The meeting was called to order at 4:10 p.m. All departments were in attendance except Athletics, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Nursing.
I. Minutes of previous meeting
II. Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
III. Faculty Emeritus
IV. Report of the Student Senate President
Ms Wrobel reported that a list of student representatives to university committees is available. A question was raised about how these student representatives are selected because it seems difficult for students to fully participate in the work of more intensive committees like UCPRC. Ms Wrobel stated that student senators are given descriptions of the work done by the various committees and are then elected by Student Senate. She expressed appreciation for the opportunities students have to contribute to campus committees.
V. Report of the Graduate Student Association
VI. Report of the Administrative Officers
Provost Prabhu noted a smooth start to class enrollments and that a state budget still has not been passed. A request was made that registration information from previous semesters remain active for online searching until the newer information for that same semester information is posted. A discussion was held regarding whether student applications should have a question about felony convictions. This was noted as generally not feasible for freshman because of their age but could be addressed with transfer students. It was noted that the time required for verification of related data could impede timely processing of applications.
A question was raised about the availability of the results of the Campus Climate Survey. Dr. Prabhu indicated that the Office of Social Equity & Diversity will be making this available.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Vice President Breaux reported on plans to use Millersville as a distribution site for the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available.
Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Associate Provost Burns indicated that the draft of Rediscover Millersville report will be made available on campus by October 16. Faculty were encouraged to participate in one of the community forums scheduled in late October to provide feedback.
VII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
(1) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
MATH204: Algebraic Foundations for the Middle Level Teacher, 3 credits, G2. Proposal for a course as part of a three-course preparation for Middle Level Mathematics to help teaching candidates for Grades 4-8 satisfy PDE Chapter 49-2 requirements with a greater strength in appropriate mathematical content.
(2) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
MATH205: Geometry for the Middle Level Teacher, 3 credits, G2. Proposal for a course as part of a three-course preparation for Middle Level Mathematics to help teaching candidates for Grades 4-8 satisfy PDE Chapter 49-2 requirements with a greater strength in appropriate mathematical content.
(3) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
MATH230: Data Analysis and Probability for the Middle Level Teacher, 3 credits, G2. Proposal for a course as part of a three-course preparation for Middle Level Mathematics to help teaching candidates for Grades 4-8 satisfy PDE Chapter 49-2 requirements with a greater strength in appropriate mathematical content.
VIII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Special Committees
IX. Proposed Courses and Programs
The revised and updated GERC bylaws were approved without dissent. [see Attachment #2) It was noted that changes to curriculum-related committees should be reviewed by ASPCUF as well. A question was raised about whether a representative from APSCUF attends Faculty Senate. It was noted that a meeting at Millersville with the statewide APSCUF president was running concurrently with this Senate meeting.
Non-Probationary Faculty Senators
Earth Sciences requested Senate action on their proposal regarding whether probationary faculty should serve as senators. [see Attachment #3) It was noted that APSCUF opposes any restriction on who can serve as a faculty senator. The proposal that all future faculty senators be non-probationary faculty members was defeated in a paper vote (2 yes, 20 no, 2 abstain).
X. Other/New Business
Meeting was adjourned at 5:07 p.m.
Aimee L. Miller
Secretary of the Senate
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