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November 17, 2009

1. Call to Order
Chair Margery Overton called the meeting to order at 3 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Overton reminded the faculty that the Board of Trustees meetings are open meetings if anyone would like to attend.

Chair Overton announced that two additional activities have emerged based on conversations at Senate meetings.  The first is a response to the Korean Campus presentation and the invitation to have faculty interact with that group.  Three Senators have acted on that and have formed an ad hoc group. 

The second item is the administrative faculty and review standing committee that the Chancellor announced.  Roby Sawyers volunteered to serve on that committee, and they have already met and are asking for more volunteers to help out.

3. Approval of the minutes, November 3, 2009
A motion passed to approve the minutes.

4. Provost Arden’s Comments

Update on the Office of the Provost
Katie Perry has been hired part time to work with Betsy Brown in Academic Affairs.  

Vicki Walton is retiring after 33 years of service.  The position she held as Assistant Vice Provost has been changed to an SPA position, University Program Specialist. Amy Jinnette has been appointed to that position and she will join Betsy Brown and Katie Perry in the Academic Affairs group.

Provost Arden reported that there are seven employees in the immediate Provost Office, including himself, and that is about one half of what was there ten years ago. He stated that they are trying to make adjustments to be as responsive as possible, and he invites feedback. 

Korean Campus Initiative
Provost Arden announced that he would be going to Korea in two weeks for about five or six days, and that the Korean Campus is not a done deal.  He would like to move the discussion beyond the Korean project to what we mean by globalization of this campus. 

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Program
Provost Arden handed out a packet entitled Environmental Science and Academic Program, requesting input not just on environmental sciences but on the administration of interdisciplinary undergraduate programs in general. There was significant discussion on the topic.  Provost Arden plans to have a similar discussion with the deans. 

5. Issues of Concern
External Review Letter--What are the issues around asking for a waiver and then proceeding? 

Chair Overton stated that she would have the status of all issues of concern by the next meeting.

6. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:32 p.m. 

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