Faculty Council Minutes -- March 2012

March 16, 2012
Rosen Center Conference Room
Faculty present
Burton Bluhm – PLPA
Kristofor Brye – CSES (Chair)
Ron Buescher - FDSC
Donna Graham – AEED, Substitute for Don Edgar
Donn Johnson – ENTO (Chair-elect), Substitute for Ashley Dowling
Ashley Dowling - ENTO
Garry V. McDonald – HORT
Scott Osborn - BAEG
Dan Rainey – AEAB
Rick Rorie– ANSC
Thad Scott - CSES
Kathy Smith - HESC
Others Present:
Nilda Burgos – Faculty Senate Representative
Nick Anthony – Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee
Administrators Present:
Michael E. Vayda – Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Academic Programs
Lona Robertson – Associate Dean
Call to Order – Kristofor Brye, chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
Approval of Agenda – Motion made and seconded to approve the agenda. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Approval of Minutes – Motion made and seconded to approve the February 17, 2012, Faculty Council minutes. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Administration Reports
Division of Agriculture –Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Research and
Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Clarence Watson - No Report
Bumpers College - Dean Mike Vayda
Please click on the link to view Dr. Vayda's report.
State revenue is 0.7 percent above what has been projected. Locations have been selected for the video boards based on feedback from department heads. Regarding the Graduate Student Growth Initiative, there is concern about how to put more emphasis university wide on graduate students' programs. Dr. Vayda mentioned that graduate students make up 17 to 18 percent of total enrollment. The University is ranked 3rd from the bottom and is at risk of dropping out of the SEC listing. There is a need to increase simultaneously the quality and prestige for graduate programs and increase graduate student numbers.
Dr. Vayda also announced that former President Bill Clinton will be speaking on Sunday April 15 as the prominent speaker for the Dale and Betty Bumpers Distinguished Lecture Program.
Bumpers College – Associate Dean Lona Robertson
Dr. Robertson reported that the Honors College Fellow applicants were on campus for their interviews, which included 530 qualified incoming freshman students. Applications were received from 470; however, only two were Bumpers College students. The criteria for qualifying for these scholarships are a 32 ACT score and 3.8 high school GPA. Curt Rom will develop a recruiting strategy to recruit more students from Bumpers College for the Honors Program.
The College was granted an increase in Tele fees and course fees from $10 per credit hour to $16 per credit hour, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Don Pederson recommended that the College should request an increase in tele fees next year but eliminate the individual course fees (lab fees).
ACT 747 will require all bachelor's degrees be limited to 120 credit hours unless there is an outside accrediting agency or licensing body that stipulates a particular degree program needs more than 120 credit hours, which then would allow for petitions. A task force was formed from the Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee and the HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee to begin a discussion regarding college requirements in preparation of a comprehensive curriculum review at the college level. Dr. Gaber asked that the colleges do not just slice hours from general electives. The provost will not sign/approve Program Change Forms that require more than 120 credit hours.
Honors Program – Curt Rom, No Report
International Programs – Kris Brye on behalf of Director Andy Proctor
International Programs Committee (IPC) has been active recently with student scholarships, evaluation of the Global Minor, the Dean's proposal for annual "Bumpers Innovative International Programs Faculty Award", and deliberations on whether the IPC should be recognized as a standing committee of the Faculty or remain as an ad-hoc committee. Please click on the link to view Dr. Proctor's report.
Dr. Burgos mentioned that there will be international research experience programs with one starting in Brazil this year.
Standing Committee Reports
University Faculty Senate – Nilda Burgos
Faculty Senate is discussing issues related to the following items: salary compensation for Faculty Senate Chair for time of service, fringe benefits, expanding child care for UA employees, additional uniform maternity leave that also covers the spouse, a wellness program, protection of minors.
ASG has requested allowing students to receive scantron sheets at the same time that they received their tests due to lack of available scantron sheets.
There has been discussion regarding unifying criteria for University Professor and Distinguished Professor. University professors should be judged more on teaching activities and distinguished professors should be judged more on contributions toward relevant field.
The University will increase the time between scheduled classes to 15 minutes beginning in the fall of 2012. The class period will stay the same at 50 minutes.
Eight requests for granting of posthumous degrees for the May 2012 commencement ceremonies have been recommended to the Chancellor's office.
Awards Committee – Lona Robertson, Chair
The Awards Committee met on February 20 to select recipients of four college student awards: Bumpers Distinguished Undergraduate Transfer Student Scholar, Bumpers Distinguished Master's Student Scholar, Bumpers Distinguished Ph.D. Student Scholar, and the John W. White Outstanding Student Award. They will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Banquet on April 19.
Scholarship Committee - Lona Robertson, Chair
The Scholarship Committee met today to review 581 completed scholarship applications. The Committee began with the scholarships that contained the most restrictive requirements. The selections should be finished within the next 10 days. The award letter notification will now include both the college and department scholarship award rather than sending two separate letters.
Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee – Nick Anthony, Chair
There was no action needed by Faculty Council. The HESC and AFLS curriculum sub-committees created a joint task force to address options and issues related to ACT 747. Please click on the link to view minutes from the last two Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee meetings.
HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee – Kelly Way, Chair- No Report
Graduate Council Report – Kris Brye on behalf of Mike Richardson
The Graduate Council reps request feedback on two issues: 1) a potential new policy requiring an authority figure's signature of the Doctoral Record of Progress form, similar to what is done on a Master's Record of Progress, so that someone has made sure degree requirements have been met, and 2) a potential new policy requiring a graduate student's major professor to review every thesis/dissertation for plagiarism with the assistance of special software. Please click on the link to view Dr. Richardson's report.
Old Business – Kris Brye
College Personnel Document. Motion made and seconded to approve the February 18, 2012 revised version of the College Personnel Document. Motion adopted by voice approval. Dean Vayda will be provided an accepted-track-changes version of the College Personnel Document for obtaining the appropriate administrative signatures to officially adopt the document.
Nominations Committee. Rick Rorie, Thad Scott, and Kathy Smith have agreed to serve as the Nominations Committee for 2012. Bumpers College has four open senate seats. Nominations include Bruce Ahrendsen, Laurie Apple, Nilda Burgos, Godwin-Charles Ogbeide, and Andy Pereira. An election will be conducted before the end of the spring semester.
Dr. Brye reminded everyone that an election for chair-elect will be held in the fall and requested everyone to begin thinking about possible nominees. A minimum of three nominees are required for the ballot.

New Business – Kris Brye
Review of Faculty By-Laws. Several additional recommendations from the by-laws sub-committee were reviewed and discussed. Further discussions and deliberations regarding revisions to the Faculty By-Laws will need to occur in subsequent meetings. Recommendations included on page 4, comment 8: The text "voter confidentiality is maintained" creates the necessity to use a confidential survey technique to hold elections. Page 5, Comment 14 - Dr. Brye reminded everyone that Faculty Council representatives are elected not appointed by the department heads. Comment 15 – The chair-elect is a non-voting member as there is already a representative from that particular department. It was agreed to add a clause in Article V between C. and D. to give the current chair authority to appoint, as needed, an ad hoc committee which would include the past chair. Comment 16 – Delete the text "Associate" and include after the text "Director" "or designee". Comments 17, 18, 19, and 20 – approved. Comment 21 – Change text from "Approved" to "upon approval" and change text from "will be distributed" to "will be made available".
Announcements – Kris Brye
Unit Promotion and Tenure Committees need to be established in the very near future as College Committee representatives need to be identified by April 15 and a Committee Chair needs to be elected shortly thereafter.
The remaining spring semester Faculty Council meeting is April 20 beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Rosen Center, 2nd floor conference room.
The Spring College Faculty meeting will be on Friday, May 4 at 10:00 am in Hembree Auditorium.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 4:30 pm.
Submitted by
Carmen Alessi