Minutes - February 1 ,2006

Minutes - February 1 ,2006

Vol. XL, No. 10


February 1, 2006

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, February 1, 2006, in the Party Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present; James Champine (Chair), Michael Cobb (Chair Elect), David Smith (Membership Committee Chair), Rick Althaus, Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Sophia Scott, Mary Ann DeLine, Kim Dillivan, Marc Fulgham, Priscilla Hornby, Kathyrn Farwell (Alternate), Daniel MacLeay, Jim McGill, Cheryl Milde, Bruce Mims, Debbie Beard (Alternate), David Reinheimer, Joel Rhodes (Alternate), Rebecca Summary, Haohao Wang, David Glick (Alternate), Xuesong Zhang, Martha Zlokovich, and Min Zou. President Dobbins, Provost Stephens, and Student Government Liaison Heather Valle were also present.

Absent and not represented by their Alternates were Ronald Clayton, Kathy Gilliland, Arrick Jackson, Jayanti Ray, and Marc Strauss.


Approval of minutes Vol. XL-09 was moved by Senator Althaus and seconded by Senator Milde. The motion carried.


Chair Champine introduced four replacement Senators: David Glick for Pat Willingham, Sophia Scott for David Baird, Debbie Beard for Carolyn Rainey, and Joel Rhodes for Bonnie Stepenoff.

Chair Champine addressed a question brought up at a previous meeting about the Student Employment Referral Authorization form. In box #4, the form asks if the student has been suspended, dismissed, or expelled from any educational program or institution. The question brought to the Senate's attention was whether or not this included probation. Chair Champine indicated that he has confirmed that it does not include probation.
Chair Champine opened the floor for discussion of whether a recommendation for changing the wording to include probation be made. There was no further discussion held.

Chair Champine reported that Provost Stephens had forwarded him the report from the December 8, 2005, CBHE meeting. Essentially the report indicated that the Board recognized that there was no resolution likely to occur in the disagreement between SEMO and Three Rivers Community College, that the Centers would remain operated by Southeast MO State University as is, and that each institution was required to report annually on the operation of their satellite campuses. Chair Champine advised the Faculty Senate that he would forward this report to interested Senators.

Chair Champine reported that the Budget Review Committee will meet February 9, 2006.
He indicated that the first part of the Budget Review Committee's agenda will be to estimate the cost of ongoing programs and then estimate how much additional money will be needed to meet those costs. He also indicated that the proposals will not be heard until at least February 24.

Chair Champine reported on the Student Success Initiative. He indicated that a list of proposals related to retention of freshman students was drawn up based on the information gathered by the taskforce. Chair Champine distributed the list of proposals for the faculty to view. He indicated that one of the immediate action plans was to form a committee of faculty advisors to suggest a “best practices document” and also consider ways of evaluating advising in terms of load quality and contribution.

Senator Althaus gave a report on the AQIP progress. He indicated that the AQIP taskforce is preparing a draft of answers to questions that have been proposed. He also indicated that there is a web-site specifically for AQIP that will be opened to the public soon.

Senator Cobb reported that he, Chair Champine, and Senator Althaus will be attending the MAFS meeting February 6 and 7 in Jefferson City. February 7 they will be visiting our State Representatives for Higher Education day.

Chair Champine reminded the Senate that First Step using Banner will be coming up soon. He encouraged faculty to get their Student Module training in early so that they will be well prepared. Discussion was held concerning Banner. A few suggestions and concerns were given to Chair Champine to report to the Banner Task Force.


Heather Valle reported the Student Government has been working on possibly giving awards to faculty. Their hope is to be able to recognize exceptional faculty at the End of the Year Banquet.


The provost deferred her report to the Presidents' comments later in the meeting.


Senator MacLeay reported that the Documents Committee has been working on the Faculty Handbook. They also are working on a filing system for computer files.
Senator MacLeay distributed the proposed bill relating to Class Attendance in Developmental Courses to be discussed under Old Business.

Senator Zlokovich indicated that the Governance Committee will be meeting next Wednesday to continue reviewing the Grievance Policy. She indicated that she will send the policy electronically to the Faculty Senate the following day.

Senator Smith reported that Chair David Baird has stepped down from his position in Academic Affairs due to additional classes this semester. Senator Smith indicated that there will be an electronic ballot sent to the members of Academic Affairs for the replacement of Chair Baird. Senator Althaus advised that the Faculty Senate would need to approve the newly elected Chair. It was indicated that a proposal concerning Five-Year Academic Calendar is close to being brought to the Senate.

Chair Champine recommended the members of the Compensation Committee try to meet electronically to select a new chair. He indicated that the Faculty Senate will also approve their elected chair.

Professional Affairs
Senator Mims had no report.


Senator MacLeay brought the proposed bill relating to “Class Attendance in Developmental Courses” to the Senate for approval.
Senator Smith moved to approve the bill and was seconded by Senator Ambery. The motion carried.


There was no new business considered.

The Senators took a 10 minute recess.


President Dobbins discussed the Student Success Initiative. President Dobbins referred to the “25 Ideas for Action” handout. He spoke about #1; creating a probationary admission program for at risk students, and #4; establishing a faculty advising task force to evaluate faculty advising and making recommendations for support and enhancement of faculty advising.
President Dobbins spoke briefly about the Budget Review Committee.
Discussion was held by the Faculty Senate and President Dobbins concerning both issues.


The motion to adjourn was recognized and approved at 5:20 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be February 15, 2006, in the University Center Party Room at 3:00 PM.

Approved February 15, 2006