1:30 p.m., Monday, September 18, 1995, in the Board Room of the Lyceum
PRESENT: Dr. Walton, Deans Abadie, Boxx, Dingerson, Payne, Smith, Roberts,
Davis, and Meador, Dr. Oliphant and Dr. Green for Dean Westerfield,
Dr. Ray, Dr. Clark, and Mr. Posey
ABSENT: Dean Westerfield, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Kostopulos, and Dr. Staton
1. Approval of Minutes. It was announced that Interim Chancellor Walton approved the minutes of the June 5 meeting without exception and that Chancellor Khayat approved the minutes of the July 10 meeting without exception.
2. Minutes of the Undergraduate Council Meeting of June 28, 1995. Dean Smith, seconded by Dean Boxx, moved that the Academic Council withhold acceptance on item 1 of the minutes of the Undergraduate Council meeting for June 28, 1995. The motion was carried unanimously.
3. Minutes of the Undergraduate Council Meeting of July 26, 1995. Dean Roberts, seconded by Dean Payne, moved acceptance of the minutes of the Undergraduate Council meeting for July 26, 1995. The motion was carried unanimously.
4. Report from Chancellor Khayat. Chancellor Khayat, who had just returned from a visit to the DeSoto Center, spoke of excitement among people in the DeSoto County area and of how they are anxious to cooperate with the University of Mississippi in cooperative endeavors. The Chancellor reminded Council members that we must be aggressive, energetic, and creative in providing educational opportunities where they are needed. He pointed out that other institutions are making efforts to offer courses in the northern part of the state and that the University of Mississippi must therefore be proactive. Following the Chancellor's comments, members discussed such related matters as these: a survey being conducted by Continuing Studies, funding for off-campus courses through the formula, the possibility of including off-campus teaching as part of a faculty member's regular load, accreditation requirements, the need for non-traditional degree programs in many areas, the need for quality control, library needs at off-campus sites, etc.
5. Faculty Senate Report. Dr. T. J. Ray, Chair of the Senate of the Faculty, spoke of the Senate's concern with the proliferation of committees on the campus, reported new administrative positions for 1995-96, the allocation of funding for administration versus faculty, the organizational structure recommended by the transition team, faculty technology, the lack of faculty approval for University Studies 101, and revisions of tenure and promotion guidelines to include technology development activities.
6. Higher Education Advocacy Task Force and Mississippi Legislature. Dr. Walton reported on a recent meeting of the Higher Education Advocacy Task Force and asked Academic Council members for information about "perceptions of the legislature about higher education and strategies that can be utilized to advocate the real strengths of the institutions and higher education in Mississippi."
7. Requests for Technology Funds. Dr. Walton explained that several thousand dollars of faculty technology development funds have already been transferred to budgets for departments with new tenure-track faculty members. It was agreed that the remaining funds could be requested by submissions of request sheets like that
Minutes of the Academic Council
September 18, 1995
shown on Attachment #1. Information will be distributed to academic deans from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
8. Open Meetings. When Dr. Walton announced that the Academic Council was adjourned and asked the academic deans to remain in the room for an additional meeting, Dr. Ray announced that in the future he would not leave if deans remain since he and his colleagues have determined that a meeting of academic deans should be open to members of the faculty.
9. Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
Gerald W. Walton, Chair Date
Robert C. Khayat, Chancellor Date