Faculty Council Minutes- February 2004

FEBRUARY 13, 2004
2:30 p.m. Rosen Center Conference Room

Faculty Present: J. Rupe, Chair, A. Szalanski (ENTO), R. Gergerich (PLPA), T. Killian (HESC), F. Scott (AEED), T. Costello (BAEG), L. Parsch (AEAB), M. Stewart (CSES), T. Yazwinski (ANSC), W. Kuenzel (POSC), A. Proctor (FDSC)
Others Attending:
Greg Weidemann -- Dean
Donna Graham -- Associate Dean
Jason Emmert -- Agriculture Curriculum Committee
Bruce Dixon -- Faculty Senate Representative
Absent: Mike Richardson (HORT)

1. Call to Order -- J. Rupe, Chair elect, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.

2. Agenda -- J Rupe asked for recommendations for revision of the agenda. T. Costello made a motion to accept the agenda as presented. F. Scott seconded the motion and the motion passed.

3. Approval of Minutes -- The minutes of January 16, 2004 meeting of the Faculty Council were presented for approval. L. Parsch moved to accept the minutes. F. Scott seconded and the motion passed.

4. Reports --

A. Graduate Council -- Bruce Dixon (handout)

Fellowships/assistantships awardable to doctoral students from the Walton endowment of $30,000 have had very few applicants and approvals this year. He advised departments to encourage their potential graduate students and recruits to apply.

It was reported that Dean Geren announced that there is approximately $150,000 left in this fiscal year's budget to support travel by graduate students to professional meetings. Students are encouraged to apply quickly.

The Graduate Council is considering adopting a travel policy for graduate students similar to the one for undergraduates, but this remains to be discussed at Faculty Senate.

A new dual enrollment policy was adopted. Undergraduate students who take courses during their last semester, when accepted into a graduate program, may petition to have those graduate courses count within their program. The advantage of the new policy is that if students do poorly in their undergraduate courses in the last semester, they do not have to transfer those grades, which may hurt their graduate GPA. This will help students who are going from a University of Arkansas undergraduate program to a University of Arkansas graduate program. The policy will go into effect at the end of this semester.

The Graduate Council approved the recommendations that a "grade of I changes to an F one calendar year after being awarded, regardless of the student's registration status". Also, students who have accumulated 12 or more hours of incomplete will not be allowed to register for classes. The motion is to be sent to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.

B. DBCAFLS Administration -- G. Weidemann

Dean Weidemann informed the council of a recent opportunity to talk about budget issues with the Chancellor directly. He noted that the state will begin using a new higher education funding formula proposed by the Department of Higher Education Legislature in reallocating resources based on that funding report. They are trying to tie any resource reallocation to enrollment growth and increased production of student semester credit hours as well as tracking new resources. Dean Weidemann reports that we should see increases in our college budget.

C. DBCAFLS Administration -- D. Graham

A web page link in Web CT will go out by e-mail regarding Strategic Planning feedback or input. The Faculty is being requested to give feedback and suggestions in the form of an online questionnaire.
The university is to go through its ten-year assessment in two years. Prior to that, two subcommittees have been set up to evaluate the outcomes of its current majors. Several different types of assessment are being sought to evaluate programs.

Problems with classes and curriculum will be of the topics addressed in subcommittees.
The campus has purchased curriculum content management software called "Red Dot", which provides a template for all web pages. It will be implemented on the college web page this fall through the leadership of Dave Edmark. This new template will allow more user-friendly departmental web page usage and editing. Departments will need to consider sending staff to train on this new program.
Questions were answered regarding Purdue Forms.

UAConnect -- Student will register for summer classes on SAFARI, and one week later will register for fall classes on UAConnect. Training will be provided to students and faculty. A stress test will be done on the new system on February 26.

5. Standing Committee Reports

A. Agriculture subcommittee -- J. Emmert (handout)

Course Deletions

1. POSC 1003 (Introduction to Animal and Poultry Science)
This course is no longer included as part of a college core, and has not been taught on campus in several years. Changes to ANSC 1003 were made several years ago (currently split in ANSC 1032 and 1041 or 1051).

2. POSC 3391 (Poultry Junior Judging Team Activity), and POSC 4391 (Poultry Senior Judging Team Activity)
These courses have been offered concurrently with POSC 3382 (Poultry Judging and Selection), and students in each course have been expected to complete the same tasks and meet at the same time. Only one judging course is needed, and elimination of the other courses addresses concerns with the number of low enrolled courses.

L. Parsch motioned to approve the changes. R. Gergerich seconded, motion passed.

B. HESC subcommittee -- T. Killian (handout)

1. Two areas of concentration are being proposed to be reinstated to the HESC Master's degree program.

a. Apparel Studies
b. General Human Environmental Sciences

The concentration in APST existed in the past, but was deleted from the catalog in 2002. The undergraduate enrollment in Apparel Studies has grown to be the largest in the college and some of these students are requesting a reinstatement of the graduate program concentration.
2. Changes to the non-thesis option.

Three changes have been proposed for the non-thesis option: dropping the significant project requirement, adding additional course work, and adding a written comprehensive examination requirement.

There was some discussion regarding the oral/written examinations and additional course work from the new changes, and how the research experience for the student would be affected and the differences between the Masters of Science program versus the Masters of Art.

F. Scott motioned to approve changes. B. Dixon seconded motion. Motion passed.

6. Old Business

Personnel Document -- J. Rupe (Handout)

J. Rupe proposed suggestions for additions to the College Personnel Document regarding Promotion and Tenure (page 12).

Discussion on the appropriate wording of the additions began which led to further discussion on the lack of detailed procedures and regulations on the criteria of promotion and tenure. G. Weidemann suggested the referral to a higher-level document (University Policy) for clarification and perhaps to insert a reference of such into the Personnel Document. Further clarification will be taken to subcommittees.

Discussion ensued on Promotion and Tenure documents requiring an executive summary versus a resume.

L. Parsch moves to include a one-page executive summary. J. Rupe redirected this to a subcommittee.
R. Gergerich moved to recognize individual units listed in Sec. IV B, page 5 of the Personnel Document. L. Parsch seconded. J. Rupe redirected to a subcommittee.

R. Gergerich refers to Sec 11, more specifically to a sentence with the words "scientific papers". She proposes a change in wording. Again, J. Rupe redirects to subcommittee.

7. New Business

The next Faculty Council Meeting will be on April 9, 2004 in the APC Conference Room at 2:30 p.m.

8. Inquiries from the Faculty

Discussion on changing the current grading system was addressed. L. Parsch will informally poll faculty for interest in any making changes. Also, L. Parsch will inquire into the Graduate School grading system. This item will be discussed in a further meeting.

9. Meeting Adjourned

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Tracy Joslin, Recording Secretary