UNIVERSITY SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
March 14, 2001
Members present: President Carl Patton, Provost Ron Henry, Paul Alberto, John DeCastro, Anne Emanuel, Hugh Hudson and John Newman.
The minutes of the February 6th meeting were approved. President Patton reported that the estimated cost of repairing the bricks on Library South was $3.7M, yet the bid range from contractors was $7 - 9M. After the President met with the Governor, GSFIC will be instructed to put in an extra $2M for the project. The new facing for the library will not be brick. The preliminary planning and agreements for the new graduate housing are almost completed, and we are expecting the facility to be completed by fall 2002. The contractor will be required to put students in temporary housing if they fail to have it open in time. Dr. Patton also said that he leaves today for Boise for the men's basketball game in the NCAA tournament, then goes to Louisiana Saturday for the women's basketball game also in the NCAA tournament. Quite a season for our two teams! Provost Henry reported that the first candidate for the position of Dean of the College of Education is on campus today, and all three candidates will have visited by the end of the week.
The new dates for the Senate meetings in the next academic year were approved. They are: October 4 and December 6, 2001; March 14 and April 11, 2002. The proposal for a Standing Subcommittee of the Senate IS&T Committee on the Student Technology Fee was approved by all. The fact that there will always be a problem with student members graduating is clear, but the SGA will always be involved in the process. The following items from the Committee on Admissions and Standards were approved by the Executive Committee: 1. Policy on University-Level Scholarships; 2. Revise the Scholastic Discipline Rules; 3. Revise Procedures for Certifying Competence in English; 4. Admission of Non-Traditional Transfer Students; and, 5. Post-Graduation Exceptions. The information submitted with dates for the 2002-2003 academic calendar was incomplete, needing beginning and ending dates for fall and spring mini-mesters.
The Committee on Faculty Affairs' proposal to Add Full-Time Associate Provosts to the Triennial Evaluation of Administrators was approved. It was commented that most schools use a 5-year cycle for such reviews. The following items from the Committee on Statutes and Bylaws were approved: 1.Amend Statutes, Article X, Sec. 23 & 24 to parallel cited sections in BOR Policy Manual; 2. Adjust title of Vice President for Research in Senate Bylaws; 3. Add duty to the Committee on APACE (omitting in line B.3. [UNIV] following university-wide); 4. Amend Statutes and Bylaws to clarify Senate committee membership; and 5. Allow for staff to serve on Senate committees.
The following from the Committee on Academic Programs and Continuing Education were approved by the Executive Committee: 1. Learning Goals for General Education and 2. Revision to policy on Academic Program Review. The report from the Committee on the Budget concerning the Ethnic Minority Policy was given a "do pass" recommendation, as amended.
Frances B. Stone