November 4, 1991


      On Monday, November 4 at 4:00 p.m. Senate President Taggart called to
order the regular meeting of the University Faculty Senate.

Senators not in attendance were:    Charles Boncelet, Lawrence Nees, Raymond
                                    Nichols, Christopher Smith

Senators excused were:  Steven Dentel, Steven Grant, Bernard Herman, Jerome
                        Lewis, Carole Marks, Douglas Miller, Frank Murray,
                        Daniel Rich, David P. Roselle, Carol Rudisell, William
                        Saylor, Yda Schreuder, Janet Smith, Carolyn
                        Thoroughgood, D. Allan Waterfield


      The Senate adopted the agenda as published.


      The Senate approved the Minutes of the October 1 meeting. After notice
      from Senator Norris, Art Conservation, the Secretary amends the minutes
      of the September 16th meeting to change Senator Norris' absence to an
      excused absence.


      Associate Provost Margaret Andersen discussed the Middle States
      Accreditation Review, the budget, program reduction procedures,
      reorganization of Student Academic Support Services, and the plus/minus
      grading policy. According to Andersen, the University has negotiated a
      planning approach to the Accreditation review, creating task forces on
      undergraduate education, graduate studies and research, diversity and
      equity, public service, and resources and government. A self-study
      should be completed and circulated in January.

      Dr. Andersen reiterated the Provost's October announcements about budget
      cuts and planning, detailing the procedures by which cuts have been
      chosen, and listed the following reductions: 1.8 million from
      administrative and support services, 1 million from the Provost's office
      (including Instructional Technology Center, Library, special projects,
      and faculty development accounts), 2.2 million from academic colleges,
      .4 million from PTTP, and 1 million from special state budget line item
      requests. The Budget Council is still working on cuts to make up the
      remainder of the possible 9 million deficit. Dr. Andersen announced the
      status of proposals to cut Medical Technology and Interior Design, and
      noted that proposals to cut three additional programs: American Studies,
      Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience are beginning the program reduction
      review process.

      Budget cuts have also created opportunities for sensible reorganization,
      Andersen observed, referring to the planned consolidation of ASAP
      (Academic Studies Assistance Program) and the Academic Advancement
      Office in one Student Academic Support Services Program.

      Dr. Andersen confirmed that the official University grading policy is a
      non-optional plus/minus grading system.


      Senate President Taggart reiterated Senate attendance policies, pointing
      out that The Review story had gleaned its information from published
      attendance records of the Senate and that it is the senators'
      responsibility to notify the Senate Office about excused absences or
      attendance discrepancies in the Minutes.

      David Smith, Chairperson of Committee on Committees and Nominations
      explained the composition and charge of the Greek Life Task Force,
      noting that the Faculty's responsibility for student welfare accounts
      for the Task Force's configuration. (Charge and list of Committee
      members are at attachment 1).

      Announcement for Challenge: There was no challenge, so revisions of the
      B.S. in Nursing were unanimously approved.


      Item A on the Agenda was a recommendation for the provisional approval
      of a Ph.D. program in Economics brought by the Coordinating Committee on
      Education (Ken Lomax, Chairperson). (See attachment 2). After discussion
      of the evolution and development of the degree program, queries about
      and explanations of how the program can be implemented without
      additional funds, questions about library support and the organization
      of the degree program, the Senate approved the following resolution by a
      vote of 47-0-5:

      WHEREAS,    there is currently a need for Ph.D. graduates with an
                  emphasis in applied economics, and

      WHEREAS,    the faculty in the Department of Economics have developed a
                  curriculum for a Ph.D. program using resources already
                  available in the department, and

      WHEREAS,    the faculty in the College of Business and Economics have
                  given unanimous approval for this program, agreeing that the
                  Economics Department will still meet all its obligations to
                  teach undergraduate students, and graduate students in both
                  the MBA program and in its own master's programs, and 
      WHEREAS,    an open hearing was held by the Committee on Graduate
                  Studies and an external review team was on campus to
                  evaluate the proposal, both of which indicated support for
                  the proposal, be it therefore

      RESOLVED,   that a Ph.D. program in Economics be approved by the 
                  Faculty Senate for a provisional four-year period.

      Item B on the Agenda was a resolution  brought by the Coordinating
      Committee on Education (K. Lomax, Chairperson) that the Committee on
      Budgetary and Space Priorities be represented on the Coordinating
      Committee on Education.  The Senate approved the following resolution:

      WHEREAS,    the Coordinating Committee on Education is charged to
                  consider financial aspects of academic proposals, and

      WHEREAS,    the Committee on Budgetary and Space Priorities is regularly
                  apprised of budget matters, be it therefore

      RESOLVED,   that the charge to the Coordinating Committee on Education
                  (page I-16 of the Faculty Handbook) be amended to include
                  the Committee on Budgetary and Space Priorities as one of
                  the enumerated standing committees of the Senate and to be
                  represented on the Coordinating Committee.  The membership
                  portion of the charge to be changed is as follows:  (Words
                  to be added are indicated in bold type.  Words to be deleted
                  are underlined and in brackets.)

            "This committee shall be made up of the President elect of the
            Senate who shall chair the committee; the Provost and Vice
            President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee; three
            faculty members appointed for three-year terms by the Committee on
            Committees and Nominations, [one of whom should be knowledgeable
            concerning budgetary matters]; one undergraduate and one graduate
            student; and the chairpersons of the following standing committees
            of the Faculty Senate.  1.  Cte. on Graduate Studies,  2.  Cte. on
            Undergraduate STudies,  3.  Cte. on Instructional, Computing and
            Research Support Services,  4.  Library Cte.,  5.  Cte. on
            Budgetary and Space Priorities."

      C.    Senator Nancy Signorielli made a resolution that the Senate again
            consider the plus/minus grading policy in light of the fact that
            it is no longer being interpreted as optional.

      Senator President Taggart adjourned the meeting at 5:12 p.m.

                                    Respectfully submitted,


                                    Judith Roof
                                    Senate Secretary