REGULAR MEETING OF
104 Gore Hall
I. Adoption of the Agenda
II. Approval of the Minutes: November
III. Remarks: Provost Dan Rich. Dr. Rich
announced that the First Year Experience (FYE) pilot program is going well. One
outcome of the study is the need for additional faculty to manage an effective
FYE program. Dr. Rich discussed the University’s fiscal environment. The
University has experienced a significant reduction in endowment, however, not
as bad as other academic institutions. The State of
Applications for undergraduate enrollment are consistent with last year. There may be a larger number of Delawareans at UD than last year because of the UD Commitment to Delawareans. This program guarantees acceptance to all Delawareans who have successfully completed specified courses. In addition, UD will meet the full financial need of Delawarean students: tuition, room and board, and books. Each student should have no more than $18,000 in indebtedness after graduation. Additionally, Delawareans who meet admission requirements will be informed of acceptance on a rolling admission. Announcements of acceptance begin January 1st.
UD reaction to economic
uncertainty is to continue the commitment to students, making sure students
have faculty and laboratory instructors. The University will not curtail
faculty hiring. However, any hiring that could wait for a few months should
wait until the next fiscal year budget. Units will need to justify hiring of
nonacademic personnel. The current
economic climate will not change the goals of the Path to Prominence; however,
it may be necessary to change the time frame. There are no restrictions on positions with
direct external support. The University receives $129 million of state support
plus line items; line items are most easily lost in times of economic
uncertainty. The State will not provide
funding for pay raises; UD has a contract agreement with the faculty union for 4%
raise. The University will honor that commitment.
UD still has an interest in the Chrysler property. The University will only purchase the property if it does not complicate the current economic condition. Money for purchasing real estate comes from different sources than student support and salaries.
Senate President Amy Johnson. The next Faculty Senate meeting will be February
9th. At the February meeting, Matt Robinson will present a report on
Resident Life that includes results of a student survey and open hearings. Also
at the February meeting will be a report on Discovery Learning Experience by
John Madsen. The internal transfer policy is being reviewed by the Undergraduate
Studies (UGS) Committee.
Avron Abraham, chair of the ad hoc committee on breadth requirements gave an initial report. Currently, there is a lack of uniformity across colleges and departments concerning breadth requirements. The initial report contains a number of proposals including a minimum of 12 credit requirements for the four categories: creative arts; history; social and behavior science; and mathematics, natural science and technology. Breadth requirements must be taken outside the student’s home department/program. ENGL 110 is a separate requirement outside of the breadth requirements. Students are required to earn a minimum grade of C- (still under discussion), and breadth requirements and any prerequisites must be open to all students. The ad hoc committee also recommends establishing a standing Faculty Senate committee to determine placement of courses; this committee would be coordinated by the UGS committee.
The next steps in the proposal are feedback, open hearings, senate resolution, and catalog revisions. Dr. Abraham’s PowerPoint slides with the committee’s proposals are available online at http://www.facsen.udel.edu/sites/Senate_Breadth_Presentation_12-01.ppt. Email Dr. Abraham your comments. Anyone wanting to maintain anonymity can send comments to Karren Helsel-Spry (email@example.com) in the Faculty Senate office. She will forward comments to Dr. Abraham.
V. Consent Agenda
for Challenge: None
Business: Academic Calendar –
Religious Holidays. UD is nonsectarian. The Executive committee of the Faculty
Senate discussed the inclusion of all religious holidays on the University
Calendar. The committee suggests
creating a separate website with all religious holidays that faculty can refer
to. The subject of religious holidays
and creating a website will be sent to the Faculty Senate committee on Diversity
and Affirmative Action. Dr. Johnson
suggested that the Faculty Senate committee consult with the University’s
Diversity Task Force. Havidán Rodriguez commented that the Diversity Task Force
was in the process of finishing its final report and would not be able to
review any recommendations from the Faculty Senate Diversity and Affirmative
Action committee. Faculty should send
comments to Karren Helsel-Spry.
1. Recommendation from the Faculty Senate Coordinating Committee on Education (Cihan Cobanoglu, Chair) with the concurrence of the Executive Committee (Amy Johnson, Chair) for the request to change the name of the CHEP College (attachment)
Whereas, the current name of the college of Human Services, Education and Public Policy is cumbersome, not typical of college names at other universities, and not well understood beyond the campus, and
Whereas, the “
Whereas, that name describes the primary foci of
Whereas, the College Council and a full meeting of the College faculty and staff voted to support the change of the College name, and
Whereas, the change in name is also supported by the Interim Dean and the Provost, be it therefore
Resolved, that the Faculty Senate recommends the
of New Business
Such items as may come before the Senate. (No motion introduced under new business, except a motion to refer to committee, shall be acted upon until the next meeting of the Senate.)
A comment was made from the floor that Pearson Hall and other buildings are not easily handicap accessible. Dr. Johnson stated that the Faculty Senate Executive committee will investigate.
Submitted by Donald Lehman