MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL OF ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATORS

1:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2007, in Lyceum 200

 

PRESENT:        Dr. Staton, Deans Hopkins, Reithel, Eftink, Burnham, Davis, Lee, Wells, Rholes, Chitwood, Buntin Ms. Miriam Abadie for Anthony Yuen, Dr. Murchison for Dr. Angle, Dr. Fant, Dr. Hall, Mr. Monroe, Dr. Canty, Ms. Schiferl

 

ABSENT:          Dr. Wilder, Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez, Dean Pate, Mr. Yuen, Dr. Angle, Dr. Gates, Dr. Gispen, Ms. Harrington

 

             1. Approval of Minutes.


             The Provost announced that Chancellor Khayat has approved the minutes of the December 11 and January 8 meetings without exception.


             2. Reaction to Undergraduate Council Minutes of February 2, 2007

                  (see Attachment #1)


             On a motion by Dean Hopkins and a second by Dean Reithel, the Council unanimously approved the Undergraduate Council minutes of February 2, 2007.


             3. Reaction to Undergraduate Council Minutes of March 2, 2007

                  (see Attachment #2)


             On a motion by Dean Reithel and a second by Dean Rholes, the Council unanimously approved the Undergraduate Council minutes of March 2, 2007.


             Dean Hopkins suggested that it might be appropriate for the University to evaluate the number of Taylor medals awarded each year and the criterion for the award. After some discussion, the secretary to the Council indicated that he would refer these issues to the Taylor Medal Selection Committee.


             4. Reaction to Graduate Council Minutes of February 2, 2007

                  (see Attachment #3)


             On a motion by Dean Eftink and a second by Dean Wells, the Council unanimously approved the Graduate Council Minutes of February 2, 2007.


             5. Taylor Medalists (see Attachment #4)


             The Taylor Medal nominations previously approved by the Undergraduate Council at its March 2, 2007 meeting, were approved by the Council of Academic Administrators and its reaction to the minutes of that meeting.


             6. Other Matters. 


             The secretary to the Council asked the deans to study the student credit hour per fte

faculty data prepared by Mary Harrington and previously distributed. Our aim is to establish a set of data with which we are comfortable.


             The Provost commented briefly on the successful start of the law school campaign.


             Dr. Canty mentioned that two departments would be moving into Bryant Hall soon and that the Johnson Commons Ballroom would be restored to its general use as a meeting and dining room.


             Dean Eftink briefly discussed the online faculty activity reports that would now allow--pursuant to SACS requirements--evaluation of all faculty. He also indicated that online course evaluations would now be available for all academic sessions, including the summer sessions and the intersessions. He indicated that by summer he expected an interface to be available that would allow the university to keep track of faculty qualifications. He also indicated that the university was in the process of auditing catalog copy in connection with degree requirements.


             The Provost briefly discussed her expectation that the legislation would approve a pay increase for the university. She indicated that this legislative increase might be coupled with a tuition increase, although she indicated that the commissioner for higher education favor only an increase in non-resident tuition. The Provost solicited recommendation for the junior fellows for the residential colleges. She indicated that junior fellows needed to be faculty members, passionate about their disciplines, and passionate about students. Senior fellows needed in addition to these requirements to be interested in a variety of academic subjects. The Provost announced that Dr. Tristan Denley would be the first senior fellow. She also briefly discussed the selection of architects for the project and that faculty housing would be removed to provide space for the construction of the residential colleges. The Provost briefly discussed the impact of the Toyota plant construction on the university: this will chiefly involve creation of a Saturday school at the university and involve some automotive manufacturing engineering program development.


             7. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

 



All items approved by the Chancellor on April 11, 2007.