REGULAR MEETING OF THE UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE
December 6, 1999
David Barlow, Kenneth Biederman, Costel Denson, Michael Ferrari, Jay Hildebrandt, Paul Metzler, Larry Nees, Sharon O'Donnell
I. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
The agenda was adopted with one clarification to Section 6B of New Business on the Summary of Agenda. The summary heading notes a recommendation for an appeal process for Honors admission of upper division students. In fact, the proposed recommendation is to establish an admission procedures for upper division students, which includes an appeal process. The proposal information contained in the Senator's full agenda is correct.
II. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
The minutes of the November 1, 1999 meeting of the Senate were approved as distributed.
III. REMARKS BY PROVOST SCHIAVELLI
There were no remarks by Provost Schiavelli.
President Huddleston reminded Senators of the Open Hearings to discuss the General Education proposal, which will be held December 9 and 13, Room 103 Gore, 1:30-3:30 pm. Comments directly to the Coordinating Committee are welcome at any time. President Huddleston also informed the Senators that although, at our last meeting, we approved the request to grant permanent status to the Accelerated Degree Program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, that action was unnecessary, as the program did not need approval. He asked that the minutes reflect this.
V. OLD BUSINESS
There was no old business.
VI. NEW BUSINESS
A. A recommendation to relocate Faculty Senate meetings from 127 Memorial Hall to Gore Hall was presented from the
Executive Committee. The motion, the text of which follows, was approved by the Senate.
Whereas 127 Memorial Hall, although an elegantly renovated room and a site
of historical importance to the Senate,
has acoustic characteristics preventing Senators in the rear of the room from hearing clearly, and
Whereas Gore Hall worked well in every respect as a venue for the Senate meetings in 1998-99, be it therefore
Resolved that future Faculty Senate meetings be held in 104 Gore Hall.
A recommendation to establish a procedure, including an appeals process,
for admitting already matriculated students
to Honors status was presented from the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, with the concurrence of the
Coordinating Committee on Education and the Executive Committee. A friendly amendment was made, and accepted,
to Item 3 of the proposal which should now read: A3) The student who has met the qualifications files an application
and also secures written recommendations from two University of Delaware faculty members from whom he or she
received Honors instruction in courses carrying 3 or more credits.@ In response to questions about numerous details
of the proposal, Robert Brown, Chair of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies Committee, noted that the
proposal formalizes actions that had been taken informally through the years. The motion, the text of which follows,
was approved by the Senate.
Whereas A number of well-qualified students seek Honors status subsequent to their matriculation at the University, and
Whereas The University Honors Program needs a formal, fair, and advertised
policy for receiving and acting upon
applications for Honors status for such students, and
Whereas The proposal presented has been prepared by the Honors faculty
and staff after extensive deliberations, be it
Resolved that the Proposal for Honors Admission is approved for use by
the University Honors Program as the
procedure to be followed for admitting already-matriculated students to Honors status.
A request to change the name of the major in the Department of Health and
Exercise Science, College of Health and
Nursing Sciences, from Physical Education to Exercise Science was presented from the Graduate Committee on
Education, with the concurrence of the Coordinating Committee on Education and the Executive Committee. The
motion, the text of which follows, was approved by the Senate.
Whereas the Department of Physical Education was renamed to the Department of Health and Exercise Science, and
Whereas the Department of Health and Exercise Science offers a Master of
Science degree with a major in Physical
Education and concentrations in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, and
Whereas the Department wishes to maintain consistency between the Department
name and the degree name, be it
Resolved that the major in Physical Education be renamed to Exercise Science.
A request to delete the Master of Arts in the Department of Physical Education,
College of Health and Nursing
Sciences was presented from the Graduate Committee on Education, with the concurrence of the Coordinating
Committee on Education and the Executive Committee. The motion, the text of which follows, was approved by the
Whereas interest and enrollment in the Master of Arts in Physical Education degree program has remained low, and
Whereas no new students have been admitted to the program in the last three years, be it therefore
Resolved that the Master of Arts in Physical Education be disestablished.
VII. President Huddleston asked if there were other items of new business, reminding the Senate that such proposed items could not be acted upon until the next meeting. A question was raised as to whether the Coordinating Committee will be holding Open Hearings on the General Education proposal in the Spring. Judith Van Name, Chair of the Coordinating Committee, stated that while the bulk of the hearings will be held in December, comments will continue to be accepted in the Spring.
Hearing no other proposed new business, a motion was made, and passed, to adjourn.
Karen F. Stein, Secretary
University Faculty Senate