Millersville University, Faculty Senate
22 April 1997
| Gen Ed Revision Plan
Chairperson D. Eidam called the special meeting to order at 4:10 p.m. in
chryst Hall, Room 210. All departmental senators except those from Art,
Business Administration, Geography, History, Political Science, and
Sociology and Anthropology Departments attended.
Faculty Senate Chairperson
Faculty senate chairperson D. Eidam announced that senate had agreed to
vote on the General Education Revision Plan by 5:15 PM of today's meeting.
He also announced the official list of eligibility for the Women's Studies
Curriculum (see Attachment A). Senator S. Thompson of the Geography
Department could not attend today's meeting because he recently injured
his foot. He asked for senate's approval to cast an absent vote at today's
ballot. A S. Peters/C. McLeod motion to permit Thompson's absentee vote
passed. Senator M. Margolis announced that his Economics Department
colleague, Andres Hau, died of cancer last night. No details of the
funeral were known.
General Education Revision Plan
The only business of today's special meeting concerned the General
Education Revision Plan (see the report of the Task Force on the General
Education Curriculum and Its Resources of 15 April 1997, Attachment D, that was distributed to all faculty and
at the last senate meeting). R. Wismer/C. McLeod moved that senate
endorse the General Education Revision Plan of April 15, 1997. Senators
noted that a general faculty referendum on the General Education Revision
Plan will be held April 30 during the day that APSCUF will hold annual
elections for union and uiversity committee openings. In addition there
will be an open forum on Thursday, 24 April 1997, at 4 PM on the General
Education Revision Plan.
Professor J. Sheridan, the chairperson of the Task Force on the General
Education Curriculum and Its Resources, spoke in favor of the plan. He
made an analogy between education and health care. Health care consumes a
large share of the nation's resources as does education. When health care
costs exceeded inflation, private providers found a way around a health
care establishment that said it could do nothing about the costs. Sheridan
said that health care costs are no longer out of control as a result. The
education establishment shares the same predicament.
Senator A. Borger-Reese said she was not clear about what funds would be
saved under the new plan. She was not happy with the proposed changes.
Sheridan responded that the goal was to contain costs. Even if the cost
savings were only 5 percent of a $70 million budget, the savings would
amount to $0.5 million. That would provide five full professorships. He
said the changes would serve to simplify the general education program and
permit a process that everyone can cope with more easily.
When senators did not wish to discuss the motion anymore, senate passed
the motion to endorse the plan.
Senate adjourned at 4:30 PM. The next meeting will be Tuesday, 6 May 1997,
from 4:05 - 5:45 p.m. in Chryst 210.
Marvin Margolis, Secretary
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