MAY 2, 1994


Senators excused were:      Kenneth Biederman, Karen Curtis, Philip Flynn,
                            Jeff Gillespie, Ajay Manrai, Thomas Meierding,
                            Frank Murray, Roger Murray, Betty Paulanka,
                            David Roselle, Barbara Sheer, Cruce Stark,
                            Carolyn Thoroughgood

Senators absent were:    Kent Price, Scott Silberfein


      The agenda was approved as submitted by voice vote.


      The minutes of the April 4, 1994 meeting were approved.


      President Scott commented that by tradition the election of Senate
      officers and certain committee members is the third item of
      business of the May meeting.  The election was held, votes
      counted, and the following results were announced later in the

         President-Elect            Thomas Calhoun (English)
         Vice President             Thomas Angell (Mathematical Sciences)
         Secretary                  Jon Olson (Chemical Engineering)
         Committee on Committees
           and Nominations          Charles Boncelet (Electrical Engineering),
                                    Elaine Safer (English)
         Rules Committee:           Carol Denson (Textiles, Design, & Cons.
                                    Frank Dilley (Philosophy)
                                    Nicolas Gross (Foreign Languages &


      Provost Andersen reviewed academic achievements of the past

         1.   The Provost's Office initiated a new program for academic
              orientation of first year students.  Faculty will participate in
              the expanded program on Monday, August 29 from 9:00
              a.m. until noon.  Two videos have been prepared by
              Academic Services Center  on note taking in lectures and
              reading text books.  The Professional Theater Training
              Program (PTTP) is preparing a skit on the pitfalls of not
              following academic procedures.  The efforts this year are
              intended to inspire other programs for first-year students.

         2.   Academic advising is being enhanced through a program
              "On Course Advisement System."  The program sorts the
              student's transcript against the requirements of the
              student's major.  The program is operational in Engineering,
              under development in Education, Human Resources and
              Nursing, and planned for the remaining colleges.  The
              program develops a list of the courses needed to complete
              the major.

         3.   The Provost's Office has a strong commitment to teaching
              in all forms.  As examples students in the Undergraduate
              Research Program learn and develop sophisticated research
              techniques.  Candidates for the third Alumni Distinguished
              Professor are being sought; the selection will be announced
              in the Fall.  Six professors were given Excellence in
              Teaching or Excellence in Advising Awards this year.  They
              include:  Ajay Manrai, Business Administration; Andrew
              Zydney, Chemical Engineering; Brian Ackerman, Psychology;
              Errol Lloyd, Computer and Information Sciences; Roland
              Roth, Entomology and Applied Ecology, and Pamela
              Beeman, Nursing.

      Vice Provost Andersen thanked Dr. Richard Murray for his two
      terms of service as Interim University Provost.  He exhibited strong
      commitment to excellence of academic programs and to faculty
      governance.  He was careful with details and had a strong drive to
      do the right thing.  Dr. Murray will return to Physics this Fall to
      continue research and teaching.  There was spirited applause as
      Vice Provost Andersen closed by saying faculty and deans
      appreciate his service.

      John McLaughlin was recognized to introduce a resolution thanking
      Richard Murray for his dedication and service to Delaware.  The
      resolution passed by acclamation.


      1.    Robert Brown presented a preliminary report from the Ad Hoc
            Committee on Freedom of Expression in Public Events.  His
            remarks were informal because the committee had not yet
            agreed on the language of the report.

            Public events are defined as those sponsored or presented by
            constituent groups of the University.  These events are open
            to the general public.  The committee was formed in response
            to a controversial art exhibit in Fall '92 and to the Leonard
            Jeffries lecture later that year.  The committee members are: 
            Robert Brown, Joann Browning, Belena Chapp, Vernese
            Edghill, Thomas Harr, Bernard Kaplan, Scott Mason, Frederika
            Schmitt, and Gary Smith.

            The committee was charged with five elements upon which to
            make recommendations.  The first task was to draft a
            statement on freedom of expression in an educational setting. 
            They have drafted a ringing endorsement of freedom of
            expression without censorship.  It will support the right of
            groups to sponsor programs and speakers of their choice.  At
            the same time others have the right to protest these programs
            so long as these protests do not interfere with the event.  This
            statement will come to the Senate in the Fall.

            The second charge was to suggest ways in which dissenting
            or a full range of opinion related to a specific event can be
            given forum.  The committee decided not to address this issue
            and instead to let the free market prevail.  It remains
            appropriate for the University to sponsor events in which a
            diversity of opinion is expressed.  The third charge was to
            suggest ways for encouraging coordinated exhibits or public
            lectures in times of constrained budgets.  The committee has
            declined to endorse lecture series by high profile individuals
            because the costs are too high.  The fourth charge was to
            suggest ways that the full schedule of exhibits, performances
            and events can be better communicated.  This task has been
            subsumed by the Events and Entertainment Committee.  The
            last charge was to provide guidance to student organizations
            in the selection of guest speakers.  The committee found that
            relatively small amounts of University funds are spent in these
            activities and that the student groups are advised very well by
            the Student Activities Office.  Thus no action is needed on
            this item.

            In humor Robert Brown closed by asking if this report excused
            him from another oral report when the final draft is completed. 
            President Scott responded that the written report will be
            distributed to the Senate, and the recommendations
            considered in consultation with the committee.

      2.    President Scott advised that Jackson Gillespie is to be chair of
            the newly-formed Task Force on Smoking, a large group of
            faculty, professionals, students and staff.

            The election results reported in Item III were given.


      The following items were approved without discussion:                   

      1.    Revision of the B.A.S. in Engineering Technology
      2.    Revision of the B.S. in Human Resources:  Apparel Design or
            Textiles and Clothing: Merchandising



      A.     Recommendation from the Faculty Senate Executive
             Committee, with the concurrence of the Committee on
             Committees and Nominations (F. Dilley, Chairperson), for the
             creation of a new standing committee of the University
             Faculty Senate.  

            The charge of the proposed committee (Attachment 5 of the
            Agenda) was read by President Scott.  In the discussion that
            followed, Provost Murray, Frank Dilley, Charles Boncelet and
            David Bellamy spoke on behalf of the resolution as a helpful
            input to long-range planning.  Senator Hobbie requested that
            a student representative be added, and John Burke, President
            of DUSC, noted that he served on the Coordinating Committee
            on Education, the source of the members of the proposed
            committee.  Senator Bonner observed that the committee
            members would serve for five years without review by the
            Senate and took exception to this structure.  Senator Taggart
            asked why the current and past four chairs of the Coordinating
            Committee on Education were more appropriate committee
            membership than the Executive Committee.  President Scott
            replied the proposed group have experience and historical
            prospective.  Senator Grubb said this service does not provide
            the font of wisdom, and Senator Boncelet replied that while
            Senator Grubb's observation may be true, his experience with
            the Committee on Committees and Nominations showed that
            experience is a virtue.  Senator Haslett questioned how the
            proposed committee would interact with the similar committee
            proposed for Arts and Science.  President Scott replied that
            these committees are expected to exhibit teamwork.

            In response to the students' desire for membership to the
            committee Senator Bellamy proposed the following
            amendment to follow the first "Resolved:"

             BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,            that the Senate encourages
                                                DUSC to form a parallel
                                                committee of students for
                                                similar liaison with the
                                                Office of the Provost.

            The amendment passed by a vote of 26 ayes and 25 nays.

            Senator Klaff introduced a substitute description of the
            composition of the committee:  The past three chairs of the
            Coordinating Committee on Education, a member elected by
            the Senate to serve one year, and a student member elected
            by DUSC for one year.  The chair of this committee will be
            selected by the committee.  After some discussion
            on the specifics of a proposal by Senator Klaff's, Senator
            McCoy introduced a resolution to return the proposal to the
            Executive Committee for further consideration.  This resolution
            was approved by a vote of 32-23.

            The following resolution was recommitted:  

               WHEREAS,       faculty need to have an advocacy position
                              directly with the Provost concerning long-
                              term planning, and 

               WHEREAS,       faculty members who have chaired the
                              Coordinating Committee on Education and
                              have been on the Executive Committee have
                              a broad perspective of problems and priorities
                              of the University, be it therefore

              RESOLVED,       that the University Faculty Senate approves
                              the creation of a Faculty Senate committee
                              to be called the Academic Priorities Review
                              Committee, effective immediately, and


              that the Senate encourages DUSC to form a parallel
              committee of students for similar liaison with the Office of
              the Provost.

      B.    Request from the Committee on Committees and Nominations
            (F. Dilley, Chairperson) for Senate confirmation of committee

            The amended list (attachment 1) of committee appointments
            was confirmed by voice vote.  

      C.    Election of a chairperson for the Committee on Committees
            and Nominations to be chosen from the committee members
            elected by the Senate.

            Charles Boncelet was elected chairperson, please see Item III.

      D.    Recommendation from the Committee on Undergraduate
            Studies (B. Viera, Chairperson), with the concurrence of the
            Coordinating Committee on Education (J. McLaughlin,
            Chairperson), for revision of the Credit-by-Examination Form. 

            The discussion of this proposal concerned the mechanics by
            which the grade is assigned.  B. Viera explained that the
            current grade choices are A, B or Pass.  These are to be
            replaced by A, B, C, or D and that if the student fails the
            examination, the failure does not appear on the academic
            record.  Senator Boncelet proposed that the student be
            allowed to decide to accept the credit and grade.  There was
            sufficient confusion on the grading processes that the
            following resolution was recommited to the Committee on
            Undergraduate Studies by voice vote.

               WHEREAS,       some abuses of the credit-by-examination
                              option have been noted, and

               WHEREAS,       the current credit-by-examination application
                              form contains a misleading option as a basis
                              for request, and

               WHEREAS,       the current credit-by-examination application
                              permits only three grades (A, B, P), and

               WHEREAS,       a broader range of grades can be achieved in
                              most University courses, be it therefore

              RESOLVED,       that the relevant paragraph in the Academic
                              Regulations section of the Undergraduate
                              Catalog, page 21, be amended as follows: 
                              [Deleted text is double underlined and added
                              text is in bold type.]

                              CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

                              The University provides to all matriculated
                              and Continuing Education students the
                              opportunity to obtain college credit by
                              examination for demonstrated competence
                              attained through professional experience,
                              independent study, or some similar learning
                              experience, but not by previous enrollment in
                              a University of Delaware course.  General
                              inquiries concerning credit by examination
                              should be directed to the department offering
                              the course for which the student seeks
                              credit.  Credit by examination is not allowed
                              in experimental courses or independent study
                              courses.  A credit-by-examination form,
                              available at the . . . .


                            that any legal grade may be assigned to
                            performance in credit-by-examination
                            substitutions and that the application form
                            reflect that range of grades.

      E.    Recommendation from the Committee on Undergraduate
            Studies (B. Viera, Chairperson), with the concurrence of the
            Coordinating Committee on Education (J. McLaughlin,
            Chairperson), for a change in policy to the Dean's List

            After a very brief discussion in which it was established that
            the proposed change would lower the fraction of students
            attaining the Dean's List by two percent to yield a range of 18
            to 20 percent, the following resolution was passed by voice

               WHEREAS,       the current grading system in force at the
                              University quantifies a B+ grade as 3.33
                              while the current criterion for inclusion on the
                              Dean's list is 3.25, and

               WHEREAS,       some confusion exists about whether a
                              student's semester average or cumulative
                              average should be used to include or exclude
                              a student from the Dean's List, and 

               WHEREAS,       a student should be rewarded for
                              improvement in performance, be it therefore

              RESOLVED,       that the criterion for inclusion on the Dean's
                              List be a semester grade average of 3.33,
                              and further be it

              RESOLVED,       that the new criterion for inclusion be phased
                              in beginning with students in the Class of

      President-Elect McLaughlin requested a suspension of the rules to
introduce the following resolution:

              RESOLVED,       that members of the University Faculty
                              Senate express their thanks to President
                              Bonnie Kime Scott for her energy and
                              leadership in the 1993-1994 year.

      This resolution was approved heartily by voice vote.

      F.    Introduction of new business - None introduced.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:18 p.m.

                              Respectfully submitted,

                              Jon Olson
                              University Faculty Senate

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