post-doctorate certificate in Nursing Practice for Neuroscience APN.
College of Justice & Safety
Institute for Social Intelligence & Leadership
- Certificate in Social Intelligence & Leadership
Create new college-level certificate in Social Intelligence & Leadership.
- Minor - Social Intelligence and Leadership
Create a new minor in Social Intelligence and Leadership. Program includes two courses to enhance students' knowledge and skills in creative and critical thinking in furtherance of the University's strategic and QEP plans. Two courses are also included which focus on the knowledge and skills students can use to develop positive communications and relations in college and the workplace that can positively affect performance and success. The program concludes with two courses that show students the life skills and science of effective leadership. Students and parents have expressed interest in this program and have commented on its value.
College of Business & Technology
Department of Communication
- Minor - Dispute Resolution
Drop the stand-alone Minor in Dispute Resolution.
- Regulation Change - 4.1.6R, Student Absence from the University - Information only; Regulation draft will be reviewed in September
- Bachelor of General Studies Majors
Allow Bachelor of General Studies majors to declare a minor, concentration, and/or a departmental or University-level certificate.
- Intervention for First-Time Freshman on Academic Probation - Information only; possible action
Require new EKU first-time freshman earning less than a 2.0 GPA at the end of their first term to participate in prescribed intervention strategies.
- Developmental Education Hour Restriction - Information only; possible action
Change the 13-hour restriction for Developmental Education students to 16 hours.
- Departmental Name Change
Department of Foreign Languages and Humanities will change to Department of Languages, Cultures, & Humanities.
Senator Vice moved approval of items 1-20, seconded by Senator Scarambone. Motion carried.
Senator Vice moved approval of item 21, seconded by Senator Corley. Motion carried.
Senator Vice moved approval of items 22-23, seconded by Senator S. Hunter. Motion carried.
Senator Vice moved approval of item 24, seconded by Senator Ciocca. Motion carried.
Items 25-29 were presented as informational items. However, Senator Vice asked the Senate to consider voting on items 27 and 28 so that implementation could begin by Fall 2014.
Senator Vice moved approval of item 27, seconded by Senator G. Hunter. Motion carried.
Senator Vice moved approval of item 28, seconded by Senator Day. Motion carried.
GENERAL & STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
REPORT FROM SENATE CHAIR: Senator Pressley
The Faculty Senate Executive Committee met on Monday, April 21st to set the agenda for the May Faculty Senate meeting.
Jacqueline Kohl will be taking a lectureship position in the fall and will no longer be eligible to serve in as part-time faculty representative on the Senate. Deann Allen has agreed to serve for the 2014-15 academic year.
Senator Vice plans to invite Dee Fink back to campus for a faculty workshop on course development at the beginning of the fall semester. Dr. Fink will plan to spend about one half day with each college on August 11 & 12. Senator Vice hopes Dr. Fink will also be available to address new faculty on August 8.
The Winter Term Q&A session was held on May 1 from 3:30 to 5pm in Library 204D. Senator Pressley facilitated the session, and remarks were made by Senator Vice (Provost), Tina Davis (Registrar), Shelly Park & Rochelle Seals (Financial Aid), and Senator Ryan Sharp (Recreation and Park Administration). Senator Vice also plans to schedule a summer workshop on developing winter term courses.
Senator Pressley has asked the following individuals to serve on a faculty input team for Strategic Planning: Senator Elliott, Arts & Sciences; Senator Kilgore, Business & Technology; Senator Cleveland, College of Education; Senator Spigelman, Health Sciences; Senator Blevins, Justice & Safety, and Senator Smith, Library. An additional six faculty members will also be appointed. Senators Pressley and Day will co-chair the team.
Senator Pressley thanked everyone for their support during her tenure as chair.
FACULTY REGENT REPORT: Senator Thieme
The Board met on Monday, April 14, 2014. At President Benson’s request, the Board meetings are hosted by different colleges throughout the year; the College of Health Sciences hosted this meeting in the Rowlett Building.
Highlights of the meeting included the following:
- The Finance and Planning Committee, The Student Life, Discipline, and Athletics Committee, and the Executive Committee presented their reports to the Board.
- The Board heard reports from Craig Turner, Sarah Carpenter, Sheila Pressley, Leah Banks, and President Benson.
- Dr. Deborah Whitehouse, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, highlighted the accomplishments of the College, its faculty, staff, and students.
- An employee housing overview was presented by Barry Poynter, Judy Spain, and David Williams for the purpose of seeking guidance from the BoR on the future of employee housing. Specifically, the BoR was asked about its vision and future vision for employee housing; the amount of geographical buffer surrounding the University; rental rates; and projected space utilization needs. The BoR decided these were issues best explored by a committee who would then report back to the BoR.
- All action items from the morning business meetings were presented to the Board for approval. All action items were unanimously approved.
- The Board went into Executive Session for purposes of discussing KRS § 61.810 (b) for the purposes of discussing the potential acquisition of property.
- Following executive session, a motion was made to continue discussions with Grand Campus regarding negotiating a lease of those facilities by EKU. University Housing is an auxiliary service unit which means it is self-sustaining. Payment for the lease would come directly from rental rates.
The last meeting of the academic year will be on June 9, 2014.
PROVOST REPORT: Senator Vice
Senator Vice presented Senator Pressley with a Provost Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership and dedication to EKU and the Faculty Senate during the past two years.
The International Alumni Association presented two Excellence in Teaching awards this year to Dr. Karen Rudick, Department of Communications and Dr. Ryan Baggett, Justice and Safety Center.
This week four candidates will be on campus to interview for the dean’s position in the College of Business and Technology.
While numerous faculty and staff have achieved individual professional accomplishments, below are some of the institutional highlights:
- EKU received the 2014 CHEA Award for Effective Institutional Practices in Student Learning Outcomes by providing data that shows how critical, creative thinking and communication skills are integrated throughout our curriculum and academic programs.
- All departments participated in the Second Annual Assurance of Learning Day.
- Faculty provided students with 4th week progress reports.
- More than 150 faculty participated in Dee Fink’s professional development workshop
- The first ever EKU coordinating tutoring center was established and more than 100 students were certified as peer mentors/tutors.
- EKU has entered into a contract with ELS to increase international student enrollment.
- Increased resources and efforts are being devoted to increasing recruitment and retention of under-represented students and to closing the achievement gaps.
- Professional options have been added to the Bachelor of General Studies Degree and a design team created to reach adult learners, which includes transfer students.
- Professional advisors are receiving monthly advisor training and development in using our advising tools, particularly the Student Success Collaborative.
- EKU is working directly with area school superintendents to increase our dual credit enrollment.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) was designed to assess the extent to which students are engaged in empirically derived good educational practices and what they gain from their college experiences. The NSSE is administered to a sample of second semester freshman and exiting seniors. In 2013, EKU students reported that educational practices at Eastern equal or exceed the national norms in the following areas:
- Coursework emphasized evaluating a point of view, decision, or information source
- Coursework emphasized applying facts, theories, or methods to practical problems or new situations
- Coursework emphasized analyzing an idea, experience, or line of reasoning in depth by examining its parts
- Coursework emphasized forming a new idea or understanding from various pieces of information
- Faculty clearly explained course goals and requirements
- Faculty taught course sessions in an organized way
- Faculty used examples or illustrations to explain difficult points
- Faculty provided feedback on a draft or work in progress
- Faculty provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments
Below are dates for upcoming events:
- May 8, 1-3 p.m. - An additional Faculty Forum for providing input into the Strategic Plan, Jaggers in Powell
- May 21, 1-3 p.m. - The Strategic Planning ad hoc Academic Leadership Input Team will host a facilitated forum for deans, associate deans, chairs, and University Program director, Jaggers in Powell
- June 23, 2014 - A Summer Workshop designed for faculty who are interested in developing winter term, accelerated courses—more details to follow.
- August 8, 2014 - Dee Fink Workshop for new faculty
- August 11-13, 2014 - Half Day workshops with Dee Fink for faculty by college—Deans will communicate a schedule.
- August 13, 2014 - Fall Convocation
- September 19, 2014 -Third Annual Assurance of Learning Day (non-instructional day)
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Academic Quality Committee. Senator Hunter shared the finalized report on the two calendar issues: the potential for a move from 17 week semesters to 16 week semesters and the alignment of the university’s spring break with Madison County Schools’ spring break.
The Academic Quality Committee reported at the April 7, 2014 Faculty Senate meeting that while there are strong preferences on each side, there is no clear faculty-wide consensus on the issue of semester length. On the issue of spring break alignment, the committee reports a strong preference among the faculty for maintaining the university’s current spring break schedule at the semester’s midpoint whether or not it’s coincident with Madison County Schools.
Budget Committee. Senator Hatcher shared two reports with the Senate. The first was to report on the status of charges for the year and the second was the draft of the quantitative data from the Athletics survey which closed last Friday.
This year the committee was charged with reviewing the effect of the drop/add fee on the DWF rates. Data shows that enrollment and DWF rates haven’t decreased significantly since the implementation in 2010. In fact, course completion rates have gone up and DWF rates have improved.
The committee also reviewed the faculty/staff employment ratio from 2000 to present. The data shows that in 2010-2011, when compared to benchmark institutions, EKU actually ranked lower than some institutions. However, keep in mind that 400 of EKU’s staff members are independently funded which makes it difficult to adequately reflect when data is collected by the federal agency.
Elections & University Nominations Committee. Senator Johnson announced that there were 81 self-nominations received for university committee vacancies this year as opposed to only 54 the previous year. The list of nominations has been forwarded to the President for his consideration. Individuals who are selected to serve will be notified of their appointments.
Information Technology Committee. Senator Kilgore reported that a training session is being developed for faculty for the fall semester. He also reminded faculty that the three-year cycle to replace laptops will occur in 2015.
Rights and Responsibilities Committee. Senator Maloley stated that the main responsibility for the committee this year was to review policies. The committee spent a lot of time reviewing the lectureship policy which has now moved on through the process. The committee has also examined the post tenure/termination of faculty policy and the evaluation of non-tenure track faculty policy. Committee feedback on those two policies has been shared with the drafting teams and those policies should come forward for action next fall.
Faculty Welfare Committee. Senator Lewis announced that all committee charges were completed for the year except for one. The issue of pro-rating summer pay for faculty members will be continued in the fall semester. Any faculty with feedback on the summer pay issue should forward those to Senator Lewis.
On behalf of the Senate, Parliamentarian Miller presented Senator Pressley with an engraved gavel as a token of appreciation for her service as chair for the past two years.
Senator Vice moved to adjourn at approximately 4:45 p.m.
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