Minutes - February 29, 2012

Minutes - February 29, 2012

XLVI, No. 13


February 29, 2012

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, in the UC Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Kevin Dickson (Chair), Janice Ward (Chair-Elect), Diane Wood (Membership Chair) Rick Althaus, Doug Atwood, Larry Bohannon, Marcus Bond, Stephanie Chamberlain, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Don Jung, Ziping Lui, Charles McAllister, Phil Nacy, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Sophia Scott, Seidu Sofo, Carol Veneziano, Julie Weathers, Victor Wilburn, David Powell and Chris Wubbena. The following alternates were in attendance: Brooke Clubbs and Haohao Wang. Provost Ronald Rosati and Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur were also in attendance. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was Willie Redmond.

Guests Allen Gathman and Dave Starrett were in attendance.


The minutes from February 1, 2012 (46.11) were approved with no amendments.


Allen Gathman was present to speak about LMS and Online Learning. He started by letting the Faculty Senate know that there were ten proposals from vendors that were rated on price, experience and reliability. 50% was based on the price, 10% on experience and reliability and 40% on the rating of the teachers. All of the vendors were put together and the top 5 were chosen to speak at the University. Those top 5 vendors will be coming next week and one vendor will speak each day. That vendor will give 3 presentations and there is hope that everyone will see at least one of the presentations from each of the 5 vendors and be able to vive some feedback. There is a rubric in place for each of the vendors which is things that would best be judged by seeing them in person rather than in a proposal on paper. A committee will then meet after spring break and they will re rate these five vendors on the 40 point scale and figure out who gets the highest point score. They hope to have the LMS vendor chosen by the end of March and have LMS running by sometime early May for the few people who want to do pilots in the summer to have at least a few sections to use the new LMS in the summer. Piloting will continue in the fall and the full transition will hopefully be made by the end of Calendar 2013.

Allen then spoke about credit hour definition. He let the faculty senate know that the Higher Learning Commission wants to know that all of the courses taught at this University adhere to the Federal guidelines on awarding of credit hours. The basic idea of the guidelines is the Carnegie definition of a credit hour. There has been a committee put together to show that there is a policy in place in regards to credit hours and that all courses adhere to it and that new courses have to use that policy when getting their credit hours assigned. This committee is just trying to put together a formalized statement of what is already being done.

This statement will be brought to Faculty Senate for approval and brought to the Board for approval as well. As a committee they also have to characterize all of the courses in the catalog. The goal is to get this formalized statement approved by the board by the end of this semester; therefore, Allen will be back to the Senate to discuss and approve the formal proposal. They are basically looking at how the students are given credit in terms of what is required of the student as far as direct supervision by a faculty member or outside classroom work to be awarded credit hours.

Dave Starrett came to the Faculty Senate to speak about the Course Syllabi and Student Learning Outcomes. He started by letting everyone know that the official syllabus template is online on the provosts website. The student learning outcomes committee suggested altering the current syllabus to include student learning outcomes because where we are heading we will need to have all student learning outcomes listed in all courses, assessed in all courses and reported in all courses. This is a federal level requirement coming to the higher learning commission. The only change that the committee is suggesting is adding roman numeral four with a minimum of three student learning outcomes which would be required for the course and putting a, b, c down under roman numeral four. Student credit hour requirements might be needed as well; the committee wants input on these items.

As far as Student Learning outcomes is concerned the committee is assessing what the students are learning in their courses at the course level. The definition of a credit ohour online as based on what you're doing for your credit, not the hours so therefore, you have to have measurements of student learning outcomes. The higher learning commission requires that we are assessing SLO's (Student Learning Outcomes). Most of the members of the committee that is working on this were suggested by the Faculty Senate and this committee is working on putting into place this process where we will have SLO in every course that is taught at this university. The committee will be assessing those reporting back to a central location of some sort.


Senator Althaus brought forth Bill 12-A-6 – “Revising the Research Description of Faculty Professional Responsibilities by Establishing Several Policy Sections”. Senator Althaus moved the acceptance of this bill and Senator Christensen seconded. Discussion followed and Chair Dickson moved to vote. A vote was taken with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-6 passed.

Senator Althaus brought forth Bill 12-A-7 – “Revising the Research Description of Faculty Professional Responsibilities by Establishing a Procedure Section”. Senator Althaus moved the acceptance of this bill and Senator Christensen seconded. Discussion followed and Chair Dickson moved to vote. A vote was taken with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-7 passed.

Senator Jung brought forth Bill 12-A-8 – Revising “Student Evaluation of Instruction” to Establish a Policy Section. Senator Jung moved the acceptance of this bill with a second from Senator Renaud. Discussion followed. Chair Dickson moved to vote a vote was taken with an all in favor. Bill 12-A-8 passed.

Senator Jung brought forth Bill 12-A-9 – Revising “Student Evaluation of Instruction” to Establish a Procedures Section. Senator Jung moved acceptance of this bill with a second from Senator Wubbena. Discussion followed.

Senator Althaus moved an amendment to Bill 12-A-9 to strike “Dean of the college” from lines 43-44. Senator Atwood seconded that motion. Chair Dickson moved to vote on the amendment. A vote was taken with an all in favor. This amendment passed.

Senator Parker moved an amendment to Bill 12-A-9 to add “or immediate supervisor” to lines 42-43. Senator Wood seconded. Chair Dickson moved to vote on the amendment. The amendment to Bill 12-A-9 passed unanimously. Chair Dickson asked if there was any discussion. There was a vote taken to adopt Bill 12-A-9 as amended and it passed unanimously.


Senator Wilburn introduced the amendment to the Faculty Senate Bylaws regarding Membership Committee Chair Duties Resolution. He started by saying that this was one of the charges of the documents committee to identify any anomalies associated with the membership chair person. One of the things that was identified was that the Membership Chair Person by default serves on local committees. The documents committee collectively agreed on amending section 7.551 of the Bylaws to read that the Membership committee members other than the chair shall also serve on the Faculty Senate Legislative committees.

Senator Jung introduced the resolution to expedite the course syllabus revision process to include Student Learning Outcomes. Discussion followed.

Senator Debbie Lee-DiStefano introduced the Compensation Resolution to increase RNTT Merit pay. Discussion Followed.

Senator Phil Nacy introduced the Bill entitled “Adding Membership Structure of a College Council to the College and the College Dean”. There is a new section that addresses the makeup of the College Council that the Dean administers, mostly that an equal number of members from each department will be represented. Senator Phil Nacy also introduced the Bill regarding the update of Faculty Handbook section 1.G.5 University Standing Committees and Councils.

Senator Jung introduced the Bills regarding Graduate Faculty Status Policy and Procedures. Chair Dickson asked that all departments review these bills for future discussion at the Faculty Senate meetings.

Senator Althaus introduced the Bills on Scientific Misconduct and Human Subjects. The only thing that the bill on Scientific Misconduct does is break the sections into Policy and Procedure, no changes have been made. There is discussion on a change in the Human Subjects section of the handbook. Discussion followed. Bills will be brought back to the Faculty Senate for more discussion and a vote.

Senator Jung introduced bills on Class Attendance Policy and Procedure, Examinations and Grades Policy and Procedure, 8-week Midterm Grades Policy and Procedure, Incomplete Grades Policy and Procedure, Grade Appeals Procedures Policy and Procedure, Repeating Courses Policy and Procedure and Textbook Rental Policy and Procedure. The goal in all of these bills was to separate into Policy and Procedure, not to make substantial changes. Discussion on these sections took place and the bills will return to the Faculty Senate for further discussion and votes.


Chair Kevin Dickson did not give a report due to time constraint.


Provost Rosati did not give a report due to time constraint.


Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur reported that the Student Government is having a “What I like about Student Government Forum” in the UC she asked that everyone tell their students so that they can come participate. They sponsored the Pajama Jam and talked about Course Redesign Monday and all went well. End Report.


Senator Althaus moved acceptance of a bill recommending Emerita/Emeritus Status for Jacob C. Gaskins and Kathryn Farwell. Senator Reno seconded the motion and it passed by a unanimous vote.


Governance –No Report
ProfessionalAffairs –No Report
AcademicAffairs –No Report
Compensation –No Report
Documents –No Report
Membership –No Report


The Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:58 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held March 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the UC Indian Room.