Millersville University, Faculty Senate



Submitted 5/6/97 by Joel B. Piperberg, Chair

1996-1997 Members Department Term expires
J. Piperberg, Chair
President, Pro Tempore Faculty Senate
Biology 1997
J. Lynch Developmental Studies 1997
W. Dorman Theatre & Communications 1997
R. Kerper Elementary Education 1997
Sue Wong Student
Chris Mulvihill Student
J. Stager Associate Vice President,
Academic Affairs (ex-officio)
A. Hoffman Dean, Science & Mathematics (ex-officio)

Five meetings were held during the Fall and Spring semesters. Discussions dealt with the advisability of establishing a four year contract/commitment with students guaranteeing graduation within that time period. After examining a number of factors related to this issue (including national and State System statistics on four, five, and six year graduation rates, the average times required to earn degrees in representative majors, and the phenomenon of extenders, students who lengthen their college careers on purpose), the Committee recommended a number of strategies for students, faculty and administration that should serve to increase the number of students graduating within four years without entering into a complex and difficult-to-administer agreement such as the four year commitment. These discussions and the report they generated were the result of a request from Provost McNairy to investigate the implications, benefits and disadvantages of such a four-year commitment. This letter was appended to the 1995-1996 annual report of the Joint Senate Conference Committee.

Motions/Recommendations Forwarded to Senate:
4/1/97 The abovementioned report answering Provost McNairy's request for recommendations was submitted to the Faculty Senate for informational purposes and comment after communication of its contents to the Provost. No action was required by the Senate since the recommendations had been sought by Provost McNairy. A few minor corrections were suggested during the Senate meeting, the document was altered accordingly and a final, corrected copy was then submitted to Provost McNairy. A copy of the final report is appended to this document.

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