Minutes - October 23, 2013

Minutes - October 23, 2013

Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting
October 23, 2013

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Rick Althaus, Doug Atwood, Larry Bohannon, Marcus Bond, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Brooke Clubbs, Kevin Dickson, Deepak Gupta, Joni Hand, Roberta Humphrey, Don Jung, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Ziping Liu, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Seidu Sofo, Aaron Tuttle, Carol Veneziano, Janice Ward, Victor Wilburn, and Diane Wood. Interim Provost McDougall was also in attendance. The following alternates were present: Henry Clark, Tim Schmidt, and Sven Svenson. Hayley Bohnert, Student Government Liaison was present. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was: Stephanie Chamberlain and David Powell.

Dr. David Russell, Commissioner for the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Dr. Rusty Monhollon, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs for MDHE, and Dr. Bill Eddleman, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Studies, were in attendance as guests.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes for October 9, 2013 (48.4) were approved.


Commissioner Dr. David Russell and Dr. Rusty Monhollon talked to the Senate about the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE):

  • They discussed initiatives they will propose to the Governor, and will hopefully bring to the General Assembly to address some issues that constitute barriers to student success. It has been projected that by 2025 about 60% of the jobs available in the work force are going to require some form of post-secondary education. MDHE has adopted the goal of trying to reach 60% in the workforce population.
  • Nationwide, the number of jobs that require a high school diploma or less or an AA degree has declined. Jobs that require a bachelor degree or higher continue to grow.
  • The Vice President of the Lumina Foundation reported that the percentage of people in Missouri with an associate's degree did rise from 34.9% in 2008 to 36.4% in 2011. If we include certificates, it is closer to 47%.
  • Southeast Missouri State University currently awards 1,600 degrees annually; that's just over the 2.1% of 75,500 degrees awarded state-wide. To help reach the 60% mark SEMO would need to increase degree production by 61 each year so that by 2025 Southeast would need to produce about 800 more degrees per year.
  • The Department of Economic Development issued its strategic plan and identified high growth areas in: health science and services, energy, information technology, bio-sciences, advanced manufacturing, financial and professional services, transportation and logistics.
  • Dual credit classes help students get a head start on earning college credit and expose them to the rigor of college-level work. MDHE has begun to take a look at the dual credit policy as a strategy for improving access to higher education. University provosts will be asked to help formulate updated dual credit policies on their campuses.
  • MDHE is involved in outreach. There are not as many students going into post-secondary schools. Some counties only have 10% of the population that have a post-secondary degree. This is dooming those countries and regions to poverty and the inability to attract jobs to those areas. MDHE puts on FASFA Frenzy activities in the spring and each year they are helping about 1,500 students and their families. Most are first generation students or from low income families. They walk people through the information that is required to fill out the form and other things they need to consider. They have some trained staff at high school locations to help students file their FASFA forms on the spot. MDHE has helped about 11,000 students over the last 10 years. This year, they will be having 81 FASFA Frenzy events, an increase of 23 over the amount they have had in the past years.
  • MDHE has plans to expand the Missouri Portal for Student Success. This will give students and their parents more comprehensive information about planning and paying for college.
  • This past year, performance funds were allocated based on the performance of the institutions. Funding is based on five different indicators of an institution's performance from the previous year; it uses a three year rolling average to determine those averages.

Chair Lee-DiStefano had no report.

Interim Provost McDougall reported that the call for Summer Research Grant Proposal is going out. There is a $5,000 grant that is focused on tenured and tenure track faculty that have research expectations. He wants to make those rewards before the summer schedule is completed; the deadline is November 29.

He also reported that the Student Success: Missouri Completion Academy is a group of Universities that is trying to identify ways to promote student success. One of the initiatives is to develop a co-requisite structure in English and Math, combining a remedial course with a for-credit course.

Lastly, the Interim Provost reported that the University has established a reverse transfer agreement with Missouri State University-West Plains that will serve the students on the regional campuses. This may also attract students to the regional campus. Also, the University is working with representatives from West Plains and Missouri Southern about other areas of collaboration.

Student Government Liaison

Hayley Bohnert reported that they have had a number of guest speakers and meetings discussing the increase of school pride and spirit and boosting student attendance at athletic events. They believe this will make the University more attractive to incoming college students. Next week they are teaming up with the President's office to host the reopening of Academic Hall.

Lsgislative Committee Reports

Academic Affairs- Senator Althaus reported that they intend to bring forward revised bills that the Senate had seen last year. They are also meeting with Brady Barke from the President's office about a request to revise the academic calendar next year to move fall break to accommodate Homecoming. They will also meet with Dr. Dave Starrett regarding the course approval documents and common syllabus.
Compensation- Senator Dickson reported that they forwarded the document that shows the process that's being used for the faculty to request a review of their CIP codes. He announced that anyone who hasn't received this document should follow up with him because there is a short timeline in this process. He stated that if the faculty is interested in a review of their CIP codes, then they need to get a written request to the department Chair by November 1. In addition to the review, Deans and Chairs have been asked to perform the review of their faculty's CIP codes..
Documents- Senator Clements reported that the committee is proofing the Faculty Constitution, and they are also working on the Faculty Senate website.
Governance- Senator Peng reported that they have been working on four bills that focus on two sections of the Faculty Handbook. They will have two bills ready for the next Faculty Senate meeting.
Professional Affairs- Senator Christensen reported that they have completed a review of all the departmental tenure and promotion criteria regarding their use of student evaluation of instruction
Membership- Senator Redmond reported that the committee is still trying to fill a spot on the AQIP committee. It will only be a one year term and it does need to be filled by a Faculty Senator.


Senator Jung moved to adjourn. Senator Ward seconded. The Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:50 pm. They met in front of Academic Hall to take a Senate picture.

The next Faculty Senate meeting will be held on November 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room.