September 19, 2000
Senators present: Chair Corbin, Chair Elect Carter, Secretary Brown, Provost Hall, Senators Ash, Bottcher, Braunbeck, Brothers, Cassidy, Elmaghraby, Funderlic, Grimes, Havner, Headen, Hughes-Oliver, Kimler, Kirby, Levine, Lytle, Malinowski, Marshall, McAllister, Misra, Robinson, Smoak, Suh, Toplikar, Tucker, Tyler, Wilkerson, Wilson
Senators absent: Senators Banks, El-Masry, Grainger, Sawyers
Excused: Parliamentarian Gilbert, Senators Hooper, Hodge
Visitors: Susan Barnard, Head, Access & Delivery Services, University Libraries; Clare Kristofco, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor; Robert Sowell, Dean, Graduate School; Esther Wilcox, UGSA President; Robin Worrell, Reporter, Technician; James A. Anderson, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs; Gary Palin, Chair, Student Senate Academic Committee; Frank Abrams, Office of the Provost; Joanne Woodard, Vice Provost, Equal Opportunity & Equity; Ureka Daye, Office of Diversity & African American Affairs; Rupert W. Nacoste, Vice Provost, Diversity & African American Affairs; Bruce Mallette, Vice Provost, Academic Administration, Budget Personnel; Daniel Bunce, Assistant Bulletin Editor;
1. Call to Order
The second meeting of the forty-seventh session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate was called to order by Chair Frederick T. Corbin at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Corbin welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Corbin announced that there will be a meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday and Friday. There is an open session at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning at the College of Textiles in which the Senators will be able to attend.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 1, August 22, 2000
The minutes were approved without dissent.
4. Remarks from the Provost
Provost Hall shared the following issues from Academic Affairs.
"As I remarked at the Faculty Meeting, whether you like US News and World Report or not, I do think it is important to know that based on last year’s numbers, we managed to move up in the standings from thirty-eighth to thirty-third in US News and World Reports, for being the best public institution. Much of that increase was driven by the rising quality of our student population. Indeed, I think one of the outstanding features of this year’s class is that it is the largest incoming class, with 3,750 students. As Chancellor Fox made clear, it is the best prepared (with SAT scores averaging 1186 and GPAs averaging 3.93), and it is also the most diverse class we have had with 20% coming from historically under-represented groups. We still have not climbed back to the number of African American students that we had entering two years ago, but we did make some progress over last year’s numbers. It is important to note that the revision of the Chancellor’s leadership award has been important in helping us to attract an increasingly diverse student population.
In the last year, we conducted 135 searches for faculty and we hired 88 new colleagues as of a week ago. Of these, 68 were white, 4 were black, 9 were Asian, 5 were Hispanic; or, approximately 20% of this incoming group is drawn from historically under-represented groups. That compares with a prevailing rate of about 17% averaged over the last five years.
We put in place last year, as you may recall, a spousal hiring program ( http://www.ncsu.edu/ncsu/provost/spousal_hire/ )
A spousal hiring program provides that the Provost’s office will pay one third of the salary to cover an incoming or "trailing" spouse. One third needs to come from the College or Department that is receiving the primary colleague, and the other third comes from the Department or College that has the spouse. We made seven hires through this program last year. I want to stress to you that it is viewed by the University of North Carolina General Administration, better known as the Office of the President of the University of North Carolina, as a model. The new Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took the time to point out the importance of this program. In fact, they are going to adopt it at Chapel Hill. I will also note that the spousal hiring program is about to be implemented by us with Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, where the institutions will provide arrangements to get at the problem of dealing with multiple career couples in the academy.
We also lost colleagues last year, and one of the efforts that we made was to try to find out why we have the faculty retention that we do. To that end, Joanne Woodard with the help of Rupert Nacoste and Tracy Robinson, conducted a set of focus groups aimed at trying to find what it is about North Carolina State that puts us in the position of not perhaps being quite as competitive as we would like to be in retaining some of our colleagues. I would be happy to share the full data with you and the report. If I may, let me briefly summarize, because I think that the issues here are interesting. The first of these is that the study concluded uncompetitive compensation. Interestingly, however, the issue is not set up in terms of salary per say, but is rather put in the context of fringe benefits. Most notably, medical or health insurance and also the retirement system especially the question of vesting and relative proportions that are paid in by the State to that program. Tenure and promotion were also mentioned as an issue. The lack of mentoring, the fact that historically there have not been rewards provided especially in terms of salary on promotion, and the lack of clear requirements were cited as well. The colleagues mentioned climate. Fundamentally I think what came through these focus groups was that there was a sense of isolation, at least among the colleagues that were surveyed, from other colleagues as well as in some cases from departments and colleges–but most notably a sense of isolation within the context of the university. This is an issue that Chancellor Fox is working on and we have all pledged to make a difference.
The most outstanding issue that came out of these focus groups was the reiteration of the necessity for child care. Interestingly, this issue was most often mentioned by male faculty who see the matter as a real concern.
We have tried to address some of these issues. I remind you that we have had a major salary adjustment. We had $2.0M that was provided in addition to the raises that were provided by the state. Out of those funds as well as the state funds, we were able to implement a program that provides five and seven percent increases on top of the increases that were already provided for colleagues who are promoted. Those promoted to the rank of Associate Professors received 5%, and Full Professors 7%. We were also able to put forth specific guidelines with regard to equity, inversion and compression. These are matters that were treated and will continue to be the subject of discussion, because we have another potential round of funding through tuition dollars in the next year. The issue of compensation remains a major one, and this again is true with insurance and retirement. We are still working our way along toward the child care issue. I would note that the average raise for all EPA employees who received a raise was 6.47% which is significantly above what it has been in the past several years. The average salary increase was slightly over $4,000.
We have also made significant strides in revising the Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure procedures. I want to extend my thanks again to the Senate for all the work that you and the committee led by Ellis Cowling performed. Through that effort and with the help of others, we have been able to put some greater procedural safeguards around the process. We have provided for multilevel review at the college as well as the university level. I will note that we will have a university tenure and promotion committee this year that will report to the Provost and that will be composed of individuals who served on the special task force. The task force recommended, and I believe we should endorse the six areas of professional responsibility.
We have also asked that there be an aggressive effort made in all the departments to develop mentoring programs for new colleagues. We have also asked that development plans be created for each faculty member. I would note that on the reappointment and promotion and tenure front, we are also being held up as a model in the system. We have been asked to make a presentation to all the Chief Academic Officers about the way the new system works. I think it is one of the great ironies of my tenure here as Provost that the colleagues from Chapel Hill came over to visit this past summer and wanted to know how we did promotion and tenure and the kinds of guidelines and procedures that we have adopted. Once again the incoming Chancellor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has noted that we are something of a model that they would like to emulate.
We also initiated this year for the first time a university-wide faculty orientation program that was held ten days ago. We had approximately forty colleagues attend that orientation. Our goal in doing so was to try to begin to break down some of the barriers that we think we see between people identifying themselves with the institution and then knowing something about what the institution actually does. We especially featured small group discussions, and what we found out of those discussions were a lot of the issues that subsequently appear four or five years later when colleagues decide that they no longer want to stay with us. We will continue to do these focus groups about retention this year. We will use faculty facilitators for these discussions as opposed to administrators to give us some continuing perspective on how well we are doing in trying to keep our work force in place.
Another issue that is critical for us in the year ahead that has consumed a good deal of our attention over the last year is diversity and support for students with disabilities. We think that we are making progress in this area. We have revamped entirely the diversity operation in the Office of the Provost. We did so based on a retreat which we held in early June, where we brought together the African American coordinators, a number of the African American faculty, as well as the Deans of the Colleges and posed to them a set a questions about how we would be better able to serve the needs of a diverse community. That led to the creation of a Vice Provost for Diversity and African American Affairs. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Professor Rupert Nacoste, who is a member of the Department of Psychology in the College of Education and Psychology. Rupert is the new Vice Provost for Diversity and African American Affairs, and if I may also introduce Eureka Daye. Eureka comes to us from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she held a similar position. Her duties will be as Coordinator of Diversity, but soon to be Assistant Vice Provost pending approval by General Administration, working literally in the hands-on part of this as well as doing some of the planning. We will also be adding a person to work with gender affairs, and we hope to indeed have a second retreat dealing with these particular matters. I would like to stress that an important part of the compact planning effort was a development in each of the compact plans of diversity components; i.e., the colleges were asked to come forward with initiatives that would address the issue of creating a more diverse community. What I have decided to do in coming to terms with these is to create a separate competitive fund that Rupert will oversee from his office to which colleges and departments will be able to apply. I want to stress that from my perspective and from the perspective of the individuals who are on the retreat, that we have to realize that we need to do better in addressing the academic issues surrounding diversity. I can put to you the proposition that if we cannot organize ourselves to deal effectively with academic and intellectual matters associated with diversity, we are not likely to succeed as an academic institution in building a diverse community. Rupert is developing guidelines which will shortly be available for this competition. As part of it he will be assembling a faculty committee that will help to get proposals, and in so doing create a discussion about what the most important initiatives are in this particular area.
We have also commissioned a set of individuals to perform an external review of the African American Culture Center, one of the great assets I think we have for moving these efforts forward. I do think it is time to have a serious discussion about what it is that the African American Culture Center can and will do as part of the academic programs of the university. We have also had some success in dealing with an equally critical issue that involves student disabilities. You all will recall that we underwent an Office of Civil Rights investigation and review. We came out of that review relatively untouched. It was a small amount of money that had to be paid. What is most important is that the University Legal Counsel and Provost Office were able to work to create a set of new relationships that allowed us, for example, to put in place the university’s first assistive technology person. You have to realize that as the learning environment changes, students with disabilities have an increasing challenge in dealing with the computer, Internet, and the world wide web and all that is associated with it. We hired Terry Thompson from the University of Kansas. Terry has put together a technology accessibility plan. It is the first one that the university has had. I would encourage you to go to the web site. It is a very exciting and quite innovative approach to what needs to go on. You all are critical to this enterprise. I was delighted that the Faculty Senate added its commendation and support to our effort to have a line about student disabilities and the need to accommodate in the syllabi of all of our faculty colleagues. It is important for all of you to carry this message back to the rest of the faculty. We have also hired a new Director, Cheryl Branker. We are in the position of being able to be pretty successful in dealing with the issue of accessibility for those students that have major issues.
The compact planning process is winding down after about ten months of efforts. All of the Deans have received executive summaries for the agreements that we have both in terms of dollars as well as initiatives that are supported from the Office of Academic Affairs. Beginning in the middle of October, the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Research, and myself will be visiting each of the colleges for the purpose of meeting with the Deans, Associate Deans, and the Department Heads to review the compact plans that have been developed. All faculty colleagues are welcome to attend any of those meetings, all of which will be concluded by early December. The Chancellor as well has asked for Academic Affairs along with all of the units that report to her to provide her with a set of performance measures against which the academic part of the university will be measuring. The compact plans are a significant effort to link dollars, ambitions, and performance outcomes to what it is that we want to become as an institution. The compact plans are especially critical in light of an effort that will be made to address our capital campaign for the university.
The university continues to lead the state in providing distance education. We are in front of everyone else. Most of this is provided by video and a small portion is provided face to face. It is significant to know, however, that we have seen in the past year an increase in the use of the world wide web and Internet. One year ago, we had approximately 3% of our student credit hours and courses delivered through the web. This past year it was up to 22%, and we project that it will be 35 to 36%, which is one third of all of the offerings that will be made. This is a particularly critical area for us, an area of high growth. In order to remain competitive, we are going to have to invest more dollars into it, but we are going to have to also make an effort to target what it is that we are doing in distance education. We are going to have to move out of the mode of treating it as a special activity--i.e, one for which faculty are compensated on the side as opposed to being compensated as a direct part of their workload.
It becomes especially notable if we begin to compare ourselves with the national leaders in this area. We have, in fact, reformulated our organizational structures and created something called DELTA. You may recall a year ago when I was visiting with you, I kept talking about time enhanced learning. I realized that was not going to sell that particular message. No one could figure out what time enhanced learning was. All they knew was that it did not sound like distance education. I decided that I would retreat back to distance education. I will remind you, however, that distance education is really all about the ability to facilitate the use of time by those who are on the learning end, as well as those who are on the teaching end. We do not, however, begin to have enough support to build the kinds of faculty teams and infrastructure that is necessary to be competitive with places like Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, which are rapidly moving ahead in areas involving technology, science, and engineering--especially at the professional and graduate level and also at the certificate level. So DELTA is what grew out of this and DELTA is Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications. It has been developed to help enhance the services that we provide. Tom Miller is serving as the Interim Vice Provost in that position. The position was created by taking previously existing positions and combining them together. We have to do a better job, not only on the technology side, but in helping faculty colleagues to build teams of support and learning. We have also got to rethink our faculty loads and work loads. We are in the business of developing a marketing and business plan for our core efforts, and we are going to have to pay very close attention to what the University of North Carolina’s General Administration is up to in this area. I would note the Outstanding Teaching Awards that were made this year to two departments. The effort in doing this is to reward collective excellence in teaching. The Department of History was one of the departments and the other was the Department of Botany. This competition goes on this year. My expectation and hope is that all of those who applied last year will apply again for the funding that is available, which is $15,000 in permanent funds, and $5,000 in one-time funds that are addressed to these departments. Each department also receives a bushel of apples.
The university now has its first Honors Program. This is a program different from and distinct from both the University Scholars Program as well as from the Park Program. We have one hundred and seven new freshmen in the program. Their average SAT is 1450 and their average high school grade point average is 4.5, and it is proving to be a significant recruiting tool to bring students from outside the state to North Carolina State University. They are participating in an Honors Colloquium, five interdisciplinary honor seminars, as well as a host of honor sections that are being created in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, English, Biology, History, and other areas as well. Our expectation is that this program will double in the year ahead. Again, it is a very important part of developing a high end recruiting strategy that goes along with the Park Program and also goes along with University Scholars.
We will have a university celebration of teaching and learning. It will take place on October 24, 2000. In the past the university has had a Honors Convocation. The Honors Convocation has been traditionally held in October. The difficulty with the timing of the Honors Convocation is that many of those who were to be honored, especially in the student population have already left the university. So we were in the position of honoring people who were not necessarily there. We decided that we would create two ceremonies: The first being October 24, 2000 led by Doug Wellman and the Academy of Outstanding Teachers for the purpose of celebrating teaching and learning, and the second on May 17, 2001, the Thursday before graduation, where we would recognize our most successful students including those who are graduating with honors from the university, those who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, and winners from nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. I hope you will support both of these initiatives for their design to recognize both excellence in teaching and learning from the faculty as well as the student perspective.
We have a host of new undergraduate programs that are being put into operation this year. They will be fully realized in the next year. They will come out of dollars that were provided through the tuition increase. In addition to the Honors Program which received some funding from these tuition dollars, I would like to remind you that we have begun a First Year Seminar Program. That program is meant to provide every entering freshman with an opportunity to have a small class experience with a faculty member on a topic. It is based on the Hewlett model. It will take us roughly three semesters to get ourselves fully implemented because the funding did not become available until after the new fiscal year. I would note that we have tripled the amount of funds that are available for summer research projects. James Anderson, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, is charged not only with overseeing the Honors Program, but he is also charged with overseeing the First Year Seminar Program. This summer research project effort will not only allow us to give our undergraduate student population a chance to do independent research, but will also reward faculty colleagues for providing support during the summer to help with those efforts. The terms of this competition will be announced shortly. We have also taken steps to develop an Undergraduate Program review format. The Undergraduate Program review format places a lot of emphasis on outcomes as opposed to traditional input measures.
We have several pressing issues before us. I do not intend to elaborate on these matters today. I do seek the advice, wisdom, counsel, and support of the Faculty Senate. The first is a sustained problem with regard to inter-college transfers. Students who are in one college wanting to get over to another college find themselves unable to do so because of the requirements that have been imposed by the receiving college. This leads us to a discussion about First Year College and the role it is fulfilling. The First Year College has turned out to be one of the most highly demanded of all the colleges that we have. On balance at this moment we do not think that is in the best interest of the institution. We think the First Year College could appropriately be scaled back. Both of these issues, however, lead us to a discussion which Vice Provost Anderson has been working on and will shortly present to the Administrative Officers of the University and then to the faculty colleagues–a discussion about a General College and whether or not there will be any merit in pursuing that particular approach, especially with regard to inter-college transfers. What we are faced with is really an issue of truth in advertising. That is, telling students when they come, they can get what they want. Far too many of our students find they can get what they want, and the First Year College is beginning to look a lot like the third year college.
Another issue that I think is directly related to matters involving learning and teaching are our International Programs. Historically these programs have been spread across several areas that include Study Abroad, the International Scholar and Student Services Programs, and the Office of International Programs. All of these operations were transferred effective July 1, 2000, back to the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. These programs are being consolidated under one International Program umbrella. I am pleased to announce that Francis Tony Moyer, Director of the Japan Center, has agreed on an interim basis to assume the duties of Director of International Programs. It will give us the opportunity to move the initiatives forward in the year ahead as we conduct a national search to find someone to step in and be the Director of International Programs. It is a long neglected area in the university, and we cannot expect to be the kind of university that we want to be unless we best assemble and array ourselves to deal with international issues. This is particularly critical with regard to study abroad, where we lag significantly behind our Atlantic Coast Conference competitors, and even more sobering behind all of the peer institutions, especially those who are in the top twenty-five of national public universities. It is my hope that in the year ahead we will have discussions about the need to find a better way to help support and command study abroad.
We are preparing for a significant discussion about copyright and intellectual property. One of those time consuming efforts for the past year has been the question of what constitutes your intellectual property and what claims do you have to that property–but more specially the question of how do you put the faculty in the position of being as creative and innovative as possible while at the same time appreciating the equities that the people of the State of North Carolina have in all that we do. There was, of course, a faculty copyright task force, an exceedingly good one that was formed before I arrived here. We spent last year working with several of the colleagues in that task force. I believe that with Charles Moreland and Mary Beth Kurz, we did an especially good job of representing the interest of this institution to the General Administration of the University of North Carolina, which has in the past year had a separate discussion about policy guidelines that apply to intellectual property and its ownership. They have now put out a draft document. It is one, however, that we have already commented on significantly. It is one that the Chancellor will have an opportunity to react to a second time when it is presented at the end of this month to all the Chancellors, and then there is going to be a general discussion about where we should be. I will report to you that we are the only institution in the sixteen universities that has made any case that EPA, but most especially SPA employees, who participate in the creation of intellectual property should have some ownership interest in that property. Let me also commend to you two colleagues that have worked especially hard in this area. One is Mark Crowell who has left and gone to Chapel Hill. The other is Peggy Hoon, who does scholarly communication and intellectual property work for the library. They both were on the GA task force and have both been very aggressive in representing our interest. We are going to have a copyright symposium here on October 5, 2000 to discuss the whole range of intellectual property and copyright issues, and I believe it will be a very exciting day dealing with this issue.
There are some organizational changes going on in the university. The Chancellor of course discussed with you the new Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Extension. I will also note how we have a new college name, the College of Natural Resources, formerly the College of Forest Resources. We have a proposal that has been put forward to rename the School of Design the College of Design, and also to create a School of Architecture. Those matters will be presented to the Board of Trustees later this week. We are also engaged in extensive and very active discussions with regard to the College of Education and Psychology with the proposition on the table that the College of Education be a free-standing entity and the Department of Psychology move to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
We need to look beyond November 7, whether the bond issue passes or whether it does not, but in any case we have to look out four years. It will take four years to begin to get the classrooms we need out of that bond on line. We are not making as effective use of our space or utilizing our facilities as we should. Some of this has to do with the idiosyncracies associated with the fact that we are an Engineering, Science, and Technology institution with a lot of high laboratory use. I have asked Martha O’Donnell and several other colleagues to prepare a report which will shortly be available about what we could do better with regard to room scheduling, room utilization rates, and the question of whether we can make better use of our Summer School. To do so will require some financial assistance from the General Administration. We have made that particular appeal to them, and I am hopeful that we will find some support there. This is an issue that needs to be examined, because we are going to find that our retention rates are going up. We are going to have to make better use of the facilities that we have. This could mean a change in the way we schedule, the way in which we use rooms, when we begin our day, and when we end our day.
The year ahead has several important pieces to it. I see the year ahead as less a year of initiative in the Office of Academic Affairs, and more of a year of implementation. We have to implement the compact plans and go through the process of aligning performance majors and funding with our ambitions. We have to implement the new reappointment, promotion and tenure process. There the help of the Senate and the Committee will be critical. We will have to go back and address the questions about the use of tuition dollars, especially in the undergraduate program. We absolutely must move the diversity issues to the front. We have to implement DELTA, which means that we are going to have to become much more aggressive in an entrepreneurial way. We are going to have to implement the intellectual property policies that we have developed. We are going to have to do a better job of managing our enrollment, the place where I do believe we are making progress of leveling financial aid between the university and the colleges. We must internationalize the campus and we must provide help to study abroad. We need to take seriously the discussion about having an honor code for our students. It is my belief that this issue remains an important one for the entire faculty community. We are going to hire at least two new Deans, one in the College of Natural Resources, and one in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Finally, I want to invite all of you to lunch. Over the course of last year, we held a series of Dewey lunches and breakfasts. These Dewey lunches and breakfasts were addressed to John Dewey, the great American educator and philosopher. We took a piece out of John Dewey on what is education, and got the colleagues together for approximately one and one half hours. In the process of doing this, we were able to reach out and touch about 300 colleagues. We were able to get through almost all the department heads. This year I would like to make sure that you are on the schedules so that we can get the discussion going about learning and what its implications are and teaching and what its implications are for us as an academic institution.
I would remind you that November 7 looms. You should all take it as a personal responsibility to convince four other people to go to the polls. I am reminded again that I cannot preach the cause of voting one way or the other, but among colleagues I would certainly say we all know what the right thing is to do".
Senator Levine asked Provost Hall to address the separate initiatives for supporting the residence halls and the arts on campus.
Provost Hall responded that the physical facilities remain a significant issue and suggested that the Senate invite George Worsley to the Senate to report on the funding.
Senator Lytle wants to know the status of the search for the new Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach.
Provost Hall responded that the committee has been formed and the search will begin after the meeting of the trustees.
Senator Bottcher wants to know the status of NC State University being considered for the AAU.
Provost Hall believes the case still remains to be a strong one. He stated that NC State is in strong shape save for a couple of areas. One of them has to do with federally funded research dollars. There is also something to be said for other federal funds and support, although the impact and ear-marking and such do not appear to be significant in terms of AAU membership. If you look at the numbers, especially in academic terms, faculty representation, and student quality, we are in the middle of the public institutions that are in the AAU already. The top rung of the AAU is occupied by private institutions and then there is a set of public institutions. We really have to fit ourselves into that. The Chancellor has been working hard to make our case with the powers that be. One of the problems with the AAU is that the powers that be are like joining the Yacht Club. You cannot apply for it. The best we can do, is to do the best that we can do and I believe that the Chancellor has been doing that. The Commission on the Future of NC State has been very helpful. The Chancellor has actively and aggressively represented our interests with key individuals who are already in the AAU.
Senator Suh asked Provost Hall to elaborate on the new things that he envisions as an International Program.
Noting that we are not without international programs, Provost Hall responded that the efforts needs the following:
1) We have got to be prepared to support study abroad.
2) We have to get our attention focused on a select set of initiatives and then fund them.
3) We need to sit down and do some preliminary planning to have a North Carolina State Abroad Program, which really translates into getting a facility somewhere else in the world where we can send our students. We need to stop being rude because that is what we are to our foreign visitors. If we were treated the way that we treat people who come here, we would never go abroad again.
Provost Hall noted that one of the charges that he has given to Tony Moyer is to let us act like we are playing in the big league when it comes to bringing people to town.
Senator Tyler asked Provost Hall to clarify between the new Honors Program and the Park Scholars.
Provost Hall stated that the Park Scholars Program is a multi-phased program that is funded by the Park Foundation. It offers a set of co-curricular opportunities for students. The Honors Program is specifically designed to deal with high-end academic opportunities for students who are academically motivated. He stated that they are trying to build a program that has a lot of strength when it comes to what goes on in the learning experience of the students and the relationship between the student and the faculty.
Provost Hall concluded by introducing colleagues that are associated with the Provost’s Office.
Academic Policy Committee
Senator Will Kimler, Co-Chair of the Academic Policy Committee, reported that at their meeting last week, the committee discussed how academic integrity will not only be related to issues about students, but also to faculty scholarly integrity, integrity in teaching, and also other matters.
The committee plans to take a review and report role to this, because there is an ad hoc committee chaired by Jo Allen that is continuing to meet and will involve students. He noted that Gary Palin, who serves as the Academic Committee Chair for Student Government, will be meeting with the committee on a continuing basis.
The committee plans to review the pilot of the universal evaluation teaching form to achieve a new standardized form across campus that will be useful to many departments.
Senator Salah Elmaghraby, Chair of the Governance Committee, reported that the committee is currently reviewing the issue of mediation. At their next meeting the committee will receive input from three individuals: two who have experienced mediation, and one person who attended the training for mediation. With the help of Mary Beth Kurz, University General Counsel, the committee plans to present a report to the Senate within four to five weeks.
Personnel Policy Committee
Senator Robert Bottcher, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee, stated that the committee is planning to have its first meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 3:00 p.m.
Resources and Environment Committee
Senator Kathy Brown, Co-Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee, reported on two items relating to issues discussed by the committee last year.
Physical Master Plan
Senator Brown stated that she received several copies of the Master Plan from Mr. Harwood, that will be placed on reserve in the main and branch libraries. She read the following quote from his cover letter. "This plan represents the combined dedication of individuals and organizations across campus in the local community in planning the growth and development of the university. Our Physical Master Plan is not a static plan but it is an evolving process. I welcome your feedback." The plan with the current updates can be found at their website at .
Information Technology Issues
The Committee will track progress related to the Resolution on Information Technology.
Senator Brown stated that the libraries have implemented nomadic computing. It is also available in Nelson Hall. She noted that this was able to happen because of the very hard work of the Information Technology people to get the standards up to speed. The committee will have its first meeting next week to discuss an issue of concern about People Soft.
Update on Meningitis
Senator Jay Levine stated that he contacted University Health Services and noted that they are aware of the potential threat of an outbreak of Meningococcal Meningitis on this campus. They have been actively looking at the recommendation of the American College Health Association. There is also a university health committee which is an advisory to the University Health Services. He has talked with a vaccine manufacturer about a vaccine that has been used nation-wide and has reviewed some of the work that has been done on other campuses.
Meningococcal meningitis is associated with Neisseria meningitidis, one of a number of agents that can cause meningitis which is an inflamation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. It is the one in particular that has been associated with meningitis which has been seen on college campuses throughout the United States. There are approximately 3,000 cases a year in the United States and approximately 300 of those result in fatalities. When it does occur it has a very high case of fatality rate. On campuses nation-wide there are approximately 100-250 cases per year which result in five to fifteen deaths throughout the United States. The basic mode of transmission is actually by students sharing drinks, cigarettes, food, etc. The organism resides in the throat of about five to ten percent of people. Those individuals generally do not show any clinical signs. At times it can result in a clinical infection and when it does it can be transferred throughout a community. People living in high density areas such as residence halls and other high density communities are at greater risk.
One of the problems is that it is initially flu-like but patients that develop meningoccocal meningitis often have a very rapid decline in their constitutional health soon after developing those flu like symptoms. It is always considered a medical emergency because of the high fatality rate. Early diagnosis and therapy with antibiotic usually result in the reduction of the symptoms, but a small percentage of patients that are treated do develop some neurologic problems of post treatment. Those that are not treated have very high cases of fatality rates. Early diagnosis is one of the keys.
Nationwide there is no university requiring vaccination with that vaccine which is available. It is very effective against several of the strains that have been associated with meningitis throughout the United States.
The Health Center is making an effort to inform students about the problem on campus and will be hosting a clinic this fall.
Chair Corbin adjourned the meeting at 4:45 p.m.