APRIL 4, 1994


Senators excused were:            Thomas Angell, Kenneth Biederman,
                                  Christine Cannon, Barbara Curry, 
                                  Ardeshir Faghri, Judith Hough-Goldstein,
                                  Roger Kobak, Vivian Klaff, Ajay Manrai,
                                  Frank Murray, John Nye, James Pizzuto,
                                  Kent Price, Mary Richards, Carolyn
                                  Thoroughgood, D. A. Waterfield

Senators absent were:          Richard Cunningham, William Daniels


      The agenda was adopted as presented.


      The minutes of the March 7, 1994 meeting were approved.


      Provost Murray gave a progress analysis on the five goals for the
      University developed by the Focused Vision Implementation
      Committee (Hoffecker Report).  [A copy of the overheads used by
      Provost Murray are available for inspection by Senators in the
      Senate Office.  These minutes are a brief summary of these

      The five goals of the Hoffecker Report are a distillation of material
      presented by units in 1987-88, collated by the Dilley Committee in
      1989, and clarified by the Hoffecker Committee.  Provost Murray's
      remarks examine the progress made since 1990.

      The first goal is to provide high-quality undergraduate education,
      particularly for Delawareans.  The resident fraction has increased
      from 31% to 36% and the freshman to sophomore retention
      increased from 81% to 85% (the national average is about 70%). 
      There are 50 new scholarships available to talented Delaware
      residents.  The average SAT scores have improved.  Commitment
      to undergraduate education is evidenced by the small increase in the
      number of sections of regularly scheduled courses during a period
      of financial strain.  The first two Distinguished Alumni
      Professorships were awarded in recognition of outstanding teaching.

      The second goal is to strengthen research and to increase the
      distinction of selected graduate programs.  The graduate student
      body has grown from 14% to 17% (the goal is 20%) primarily
      through growth in Master's programs providing professional training
      and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program.  The
      graduate program offerings in Southern Delaware have been
      expanded.  Financial assistance to graduate students has increased
      by 20% in the 1989-1993 period.  Externally funded research has
      grown from $40 million (1990) to $58 million (1993).

      The third goal is to better integrate public service values into
      University life and to provide greater assistance.  This goal was to
      be accomplished by integrating public service more fully into
      research and instruction.  Externally funded efforts in extension and
      public service grew from $3.8 to $5.4 million in the last five years. 
      New service program examples include the Delaware Transportation
      Institute, the Wilmington Community Development Project and 11
      new projects in Cooperative Extension.

      The fourth goal is to nurture a campus environment characterized
      by respect for people of different genders, nationalities, sexual
      orientations, and backgrounds.  Toward this goal the following
      activities have emerged:  The Campus Diversity Unit, the Office of
      Affirmative Action and Multicultural Programs, the Office of
      Women's Affairs, the Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural
      Diversity, and the diversity education component of New Student
      Orientation.  The graduation rate of African-Americans has
      increased from 45% (1990) to 54% (1993) while the national
      average is about 50%.

      The fifth goal is to provide the many resources required to meet the
      University's goals.  The physical plant has been improved:  nearly
      all of the central classrooms have been rehabilitated in the last three
      years, Lammot du Pont Chemistry building is completed, the
      Colburn Laboratory expansion is underway and an addition to
      Purnell Hall is being planned.  Scholarship aid has increased 40% in
      the last four years.  University revenue from gifts increased 63%
      and contracts and grants increased 46%.  In the last four years the
      total compensation for faculty has reached the median of the 23
      similar institutions in the mid-Atlantic region.

      Provost Murray closed by acknowledging the assistance of Michael
      Middaugh, Dale Trusheim, and Carol Hoffecker.

      Senator Grubb asked if the increase in course sections was
      accomplished by adding teaching assistants, and Mike Middaugh
      reported the percentage of courses taught by teaching assistants
      has been constant during the last four years.  He also asked if the
      increase in average faculty compensation was achieved by large
      gains of a few at the expense of others.  The answer was that
      average salary by rank and discipline are above the medians of the
      comparison group.

      Senator Wolters asked about the average SAT total score of 1020. 
      He observed that for weak state universities this number is in the
      900s and only two or three state universities have a 1200+
      average.  Delaware is about in the middle of the pack.  Provost
      Murray replied that the institution is improving this average through
      additional financial aid and growth of the Honors Program.  Senator
      Bolden asked if any type of religious studies are included in the
      multicultural program and was answered that they are.  She further
      asked if SAT scores really reflect student quality and, in response,
      was told that the correlation coefficient of freshman grades with
      SAT scores is about 0.2; grades are mostly dependent on other
      unmeasured factors.

      President Scott commented that the creation of new knowledge is
      a major goal of the institution which is unmeasured.  Provost Murray
      responded that increases in grant funding are a measure of success.


      President Scott gave a progress report on the activities of the
      Senate Executive Committee this year.  This report was presented
      to allow time for completion of unmet needs.

      The Senate set a precedent for broad-based faculty participation in
      the search process for a senior administrator.  The Senate kept
      track of the progress of the Search Committee throughout the year,
      and Search Committee Chair Daniel Rich spoke twice to the Senate. 
      The Executive Committee wrote a charge and formed an Ad Hoc
      Committee on Freedom of Expression in Public Events under the
      leadership of Robert Brown.  The work of this Committee will
      continue into next year, and it is likely that the Committee will
      produce a policy statement on free expression in an educational

      President Scott developed "Guidelines for Changes in Academic
      Programs" and distributed them throughout the campus.  These
      guidelines are helpful to those needing to understand and expedite
      the approval of academic program revisions.  The Senate Office
      tracks the progress of program change proposals when they
      properly pass through the Senate Office in the approval chain.

      President Scott described the operations and responsibilities of the
      Faculty Senate to the Board of Trustees Committee on Education
      and Training.  Faculty observers to Trustees' committees were
      asked to share their observations with the Executive Committee and
      other related Senate committees. The efforts of the faculty
      committees were extensive this year, and the work of four
      committees was emphasized.  The Committee on Promotions and
      Tenure received attention for the number of negative verdicts, the
      Committee on Faculty Welfare and Privileges had an extremely
      heavy workload, particularly in the summer and early fall.  The
      Committee on Instructional, Computing and Research Support
      Services worked to define its position in a thicket of related
      committees.  The Committee on Cultural Activities and Public
      Events initiated a program for borrowing sculpture; Wendy Lehman
      's "Sky High" is on exhibit in the Ewing, Smith and Purnell patio. 
      A new committee, Academic Priorities Review Committee, is to deal
      with assessing academic and intellectual needs of the University.

      In response to discussion at breakfast meetings with the President,
      chairpersons were asked to provide examples of unique commitment
      of faculty to undergraduate teaching.  The 23 responses resulted in
      a four-page report which may improve the public perception of
      university education.

      The budget of the Senate Office was increased, and the computing
      equipment will be updated this summer.  This year use of E-mail
      improved the operations of the office greatly.

      President Scott initiated discussions by the Executive Committee,
      two former members of the Greek Life Task Force and student
      leaders of Greek organizations and John Burke (DUSC President) on
      implementation of the 1992 Senate Resolutions, particularly the
      reduction and eventual elimination of the pledge (associate
      membership) period.


      President Scott made two announcements:  (1) Wanda Cook of the
      Senate Office received a salaried staff merit award this year, and (2)
      suggestions of nominations for honorary degrees should be
      forwarded to President's Roselle's Office by June 1st.



      A.   Recommendation from the Committee on Committees and
           Nominations (F. Dilley, Chairperson) amending the Faculty
           Handbook concerning the replacement for an elected position.

          The following resolution was passed by voice vote (no

                WHEREAS,      the rules of the Committee on Committees
                              and Nominations currently allow the
                              appointment of persons to fill unexpired
                              vacancies on all committees, and

                WHEREAS,      some of those committees contain members
                              elected by the Senate, be it therefore
                RESOLVED,     that the charge to the Committee on
                              Committees and Nominations, as it appears
                              in Section I-III, page I-15, second paragraph,
                              of the Faculty Handbook, be amended as

                                  Except in cases where individuals are
                                  elected by the University Faculty Senate,
                                  this committee shall fill vacancies in
                                  faculty committees for the unexpired
                                  terms using the following options:  1.)
                                  replacement for the period of the vacated
                                  member's term or 2.) for the period of
                                  the vacated member's term and an
                                  additional full term not to exceed three
                                  years.  Whenever a vacancy occurs in a
                                  position which was filled by a Senate
                                  election, the replacement will be filled by
                                  a special Senate election.  The committee
                                  is encouraged to solicit, receive, and hear
                                  suggestions regarding . . . .
      B.      Recommendation from the Committee on Committees and
              Nominations (F. Dilley, Chairperson) amending the Faculty
              Handbook concerning the Library Committee.

            The following resolution was passed by voice vote:

                WHEREAS,      The Library Committee contains only one
                              representative from the College of Arts and
                              Science.  Since the Humanities make heavy
                              use of the library, it is highly desirable to
                              always have someone represent the
                              Humanities, be it therefore

                RESOLVED,     that the charge to the Library Committee, as
                              it appears in Section I-III, page I-20, of the
                              Faculty Handbook be amended as follows:

                                  This committee shall consist of the
                                  Director of Libraries; one faculty from
                                  each of the several colleges (with the
                                  exception of the College of Arts and
                                  Science which shall have two, one of
                                  whom shall be from a discipline in the
                                  Humanities); one undergraduate student;
                                  and one graduate student.  One of the
                                  faculty shall be appointed chairperson.  It
                                  shall serve as a focus for advising the
                                  Director and the faculty or its Senate as
                                  to policies and practices regarding the
                                  University Libraries.

      C.     Introduction of new business - None introduced.

Meeting adjourned at 5:45.

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                  Jon Olson
                                  University Faculty Senate