May 27th, 2003 –Faculty Senate Minutes



Senate Members Present:  Andrews (for Keulks), Bennett, Bliss (for Hargreaves), Bergeron (for McConnell), Caster, Fung, Haberman, Holmquist, Hoobler, Lincicium, Poston, Rhoads, Shay, Trevino, VanSteeter, Winningham, Zygmont, Conn


At 3:40 p.m. the meeting was called to order.


Minutes from last meeting were approved.


Senate President Caster greeted the new senators and announced that the new list of senators would be distributed soon. The nominating committee was established today with members Leadley, Solveig, Holmquist, Bennett, Haberman, and Caster. He also reported that there was a meeting of the professional programs committee, headed by Carol Harding, and this committee has started identifying and collecting information about various professional programs from other institutions around the country, and there will be a brief report at the final Senate meeting on this topic.


President Conn announced that the state board of higher education met on the 15th and 16th of May to discuss the latest budget shortfalls. There is a proposal to raise the tuition rate by 8%, which will not be finalized until July. President Conn also discussed a most troubling development: a proposal to reduce the fee remissions by one half.


There was no student body representative and it is expected that the new ASWOU president will attend the next faculty senate meeting.


Old Business: After a brief question and answer session, the CREAD program proposal passed with only one vote against.

The BMUS LACC proposal was unanimously voted for, with the change that students could choose 8 credits in humanities or foreign language, and 8 credits in social science or foreign language.


The ARC committee proposals were all unanimously voted for. The graduate committee proposal was unanimously approved with the following changes: the restriction of "less than 20% of total assignments" was replaced with "one or more assignments", with the recommendation that graduate students cannot register for classes with "uncleared" incompletes.


There was no IFS report.


There was no new business.


Time was extended by 10 minutes to look at the report of the ad hoc committee on 4-credit course scheduling; they passed out a handout with standard class meeting time guidelines to reduce the number of course conflicts, both for students and for room scheduling. They also proposed a final week exam schedule. There was a discussion about the flexibility to start a class at times other than on the hour for classes held after 3 PM.


A motion to adjourn was approved around 5:12 p.m.