I. Minutes of previous meetings
II. Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
She also reminded Senators that each department should bring General Education survey responses to the February 21 meeting. Updated links on the Faculty Senate website have been added to provide access to this and related documents regarding General Education reform.
Dr. Börger-Greco noted administrative approval for the following curriculum changes:
III. Report of the Student Senate President
IV. Report of the Graduate Student Organization
V. Report of the Administrative Officers
Provost Prabhu urged Senators to attend the upcoming presentations by the Cognitive Marketing consultants regarding information on the Identity Campaign currently underway.
Dr. Prabhu also mentioned that information will be forthcoming regarding implementation of the Shared Administrative System that the Board of Governors has adopted for SSHE. He expressed that we will need to review academic policies to differentiate between issues that we are committed to maintaining and those that could be aligned with other SSHE schools. The costs of specialized programming for a specific institution will be passed to the school itself. Discussion following reflected Senators' concerns that predicted administrative savings will not offset costs and that there may be a move towards centralization that will eliminate the individual identities of the schools. In response, Dr. Prabhu commented that the BOG has already made the decision to implement the system and that we need to be prepared for less legislative support in the future. He also noted that Millersville is expected to be one of the last schools to be added into this system because of systems like Banner. In response to another concern regarding a possible centralized application process, he responded that the current plan is only for a common location for access to application material for each individual school.
Executive Assistant to the President Phillips
Executive Assistant to the President Phillips shared that Millersville has been ranked 57th in Kiplinger's list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. This is the highest ranking of any SSHE institutions.
Dr. Phillips also noted that the Governance Manual is being updated. She asked for one or two Senators to consider revising the Faculty Senate bylaws.
Interim Assistant Provost Redmond
Interim Assistant Provost Redmond from the Division of Academic Support Programs and Learning Services reported the recent purchase of equipment for assisting visually-impaired students. He invited faculty to contact Sherlynn Bessick in Lyle regarding its use. It was noted that it is possible to enlarge hard copies of both text and figures.
VI. Faculty Emeritus
An Igyor/Bookmiller motion to grant Dr. Ike Hay the honorary title of Professor of Art Emeritus was approved.
VII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
A document reflecting updated wording of the academic load policy was distributed and discussed. Dr. Lillie West will modify the document to specifically highlight the proposed changes for consideration at the next Senate meeting.
Discussion was held regarding updating the online registration information to reflect all restrictions for each course. It was also requested that updates be made to allow faculty to print waiting lists for their courses from Banner.
VIII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Special Committees
IX. Proposed Courses and Programs
(1) CHANGE IN COURSE/CURRICULUM B.A. PHYS Nanotechnology option: Proposal to introduce a Physics B.A. degree with an option in nanotechnology was approved without dissent.
(2) CHANGE IN COURSE/CURRICULUM B.S. CHEM Nanotechnology option: Proposal to introduce a Chemistry B.S. degree with an option in nanotechnology was approved without dissent.
(3) CHANGE IN COURSE/CURRICULUM BIOL Marine Biology option: Proposal to move BIOL375 Biometry from elective to required block was approved without dissent.
X. Teaching Excellence Award
It was noted that Elementary Education previously opted not to participate in this program and that any nominees should be contacted to confirm acceptance.
XI. Other/New Business
Aimee L. Miller
Faculty Senate Secretary