I. Minutes of previous meetings
The minutes of the January 30, 2007 meeting of the Faculty Senate were approved as written.
II. Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
III. Report of the Student Senate President
IV. Report of the Graduate Student Organization
V. Report of the Administrative Officers
Dr. McCollum introduced the new Vice President of Finance and Administration, Roger V. Bruszewski, noting the broad experience Mr. Bruszewski brings to Millersville.
Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Associate Provost Burns noted that Provost Prabhu was unable to attend Senate today due to travel delays caused by inclement weather. Dr. Burns also encouraged faculty to attend the education sessions hosted by the Honor Code Committee to prepare for the upcoming campus vote on the proposed Honor Code System.
VI. Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
Senator West distributed a proposed change to the Residency Requirements as part of the Campus Management Commonality Actions [see Attachment #1]. This would specify that the 30-credit residency requirement for graduation be 30 of the last 45 credits. Discussion was held regarding whether the current exclusion of student teaching from the 30 credits would also apply to the last 45 credits. It was noted that student teaching is not currently included because it is graded pass/fail and does not count towards a studentís GPA. Another question raised was whether study abroad would affect residency. Dr. Burns noted that these courses could be approved since Millersville facilitates the experience. A suggestion was made to specify that the requirement be for 30 of the last 45 non-pass/fail credits. A Blazer/White motion that a student must satisfy the minimum residence requirement by taking at least 30 of their last 45 non-pass/fail credits at Millersville was approved without dissent.
VII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Special Committees
Since instating the proposed Honor Code System would have a significant impact on the Millersville campus, it was suggested that approval should be dependent on support by a majority of all eligible faculty rather than only the votes cast. Discussion was held regarding who should be eligible to vote on the Honor Code System proposal. It was recommended that Regular Part-Time Faculty be eligible since they have a regular commitment to being part of the teaching body on campus. It was noted that it would be difficult to include adjuncts since they do not fully participate in departmental activities. A Mowrey/Wismer motion that all Tenure-Track and Regular Part-Time faculty be eligible to vote on the Honor Code System proposal and that a positive vote by the majority of all faculty eligible to vote be necessary to approve the proposal was approved without dissent. Each senator should submit a list of eligible faculty (all tenure-track and regular part-time faculty) in their department as well as total counts of yes, no or abstaining votes.
VIII. Proposed Courses and Programs
(1) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
BIOL 363: Medical Microbiology, 3 credits. Proposal to create a course to study medically important disease-causing microorganisms was approved without dissent.
A question was raised regarding the need for this course. Senator DiBartolomeis expressed the significant impact of the course subject. Dr. Burns also highlighted the need of this course material for students entering medical fields.
IX. Faculty Emeritus
X. Policy regarding "Incomplete" grades
allows I grades to stand on student transcripts. It was pointed out that a default grade is already indicated on the current incomplete contract. Concern was expressed about how cumbersome the contract process can be. It was suggested that some cases where an I is being given might be better handled by initially assigning the student the grade earned and later changing the grade based on any work completed. It was suggested that this seems to be more of a procedural issue than a problem with the policy itself.
XI. General Education
Dr. Warmkessel distributed a document indicating revised language regarding the W Course Guidelines based on discussion at the special meeting [see Attachment #3]. She also indicated that GERC would like the vote on General Education Reform to coincide with campus-wide voting to be held in late April. A reminder was given that current W courses would be reviewed to ensure they meet the revised guidelines.
A question was raised about a cap of 25 students in W classes. While GERC indicated that this is the recommendation, the administration would make the final decision. Dr. Heintzelman shared that this issue was raised at Meet & Discuss. The Provost has requested that deans respect a cap of 30 + 10% (33). Dr. Burns indicated that the average enrollment in W courses is 27. However, a concern was raised about that statistic since there are many W courses that have small enrollments that offset larger courses. It was suggested that it would be more helpful to know how many W courses are operating with much larger class sizes. It was noted that there may need to be a balance drawn between the class size issue and the requirement for four W courses. Since the proposed W requirements could be overwhelming, it was noted that some faculty might simply opt to drop the W label from their courses.
Concern was voiced that a strict voting deadline does not allow for resolution of how some of these important aspects of the proposal will be implemented. GERC does have a small group of persons working on implementation and administrative issues related to the reformed curriculum.
XII. Other/New Business
Aimee L. Miller
Faculty Senate Secretary