1:30 p.m., Monday, December 13, 2004, in Lyceum 200


PRESENT:        Dr. Staton, Deans Hopkins, Reithel, Eftink, Burnham, Davis, Lee, Wells, Stocks, Rholes, and Chitwood, Mr. Gordon Fellows for Ms. Bailey, Dr. Fant, Dr. Hall, Dr. Hallam, Dr. Kathy Gates, Dr. Gispen, Ms. Jill Stribling for Ms. Harrington

ALSO PRESENT: Dr. Noel Wilkin


ABSENT:          Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez, Dr. Acevedo, Ms. Bailey, Ms. Ziegelmayer, Dr. Angle, Dr. Clark, Dr. Charles Gates, Ms. Harrington

             1. Approval of Minutes. The Provost announced that Chancellor Khayat has approved the minutes of the October 11 meeting without exception.

             2. Reaction to Undergraduate Council Minutes of December 3. On a motion by Dean Davis and a second by Dean Wells, the Council unanimously approved the Undergraduate Council Minutes of December 3.

             3. Miscellaneous Issues. The Provost invited members of the Council to suggest issues they believed were important to the future of the University. The following matters were raised:

             a. Advising. Dean Hopkins indicated his belief that the College of Liberal Arts and the University generally needed to do better at advising. He mentioned the possibility of requiring an orientation class for freshmen. Dr. Gates noted that the results of a survey about advising at the University were about to be released.

             b. Dr. Gispen relayed concerns he had heard from other faculty members about the types of courses being offered during the Wintersession. He noted that the Undergraduate Council would be studying this issue after the upcoming Wintersession.

             c. Dean Reithel mentioned his concerns for seeing students study as they do during the final exam period throughout the entire semester and seeing improvements to the University’s career services. In response to Dean Reithel’s comments, Dean Rholes noted that the library has seen heavier use throughout the fall semester, but especially during the finals.

             d. The Council briefly discussed the issue of whether research faculty might be paid extra during the Wintersession.

             e. Dean Wells indicated that the School of Pharmacy was addressing the issue of the functionality of faculty governance and had brought in an outside speaker on this topic and created a task force on this subject.

             f. At the suggestion of the Provost, the secretary to the Council briefly described concern in the Provost’s office over the issue of plagiarism, and he described his intent to meet with the Academic Discipline Committee next semester to discuss what changes to our policies and/or practices might be necessary to deal with the issue of academic dishonesty.

             4. Additional Business. Dean Eftink and Dr. Gates briefly described the current on-line teacher evaluation process for this semester. They indicated that, as an incentive for students to complete evaluations, those who completed them were given an opportunity to view their grades earlier than other students. The Provost also briefly discussed the excessively large tenure and promotion dossiers being received during this tenure/promotion cycle and wondered whether limits might need to be placed on the size of dossiers.

APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on January 26, 2005.