Minutes - December 3, 2008

Minutes - December 3, 2008

XLIII, No. 08


December 3, 2008

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 in the Missouriana Room of the University Center.The following Senators were present: Mary Elizabeth Ambery (Chair), Stephanie Chamberlain (Chair-Elect), Jim McGill (Membership Committee Chair), Rick Althaus, Carl Pracht (Alternate), David Briggs, Michael Cobb, Kathy Conway, Kevin Dickson, Elaine Jackson, Alan Journet, Daniel MacLeay, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Albie Sautter, Brad Deken (Alternate), Rick Sebby, Kathy Smith, Seidu Sofo, Marc Strauss, Sven Svenson, Don Jung (Alternate), Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Janice Ward, and Debbie Beard (Alternate).Administrative Liaison, Fred Janzow and Student Government Liaison, Mark Wilhelm, were also in attendance.Erin Mustain from the Capaha Arrow and Scott Polly from Student Government were in attendance to observe.

Absent and not represented by his alternate was Marc Fulgham.


Approval of minutes Volume XLIII-07 was moved by Chair Ambery and seconded by Senator Paquin.The motion carried.


Chair Ambery reported that action is being taken to get the Board of Regents Board Book in the Library prior to each Board meeting.The Board Book will be located behind the Circulation Desk.


Dr. Fred Janzow reported that Provost Stephens is in Kansas City at the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) meeting.The topics of discussion at the CBHE meeting will be the curriculum alignment initiative.The curriculum alignment initiative is an initiative brought from SB389, which requires curriculum to be aligned throughout the State for kindergarten through grade 12.Learning objectives have to be defined for first year courses.Entering and exiting competencies will also have to be set.Dr. Janzow recommended taking some time to overview suggestions coming from the initiative from other universities.

Dr. Janzow reported that the Missouri Department of Higher Education has formed the Learning Assessment in Missouri Postsecondary Education (LAMP) Advisory Council.Their charge is to examine what others are doing for learning assessments and work to define a standard assessment for institutions in Missouri.

Dr. Janzow reported that the Board meeting scheduled in December will be a significant meeting.The Board of Regents will be discussing a variety of student fees and capitol issues.He encouraged senators to look at the Board Book to familiarize themselves with the upcoming issues.


Student Government (SG) Liaison, Mark Wilhelm, introduced Scott Polly from Student Government.Mr. Polly sat in to observe the Faculty Senate meeting.

Mr. Wilhelm reported that he gave the feedback from the Common Hour Survey to Dr. Ambery per her request.He reported that she also requested a copy of the SG By-Laws.Mr. Wilhelm indicated that the by-laws are available via the portal.

Mr. Wilhelm reported that SG passed several resolutions recognizing a variety of different student organizations.

Mr. Wilhelm reported that the SG voted to open up one more seat for a representative from the International Student Organization.

Mr. Wilhelm reported that SG is finalizing their revisions to the absentee policy to allow University sanctioned absences to be considered excused for SG members as well.


Professional Affairs

The Professional Affairs Committee did not have a report.

Academic Affairs

Senator Strauss distributed his analysis of the Common Hour Questionnaire.He reported that there were 132 responses.He asked the administrative assistant to forward the senators an electronic copy of the questionnaire.

The Senate held discussion concerning the scheduling inconsistencies of the River Campus shuttle bus.Dr. Janzow indicated that the President has addressed the issue.


Senator Ward, Chair of the Documents Committee, reported that the Committee will move forward with the change form to move the Grievance Policy to its own section between the Tenure and Promotion Policy and Termination Policy.She indicated that there was no additional feedback from the Senate on other possible locations for the Grievance Policy.


Senator Sautter, Chair of the Governance Committee, reported that the Committee is putting the final touches on the Faculty Senate Self-Survey summary.


The Membership Committee did not have a report.


The Compensation Committee did not have a report.


Senator Redmond reported that the Strategic Planning Committee has had their last open forum.He indicated that they plan to meet tomorrow, December 4, at 2:00 p.m., to look at the final objectives.He reported that the strategic planning has been a very open process and asked if there were any further suggestions to please get them to the Committee before 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Senator Journet asked the Senate for support of a strategic planning objective that would conserve natural resources.


Senator Veneziano, Chair of Academic Affairs, reported that the Committee would like to recommend revising the Summer 2009 Academic Calendar to make Monday, July 6, the makeup day for the July 4th holiday.Senator Naugler made a motion to approve the recommendation, which was seconded by Senator Journet.Senator Althaus stated that the Senate could not vote on the issue without suspending the rules, since it was the first reading.Senator Naugler and Senator Journet withdrew their motion.Chair Ambery indicated that the Senate is up against a timeline and the issue needs to be considered before the end of the semester.Senator Althaus made a motion to suspend the rules, which was seconded by Senator Journet.Senator Journet then made a motion to accept the recommendation given by the Academic Affairs Committee.The motion was seconded by Senator Althaus.The motion passed.

The Senate moved to Executive Session.


The motion to adjourn was recognized and approved at 5:05 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be February 4, 2009, in the University Center Program Lounge at 3:00 p.m.

Appoved February 4, 2009